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building the next generation of North Carolina's leaders

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Common Cause NC is proud to work with students at North Carolina's historically black colleges and universities, giving them the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our state and nation.

Our two campus coordinators, Alyssa Canty and Reggie Weaver, work side-by-side with students recruited from these schools to be Democracy Fellows. These students help develop organizing campaigns on their campus around issues of vital importance to their community and educational institution, as well as advocate for issues in the halls of state and federal government.

Meet our fall 2016 CCNC Democracy Fellows

Briona May

Shaw University
Social Work
Junior
Hometown: Hampton, VA

"I am a proud Shaw U Bear that is keen with an ambition to inspire others. I've not only chosen Common Cause, but they have chosen me."

Whitney Namukombo

NC Central Univ.
Political Science
Sophomore
Hometown: Washington, DC

"I want to use this opportunity to make my peers aware of local politics since they have a direct effect on our campus and daily lives."

Dillion Sharpe

NC Central Univ.
Political Science
Junior
Hometown: Durham, NC

"As a Common Cause fellow, I want to give students the tools they need to feel confident in their voice and to use it to influence future changes."

Essence Shelton

Shaw University
Psychology
Junior
Hometown:
Seattle, WA

"Common Cause North Carolina has given HBCU students a platform to not just speak upon issues but take action politically."

Emmanuel Tabb

NC Central Univ.
Political Science
Junior
Hometown: Durham, NC

"Many young African-Americans marched as well for this right because they knew voting was important to create the most change in our society."

Hausson Byrd

NC A&T University
Criminal Justice
Freshman
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

"I work with Common Cause to help build a future that I want to live in."

Aleccia Sutton

NC A&T University
Political Science
Senior
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC

"I'm serving in my second semester as a Common Cause Democracy Fellow."

Nailah McElvane

Winston-Salem State University
Marketing
Sophomore
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

"Being a Common Cause fellow, I am able to assist my peers in acquiring that knowledge and getting them registered to vote."

Rianna Caroway

Winston-Salem State University
Healthcare Management
Senior
Hometown: Columbia, SC

"Common Cause gives college students the platform to educate our peers during one of the most crucial times in our lives."

Shalia Keane

Winston-Salem State University
Political Science & Business
Sophomore
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

"I feel as if Common Cause serves as a gateway for success for such a huge generation who will be greatly affected by the choices we make."
students at NCAT
WSSU student leads effort to bring voting site to campus

Rianna Caroway, a senior at Winston-Salem State University and a Democracy Fellow with Common Cause NC, talks about her effort to get a voting site restored on the campus of WSSU. Watch


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Students lobby NC lawmakers to support HBCUs

Dozens of students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) went to the NC Legislature to show lawmakers how their schools make North Carolina stronger. Watch


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Thousands of NC citizens pack Raleigh for 2017 Moral March

CCNC Democracy Fellows from HBCUs in the Triangle and the Triad joined thousands of North Carolina citizens taking a stand for voting rights at the 2017 HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh. Watch

 


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HBCU students help protect the vote on Election Day

Over 100 volunteers organized by Common Cause North Carolina were at polling places on Election Day to help voters ensure their rights were respected at the ballot box. Watch

 

 


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HBCU students knock on thousands of doors to help get out the vote this election season

The students have spent hours and walked miles on multiple weekends distributing a nonpartisan voter guide and sharing useful voting information with residents in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Watch


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St. Aug's students march to the polls on Election Day

Led by the school's marching band, students walked several blocks to the voting location to make their voices heard at the ballot box.Watch



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St. Aug's students help Raleigh residents get ready to vote a full ballot

Common Cause NC Democracy Fellows from Saint Augustine's University spent an afternoon distributing our 2016 NC Voter Guide at local Raleigh businesses and encouraging voters to learn about "down-ballot" candidates. Watch


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Hundreds of NCCU students 'soar' to the polls & cast their votes early

On the same day that an early voting site opened on their campus, hundreds of students at NC Central University in Durham marched to the polls to cast their ballot. Watch


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Shaw University students march to the polls on opening day of early voting

As early voting kicked off across North Carolina on Thursday, students from Shaw University marched to the polls to make their voice heard at the ballot box. Watch


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St. Aug's students pledge to vote this fall

"Your vote definitely does matter. In order to change our circumstances, we've got to get out and vote," said SAU student and CCNC Democacy Fellow Alston DelVega. More



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NCCU students mark Constitution Day by registering to vote

Common Cause NC Democracy Fellows were on hand at NC Central University's Constitution Day program to help students register to vote and to launch the Black Votes Matter campaign on the campus. More




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Fayetteville State University students register to vote

"Our Democracy Fellows are excited to help students stand up and speak out in this fall's election," said Alyssa Canty, campus outreach coordinator with Common Cause North Carolina. More

 



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WSSU students pledge to vote in this year's election

Common Cause NC Democracy Fellows launched our Black Votes Matter campaign on the campus Winston-Salem State University, as dozens of students signed cards pledging to engage in this year's momentous election. More


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CCNC Democracy Fellows speak up for HBCUs in Congress

Nine students from seven historically black colleges and universities across North Carolina traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak up for HBCUs. Watch





students at NCAT
CCNC hosts 'Young Voter Roundtable' at Shaw University

Common Cause NC, El Pueblo and EVOLVE Mentoring hosted a Young Voter Roundtable at Shaw University in Raleigh, with students discussing issues that matter most to them this election season. Watch


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NC A&T students speak out on campus gerrymandering

Students at NC A&T State University, the nation's largest historically black college or university, recently spoke out against new congressional voting maps that leave their campus split into two districts. Watch


HBCU students vote in Raleigh election
Common Cause NC helps protect the vote in the primary election

With voters headed to the polls in large numbers and under new voter ID requirements, members of Common Cause North Carolina stood ready at voting locations around the state to help ensure the election day process went smoothly for citizens. Watch

HBCU students vote in Raleigh election
NCCU students march to the polls to honor voting rights legacy

Students at NC Central University in Durham gathered on Monday to honor those who fought for their right to vote and to cast a ballot. Watch


HBCU students vote in Raleigh election
Winston-Salem State University students get ready for early voting

With early voting for this year's primary election getting underway across North Carolina, students at Winston-Salem State University motivated their classmates to go to the polls. Watch


HBCU students vote in Raleigh election
Shaw, St. Aug's students march to the polls for Raleigh election

More than 100 students from St. Augustine's and Shaw universities marched to the polls during the early voting period to make their voices heard in Raleigh's mayoral and city council elections. Watch


HBCU students go to Congress
HBCU students go to Congress to stand up for voting rights

Six of Common Cause North Carolina's Democracy Fellows traveled to Washington, DC, last week to join the Journey for Justice as it reached the nation's capital. Watch


HBCU students go to Congress
Thousands march for voting rights in Winston-Salem

Over 1,500 people participated in a voting rights rally in Raleigh as part of "America's Journey for Justice." Watch

 

See what our Democracy Fellows are doing
on each of these HBCU campuses:
Bennett College Fayetteville State University NC A and T University
NC Central University St Augustines University Shaw University
Winston-Salem State University


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