Submitted by Jeremy Sprinkle on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 11:55am
About the cacerolazo
A form of popular protest that originated in Latin America which consists of a group of people creating noise by banging pots, pans, and other utensils to call for attention. In cacerolazos from Chile and Argentina to Iceland, Ireland, Greece, and even Syria, people have come together to challenge power and affect change.
It is time to bring the spirit of the cacerolazo to North Carolina, where our out-of-control state legislature has busied itself since the 2010 election with catering to corporate interests and right-wing ideologues, gutting funding for public education, endangering women’s health care, putting the rights of unmarried couples up for popular vote, and attempting to lock some groups of voters out of the political process.
Let's welcome them back to an unforgettable protest!
When lawmakers return to town on Wednesday, May 16, North Carolinians outraged and disappointed at actions taken by our General Assembly to enrich the few at the expense of the rest will converge on Bicentennial Mall at 10 A.M. for a cacerolazo – a Pots & Spoons Protest – the first-of-its-kind protest of our out-of-control state legislature.
This morning, May 9, 2012, I woke up less of a person in the eyes of my home state. A person who was already less so by the rule of some pre-existing laws, but now Constitutionally less ― by an amendment that contradicts the greatest precepts of our venerable national document ― the separation of Church and State, the individual’s inalienable rights, and protection from tyranny. Now I am a subject to what essentially is a “Christian” Sharia-like law. The very kind of law that the people who created and voted for it would rebel against, if they were subject to something like it.
Post Election Audits were mandated by state legislators in August 2005. In addition to requiring a voter verified paper ballot, the law requires random, manual hand to eye audits to check that the voting machines are counting correctly. The audits are done after the election and before the election is certified. Below is section of law regarding audits:
I woke up yesterday morning with hope. For months, I refused to listen to those who said we were fighting an impossible battle. In a society that was built on and continues to thrive off of inequality, one must always have hope. When I heard Amendment One had passed, the emotions I felt were almost unbearable. The hope I had managed to hold onto had been crushed. I looked down at the "I'm Voting AGAINST Amendment One" pin still attached to my purse and tears immediately began to pour from my eyes as I thought of all the citizens in North Carolina whose lives will be unjustly disrupted by this amendment.
Not really, but with the passage of Amendment One, the majority in North Carolina has shown the world that civil rights, left to the whims of an electorate that voted for Jessie Helms time and time again, will consistently be abridged. Helms, supported by this electorate, called homosexuals "weak, morally sick wretches."
Progressives in this state look at the fancy new buildings going up in Raleigh and the Democratic Convention prep in Charlotte; and we think maybe this state with such a divisive and racist past has been sufficiently diluted with northern, western, or eastern relocation, to counter-balance the old diehards.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:49pm
To all of you who worked so hard to fight against Amendment One: I want to thank you for showing the world that North Carolina is more than just a backward southern state. I want to thank you for standing up for the rights of others. I want to thank you for giving my 14-year old daughter and her friends something to care about, something that has made them all think about the world they will soon inherit. And I want to thank you for accomplishing something I never thought I would see in my lifetime: you awoke hundreds of thousands of people and created a coalition that crosses geographic, ideological and racial boundaries. Though you lost this battle, by uniting North Carolina against prejudice and fear, you have made it possible for us to win the war. If we stay united, I am convinced we can stop the conservative far right in our state and move North Carolina forward again.
I know that many of you poured your heart and soul into the fight. And I know that, for many of you, it was a very personal issue. I fear that you may feel abandoned and disenfranchised by the outcome. I apologize to you all for the misguided actions of my fellow North Carolinians and I ask that instead of wasting energy hating them for their ignorance and their fear, that you pour that energy into making sure that this awful amendment is their final stand. Here are just a few of the things you can do with your anger and your time. I hope you will add your ideas to the list:
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