Annabel is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and an internationally recognized democracy advocate known for her innovative use of social media. Her previous work includes 9500 Liberty an award-winning documentary web series and film that chronicled the eight weeks in American history when the Arizona immigration crackdown was in effect. She is a co-founder of the Coffee Party USA, a grassroots, non-partisan movement that aims to restore the principles and spirit of democracy in America. It started on Facebook as a popular fan page in January 2010 and has since blossomed into a national non-profit organization with a network of over half a million people and dozens of local chapters. She studied Philosophy at Boston University and Political Theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.
On Monday August 5 from 5-6:30 p.m., a coalition of WNC groups will host Mountain Moral Monday, a non-partisan event to highlight the abuse of power and cruel policies coming out of the N.C. statehouse. The event will take place at Pack Square Park and will feature Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, the grassroots leader responsible for shining a national spotlight on what the New York Times has called “The Decline of NC.” [MAP]
“For the past 12 weeks, people from all walks of life and from all around the state have gathered in Raleigh to protest the frenzy of extremism that has gripped our state government,” said Valerie Hoh, a Mountain Moral Monday spokesperson and member of Save Our Water WNC. “This event will give people in our part of the state a chance to stand up for justice, democracy and moderation.” READ more
The NC Department of Health and Human Services has suspended the license of the only abortion clinic in North Carolina that would have met the requirements laid out in the motorcycle safety/abortion restriction bill signed into law this week.
The inspection of the clinic took place just two days after the state House voted to approve the new abortion restrictions bill that at present could only be met by the Asheville facility. The next week, the state Senate approved the bill.
Also of note – the DHHS announced Tuesday night that the State Health Director, Dr. Laura Gerard, had resigned from her position effective immediately. No explanation was offered in the Department’s press release. Gerard’s letter of resignation, via NC Policy Watch:
"Although I have demonstrated the ability to produce accomplishments that require work and collaboration with diverse groups and across political aisles, I acknowledge that I have significant differences and disagreements with many of the policy and administrative directions that I see unfolding in North Carolina and in the Department of Health and Human Services. These differences are making it increasingly impossible to continue to be effective in my current role."
It should have been a solemn day last Thursday when the NC General Assembly passed legislation that has been called the most severe voter restrictions and Anti-Choice legislation in the country, but instead there was fiddling, dancing and ice cream.
It was the final deathknellsto the progress made by years of social justice and civil rights advancements. The same progress that made North Carolina standout among the other southern states for the quality of life, education and tolerance was wiped out in one session.
The legislation has sent a clear message that if you are unemployed, disabled, in school, sick, a teacher, a woman, an arrested person of color, small business owner, a voter, a local government or middle income, you are a target. READ more
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