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Addressing Teen Violence

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Action Steps: HB 490, 518 & 519

Action Steps: HB 490, 518 & 519

HB 490 & HB 518

SPEAK against HB 490 at the State and Local Government Committee hearing at the North Carolina State Capitol on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10 am in hearing rooms 1228/1327 LB.

WRITE a letter to the editor of the Winston-Salem Journal and the Winston-Salem Chronicle. Visit www.journalnow.com and www.wschronicle.com.

CALL the bill authors, Representatives Lambeth and Conrad, and tell them to withdraw HB490 and HB518. Click here for sample phone scripts.

EMAIL the bill authors, Representatives Lambeth and Conrad, and appropriate legislative committee members and tell them you oppose HB490 and HB518. Click here for sample letters. Click here to Download contact information for the members of the House of Representatives K-12 Education Committee.

Representative Donny Lambeth:

Representative Debra Conrad

Resources:

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HB 519

SIGN the Color of Change petition calling for the withdrawal of HB 519. To do so, visit:  campaigns.organizefor.org/p/Winston-Salem.

WRITE a letter to the editor of the Winston-Salem Journal and the Winston-Salem Chronicle. Visit www.journalnow.com and www.wschronicle.com.

CALL/EMAIL the bill authors, Representatives Lambeth and Conrad, and tell them to withdraw HB519. Click here for sample emails.

Resources:

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Colors of Crisis Forum – Exploring Voter Disenfranchisement

Colors of Crisis Forum – Exploring Voter Disenfranchisement

The Colors of Crisis Forum will explore the warning signs of disenfranchisement in Forsyth County. In particular, the forum will tackle the following controversial, recently filed bills: HB 490, HB 518 and HB 519.

Revered Paul Ford of First Baptist Church will serve as forum moderator. Generally, questions will be submitted on note cards.

RSVP Now

This event is an opportunity for the community to organize and protect voting rights in African-American and Latino communities. 

Invited guests include:

  • Senator Paul Lowe
  • Representative Derwin Montgomery
  • Representative Evelyn Terry
  • Mayor Allen Joines 
  • All City Council Members
  • All County Commissioners
  • All School Board Members
  • All members of the NCAE

This event is sponsored by:

  • Action4Equity;
  • Democracy Now;
  • First Baptist Church on Highland Ave;
  • Forsyth County Democratic Party;
  • Minister’s Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity;
  • The NC Education Association;
  • The Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP; and
  • Winston-Salem Urban League.

Details: 

When: 7:00 pm, Mon, April 8, 2019

Where: First Baptist Church, 700 North Highland Avenue. Winston-Salem, NC 27101

RSVP Now

Here’s how YOU can push back against the effort to silence black voters in Winston-Salem.

Here’s how YOU can push back against the effort to silence black voters in Winston-Salem.

  1. Sign the Color of Change petition calling for the withdrawal of HB 519. Click here to sign-up!
  2. Email Representatives Lambeth and Conrad and tell them you oppose HB519. Click here to email Rep. LambethClick here to email Rep. Conrad.
  3. Attend our Colors of Crisis Forum on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church located at 700 Highland Ave. Click here to RSVP.
  4. Submit a letter to the editor of the Winston-Salem Journal and the Winston-Salem Chronicle. Click here for the Journal letter to the editor page. Click here for the Chronicle letter to the editor page.

Sign the HB 519 Petition

Want to learn more about HB519? Here are a few helpful links:

  1. A copy of HB519
  2. The Winston-Salem Journal’s 3/29/19 article about HB 519
  3. The Joint NAACP/Urban League news release calling for withdrawal of HB519.
  4. The Winston-Salem Journal’s 4/2/19 article about HB 519
  5. The WFDD 88.5 4/3/19 radio report on HB519
  6. The Winston-Salem Chronicle’s 4/4/19 article about HB 519.
NAACP and Urban League call on Reps Conrad and Lambeth to withdraw discriminatory bill

NAACP and Urban League call on Reps Conrad and Lambeth to withdraw discriminatory bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: James Perry
james@4×8.6f1.myftpupload.com
336.725.5614

The Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP and Winston-Salem Urban League call on Representatives Debra Conrad and Donny Lambeth to withdraw racially discriminatory House Bill 519.

If passed, House Bill 519, short titled, Revise W-S Charter/Elections/Redistricting, would merge three majority African-American council districts, all currently represented by African-American Women, into a single district. The two eliminated African-American held district seats, along with one other district seat, would be replaced with three at-large seats. Additionally, the mayor would gain the voting powers and privileges afforded members of the council, making the Mayor a defacto fourth council at large council person. 

The Supreme Court held in White vs Regester in 1973, that the practice of replacing district seats with at-large or multi-member districts in a manner that “invidiously discriminates” against minorities is illegal. 

The Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP and Winston-Salem Urban League stand opposed to HB519 and call on its authors to revoke the bill because it would have an illegal discriminatory effect on African-American and Latino voters; the bill received no input from the electorate or elected officials that represent the affected areas; and portrays Winston-Salem as a city opposed diversity in elected leadership. 

Rev. Alvin Carlisle, President of the NAACP remarked, “This piece of legislation is typical of the kind of wrangling that we have come to expect of this extremist controlled legislature. They consistently seek to garner unearned power by circumventing the will of African American Communities. The Winston Salem NAACP, will not stand idly by while the voice of the people is silenced.”

James Perry, President and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League remarked, “Reps Conrad and Lambeth have put forth a bill that could have the same chilling effect on Winston-Salem, that HB2 had on North Carolina. Upon learning that HB 519 targeted three black women on the city council and drastically diminished the voice of the black electorate, state and national leaders immediately began contacting me with talk of a Winston-Salem boycott.”

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About Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP

The Winston-Salem Chapter of NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of Winston-Salem and eliminate race prejudice. The Winston-Salem Chapter of NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes

About Winston-Salem Urban League

The Winston-Salem Urban League is a civil rights non-profit organization.  The Winston-Salem Urban League empowers and advocates for African Americans and other disenfranchised communities, and promotes socioeconomic progress and parity through education, training and civic engagement.


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