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I am webcasting from Wilmington, NC tonight where Annabel Park and I are filming our new documentary Story of America.
In North Carolina, politicians are insulating themselves from the electoral process through a combination of gerrymandering (more grotesque and racially targeted than any place in the country) and restrictions on voting (more grotesque and racially targeted than anything since the Jim Crow Era). There is growing public opposition, but on the soap operas most Americans think of as "news," there has been very little coverage.
Instead, our corporate media outlets been focused on nationwide controversies which have searved as an audio backdrop for our film production on the radio and on hotel room TV's.
The IRS scandal is of particular interest to me. For one thing, I am on the board of two tax-exempt non-profits that had to go through the same process of applying for tax-exempt status for work that involves politics. But more importantly, I believe that the unfair categorization employed by the IRS is illustrative of the very same Equal Protection issues that arise when politicians make laws abridging voting rights, or requiring immigration status checks of ethnic-looking people by police (our previous film).
Our special guests: Leeland Beaumont published a blog on our website today with 50 questions he'd like politicians to answer early in their campaigns. Nancy Brown was arrested recently in Raleigh, NC as part of a civil disobedience campaign.
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