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Anti-Gay Law To Cost Raleigh NC $24 million

Something between 3-5% of Americans are LGBT. Getting hard numbers on that is difficult because of the fear of persecution.

However, the majority of Americans just can’t swallow the idea of laws persecuting LGBT people. Which means that in the states which have passed so called “religious freedom” laws, there may be significant economic consequences. Many of these states, located in the Bible belted Red Zone, are states which are poor to being with, get far more in tax benefits and monies from the Federal Government than they pay out, and are desperately trying to get corporations to move facilities into their states to improve the economy.

Shit like re-segregating is going to blunt, if not derail that economic growth as company after company either refuses to go there, or pulls out.

And we are not even talking about the pullout of Federal funding…Yet.

Tourism board: Raleigh set to lose $24 million thanks to GOP’s anti-trans bathroom law

A report released by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau this week found that the local economy has already lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars due to North Carolina’s HB2 bathroom law.

After Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed the law on March 24 to prevent cities like Charlotte from granting bathroom rights to transgender people, companies like PayPal announced plans to move jobs out of state.

On Monday, a report from Wake County’s tourism agency said that the Raleigh area had already lost $732,000 in economic benefits, citing numerous cancellations of conferences and events, The News & Observer reported.

The Raleigh Visitors Bureau warned that the local economy could lose out on $24 million in economic benefits if the law is not repealed. According to the report, 16 other groups were considering relocating their events outside the state.

The city’s biggest loss could be a four-year contract for an undisclosed sports tournament that would have brought 51,000 people and $4.5 million in benefits to the area each year.

“We just felt that it’s not in the best interest of our membership to go someplace that’s not inclusive,” Johnstone Supply spokesperson Janet Tipton told The News & Observer.

This just in –

Deutsche Bank Won’t Expand In North Carolina Because Of Anti-LGBT Law

It will keep the 900 jobs already in the state, but won’t add the 250 more it had planned on.

Add Deutsche Bank to the list of corporations putting pressure on North Carolina politicians to back away from encouraging LGBT discrimination.

The bank announced on Tuesday that it’s freezing its plans to add 250 jobs at its software development center in Cary, North Carolina, as a result of the anti-LGBT law the state legislature passed in late March.

“We take our commitment to building inclusive work environments seriously,” Deutsche Bank’s co-CEO John Cryan said in a statement.

The German bank currently has about 900 employees at its office in Cary. It doesn’t plan to move the jobs already located there, but says it won’t include North Carolina in its expansion plans through 2017, as it had originally announced back in September.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Black NC Man Shot in the Back By Police

Here we go again. Yet another questionable shooting of a fleeing suspect, this time in Raleigh, NC.

N.C. community on edge after officer fatally shoots man during chase

The neighborhood where an officer fatally shot a black man during a foot chase is on edge Tuesday, awaiting answers in one of the latest police shootings in a predominantly African-American community.

Eyewitnesses have offered descriptions of what happened Monday, including a woman who said a black man was shot in the back by a white police officer, but authorities have so far been tightlipped.

Raleigh police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said an officer was pursuing a man who was wanted on a felony drug charge when the officer opened fire. The chief said a gun was found near the suspect’s body, but she did not say whether it was his.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is confirming the identity of the black man who was fatally shot.

The agency says 24-year-old Akiel Denkins, of Raleigh, was killed and that agents have talked to his mother, Rolonda Byrd. She had earlier complained that authorities had not told her that her son had been killed and that they wouldn’t let her see his body.

The news release from the State Bureau of Investigation said its report would be delivered to the Wake County District Attorney’s office upon its completion. It did not release any other details.

Raleigh police said Monday that Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy opened fire on the suspect when he was serving an arrest warrant. Police say a gun was found near Denkins, but it’s not clear if he was armed during the chase.

After the shooting, neighborhood residents began chanting “no justice, no peace” — a slogan used by the Black Lives Matter movement. Later in the evening, about a dozen people gathered around an anti-police sign with an expletive that was hoisted on a utility pole.

The head of the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a fair and transparent investigation.

“If one is running away, that is not a license to kill,” the Rev. William Barber II said.

Byrd says she is the mother of the man who is believed to have been killed. She said she has talked to the medical examiner and police chief, but they have not told her definitively that her 24-year-old son Akiel Denkins is dead.

She said she went to the medical examiner’s office, but wasn’t allowed to look at the body.

“They stopped me at the door. Somehow they knew I was on my way,” Byrd said.

She told CBS affiliate WNCN that her son was wanted on a warrant and while running from police, was shot in the back. Byrd said her son had two children.

“He was unarmed and he was running away because they couldn’t catch him and he jumped the fence and they shot at him seven times,” Byrd said.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said a gun was found near Denkins and the shooting remains under investigation.

A day earlier, she questioned the police officer’s use of force.

“Why should we show our calm when they’re not showing theirs? Why wasn’t there a Taser pulled out to Taser him while he was jumping over that fence? What happened to beanbags guns? They used to use those to stop a criminal. They don’t do that anymore. Now it’s just bullets — all bullets. Why?” she said.

Denkins had previous drug convictions and was released on $10,000 secured bond in October after being charged with two counts of selling or delivering cocaine and one count of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, according to court documents. He failed to show up for a court date and an order for his arrest was filed Friday.

The officer involved in the shooting was identified as senior officer D.C. Twiddy, 29, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue. He said Twiddy has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy, while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the matter. Twiddy’s race was not released.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Tea Baggers In North Carolina Re-segregate Schools

If you ever wondered what the Tea Party really is all about…

Republican school board in N.C. backed by tea party abolishes integration policy

RALEIGH, N.C. – The sprawling Wake County School District has long been a rarity. Some of its best, most diverse schools are in the poorest sections of this capital city. And its suburban schools, rather than being exclusive enclaves, include children whose parents cannot afford a house in the neighborhood.

But over the past year, a new majority-Republican school board backed by national tea party conservatives has set the district on a strikingly different course. Pledging to “say no to the social engineers!” it has abolished the policy behind one of the nation’s most celebrated integration efforts.

And as the board moves toward a system in which students attend neighborhood schools, some members are embracing the provocative idea that concentrating poor children, who are usually minorities, in a few schools could have merits – logic that critics are blasting as a 21st-century case for segregation.

The situation unfolding here in some ways represents a first foray of tea party conservatives into the business of shaping a public school system, and it has made Wake County the center of a fierce debate over the principle first enshrined in the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education: that diversity and quality education go hand in hand.

The new school board has won applause from parents who blame the old policy – which sought to avoid high-poverty, racially isolated schools – for an array of problems in the district and who say that promoting diversity is no longer a proper or necessary goal for public schools. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks, The New Jim Crow

 

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North Carolina School Board Rocked Over Diversity

Racial tensions roil NC school board; 19 arrests

Protesters take over the Wake County Public School board meeting in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 during a protest on the school board decision to eliminate a busing policy focused on diversity. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

I can tell you from personal expereince, School Board Meetings can be the next best thing to Mixed Martial Arts. When you have concerned parents, fighting for what they believe is the best thing for their kids…

The slings and arrows can fly!

The source of this one in Wake County, North Carolina appears to be a new 5-4 conservative majority elected last fall, which is out to remake the school system. I have no idea what the housing patterns look like in the Raleigh area, but if they are like much of the South, they are defacto largely segregated. Meaning, if the conservative majority’s decision to implement “community schools” is passed, it will result in a re-segregation of the school system.

Hundreds rally against Wake schools plan

The current – in place plan utilizes a certain amount of busing, based on economics, and not race and apparently has become a sucessful model for other school systems. I have a feeling this is another one of those issues which is going to wind up in court.

Racial tensions roil NC school board; 19 arrests

Protesters and police scuffled Tuesday at a school board meeting in North Carolina over claims that a new busing system would resegregate schools, roiling racial tensions reminiscent of the 1960s.

Nineteen people were arrested, including the head of the state NAACP chapter who was banned from the meeting after a trespassing arrest at a June school board gathering.

“We know that our cause is right,” the Rev. William Barber said shortly before police put plastic handcuffs on his wrists before the meeting started.

Inside, more than a dozen demonstrators disrupted the meeting by gathering around a podium, chanting and singing against the board’s policies.

After several minutes, Raleigh police intervened and asked them to leave. When they refused, the officers grabbed arms and tried to arrest the protesters. One child was caught in the pushing and shoving, as was school board member Keith Sutton, who was nearly arrested before authorities realized who he was.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, resegregation has got to go,” some protesters chanted. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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