NC Council of Churches sanctuary program

Our churches are stepping forward where our representatives are not. Please read the op-ed below. How is it a good thing when folks (undocumented or not) are scared to interact with police or public safety officials?

When President Trump took office, he signed an executive order drastically expanding who the federal government considered a priority for deportation. Since then immigrant families across the nation have experienced heartache — “What will happen to my family?” “How will I survive in a country I’ve never known?”

Tuesday News: Pay attention, NCGA

NC "INFLUENCERS" CALL FOR BETTER FUNDING OF NC SCHOOLS: Public schools need to receive adequate funding to ensure the continued health of North Carolina, according to a new survey of some of the state's most influential leaders. A group of 60 North Carolina Influencers — comprised of leaders in the state’s political, business, academic and faith communities — were asked about the importance of 14 different education topics. Nearly all the Influencers listed adequate funding as being very important, saying that taking care of that issue would help solve a variety of other problems affecting the state's K-12 education system. "While many of these issues are very important, adequate funding is the most important," said Pamela Davies, president of Queens University of Charlotte. "If NC was funding K-12 education appropriately, many deficiencies in our system, including teacher pay and Pre-K, could be addressed."
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/influencers/article213909629.html

Monday News: The smell of victory

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JURY AWARDS $25 MILLION TO HOG FARM NEIGHBORS: A North Carolina jury has awarded more than $25 million to a couple in the eastern part of the state who filed a nuisance lawsuit against Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, for the swarms of flies, stench, rumbling trucks and other downsides of the hog farm next door. The verdict came on Friday after the jury deliberated for three days behind closed doors. It is the second verdict for hog farm neighbors in a series filed against Smithfield Foods. The decision also comes in a week in which North Carolina lawmakers adopted a new Farm Act that restricts when and how neighbors can bring such claims in court in the future. North Carolina has about 9 million hogs on nearly 2,300 hog farm operations. Iowa is the only state with more hogs, showing an inventory of about 21.8 million in 2017.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article214096384.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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VOTERS NEED TO REJECT RUSHED, FATALLY-FLAWED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: The people of North Carolina have learned very little about what is really in the unprecedented bundle of proposed amendments to the State Constitution. It’s not their fault. The little that is known gives every voter good reason to oppose these amendments and reject each one when they go to the polls in November. The fatal flaws are significant and strike at the fundamentals our Constitution is supposed to uphold. The amendments were concocted in secret. There’s been too little time for public examination, distribution of information and debate of changes that carry such permanence. Amendment advocates have been deceitful and dishonest. The Constitution is not a playground for partisan manipulation. Vote against all of the amendments and the legislators who pushed them. November can’t come soon enough.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-voters-need-to-reject-rushed-fatally-flawed-constitutional-amendments...

Virginia Foxx, Matthew Shepard, and "fake news"

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the brutal kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard's father wrote a piece for CNN, reflecting on his son's death and the demonizing of LGBTs and the left and how it turns into violence.

We must not forget that, in 2009, Virginia Foxx called Shepard's kidnapping and murder a "hoax".

Families Belong Together rally in Raleigh today

Stand up for the children and parents being ripped apart:

Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won’t allow it to continue. On June 30, we’re rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents! Join us on June 30 to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together!

Join concerned North Carolinians as we march against the trump administration’s cruel and unusual punishment of families fleeing their homes for better lives. We’ll show the country and the world that North Carolina stands on the side of decency and humanity, not the callous tearing apart of families. Join us! Directions: March starts at 10 a.m. City Plaza, downtown Raleigh, located at 400 Fayetteville St. Raleigh 27601 and will end at Halifax Mall, 16 W. Jones St.

Doctor Steve says drink a lot of water and don't forget to use sunscreen. I'm...not really a doctor, but do that stuff anyway. :) **Update: Some Twitter pics below:

Saturday News: Lame duck dynasty

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FEARING LOSS OF POWER, REPUBLICANS PLAN NOVEMBER SESSION FOR SHENANIGANS: "We want to have the option of coming back – assuming that these constitutional amendments pass – if we need to adopt legislation along those lines, to consider that, plus as well as things that may come up between now and then," said Moore, R-Cleveland. "So we have a date to reconvene. Who knows if we’ll do anything at that period of time?" Moore mused, "but the consensus was to go ahead and put that date on there and then we’ll come back at that point." Asked the same question, Rep. Robert Reives, D-Chatham, was more pointed. "I think what is clear is this: There seems to be a belief that there may be some change in the election in November, and they want to have an opportunity in November to push through legislation that there’ll be no way on earth they'll get pushed through in January 2019," Reives said.
https://www.wral.com/plans-hazy-for-november-legislative-session-/17665216/

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