north carolina

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Petition to David Price, G.K. Butterfield, Alma Adams, Roy Cooper

Bring an end to racially discriminative voter suppression practices in North Carolina

The Problem: Several of the regulations within North Carolina in regards to voting eligibility have allowed for a system of racially discriminative voter suppression to come to fruition. This system of voter suppression comes in two forms: incredibly strict voter ID laws, and the lack of voting support for areas with higher minority populations. These regulations work to suppress voters based on race, without the use of blatantly discriminative laws such as those from the past. Rather, these regulations allow for voter suppression by making the very process of voting too difficult within such areas, through the removal of resources within said communities. HB 589: House Bill 589 is easily the most egregious example of the North Carolina based voter suppression practices. This bill enforced voter ID laws, and was deliberately crafted to disproportionately affect African American Voters. For example, HB 589 limited accepted IDs to only 8 acceptable types, those types being specially selected based on the identification types that were less commonly owned by African Americans. Moreso, this bill worked to limit voting eligibility, by reducing preregistration days to only ten, rather than the previous seventeen. HB 589 was revoked in 2016, but the North Carolina House of Representatives has made repeated attempts to introduce a revised version of this bill back into North Carolinian legislature, and many other laws exist which promote the same practices. Gerrymandering: Along with voter ID laws comes the massive problem of politically biased gerrymandering. This form of voter suppression effectively makes every vote within certain communities hold less political power when compared to other communities based on how some communities' district lines are mapped. Effectively, areas with higher populations of people of color would be mapped into the same district, so as to put a limit on the political reach of said groups. This makes it so that even if there is a majority non-white population of people within a state, in this case, within North Carolina, their votes will be considered to be much less than beforehand due to how the district lines are mapped to have people of color in only one out of several districts. In the case of North Carolina, the district lines are drawn to consolidate democratically leaning areas down to only two districts, district 1 and district 12, even though in a nonpartisan setting, there would be an effective 5 to 6 districts. This ties to the topic of racial discrimination due to how the gerrymandered democratic districts are also home to the largest minority populations within the state, effectively limiting their voices as well. The Solution: The solution to this problem is to push and advocate for more balanced voting resources for all North Carolinian districts and counties. Additionally, helping to provide information and spread the word about these unfair voting practices will help to pull these laws out from under the shadows, and reduce the likelihood of more of these regulations being implemented. The most powerful type of protest that we, as Americans, can do is to work to influence change within our local governments. That is why I ask that anybody reading this petition to go write, call, email, or in some form contact your local congressman/congresswoman, in order to explain any and all frustrations that you have regarding voter suppression. This is doubly important for any North Carolinians reading this; if you care about ending voter suppression within your community, contacting your district representative is key in influencing this change. Why This Matters: This issue is incredibly important due to how it presents a suppression of the rights of American citizens. In the modern world, the suppression of the constitutional rights of American citizens, especially those that represent the fundamentals of our democracy, should not go unnoticed. This is a problem which must be ended before our society can truly start the modern era.  

Nolan Yeager
21 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Josh Stein

State of NC: Father Loses Custody of Daughter to a Homeless Mother Anybody that knows my brother, Tyler, knows what the most important thing in his life is and that is his daughter, Kyndall. Since Kyndall was born, Tyler has always provided everything she could need, or want for that matter. Kyndall’s mother, Anna, left when Kyndall was just a baby so Tyler stepped up. For the past five years, he has had Kyndall in his care for 5-6 days a week. There have been times where Kyndall didn’t see or hear from Anna for weeks at a time. Both parents were in agreement, that Tyler’s home was more suitable and they agreed to weekend visitation for Anna. These weekend visits were quite irregular due to the fact that Anna hasn’t had a vehicle or valid driver’s license for years. Flash back to 2014. The Department of Social Services was alleging that Anna had left Kyndall in a vehicle while she went inside to sleep with a man. The report also stated that Anna had smoked marijuana in front of the child and also that the child had gotten into the marijuana stash. When DSS did a drug-screening on Anna, amphetamines and marijuana were found in her system. She had to do assessments to determine whether or not she should be treated and also had to show progress in turning her life around. So, because she was accepted into barber school and she and Tyler were in agreement that Kyndall would continue living with Tyler full-time, DSS closed the case. Flash forward to 2017. It’s been three years since the DSS investigation yet Anna is still not a barber, but a barber’s apprentice. She is working at her father’s barber shop making less than minimum wage. She is living in a two-bedroom apartment with her fiancé who once assaulted her (because she woke him up from a nap) to the point where she had to go to the hospital and a police report was filed. That night, the police tracked him down to a cheap motel with a “crack pipe” on the night stand and another female in his bed. He was then arrested and charged. It didn’t take long for him and Anna to get back together. Tyler still has Kyndall 5-6 days a week. He is living in a four-bedroom home with a big fenced in yard. Kyndall has her trampoline, four-wheeler, bicycle, basketball hoop, and the list goes on. Everything is still cordial between Tyler and Anna, with the weekend visitation still on the table. It is now September, 2017, and Anna goes ahead and files for full-custody of Kyndall. Now, because she lives in Salisbury, it automatically went to the Salisbury courts. The judge immediately issued temporary custody, one week on, one week off. Mind you, the judge knew Anna’s family, personally, so Tyler had to file for a new judge. But there would be no overruling of the new visitation. Anna is still engaged to the man that assaulted her. He was actually court-ordered to not be in contact with Kyndall, which was later testified that he had been in contact with her numerous times. At this time, Anna still has no vehicle or driver’s license. So for eight months, she had to catch rides to and from Tyler’s house to pick up Kyndall, if she decided to even ride along that week. When Tyler picks Kyndall up, she is usually dirty and smelling of cigarettes. One time, she even came home with burn marks on her arm. Anna and her fiancé later testified that they smoke cigarettes inside their home, even when Kyndall is present. Well, Thursday, May 10th, 2018 Anna gets called to the stand in court. She is then asked to read a thread of text messages between her and Tyler. Come to find out, Anna moved all of her belongings into storage and couldn’t provide us with a home address. So, that had to have been the end of it, right? Wrong. The judge goes back to his chambers for about 45 minutes and comes back with his decision, awarding primary custody to the mother. A homeless person, with no vehicle or license to operate a vehicle, with a lengthy record, in an abusive relationship, making less than minimum wage. Meanwhile, the father lives in a nice home, with a good job, has transportation, has had the child in his custody since day one, no questions asked. Tyler’s time with Kyndall was cut from 5-6 days a week to just weekends, knowing that he works on Saturdays. This is by far the worst ruling on the welfare of a child that you can even imagine. My niece, doesn’t have a home right now. Tyler does not know where his daughter is sleeping tonight and he has no say in it. Being that Anna, Anna’s family, Anna’s lawyer, and the judge, all reside in Salisbury, it wouldn’t be unfair to consider corruption. It was discovered during the fifth and final hearing that the judge actually knew of Anna’s soon-to-be step-brother-in-law. The judge’s children also go to the same school as Anna’s son. I failed to mention that Anna gave her first son up to her mother, who has no intentions of returning him to Anna. Say this was an adoption or foster care hearing... Would the judge really award a child to Anna over Tyler? We have so many questions that can’t be answered but are praying that the right person is reading this. An emergency appeal, on the grounds of Anna being homeless, is not an option due to the fact that the judge was already aware before making his ruling. We can and will appeal this, however, we’ve been advised that the process could take up to two years. My niece’s physical and mental well-being can’t wait that long. We are starting this campaign with the hopes that we can raise some awareness to this case. How often are North Carolina fathers losing custody of their children to unfit mothers? We are looking for support from the community and any funds raised by this campaign will go directly to Tyler’s legal fees. He has incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees thus far. Continued litigation will incur thousands and thousands more. All of the details stated above were testified to in court and are available to the public.

Dayna Therrien
1,829 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Wesley Meredith, James William Arp, Jr., Mitch Colvin, William Richardson, United States Department of Transportation

Oppose Cliffdale Rd Widening Project 39048.1.1/TIP U-4404 - Unnecessary Spending

The safety of our neighborhood is at stake. This proposed project will take at least an additional 80 feet of property from homeowners to widen our 0.9 mile stretch of Cliffdale Road to 4 or 5 lanes with a 17 foot median, sidewalks, and possibly even bike paths. If this proposed project goes through, the highway will be at our front doors! The proposed construction will last 2 years with heavy equipment, large spot lights to work day and night, and lots of noise. This type of construction can be seen at I-95 southbound exit 58. Another concern which has not been brought up yet is possible damage to our homes with this heavy equipment and construction so very close to all our homes. This type of heavy equipment will rumble and shake the ground violently and possibly even damage our homes, historic church, and school. Such a lawsuit was brought up and won recently by homeowners in Dallas, Texas. Let us unite and stand strong against this obvious overreach of government and abuse of eminent domain. Some of the many reasons why Cliffdale Road should not be widened include the following: • Residential neighborhood area within a school zone – Constructing a 4 to 5 lane divided super highway is inappropriate for a residential area in a school zone. We are not in a commercial district.• Safety – Constructing a 4 to 5 lane divided super highway will only decrease the safety for our children as well as the residents living in our community.• Increase traffic – Constructing a 4 to 5 lane divided super highway will only increase traffic and congestion in our neighborhood. • Inflated traffic numbers – The Mirror Lake Bridge has been closed for close to two years; therefore, traffic has been diverted to Cliffdale Road. Why isn’t the Mirror Lake Bridge being repaired? Could it be that the traffic from Van Story going toward Raeford Road now is being diverted to Cliffdale only to have to circle back around to get to Raeford Road which is obviously artificially inflating Cliffdale Road traffic numbers? Could the city purposely not be fixing the Mirror Lake Bridge in order to increase the numbers on our 0.9 mile stretch of Cliffdale Road?• Huge waste of taxpayer money - Surely over $16,000,000.00 of taxpayer money can be better spent elsewhere. • Flooding – Adding all this extra pavement and asphalt will only enhance the flooding concerns due to the increased water runoff, especially near the creek where a flooding problem exists. • History – A proposed project of this magnitude will definitely have a negative impact on the history of our community. We live on the Dogwood Trail, the pride of Fayetteville, where a historic church and cemetery were built in 1868. Furthermore, the crown jewel of our neighborhood is a historic home built in 1913. • Economic Aspects – Widening this section will only encourage drivers to use our neighborhood as the cut through instead of staying on the main commercial streets. In turn, this will actually hurt the City as well as local merchants since drivers will not stop to purchase items on their way home. We do not have any commercialized businesses on our section of Cliffdale Road as it is a residential area. The city will lose sales tax revenues, and local shops will suffer as a result of less business. • Devaluation of Property – A proposed project of this magnitude will drastically devalue all the properties in the proposed project area which will result in less property tax revenue collected by the City and the County. • Damage to homes – Heavy equipment operating day and night for 2 years just feet from our homes will cause the ground to shake violently possibly resulting in damage to our homes, historic church and school.• Overreach - This proposed project is an abuse of eminent domain and an overreach of the government. This unnecessary taking of a homeowner’s land without his or her consent is unconstitutional. We can make a difference and stop this unnecessary and wasteful project. It is not too late. Be sure to attend the meeting on May 14th, which will take place at 433 Hay Street at 7:00 PM.

Angelica Ortiz
237 supporters