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Duke students concerned about corporate influence in politics should support Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is a long-time educator (high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and professor of education at NC State) who is running for re-election for Wake County Board of Elections this November 8th.

What hangs in the balance?

The fate of 143,289 students.

In 2009, multimillionaire retailer Art Pope and the infamous Civitas Action (his corporate machine using the profits of Variety Wholesalers, created out the post Citizens United world) bankrolled the campaigns of Tea Party Republicans to oust the existing school board. The goal? Eliminate the socioeconomic diversity policy and force students into neighborhood schools, creating hubs of poverty where students have few opportunities. The corporate-funded radicals won the school board in 09. On 10/11/11 Wake county voters headed the polls again, and now the school board is going to be decided by a single run-off election between student advocate Kevin Hill and citivas-supported Heather Losurdo.

We need your help to fight this!
Come to Friedl 107 on Duke’s East Campus from 6:30pm-8:30pm this Sunday (10/30) to help phonebank; we can be voices to shape our country, speaking louder than corporate influence.
Bring your laptop and phone.  If you don’t live around Duke but would like to help make sure that a candidate who will support policies that work for the benefit of all children, not just the children of wealthy parents, email Jeff Mallare (jeff@wakecoordcampaign.com)–if you live around Raleigh, you can canvass there, or from anywhere in the United States, you can phonebank remotely.

If you’re a Duke student, invite your friends to come phonebank with us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139327862834557&pending&context=create
More on the races:
Art Pope and his influence over the ’09 school board election:http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all
The Colbert Report on Wake County School Board election:http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/equity/how-colbert-brilliantly-skewer.html
More about the run-off between Kevin Hill and Heather Losurdo:http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/10/12/1560909/kevin-hill-unlikely-to-avoid-runoff.html
Wake County North Carolina Association of Educators endorses Kevin Hill:http://blogs.newsobserver.com/wakeed/wake-ncae-announces-school-board-candidate-endorsements

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