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Decision day is coming this week

Decision day is coming this week. We don't know which day, but we know it's coming. Discriminatory laws like DOMA and Prop 8 could both be put to rest by the Supreme Court this week. Even though that would leave a long ways to go on the marriage equality issue and other LGBT equality issues, it would still be the biggest advancement for LGBT equality thus far in my lifetime.

Youth take their concerns to the Governor

The second Witness Wednesday, a spin-off recurring bit of activism from the Moral Mondays, was led by North Carolina's youth and students. It started with a press conference and was followed by a march to the Governor's office to deliver their demands relating to civil rights, voting rights, education, the racial justice act, and other important issues.

Witness Wednesday photo blog

I spent today with the Democracy North Carolina legislative day of action and the NAACP Witness Wednesday. Here is a little of what I saw while going to rallies, seeing civil disobedience, watching the legislative sessions in action, and meeting with elected officials to talk about voting rights, tougher campaign finance disclosure laws, and other important issues.

Pride month and Stonewall

I have this PBS documentary called Stonewall Uprising on DVD, but it looks like they've put it online now. It's worth a watch, at least that first 7 minute clip, and if you want to watch the rest you can click continue watching after the first clip is finished.

When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Democracy Summer opening act

Every summer Democracy North Carolina has talented young undergraduate student interns join the team to do nonpartisan organizing in regions all across the state. They will be documenting their experiences through weekly blogging. In their first week they met elected officials, attended meetings, spoke at events, and helped push Mega Moral Monday all over the region. Meet my team:

Hi! I’m Cassandra Perkins, “Cassy.” I’m a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Political Science and Journalism. Having grown up in Bethesda, MD, working in Eastern NC will be a whole new adventure for me. I’m excited to learn about the current issues facing NC and work with the community to create change!

Hi! I’m Martina Evans. I am a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Global Studies and Medical Anthropology. I was born in Greenville which is why I am filled with excitement about what the summer holds. I’m happy to be able to go back to the community I grew up in and make a change.

Why do people wait to be asked to run?

I was just thinking about that question. Why do people wait to be asked to run?

I've encouraged folks to run before, and the response I usually get is that they had been thinking about running for office someday, they were just waiting for someone from the community to ask them.

So I am asking that question because I truly believe we need all hands on deck to get out of the current crisis our state is facing, and because I believe we have to build for the long haul when there are new redistricting maps after 2020. If we don't have people who are right on the issues entering local office now, then how are we going to have a strong slate of state legislative candidates in 2016, 2020, and beyond?

First openly gay congressman in the south?

I don't have a lot to add to this great Q-Notes article, other than to ask, if elected, would Rep. Brandon be the first openly gay Congress member in the south?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — State Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) has formally announced his decision to run for North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Brandon filed paperwork to form his campaign committee on May 1. The committee’s formation was made public this week.

The seat has been held by Rep. Mel Watt since 1993. On May 1, Watt was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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