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2022 Critical Issues: The Ties that Bind our Democracy
May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until May 27, 2022
Some have said the foundation of democracy is built on the foundation of God’s divine act of creating humans in God’s Image–Imago Dei. This divine act ensures the uniqueness and value of every single person. By extension, democracies pronounce that every person’s voice matters to create the social fabric needed for democracy to flourish. The ties that bind us together as a democracy require vigilance in order to remain strong. We offer in the 2022 Critical Issues Seminar several important threads to the binding of our democratic way.
Join us virtually at noon each day, Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27 for The Ties that Bind Our Democracy. On Monday, May 23, to start off our first session, we will be presenting our Distinguished Service Award to Steve Ford, a dedicated activist who has supported the Council for a number of years. The Distinguished Service Award is given once a year by the NC Council of Churches to an individual who does much more than participate. The recipient embodies service toward the high aim of God’s Shalom, a world where each one created in the Image of God flourishes. We are thrilled to present Steve Ford with this award during our Critical Issues event.
Daily Topics and Speakers:
Monday, May 23:
Democracy Under Stress: Threats to U.S. elections in the context of international standards of fairness and honesty promoted by the Carter Center, Atlanta.
- Jennifer Roberts, former mayor, Charlotte
- Bob Orr, former justice, N.C. Supreme Court, former candidate for governor
Tuesday, May 24:
Why Redistricting Matters: North Carolina’s troubled history of gerrymandering; consequences for voters and for representative government.
Hilary Harris Klein, Senior Counsel, Voting Rights, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Durham
Wednesday, May 25
Courts at the Crossroads: Nonpartisanship under assault as judges weigh election rules, challenges; critical importance of an impartial judiciary.
- Melissa Price Kromm, Director, NC Voters for Clean Elections
Thursday, May 26
Challenges of Voter Suppression: The upsurge in attempts to restrict free and fair access to the polls; special attention to consequences for minority voters.
- The Rev. Marcus Fairley, Voter Involvement & Constituent Engagement Program Associate, NC Black Alliance
- Marcus Bass, Deputy Director, NC Black Alliance
Friday, May 27
Democracy in Action: Grassroots activism as a pro-democracy tool; how to organize effective coalitions in defense of voting rights.
- Serena Sebring, Executive Director, Blueprint NC