Author: Joyce W.

5 Easy Steps to Prep for Primary Day

With Early Voting just around the corner and Primary Day less than a month away, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start researching candidates and their positions. Primaries in particular can be challenging given the large number of candidates for each race and not as much name recognition as the November election.  We’ve put together five easy steps to help you get started. Voter Tools The North Carolina State Board of Elections provides all of the information you need to get you started. Use this site to help you verify your registration status, look...

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Spotlight: Alerta Migratoria

Alerta Migratoria is a Durham based organization helping undocumented immigrants seek asylum in the United States. The organization is seeing first hand how US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is detaining and deporting those seeking asylum from the gang violence that plagues their homes throughout Central America. Minors are arrested at school, many times crossing state borders with no word sent to their families about their whereabouts or detainment.  Many families have inconsistent US citizenship statuses, and pending deportation orders send fathers and mothers right back into the violence of their home countries. Largely, this is a human rights issue,...

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March For Our Lives: Asking for Gun Safety & Reforms

This weekend thousands of students, parents and educators will be coming together for March for Our Lives. The slogans #EnoughIsEnough and #NeverAgain highlight the fear and frustration many of us feel as we watch these mass shootings happen over and over again. The issue of gun reform is not easily resolved, just like healthcare reform, immigration reform, or any other topic that affects all of us yet shines a light on how deep fundamental beliefs will cause a block in open discussion and an unwillingness to think beyond our own personal opinions. But lost opportunities come with a price,...

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Immigration

When we think about Immigration one of the first things to come to mind is the American Dream. Unless you are a full-blooded Native American, all of us have had ancestors, or perhaps even ourselves, emigrate to this country. While there are days when it seems like the US government is doing everything it can to squash that dream for the next generation of immigrants, the dream of the pursuit of happiness is alive and well. This month’s “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” tackled the topic of immigration with attorney, Gigi Gardner of the Gardner Law firm. Gigi...

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Come and Get It: Immigration Toolkit is Here!

We wrote this month’s toolkit because we believe immigration is a fundamental part of who America is and our identity to the rest of the world. We believe immigration is important to talk about because at it’s core is the idea of sanctuary. Sanctuary really is central to the formation of the United States, but an inviolate idea common to all people. Hospitals, mosques, temples, churches, synagogues, cemeteries, homeless shelters, schools – all are supposed to be safe places of refuge, and to violate the principles of a nation of immigrants or the sanctity of a sanctuary, is a...

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