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Thanks, GOP!

By | May 6th, 2017|Activism, Federal News, Health Care, Opinion|

Well, they did it. They sucked the air out of the room. They clipped the wings of the resistance. A few short weeks after our jubilance over the defeat of the ill-conceived TrumpRyan “care” AHCA, they came back and passed it. They sure showed us. Wrong! This health bill is a complete joke. It has [...]

Accessing Healthcare As A Middle Class American

By | May 4th, 2017|Health Care, Issues|

Andrea Lorenz is a writer, mother of two and a former newspaper reporter from Texas who now lives in Charlotte. Before the Affordable Care Act, my family was struggling. Not in the worst sense — my husband and I both had professional jobs, and there were and still are people who are worse [...]

Finland, Values, and Phil Berger

By | May 3rd, 2017|Education, Equality, Health Care, Issues, North Carolina, Uncategorized|

Jennifer R. Mangrum, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at UNCG. On Easter Sunday, I arrived in Oulu, Finland.  Five of my student teachers from UNCG and I were going to work in Oulu International School for two weeks.   I knew we’d learn a lot but I didn’t realize [...]

What A Bunch Of Hog S*** – HB 467 and the Real Problems with Factory Farming

By | April 27th, 2017|Bill Summary, Environment, North Carolina|

Bronwyn Lane      I have been fortunate enough to have never lived next to a hog farm.  Mainly because I’m a vegan, but also because that would stink. Literally stink. Can you imagine the smell of 756,460 hogs doing their business next door on hot, sticky North Carolina summer day? Business to [...]

The Future of Reproductive Rights in NC

By | April 24th, 2017|Health Care, Issues|

Tara Romano In June 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down its first major decision on abortion rights in over a decade, and it was a decision that reaffirmed the right of Americans to access abortion.  And in directly striking down a number of Texas laws as creating an [...]

H.R. 1313 Using Wellness Plans as a Loophole for Eugenics

By | April 7th, 2017|Corporate Influence, Federal News, Health Care, Issues, Perspectives|

  Judy Wolfe While attention was focused on the American’s Health Care Act, on March 8th, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a bill introduced by Virginia Foxx (NC, District 5),  H.R. 1313 – Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. This bill would provide significant financial incentives for employees to share [...]

Safe Bathrooms

By | April 6th, 2017|HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Perspectives|

Yelp recently has launched an app to pinpoint "safe bathrooms" for transgender people across the country.  First, let me state that in 20 years as an out trans woman...for the first nineteen of those years, I never had to give a single thought as to which bathroom to use! As a 20-years-out transgender woman who [...]

THE HOPE AND TRAGEDY OF NC HOUSE BILL 21

By | April 5th, 2017|Bill Summary, Education, Issues, North Carolina, Perspectives, Race|

Given a quick once-over, NC House Bill 21 is just a standard outline for the state’s driver’s education program.  However, after a second perusal, the “Instruction on Law Enforcement Procedures During Traffic Stops” clause becomes conspicuous.  North Carolina is not the first state to consider such a bill.  Both Illinois and Virginia have passed similar [...]

Basketball or Rights?

By | April 2nd, 2017|HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Opinion, Uncategorized|

The ACC is signaling its acceptance of HB 142. News reports have it that Cooper was in constant contact with the NCAA and the NBA during the final phase of negotiations. It is clear now that the "compromise" has worked in terms of lifting the most symbolically important part of the economic boycott against our [...]