SOUP FOR SYRIA – A Special Lunchtime Presentation: Tuesday April 18

3.8 Million Syrian People are Refugees from War.

Many of Them are Children.

We Can’t Help Them All, But Let’s Help a Few.

Have a Bowl of Soup, and Hear Their Stories.

A Special Lunchtime Presentation:
Tuesday April 18

Please join us for a captivating lunchtime presentation from former State Treasurer Janet Cowell. She has just returned from Jordan where she learned first-hand about the Syrian refugee crisis, its effect on children and the humanitarian efforts to help them. We will have soups honoring traditions from around the world, salads and breads for lunch, and all proceeds will go toward to support its work helping Syrian children in Jordan.

Please bring your CHECK for $25 (or more!) made out to QuestScope (the organization through which Janet Cowell worked. We cannot accept credit cards or cash.)

RSVP contact: Deborah Nelson at   

We look forward to seeing you there!


The Glenwood 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh, NC


April 18 - 11:30am to 1:00pm



Early Childhood Education – Town Hall Panel Discussion April 6 – moderated by representatives Cynthia Ball and Joe John


Apr. 6, 2017

Town Hall Panel Discussion

Early Childhood Education

Panel of Experts (TBA) and Q/A

Moderated by Rep.  Joe John (House District 40):

Plus Special Guest Rep. Cynthia Ball (House District 49):

Umstead Park United Church of Christ

8208 Brownleigh Drive

Raleigh, NC 27617

Registration:  6:30 pm – 7:00 PM

Meeting:  7:00 pm – 8:30 PM

RSVP & Questions:  Lauren Trustman Noyes (

County Convention 2017 Agenda

Saturday, April 1 2017 Activity Who
10:00AM Check in Opens WCDP staff and volunteers
10:00AM – 11:00AM Help Delegates Get Seated
Check in Credentialing
WCDP staff and volunteers
11:00AM – 11:01AM Convention Gaveled in Brian Fitzsimmons
11:01AM – 11:02AM Invocation Paul Anderson
11:02AM – 11:03AM Pledge of Allegiance John Verdejo
11:03AM – 11:05AM Report of the Credentialing Committee Rebecca Llewellyn
11:05AM – 11:10AM Treasurer’s Report Max Adams
11:10AM – 11:15AM 2016 Minutes Nervahna Crew
11:15AM – 11:20AM Adoption of Convention Rules Brian Fitzsimmons
11:20AM – 11:40AM State of the County Brian Fitzsimmons
11:40AM – 11:45AM Election of the Chair Brian Fitzsimmons
11:45AM – 12:00PM Recognize Elected Officials Brian Fitzsimmons
12:00PM Announce Results of Chair Race Brian Fitzsimmons
12:00PM – 12:05PM Election of the First Vice Chair Chair
12:05PM – 12:10PM Election of the Second Vice Chair Chair
12:10PM – 12:15PM Election of the Third Vice Chair Chair
12:15PM – 12:20PM Election of the Secretary Chair
12:20PM – 12:25PM Election of the Treasurer Chair
12:30PM – 12:35PM Election of the Raleigh Vice Chair Chair
12:35PM – 12:40PM Election of the Cary Vice Chair Chair
12:45PM – 12:50PM Election of the Wake Vice Chair Chair
12:50PM – 1:10PM Election of the Female SEC Chair
1:10PM – 1:30PM Election of the Male SEC Chair
1:30PM Election of Delegates to the Congressional District Conventions Chair
1:30PM – 1:45PM Election of CD Committee Reps Chair – Chair and Vice Chair are automatically in, elect 2
1:45PM – 2:30PM Adoption of Resolutions Montica Talmadge
2:30PM – 2:45PM New Business New Chair’s Address to County
2:45PM – 3:00PM Announcements Chair
3:00PM Adjourn

Tell your lawmakers to reject a tax break for millionaires at your expense

March 27, 2017

TAKE ACTION! Tell your lawmakers to reject a tax break for millionaires at your expense. 

NOTE: We apologize — there was an error through our online system (run off site by a separate company) that caused some issues when you tried to contact your legislators. We appreciate your patience and passion and hope that you will take a few minutes to reach out your representative with these correct links. Thank you! 

The North Carolina Senate has approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state’s ability to build thriving communities. This bill has already moved to the House but has not been scheduled in committee yet.

We must make sure House members don’t move this bill forward. TAKE ACTION NOW! 

SB75 would change the state constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. In order to keep funding vital public services, lawmakers will likely raise the sales tax or fees, which will eat into middle class families’ paychecks and financially strand those who are struggling to get by.

This constitutional amendment is essentially a giveaway to millionaires that will just keep in place the heavy tax load carried by middle- and working-class families. The income tax cuts the policymakers have passed since 2013 gave the wealthy the biggest breaks, at the expense of the rest of the state. Now that they are fully phased in as of January 1, those income tax cuts will reduce annual revenue by $2 billion.

This flawed legislative proposal to change the state constitution cannot pass. 

TAKE ACTION! Tell your Representative not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us. 


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State GOP tries to slow wind farms in NC

Even though the Defense Department has stated unequivocally that the wind farms attacked in this bill (Military Operations Protection Act of 2017 SB 331) would not pose any detriment or danger to military communications including radar, our Republican Legislature headed up by Tim Moore and Phil Berger are at it again. These alternative energy projects are highly beneficial to the economically depressed areas in Eastern North Carolina. The legislature’s opposition is just another example of their subservience to the fossil fuel industry and complete disregard for the economic needs of their constituency. Please email or call your representative and Senator asking that they not support this effort:

Sam Bridges in support of David Bland as chair of the Wake County Democratic Party

In Support of David Bland for Chair
I’m asking that you give me just a minute to tell you about David Bland, who is a good friend, a strong Democrat and a person totally committed to making sure that we truly are a party of the people. He has roots in Pittsboro and starting in North Wake County he has worked tirelessly for the Wake County Democratic Party. During that time, he has served as Precinct Chair, District Coordinator for all of North Wake, party Vice Chairman, member of the SEC, Treasurer of the State Democratic Party, and most recently treasurer of Governor Cooper’s Independent Expenditure effort. To all of these he has brought his broad political experience that includes two successful statewide campaigns when he lived in Kentucky and increasing the Democratic registration in DuPage County, Illinois by 40%.

I am supporting David’s effort to become Chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party for the following reasons. He is committed to:

  • seeing that ALL segments of our Wake population find and are active in making our County and State a place where social and economic justice are a reality.
  • working with those in our County and beyond who feel that the Democratic Party has stopped hearing their cries and have begun voting against their own self-interests
  • working with the Executive Board to further expand the advances we demonstrated last November with a 76% turnout
  • establishing a commission of committed Democrats to recruit, vet, train and financially support Wake County candidates
  • working with the County Commissioners, City Council, School Board, and Wake-up Wake County


Sam Bridges, Former Mayor of Garner                                    


Women’s Mobilization Monday, March 27 at 6:30 pm at NC Legislature House Gallery

WOMEN'S EQUALITY ALERT: Get to the NC Legislature House Gallery for Women's Mobilization Monday, March 27 at 6:30 pm!! Nevada's state chambers passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! The public is invited to join the call to include the female citizenry of North Carolina in the U.S. Constitution too! Press conference on ERA bills NC H102 and S85 is at 3:00 pm in the NCGA press room, same day.

CALL TO ACTION: Women’s Mobilization Monday, March 27 at 6:30 pm NCGA House Gallery! HISTORY MADE - Nevada passes ERA out of both legislative chambers!
Fighting for Our Rights

ERA-NC Alliance
Call to Action: Women’s Mobilization Monday

March 27 at 6:30 pm NCGA House Gallery
16 West Jones Street Raleigh  

All supporters of women's equal rights are called to mobilize following an historic development! 

 Date: Monday, March 27

Place: House Gallery, NC General Assembly Bldg., 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC.

Time: 6:30 pm

Event: Call for the inclusion of the female citizenry of North Carolina in the U.S. Constitution following Nevada whose legislators made history this week, passing the Equal Rights Amendment in both chambers of their legislature after 45 years since its passage by Congress.  
Currently, North Carolina has two ERA bills, H102 and S85, sitting in the Rules Committees of the House and Senate chambers. Representative Carla Cunningham and Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. are the primary sponsors of the bills, respectively. Supporters are advocating that the bills be re-assigned to committees where they will become a priority to be heard.
Rep. Cunningham will recognize the work of all the women and men in the gallery to secure equal rights for women and congratulate the ten counties and municipalities in NC that have passed an ERA resolution. Adoptions of ERA resolutions are rolling across the state since record-setting numbers of women’s rights advocates participated in the historic Women’s March in DC in January of this year.
Press Conference:  A press conference is scheduled earlier in the day at 3:00 pm in the legislative press room in the 1300 quadrant of the NCGA. Legislators and members of women’s rights organizations will call upon the leadership of the House and Senate to prioritize action on ERA bills H102 and S85.
CONTACT: Marena Groll, ERA-NC Alliance, Co-President,

About the ERA-NC Alliance:
Membership is open to individuals and organizations committed to the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Lead organizations include the American Association of University Women of NC, Democratic Women of NC, League of Women Voters of NC, NC 4 ERA, NC Business & Professional Women, NC National Organization for Women, NC Women United, Ratify ERA- NC and the Women’s Forum of NC. The Alliance operates in direct collaboration with the national ERA Coalition (

The Equal Rights Amendment

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.


Trump’s most dangerous action thus far

All of us can have our moments of disbelief and wonderment about the Trump administration, but when one considers the long-term implications of his impact on the Supreme Court, disbelief and wonderment turn to real fear for the social and human rights, on which our nation was built. I urge you to read the following article on NC Policy Watch: