I just wanted to drop by and update you on the goings-on of the Young Democrats of North Carolina.
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Since our swearing-in with Chief Justice Sarah Parker and Representative Grier Martin on April 28, we've been on the ground, on the phones, and all over social media standing up for what we believe in. We ended April by advocating for House Bill 124, which is a bipartisan bill to support Children's Advocacy Centers. These centers do a lot of good for North Carolina's children during particularly vulnerable times in their lives.
For the rest of the week, we were focused on Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's race. Dustin Ingalls wrote a great blog about our trip down to Beaufort, SC to canvass in the rain to get another Democrat in Congress. Though the election didn't turn out how we wanted, we made over 1000 door knocks as YDs across North Carolina and the country called from home.
This week, as Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger unleashed the most regressive tax plan in North Carolina history, YDNC's rapid response was in full effect. Yesterday, we released a graphic that uses Berger's own calculator to show how the "Tax Fairness Act" is anything but. Next week, we've got some great stuff in the works to get the message out about how the Berger Tax hurts the working class every time they travel down the grocery aisle.
Finally, for Teacher Appreciation Day, public school teacher Adrian Singerman and UNCG Education major Emily Frazier Brown both noted that "taking a positive approach to teachers and public education in our state will lead to positive outcomes for our children." That's a lesson that the General Assembly desperately needs to learn.
Now, we're gearing up for District Conventions, which start tomorrow. In addition to electing officers for the NCDP, YDs will caucus at each district to elect a chair and vice chair to grow chapters and recruit leaders in every part of the state. Some of our strongest new leaders are coming from rural areas - for example, YDs Corey Duvall (Macon) and Nick Carpenter (Cleveland) are County Party Chairs in the west, Matt Hughes (Orange) was reelected County Chair, and in the East Keith Mason (Beaufort) was elected first vice chair.
Hope y'all are well here at BlueNC!