NC JUSTICE NEWS: Election Day 2012 + Building a Better North Carolina + Raffle Winners
November 6, 2012
POVERTY AND THE ELECTION: An economy that works for everyone
Election Day is finally here. One issue that has been rarely discussed throughout this election season is perhaps one that affects more people in the U.S. than any other: poverty. Whoever wins today must take poverty seriously in order to help build an economy that works for everyone, including those in our state that struggle with low wealth and a lack of opportunity.
What does it mean to take poverty seriously? To take poverty seriously means making economic policy decisions that create opportunity for people. Instead of concentrating wealth in the hands of the few, our economy and communities perform better when all people have the chance to build prosperity. Preserving and creating high-quality jobs must be a top priority.
To take poverty seriously means committing to public education, a clear path out of poverty. It means understanding that health care is an outstanding investment in North Carolina’s people, one that pays off in the present and the future. It means acknowledging the contributions immigrants make in communities across our state and nation and cracking down on employers who don’t pay their workers the wages they are legally entitled to.
To take poverty seriously means all of these things and more. Though the election will be over in just a few hours, our shared values dictate that our struggle against poverty — and for shared prosperity — must be ongoing, regardless of who holds elected office.
- NC Justice Center: Whoever wins tomorrow must take poverty seriously
- Raleigh News & Observer: The missing anti-poverty campaign
ELECTION BRIEFS: Learn more about the REAL challenges facing NC
Throughout the campaign season, candidates often talk about issues that aren't actually important to the well-being and prosperity of North Carolinians. Polls close in a few hours, but it's never too late to educate yourself on the issues. Even after Election Day, it's crucial that politicians are forced to answer the tough questions, and back up all of the talking points and rhetoric.
The NC Justice Center has produced a wide variety of Election 2012 Issue Briefs on some of the most pressing challenges facing the state. Some cover the nuances of the more publicized issues such as health care reform, the need for quality jobs, and finding adequate funding for public education. Others look at the issues so often ignored by politicians, such as:
- Predatory lending by finance companies that force borrowers to pay more in interest, fees and insurance costs than they actually borrow.
- The collateral consequences of criminal convictions, where individuals with criminal records face barriers that make it difficult to earn a living, reintegrate into society, and avoid recidivism.
- Protecting farmworkers who are among the most vulnerable workers in the state, earning below-poverty-level wages and suffering from high rates of occupational injuries
- The need for an updated family and medical leave system that will help save workers from having to risk a paycheck or job to care for a sick family member.
- NC Justice Center: Election 2012 - The Real Challenges Facing NC
- Progressive Pulse: Finding common ground after the ballots are counted
BUILDING A BETTER NC EVENTS: Forum on economy, working families
North Carolina citizens can help write the next chapter in the story of our economy.
Communities across the state will play host to a community conversation event entitled “Building a Stronger North Carolina,” led by staff from the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center, and United Way of North Carolina. Through this interactive session, members of the community will have the opportunity to respond to critical questions regarding key legislation and learn about ways to get engaged in issues that will affect the future of the state.
They will discuss top issues in state public policy, including the impact of current economic conditions on working families, and how the state budget directly affected education, health care and financial stability. Presentations will be held in communities across the state.
- New Hanover County. Tuesday, November 27, 9:30 a.m. New Hanover County Executive Development Center, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington
- Mecklenburg County. Monday, December 3, 2:00 p.m. United Way of Central Carolinas, 301 S. Brevard Street, Charlotte
- Catawba County. Tuesday, December 4, 9:00 a.m. Catawba County Community College, 2550 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory
- Orange County. Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
- Buncombe County. Tuesday, December 11. 1459 Sand Hill Drive, AB Tech Enka Campus’ Haynes Building, Candler
- Guilford and Forsyth County. January 9, 9:00 a.m. 8818 West Market St., Girl Scouts’ Carolinas Peaks2Piedmont Triad Service Center, Colfax
- Wake County. January 10, 3:00 p.m. NCAE, 700 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh
An additional event will be held in Pitt County. More details are available at this link.
- NC Justice Center: Community Conversation across NC will cover budget, public investments, education reform
NC JUSTICE CENTER RAFFLE WINNERS: Congrats to our winners!
The NC Justice Center would like to offer a huge thanks to everyone that participated in our on-line survey and to all of those who visited us at First Friday in Raleigh. We have four lucky raffle winners:
- First Friday Winners: Congrats to Kelsey Sullivan of Gibbonsville (winner of $50) and Allie White of Raleigh (winner of $25)!
- Online Poll Winners: Congrats to Laura Todd of Durham ($50 gift card) and Vanessa Marsh of Knightdale ($25 gift card)!
Please contact Melissa Wiggins at email@example.com to claim your prize.
To continue your support of the NC Justice Center, consider doubling your money for a good cause! The NC Justice Center has received a $50,000 challenge grant, but to receive the grant we must match it with new donations from our supporters. Your donation will help us ensure that jobs pay a living wage with benefits, at-risk children receive early childhood education, safe and affordable housing is make available to low- and middle-class families, and much, much more. Your contribution allows us to continue working for a state where there is opportunity for all North Carolinians. Please click here to donate. And thank you again to all of our participants!
CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER CARE: Luncheon in Mooresville
Join the NC Justice Center and AARP NC on Wednesday, November 14 in Mooresville for the next Campaign for Better Care community meeting and make your voice heard on one of the most important, complex issues in North Carolina today.
The goals of the Campaign for Better Care are to:
- Make improvements in the health care system for vulnerable older adults
- Build a strong and lasting consumer voice for better health
Be sure your voice is heard! You can share your experiences and tell us what you think needs to change in the health care system. You will also learn about important programs from AARP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), and others who will be available to answer your questions.
The free event will be held from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center in Mooresville, NC. To reserve your seat, contact the Senior Center at 704-662-3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Dozier at email@example.com or 919-856-2146.