Protect Our Democracy: Important Mecklenburg Elections Board meeting July 29

The following is an action alert from Democracy North Carolina about an upcoming meeting to determine our fall voting schedule. Please support.

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Dear Mecklenburg County Supporters,

There will be an important meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections Tuesday, July 29, at noon at the Board of Elections office located at 741 Kenilworth Ave. in Charlotte. We need you there!

Throughout June and July, advocates have been attending county meetings all over the state and making a huge difference! The 3-member board (2 Republicans and 1 Democrat) will be discussing Mecklenburg County’s early voting plan for the November election. The public can attend the meeting and comment about potential locations for early voting sites, evening and weekend voting hours, and more.

From October 23 to November 1, 2014, Mecklenburg County is required by law to open enough voting sites and hours to total up to at least 1,475 hours of early voting (based on what it provided in 2010). The only way the county can provide less time is to get a “waiver” from the State Board of Elections which requires a unanimous vote by every member of both the county and state elections boards.

Democracy North Carolina encourages local advocates to push for strong early voting plans, including hours on both Saturdays at all the early voting locations and possibly on Sunday, too, if you have support of a board member. Evening hours also allow people to vote after the work day.

Click here for a guide to learn more about early voting plans.

Show up and show your support for a strong early voting plan for your county!

Onward,

Robert Dawkins

Western NC Organizer

Democracy North Carolina

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Join us July 31 for Solarfest: A Solarize Charlotte Celebration

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Join us as we celebrate the success of Solarize Charlotte and look to the future! Since our launch in April, we have far surpassed our goals, reaching out to hundreds of homeowners across the city. And Solarize is just the beginning of the solar revolution for Charlotte and North Carolina.

We will have food (a variety of food trucks will be on location), drinks, music, kids activities, and volunteer appreciation.

We will celebrate those who helped make Solarize Charlotte so successful: our volunteers, coalition partners, installer, and homeowners.

Event Details:
July 31st
6-8:30pm
Area 15 (off N. Davidson St.)
514 E. 15th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205

Health Spotlight: Fracking in North Carolina Webinar on July 17

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Health Spotlight: Fracking in North Carolina Webinar hosted by Medical Advocates for Healthy Air and Clean Air Carolina. July 17th online. This webinar, geared towards medical professionals, will be an opportunity to learn more about potential health impacts of fracking, lessons learned from Pennsylvania, and how medical professionals can address the issue.

Webinar date and time: Jul 17 from 2:00 until 3:30 PM

Goal: To provide medical and public health professionals a context regarding the scope of potential health impacts of fracking, lessons learned from Pennsylvania and offer ways to address the issue.

Who and What:

David Brown, ScD, Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc.

In this webinar Dr. Brown will identify the acute and chronic health impacts associated with the practice of hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”) and actions available to address them. Dr. Brown will provide a method to evaluate the appearance of health effects from fracking and amelioration of the harmful impacts.

Grady McCallie, Policy Director, NC Conservation Network

Grady will briefly present the context in which fracking is likely to happen in North Carolina – how we got here; the resource; recent legislation; and ongoing rulemaking, as it connects to the environmental health issues raised in Dr. Brown’s presentation. Grady will also mention upcoming opportunities for medical professionals to influence these issues in North Carolina.

Organization Hosting Event: Medical Advocates for Healthy Air , Clean Air Carolina

Website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1084034162079875329

NC Public Citizen’s Hearing on EPA Carbon Rules – July 22, Chapel Hill

On June 2, EPA announced the first ever regulations of carbon pollution on existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan, as it is called, has a chance to be the single largest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat climate change. EPA is holding public hearing in four cities – North Carolina’s closest hearing is in Atlanta – NC Interfaith Power & LightClean Air Carolina, Environment NCNC Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club NC Chapter are collaboratively organizing a Citizen’s Hearing in Chapel Hill to gather testimony and public comments on the plan. Organizing groups will deliver these official public comments to EPA.

Think it’s time for the U.S. to acknowledge and address climate change, then come make your voice heard!

Date:  Tuesday, July 22nd – Chapel Hill, NC

Time:  5:30pm – 8:00pm  public testimony time slot sign-up upon arrival

Assembly Hall
5:30 – 8:00    Group Networking and Informational Tabling with snacks and beverages
6:00 – 7:00    Elected Officials and invited speakers will give testimony

Community Lounge
5:30 – 8:00    Public testimonies (2 min/person) recorded in groups of three

Location:
United Church of Chapel Hill
1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-3540

Sign Up Now for “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”!

Sign up today for the “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”! North Carolina has some great Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. Why not plan to visit and experience all these great sites in the coming year? Check out the Sierra Club Our Wild NC website for information about all of these beautiful NC treasures.

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Sign up today for the “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”! The sign up period ends July 31st.

 

July Monthly Meeting Announcement: Outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Speak Out! – EPA Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standard, July 29th, Atlanta

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EPA Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standard
We invite you to join us!
Tuesday, July 29, from 9am to 8pm
At
lanta, GA

Concerned citizens from around the region are planning to attend the EPA’s public hearing in Atlanta on the newly-proposed Clean Power Plan to set limits on carbon pollution. The hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. EST and you will need to register here to offer comments. The last day to pre-register in advance will be Friday, July 25, 2014.

For more information about the hearing, visit EPA’s Carbon Rule hearing page; for more information about the proposed rule, check out Mary Anne Hitts’ recent piece on The Next Steps for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards webpage.

If you are interested in participating, contact Zak Keith or Emma Greenbaum today!

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EPA Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standard

When: Tuesday, July 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA, 30303

Register: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/forms/public-hearings-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule#register

Interested in coming but not sure what to say? Contact

Can’t make it to Atlanta? Submit a comment online, here.