Working Weekend: Pathways to Power

This week Martina and I had the joy of participating in and assisting with the Pathways to Power Training in New Bern. For those who don’t know, Pathways to Power is an intensive, two-day training that helps local activists become true democracy advocates and leaders within their community. Omisade, Democracy NC's fabulous training director, did [...]

What’s Next? Voter Registration

This past Monday marked the 10th wave of Moral Mondays. Since Cassy and I have attended our fair share of Moral Mondays already, we decided to switch things up a bit and set up a voter registration table.  We envisioned registering an overwhelming number of people, but that did not happen.  But who knew having a voter registration [...]

On being a part of a historic moment

Of all the times for us to have taken on this internship, we feel blessed to be interning for Democracy NC right now. From Moral Mondays to the Supreme Court decisions, we are witnessing something truly historic in this state and nation. This past Monday was the biggest Moral Monday yet, with thousands of protesters [...]

Our Work Through a Different Lens

Again this week, the students participating in the Democracy Summer program are showing the work they're doing every day through photos.  The images below offer a view through the lens of the young people who are on the front lines of the fight for voting rights -and so much more- in this state. From historical [...]

Democracy Summer: The Week in Pictures

Over the past week, the Democracy Summer interns have been hard at work across the state carrying the message that our state wants a government that is of, by, and for the people, free of the influence of big money. Students had the opportunity to speak to their local community groups, join in demonstrations at [...]

Initiation as Organizers

This was our second week in the field, and what a crazy, exciting week it has been! On Monday we went to Raleigh for our first Moral Monday experience. The event lived up to the name “Mega Moral Monday,” with more than 1600 protesters, 150 of whom were arrested for civil disobedience. It was incredible [...]

Week one: Greenville Team

Hi! I’m Cassandra Perkins, “Cassy.” I’m a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Political Science and Journalism. Having grown up in Bethesda, MD, working in Eastern NC will be a whole new adventure for me. I’m excited to learn about the current issues facing NC and work with the community to create change! Hi! I'm Martina [...]

(Nearly) Closing Thoughts

We’re closing out our last full week as Democracy Summer interns this week. On the road a lot, recently -- Kinston twice (last Thursday and this Tuesday), Goldsboro once, Greenville once. In Goldsboro last Thursday, we met Mayor Alfonzo King and a got a brief overview of city politics. Though unfortunately we were never able [...]

The Start of a New Chapter

This week has started off with our regular routine of Phone Banking, but this time we were focusing on a different issue: Getting People out to Vote in the runoff election!!!! Our team focused on Henderson County. We made a number of phone calls to inform citizens about the upcoming election on July 17, 2012 [...]

Achieving Our Country

Busy week of travel but interspersed with a couple days off, at least for those of us on the Greenville team. Killian and I made an unaccompanied trip out to Greenville this Saturday so as to give Jake some much-needed rest. Given the stultifying heat outside, we thought our luck was pretty good -- registering [...]