IREHR has documented many of the human rights setbacks in the 2014 elections. At the same time, there are some important victories to highlight. These include victories in areas of women's rights, pro-worker legislation, and gun safety.
While much of the national attention focused on Tuesday’s election of former North Carolina Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, to the United State Senate, scant attention has been paid to the composition of the General Assembly that Tillis used to lead.
Post-election, it appears that Tea Party support has become entrenched in the North Carolina General Assembly. Nearly all of the legislators who were supportive of the Tea Party will be returning to Jones Street in January.
IREHR is pleased to announce the release of a new special report, The Tea Party in North Carolina: Threat to a New Birth of Freedom. This groundbreaking 56-page report is a non-partisan, data-driven look at the Tea Party in the state of North Carolina and the movement's impact on the state legislature. The report includes detailed interactive maps and lots of additional data. It also includes a preface by NC NAACP president, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and a foreword by Alan McSurely.
As IREHR has repeatedly warned, national Tea Party factions have been driving the anti-immigrant charge since at least 2010, blocking all efforts at humane immigration reform. Now comes news that one of the largest factions, Tea Party Patriots, is planning to launch a major new nativist campaign on October 16.
Once the source of strength for the Tea Party Patriots, the number of local affiliated groups has plummeted by nearly 90 percent according to new research by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR).