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High Point 2016 Pubic Policy Agenda
YWCA High Point is a member of YWCA USA, whose mission is
eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace,
justice, freedom, and dignity for all. As an organization that
blends social services with social change, YWCA High Point holds
a strong commitment to advocating for our clients and
constituents to promote equity and opportunity for all,
especially the most marginalized among us.
Positions are adapted from YWCA USA and localized to meet the
unique needs of our community. They illustrate our stance on
social and political issues, and direct our advocacy work. Based
on these core principles, we develop an annual Advocacy Agenda
on which to focus our attention each year.
working in collaboration with partners, we will advocate for the
following issues to advance our mission of eliminating racism
and empowering women. We will also monitor and educate
stakeholders on all policy issues that have an impact on women
and girls in our state.
Protecting and Advancing
YWCA High Point opposes HB 318 and its
provision that restricts the different identification documents
accepted by government officials. We believe that everyone has a
right to identity and that this law enables discrimination,
which affects not only those who are directly targeted but their
families, who in many cases have US born children, who are,
therefore, citizens. YWCA High Point is committed to finding
alternatives to addressing these concerns.
George Cleveland, Chris Millis, Chris Whitmire, Debra Conrad,
Hugh Blackwell, Carl Ford, Frank Iler, Bert Jones, Larry G.
Pittman, Dennis Riddell, Mitchell S. Setzer
Status: Signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory
in October of 2015
YWCA High Point Goal: Seek
alternative solutions to address the concerns to avoid
HB 1081 Tuition Equity
YWCA High Point supports efforts that
will lead to inclusive access to higher education. We are
committed to advocating for in state tuition for all North
Carolina residents, regardless of immigration status, but
particularly for those under DACA (deferred action for childhood
arrivals). These students can legally work in our state and are
exempt from deportation. They are currently required to pay
out-of-state tuition even at our community colleges. We believe
that North Carolina’s investment in all students K-12 is
formidable, and that students are better able to contribute to
our community and the economy if they are also able to gain fair
access to the higher education system.
Jeter (R) & Greg Meyer (D)
Current Status: Bill was
introduced May 11, 2016
YWCA High Point Goal: Increase
support for bill from both representatives and community
The YWCA USA supports legislation
that ensures that all eligible voters are able to routinely,
easily, and successfully exercise their right to vote. Voting
rights laws must ensure that historically disenfranchised
voters, such as women and people of color, are able to fulfill
their constitutionally protected right to vote.
High Point Goal: Focus on voter registrations and engagement
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YWCA USA Advocacy Agenda