Updates

Women’s History Month

Today, for #WomensHistoryMonth, I’m highlighting the late Elizabeth Cofield. For decades, Cofield served as a professor and administrator at Shaw University, where she inspired thousands of students. She went on to be the first African American and the first woman elected as a Wake County School Board member and Wake County Commissioner. Cofield’s legacy and commitment to education made Wake County a better place.

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The Players’ Retreat

A spotlight on the iconic Raleigh restaurant, The Players’ Retreat owned by my friend Gus Gussler. Like many businesses, the restaurant has plans to safely reopen this spring after being closed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I can’t wait to have their fries again soon!

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George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and I proudly voted for it. This is an important step in boosting law enforcement accountability and transparency, changing police practices and curbing racial profiling. It’s on all of us to help create a society that recognizes injustice and repairs it with humanity.

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More Positive Vaccine News

Starting today, all NC frontline workers are eligible to get vaccinated. Additionally, starting in three weeks people with underlying health conditions will be eligible to get vaccinated. I am thankful to all those working hard to get North Carolinians vaccinated as quickly as possible.

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For the People Act

The “For the People Act” is a comprehensive package of reforms that would strengthen voting rights, protect our democracy, and give the people a bigger voice in their government.  Congress has a chance right now to pass once-in-a-lifetime reforms that would safeguard our democracy by ending partisan gerrymandering, broadening access to voting, getting big money out of politics, and placing restrictions on future voter suppression efforts. I am proud to co-sponsor this bold legislation that truly represents the people.

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the vital role of women in American history and recommit to our fight for equality.  It’s a time to celebrate that more women and women of color are serving in Congress than ever before, but also to remember how much work we have left to do. Women make up just 27 percent of Congress, and women of color comprise less than 10 percent.  We must elect more leaders who reflect the true makeup of our country, especially women of color. It’s absolutely necessary for a democracy to represent all voices,

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Positive news from the Wake County Division of Public Health.

https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/wake-county-expects-40-increase-in-covid-19-vaccine-allotment-next-week/19547809/ Until we are all vaccinated, we still have a responsibility to remain vigilant and do our part. Remember the 3 W’s: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. We will all get through this as long as we care for each other.

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The #EqualityAct passed the House!

The bill amends federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of the bill and support the rights of the LGBTQ community nationwide.

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PayCheck Protection Program Assistance

There is a big need to support small business owners, especially those hit hardest by the pandemic. Small businesses can now apply for the next round of PayCheck Protection Program assistance that is focused on individual contractors and self-employed individuals. Read more about the new changes and how to apply.

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