Entries by Shoshannah Sayers

Durham adopts written-consent policy for searches

Ray Gronberg DURHAM — Starting Oct. 1, all Durham Police Department officers will obtain a person’s written permission before undertaking a so-called “consent search” of a vehicle or building. The decision squares with the wishes of the City Council, but was confirmed this week by City Manager Tom Bonfield, who has the actual executive power […]

Civil-rights groups want feds to ensure immigrant children can get NC educations

Civil-rights groups want feds to ensure immigrant children can get NC educations This piece originally appeared in the Charlotte Observer By T. Keung Hui khui@newsobserver.com Posted: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 Some of the more than 1,400 immigrant children recently relocated to North Carolina are still unable to register for school, prompting civil rights groups to […]

How The Fight Against Voting Rights Restrictions Could Decide This Year’s Marquee Senate Race

DURHAM, N.C. — President Barack Obama won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes in 2008. Now, as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) go head to head in a race that will determine which party controls the Senate, the state’s voter turnout is in question: Will voting rights restrictions passed […]

Op-Ed: Some NC counties discourage school enrollment of immigrant children

By George Eppsteiner September 10, 2014 Raleigh News & Observer The past few weeks have been marked by several North Carolina municipalities – including the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, Brunswick County Board of Commissioners and most recently the Surry County Board of Commissioners – passing resolutions discouraging undocumented children, including unaccompanied minors, from attending […]

NC Voting Rights Challenge Goes To The Next Level

On September 9, 2014 the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ordered an expedited review of the North Carolina voting rights case brought by the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and other voting rights groups challenging vote suppression measures passed last year by the Legislature. The Court set oral arguments in the case […]

“We Couldn’t Eat The Birth Certificate” – the burden of Voter ID for people living in poverty

On September 3, 2014 in Texas, witnesses discussed the hardships of obtaining the state’s “free” voter ID. According to MSNBC, “Sammie Louise Bates moved to Texas from Illinois in 2011. She wanted to vote last year, but all she had was an Illinois identification card, and under Texas’s strict voter ID law, that wasn’t acceptable. […]

Durham City Council begins spelling out views on police issues

Council begins spelling out views on police issues This piece first appeared on the Herald-Sun website on Sep. 02, 2014 @ 10:44 PM Ray Gronberg DURHAM — Most and perhaps all the members of Durham’s City Council favor asking city police officers to obtain a motorist’s written permission before undertaking a “consent” search of a […]

NC Schools Backtrack on Promise to Undocumented Students

In May 2014 North Carolina Superintendent of Schools June Atkinson made a strong commitment to ensuring access to public education to all of North Carolina’s children, regardless of immigration status, in a letter instructing all schools to accept these students without delay. This groundbreaking letter stated that students cannot be kept out of school because “they are […]

Civil Rights Advocates Urge North Carolina Schools to Ensure Access for Immigrant Students

  Civil Rights Advocates Urge North Carolina School Districts to Ensure Immigrant Students are not Denied Enrollment Groups Urge Department of Justice to Take Action to Protect Students WASHINGTON – A coalition of civil rights groups that filed a federal discrimination complaint earlier this year on behalf of immigrant students denied enrollment in North Carolina […]

City Council Decisions On Durham Police Department

This radio interview originally aired on WUNC’s The State of Things on September 2, 2014 City Council Decisions On Durham Police Department    Listen to the full radio interview here 31:25 The Durham City Council meets about the city’s police department tonight and the alleged racial discrimination by law enforcement. City of Durham Credit City […]