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NAACP TO CHALLENGE LAW

A preliminary injunction against North Carolina’s new Voter ID law brought by the state’s chapter of the NAACP will be heard Monday at 9:30 am in the US District Court in Winston-Salem. The law is being challenged on the grounds that it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as the 14 th and 15 th Amendments, by restricting the ability of low-income residents and minorities to vote.

“The law targets nearly every aspect of the voting process,” Penda Hair of the Advancement Project said in a conference call Tuesday.

When the law takes full effect in 2016, it will require voters to show one of eight acceptable forms of ID at the polls. College ID’s are not valid, and students cannot register in the precinct in which they attend school. It also eliminates same-day registration, early registration and part of the early voting period.

Hair said the law will not officially be put to trial until 2015, but they wanted to bring an injunction to stop certain sections from taking effect before this year’s midterm elections. She said the specific sections of the law they are asking to be blocked are the early voting restriction, same day registration restriction and restriction on the counting of provisional ballots from incorrect precincts.

She said each side will have 18 hours to present its case, and the hearing is expected to last around four days.

Irving Joyner, an attorney and law professor at NC Central University said North Carolina had one of the highest voter turnout rates in the 2012 presidential election, which he attributed to the early voter registration program that allows 16 and 17-year olds to register to vote before their first election.

“This law turns back the clock to our Jim Crow past,” he said.

Rev. William Barber III, who also participated in the call, referred to the law as a “voter suppression law,” and said more than 200 partner organizations are involved in the movement to counter conservative policies passed by the General Assembly beginning last year.

“This case shows what the southern legislators, like Thom Tillis, are willing to do without pre-clearance,” he said.

“This is our Selma, because it’s the first of its kind.”

GREENSBORO MAYOR VISITS DC

Mayor Nancy Vaughan visited our nation’s capitol last week with City Manager Jim Westmoreland. The two City officials meet with Congressman Howard Coble and toured the White House on June 25.

Mayor Vaughan made time to joke about DC politics by positing a picture on Facebook with the caption, “I’ve heard some people describe government as a circus. While in DC visiting the Department of Transportation I turned to my right and saw… (a Trapeze School!).”

“THIS IS GREENSBORO” The City of Greensboro is adding a new block of programing to its lineup on the Greensboro Television Network (GTN) that is meant to promote the city. The “This is Greensboro” series will be hosted by Rosemary Plybon and focus on entertainment, events, and economic happenings in the city.

“This is a change from our traditional programming with the goal of telling the story of the entire city of Greensboro, not just Greensboro city government’s story,” said City of Greensboro Communications Manager Donnie Turlington. “From a marketing standpoint, city government can play an active role in promoting the entire city and this is a step in that direction.”

The program will begin airing multiple nights per week at 6 p.m. beginning this month.

BIKE ALONG

Curious citizens who would like a gain a better understanding of what Greensboro police officers do can also squeeze in a work-out with the new bike ride-along program offered by the Greensboro Police Department.

Instead of riding in the passenger seat of a cop car, members of the public can pedal alongside officers who ride on bicycles. Interested participants must attend an eight-hour training session to learn about cycling safety and how officers on bicycles conduct their work.

The bicycle ride-along program will not only familiarize participants with the complex nature and benefits of police work while on bike patrol, it will also strengthen the bond between community members and police. !

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