Author: Joyce W.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Housing Affordability

This month Stronger NC is focusing on Housing Affordability. This is not just a poor person’s problem, nor the working poor, but an issue that affects the working middle class. Average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Raleigh is $1200 per month. Someone earning $45,000 per year is at risk of struggling to afford that type of apartment. One extreme of housing affordability is homelessness and Stronger NC explored that issue with MaRanda Kiser from Love Wins Community Engagement Center during this month’s installment of “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”. Love Wins helps fill the need during the day when...

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Housing Affordability Toolkit is Here!

Housing affordability is a major issue many people are facing in North Carolina as well as nationally. Between 2010 and 2016, the national stock of affordable housing apartments – rental units that cost less than or equal to 30 percent of income – declined 60 percent and North Carolina is one of the states with the largest decline in available affordable housing. People tend to think of affordable housing as a poor person’s problem with chronic homelessness at the most extreme end. While it’s true these are the most vulnerable and affected populations, housing affordability directly affects a much greater...

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Activism Bingo Is Here!

As the new year approached, we were looking for a fun, engaging way to stay focused on our activism efforts in 2018. Behold, Activism Bingo was born.              With so many calls to action from lots of different sources, it’s good to know what’s important to you and how you are engaging over time. Activism Bingo gives you a format for tracking your own civic engagement goals and objectives each month. How does it work? D O W N L O A D the pdf of the Bingo card here: 2018-01 SNC Bingo Card P R...

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Public Comment Open for Judicial Reform

The GOP members of the newly appointed Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting have been meeting secretly in back rooms to draft plans that could completely change the way judges are selected in North Carolina. In the last committee meeting on Dec. 13th, new maps were presented at the end of the meeting which were not on the agenda nor had they been presented for review ahead of time to the 5 Democratic members. Nor would they allow a former judge, who was acting as the Governor’s delegate, to have any opportunity to speak. Having independent judges...

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What’s Happening This Week With #GOPTaxScam

Lots happening this week. (Doesn’t it seem like we’ve said that every week this year?) While we want you to make calls about Net Neutrality, we still need to keep an eye on the #GOPTaxScam. From Indivisible: This week, the conference committees (read our conference 101 explainer) will meet and begin to resolve the differences between the House and Senate tax bills. There are enough differences between the two bills that they face real challenges in reaching a compromise that works for enough of their members in both houses. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Flake (R-AZ) both claimed to receive...

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