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North Carolina NAACP Launches Reconstruction Campaign

Last June, the New York Times asked: “Is North Carolina Politics the Future of American Politics?” The North Carolina NAACP answers: “Yes—as goes North Carolina, so goes the South, and as goes the South, so goes the Nation.” However, the North Carolina NAACP also answers: “The Future of North Carolina and American politics will be what We, The People, declare it to be; even when, in the course of human events, a government becomes destructive, and it becomes necessary for the people to abolish it and institute a new government.” As Harry Truman said, “Without a proper moral background, we have a totalitarian government that does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.” North Carolina can “Lead to Destruction.” But, as The People push the rock of justice together from our current dark place—North Carolina can “Lead to Solutions.” more
From the desk of Senator Joyce Waddell
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Judicial Redistricting Review

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting met on Wednesday to discuss changes to the judiciary selection process. The judicial redistricting proposal could divide Mecklenburg County into nine judicial districts. Republican lawmakers revealed four plans to overhaul the state’s popular judicial elections and start an appointment process in which the General Assembly would have a role in appointing judges. more

Attorney General Josh Stein is Busy Working with EPA and on Identity Theft

By FRAN FARRER

Josh SteinOn January 5, 2018 Attorney General Stein took action to stop EPA from opening the dirty truck loophole. He stood in strong opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to allow more high polluting trucks on the roads by repealing protections on “glider trucks.” In 2016, the EPA required that gliders – new heavy duty truck bodies without engines or drive trains – be installed with clean engines that meet present-day emission standards. Now, the EPA wants to repeal its own 2016 rule, opening a loophole that will exempt these new trucks installed with older, dirtier engines.

“Protecting the air we breathe means keeping our families healthier and happier,” said Attorney General Stein. “That is why I oppose the EPA’s dirty truck loophole. It will not only make our air dirtier, it also will be unfair to the truck manufacturers, like Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks in Greensboro, and trucking companies that play by the rules and use up-to-date, cleaner truck engines.”

Gliders that do not comply with the 2016 Glider Rule produce 20 to 40 times more emissions of hazardous pollutants that are linked to asthma, low birth weight, infant mortality, and lung cancer. more

Bennett College Journalism Department Unveils New TV Studio

By LAURIE D. WILLIS

GREENSBORO, NC – A state-of-the-art TV and photography studio that will put Bennett College journalism students on the cutting edge of media production will be unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

During the Journalism and Media Studies Department’s unveiling, attendees will be allowed to tour the new set that will be used for classroom activities and programs produced by the student-run Belle Media Group.

Lighting design for the new studio was completed by a company whose clients include CNN, ESPN and CNBC. The studio includes a modular, Bennett-branded news set that can be configured for anchored news programs, talk shows or stand-up presentations. It also houses a professional lighting grid and space for photography and green-screen video shoots.

“There is so much potential here,” says Tamara Jeffries, interim chair of the Journalism and Media Studies Department. “Our students are always coming up with innovative program concepts, and this is going to give them a great space to get those concepts piloted and produced.” more