State Treasurer Dale Folwell is reportedly interested in making health care more affordable and save taxpayers money. State Employees’ Health Plan provides coverage for 727,000 employees, dependents and retirees. The plan spends $3.3 billion annually, making it the largest health care purchaser in the state. Folwell’s proposal aims to change the way N.C. State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees pays providers so as to produce an estimated savings of $300 million for taxpayers, and $65 million for plan members annually. Learn more about the issues here.
On Saturday, January 5th 2019 Color of Change launched an interactive website "created by and for Black women and allies [that] visualizes the systems that put [their] minds and bodies at risk."
BlackWomenToo.com tracks this violence as Black women and girls experience it in entertainment, policing, healthcare, media and many other areas.
Color of Change is a progressive nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization in the United States. It was formed in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in order to use online resources to strengthen the political voice of African Americans.
The 2019 edition of Democracy North Carolina's annual MLK brochure is now available. The new edition features information about North Carolina's new photo ID mandate, resources for learning more about this year's legislative long session and municipal elections, and other ways you can fight for voters in 2019. Click here to download the new MLK Brochure.
Democracy North Carolina is is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people. Democracy NC grew out of Democracy South which began as a project of the Institute for Southern Studies. For more than 20 years, we’ve taken on powerful industries and political leaders, regardless of party, and promoted reforms that expand public involvement in the political process.
According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act extended the deadline for voter registration to 5 p.m. October 15 in 28 counties most affected by the storm. Mailed registration applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline. Eligible individuals who miss the regular deadline still may register and vote in their county of residence during the in-person early voting period, which runs from October 17 through November 3. Voters who register and vote at the same time must provide proof of residence. More information is available here.
On August 22, 2018 U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and 13 Democratic colleagues introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act, a bill to reduce the racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. The United States is one of only thirteen countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is now worse than it was 25 years ago. For Black women, the risk of death from pregnancy-related causes is three to four times higher than for white women, and Black women are twice as likely to suffer from life-threatening pregnancy complications. Click to read the full announcement of the report.
Charlotte City Council's Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee is inviting local community members to provide input on a revised Housing Locational Policy. The policy serves as a guide for the location of new affordable multi-family housing developments throughout the city. The goal of the revised policy is to reflect Charlotte's current housing landscape, needs, and priorities better. Community feedback meetings will be held 6:30—8 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, August 23
Myers Park United Methodist Church
1501 Queens Road
Tuesday, August 28
East Stonewall AME Zion Church
1729 Griers Grove Road
Thursday, September 6 *
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (Room 267)
600 East 4th Street
Tuesday, September 11
Greater Providence Baptist Church
2000 Milton Road
*This meeting will be streamed live on the City of Charlotte's Facebook page. You may provide your feedback by posting during the Facebook live stream.
For more information, visit Housing and Neighborhood Development here.
A recent report by Higher Heights for America, "demonstrates the need for greater engagement, recruitment, and inclusion of black women in politics and government." According to the Status on Black Women in Politics, Black women drive the economic and electoral power of Black communities nationwide yet remain underrepresented through all levels of political office. You can read the executive summary here or click here for the full report.
Higher Heights for America is "building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity and is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day."
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s mission is to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
As reported by US News and World Report, a new sweeping study conducted by the National Urban League indicates that "African-Americans are at 72.5% – less than three-fourths – when it comes to achieving equality with white Americans" in the areas of economics, health, education, civic engagement and social justice." According to the Equality Index:
The National Urban League is "a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities." Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s vision is to see Black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill proposal "would require SNAP participants ages 18 through 59 who aren’t disabled or raising a child under 6 to prove — every month — that they’re working at least 20 hours a week, participating at least 20 hours a week in a work program, or a combination of the two." Notably, persons who do not meet program requirements within a month "would lose benefits for one year the first time this happens, and for three years for any later occurrence."
Moreover, the proposal will likely do little to help people who are out of work find high-quality jobs and "participating states will spend considerable resources to track the millions of people subject to the requirements." Learn more about the proposed changes here.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Trump's proposal to raise minimum rents by up to $1800 per year for the poorest households receiving federal rent assistance would put 1.7 million people (including nearly 1 million children) at risk for eviction, hardship and homelessness. Virtually all impacted households have an annual income of less than $7,000. The proposal would triple minimum rent for these families. Learn more about the proposal here.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a non-partisan organization.