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Previous Events

Mass Moral Monday, June 24
Would you like to join the LWVPT Moral Monday soldiers? Again, we will be carpooling to the rally in Raleigh this Monday, June 24. Just as last week, we will meet in the parking lot on Greene St. across the street from Holy Trinity at 2:15. Bring water, a snack, sun/rain gear, and by all means bring friends. If you plan to join us, please email me margaret.salinger@gmail.com (This is important because it puts you on my contact list to receive messages regarding the event and lets me know to look for you at departure time.) If you need a ride, let me know. If you can drive, let me know how many riders you will have and how many passengers you can accept. Also, please send me your cell phone # if you have one. Don't forget to wear your League buttons and feel free to make signs referencing the League that are consistent with League positions and are not inflammatory. The movement continues to grow! Be a part of it on June 24! Margaret 336 854-0049
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Moral Monday June 3 and plan ahead for June 10 The LWVPT sent 50 members and family members to Moral Monday in Raleigh on Monday, June 3. See photo above.

The June 3 Moral Monday event was amazing! Many of the people who joined our group have expressed an interest in going again this coming Monday. I'm sure that there are people who did not attend but are raring to go. So we are going to organize another LWVPT trip. Just as last week, we will meet in the parking lot on Greene St. across the street from Holy Trinity at 2:15. Bring water, a snack, sun/rain gear, and by all means a friend. If you plan to join us, please email me copresident1@lwvpt.org (This is important because it puts you on my contact list to receive messages regarding the event and lets me know to look for you at departure time.) If you need a ride, let me know. If you can drive, let me know how many riders you will have and how many passengers you can accept. As before, wear your League buttons and feel free to make signs referencing the League that are consistent with League positions and are not inflammatory. The movement is growing exponentially. Be a part of it on June 10! Margaret 336 854-0049

Town Hall Meeting in Greensboro hosted by Representative Pricey Harrison

"I will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m, (note time change) at the Greensboro Central Library located at 219 N. Church Street, in the Nussbaum Room. I want to share information regarding the budget and tax reform measures, discuss current legislation, and hear the concerns and questions from all interested citizens. I look forward to this opportunity to share ideas with the citizens of Guilford County and encourage participation by all in our community."

Representative Harrison will then speak at the Concerned Citizens of Greensboro meeting from 7 + 9 p.m. at Peeler Recreating Center, 1300 Sykes Ave, off Phillips Avenue. She flies!

All Politics is Local + Campaign Finance Reform in Guilford County

Democratic Women invited Walter Salinger to speak on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. GCDP Headquarters at the Wrightsville Building, 2300 W. Meadowview, Suite 110.

The Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision on campaign financing hits close to home as we enter the campaign season for our local municipal elections. What irregularities have been uncovered in recent local election finance reports and what can we do to "follow the money" in our upcoming elections? Come hear Walter Salinger, co-chair of the Campaign Finance Reform Roundtable of the League of Women Voters and the Campaign Finance Reform Coalition, explain local campaign financing issues and how we can support campaign finance reform. Elaine Ostrowski (tel 292 2690, cell 707 3127)

New/ Prospective Member Orientation

New and current member and prospective member orientation: Wednesday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at the Roe Library - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro NC 27401. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to me at membership@lwvpt.org or by phone at 336-288-6607.

Photo's from June's Moral Monday in Greensboro

Moral Monday in Greensboro, focusing on voter rights, was attended by more than 200 people.

Moral Monday June 24 Watch Video of Moral Monday, June 24 Robin Lane addressing the multitudes, Moral Monday, Raleigh, June 17 Lining up in preparation being arrested for "unlawful assembly in Legislature Building, Raleigh, Moral Monday, Raleigh, June 17 Witnessing arrests in the rotunda of Legislature Building, Moral Monday, Raleigh, June 17.

Video of Moral Monday in Raleigh, June 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoVK0xyTcQY


Moral Monday in Raleigh, June 3.

Moral Monday June 3
The LWVPT sent 50 members and family members to Moral Monday in Raleigh on Monday, June 3. See photo above for a view of some of the participants from the LWVPT.

The June 3 Moral Monday event was amazing! .

State Convention June 2013

AWARDS and Short Report from the State Convention Dot Kearns and Carolyn Allen received the North Carolina League of Women Voter's OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD, the first ever to be awarded and the LWVPT received the OUTSTANDING LEAGUE IN THE STATE AWARD, again I believe the first one ever awarded.

The programs/issues for the next biennium for the State League will be Public Education, Health Care Reform, Immigration Reform and Voter Protection. The LWVPT is to be congratulated on sending one of the largest, if not the largest delegations, the maximum 9 voting delegates (several attended on Saturday as non-voting delegates and perhaps the most important thing is the LWVPT initiated caucuses on Public Education, Health Care Reform, Immigration Reform and Campaign Finance Reform that were all well attended. There was talk of creating state roundtables in Public Education and Health Care at Sunday's business meeting.

Congratulations to the LWVPT Delegation and to the entire League membership. The Award was accepted by the Delegation on behalf of the entire League membership.

Previous Actions

Time to Act on Immigration Reform Several members of the Immigrant Rights Working Group met with an assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan on May 16, and with Rep. Howard Coble on May 31. We presented brief comments about various parts of the proposed federal immigration bill including providing a path to citizenship for the 11 million or more undocumented people already here; the importance of keeping families together and not deporting parents of U.S. citizen children; reducing the militarization of the boarder; and the contribution of immigrants to North Carolina's economy, especially farm workers.

After our presentation we asked questions about their positions on these issues and how we could best advance our goals for comprehensive, humane reform. Both Sen. Hagan's representative and Rep. Coble said they were undecided on all of the questions we asked. We were told Sen. Hagan was "open to a path to citizenship", and Rep. Coble just said he was "on the fence".

It is important to make phone calls to register your support for comprehensive, humane immigration policy reform. The LWV has a national position that supports all the issues we addressed in our meetings. Please take a moment to call Sen. Hagan at 202-224-6342 D.C. office, or 336-333-5311 Greensboro office; and Rep. Coble at 202-225-3065 D.C. office, or 336-333-5005 Greensboro office. Sen. Hagan is considered an important "fence sitter" who needs to hear from a lot of constituents to persuade her to support a comprehensive bill. We are not pleased with all the provisions of S744, Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, but it is a start and if Congress does not take action now it may be 20-30 years before another try.

On the state level it is very important to call about HB 786 which allows undocumented people to obtain a driver's permit+not a license. However in order to get this permit the person must go to the DMV and declare that they are undocumented, their fingerprint will be on the permit which will be vertical and only good for one year. Before obtaining the permit the person must pay a full year of insurance in advance plus pay an as yet undecided fee for the permit. This permit is not a valid ID and could not be used to get on a plane. Once the bill passes, drivers stopped by the police who do not have the permit or insurance will have their car confiscated and sold and the money given to the Board of Education.

Part of the law also is like the Arizona "show me your papers" bill and will lead to racial profiling. Any officer who has "reasonable suspicion" that someone is undocumented can stop and ask for their papers. "Reasonable suspicion" is not defined and can also be applied to passengers in the car. People may be detained for 2 hours while their immigration status is checked. If an undocumented person is incarcerated they must pay for their own incarceration.

The DMV data base of undocumented people and their fingerprints may be shared with federal authorities including ICE.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have come out against this anti-immigrant bill. ACLU suggests that phone calls to the following members of the Guilford delegation are important. Please call soon and ask that they not support HB 786.

Alma Adams 919-733-5902 Pricey Harrison 919-733-5771 Marcus Brandon 191-733-5825

It would also be good to call Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis at 919-733-5828 or 919-733-3451.