Tell Lawmakers to Raise NC Teacher Salaries to the National Average
North Carolina now ranks 48th in the nation in teacher pay and has fallen significantly behind our neighboring states. Our teachers are being forced to hold down second and even third jobs just to survive. Many are leaving the profession entirely while others are moving to other states. We must stop the exodus of teachers from NC classrooms. Send your state reps an email today and tell them to raise NC teacher salaries to the national average — and to do it quickly. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Tell Lawmakers to Pass the House Bill Regulating Commercial Dog Breeders
A recent profanity-laced audio recording of a state senator’s attack on a pending puppy mill bill is threatening its passage. State Senate leaders have said they plan to kill legislation that would regulate commercial dog breeders in North Carolina following negative publicity over state Senator Bill Rabon’s outburst. Sign our petition and tell lawmakers to drop the excuses. Pass House Bill 930 during this coming legislative session. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
If We Don’t Win At Education, We Won’t Win At Anything
Gov. McCrory has talked a lot about NC’s need to compete with neighboring states when it comes to our tax code and business climate. But what about public education? NC was once nationally recognized for education excellence. Our investments in education gave us a competitive edge in new industries and grew our economy. Now, we’re 48th in the nation in education funding. Email Gov. McCory and tell him: it’s time to make NC’s educational system competitive again. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Hold Lawmakers Accountable for Blocking Medicaid Expansion
Last year, right-wing lawmakers in North Carolina turned down $20 billion in federal dollars that would have provided coverage to over 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians, boosted our state’s economy, and created jobs. Now comes evidence that this refusal cost NC employers millions of dollars and led to higher healthcare rates for everyone. Stop our elected leaders from putting their partisan political agenda over the health and well-being of North Carolinians. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Are You Happy With What They Did?
In 2012, far right lawmakers seized control of our state and rammed through new laws that threatened decades of progress. They gutted our voting rights, weakened environmental regulations that protect our health, dismantled consumer protections, attacked our public schools, turned down Medicaid expansion, raised taxes on 80% of us, kicked thousands of hardworking people off Unemployment Insurance and exposed NC to national embarrassment with other extremist laws. Are you happy with what they did? ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Share Your Education Story
We are seeking personal stories from teachers, NC residents and families about the ways in which the extreme anti-public schools agenda of the NC legislature has affected their lives. This session, the legislature cut per-pupil spending yet again, took away teacher incentives for excellence, diverted public money into private schools without oversight, kicked thousands of at-risk kids out of vital Pre-K programs and more. How have these changes affected your family or someone you know? ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Join Our Awake the State Campaign
It is vital that every citizen of NC understand that lawmakers in Raleigh sent North Carolina off in a very different direction this year — one that destroys many of our fundamental rights and threatens our state’s future. Help us hold them accountable for what they have done. Let us provide you with information on what happened in Raleigh this year in easy-to-understand and even entertaining ways. All you have to do is share it in your local community. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Register & Educate Voters
A new massive anti-voting law recently passed by lawmakers is going to make voting harder for millions of North Carolinians. New regulations affect virtually every area of voting. Help keep our state’s voter turn-out strong. Sign up to be a voter registration and education volunteer today. We’ll send you information you can use to register voters in your area and a heads-up when opportunities to do so arise. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Save Early Voting!
Voting should be easy and convenient for everyone in NC! If proposed cuts to the early voting period and early voting locations in NC become law, we can expect longer lines at the polls, more difficulty voting, and more money spent by the state to manage election day. Polling shows Early Voting is overwhelmingly popular with voters of all political parties. In fact, over 2.5 MILLION North Carolinians relied on it in 2012. Sign this petition to tell the NC legislature to Save Early Voting! ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
We Are Not Florida — Let’s Head Off Long Lines At The Polls!
How would you like to see a sea of pink flamingos stretched across the lawn of the North Carolina General Assembly, along with a banner that says “We Are Not Florida!” Now is the time to make it plain to lawmakers that they need to keep the Early Voting period as it is. No one in our state should have to wait hours and hours to vote! You can help make this happen by “adopting” one or more pink plastic flamingos to fund our campaign to Save Early Voting. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Tell Lawmakers: Our Children Are Not Cattle!
A bill is under consideration in the NC Senate that would lift caps on class sizes in North Carolina’s public schools. Educators and parents alike know that small classes enable better quality education. Children in small classrooms have more opportunity for one-on-one interaction with teachers and are more likely to receive help and support when they need it. Email your NC Senator and tell them to vote NO on SB374! ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Tell McCrory: Voters Are His Ultimate Customers!
Gov. Pat McCrory talks a lot about the need for a “customer service culture” in state government, citing the lines at DMV as proof NC needs to be more respectful of taxpayer time. But what about the long voting lines that will result should proposed cutbacks in Early Voting become law? Tell McCrory that NC voters are his ultimate customers and to leave the Early Voting period alone! ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Tell Duke Energy to Reject SB 10
As a monopoly, Duke Energy has an obligation to protect the public’s interests. If Duke Energy leaders want a Utilities Commission untainted by conflicts of interest, they should publicly urge state lawmakers to reject Senate Bill 10, which would fire all members of the State Utilities Commission. Let’s keep the commission independent so that the interests of NC’s electrical ratepayers are represented. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Tell Gov. McCrory to Disclose and Divest, Recuse or Veto SB10
Senate Bill 10 would allow Gov. McCrory to appoint an all-new State Utilities Commission to decide on Duke Energy’s current request for an 11% + residential rate hike. Given his long-standing ties to Duke Energy, including ownership of over $10,000 of its stock, there is a clear conflict of interest in this situation. Ask McCrory to divest his Duke Energy stock holdings, recuse himself from making appointments or veto SB10. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Keep Predatory Payday Lending Out of Our State!
Payday lenders were evicted from NC in 2006, in part because they preyed on military families. Now, Senate Bill 89 would invite them back in and allow these lenders to charge exorbitant interest rates of up to 391% annually. This vicious practice traps vulnerable borrowers in an endless cycle of debt. Gov. McCrory opposed payday lending in the past. Write him and tell him to do so again. ACTION COMPLETED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.