#UniteNC Town Hall

I attended the #UniteNC Town Hall on July 24th held in Carthage sponsored by Moore County NAACP, New Rural Project, Women Leading / Mujeres Liderando, League of Women Voters of Moore County, Sandhills Coalition for Peace, Love, & Justice, & Common Cause North Carolina.

Even though all of the invited lawmakers (below) were no-shows, it was well-attended and standing room only.

It started off with a Zoom call with Neal Katyal, Former Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States,  providing remarks on SCOTUS’ ruling on Moore v Harper, rejecting the “independent state legislature theory.”

Then we heard from each of the sponsored groups followed by audience members. Each rose to speak about a number of issues ranging from obstacles to voting to gun violence. All were limited to 2 minutes each.

Even though it was largely a left-leaning crowd, Moore County Board of Education members Robert Levy, Philip Holmes, and Pauline Bruno showed up, engaged, and took all questions.

The funniest part of the night was when Bruno, in response to the complaint of banning books, responded by reciting a passage. “I’m going to be really gross, but this is what’s in a book in a middle school: Do you know how to eat pu**y?” And the woman sitting right in front of me shouted “Well do you?” Even Bruno laughed.

All of the board members were very good sports because the crowd was pretty fired up. They even stayed afterward to talk to attendees.

Common Cause did a really good job of keeping things moving and it was great to see democracy in action. Looking forward to the next event.

You can catch the replay here: https://fb.watch/l-yG7ZFYQU/?mibextid=NnVzG8