Fair Courts NC is the campaign to protect North Carolina’s independent courts and prevent our right-wing state legislature from further politicizing and weakening the independence of our state courts.
This is a campaign co-sponsored by NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, the NAACP, and ProgressNC over the course of the next two months leading into January to raise public awareness and press attention to stop further changes to state judicial elections.
As many of you know, the General Assembly will convene a “special session” on Jan. 10th for the purpose of changing election laws for state judges. The ideas they are floating and would all be bad:
a) They want to gerrymander the judicial districts and double-bunk almost half of the African-American judges,
b) They want to change all judicial terms from 4-years or 8-years to 2-year terms.
c) They want to eliminate judicial elections altogether and adopt a system where lawmakers appoint judges.
Why is this important? Because AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY IS CRITICAL TO A STRONG DEMOCRACY.
The conservative controlled legislature is trying very hard to permanently rig the system of democracy in this state. And the courts so far have slowly stopped them.
The legislature radically racially gerrymandered the legislative districts. The courts are making them redraw the lines.
The legislature imposed radical voting restrictions. The courts overthrew them.
The legislature wants to take control of the State Board of Elections. And this law is headed for the state Supreme Court that is now controlled by a 4-3 progressive majority.
1) The Pledge is at www.faircourtsnc.com. We are asking all lawmakers to publicly oppose changes to judicial elections so the public can clearly see which lawmakers are standing up for our independent courts and which ones are not.
2) We are hosting local town hall meetings across NC to educate voters and call lawmakers to account to voters to explain where they stand. Upcoming town hall meetings are scheduled for:
Greensboro – Thursday, Nov. 30th
Charlotte – Tuesday Dec. 12
3) We are organizing local courthouse protests in the same cities as the town halls later in fall to hold local state lawmakers accountable for not explaining to the public where they stand on our independent courts. These will be scheduled soon.
4) Large mobilization to Raleigh on Jan. 10th, the first day of the special session.
5) Separate by aligned with us will be a strong paid media campaign which will likely include TV ads…
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
1) SHARE THE PLEDGE WITH FRIENDS AND ASK YOUR STATE LAWMAKER TO SIGN.
2) Attend a town hall and courthouse . If one is not near you, would you like to help organize one? We can help.
3) Attend a courthouse protest. If one is not near you, would you like to help organize one? We can help you.
4) Come to the General Assembly on Jan. 10th. More info at the Facebook event
Join the North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina Voters For Clean Elections (NCVCE), Democracy North Carolina, and Progress NC on January 10th for a day of action at the state legislature. We will kick off the day with a press conference in the Bicentennial Plaza, followed by a Citizens Lobby Day Of Action (lunch provided).