Pride with Cal Cunningham

Join us Saturday, June 20th at 2pm for a virtual pride celebration with Cal Cunningham, our next US Senator from NC.
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What a week! Decisions and Events

Gosh,  a lot has happened over the last week! Hopefully, you’ve all seen the Joint Statements we issued this last week and this week and other important happenings that were posted on our social media and on the NCDP website, however just in case here’s the list: 

1) Statement with the NCDP and Transgender Caucus on Saturday, June 13 condemning the Trump administration’s roll back of the 2016 Obama health care protections under the ACA that included transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming Americans.   

2) Statement with the NCDP, LGBTQ Democrats of NC and the Transgender Caucus on Monday, June 15 about the landmark SCOTUS Ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects workers from sex discrimination, also protect lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming Americans.  This landmark and monumental decision is certainly wonderful news, but as we celebrate this victory,  let us also not lose sight that our fight is not over! Our LGBTQ+ Black and Brown siblings and communities will still face discrimination from institutionalized and systemic racism and oppression.   This ruling doesn’t cover public accommodations or the regulation of multi-use bathrooms and changing rooms, leaving our our Trans siblings open to discrimination, especially here in NC with HB 142 still in place.  Also it only applies to employers with 15 employees and greater and in NC, we’re a right to work state, which means an employer can fire an employee at will.  That being said, many in the legal community believe that if an LGBTQ+ person is fired in NC solely because they’re LGBTQ+ and they file suit, the SCOTUS Ruling may positively influence the outcome in the courts.

3) On June 18th, SCOTUS blocks Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  We don’t have a formal statement on this decision, but still wanted to highlight its significance. This SCOTUS Ruling was another positive decision that happened and was certainly good news for our immigrant community,  particularly for the DACA recipients and DREAMERS who identify as LGBTQ+,  estimated to be over 75,000 people. If not protected, many of these individuals would be deported to the countries where they immigrated from and it would be sentencing them to face discrimination, prosecution by the government, incarceration or worse, death. We must be vigilant in our fight for immigration reform that provides protections under the law and are not subject to a President like Trump,  who has already Tweeted his intent to try to terminate the DACA program again.  
LGBTQ Democrats President Ginger Walker stated in her email last week:  
I am hopeful, and I truly believe, this moment is our collective moment to finally start to make the changes necessary to bring forth a more perfect Union with Equity, Equality, Freedom and Justice for All!  ¡Libertad y Justicia para todos! 
We have Everything to Lose and Everything to Gain, so we must tell everyone to VOTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT…IT DOES!

Upcoming Events

There are a few upcoming events that we hope you’ve seen posted on social media and our website and hope that you’re planning to attend:

Saturday June 20th at 10am and again at 6pm that same day and on Sunday, June 21st – Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis’ Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering.  Here’s the link to register, if you haven’t already registered: Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering

Saturday June 20th at 2pm  A Pride Celebration with Cal Cunningham, NC Candidate for US Senate.  Flyer is below, and here’s the link to register:  https://www.mobilize.us/cunninghamforsenate/event/278562/

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Statement on Police Brutality

On June 4th, the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina along with its associated county chapters released a statement in response to the tactics used by police forces in some cities across the state dealing with recent protests.

Downloadable PDF of Statement

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Virtual Town Hall 5/19/20

 Join us for this non-partisan Town Hall focused on 2020 Elections: voter education, voter participation and voter protection in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic health crisis.

Register at bit.ly/lgbtqnctownhall or by clicking the image above.

Join us and partner organization, Equality North Carolina, for our upcoming Virtual Town Hall on May 19th at 6:45PM. This non-partisan Town Hall will be focused on 2020 Elections: voter education, voter participation and voter protection in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic health crisis.

We have assembled an incredible group of advocates and knowledgeable panelists, who will share what activities and actions are underway to ensure that we have the ability to exercise our right to vote in the upcoming and critical General Election this November. Particularly – mail-in-ballots, expanded early voting sites, challenges and potential solutions for having a sufficient number of Poll Workers and Voter Protection.  We will also learn what we in the LGBTQ Community and Allies can do to help.

You will register for the ZOOM by visiting bit.ly/lgbtqnctownhall — All participants, who have registered, will receive the ZOOM log-in information the morning of the 19th.

We will be joined by Representatives Deb Butler and Allison Dahle. Also joining our panelists will be Allison Riggs the Interim Executive Director / Chief Council, Voting Rights with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; Seth Morris the Voter Protection Director and Senior Counsel at the NCDP; and Caroline Fry, the Voter Protection Project Manager with Democracy NC.

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Virtual Town Hall 5/5/20

Join LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina and co-hosts Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign, and Faith in Public Life for a virtual town hall Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30. This Facebook Live town hall will focus on non-discrimination issues. A dynamic slate of speakers will discuss the SCOTUS decisions and the status of non-discrimination protections at the local, state, and federal level.

REGISTER HERE

Current Speakers:

  • Kendra Johnson, Executive Director, Equality NC
  • Allison Scott, Director of Policy and Programs, Campaign for Southern Equality
  • Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Founder and Executive Director, Freedom Center for Social Justice
  • Jillian Johnson, Durham Mayor Pro tempore
  • Ames Simmons (moderator), Director of Policy, Equality NC
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2020 Primary Peek: Lieutenant Governor

This is the fourth in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the Lieutenant Governor?
The Lieutenant Governor of the state is much like the Vice President nationally, except the Governor and Lt. Governor are elected separately and may even be from different political parties.
“  The Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the State Senate, serves as a member of the Governor’s Council of State, serves on various boards and commissions, and must also stand ready to fulfill the duties of Governor in the event of his absence, death or incapacitation.  ” — nc.gov website

Candidates for Lieutenant Governor

Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas
County Commissioner, Hoke County, Since 2014.
http://www.allenthomasjr.com/
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Bill Toole

Bill Toole
Environmental Attorney
Former Belmont City Council and Chair, Gaston Co. Democratic Party.
https://votebilltoole.com/
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Terry Van Duyn

Terry Van Duyn
State Senator since 2014, (elected Democratic Whip)
Former President, Democratic Women of Buncombe Co.
http://votevanduyn.com/
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Chaz Beasley

Chaz Beasley
2nd term, NC State House of Representatives, District 92
Financial Attorney
https://chazbeasley.com/
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Yvonne Lewis Holley

Yvonne Lewis Holley
NC House of Representatives, District 38
25-year State Employee
https://yvonnelewisholley.com/
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Ron Newton

Ron Newton
Author, businessman, 2016 Candidate for Lt. Governor.
Former union manager and Durham Public Safety Officer.
https://www.electronaldlnewton.com/
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2020 Primary Peek: Agriculture Commissioner

This is the third in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the Agriculture Commissioner?
The NC Commissioner of Agriculture is the head of the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Among their more visible duties is organizing the State Fair each fall.
The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works to provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forest; protect consumers and businesses, and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. ” — nc.gov website

Candidates for NC Commissioner of Agriculture

Walter Smith

Walter Smith
Farmer, former small-town mayor, former USDA Field Office Executive Director. BS, Agricultural Engineering, NCSU. Democratic nominee for Agriculture Commissioner 2012, 2016.
http://votewaltersmith.com/
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Jenna Wadsworth

Jenna Wadsworth
From a farming family, became youngest woman ever elected to office in NC in 2010 when she was elected to the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors at age 21, re-elected twice. Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from NCSU.
https://www.jennawadsworth.com/
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Donovan Alexander Watson
Farmer, Family Produce Market Businessowner.
https://watsonfornc.com/
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2020 Primary Peek: State Superintendent of Public Instruction

This is the second in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the State Superintendent?
Actually, that is debatable… for some time there has been a struggle for power and control between the State Superintendent (elected) and the State Board of Education (appointed).
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is charged with implementing the state’s public school laws, policies, and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education. The elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction leads the Department and functions under the policy direction of the State Board of Education.” — nc.gov website

Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Keith Sutton

Keith A Sutton
Former Excellence Director for BEST NC, Educational Consultant, founder of FocusED LLC, member of Wake County School Board.
https://votekeithsutton.com/
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James Barrett

James Barrett
Corporate IT Executive, member of Chapel Hill-Carboro School Board.
https://barrettforschools.com/
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Constance (Lav) Johnson

Constance (Lav) Johnson
Biography not available, website “Biography” link takes you to her Johnson Burton Learning Center web page.
https://constancelavjohnson.com/
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Michael Maher, PhD

Michael Maher, PhD
Former H.S. Science Teacher, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at St. Augustine’s University, and Assistant Dean of Professional Education at NCSU, current president of the NC Assn. of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
https://www.maherfornc.com/
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Jen Mangrum, PhD

Jen Mangrum, PhD
Classroom teacher for 14 years, former Elementary Education faculty and program director at NCSU, currently Associate Professor in Teacher Education at UNCG, co-founder of UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative.
https://www.jenmangrumfornc.com/
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2020 Primary Peek: State Treasurer

This is the first in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position.

What is the role of the State Treasurer?
The NC Department of the State Treasurer administers the public employee retirement systems for more than 900,000 North Carolinians, as well as the 401(k), 457, and 403(b) supplemental retirement plans for public employees. The Department also administers the State Health Plan for more than 727,000 state employees, retirees, and their dependents. The Department provides fiscal assistance and expertise to local governmental units by assisting them in the sale of local government debt obligations and maintaining good budgeting, accounting, reporting, and other fiscal procedures. It also administers NC Cash, the unclaimed property database that holds approximately $711 million.nc.gov website

Candidates for State Treasurer

(Alphabetical by Last Name)

Dimple Ajmera, CPA

Dimple Ajmera, CPA
Current Charlotte City Council Member
Former CPA, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA)
DimpleAjmera.com
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Ronnie Chatterji
Ronnie Chatterji, PhD

Ronnie Chatterji, PhD
Professor, Business & Public Policy, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University & Former Sr. Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisors (Obama Administration)
ronniechatterji.com/
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Matt Leatherman

Matt Leatherman
Public Financing and Budgeting Expert who has worked with Fmr. Democratic State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and with Retirement Security Non-Profits.
mattfornc.com
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Happy Holidays 2019

A President’s Message from President Ginger Walker

Hello LGBTQ Democrats of NC,

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s a time to celebrate our many victories and accomplishments as an Auxiliary, as a community and as individuals. It’s also a time to reflect on, and let go of, disappointments and things left undone this year, turning the focus on blessings received and setting our sights on 2020. We have much work to do together to support and elect Democrats up and down the ballot, from the Court House to the White House! As many of you have heard me say, “Our lives depend on it!”

Thank you all for your involvement, passion, hard work and support of the LGBTQ Democrats of NC, as well as your courage in our continued fight for equity and equality! I would also like to thank you for your trust and support of me as your Auxiliary State President!

Have wonderful and safe holidays, sharing love and good cheer and enjoying time with family and friends!

Peace and Love,
Ginger

Good News
Did you catch us in State Secretary Melvin Williams most recent issue of “Good News About Democrats”?
Pictures from our Governor’s Reception and Convention are featured in the December 18th Issue!

Governor’s Holiday Reception Photos

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