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The speech and academic freedom wars at UNC: A summary of lessons learned from the man at their epicenter

In “Lessons on political speech, academic freedom, and university governance from the new North Carolina” – an article in the most recent edition of the First Amendment Law Review, Prof. Gene Nichol of the University of North Carolina School of Law provides a detailed and fascinating account of the battles in which he and other faculty members have found themselves enmeshed in recent years as they have grappled with the regular interference of conservative politicians, advocacy groups and university officials.

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Republicans unveil omnibus bill with jumble of controversial law changes

After weeks of public inaction on a host of smoldering policy controversies, Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly unveiled a new and controversial bill yesterday afternoon that addresses several high-profile issues. The new legislation, which was negotiated and written behind closed doors by and at the direction of House and Senate leaders, was made public in a contentious joint House-Senate Appropriations Committee meeting that featured several rancorous interactions between Republican defenders and Democratic critics of the bill.

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Prof. Peter Edelman discusses his new book, Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

Join us for a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Prof. Peter Edelman discusses his new book, Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America Register here In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the ...
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Isolation and marginalization in eastern North Carolina

Goldsboro, a mid-sized city in Wayne County in eastern North Carolina, faces poverty challenges both historical and contemporary that are too commonly seen across much of the region. Traditionally divided along black and white racial lines, the city is in the process of being transformed by demographic changes, even as it wrestles with the consequences of two recent recessions and the economic transitions that swept the state in the early 2000s.

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Crucial Conversation: Public schools in crisis

As veteran state education policy analyst Kris Nordstrom detailed in his recent report, The Unraveling—Poorly-crafted Education Policies Are Failing North Carolina’s Children, North Carolina has lost its way when it comes to public schools:

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New report: Court fines and fees are criminalizing poverty in North Carolina

Editor’s note: The issue of constantly rising court fines and fees has long been a big problem in North Carolina. Now, a new report released today by the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund at the University of North Carolina documents that it has reached crisis levels. Through a combination of sobering real life stories and a treasure trove of data, researchers Heather Hunt and Prof. Gene Nichol explain how North Carolina is, quite literally, criminalizing poverty through the imposition of burdensome fines and fees that millions of people cannot afford.

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New Year’s numbers (a look back at 2017)

This edition of Monday numbers is a final look at 2017 and includes at least one number from each month of Monday numbers in the past year.

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New report shines more light on Thomas Farr’s troubling connections to the extreme Right

Editor’s note: As reported previously in this space, one of Donald Trump’s most disturbing actions during his first months in office has been the nomination of lawyer Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge in North Carolina’s Eastern District. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense...

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