Submitted by robert_childs on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:13pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance
by Loftin Wilson
On November 20th, 2013, as night falls, people all over the world will gather by candlelight and read a list of names. The people on this list lived all over the world, from Istanbul to Brazil to Florida to Wisconsin. They were of all ages, some as young as thirteen. Their lives were all very different, but they are all on this list for one reason -- sometime during the last year, each of them lost their life because of anti-transgender hate violence.
People who are transgender -- people whose gender identity or gender presentation is different from or more complex than the sex they were assigned at birth -- live all over the world, in every culture and every country. We exist in every community and every walk of life. And even though data about the lives of transgender people is consistently under- and mis-reported, it is clear that people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming (and people who are perceived to be) experience violence at disproportionate, disturbing rates. One recent analysis concluded that “the majority of transgender people will experience violence in their lifetimes, and that risk for violence starts at an early age.”
Roses typically targets poor and minority communities as its consumers.
And critics of Pope, who happens to be Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget director, contend that this administration in general, and Pope in particular, has targeted poor and minority communities with a variety of policies: cutting jobless benefits, refusing Medicare expansion payments, pushing more restrictive voting policies that disproportionately affect minorities.
Statewide and even beyond, there have been calls for boycotts of Pope’s stores, which include Maxway and Roses.
Closer to home, the Carolina Peacemaker sounded the same call.
Wrote the local African American weekly’s editor, Afrique Kilimanjaro, in an Aug. 29 column:
The report is the first study of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking damage nationally to date— including toxic wastewater, water use, chemical use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions.
“In state after state, fracking polluted our air, water, and landscapes. If fracking is allowed in North Carolina, this is the kind of damage in store for areas like the Deep River” said Liz Kazal, field associate with Environment North Carolina. “North Carolina’s air, water, and land are just too important to risk. Governor McCrory and the General Assembly need to act now to protect North Carolinians’ air and water.”
Submitted by Mojo Mom on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:27am
by Amy Tiemann
A white Republican challenging black students' right to vote has a 97% success rate at removing these young minority voters from the rolls. Is that what we want for North Carolina?
It is starting to sink in that North Carolina's new voting laws go way beyond voter I. D.--which is problematic in itself--and lead straight into voter suppression. Now the U.S. Justice Department is suing the state for alleged racial discrimination in the laws. We thought era of poll taxes and bogus literacy tests was over in North Carolina, but now it looks like Justice Department intervention is necessary to keep our moderate Southern state from tumbling into new era of voter suppression.
Submitted by NC Harm Reducti... on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:44pm
Interview with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta, Scientist at Epidemico and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
By Tessie Castillo
If you work on overdose prevention in North Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the name Nabarun Dasgupta. From helping to found one of those most successful overdose prevention programs in the nation to delving into research on black market prices for prescription drugs, Nab has his fingers in all pieces of the pie. But he’s more than just a scientist or epidemiologist. Dasgupta may enjoy combing through matrices of poisoning data, but he also uses his findings to launch programs and interventions so that statistics are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, but life-saving tools to prevent overdose.
TC: Describe your work in overdose prevention in North Carolina over the years.
Submitted by Virginia Ingram on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 10:22pm
Eileen Gates' family moved to NC when she was a kid. In NC, Cary, Wendell, Chapel Hill and Raleigh have all been home. Though she never planned to stay in NC, Raleigh (and the Triangle's) siren song has kept her here.
Submitted by Virginia Ingram on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 9:53am
We have a new love letter! This one is by the amazing Elizabeth Bender Read. Elizabeth and her husband, Noah, are historic preservationists who live in Glencoe Village near Burlington, NC.
Elizabeth's love letter is a bit different. She speaks about places she loves in NC, but she also speaks about the character North Carolinians. About the importance of getting involved in the political process. About people getting motivated by recent events to get involved. You should all see yourself in her article since the contributors and readers of BlueNC are an extremely dedicated and vocal population.
Submitted by Virginia Ingram on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 3:25pm
The whole time Liz Hester lived in NYC she kept telling everyone she was from NC --- because she was damn proud of her roots and this state. I also lived in Brooklyn for a few years and behaved similarly. I hung out, almost exclusively, with people from NC. We had NYC friends that called us the NC herd.
Submitted by Virginia Ingram on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 6:38pm
I've asked people to write love letters about what they love about NC because I don't want people to give up on us. NC needs people to stay and vote and they need people outside of NC to understand what makes this state worth fighting for.
Alisa Ryan Herr wrote a letter about all the things she loves about NC. The beauty, the fun, the history and the pigs. :)
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