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Social Implications of Services like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft

Submitted by Emerson on November 7, 2016 - 3:54pm

Services like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft have recently been criticized for allowing discriminatory practices. Users of the services who are black and/or have “black sounding” names have reported cancellations and longer wait times when using them. Last month, an Airbnb host in North Carolina made hateful, racist posts in canceling a booking by a black guest. This has sparked an online campaign, #AirbnbWhileBlack, where black Airbnb users have shared their experiences while using Airbnb and their subsequent dissatisfaction with the service.

Hurricane Matthew exposes Gov. McCrory's negligence

Submitted by Emerson on October 11, 2016 - 2:34pm

As reports of widespread destruction due to Hurricane Matthew continue to increase, it is worth remembering that our Governor, Pat McCrory, decided to pull $500,000 from North Carolina's disaster relief fund back in August in order to defend his implementation of the discriminatory House Bill 2.

As I write you, North Carolinians are still stranded in flooded areas with no electricity and scarce resources. Share this with your friends and loved ones so that they are aware come November of our governor's negligence.

The man behind the police bodycam disclosure protection bill, former sheriff Rep. Allen McNeil

By John Sanford Friedrich

By the setting of the sun soldiers from the activated national guard of North Carolina were patrolling the streets of our largest city, Charlotte.  The night prior had seen disturbances verging on riots, as protestors against the killing of Keith Lamont Scott in murky circumstances turned their frustrations against uptown storefronts.

When tyranny of the majority becomes an act of victimhood

Submitted by Emerson on September 21, 2016 - 6:48pm

Kami Mueller, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Republican Party, recently gave a couple of bizarre interviews in defense of House Bill 2. The controversial piece of legislation has driven business out of the state. Just this week, the NCAA and the ACC revealed that, due to HB2, they would be moving all of their championship basketball games for the 2016-2017 season out of North Carolina. Earlier this year, the NBA made a similar decision in which they decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina.

State Sen. Brent Jackson is now an advisor to a presidential candidate

Submitted by Emerson on August 23, 2016 - 6:42pm

Nearly five months ago, a group of seven migrant farmworkers filed a lawsuit against Jackson Farming Company after enduring several infringements on their rights. The owner of Jackson Farming Company is North Carolina State Senator Brent Jackson.

Jackson is currently vice chairman of the Senate's Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee. The lawsuit against him and his son, Rodney, has been taken to federal court and their farm in Autryville is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.