Blueprint NC

Network

This umbrella group for left-leaning organizations was formed by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in 2006 to help “progressive” advocacy groups coordinate activities and messaging. It is best known for the leaked strategy memo that described the game plan “progressive” groups should use to attack North Carolina’s Republican leaders. The memo’s recommendations included:

* “Crippling their leaders ([Gov.] McCrory, [House Speaker] Tillis, [Senate President

Pro Tem] Berger etc.).”

* “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern.”

* “Pressure McCrory at every public event.”

* “Private investigators and investigative reporting, especially in the executive

branch.…”

* “Organizers focus on year round voter registration….”

Connections:

Group Name Group Mission
A. Philip Randolph Institute
ACLU of NC
ACLU-NC Legal Foundation Inc
ACORN NC
Action for Community in Raleigh
Action NC
Alliance of NC Black Elected Officials
America Votes
Appalachian Voices
Beloved Community Center
Blueprint NC
Carolina Justice Policy Center
Carolina Public Press

State Sponsored Media

Center for Community Self-Help
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Center for Responsible Lending
Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
Conservation Trust for NC
Democracy NC
Disability Rights NC
El Pueblo
Environment NC
Environment NC Research and Policy Center
Equality NC
Equality NC Foundation
Fair Trial Initiative
Health Access Coalition

The Health Access Coalition is a project of the NC Justice Center. The Coalition supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Medicaid expansion.

The Justice Center considers itself the "state’s preeminent voice for economic, social and political justice." Without a doubt it is one the largest if not the most liberal and radical activist groups in North Carolina. The Justice Center has served as an incubator for new groups and projects, including the MTL network Together NC and Blueprint NC, the umbrella group created to decide where Z. Smith Reynolds grant dollars would be spent.

The Justice Center was picked to be the "administrative home" for Blueprint NC in the mid 2000's by Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation because, according to a report titled the "State Strategies Fund," Blueprint had been created as a "strategic initiative" and its focus would be on "collaborative change." The report went on to explain that the "Justice Center, because of its scale and the close alignment of its interests and values with those of Blueprint" would serve as its administrative organization. In the beginning the Justice Center employed the Blueprint staff and received the grants made for Blueprint's work. In addition the Justice Center exercised oversight over Blueprint's budgets.

As a result of the Justice Center's assistance, Blueprint NC went on to gain notoriety with their strategy memo that directed their members to "eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate" the state's leadership in 2013.

Institute for Southern Studies
Latin American Coalition
Men for Choice
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation
NARAL Pro-Choice NC
NARAL Pro-Choice NC Foundation
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund

A Blueprint NC member, NALEO has national office in Los Angeles. The organization was founded in 1976. According to their website, "The NALEO Educational Fund provides national leadership for important public discussions on key issues that affect Latino participation in our political process, including immigration and naturalization, election reform, the Census, and the appointment of qualified Latinos to top executive and judicial positions."

Blueprint NC is the organization created by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation that, in 2013, directed its member organizations to "eviscerate" the state leadership.

NC Advocates for Justice
NC Advocates for Justice Foundation
NC AIDS Action Network
NC Association of Community Development Corporations
NC Budget and Tax Center
NC Center for Voter Education

NC Center for Voter Education is now a part of NC Common Cause

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA)
NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
NC Coalition for Government and Lobbying Reform
NC Common Cause
NC Community Development Initiative
NC Conservation Network
NC Council of Churches
NC Environmental Defense Fund (NCEDF)
NC Fair Share Community Development Corporation
NC Housing Coalition
NC Justice Center
NC Latino Coalition
NC League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV)
NC League of Women Voters
NC NAACP
NC Policy Watch

NC Policy Watch is the media project of the NC Justice Center. The Justice Center considers itself the "state’s preeminent voice for economic, social and political justice." Without a doubt it is one the largest if not the most liberal and radical activist groups in North Carolina.

The NC Justice Center has served as an incubator for new liberal groups and projects, including the network of groups, Together NC and Blueprint NC, the umbrella group created to decide where Z. Smith Reynolds grant dollars would be spent. The Justice Center was picked to be the "administrative home" for Blueprint NC in the mid 2000's by Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation because, according to a report titled the "State Strategies Fund," Blueprint had been created as a "strategic initiative" and its focus would be on "collaborative change." The report went on to explain that the "Justice Center, because of its scale and the close alignment of its interests and values with those of Blueprint” it would serve as its administrative organization. In the beginning, the Justice Center employed the Blueprint staff and received the grants made for Blueprint's work. In addition the Justice Center exercised oversight over Blueprint's budgets.

As a result of the Justice Center's assistance, Blueprint NC went on to gain notoriety with their strategy memo that directed their members to "eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate" the state's leadership in 2013.

NC Sierra Club
North Carolina Families First

In 2014 the Center for Public Integrity described this way:

“A group that is largely funded by the from the left-leaning America Votes group.”
They included in North Carolina Families First is a 527 SuperPac and is an affiliate of NC Citizens for Protecting our Schools. a Washington, D.C.-based National Education Association teachers' union and a super PAC. According to IRS forms, NCCPOS gave North Carolina Families First $3,075,000 between May 2014 and April 2016. According to IRS 990 forms, NCCPOS reported that they had given N.C. Families First grants in a two year period to “Fund education issues.”

In all, NC Families First spent over $2,670,000 targeting Republican members of the NC General Assembly in 2016, with almost half of it going towards opposing Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds.

The Center for Public Integrity reported that in 2016; “The liberal super PAC N.C. Families First spent over $1.7 million opposing Edmunds*. That PAC received funding from the Democratic Governors Association as well as three shadowy nonprofits — N.C. Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, Make N.C. First and Real Facts N.C. — that aren't required to disclose their donors.”

In 2016, Republican incumbent, Bob Edmunds, was running for re-election to the North Carolina Supreme Court and lost.

The News and observer in July 2016 reported that with four months left before the election, N.C. Families First had already spent $558,000 on advertising in the race for Governor. The N&O reported that Families First’s major donors were - Democratic Governors Association, North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, which is funded by the National Education Association.

North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central NC
Planned Parenthood Health
Planned Parenthood of Central NC
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Progress NC
Project Ricochet
Public Schools First NC
Reinvestment Partners
Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
State Voices
The Institute (formerly – NC Institute of Minority Economic Development)
The Support Center
UnifourOne
WakeUP Wake County Inc
Women AdvaNCe
Working America Education Fund

A Washington D.C. Group, Working America Education Fund is the community organizer/agitator affiliate of the radical leftist extremist AFL-CIO Union. It is also a member of the radical liberal Blueprint NC network. Blueprint NC is the left-wing political group that gained infamy with their “eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate” the state’s leadership strategy memo in 2013.

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