In 2016, the North Carolina Legislature passed a bill known nationwide as NC's "bathroom bill"-which specified that individuals must use public bathrooms labeled in accordance with the gender specified on their birth certificate.
Pushback was swift and immediate. The bill sought to undermine the rights of trans individuals, as well as give conservative political interests a strong foothold in the state. Alongside many other progressive organizations, Carolina Jews for Justice stood firmly against the bill from its inception.
Some examples of the work Carolina Jews for Justice put in toward the repeal of HB2 include:
*The Charlotte CJJ chapter drafted a statement condemning Pat McCrory, the governor who signed HB2 into law (who hails from Charlotte) for his discriminatory policies and failure to protect all of his citizens from harm. A copy of the text can be found on our Statements page.
*Carolina Jews for Justice collaborated with 45 rabbis across the state to issue a press release detailing the moral imperative to repeal HB2. Participating parties also gathered in person at the North Carolina Legislative Assembly to call for repeal. This in-person action fell during the holiday of Passover: a celebration entered on the theme of freedom in various forms. A copy of the press release can be found on our Statements page.
In 2017, our newly-elected governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, vowed to repeal HB2. He initiated a partial repeal on March 30, 2017, at a significant cost. Cooper signed a compromise bill, which eliminated the public restroom specifications while allowing cities to violate nondiscrimination laws. This still leaves trans people vulnerable in our state. Carolina Jews for Justice supports a full, honest repeal of HB2, without compromise.