Entries by Shoshannah Sayers

Formerly Incarcerated Leaders Have Historic Meeting with Federal Interagency Reentry Council

The civil rights movement had the Big Six – Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Whitney Young, and other visionaries – advocating for the end of discriminatory treatment toward black and brown people. On Monday, October 20th we saw the emergence of the Big Eight – formerly incarcerated leaders at the forefront of a new civil […]

Early Voting at Appalachian State University!

On October 21, 2014 the North Carolina Court of Appeals REFUSED to stay an order of Superior Court Judge Stephens requiring an early voting site on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, (Watauga County) North Carolina.  On October 22, the State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting where they approved a plan […]

From Mayberry to Martial Law: The Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Police

“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” – James Madison, the Federalist Papers As Americans, we’ve always been leery of using the military to police our citizens. But some critics say that the “militarization of law enforcement” is happening right in front of our eyes. Media coverage of […]

Raleigh: Bilingual Candidate Forum to Address Concerns of Latino Voters

Bilingual Candidate Forum to Highlight Public Safety Community Invited to Hear from Candidates for Sheriff, District Attorney, and Clerk of Court Raleigh, NC – El Pueblo, Inc., The League of Women Voters, and the National Council of La Raza will host a bilingual candidate forum to highlight public safety, provide an opportunity for voters to […]

Left of Black: Mass Incarceration, Voting Rights & State Sanctioned Violence

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by Daryl Atkinson, Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in North Carolina.  In a conversation about mass incarceration, the erosion of voting rights and State sanctioned violence Aktinson asserts that “the State sanctioned violence that we saw […]

Why #BanTheBox Matters: Durham’s Success Story

Want proof that “ban the box” policies help people with criminal records secure good jobs while helping employers hire good workers? You’ll find it in Durham, North Carolina, where government hiring of people with records has increased dramatically since the city and county removed questions about prior convictions from job applications. In 2011, the last […]

Supreme Court Allows North Carolina’s Tighter Voting Rules

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed North Carolina to implement tighter voting rules for the midterm elections, blocking a lower-court ruling that required the state to restore same-day voter registration and count ballots cast in the wrong precinct. The high court’s action, announced in a brief written order, dealt a blow to the Justice Department […]

North Carolina scrambles after federal appeals court blocks new voting law

North Carolina officials, scrambling to comply with a court ruling that blocked parts of a restrictive voter law just weeks before the November election, were in federal court on Tuesday to detail a proposed overhaul of their election plans. North Carolina was ordered to restore provisional ballots and same-day voter registrations last week when a […]