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The News & Observer: Families are struggling while billions sit unused in NC. Legislators are to blame

By Alanna Joyner | December 8, 2020

Both federal and state unemployment, protections against evictions and other key stimulus programs are set to expire in the coming weeks. Without the new aid, millions of Americans are at risk as the pandemic worsens.  After months of failed negotiations, the House and Senate have resumed stimulus amid the impending housing and economic crisis, yet…

The New York Times: Republicans Pushed to Restrict Voting. Millions of Americans Pushed Back

By Alanna Joyner | December 4, 2020

Despite Republicans’ desperate attempts to suppress voters, nearly 160 million Americans voted in the 2020 elections — by far the most in history and a level of turnout not seen in over a century.  With over 66.7 percent of the voting-eligible population casting ballots this year — the highest percentage since 1900 — state and…

We know how to prevent up to 40 million people from being evicted. It’s up to Congress to do it

By Alanna Joyner | November 27, 2020

New Year’s Eve marks the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national eviction moratorium. The expiration of the eviction moratorium would result in millions of Americans losing their homes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. According to the Aspen Institute, nearly 40 million Americans could face eviction over the next several…

The Charlotte Observer: The governor gives North Carolina a final warning on COVID-19

By Alanna Joyner | November 24, 2020

Last Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the state’s mandate involving face masks. As local hospitals and healthcare workers are strained, the new order requires people to wear a mask while they’re exercising, whether that’s inside or not, at a restaurant table unless they are actively eating or…

The Affordable Care Act returns to the Supreme Court in the shadow of a pandemic

By Alanna Joyner | November 10, 2020

Today, the Supreme Court will hear the Republican lawsuit to overturn The Affordable Care Act (ACA), ending its protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and ripping health care away from 20 million Americans — all during an intensifying pandemic. Amid a historic health and economic crisis that has deprived millions of Americans of…

Voters of NC – Marva

By Eleanore Wood | November 10, 2020

“It is a matter of life and death. The things that have been done and the things that are weird, we’re not going anywhere.  Sometimes I feel like we’re a bunch of hamsters and the trail just keeps spinning and spinning and spinning. We’re all nervous. We’re all scared.  We know our health needs to…

Voters of NC – Rev. Caleb

By Eleanore Wood | November 10, 2020

“I think this is one of the most important moments for the soul of our nation and for just about everyone that lives in it. We have a choice and I know a lot of commentators have said that between the two different moral viewpoints, one moral viewpoint values safety, and security in the lives…

Voters of NC – Acasia

By Eleanore Wood | November 10, 2020

“There’s a lot of weight on us and our generation right now, cause this is the election to really change the whole course of our country. Being young, being black, being LGBTQ  it’s very hard to see your hand. Just let voter suppression pass us by.  I was just driving by, I wasn’t aware of…

Voters of NC – Mazie

By Eleanore Wood | November 10, 2020

“It feels wonderful to me. It’s going to feel wonderful to everybody. What’s going to hurt the ones that ain’t going to vote, that don’t vote. So that’s who I’m going to look for now.” Mazie Moore – Winston-Salem, NC Photo by Chad Nance

Voters of NC – Nikira

By Eleanore Wood | November 10, 2020

“Why did I vote? Because we needed a new President. Trump? He ain’t it. He ain’t it.” Nikira Littlejohn – Winston-Salem, NC Photo by Chad Nance