Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 2:50pm

From yesterday's NY Times:

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.

Straight from the lips of Attorney General Eric Holder. It's your call on whether or not to defend the ban based on whether or not you think it is discriminatory. Do you?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 1:03pm

March is Voter Registration Month. You're going to start hearing that more soon, and hopefully start repeating it. Why is March Voter Registration Month? Because the anti-voting law that passed year necessitates it. And because it is important to turn the energy of the Moral Movement into action around voting.

Now that Same Day Registration during early voting is gone, we have to get folks registered before early voting starts in April for the primary election. We don't have that safety net to fall back on, so we have to take action now.

High school voter registrations during March Voter Registration Month are important too. They repealed pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds. But 18 year olds and those who will be 18 by the time of the November election can still get registered and vote in this coming election. And so it is important to get them registered before they graduate.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 2:38pm

A warm thought for a cold day. 50 years since Freedom Summer, it's coming again to North Carolina.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 5:34pm

In one of his last acts as a Congressman, Rep. Mike McIntyre is trying to strip my marriage and the marriages of couples just like us across North Carolina of federal recognition. He's going out swinging, trying to harm North Carolinians as he goes, even if it means standing alone with the Republicans as he does, giving them cover to call this bipartisan.

This is the kind of act that is helping drive youth into the growing ranks of the independents in this state rather than the shrinking ranks of the Democratic Party. His stance is firmly rooted in the past and on the wrong side of history, in opposition to Senator Hagan's and Attorney General Cooper's support of marriage equality.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:23pm

As 2013 is coming to a close, I've been thinking a lot about the year in review lately. There were local elections, a crazy legislative session, and of course Moral Mondays. The Supreme Court misguidedly struck down part of the voting rights act, but also struck down some marriage discrimination statutes as well. It has been a mixed year of frustration and hope for the future.

Though those red equal signs felt ubiquitous when they went viral through social media earlier this year with the Supreme Court marriage case, I was still a little surprised to learn when reading the Advocate today that it was on people's profiles in every single county in the US. And by extension in every single county in NC. Nowhere in the nation or state is without allies. That is a profound and heartening thing to know.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 6:42pm

Today was the annual convention of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina which is an official auxiliary of the Democratic Party of North Carolina. There was applause for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act being passed this week in the US Senate with Senator Hagan's support, and the growing number of states embracing the freedom to marry.

There was celebration of the growing membership and number of regional chapters across the state with plans to continue that expansion. And there was an election of the new leadership team to take us through the 2014 elections. Photos below the fold.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:08pm

Alamance County has been hopping recently with progressive activity. Though it's a often a red county, it is nestled on 40 between the Triangle and the Triad. It went blue for Senator Hagan last time. It's home to Elon University. And in the past week they've been busy.

Here are a few photos from a Story of America film and discussion in Saxapahaw last week and from a Moral Monday in Burlington earlier today featuring speakers on voting rights, women's rights, immigration reform, LGBT equality with support from the local LGBT student group at Elon and the Alamance County PFLAG, other important issues, and Rev. Gatewood as the keynote speaker from the NAACP.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:51pm

I've just returned from a day at the NC NAACP annual state convention in Rocky Mount. Though I had been to quite a few NAACP meetings in the past, I didn't make it official until joining in April of this year. Little did I know the wave of Moral Monday activism that would be ahead. This was my first time going to the state convention, and as I do with many political activities, I thought I'd share here on Blue NC to encourage folks to attend a local branch meeting for your area and see what you're missing out on if you're not at the state convention.

Of course we had a Democracy NC table set up to pass out our legislative reports, our 2013 get out the vote wallet cards, and other materials we've produced:

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 4:34pm

I'm just getting back from one of the many rallies and events around North Carolina and around country today to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the lead groups behind it is the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities along with more local and statewide partners like Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte. At the event I attend I heard voices ranging from passionate arguments for equality to a heartbreaking tale of how a broken immigration system has devastated lives.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 5:08pm

North Carolina's annual Pride event is coming up this weekend. It's the first NC Pride since the pro-equality Supreme Court decisions this summer, so there should be a lot of energy out there. The main event is of course on Saturday with the fair grounds style tent set up, speakers, and marches around the Duke East Campus and 9th street areas. It's a lot of fun, and you should check it out if you've never been.