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North Carolina Faith Leaders Applaud SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question


June 27, 2019


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123
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NC Faith Leaders Applaud SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question

Charlotte, N.C. — On Thursday, June 27th, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against adding a discriminatory citizenship question to the 2020 census.

North Carolina faith leaders applaud the Justices. This immoral addition to the 2020 census was designed to deter immigrants and communities of color from being counted. 

Rev. Glencie Rhedrick, M.S. M.DIV., BCC, Former President Mecklenburg Ministries UMBA-United Missionary Baptist Association, Social Justice Chair, Co-Chair Charlotte Clergy Coalition For Justice:

“The Supreme Court did the right thing by rejecting the racist citizenship question from the 2020 census. Faith leaders must continue working to ensure everyone is counted so that our communities have fair political representation and full funding for roads, hospitals and schools.”

Rev. Lia Scholl, Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem:

“Morally, religiously and politically we demand an accurate count of every person in our community, as the Constitution requires. The Trump administration’s decision to put a question about citizenship on the census was corrupt and racist, and the Supreme Court was right to declare it unconstitutional. Faith leaders in North Carolina will work tirelessly to ensure that all people in our state are counted. Fair political representation and federal funding for our schools, hospitals and roads for the next decade are at stake. My faith demands justice in the 2020 census.”


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