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From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The story behind Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

Charlotte’s history of affordable housing includes broken promises and empty gestures. Now that the city’s chronic shortage has become a crisis, leaders are responding with unprecedented resources. Will this time be different?

Anyone who’s lived in Charlotte for a minute knows that the Ballantyne area, wealthier than Mecklenburg County as a whole, isn’t the place to find an affordable apartment if you’re a hotel housekeeper, a fry cook, a landscaper — anyone making less than $15 or so an hour.

Watch Rev. Barber’s speech at the 2016 DNC

Reverend Doctor William Barber II spoke on Thursday night at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, drawing uproarious applause. Related: Watch 2016 DNC live Rev. Barber is president of the NC NAACP and has led the Moral Mondays demonstrations, which has called for political progress in the state on issues such as voting rights, access to …

Watch the 2016 Democratic National Convention Live

The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia promises to be an interesting event. Coming hot on the heels of the Wikileaks email dump which showed that the Democratic party placed its thumb on the scale for their candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton. Related: Watch highlights from night one of the 2016 DNC Democratic National Committee chair …

DNC city expenses: At least $1.1 million to companies without LGBT employee protections

Commentary: City Council should amend and implement LGBT-inclusive contracting, purchasing policies, ordinances

How many of the companies who benefited from the $50 million in city DNC expenses have employment non-discrimination policies that match the city’s? How much money landed in the hands of companies who practice — or, at the very least, refuse to prohibit — the types of discrimination the city itself says is wrong?

2012 in Review: Politics & Advocacy, Part I

The top stories shaping politics, law and activism in 2012

For many, 2012 was a landmark year. It was full of activism and advocacy. Community organizations grew and changed. North Carolinians banded together in the face of an anti-LGBT amendment. The community grew closer and stronger. The amendment, by far, will rank atop any imaginable list of the major stories of the year, as it does here. But, there were certainly other noteworthy happenings over the past 12 months. Good or bad or otherwise, these moments are the hallmarks of this year’s LGBT history.

DNC: On the Record

Democratic Party leaders on LGBT equality

“We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems — any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”