Presented by Bob Phillips – Executive Director of Common Cause North Carolina
Bob will explore the history and challenges of creating open, honest and accountable government that promotes equal rights and empowers all people in the political process.
According to the Brennan Center of Justice, as of March 24, legislators have introduced 361 bills with restrictive provisions in 47 states restricting, among other things, absentee voting, early voting, automatic voter registration, polling places and furthering criminal disenfranchisement.
Bob Phillips has served as Executive Director of Common Cause North Carolina since 2001.
Bob’s work includes lobbying the legislature and building statewide grassroots campaigns for good-government reforms. He is a North Carolina native, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and worked as a broadcast journalist in Raleigh and press secretary for former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker before joining Common Cause.
Common Cause North Carolina is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
The American Ethical Union is celebrating its 145th year since its founding lectures in 1876.
On May 15, 1876 Felix Adler expounded upon the need for a religion, without the trappings of ritual or creed, that united all of humankind in moral social action. To do away with theology and to unite theists, atheists, agnostics and deists, all in the same religious cause, was a revolutionary idea at the time. A few weeks after the sermon, Adler started a series of weekly Sunday lectures which culminated in the formal incorporation of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on February 21, 1877.