Women's March Photos; NCGA in Session; NCSBE Back to Work; Precinct Meetings; HKonJ; Notable News
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Thousands Show Up For Women's Marches Across NC

From Charlotte to Albemarle to Raleigh thousands came together for the 3rd anniversary of the Women's March. These rallies are independently run and serve a greater purpose of amplifying the voices and stories of those negatively affected by the Trump and NC conservative administrations, and to make and keep connections within the activist community. 

We give thanks to all of the organizers, volunteers, participants and organizations who made the day one to remember. Enjoy some of the pictures from the marches! 

Stanly County "Working Together is Success" January 12, 2019:
(photos courtesy of Hazel Poolos)

Charlotte Women's March, January 26, 2019: 
(photos courtesy of Rachelle Hoylman Salo)

Raleigh Woman's March, January 26, 2019:
(photos courtesy of StrongerNC)

2019 Legislative Session Underway

January 30th marked the start of the 2019-20 legislative session. The start of the long session generally sees new House and Senate rules drafted, the formation of new committees, and new bills introduced which may or may not find their way to a committee to be reviewed, and could last through the summer months. 

With new members comes a new energy, and Democrats were excited to file the first bill of the session to expand Medicaid. This will allow an additional half million North Carolinians who make too much to qualify at current levels, but not enough to afford private health insurance, gain coverage, in addition to creating an estimated 40,000 new jobs. Payment for expansion is expected to come from the federal government (90%) and the local health care system (10%). To date, 37 states have already implemented this expansion. Did you know that there are 40,000 NC veterans without healthcare coverage? With Medicaid expansion, 23,000 of them will gain access to healthcare. Let your representatives know you support efforts to expand Medicaid, and gain access to the $4B in funds we have already paid in taxes that are earmarked for NC, but sitting in DC. 

Another promising bill filed is the Survivor Act, which fully funds the testing of all 15,000 backlogged sexual assault kits, and sets up policies to ensure such a backlog is not created again. Recently tested kits have already resulted in the arrest of two serial rapists. You can read more about HB29 here, and encourage your representatives to support it fully.

A disturbing new rule reinstated by House Republicans concerns the concept of "floaters". This means that 4 top Republican leaders can essentially come into any committee and add votes to move a bill one way or another. It's a frustrating practice that originated in the 1990's by Republicans and was used by Democrats while in power until 2007, when they decided to cease the practice. Now, 12 years later, after a blue wave election and much talk of a new era of bi-partisanship and cooperation by the NCGOP, they have dusted off this sham rule in the name of "efficiency". It's certainly not in the name of transparency and bi-partisanship.  

For an excellent post on "How To Follow The NCGA" please save this link from StampNC Blue. You'll see how to navigate the NCGA website, find contact information for your state Senator and Representative, and link to the legislative calendars which will provide information on what committees are meeting and audio links to meeting rooms when available.

NC State Board of Elections is Back to Work

After an imposed month long hiatus in the midst of the investigation into election tampering in NC09, the newly seated, constitutionally approved NC Board of Elections is back to work. They have a busy schedule, and have announced the re-scheduled date for the public hearing on the NC09 vote theft investigation as Feb 18th-20th, in case it takes more than a day. 

The public is encouraged to attend the hearing, which will be at 10am at the NC State Bar, 217 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Seating is limited so arrive early. It will most likely be live streamed by local media as well. 

In addition to the NC09 investigation, the Board will be meeting tomorrow, Feb. 7th, to review the new Voter ID rules. You may attend at 430 N. Salisbury Street in Raleigh, or call in (in listen-only mode) at the following number:
Phone Number: +1 (415) 655-0060
Access Code:      695-774-730
All meeting documents are available here.  Following publication of the proposed temporary rules, the State Board will accept public comment and schedule a hearing for members of the public to comment. 

For background on the newly appointed Board of Election members, read here.

Precinct Meetings are Underway

Precinct meetings are getting underway as well now through Feb 18th, and it's important to get involved with your local precinct to keep up to date on volunteer needs, polling information, and Get Out The Vote efforts once municipal elections get underway, as well as keeping in touch for the big one in 2020! While StrongerNC is a non-partisan organization we recognize that effective civic engagement follows many paths. Precinct organization is one way to ensure the party platform contains resolutions that address issues that concern us all, and is another opportunity to hold our elected officials accountable.

Neighbors on Call has compiled this information on local area precinct meetings: 

Find your meeting:

  • Alamance County here.

  • Chatham County here.

  • Durham County here.

  • Orange County here.

  • Wake County here.

Not sure which precinct you’re in? Find out here.

Watch this video from the County-2-County initiative about what to expect at your meeting and why this matters so much.

​All registered Democrats may vote at their precinct meeting.

March With Us This Saturday at HKonJ / Moral March on Raleigh!

The annual HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones St) will kick off this Saturday with a pre-rally at 9am at the corner of Wilmington and South Streets, followed by a march and People's Assembly. It's the largest march of its kind in NC, and conceived by Rev. Dr. William Barber, who we hope will be able to attend this year. 

For more information on the March, the 14 point People's Agenda, and how you can volunteer, p
lease visit the website at There you will be able to:

Register A Bus
Find A Ride
Sign Up to Volunteer 
Download the Flyer
Get More Information


Check out this Moral March on Raleigh Video:

And if you'd like to meet up with other StrongerNC marchers, meet at the base of the Sir Walter Raleigh statue Saturday at 8:45am!

Notable News:

StrongerNC attended a 2 day conference on Redistricting Reform in Durham last week, sponsored by Common Cause and the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. We are working on a Gerrymandering Toolkit to share the information we've learned and how you can advocate for #FairMaps. In the meantime, check out this summary from NC PolicyWatch here. Also to come is a new Census Toolkit!
Another great read from NC PolicyWatch on Saturday's Moral March, and why it's more important to show up now than ever, even after the Blue Wave of 2018.

#2020NCGoals: Read about how Nevada's state legislature has made history with the first female majority assembly. 

With the anniversary this week of the Greensboro Sit-In Movement, and the start of #BlackHistoryMonth, here's some background on how that lunch counter moment sparked a movement. Be sure to visit the Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro where it all happened.

Virginia seems to have stolen the bad news spotlight from NC for a change with revelations of Gov. Northam's medical school racist yearbook photo and subsequent admissions of parties in blackface. But while we must hold actions like that accountable, we can't overlook those that implement racist policies which may be less noticeable but just as harmful. This piece by IndyWeek points out some of the more egregious perpetrators, our own NC policymakers.
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Stronger North Carolina, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that educates North Carolina citizens about issues affecting the electorate. Stronger NC is not affiliated with any political party and does not endorse individual candidates. 

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