This past Wednesday was orientation for the five organizing and communications fellows with the NC Vote Defenders Project. These young activists will be working hard to build a grassroots movement against the racist and discriminatory voting laws that have recently been passed in North Carolina. At various schools (Appalachian State, NC State, UNC-Charlotte, and Elizabeth City State University), these fellows will be working to recruit a cohort of other student activists to stand guard against voter suppression. When Election Day comes, the NC Vote Defenders will be out at key precincts, providing non-partisan information and informing everyone of the coming changes to voter laws. Additionally, they will help people advocate to ensure they are able to cast a ballot, as well as document acts of voter suppression to ensure that every eligible North Carolinian that wants to vote, can.
With their passion, knowledge, and deep concern for their state, these young organizers are determined to create a grassroots movement that will turn North Carolina away from the regressive path Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly has set us on. Join them in the fight for equal rights and in rejecting North Carolina’s new form of Jim Crow by signing our Call to Action or volunteering to become a Vote Defender yourself.