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Thousands Rally in North Carolina for ‘Moral Imperative’ of Voting Rights

“The right to vote is at the heart of our democracy,” declares Rev. Barber

By Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 2-13-2016

(Photo: Twitter/ Roberta Penn ‏@StellaDean)

(Photo: Twitter/ Roberta Penn ‏@StellaDean)

Thousands of people marched and rallied in the frigid streets of Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday morning to demand a restoration of voting rights and voice broad support for a new progressive agenda to counter the current policies of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Organized by the Move Forward Together Movement and the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP, led by Rev. William Barber III, the demonstration attracted a diverse coalition of individuals and organizations who say the systematic attack on state services—including healthcare and education—along with eroded democratic control and new voting restrictions, have disempowered and further marginalized the state’s most vulnerable populations. Continue reading

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Drillers Welcome: NC Lawmakers Quietly Pass Ban on Anti-Fracking Ordinances

New law makes new county moratoriums on fracking ‘invalidated and unenforceable’

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 10-5-2015

"This is yet another example of the state attempting to lure the fracking industry to North Carolina over the objection of those who would be most directly impacted," said Brooks Rainey Pearson, a staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. (Photo: Daniel Foster/cc/flickr)

“This is yet another example of the state attempting to lure the fracking industry to North Carolina over the objection of those who would be most directly impacted,” said Brooks Rainey Pearson, a staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. (Photo: Daniel Foster/cc/flickr)

After a number of local governments enacted temporary moratoriums on oil and natural gas development, including fracking, the Republican-led North Carolina government issued a resounding response: Drillers welcome!

A last-minute markup passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory last week “renders ‘invalidated and unenforceable’ local ordinances that place conditions on fracking that go beyond those restrictions drafted by state oil-and-gas regulations,” the Winston-Salem Journal reported on Monday. Continue reading

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