Matt Ellinwood, director of the Education & Law Project of the NC Justice Center, discusses the upcoming legislative session, a multi-billion dollar school bond initiative, and why early childhood literacy rates continue to suffer due to a lack of resources.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing groups of North Carolinians in the 21st Century. However there have been no one on the state policy scene who could speak with an informed voice about the needs of these communities. Chavi Koneru and Ricky Leung, co-founders of North Carolina Asian Americans Together, join us this week to discuss the mission of their organization, voting rights, increasing representation in elected office and the importance of the 2020 Census.
Dr. Peter Morris, director of Urban Ministries of Wake County, discusses hunger, homelessness and healthcare needs in North Carolina.
Jane Pinsky, Director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform discusses election irregularities in NC’s 9th congressional district, the flawed ethics investigation process and the need for nonpartisan redistricting reform.
Will Munn, policy analyst with the NC Budget & Tax Center discusses his report Powering Up Prosperity: Accelerating Businesses of Color in North Carolina. Other issues discussed: race, the economy, and how business accelerators can boost minority-owned businesses.
UNC Law Professor Gene Nichol discusses his new book: “The Faces of Poverty: Stories From Our Invisible Citizens”
Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol is author of THE FACES OF POVERTY IN NORTH CAROLINA: Stories From Our Invisible Citizens (UNC Press, 2018)
The number of uninsured children nationwide increased by about 276,000 children last year, the first significant increase in a decade, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.The analysis shows that in North Carolina, 119,000 or 4.8 percent of the state’s children remain without health coverage. We discuss the findings and the need for Medicaid expansion with Ciara Zachary.
Kristin Collins of the Center for Death Penalty litigation discusses North Carolina’s obsolete and unfairly applied capital punishment laws. Read their report: Unequal Justice.