In the midst of these Great Fifty Days of Easter, this year feels more hopeful to me than the past few. Even as we confront real challenges in North Carolina and real danger on the European continent, our hope comes in naming the resilience of the people of North Carolina and the courage of the people in Ukraine.
With your support, many of the issues championed by the Council are moving in a positive direction.
- While capital punishment remains legal in N.C. there has not been an execution since 2006. We continue to work for an end to this racist practice through the Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
- Though minimum wage has not increased in more than 12 years, workers are finding leverage to seek higher wages and paid leave. We continue to support this effort through the Family Cares Coalition and the Raising Wages Campaign.
- Redistricting has consumed N.C. for more than a decade. Now there is parity for congressional districts even while state senate and house districts still need some work. We have worked alongside the League of Women Voters, Democracy NC, and many others to get this far.
- At least 24 Confederate monuments have been removed from public spaces in the past few years. Alongside the N.C. Commission on Racial and Economic Disparities, we will work until they are all removed.
This document will give you even more information about the accomplishments you helped us achieve over the past year.
When we stand back just far enough to see the whole arch, we can see it bending. Even so, we must not stand too far back that we lose sight of the everyday needs of our neighbors and the ongoing call to seek justice. We are grateful for those who have supported this work through the decades with time investments, financial contributions, heartfelt prayers, and encouraging words.
We give thanks to all who supported us financially through these pandemic years. We trust that in the year ahead God’s abundance will provide enough as we march forward with all justice seekers working toward God’s justice.
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