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STOP THE NEXT ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY

Top lawmakers are promoting a bill to replace judicial elections with a plan to have legislative leaders reward their friends with appointments as family and traffic court judges, criminal court judges, and even Supreme Court justices. They’re calling it “merit selection” but it’s really political cronyism. Once legislators have the power to cherry pick our judges, there will be little to stop them from rigging things in their favor. It’s a bold move – and it must be stopped.

Stop the Next Attack on Our Democracy

North Carolina isn't a political pizza to be sliced and diced by those in power — especially when it comes to our courts! Fight back: ✔︎ Attend a town hall near you ✔︎ Encourage your lawmaker to do the right thing ✔︎ Join the thousands of people signing on to the fight for fair courts!

We need to send a strong message to the N.C. Legislature that we oppose this latest partisan power grab.

There are also bills designed to intimidate current judges so they won’t speak out against the appointment plan – bills to redraw the judges’ districts, disrupt their court duties, and force them out of office at the end of 2018. As a result, the legal community — regardless of party or position — is speaking out against these attacks on our courts. 

Stop the Next Attack on Democracy

Take action! Add your name now to oppose the partisan power grab to control our courts.

Fair Courts Town Hall | Greensboro | Nov. 30

Join us Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m., at Temple Emanuel (1129 Jefferson Road, Greensboro, NC 27510), for the third of our series of Fair Courts Town Halls. RSVP at demnc.co/faircourtsgso.

Fair Courts Town Hall | Greenville | Dec. 4

Think judges should be fair, independent, and removed from political pressure? Join us Monday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation (131 Oakmont Dr, Greenville, NC 27858), for the second of our series of Fair Courts Town Halls. During the 90-minute town hall, local legislators and other experts will be invited to address our community's concerns, and we'll provide the latest ways to help you fight back for fair courts. RSVP at demnc.co/faircourtsgvl.

Fair Courts Town Hall | Charlotte | Dec. 12

Think judges should be fair, independent, and removed from political pressure?Join us Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Midwood Cultural Center Auditorium (1817 Central Ave #215, Charlotte, NC), for the fourth of our series of Fair Courts Town Halls. During the 90-minute town hall, hosted by Democracy North Carolina, NC NAACP, NC Voters for Clean Elections (NCVCE), and Progress NC, local legislators and other experts will be invited to address our community's concerns, and we'll provide the latest ways to help you fight back for fair courts.RSVP at demnc.co/faircourtsclt.

JUDICIAL GERRYMANDERING

With a bill (House Bill 717) to severely gerrymander judicial district lines the NC Legislature seeks to undermine the independence of our courts and force North Carolina’s judges to become more partisan. The N.C. House has already approved the bill. The Senate will consider it in 2018. Read up on the dangers of House Bill 717 here.

It’s time to demand your Senators stand up against judicial gerrymandering, oppose House Bill 717, and protect our courts.

Tell Your Senator: NO to Judicial Gerrymandering

Contact your Senators now and ask them to oppose House Bill 717 (Judicial Redistricting) when they take it up in January.