McCrory Tag - ACLU of North Carolina http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/Latest.html Mon, 22 May 2017 13:22:56 -0400 en-gb ACLU Report Card Shows N.C. General Assembly Has Abysmal Record on Civil Liberties http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-report-card-shows-n-c-general-assembly-has-abysmal-record-on-civil-liberties.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-report-card-shows-n-c-general-assembly-has-abysmal-record-on-civil-liberties.html

RALEIGH – A legislative report card released today by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) shows that during its 2015-2016 session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed or considered a wide range of bills that diminished legal rights and civil liberties for many who call North Carolina home, especially LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, victims of police abuse, and criminal defendants.

The report card grades North Carolina House representatives on their votes on six bills introduced in the 2015-2016 session and members of the state Senate on eight. All were opposed by the ACLU-NC because of their negative impact on civil liberties.

Many of those measures were signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, including laws that

  • Remove legal protections for and encourage discrimination against LGBTQ people, particularly transgender men and women (HB2)
  • Triple the mandatory waiting period for a woman who has decided to have an abortion to 72 hours, the longest waiting period in the country (HB465)
  • Fuel anti-immigrant sentiments and make it harder for immigrants to identify themselves to government officials (HB318)
  • Give law enforcement broad authority to keep body and dash camera footage from the public (HB972)
  • Remove transparency and oversight from the administration of the death penalty in an effort to jump-start executions (HB774)

“Simply put, the General Assembly has had an abysmal record on civil liberties in recent years,” said ACLU-NC Policy Counsel Susanna Birdsong. “These recent bills, many of which became law, represent unprecedented attacks on civil liberties that have collectively restricted personal freedom, bodily autonomy, and equality under the law for countless North Carolinians.”

Forty-seven House representatives and 13 Senators scored 0% on the report card, voting to restrict civil liberties on each bill scored. Only 10 House members voted in line with the ACLU-NC 100% of the time. No senators voted in line with 100% of the ACLU-NC’s positions.

Read the report card here.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Legislative News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:47:00 -0400
ACLU and Lambda Legal Call on N.C. Governor and Legislature to Stop Playing Political Games and Repeal HB2 http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-and-lambda-legal-statement-on-h-b-2-developments.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-and-lambda-legal-statement-on-h-b-2-developments.html

CHARLOTTE – The ACLU and Lambda Legal today called on Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina legislative leaders to stop playing games and repeal H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from appropriate restrooms and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people. The two organizations issued the following statement in response to Gov. McCrory’s and legislative leaders’ demand that the City of Charlotte repeal its LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance as a precondition for the legislature considering the repeal of H.B. 2.

“North Carolina’s people and economy are suffering because the General Assembly and Governor McCrory passed a law that encourages discrimination against LGBT people and particularly targets and harms transgender people,” said Susanna Birdsong, Policy Counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina. “It is absurd, dishonest and wrong to blame the damage caused by H.B. 2 on a Charlotte ordinance that protects LGBT people from discrimination and is similar to laws in 18 states and more than 200 municipalities. North Carolina’s leaders need to stop blaming others, take responsibility for the disaster that is H.B. 2 and repeal the entire discriminatory law without delay. We urge the Charlotte City Council to stand firm on its commitment to protecting the LGBT community from discrimination by leaving its ordinance intact.”

“The reason the NBA, NCAA and countless other groups and companies have refused to do business in North Carolina is because H.B. 2 is an unprecedented and targeted attack on the LGBT community that is inconsistent with American values – not because Charlotte commendably decided to protect LGBT people from discrimination,” said Simone Bell, the Southern Regional Director for Lambda Legal. “Nondiscrimination policies like Charlotte’s are good and necessary measures that protect the LGBT community. Repealing Charlotte’s ordinance would be a step backward for equality, inclusion and fairness. Governor McCrory and the General Assembly need to stop pointing fingers, do the right thing and repeal all of H.B. 2’s harmful provisions.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and the law firm of Jenner & Block are challenging H.B. 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina.

In August, a federal district court blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the law against three transgender plaintiffs in the case and found that the challengers are likely to succeed in their argument that the law violates Title IX. The groups are appealing that ruling in part to seek broader relief for all transgender people in North Carolina before the case heads to a full trial in May.

The ACLU and Lambda Legal lawsuit, Carcaño v. McCrory, was filed days after H.B. 2 was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory. In the lawsuit, the groups argue that through the law, North Carolina sends a purposeful message that LGBT people are second-class citizens who are undeserving of the privacy, respect, and protections afforded others in the state and that transgender individuals, in particular, are expelled from public life through H.B. 2’s mandate that they be forced out of restrooms and changing facilities that accord with who they are.

The complaint argues that H.B. 2 violates Title IX by discriminating against students and school employees on the basis of sex.  It also argues the law is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment by discriminating on the basis of sex and sexual orientation and violates the privacy and medical decision making rights of transgender people.

To read more about the case: https://www.aclu.org/cases/carcano-et-al-v-mccrory-et-al.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:23:28 -0400
Victory! Supreme Court Denies Stay in North Carolina Voting Rights Case http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/victory-supreme-court-denies-stay-in-north-carolina-voting-rights-case.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/victory-supreme-court-denies-stay-in-north-carolina-voting-rights-case.html

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied North Carolina’s request to stay a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s restrictive voting law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Coalition for Social Justice challenged the law, charging it discriminates against African-American votersand unduly burdens the right to vote, in violation of the U.S Constitution’s 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed the law was enacted “with discriminatory intent,” against African Americansand issued a sweeping ruling on July 29 that blocked voter ID and restored a week of early voting, same-day registration, preregistration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

“The Supreme Court was correct to deny North Carolina’s last-ditch effort to undermine African-American voter participation in the November election. This ruling means that thousands of voters who would have been disenfranchised will now be able to participate in the presidential election,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, and Southern Coalition for Social Justice represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, North Carolina Common Cause, Unifour Onestop Collaborative, and several individuals.

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/league-women-voters-north-carolina-et-al-v-north-carolina

 

 

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Voting Rights Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:18:27 -0400
ACLU, Lambda Legal Seek Greater Relief for Transgender North Carolinians Harmed by H.B. 2 http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-lambda-legal-seek-greater-relief-for-transgender-north-carolinians-harmed-by-h-b-2-1.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-lambda-legal-seek-greater-relief-for-transgender-north-carolinians-harmed-by-h-b-2-1.html

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – LGBT rights groups challenging North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender, today announced they will appeal part of a Friday district court ruling in order to seek broader relief for all transgender people in North Carolina before the case heads to a full trial.

On Friday, a district court judge blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the law against three transgender plaintiffs in the case and found that the challengers are likely to succeed in their argument that the law violates Title IX. In a notice of appeal filed today, the groups challenging the law announced plans to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to extend that ruling more broadly in order to protect all transgender people in North Carolina from the harms imposed by H.B. 2.

“We are thrilled that H.B. 2 is starting to crumble and relieved for our clients who have had a huge burden lifted as a result of the court’s Friday ruling,” said Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina. “But we know the harmful effects of H.B. 2 are far reaching, and that is why we are seeking broader relief for the thousands of transgender people who call North Carolina home.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and the law firm of Jenner & Block are challenging the law in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina.

“Though the district court importantly recognized the serious harm to three of our clients as a result of H.B. 2, that recognition unfortunately didn’t extend to a ruling rectifying those harms for other transgender individuals in North Carolina,” said Tara Borelli, Lambda Legal senior attorney. “We are optimistic that H.B. 2’s days are numbered and are appealing Friday’s ruling in order to bring relief to all those who live in or visit North Carolina.”

The ACLU and Lambda Legal lawsuit, Carcaño v. McCrory, was filed days after H.B. 2 was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory. In the lawsuit, the groups argue that through the law, North Carolina sends a purposeful message that LGBT people are second-class citizens who are undeserving of the privacy, respect, and protections afforded others in the state and that transgender individuals, in particular, are expelled from public life through H.B. 2’s mandate that they be forced out of restrooms and changing facilities that accord with who they are.

The complaint argues that H.B. 2 violates Title IX by discriminating against students and school employees on the basis of sex.  It also argues the law is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment by discriminating on the basis of sex and sexual orientation and violates the privacy and medical decision making rights of transgender people.

To read more about the case: https://www.aclu.org/cases/carcano-et-al-v-mccrory-et-al.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:14:04 -0400