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Town hall with Tarte, or a 90-minute reminder that there’s no ‘moderate’ in the NCGA GOP

By | May 24th, 2017|HB2, North Carolina, Perspectives|

This isn’t a difference in philosophy. This is an attack on our schools, our environment, our young people’s right to the same opportunities, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or country of origin. And everyone’s right to be represented by someone who must answer to his or her constituents.

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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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. [...]