While serving in the state senate, I saw my district get hit hard by storms and floods that took lives and livelihoods. It’s also one of the most economically distressed districts in the state, with high unemployment rates and generational poverty. There is an economic crisis in this country and…

As a teenager growing up on a small, rural farm, I knew that college would be my best shot at improving the quality of life for me and my family. I worked tirelessly throughout high school to ensure that I’d have the opportunity to receive a higher education. …

Our broken healthcare system prioritizes profits over people. That is fundamentally wrong and wholly immoral. I had a medically fragile son, and experienced first hand the horror of navigating a for profit health care system. Our medical insurance and children’s medicaid didn’t cover the medical equipment that his very life…

Policy can lift up those who’ve been held down, it can see those who’ve gone unseen and it can remember those who’ve been forgotten. For too long, policy has centered profits at the expense of people and corporations at the expense of workers. …

Andrew Brown was executed in Elizabeth City North Carolina.

With his hands on the steering wheel, he was shot five times. Four in the arm, and a fifth time, fatally in the back of the head.

Andrew Brown was executed.

These past two days I’ve been in Elizabeth City to…

Erica D. Smith

Three-term NC Senator 2014–2020, Curriculum & Instructional Specialist, ordained clergywoman, environmental & social justice advocate, former Mech. Engineer

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