Fascism Watch: Rounding up the immigrants

Leaving devastated families in their wake:

A U.S. immigration official says agents arrested fewer than 200 people last week in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and targeted people in the country illegally and convicted of crimes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional spokesman Bryan Cox said Saturday that the agency's enforcement activities die down over the weekend, but couldn't say none were being carried out.

"Fewer than 200" is surprisingly similar to the rationalizations used for the recent Muslim ban enforcement actions. Actually, it's not surprising at all. That's what brutal tyrants do, they try to play down the numbers of people persecuted by various "programs" instituted to solve problems that don't exist, problems that were created to instill fear and anger in the populace, so the knight in shining armor can ride in and save them. Make no mistake, what we're seeing isn't some new behavior, it's incredibly ancient in origins. And it almost always works, leaving the citizens entrenched in a totalitarian state before the bulk of them realize it's happened.

Sunday News: Wayne Goodwin chosen as NCDP Chair

NC DEMOCRATIC PARTY ELECTS WAYNE GOODWIN AS CHAIR (WRAL-TV) The State Executive Committee of the N.C. Democratic Party voted Saturday to elect Wayne Goodwin as chair. Goodwin will serve as chair for the 2017-2019 term. He served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives before serving as Insurance Commissioner for eight years. After the meeting, Cooper spoke about restoring more balance to the state house. "What we have to do is get good people to run for office," Cooper said. "It's hard to attract good people to run for the legislature."
http://www.wral.com/nc-democratic-party-elects-wayne-goodwin-as-chair/16522802/

Legislative redistricting

Is this still happening (link below)? There was a flurry of reporting when the order was handed down in November but I haven't heard any updates. When will the new legislative district maps be released to the public? Will the entire NCGA face reelection in 2017?

http://www.wral.com/federal-court-orders-new-nc-legislative-elections-in-2017/16289906/

HKonJ and Moral March happening right now

Once again, taking to the streets for justice:

The North Carolina NAACP’s biggest march of the year returns Saturday amid a bitter political climate that’s resulted in large protests almost weekly. The Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly is now in its 11th year, and if the crowds at the recent Women’s March and other events are any indication, it could draw a record crowd.

On the agenda: Rallying support for the Affordable Care Act amid Republican efforts to repeal the health law known as Obamacare, as well as opposition to President Donald Trump’s plans to build a Mexican border wall and his immigration order – which the president of the state NAACP, the Rev. William Barber II, says is “nothing more than a Muslim ban.”

It's unfortunate (and by "unfortunate" I mean piss-poor planning) the NCDP SEC meeting and HKonJ were scheduled to coincide, because fusion simply can't happen when elements are separated from each other. Not to put too fine a point on it, but timing is an integral facet of strategic thinking, and opportunities lost are just that. Lost. Sermon over, here's some pictures:

Saturday News: Berger protects Berger?

NAMES OF APPEALS JUDGES WHO ISSUED ORDER IN ELECTIONS BOARD CASE A SECRET (WRAL-TV) -- The clerk for the North Carolina Court of Appeals says "policies and procedures" don't allow him to list the three judge panel who ruled in the controversial case. That's despite that fact that Phil Berger Jr., who was elected to the court in November, is the son of Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, one of the named defendants in the case. It's unclear whether the younger Berger participated in the decision. A Superior Court panel blocked implementation of that law, but the Court of Appeals panel lifted that block late Thursday. The court order was signed by Horne without the names of the judges attached.
http://www.wral.com/names-of-appeals-judges-who-issued-order-in-elections-board-case-a-secret/16520764/

Extensive primer on various anti-Trump movements

You're bound to fit in somewhere here:

Movement Match- In November, a group of friends–most of them longtime activists–got together to console one another in aftermath of the election. “We started talking about what keeps us going in the face of hard realities. We realized that what gives us hope and energy to keep going with our work is the fact that we are members of activist groups,” says Talia Cooper, who co-founded the project with Pippi Kessler, Sonia Alexander, and David Mahfouda. “We realized that a lot of people got activated since the election, and some of them say that they’re not sure what to do. So we’re working to direct people who are new to the movement to organizations led by experienced activists and seasoned organizers.”

That group appears to be a good place to start, if you're not sure where you'd be best utilized. And here's another good one, if you're really feeling froggy:

I-77 toll opponents get another day in court

Trying to stop a privatized monster:

The North Carolina Court of Appeals is considering the effort of a group opposed to the toll lanes which prefers that additional regular traffic lanes be built. A judge in Charlotte last year rejected the challenge by the group Widen I-77. Wednesday's arguments came in the group's appeal of the rejection.

Widen I-77 attorney Matt Arnold says the group thinks North Carolina lawmakers were wrong to allow a private company to build the toll lanes. Arnold also says the company should not have sole authority to set the rates if the lanes are allowed.

Both the process leading to the contract and the company chosen to fulfill it have been a model of how *not* to do the public's business, and I encourage Roy Cooper and his administration to take a long, hard look at this thing before dismissing concerns raised. I do have a personal stake in this, as my daughter lives right along the I-77 Corridor, and is forced to use it going to and from work most days. I say "forced" because many of the communities in the Lake Norman area don't have a well-connected road system to use as an option to the Interstate, and the stunning growth in this area has turned traffic into a huge problem. Which may be one (big) reason the toll company Cintra signed the contract in the first place, because they knew locals would be forced to pay, and not leave the company counting pennies and filing bankruptcy:

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