¿Debería Votar Este Año?

¿Debería yo votar este año? ¿Para qué votar, si no hará ninguna diferencia? Estas son algunas de las preguntas que he escuchado de la comunidad. Muchos se han estado preguntando cual es el valor de nuestro voto, si seguimos eligiendo funcionarios políticos quienes nunca cumplen con sus promesas. Estas son preguntas válidas, las cuales se merecen respuesta.

Para ser honesto, yo mismo me he preguntando lo mismo. Estoy súper enojado con la falta de cumplimiento de promesas, por parte de nuestros representantes electos. Las opciones para candidatos son casi siempre pésimas. Me parece que la mayoría de las veces nuestro sistema electoral sirve más para elegir el candidato menos peor, en vez de el mejor. Hasta erróneamente he pensado no votar este año.

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NC gets failing grade on women's health

timthumb.jpgNorth Carolina is ranked #40 in the country and received a final grade of D- for health coverage for women in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released today by Action NC.

The report card provides an important measure of the state’s record on women’s health as politicians court women voters ahead of the November elections and continue to debate whether North Carolina will accept federal funds to cover more uninsured adults under Medicaid. 

Currently, there are more than 200,000 uninsured women in North Carolina who could get health care coverage if politicians agreed to take up federal funding for Medicaid expansion.

The 2014 Women’s Health Report Card for North Carolina is available by clicking here.

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Coming Soon: Equality

nope.jpgWhile you were drinking your morning coffee, the Supreme Court of the United States announced a huge decision. Rather, it was a non-decision: they denied cert to six cases that struck down prohibitions on same-sex marriage around the country. While North Carolina wasn't one of them, this decision will have a very real impact here. Essentially, this Supreme Court just blessed gay marriage, and invalidated any laws (or constitutional amendments) prohibiting it. In very short order, North Carolina will have marriage equality. For everyone.

Let me tell you why this is so important, even if you aren't gay.

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Young, Black and Cuffed

In light of recent murders by police of unarmed Black men like Trayvon Martin, Jonathan Ferrell and Michael Brown, the sight of Ty Turner, a young Black man, being handcuffed and wrestled to the ground sent some onlookers into a near-panic.  This assault, however, didn't take place in a dark alley in a seedy, low-income neighborhood, however.  And Mr. Turner was not a young miscreant up to no good. 

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15 and a Union...Whatever It Takes!

photo by Enid Valu

In 150 cities across the U.S., fast food workers rallied, chanted, sat down and even got arrested for something most of us take for granted...a living wage.  A core American principal is "the enjoyment of the fruits of one's labor."  But when workers are burdened with excessive debt and wages are intentionally kept low, many fast food workers (along with other service providers like nurses and teachers) find themselves in an economic limbo...a modern form of sharecropping. 

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An organizers experience in Ferguson

This piece is part 1 of a 3 part series. The first installment of this series will focus on the things and people I saw during my time in ferguson. The second part will focus on the struggles and challenges I saw around organizing during a period of crisis. While part 3 will focus on what I believe organizers around the country can do to build a stronger movement capable of taking action in solidarity with communities who experience a tragedy or find themselves the focal point of national attention and organizers.

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Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day is much more than hot dogs and picnics

Let’s make Labor Day a Moral Monday!

Join our friends at the NC AFL-CIO on September 1 for Moral Monday Labor Day: The #TalkUnion Tour! Workers are finding hope in difficult times by taking collective action through unions and through Moral Monday. Come out to a tour stop to show your solidarity!

The #TalkUnion Tour kickoff is at 9 AM in Raleigh, followed by a noon stop in Greensboro, and ending at 5:30 PM in Charlotte with a massive Moral Monday rally in Marshall Park!

Follow the links for more info and to RSVP:

Raleigh event: https://www.facebook.com/events/713298988719294/

Greensboro event: https://www.facebook.com/events/472838886186700/

Charlotte event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511455049089626/

Seamos El Cambio

Como muchos en nuestra comunidad, se me partió el corazón cuando escuché de que un policía mató a un joven Afroamericano en Ferguson, Missouri. Me afectó, no solo por el hecho de que se le robó la vida a un joven inocente. Esta tragedia me hizo sentir un conflicto emocional interno por varias razones.

Cuando vi como el país se unió y tanta gente fue a Ferguson para apoyar a la familia y exigir justicia, me dio una gran alegría. Se vio que en los peores momentos, el ser humano tiene la gran capacidad de sentir un amor tan profundo que dejaría su vida cotidiana y viajaría lejos por el simple hecho de apoyar a otros, no solo emocionalmente, pero en busca de justicia.

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Women's Equality Day

Tuesday, August 26th   is Women’s Equality Day, which marks the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. This amendment finally granted the right to vote to women throughout the nation after 131 years without a guarantee of this most basic civil right under federal law. 

While state-sanctioned gender discrimination in voting rights is unimaginable today, winning passage of the 19th amendment required a fight that spanned eight decades, and was met with fierce opposition.  Over 40,000 marched in a suffrage parade in New York in 1915, with many of the women dressed in white.  A highly publicized hunger strike later that year by jailed picketers from the National Women’s Party gave the movement added momentum. The final suffrage bill passed by Congress contained the exact same language as the first women’s suffrage bill introduced there in 1878.

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Why I’m going to Ferguson

image from slate.com

This moment is a call to action for every American. We must expose abuse, challenge injustice, stand up and fight back!

Like many of you, I have been watching the events of Ferguson, Missouri unfold from afar. I’ve watched, in horror, as a small suburban community has been terrorized by those sworn to protect it. Military vehicles have been deployed on neighborhood streets, tear gas has become a daily occurrence and individuals, posing no threat, have been apprehended without cause or explanation. I watched on my computer screen and couldn’t help but see how stories and headlines only a week ago describing the West Bank were being used to describe this small town in middle-America. Police have acted with impunity, and the public has watched much of it from laptops and cell phones. We have become incredible at documenting events and terrible at doing anything about them. I sat and watched as Ferguson, Missouri became a war zone.

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