Following up the LOD posting for Monday, here’s a statement from Democracy North Carolina about the partial maps of new legislative districts proposed by NC Republicans leaders – and also an action alert about how you can weigh in with a written statement or personal appearance at the public hearing tomorrow. After further research, it’s even clearer that the GOP is misusing the Voting Right Act to pack their opponents into a limited number of General Assembly districts while increasing their partisan advantage in the rest.
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Friday, June 3rd, 2011
This week one of our main goals was to get on the local radio station WOOW am 1340. Broadcasting starts at 8 am and we of course had to be there early. Initially we were supposed to go on the air on Thursday but, like we were warned of, we ran into some pot holes. The head broadcaster wasn’t there and his replacement was his daughter who had no idea she was coming in to work, and no idea we were coming in to speak. To top it all off the studio mics were not working. However, we remained optimistic and like always, things worked themselves out. We were able to go on the air Friday morning.
On the air we focused on the redistricting that is taking place in Greenville. The host was very interactive and asked us great questions including what we thought of the redistricting that was going on in Greenville. We urged Greenville residents to go the upcoming city council meeting where a public hearing on the district maps to be presented to the council would take place. We also talked about the Voter ID bill and the effects that it would potentially have on voters and briefly on Voter Owned Elections. We were asked to answer many questions on the spot that required us to think on our feet, kind of like the public speaking challenges that we did during our training sessions. For example the radio host asked, “Tell us, where someone would go to contact you or to get involved?” and I (Jasmine) so gracefully answered “You can Google us” because I forgot the web address. Luckily it came to mind before the end of broadcasting and I was able to make a smooth recovery and made the web address one of the last points that we gave the listeners. After all, Adam did remind us to make sure the last thing we said made a lasting impression.
Earlier in the week we also wrote a letter to the editor, which also gave us some problems. We submitted the letter using the office address and phone number. We were questioned as to why Durham residents were concerned about redistricting in Greenville. After explaining that we were both residents of Greenville, we were then notified that the paper did not typically publish co-written letters or letters “orchestrated” by organizations. As put by the editor there were “a couple of problems” with our letter. Nevertheless, like our radio interview, things worked themselves out, and we ended up getting our letter published.
We have had a very eventful first week to say the least and we are definitely looking forward to the upcoming weeks.
Jasmine and Shaniqua