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Crucial Conversation – The silver tsunami: What’s on the policy horizon for North Carolina’s seniors?

Please join us August 15 for a very special Crucial Conversation – The silver tsunami: What’s on the policy horizon for North Carolina’s seniors? In one of the brighter and under-reported developments of the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers took some important steps to secure consistent, quality care for seniors. Among the important accomplishments:

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Crucial Conversation Luncheon – Prof. Nancy MacLean on her provocative new book, “Democracy in Chains”

NC Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Prof. Nancy MacLean on her provocative new book, “Democracy in Chains” Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”

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Crucial Conversation luncheon: The crises surrounding the Trump presidency

NC Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon. The crises surrounding the Trump presidency:  A conversation with nationally acclaimed scholar, author and commentator Neil Siegel Click here to register. As FBI and congressional investigations into the troubled ...
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Crucial Conversation breakfast – Immigration policy in the era of Trump: Where do things stand in North Carolina?

NC Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation breakfast: Immigration policy in the era of Trump: Where do things stand in North Carolina? What is the reality “on the ground”? How can caring and thinking people speak out ...
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Crucial Conversation luncheon – One year anniversary of HB2

Amazingly, Thursday, March 23 marks the one-year anniversary of HB2 – the LGBTQ discrimination law that will forever be known by the name it received during a special one-day kangaroo session of the General Assembly.

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Jan. 18 Crucial Conversation — What is the true state of the economy and how do we make it work for everyone?

NC Policy Watch presents our first Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2017: What is the true state of the economy and how do we make it work for everyone? Featuring special guest, Dr. William Spriggs, Chief Economist for the national AFL-CIO. Register below As new administrations take office in Washington and Raleigh, there is much debate about the true state of the national and North Carolina economies. While many regions and population subgroups are experiencing good times, large segments of our state and nation continue to fall further and further behind.

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Crucial Conversation — Making sense of the 2016 election: What happened? Why? What now?

With one of the most contentious elections in recent American history soon to be complete, North Carolinians will no doubt be confronting some important lessons — some painful and some encouraging — from the results. Please join us for a very special Crucial Conversation as NC Policy Watch Director Chris Fitzsimon discusses the election results, where things stand and what’s on the horizon for the progressive movement in North Carolina with a panel of four knowledgeable experts:

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Crucial Conversation – Wake County’s transit referendum: The case for a “yes” vote

NC Policy Watch presents an important Crucial Conversation luncheon – Wake County’s transit referendum: The case for a “yes” vote Click here to register This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the ...
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Crucial Conversation — How do we repair our broken democracy?

Join us October 5th as N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon - Karen Hobert Flynn, President of the national nonprofit watchdog, Common Cause: How do we repair our broken democracy? Has American democracy reached a crisis point? If the 2016 election campaign is any indication, this seems a fair assessment. Between the toxic combination of big, dark money, rampant gerrymandering and voter suppression, weak ethics laws and an often dysfunctional news media, the situation can sometimes seem rather bleak and, perhaps, even beyond repair.

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Crucial Conversation — An election preview with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling

The 2016 election is headed into the homestretch and absentee voting by mail is already underway. Join us as we learn the details of where things stand and what the political world is likely to look like on November 9 with one of America’s premier pollsters, Tom Jensen of Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling.

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Crucial Conversation — Predatory payday lenders: Is North Carolina rid of them for good or will they make a comeback?

Crucial Conversation luncheon: Predatory payday lenders: Is North Carolina rid of them for good or will they make a comeback? Featuring Tom Feltner of the Consumer Federation of America Register here It’s been 15 years since North Carolina ...
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Crucial Conversation — Carolina comeback or comedown? A look at how we should measure success in the North Carolina economy

N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Carolina comeback or comedown? A look at how we should measure success in the North Carolina economy Featuring Professor Dirk Philipsen of Duke University Register here Is the North ...
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Crucial Conversation — A year after the Charleston tragedy: Growing hope for saner anti-gun violence policies

It’s been nearly a year since the horrific tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina in which nine attendees at a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were shot down and murdered on June 17, 2015. Sadly, for many Americans, the Charleston church shooting has quickly become lost in a seeming blizzard of such catastrophes. Sandy Hook, Virginia, Tech, San Bernardino – the list of American mass shootings seems to go on without end.

And yet, as we approach the one year anniversary of Charleston, there are frequent and significant flickers of life in the movement for saner gun laws. Not only does polling continue to indicate large, growing and, in some cases, overwhelming public support for tougher and smarter laws, there is clear evidence that the grassroots movement is finding significant new energy. Here in North Carolina, we see this newfound energy and activism in the work of groups like North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and the North Carolina Council of Churches, which will be sponsoring a “Stand Up Sabbath” in congregations throughout North Carolina on the weekend of June 18-19.

Join us as we discuss these and several other encouraging developments...

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Crucial Conversation — The Merrick Garland nomination and its implications for the U.S. Supreme Court

N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon:

A conversation with nationally acclaimed scholar, author and commentator Michael Gerhardt: The Merrick Garland nomination and its implications for the U.S. Supreme Court

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Crucial Conversation — Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance

N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance Click here to register In this most volatile of election years, there have ...
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Crucial Conversation (Charlotte) — Immigrants in North Carolina: Where do things stand? Where do we go from here?

N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Charlotte Crucial Conversation: Featuring Patrick McHugh of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and Raul Pinto of the N.C. Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Click here to register ...
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