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Group takes steps to protect NC farm workers from heat stress

In North Carolina, farmworkers face extreme heat with minimal legal protections, prompting the Farm Labor Organizing Committee to strengthen existing rules to enhance safety measures for over 9,000 workers. The updated guidelines empower workers to take necessary breaks and stay hydrated, particularly when temperatures rise, reflecting a critical step toward self-managed health and safety amidst inadequate enforcement of labor laws.

Hundreds of faculty and staff members call on UNC-CH to dismiss charges against student protesters

More than 750 faculty and staff members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have signed a letter urging administrators to drop charges against students involved in a peaceful protest at Polk Place. The faculty criticized the administration’s decision to involve the police, arguing it contradicted the university’s commitment to free expression and created a militarized atmosphere that traumatized students.

North Carolina to receive $76m to replace drinking water lines that contain lead

North Carolina will benefit from an additional $76 million in federal funding to replace lead-contaminated drinking water lines, announced by the Biden administration. This grant is part of a larger $9 billion initiative aimed at removing hazardous lead pipes nationwide, particularly focusing on aiding disadvantaged and pollution-burdened communities.

Students unite to defend DEI initiatives

Kylie Rice, a student at a Historically Black College in North Carolina, highlighted the significance of DEI in providing opportunities and combating discrimination, especially amidst legislative actions that aim to limit such initiatives in state-funded institutions. Across the nation, over thirty states are confronting legislative proposals that challenge the funding and practices of DEI in public education, with supporters arguing that banning these efforts has severely impacted college programs and student activities.

Clearing the Backlog of Rape Kits in North Carolina

Attorney General Josh Stein has made significant strides in eliminating North Carolina’s backlog of untested rape kits, a move that has led to 114 arrests and numerous DNA matches. This initiative, driven by bipartisan collaboration and the enactment of the Survivor Act, has strengthened the state’s justice system and underscored Stein’s commitment to supporting sexual assault survivors.

Lawsuit seeks justice for NC man’s death in police custody

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, along with attorneys Dawn Blagrove and Joe Fouche, have filed a $25 million lawsuit against the City of Raleigh and others for the death of Darryl Tyree Williams, a case they argue stemmed from excessive use of force and violated constitutional rights. The lawsuit emphasizes the need for accountability and systemic change, particularly in how tasers are used, following Williams’ death after being tased multiple times, despite informing officers of his heart problems.

A push for IVF protections in North Carolina

In a heartfelt plea, Lauren Garrett, alongside two other North Carolina women, shared their profound gratitude for in vitro fertilization (IVF), emphasizing its pivotal role in their journey to motherhood, amidst concerns over its legal status following a controversial Alabama Supreme Court ruling last month. Despite looming uncertainties, Dr. Meaghan Bowling underscored the significance of frozen embryos in IVF success, as lawmakers and medical professionals advocate for protections amid political turbulence surrounding reproductive rights.