2018 will be a pivotal political year, full of opportunities to get informed, be engaged and make a difference. Here are some key dates to mark down now. Participants and Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, January 6th, 2018: Save Our Schools & Fix the #ClassSizeChaos Rally

1pm-3pm ; Location: Halifax Mall, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh

An NC public schools advocacy group, Save Our Schools, has been working tirelessly this year on the issues created by the passage of HB13, a bill to reduce the class sizes in elementary schools across the state. The legislature failed to provide the additional funding needed to pay for the extra teachers and class space needed when this bill was passed, meaning that schools may be forced to terminate specialist teachers in art, music and PE classes. For detailed information on this issue see this link from Public Schools First NC. You can also read more about it here.

Please save the date for January 6, from 1-3 pm. Stay up to date on the rally at this website. We need thousands of people out to support ending class size chaos, and it’s critical that we have turnout from all over the state. We’re also hoping to plan sister rallies/events throughout NC for people who can’t travel but want to make their voices heard.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Class Size Chaos Advocacy Day

9am-1pm at the NCGA, Room #2129, 16 W. Jones, St., Raleigh

The NCGA returns for another special session on January 10th, so let’s welcome them back in person and discuss #CLASSSIZECHAOS!

Join Public Schools First NC and our partners from NCAE and the NC Justice Center Wednesday January 10, 2018 from 9AM to 1PM in Room #2129 for an old fashioned Advocacy Day. Come visit your elected representatives to ask them to fully fund the Class Size Mandates and to delay the impending fiasco they will cause. Let’s ask them to restore the ratios used in the original HB13 and allow hardship waivers for school districts that cannot provide the additional teachers, classroom space, or financial resources in time to meet the 2018- 19 school year deadline.

Our schools must have enhancement (or specials) teachers FULLY funded in January to allow time for budgeting. Join us in asking our legislators to RESTORE CAPS to Grades 4 and 5 that they removed in 2013! For more information on this issue please click here.

If you can’t make it Jan. 10th, or you can’t wait to ask your legislators, you can email them now with this link: https://www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org/engage/get-involved/.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Fair Courts Citizen Action Day

11am-5pm;  Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh

Thanks to our friends at the Fair Courts NC campaign for organizing this Citizens Action Day, and to Neighbors on Call for compiling the information below.

Fair Courts NC is the campaign to protect North Carolina’s independent courts and prevent our GOP controlled state legislature from further politicizing and weakening the independence of our state courts.

The GOP majority in the NCGA has been chipping away at the judicial branch, most recently by canceling primary elections for judges, proposing new judicial redistricting, and reducing the terms of ALL judges to 2 years. In January, it’s likely they will introduce a constitutional amendment to cancel judicial elections altogether and appoint judges themselves. This would pose (another) very serious threat to our state’s democracy.

On Wednesday, January 10, from 11am to 5pm, the day the NCGA returns for a Special Session, we’ll join Progress NC, the NC NAACP, NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, and other concerned citizens from around the state to speak out in favor of fair, independent courts at a Citizen Action Day.

The day will start with a press conference and rally at Bicentennial Plaza (1 E Edenton St, Raleigh). This will be followed by a lobby day (visiting legislators’ offices). Lunch will be provided. If you are able to attend for any part of the day of action, please do. We must fight back against this injustice!

SHARE THE PLEDGE WITH FRIENDS AND ASK YOUR STATE LAWMAKER TO SIGN.

Other Fair Courts Rallies will be held across the state.

Find one near you:

Dec 13; Greensboro

Dec 14; Greenville

Dec 14; Chapel Hill

Jan 2; Goldsboro

Jan 4; Charlotte

Jan 9; Fayetteville

Saturday, January 20, 2018: Women’s March on Raleigh Anniversary Event

Time and Location TBD

From the Women’s March on Raleigh organizers:

The anniversary event is a GO! Now we have to plan our event.

Join our next planning meeting, December 19 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, from 6:30PM-8:30PM. Here is a link to our Facebook Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WMORAnniversaryEvent/

Invite friends who have an interest in helping.

Leaders are needed, especially women of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people with special health care needs, refugees, and Muslims.

Women Leading the Resistance

WMNC Meeting December 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

@WomensMarchNC ◈ FB: WomensMarchNC ◈

Want to join our list-serv? Email us at womensmarchonraleigh@gmail.com

Also being planned by Indivisibles Piedmont NC is the Triad Women’s March on the Polls at Noon on January 20, 2018 at Corpening Plaza, 231 1st St. W., Winston-Salem, NC. More details can be found here.

Saturday, February 10th: HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones St.) and the Moral March on Raleigh

Taking the Resistance to the Ballot Box

We are fast approaching that time of year and HkonJ is just around the corner! The HKonJ Coalition holds an annual Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly, which has grown to approximately 80,000 in 2017! Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers flood downtown Raleigh, NC where the HKonJ People’s Assembly convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol. Learn more about HKonJ and how their 14 point People’s Agenda has translated into reform bills introduced in legislative sessions.

In an effort to gear up for #HKonJ2018, we are looking for individuals to serve as Crowd Managers. Crowd Managers control and direct occupants to exits in a safe manner. They are trained individuals that provide instructions to large crowds to prevent panic and fear among those in the crowd. Crowd managers also provide calm, clear and concise directions on all exit and evacuation procedures.

New this year, according to 2012 NC State Fire Code § 403.3, the City of Raleigh requires 1 Crowd Manager for every 250 persons for events where attendance is greater than 1,000 persons. We need lots of volunteers to help!

The training to be a Crowd Manager is free. It takes about 30 minutes to complete, and certification lasts 3 years.

3 Steps to become a Certified Crowd Manager:

  1. First, sign up HERE to be a Crowd Manager.
  2. Once you have signed up, please Click Here to take the Crowd Manager training. The course is online, and free. It should take about 30-45 minutes. Once you are finished you will be asked to enter your name and employment name. This is for the City of Raleigh’s record. After this you will be presented with a certificate of completion.
  3. Please save your certificate as a .pdf under the print options and print for your records. Once you have your certificate, please email the .pdf copy to yolanda.barksdale@naacpnc.org so a record can be maintained for the City of Raleigh.