There are times in life when business as usual won’t get the job done, when the best of intentions and hard work are not enough. This is one of those times. Freedom and fairness are at grave risk in North Carolina. Extraordinary action is required.
I have a granddaughter who will grow up in this state. I will not stand by and let a gang of Republican thugs trash her future by destroying our environment, our schools, and our economy.
Over the past two years, I have sought countless opportunities to meet with Republican leaders to share my concerns. I have not received a single response. I haven’t paid their price of admission. I haven't written them big checks. They don’t care what I have to say. And they don't care what you have to say. That would be okay if Republicans had won in fair elections, but they didn't. They cheated. Through extreme gerrymandering, they barely won half the votes, yet still gained supermajorities in both houses. They do not represent the people of North Carolina.
Everyone comes to Moral Monday with a unique set of concerns and demands. Mine are very specific. Republicans in North Carolina have rigged our elections through extreme gerrymandering, to the point that our government cannot be considered legitimate. To restore democracy, lawmakers must redraw our legislative districts in time for the 2014 election cycle. Once we have new districts, members of the General Assembly must resign and stand for new elections.
There’s some movement in the legislature toward nonpartisan redistricting, but it won’t have any impact until at least 2022. If nonpartisan redistricting is going to be a good idea nine years from now, it’s a better idea today.
Integrity has broken down in our state. We the people have an obligation to push back with every ounce of our collective strength to foster freedom and fairness. If that means going to jail, so be it.