A busload of citizens from Duplin County, members of the Duplin County NAACP, and NAACP State Leadership, protested Senate Bill 550 which tries to add an additional member to Duplin County’s Board of Education and Board of Commissioners. The Duplin County Board of Elections and its Board of Commissioners both oppose this bill.
UpdateMarch 25, 2009: NC Attorney General Roy Cooper attended People of Color Lobby Day at the State Legislature with NC NAACP activists to announce he is filing a "friend of the court brief" in Supreme Court voting rights case. See Associated Press coverage.The NC NAACP release can be found at the end of this article.
The U.S. Supreme Court's latest interpretation of the Voting Rights Act is a "direct blow" to the state's efforts to heal the "racist wounds of the past," the NC NAACP says. In a 5-4 decision March 9, 2009, the high court ruled that the Voting Rights Act does not apply to legislative districts that are less than 50 percent
minority. The decision means that a congressional district in the Wilmington area will have to be redrawn and that minorities could lose representation. See coverage in the Raleigh News and Observer.
'We' Is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can't do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STAND together now like never before.'