Cooper to extend Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday morning that he would sign an executive order next month extending the work of the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. The group has spent the past two and a half years trying to make the criminal legal system more just and equitable. They produced a report at […]
The economy in 2022: What will happen? What should happen?
Predicting the future is messy business even in the most stable of times, and whatever you want to say about the current moment, stability certainly isn’t in these days. That’s why we’re not going to join the ranks of economists putting out forecasts in January. But that doesn’t mean we no sense of what some […]
Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down
Attention quickly shifts to President's campaign pledge to appoint a Black woman to the Court WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday.
PW exclusive: A conversation with the first Chief Equity Officer at NC DHHS
Victor Armstrong will lead the Cooper administration's efforts to address racial and ethnic health disparities laid newly bare by the pandemic The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color has further exposed racial disparities and inequities in health care, which residents with chronic illnesses have confronted for years.
Ambitious criminal justice reform agenda spurred by George Floyd murder makes little headway in NC
The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May of 2020 and the demonstrations that ensued in scores of communities helped spur efforts across the nation during the months that followed to reassess systems of policing and criminal justice. North Carolina State Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed, D-Mecklenburg, says the Floyd murder illustrated an injustice in policing that is both “frightening” to a lot of people in the country and badly in need of attention...
Children’s experts: Investing in our state’s future starts with children not corporations
By Dr. Devonya Govan-Hunt, Muffy Grant and Dr. Iheoma Iruka To build a thriving North Carolina, we need a multiracial democracy, an inclusive economy, and a commitment to ensuring people across the state have access to the health care, education, and social support they need. To realize this vision, our state needs equitable public investments, […]
Youth Justice Project seeks racial reform in use of suspensions, school resource officers in Durham
Nicholas Brown, a junior at Jordan High School in Durham, has had the uncomfortable experience of being followed to class by School Resource Officers hired by the district who are supposed to make students and staff feel safe. Brown, 16, wasn’t doing anything wrong, just moving from one class to another to attend a study session or to take a teacher-approved restroom break.
Editorial: Departing chief justice will be tough act to follow
In case you missed it, be sure to check out a Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial that was first published Friday on WRAL.com. As the essay — “N.C. Chief Justice Beasley leaves legacy to emulate,” — explains, rarely has a North Carolina judge made such a large and positive impact on the state in such a […]
UNC System Racial Equity Task force launches community survey, pushes deadline to December
The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force has extended the deadline for its final report to the UNC Board of Governors. It will now deliver the report December 16 rather than in October, as was previously announced. The task force launched a system-wide community survey Tuesday that will collect suggestions for that final report. “We have […]
Experts: “There has to be a shift in how society functions” in wake of pandemic recovery, racial justice movements
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the U.S. economy — shuttering businesses, eliminating jobs and disrupting everything from education to the nation’s food supply chain. But it has been most devastating to Black Americans, who already face a host of historical economic and social disparities that have been highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement even […]
UNC Board of Governors Racial Equity Task Force begins its work
The UNC Board of Governors held the first meeting of its Racial Equity Task Force Thursday, outlining the work its members will do on inequity within the system before delivering a report to Board Chairman Randy Ramsey in October. The task force was assembled last month after board members and faculty from various schools called […]
NC faith leaders call for action on neglected policy proposals
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the following new and powerful letter to Gov. Cooper, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore that was put together by the North Carolina Council of Churches and signed by a diverse array of faith leaders from across the state. The letter calls […]