MAJOR NEWS: On Tuesday night Judge Wynne—a 4th Circuit federal judge appointed by Obama—ruled that the NC legislature must redistrict by March 15 and hold primary and general elections again in November! These are the same maps pre-cleared by the Obama Justice Department, and upheld twice by the state's Supreme Court (which they now control).
We now find out that the Southern Coalition for Social Justice represented the plaintiffs in the 4th Circuit ruling. Who are they? Civitas' Mapping the Left project summarizes the Durham-based group as follows:
- "Southern Coalition for Social Justice is an extreme radical left-wing group that promotes community organizing to effect economic, social and political change."
- "Anita Earl, Executive Director of the SSSJ, was a member of the State Board of Elections before resigning to sue the state over the 2010 redistricting maps."
- "Over fifteen percent of the group’s grant money comes from two extreme liberal political groups – Foundation to Promote Open Society (George Soros group) and the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation."
- George Soros' Foundation to Promote Open Society donated $980,000 to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
- Z Smith Reynolds Foundations gave over $2,700,000 to fund Equality NC, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Campaign for Southern Equality.
- "SCSJ belongs to the following networks: Democracy NC, Moral Mondays and Blueprint NC. Blueprint NC is the group that gained infamy with their strategy memo that directed their members to “eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate” the state’s leadership in 2013."
This is their strategy. They're hoping that by winning this court victory, they can undo the 2016 elections, catch NC off guard in a low turnout 2017 election, and "eviscerate" our state's leaders and culture.
Don't take our word for it. Yesterday NC Rep. Chris Sgro and Executive Director of Equality NC—another group that shares funders with SCSJ—said this about the ruling:
- "That means an opportunity to solidly take back all three branches of government in North Carolina with pro-equality elected officials. That means a way for national progressives to show the whole country what we really stand for - starting right now in the South. That means our best chance yet at the repeal of HB2."
We've been saying for a while that radical activists see NC as a gateway towards changing Southern and National culture. NC Values was created to stop this from happening. We have a tremendous track-record of success. But 2017 may be our most challenging year ever.
We must expand our grassroots networks and resources now. This is where you come in!
Will you join us? Will you help us fight for North Carolina's values? If so, please consider taking two actions today: (1) signing up to help volunteer (you can phone bank, pray, share online content, organize, and more), and (2) making an important $10, $25, or $50 donation.