PLEASE JOIN PROGRESS NORTH CAROLINA IN TELLING CONGRESS: DO NOT REWARD HATE SPEECH & INTOLERANCE. Please sign our petition rejecting a bill recently introduced by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers that seeks to name a federal building in Raleigh after Jesse Helms.
As anyone who lived in North Carolina before 2000 knows, for decades Jesse Helms embarassed our state by standing for antiquated, racist, outdated political views. He fought against equal rights, civil rights and women's rights while absolutely villifying gay Americans with his obsessive hompohobia. He opposed a federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. and once accused kids who got free lunches of double dipping in the welfare system and suggested their food stamps be cut to adjust. Click thru to learn more.
His rhetoric was divisive and intentionally cruel. To name a building after Helms would be a slap in the face to millions of North Carolinians. We must show the world that North Carolina is better than Jesse Helms.
Please go here to sign our petition and share it with others as well: http://statevoices.salsalabs.com/o/509/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=456. Thank you.