Defending Democracy with Informed Community Action in WNC

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face of fear.

— Abraham Lincoln

NC General Assembly Watch

The NC General Assembly is in the long session in 2017. Bills introduced and laws passed have a direct and immediate effect on NC residents. This team is working to identify bills introduced and committees studying these bills and communicate action items as necessary.

NCGA OVERVIEW

The General Assembly (ncga.state.nc.us)  is a bicameral legislature, consisting of the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina State Senate. The House has 120 members, while the Senate has 50.

The General Assembly meets in regular session (or the "long session") beginning in January of each odd-numbered year, and adjourns to reconvene the following even-numbered year for what is called the "Short Session." Though there is no limit on the length of any session, the "long session" typically lasts for 6 months, and the "short session" typically lasts for 6 weeks.

See Ballotpedia for an in-depth article about the NC General Assembly.

If you are interested in learning more, joining our team, or sharing information, you can reach us at ncga@indivisibleavl.org.

2018 FOCUS AREAS

  • Following NC Legislation
  • Partnering with other WNC groups to flip selected state districts in 2018

ACTIONS

  • Calling & Emailing Representatives
  • Participating in demonstrations and marches
  • Educating the public

HKonJ Moral March on Raleigh

Join us on Saturday, February 10, as we march on the state capital in alliance with the NC NAACP and hundreds of other sponsor organizations in the annual Moral March on Raleigh. Moral March on Raleigh The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition holds an annual mobilization called the Moral March on Raleigh &…
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Clean Dream Act Now! Beer & Politics Feb 7

Beer & Politics is an informal letter-writing drop-in open to everyone, held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. This week our focus is on getting a clean Dream Act, as promised during Congress’s recent budget showdown. Drop by the Westville Pub after work on any B&P Wednesday, any time between 5:30 and…
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Indivisible AVL General Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, January 30, at Pack Library Auditorium (67 Haywood Street, in downtown Asheville), from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, as we kick off the new year with monthly general meetings, which are planned for the last Tuesday evening of every month at various central locations. Each month we’ll give updates on recent and…
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Beer & Politics: Women’s March

Beer & Politics is an informal letter-writing drop-in open to everyone, held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. This week we’ll be making signs for the Anniversary Women’s March on Asheville, which is taking place this Saturday, January 20, from 11:00 to 1:00. Drop by the Westville Pub after work on any…
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Fair Courts Rally and Press Conference

Think our judges should be fair, independent, and removed from political pressure? Unfortunately, politicians in Raleigh are trying to gain partisan control over the courts and rig the system in their favor. First, they canceled primary elections for judges, and now the politicians are planning to return in January 2018 to cancel judicial elections and simply appoint their political friends to fill the bench and tilt the scales of justice in their favor.
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The Climate Can’t Wait. Call NOW to bring Renewable Energy to Buncombe County!

The County Commission is meeting next Tuesday, December 5th, to decide on priorities for our resources.  We must speak out locally for what we want our energy future to be.  Call the two County Commissioners who are most likely to respond before the meeting to voice your support for transitioning Buncombe County to 100% renewable energy. Their support will bring the votes needed to begin to move toward this goal. 
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Helpful websites and links:

Find your state house representative or senator:  www.ncleg.net/representative/whorepresentsme

Track legislation:  www.killthebill.com

Changing our representation:  www.indivisibleflipnc.org

Keeping democracy in NC:  www.democracync.org

Social justice:  naacpnc.org; www.southerncoalition.org

Local level action: www.neighborsoncall.org

Find your local precinct: www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election/precinct-maps.aspx