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LGBT Democrats of North Carolina convention photoblog

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.

Alamance County Moral Monday photo blog

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.

NC NAACP convention photo blog

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:

Marriage news watch

In a continuing effort to share these whenever they mention NC, here is this week's Marriage News Watch. The politics of the marriage equality fight in New Jersey could prove interesting since it involves a 2016 potential presidential hopeful.

Here's more news on the latest efforts in NC:
http://www.southernequality.org/we-do-campaign/register-my-marriage/

Register your marriage license in N.C.

As we continue to expand the WE DO Campaign, we are adding a new action. On October 22nd, LGBT couples who are legally married are saying “We did!” by registering their marriage licenses at their local Register of Deeds Offices across North Carolina.

National immigration reform advocacy day

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.

NC Pride 2013

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.

Youth-led march for voting rights & education

I've joined in some marches with these students, and they have been powerful. If you're someone who has ever said, the next generation really needs to take up the mantle of fighting for justice, then you're someone who needs to be here to show support for their efforts to do just that. Here's the information on the event from a NC NAACP e-blast.

Moral Monday 18 To Be Led By Youth
Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM
First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh

Guide to getting an ID to vote

Here's the latest handout from Democracy NC on how to get an ID. It's probably a little too wonky for mass public distribution, but it could be useful for individuals, committees, and organizations planning to assist people on getting IDs when the free ones become available starting in January.

http://democracy-nc.org/downloads/HowToGetID.pdf

Philly Photoblog

Sometimes when your democracy is in trouble, it's good to get back to the basics, and remember that the ultimate power rests in the hands of We The People. This week I've seen the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed, the Constitution Center, early copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and George Washington's copy of the Constitution, along with a printing of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln, the pre-DC meeting places of the US Supreme Court, the House, and the Senate, the Betsy Ross House, and much more.

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