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Acclaimed civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson has successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, won a MacArthur “genius” grant, garnered more than one million views on YouTube, and even kept his composure while debating Stephen Colbert’s famously thick-headed character on “The Colbert Report.”

On February 15, he will speak to the ACLU of North Carolina and its members when he serves as keynote speaker at our 45th Annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Ceremony in Chapel Hill. 

Make your reservations to see Stevenson and this year's honorees by calling 919-834-3466 to pay by credit card, or mail a check to ACLU-NCLF, P.O. Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611. Reservations are $100 per person, or purchase a table for ten people for $1,000 to be a sponsor of this event.


The Top 10 ACLU-NC Stories of 2013

Posted on in Human Rights

By Jennifer Rudinger, Executive Director, ACLU of North Carolina


In the decade I have served as Executive Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, I can't remember a year that brought as many attacks on civil liberties as 2013. Whether it was the right to vote, the freedom for students to read a literary classic, or simply the freedom to drive or walk to work without being unnecessarily harassed by law enforcement, civil liberties for North Carolinians seemed to face a new threat nearly every week.  


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A federal judge today ruled that a trial over North Carolina's sweeping voter suppression law will be held in 2015. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Peake also said the court would hear requests this summer for an injunction to halt some or all of the law's provisions from taking effect until after the trial. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which challenged the law in August, sought judicial review in time for voters to participate in the crucial 2014 midterm elections. In contrast, North Carolina asked the court to delay the trial date well into 2015.

"We will continue to vigorously push for voters to have a chance to participate in next year's elections without having to encounter the unnecessary hardships imposed by this law," said Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation.

The ACLU, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice's lawsuit targets provisions of the law that eliminate a week of early voting, end same-day registration, and prohibit "out-of-precinct" voting. The groups charge that enacting these provisions would unduly burden the right to vote and discriminate against African-American voters, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


Democracy Can't Wait

Posted on in Voting Rights

By Dale Ho, Director, ACLU Voting Rights Project

Today, the state of North Carolina will try to convince a judge to postpone a trial concerning the country's worst voter suppression law until after the 2014 midterm elections. The state's reason: So that it can carry out the elections under a regime that would burden thousands of eligible voters before the court has a chance to determine whether it violates federal law.

The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are challenging the law which cuts early voting by a week, gets rid of same-day voter registration, and imposes a new voter ID requirement. Voters are also no longer allowed to cast provisional ballots for upper-ticket races like the U.S. Senate if they show up at the wrong polling place or get in the wrong precinct line to vote. Proponents of the law (including Governor Pat McCrory) say that the changes are necessary to improve the integrity of elections. Aside from trying to address the almost-nonexistent rate of voter fraud in North Carolina, there's absolutely no evidence that cutting a week of early voting gets at election integrity.