Montravious King Allowed to Run

Press Conference State Board of Elections
Press Conference State Board of Elections

 

 

STATEMENT BY AMANDA BROWN, POLITICAL DIRECTOR, ON MONTRAVIAS KING’S APPEAL TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Washington, DC – September 3, 2013

Let me first thank Montravias King for his brave and honorable commitment to his community and our country.  He has answered the call to citizenship by voting regularly on Election Day, by volunteering in his community, by running for City Council, and now by speaking out when our freedoms as young Americans are threatened.  He is a role model for us all.

When this young man and student of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, bravely decided to run for City Council in order to serve his community – the one he has lived in since 2009, the place he calls home – he should have been applauded.  But instead the Pasquotank County Board of Elections told him ‘no’ because he lives in a dorm on campus.  He challenged the County, and won.

This ruling in favor of Montravias King by the State Board of Elections is a real victory for our democracy, and student voting rights everywhere.

Today we celebrate this victory.

As we celebrate, however, we are also vigilant.  This case was a blatant attempt to keep a student from exercising his fundamental rights.  And it was particularly outrageous given the fact that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the rights of students to vote where they go to college, and the state of North Carolina has a statute reinforcing this right for students to vote at their campus address.

We hope this decision today serves as a lesson that Rock the Vote, our allies, and students everywhere will not be silenced.  Hear our message loud and clear:  no politician can get away with this.  Not in Pasquotank County. Not in any other North Carolina county. Not anywhere!  Any attempt to penalize a young person for being a student by revoking their right to participate in our democracy is unacceptable and un-American and will not stand.

Congratulations and thank you to Montravias and to all of the students who came out today.

 

 

Student and Youth Organizing Fellows

Ignite NC is seeking youth and student Organizing Fellows for its NC Voter Defense Project

The purpose of this fellowship is to coordinate youth and student efforts in North Carolina to counter attacks on voting rights and stop the attacks on young people – from racial profiling to joblessness.  There is a stipend offered with this fellowship.

The positions are based in Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Boone, and Durham.  Potential fellows must be able to attend a mandatory training on September 11 evening in Durham.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5PM ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th

We are seeking candidates who can make a three month commitment: September 11, 2013 through December 13, 2013.

Organizing Fellow

Position: Fellow (Paid)
Dates: September 11, 2013 – December 13, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Location: Fellows will be hired to be based in and near the campuses in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Elizabeth City, Raleigh, Boone, and Durham

A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Young people, students, people of color, women, immigrants, and poor and working people are under attack in North Carolina.  The attack on the voting rights of students is one of the significant battlegrounds in our state.  This fellowship will focus in large part on Election Protection and voter defense in key places around the state.   

Responsibilities:

  • Fellows will work in partnership with student and youth, voting rights, immigrant, and racial justice organizations to protect and defend the right of students to vote in North Carolina.
  • Recruit a dedicated cohort of student activists to be trained to know the rights of voters, voter ID laws and other new laws, and be prepared to document and advocate for people who’s right to vote is being challenged,
  • Help with social media and traditional media outreach,
  • Coordinate volunteers,
  • Work with partner organization to help build the skills and capacity of youth and students and youth and student-led organizations ability to engage in long-term movement building,
  • Other administrative support tasks as needed,

FELLOWS MUST

  • A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color,
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 9


Interested candidates submit resume, cover letter (NO LONGER THAN TWO PAGES), and three references to NCVoterDefense@gmail.com. Use the subject line “Organizing Fellow” in your email. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:  

1.      Why are you interested in this organizing fellowship?

2.      Describe your organizing experience or what interests you in organizing.

3.      What do you think it will take to build the youth and student movement in North Carolina?  What do you think you can contribute?

4.      Tell us about someone you consider a role model and why.

5.      Tell us about one issue you feel passionate about.

NC Voter Defense Project

NCVoterDefense@gmail.com

Student and Youth Organizing Fellows

Ignite NC is seeking youth and student Organizing Fellows for its NC Voter Defense Project

The purpose of this fellowship is to coordinate youth and student efforts in North Carolina to counter attacks on voting rights and stop the attacks on young people – from racial profiling to joblessness.  There is a stipend offered with this fellowship.

The positions are based in Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Boone, and Durham.  Potential fellows must be able to attend a mandatory training on September 11 evening in Durham.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5PM ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th

We are seeking candidates who can make a three month commitment: September 11, 2013 through December 13, 2013.

Organizing Fellow

Position: Fellow (Paid)
Dates: September 11, 2013 – December 13, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Location: Fellows will be hired to be based in and near the campuses in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Elizabeth City, Raleigh, Boone, and Durham

A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Young people, students, people of color, women, immigrants, and poor and working people are under attack in North Carolina.  The attack on the voting rights of students is one of the significant battlegrounds in our state.  This fellowship will focus in large part on Election Protection and voter defense in key places around the state.   

Responsibilities:

  • Fellows will work in partnership with student and youth, voting rights, immigrant, and racial justice organizations to protect and defend the right of students to vote in North Carolina.
  • Recruit a dedicated cohort of student activists to be trained to know the rights of voters, voter ID laws and other new laws, and be prepared to document and advocate for people who’s right to vote is being challenged,
  • Help with social media and traditional media outreach,
  • Coordinate volunteers,
  • Work with partner organization to help build the skills and capacity of youth and students and youth and student-led organizations ability to engage in long-term movement building,
  • Other administrative support tasks as needed,

FELLOWS MUST

  • A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color,
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 9


Interested candidates submit resume, cover letter (NO LONGER THAN TWO PAGES), and three references to NCVoterDefense@gmail.com. Use the subject line “Organizing Fellow” in your email. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:  

1.      Why are you interested in this organizing fellowship?

2.      Describe your organizing experience or what interests you in organizing.

3.      What do you think it will take to build the youth and student movement in North Carolina?  What do you think you can contribute?

4.      Tell us about someone you consider a role model and why.

5.      Tell us about one issue you feel passionate about.

NC Voter Defense Project

NCVoterDefense@gmail.com

Defend Students Vote: State Board of Elections Meeting

Civic Groups Call on State Board of Elections to Protect Student Voting Rights

 What: Students and civic groups including NCPIRG, Common Cause, Ignite NC, NCSU Student Power Union, Democracy NC and Rock the Vote will gather outside the State Board of Elections meeting to call on the Board to reverse recent decisions by local county boards of elections that make it harder for young people to vote and participate in our democracy.

The Board is meeting to discuss recent actions by county boards of elections including the Watauga County board’s decision to eliminate the Early Voting and Election Day polling sites from the campus of Appalachian State University and the Pasquotank County board’s ruling to prevent Montravias King, an Elizabeth City State University senior, from running for local office.

Who: Irene Cadwell, NCPIRG

Masac Dorlouis, Common Cause

Bryan Perlmutter, Ignite NC

Monserrat Alvarez, NCSU Student Power

Meghan Leonard, NCSU NCPIRG Chapter Chair

Isaiah Daniels, Shaw University NAACP Representative

Robert Nunnery, UNC Associate Student Government Chair

Dylan Russell, App State Student Government President

When: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:30pm

Where: State Board of Elections Meeting  State Board of Elections Office, 411 North Harrington Street, Raleigh. The staging area for demonstrations and media located to the right of the front door

 Excellent visuals! Outside the State Board of Elections meeting students will be taking photos of other young people holding banners with messages to the committee members that say “Please Protect Our Rights” and “Stand Up for Students.” Ignite NC will be carrying signs that say, “In the spirit of Medgar Evers, we stand with Montravias” and “This BS is so 1963

Protect Student Vote: State Board of Election Meeting

Civic Groups Call on State Board of Elections to Protect Student Voting Rights

 What: Students and civic groups including NCPIRG, Common Cause, Ignite NC, NCSU Student Power Union, Democracy NC and Rock the Vote will gather outside the State Board of Elections meeting to call on the Board to reverse recent decisions by local county boards of elections that make it harder for young people to vote and participate in our democracy.

The Board is meeting to discuss recent actions by county boards of elections including the Watauga County board’s decision to eliminate the Early Voting and Election Day polling sites from the campus of Appalachian State University and the Pasquotank County board’s ruling to prevent Montravias King, an Elizabeth City State University senior, from running for local office.

Who: Irene Cadwell, NCPIRG

Masac Dorlouis, Common Cause

Bryan Perlmutter, Ignite NC

Monserrat Alvarez, NCSU Student Power

Meghan Leonard, NCSU NCPIRG Chapter Chair

Isaiah Daniels, Shaw University NAACP Representative

Robert Nunnery, UNC Associate Student Government Chair

Dylan Russell, App State Student Government President

When: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:30pm

Where: State Board of Elections Meeting  State Board of Elections Office, 411 North Harrington Street, Raleigh. The staging area for demonstrations and media located to the right of the front door

 Excellent visuals! Outside the State Board of Elections meeting students will be taking photos of other young people holding banners with messages to the committee members that say “Please Protect Our Rights” and “Stand Up for Students.” Ignite NC will be carrying signs that say, “In the spirit of Medgar Evers, we stand with Montravias” and “This BS is so 1963

Defend Student Vote: State Board of Election Meeting

Civic Groups Call on State Board of Elections to Protect Student Voting Rights

 What: Students and civic groups including NCPIRG, Common Cause, Ignite NC, NCSU Student Power Union, Democracy NC and Rock the Vote will gather outside the State Board of Elections meeting to call on the Board to reverse recent decisions by local county boards of elections that make it harder for young people to vote and participate in our democracy.

The Board is meeting to discuss recent actions by county boards of elections including the Watauga County board’s decision to eliminate the Early Voting and Election Day polling sites from the campus of Appalachian State University and the Pasquotank County board’s ruling to prevent Montravias King, an Elizabeth City State University senior, from running for local office.

Who: Irene Cadwell, NCPIRG

Masac Dorlouis, Common Cause

Bryan Perlmutter, Ignite NC

Monserrat Alvarez, NCSU Student Power

Meghan Leonard, NCSU NCPIRG Chapter Chair

Isaiah Daniels, Shaw University NAACP Representative

Robert Nunnery, UNC Associate Student Government Chair

Dylan Russell, App State Student Government President

When: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:30pm

Where: State Board of Elections Meeting  State Board of Elections Office, 411 North Harrington Street, Raleigh. The staging area for demonstrations and media located to the right of the front door

 Excellent visuals! Outside the State Board of Elections meeting students will be taking photos of other young people holding banners with messages to the committee members that say “Please Protect Our Rights” and “Stand Up for Students.” Ignite NC will be carrying signs that say, “In the spirit of Medgar Evers, we stand with Montravias” and “This BS is so 1963