For Immediate Release
America’s Journey for Justice Tour Stops in North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC - The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP will host a press call on Wednesday, August 26 at 11:30 AM EST to discuss America’s Journey for Justice (AJ4J) pilgrimage through North Carolina. Organized by the NAACP, AJ4J is a historic 800 mile march from Selma, Ala. to Washington, D.C. On the call, activists will detail their plans to hold teach-ins and march through the eastern part of North Carolina -- through counties that were protected under the Voting Rights Act prior to the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder ruling -- urging unfettered access to the ballot box.
“As marchers come through North Carolina, they are not only opposing H.B. 589, the worst voter suppression measure in the country, they are also opposing redistricting which will be re-litigated on August 31,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.
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Lawyers from the civil rights group Advancement Project will also join the call to discuss the legal challenge to the state’s massive voter suppression law, H.B. 589. In July, Advancement Project, along with co-counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and attorneys Irving Joyner and Adam Stein, represented the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in a federal trial challenging the law. The challenge remains under consideration by the court.
WHO: Rev. Dr. William J Barber II, President, NC State Conference of the NAACP
Denise Lieberman, Advancement Project Senior Attorney
Rev. Michelle Laws, Executive Director, NC State Conference of the NAACP
Anita Earls, Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Temple Beth Or
WHAT: Media Conference Call to detail America’s Journey for Justice march through North Carolina, Redistricting and the plan to advance voting rights
WHEN: Wednesday, August 26 at 11:30 AM EST
DIAL-IN: Toll Free Number: 1 (888) 545-0687
*the call will be answered by a live operator
Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.