Ricky Leung

Ricky Leung, New Media Director, joined N.C. Policy Watch in October 2010. Previously, he was at the Smithsonian Institution and at National Geographic Magazine Online, where he worked on multimedia strategy as well as web design and development. [email protected] 919-861-1462

Federal Judge Cogburn strikes down same-sex marriage ban in UCC case in Western District

By: - October 10, 2014

Charlotte Judge Max Cogburn rules NC's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional. #ncga #wral — WRAL Gov't Coverage (@NCCapitol) October 10, 2014 Shortly after Judge Osteen gave plaintiffs until Monday to respond to intervention of legislative leaders in one same-sex marriage case in Greensboro, a federal judge in the Western District struck down a same-sex marriage […]

Judge gives noon Friday deadline to GOP for legal arguments in N.C. same-sex marriage case

By: - October 9, 2014

Just in: Judge Osteen denies #ncga leaders' request for a week's delay on SSM ruling, gives noon Fri deadline for intervenor brief. #wral — WRAL Gov't Coverage (@NCCapitol) October 10, 2014 Thursday night after Tillis and Berger filed a motion seeking 8 days to compile legal arguments against marriage equality, Chief U.S. District Court Judge […]

Tillis, Berger meet Federal judge’s 5 p.m. deadline for GOP to intervene in N.C. same-sex marriage cases

By: - October 9, 2014

[email protected] + Phil Berger's motion to intervene on #NC marriage equality via @HRC: #DayOneNC — Equality NC (@equalitync) October 9, 2014 With Attorney General Roy Cooper refusing to defend Amendment One in the courts, Tillis and Berger have formally filed to intervene, retaining John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage as primary counsel […]

“It is a crying shame the way the poor and elderly are being treated”

By: - June 11, 2014

Recent budget proposals out of the NCGA will eliminate Medicaid coverage for nearly 12,000 elderly blind or disabled people, cut $1 million from a popular program that delivers meals and provides in-home health services to the elderly, and shut down several regional offices of the state’s child-developmental services agencies that help babies and toddlers with […]

Cuts to Medicaid negatively impact independent living for populations with disabilities, says concerned mother

By: - June 6, 2014

Recent proposed cuts under the state Senate budget not only affect programs and services for older adults, they also impact North Carolina’s population with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, says one concerned mother. David is fulfilling every dream I formulated for him. He has a vision for his future. He is happy, healthy and a contributing […]

Share your experiences with Medicaid and other health and human services

By: - June 4, 2014

Funding for Medicaid and other health services in North Carolina have been tremendously beneficial to the elderly and those with disabilities. Folks like Randolph Reid, thanks to care services programs like PACE of the Triad, are able to improve physical, mental and spiritual health leading to a better life. And for Margaret Toman, whose mother […]

Consciousness is Power – Yuri Kochiyama (May 19, 1921 – June 1, 2014)

By: - June 2, 2014

Only days after the passing of Civil Rights icon Maya Angelou, another elder, one of my personal heroines, Yuri Kochiyama, passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Rest in power, and thank you both for your legacy and inspiration. From the Reappropriate blog: Yuri Kochiyama was a radical activist who believed, first and foremost, […]

Lunch Links: Shifting tides, diversity, going to space in an elevator

By: - February 26, 2014

The quick and dirty lunch links for the day. LGBTQ issues — The shifting tide: Millenials leave their religion because of anti-gay policies — Public Religion Research Institute released a survey, noting that almost one third of Millennials left organized religion because of “negative teachings” about the LQBTQ community. California-based company severes ties with lobbyist […]

**Livestream** Moral March

By: - February 8, 2014

In the chance you are not able to join the Moral March this morning, the folks from HKonJ have set up this livestream: Hope to see you though!                        

ICYMI: Crucial Conversation on the outlook of 2014 with Tom Jensen and Chris Fitzsimon

By: - February 6, 2014

In case you missed our Crucial Conversation this past Tuesday, here’s the video of the event: (Enjoy!) 2014 is here and, for now, North Carolina government remains stubbornly in the tea party camp. Are voters happy about this? What do they think about the current state of affairs and the politicians running the show? What’s […]

Lunch Links: Bill Nye, CVS, Sochi, iWatch, Coke, dumplings and Captain America…

By: - February 5, 2014

For your Wednesday lunch today- Science: Bill Nye, my childhood science mentor via PBS, debated Ken Ham last night on the science of evolution vs. creationism. Ham is the president of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, where the debate took place and was livestreamed. Um, yeah. Mashable has a recap here. You can also […]

Lunch Links: Overestimating diversity, discussions of race still need to happen

By: - January 14, 2014

2013 saw a much needed discussion about race in many spheres of American. Particularly popular in the latter half of the year was the discussion of race in feminism a la #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, which also led to other discussions such as who counts as a woman of color and Asian American feminism (#NotYourAsianSidekick). And it’s a […]