The NAACP will hold a news conference Saturday in Durham asking for a meeting with Republican Gov-elect Pat McCrory to discuss ways to work together to “advance the cause of racial equality and economic justice.''
The group also plans to express its concern that “ultra conservative'' Art Pope, the Raleigh retail executive, and financier of conservative causes, was placed on McCrory's transition team. And it plans to question whether Justice Paul Newby, who was re-elected to the N.C. Supreme Court, with the help of a $3 million outside campaign, should recuse himself from voting on redistricting cases.
“We are asking Governor-elect McCrory to resist the extremist elements of the Republican Party that continue to race-bait, attack voting rights, the poor and social safety net programs, and express unfounded criticism of the elected president of our nation based on his race,” the Rev. William J. Barber, the state NAACP president.
“The election is over now,” Barber said. “We must move towards governing, and we call on Governor-elect McCrory to focus on the kind of agenda that will move our state forward together and not one step back.''
He said the group would push for economic sustainability, addressing poverty, full employment, healthcare for all protecting voting rights and other issues.