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Local officials breathe sigh of relief as federal court strikes down legislature’s Greensboro redistricting plan

When a federal judge ruled last week against a state law that reconfigured and redistricted the Greensboro City Council, it was celebrated in the Gate City. But the larger implications of the ruling weren’t widely discussed.

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The return of the “Know Nothings”

Anti-immigrant fervor spawns destructive (and utterly illogical) proposals on Jones Street

There are a lot of labels that have been applied to the ideology that has held sway in North Carolina policy and politics over the past six years. Some have been embraced by the politicians and pundits who have been running the show (“conservative,” “libertarian,” “fundamentalist” stand out) while others (“reactionary,” “backward-looking,” “right-wing”) have not.

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What does subdividing court districts have to do with voters? Everything.

With the exception of authoring formal opinions and issuing court rulings, it’s not often that judges step into the spotlight to make their voices heard.

Judges work for an independent branch of government and must remain neutral to keep the public’s trust. They take an oath to be impartial and deliver equal justice for all.

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Crucial Conversation breakfast – Immigration policy in the era of Trump: Where do things stand in North Carolina?

NC Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation breakfast: Immigration policy in the era of Trump: Where do things stand in North Carolina? What is the reality “on the ground”? How can caring and thinking people speak out and push back? Register here The presidency of Barack Obama was no picnic for American immigrants. Despite the incessant and inaccurate attacks of nativist voices (including the current inhabitant of the White House), the Obama administration actually brought about more deportations of unauthorized immigrants than occurred under any previous president – often with only the barest minimum of due process and devastating human carnage resulting. Tragically, however, things have gone from badly flawed to dreadful under the administration of Donald Trump. Not only has the new president rushed to implement discriminatory and high profile policies targeting refugees from Muslim-majority countries, he has pushed less visible but still hugely destructive rule and policy changes that are negatively impacting the health and wellbeing of millions of other men, women and children from scores of countries – many of whom who have lived as productive and loyal Americans for decades. Come learn about this vital topic and the need for North Carolinians to speak up as we host a distinguished panel of experts: Dr. Diya Abdo – A first-generation Palestinian born and raised in Jordan, Diya Abdo is associate professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is the founder and director of Every Campus a Refuge, a Guilford College Center for Principled Problem Solving initiative which advocates for housing refugees on campus grounds and assisting them in resettlement. Diya’s teaching, research and scholarship focus on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms. Dr. Julie Linton, M.D. – Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP, is an academic general pediatrician with a career devoted to community pediatrics, medical education, and advocacy. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Linton works in the primary care setting and serves as the Advocacy Director for the Wake Forest Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Linton is Co-Chair of the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group and a member of the AAP Executive Committee for the Council on Community Pediatrics. She is a co-author of the AAP Immigrant Health Toolkit and two AAP policy statements: “Promoting Food Security for All Children” and “Promoting Food Security for All Children.” Dr. Linton co-founded and co-chairs the Forsyth County Refugee Health Collaborative. Raul Pinto – Raul Pinto is one of North Carolina’s most knowledgeable, visible and important advocates on behalf of the rights of immigrants. He is also a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrants and Refugees Rights Project where he represents low-income individuals negotiating the immigration system. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Raul worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. Don’t miss this very special event at this important moment. When: Tuesday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. — breakfast will be available at 8:15 a.m. Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets) Space is limited – pre-registration required. Cost: $10, admission includes a light breakfast Register here Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

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Duke researchers warn of methane’s dangers, while the university presses for a new natural gas plant

The scientists who work on climate issues at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University belong to an esteemed crowd. Their studies on the environmental, economic and public health perils of fracked natural gas have been featured in major peer-reviewed journals. Their findings on the role of methane leaks from natural gas in harming human health and driving climate change have earned the school scientific renown.

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