crucial conversation

NC has one of the worst records in the nation for the deaths of black babies. An expert panel offers some solutions at next week’s Crucial Conversation.

BY: - February 5, 2020

North Carolina has one of the worst records in the nation for the deaths of babies a year or younger, according to new reporting by Lynn Bonner of Raleigh’s News & Observer. The rate of Black babies’ deaths is driving that statistic. Statewide, Bonner reports, the gap between Black and white infant deaths was wider […]

NC Policy Watch to host Charlotte Crucial Conversation on future of school integration

BY: - October 16, 2019

Join us Wednesday, October 30 for a very special and timely Charlotte Crucial Conversation luncheon: The future of school integration in North Carolina Featuring: Rev. William Barber II, President of Repairers of the Breach, architect of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. Mary McCray, chair of Charlotte-Mecklenburg […]


Join us for lunch next Thursday: NC’s new wave of female lawmakers

BY: - April 9, 2019

Join us Thursday, April 18 for a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon: North Carolina’s new wave of female lawmakers Featuring several lawmakers first elected during the 2018 “year of the woman” election Click here to register The year 2018 was the year of the woman redux, just bigger and better. The first time, historians pointed to […]


Watch today’s Crucial Conversation luncheon on the death penalty on Facebook Live

BY: - March 12, 2019

If you weren’t able to register for today’s Crucial Conversation luncheon — “North Carolina’s death penalty: On life support?” — don’t despair. The event will be “broadcast” live and recorded for later viewing on the Policy Watch Facebook page. Here are some additional details about the event: Here’s something you might not know: North Carolina […]

North Carolina’s death penalty: On life support? Join us March 12th for our next Crucial Conversation

BY: - March 1, 2019

Here’s something you might not know: North Carolina hasn’t executed a prisoner since 2006, but the state – home to a boom in capital murder trials during the 1990s – houses the country’s sixth largest “death row” population. That’s one of a series of sobering details in “Unequal Justice: How Obsolete Laws and Unfair Trials […]


Gene Nichol to deliver major address in Michigan tomorrow, speak in Raleigh next week

BY: - November 26, 2018

North Carolina’s own Prof. Gene Nichol will deliver a major address at the University of Michigan tomorrow. This is from a story in the The University Record in Ann Arbor: University of North Carolina professor Gene Nichol will speak on “outside political interference with academic freedom and university-based freedom of speech” when he delivers the […]


National expert to May 16 marchers: This is why NC education spending is so inadequate

BY: - May 10, 2018

Michael Leachman — the headline speaker at next Tuesday’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation (click here to learn more and RSVP) that will preview the legislature’s upcoming budget session, has a post today on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities blog, Off the Charts. North Carolina’s Deep Tax Cuts Impeding Adequate School Funding North Carolina […]


Experts will examine the central issue of the upcoming legislative session at May 15 luncheon

BY: - May 7, 2018

There are a lot of potential issues on the agenda for the legislative session that commences next Wednesday in Raleigh, but, ultimately, the dominant and most important topic of discussion will be the FY 2019 state budget that lawmakers will update and amend. Whether it’s teacher pay, environmental protection, healthcare or the divide between the […]


Seats still available for tomorrow’s luncheon on “welfare for the wealthy”

BY: - March 21, 2018

Join us for a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Prof. Christopher Faricy discusses his book “Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending, and Inequality in the United States” Click here to register Turns out, everyone loves big government. Dr. Chris Faricy shows that Republicans regularly enact tax breaks like 401k and 529 savings plans that […]


Join us next Friday for lunch with Professor Peter Edelman

BY: - February 5, 2018

Join us next Friday February 16 as Prof. Peter Edelman discusses his new book, Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America Register here In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report exposed how fines and fees for minor crimes often proved too expensive for Ferguson’s largely […]


More “Unraveling”: The General Assembly’s inability to craft performance pay plans for educators

BY: - January 29, 2018

Tomorrow, January 30, NC Policy Watch is presenting a Crucial Conversation with myself, Kris Nordstrom, and State Senator Jay Chaudhuri. We will be discussing the current class-size crisis, and how North Carolina has lost its way when it comes to public school policymaking. Tickets for the event, which is co-sponsored by Public Schools First NC […]


National immigration leader to headline December 5 Policy Watch luncheon

BY: - November 29, 2017

RSVP today for next Tuesday’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation – The national immigration debate in the era of Trump: Where do things stand? What will happen next? Featuring Beth Werlin, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council Click here to register Few subjects spark more passionate debate in 21st Century America than immigration policy. […]