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A letter to Representative David Rouzer

By | March 28th, 2017|Activism, Health Care, North Carolina, Open Letters|

Tina Ericson - RISE Together NC Member and contributor Dear Congressman Rouzer, I know you have a very busy schedule these days with travel to the Mexican border and hearing from your other family in West Virginia, but I thought you might be interested in a kid from North Carolina and his family. [...]

How to be a Real Welcoming City

By | March 27th, 2017|Immigration, Issues, North Carolina, Opinion|

Today, the Winston Salem City Council is scheduled to vote on a "Welcoming City" resolution, which basically "reaffirms we are a welcoming city for newcomers, immigrants and refugees who come to our nation and our city for a peaceful new beginning.” While I whole heartedly agree with the sentiments and desire and intent of this resolution, [...]

The Stain of HB2

By | March 22nd, 2017|Equality, HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Opinion|

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of an ignominious event in North Carolina history: the passage of HB2, the law that will forever be known as the bathroom bill. Estimates vary about the exact economic losses this single statute has cost us, but the loss in pride, prestige, and standing in the nation and indeed the [...]

The Sanctuary City Debate: What’s at Risk? What Can We Do?

By | March 5th, 2017|Immigration|

Ever since the issuance of some vaguely worded but potentially sweeping executive orders by the Trump administration, the climate of fear and uncertainty that already obtained for undocumented immigrants and their families has risen to unprecedented heights. Real fears of ICE raids, extra-legal detentions, and forced deportations have created an unstable climate, precisely the intent [...]

Bill Summary – North Carolina SB 145

By | March 2nd, 2017|Immigration|

North Carolina Republican State Senator Sanderson, with the direct support of Phil Berger, has introduced a mean-spirited and misguided bill that would punish cities and universities in the public system financially and legally if they fail to comply with federal and state immigration law to the absolute letter. This flies in the face of current [...]