The Fair Districts NC Coalition is resuming its presentations on gerrymandering in key counties represented by Republican state legislative leaders. The LPNC is part of this coalition. The first event set for Sept. 24 and then a forum every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of the year.
If you’re interested in attending these presentations and speaking on behalf of the Libertarian Party, please contact Brian Irving, the LPNC liaison to Fair Districts NC, at (919) 538-4548 or email [email protected]
“Now that the current NCGA maps have been ruled unconstitutional by the state superior court. teal redistricting reform is a strong possibility” Irving said. “The establishment parties have proven they're not only unable but unwilling to draw district lines fairly. We need to take that power away from them, not give them another chance to abuse it.”Read more
To serve on an LPNC committee, you should be a Party member. No other particular expertise is needed, and you may serve on more than one committee at a time. Currently we have openings for the following committees. Please contact Susan Hogarth at [email protected] or 919-906-2106 if you would like to be considered for one or more of these groups, or if you have any questions.
June 27, 2019 (RALEIGH) – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) reacted to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rucho et al. v. Common Cause et al.—in which the court declined to overturn partisan Congressional district maps in North Carolina and Maryland—by redoubling its commitment to the creation of an independent, nonpartisan, open, and transparent redistricting process.Read more
Happy Independence Day!
It may seem early to be celebrating Independence Day in America, but in fact today is the celebration of the liberation of African American slaves in Texas in 1865. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. America’s political and economic separation from the tyranny of England, as fundamentally revolutionary as it was, represented just one step in a long process of moving from greater government control over the individual to respect for the rights of each man (and eventually even each woman) to do as he wished with his own property – including his own mind and body.
As far as we have come, we are still walking this path. True emancipation will come when no person or group of people can command others to do as they wish, to finance their projects, or to not do something that harms no one else. We are a long way from that day, but the fact that we can even recognize this as a goal is a measure of the real revolution in human thought – that each individual belongs to no one but him- or herself, and that no one has the right to rule over another.
So this month we will celebrate the emancipation of slaves from those holding them in bondage. Next month we will light up the skies to remember the revolution which excited the longing for emancipation in men’s hearts. And every day we should keep in mind these words of Frederick Douglass, who taught us that gaining and keeping our freedom is a perilous undertaking, but one worth the hardship:
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.