Today is Juneteenth, the day that African-American slaves in Texas were informed that they were supposed to have already been emancipated two and a half years earlier.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation declared (in summary) "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Although this proclamation was issued, slavery did not end immediately. Due to being more geographically isolated, a lot of slaveholders migrated to Texas to escape the fighting of the Civil War.

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Election System Review Rules Too Restrictive

RALEIGH (June 7) – The rules proposed by the State Board of Elections for the first independent review of election system software will prevent a meaningful source code review and security examination of the system, said Joe Garcia, Libertarian Party of North Carolina chair.

As chair of a recognized political party, Garcia is one of a handful of key stakeholders with the authority to conduct an independent security review and source code examination of the state's electronic voting systems. (N.C.G.S.163-165.7(f)(9)).

According to the state board, this information "includes proprietary and highly sensitive information for certified voting systems, including source codes for voting machines and election management systems and their software."

The LPNC requested the review in December 2021. "Before granting the request, as required by law, the State Board of Elections said it needed to write rules for the review, even though the law has been on the books since 2005,” commented Garcia. Even though the law is nearly 20 years old, the state board never wrote rules on how to implement it.

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Back to Gastonia for Justice

Join the Libertarian Party of North Carolina in Gastonia on June 7 at 5 p.m. We will join Pastor Moses Colbert to rally outside of Gastonia City Hall, 181 S South St., for another rally for justice and the homeless. We will demand:

  • Justice in the case of Joshua Rohrer.
  • That the city council publicly appeals for the release of the police body camera footage of Joshua's arrest and subsequent tasing of his service dog Sunshine.
  • That the city removes the roadblocks in Pastor Moses Colbert's way that keep him from feeding and helping the homeless community in Gastonia.

After the rally, we'll head into the Gastonia City Council meeting to voice our concerns during the public comments portion of the meeting. We look forward to all who can join us.

Details on our Facebook event.

Previous stories here and here.

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Rally in Gastonia, NC (Homelessness, justice & compassion)

For too long, government has refused to show justice and compassion for our homeless population. Please join the Libertarian Party of North Carolina and Pastor Moses Colbert for a third joint rally at 5pm on May 3rd at 181 S South Street, Gastonia NC 28052, where we will:

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