Call to Action Tag - ACLU of North Carolina http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/Latest.html Mon, 22 May 2017 13:20:09 -0400 en-gb Tell the House: Don't Remove LGBT Protections http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/tell-the-house-don-t-remove-lgbt-protections.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/tell-the-house-don-t-remove-lgbt-protections.html

Anti-LGBT extremists in the General Assembly are at it again. This time they are threatening to call a $42,000-a-day special legislative session in order to override Charlotte's recently passed nondiscrimination ordinance, which protects LGBT people and others from discrimination in public accommodations.

Tell your House representative to oppose the special session and support laws that extend equal treatment to LGBT North Carolinians!

Charlotte's ordinance means that businesses open to the public must be equally accessible to LGBT individuals and cannot discriminate against anyone simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

More than 100 cities across American have already passed similar nondiscrimination laws and implemented them successfully. But opponents wrongly claim the law will allow men to access women's bathrooms in order to assault women and girls. These false claims are an attempt to instill fear and undo much-needed protections.

Charlotte's law in no way changes the rules that govern behavior in restrooms or removes laws against public exposure or assault. The truth is that transgender people are far more likely to be the victims of harassment in bathrooms, particularly if they are forced to use a restroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity.

Transgender women are women, living their daily lives just like any other woman, and should use the women's room. Transgender men are men, living their daily lives just like any other man, and should use the men's room.

Senate leader Phil Berger claims that the Charlotte ordinance is part of the ACLU's "politically correct agenda," but in fact it's a simple measure that allows all people to use the appropriate restroom in peace, reaffirming our shared values that all North Carolinians should be treated fairly and live free of discrimination.

Tell the legislature not to waste your tax dollars attacking laws that protect North Carolinians from discrimination, and urge them to uphold Charlotte's ordinance.

 

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:42:11 -0500
Petition: Demand Police Accountability in Raleigh Now http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/petition-demand-police-accountability-in-raleigh-now.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/petition-demand-police-accountability-in-raleigh-now.html

The shooting of Akiel Denkins, a 24-year-old African American father of two, by a Raleigh police officer points to the urgent need for Raleigh to adopt policies that will make its police department more transparent, combat biased policing, and hold officers accountable when they violate their pledge to protect and serve.

We join Akiel's family and the Raleigh community in demanding answers. But what we already know is that in North Carolina and across the nation, people of color are far too often victims of excessive use of force by police officers, often during routine encounters. In many cases, the officers involved are not held accountable.

Tell the Raleigh City Council to hold a public hearing on ways the Raleigh Police Department can be more transparent, combat biased policing, and hold officers accountable when they violate their pledge to protect and serve.

On the same day that Akiel was killed, the Raleigh City Council was scheduled to hear a presentation about the police department's plan to equip officers with body cameras, but the presentation was pulled from the agenda after news of the shooting broke.

The ACLU has long argued that body cameras can be a "win-win" for both police departments and the communities they serve, as long as appropriate policies are in place to ensure accountability and protect privacy. Many cities in North Carolina, including Charlotte and Greensboro, already have body cameras.

Akiel's fatal shooting by a Raleigh police officer points to the urgent need for Raleigh to adopt body cameras and accompanying policies to protect against abuse.

Tell Raleigh officials that enough is enough. North Carolina's second-largest city needs to get real about police accountability. Community members deserve an equal say in how their neighborhoods are policed, and that should start with a public hearing in Raleigh.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Racial Justice Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:08:56 -0500
TAKE ACTION: Keep North Carolina Open For Business -- For All http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/take-action-keep-north-carolina-open-for-business-for-all.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/take-action-keep-north-carolina-open-for-business-for-all.html

Across the nation, opponents of equality have been pushing harmful measures that would allow individuals to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to harm others and discriminate. Last week, North Carolina became the latest state to consider such a dangerous proposal.

The "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (House Bill 348) would allow individuals to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against others, such as giving businesses the ability to deny services to LGBT North Carolinians and others.

Please take action today to ask your House representative to oppose HB 348!

North Carolina's bill was introduced the same week that the governor of Indiana signed a similar proposal into law, causing enormous backlash: Major companies such as Apple, Yelp, and Angie's List have spoken out against the Indiana law; the state';s largest convention has threatened to move; and even the NCAA said it has serious concerns about holding future events in Indiana. It's clear that these laws are bad for business and should not be adopted in North Carolina.

The ACLU has fought for decades to defend individual religious freedom, and we continue to do so today. But religious freedom should never be used as a license to discriminate.

Contact your House representative today and urge them to oppose HB 348.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Equal Protection Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:27:16 -0400
VIDEO: ACLU-NC & LGBT Couples Talk About How N.C. Parenting Laws Hurt Families http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/video-aclu-nc-lgbt-couples-talk-about-how-n-c-parenting-laws-hurt-families.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/video-aclu-nc-lgbt-couples-talk-about-how-n-c-parenting-laws-hurt-families.html

Two North Carolina couples the ACLU-NC is representing in a challenge to the state's discriminatory and harmful bans on second parent adoption and marriage for same-sex couples sat down with ACLU-NC Legal Director Chris Brook and Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro on Dec. 2 for a "Crucial Conversation" about LGBT and parenting rights, hosted by NC Policy Watch, the ACLU-NC, and Equality NC.

Watch the video above and please share - Parents in life, strangers on paper: How NC laws barring second-parent adoption and same-sex marriage jeopardizes families, children:

More information on the ACLU-NC lawsuit can be found here.

Please watch and then share – Parents in life, strangers on paper: How NC laws barring second-parent adoption and same-sex marriage jeopardizes families, children:

- See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/04/icymi-how-nc-laws-barring-second-parent-adoption-and-same-sex-marriage-jeopardizes-families-children-full-video/#sthash.uPNOSguX.dpuf

Please watch and then share – Parents in life, strangers on paper: How NC laws barring second-parent adoption and same-sex marriage jeopardizes families, children:

- See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/04/icymi-how-nc-laws-barring-second-parent-adoption-and-same-sex-marriage-jeopardizes-families-children-full-video/#sthash.uPNOSguX.dpuf
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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:36:11 -0500