The problem with politics in America boils down to this: General Electric piled up $14 billion in profits last year and paid ZERO in income taxes; GE’s chief executive Jeffrey Immelt, who coordinated the massive political effort to win those tax breaks, received millions in salary and an appointment by Barack Obama to head up the President’s National Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. No joke! Meanwhile, the after-tax pay for the ordinary worker has fallen in real dollars in the past 30 years, yet too many white voters would rather side with pro-business, anti-“those people” politicians because of their deep cultural fears and biases. A coalition of labor, civic rights, women’s and other groups is holding a “We Are One” silent rally in Raleigh on April 4 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of the human family. It’s part of a national effort to counter the Koch-funded Tea Party and similar anti-worker hate organizations. It’s a good place to be on the 43rd anniversary of King’s assassination. You can also sign up here and tell Mr. Immelt and Mr. Obama to find a better head to lead the Jobs Council. How many signers will it take to replace this dud bulb?
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March 18th, 2011
JCSU Students Plan March 21 Rally To Voice Concerns Over Threat To Voting Rights
Rally to be held on Monday, March 21st starting at 11:00 AM on the steps of Biddle Memorial Hall on the Johnson C. Smith campus.
Student and community leaders, Johnson C. Smith President Dr. Ronald Carter and NC District 40 Senator Malcolm Graham will join JCSU students at a March 21 rally to voice concerns over the voting problems many NC citizens will face should House Bill 351/Senate Bill 352 pass requiring NC voters to present a current government-issued photo ID each time they vote. Since students tend to move frequently, some rally participants are afraid the new requirements will affect their ability to vote. Others are concerned because the data shows that seniors, women, college students, low income people and people of color are all less likely to have government-issued photo ID, will be disproportionately affected by the bill and will find it harder, if not impossible, to vote compared to citizens with current driver’s licenses.
For more information on the rally, please contact Democracy North Carolina organizer Robert Dawkins at (704) 957-3105.
March 15th, 2011
House Bill 351 was introduced in the NC General Assembly yesterday requiring NC voters to present government-issued photo ID each time they vote. Our research shows that this bill could negatively affect more than 460,000 active voters statewide who lack a government-issued photo ID, primarily seniors, women, college students and African-American voters. Worse, as our official statement on the bill shows, not only does this fail to address the issue of voter fraud, it actually makes it easier to commit fraud using absentee ballots.
A summary of our statewide findings with a demographic breakdown of affected groups can be found at:
If you have any questions about our research, please feel free to contact our Executive Director Bob Hall directly at 919-489-1931.
You can download a copy of the bill here:
We have also assembled a collection of personal stories from voters explaining why the bill would make it more difficult for people without government-issued IDs to vote and why they are opposed to its passage. You can view these stories at:
Democracy North Carolina believes this is an unnecessary, expensive and ineffectual bill. For more on why we say this, please visit our website at:
If you would like to interview anyone from our organization or get in touch with any of the voters who have shared their stories publicly, please call me at 919-286-6000, Ext. 20.
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