A Focus on Recent Events
When asked about classified documents found at the residence of Donald Trump, Joe Biden responded: “How that could possibly happen. How one — anyone could be that irresponsible. And I thought, ‘What data was in there that may compromise sources and methods?’ … Totally irresponsible.” Well, it didn’t take long for the vultures to come home to roost on Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
Is anyone really surprised Joe Biden didn’t know that he had classified documents stored away? In Trump’s case, it was a matter of arrogance. He knew he had classified documents. In Biden’s case, you fill in the blanks_________________. It does however raise a question. What about Obama? Bush? Clinton?
More importantly, why is this damaging information on Biden being released now? When asked by Robin Roberts, before the documents fiasco became public knowledge, whether she hoped Biden would run again, Michelle Obama said, “You know, I — I will have to see.” As an insider, Mrs. Obama probably already knew about the first discovery of documents on November 2. More ↠
and in Congress
If Black women in North Carolina want the right to wear their natural hair in any cultural style and condition that they please, they are going to have to fight for it at the General Assembly.
That’s where the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act has stalled in passage for the past several years, thanks to the Republican majority who apparently objects to African American hairstyles that don’t fit their idea of good grooming. Advocates say the ability to wear one’s hair in a type and style of one’s choosing is a civil right and should be protected. More ↠
Congresswoman Alma Adams
Congresswoman Adams shared her State of the District address and, reminded the approximately 75 people present that part of her work revolves around Social Mobility, Affordable Housing, and Transportation. She shared that 20, million dollars were allocated for community needs that will focus on Jobs, food insecurity, and climate change. She also shared she was part of the process that enabled “We Build of Concord NC” to receive 2 billion dollars for their housing efforts. Housing is a human right, cited Adams. In addition, she added that housing is a nonpartisan issue, and she has been able to “reach across the aisle” to garner support for affordable housing.
Adams also said she will continue to work with the city and Barber Scotia College to help make sure there is a future for Barber Scotia. It was also part of Adam’s support of Barber that enabled the college to be forgiven a 12-billion-dollar debt from the department of Education.
“There is a lot to learn, and a lot to do.” Congresswoman Adams is committed to doing the people’s work. She described herself as a shareholder representative. “If we are united as a community, there is no limit to what we can do even in a divided government.” She shared staff contact information and encouraged members to remain connected and to reach out to her staff if there is a need or concern that the stakeholders believe that she should be made aware of. More ↠
on State Supreme Court
Though Republicans won two Democratic seats on the High Court last November, thus taking over the court majority 5-2 January 1st, the justices for the new term don’t begin hearing arguments until January 31st.
“With the loss of two of those Democrats in 2022, the Republicans gained complete control of the Court and resulted in the emergence of the most right-wing Court since the 1960s,” Joyner says. “The newly elected members of this new Court have already demonstrated [their] resolve to follow a rigid right-wing judicial philosophy which gives almost complete deference to enactments of the [Republican-led] General Assembly and refuses to give broader and more progressive interpretations to the provisions of the North Carolina Constitution.”
Evidence of what Prof. Joyner says was on display this week when NC Policywatch reported that Republican legislative leaders have petitioned the new conservative High Court to throw out the rulings of last year's Democratic-led Supreme Court nullifying voter ID and redistricting and grant new hearings.
"This petition is another example of legislative leadership stopping at nothing to infringe on the right of African Americans to vote freely in North Carolina," said Jeff Loperfido, interim chief counsel of Voting Rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Justice Earls said there are 15-18 judicial clerks for the state Supreme Court at any given time. The clerks work closely with the justices, but presently, there are no African American clerks. These positions are a gateway to higher legal service.
Joyner says, “In latter elections, Republican candidates for the Supreme Court have been former judicial clerks of the right-wing justices on the Court and their electoral successes have been strongly promoted by the most right-wing legislators and supporters within the Republican Party. As a result, Republicans have gained control of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and its Supreme Court.” More ↠