Since 2002, when she moved to Durham, Faulkner has organized voter
registration and voter education drives in diverse settings across North Carolina including: nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, high schools and universities, jails, shopping centers, and US Citizen and Immigration offices.
In 2008, she co-founded Durham for Obama, an 11,000-member grassroots organization that registered and mobilized voters in Durham.
From 2009-2011, she co-chaired a voting rights task force with Anita Earls, founder and former executive director of The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, with the goal of enfranchising more North Carolinians. Anita Earls is now running for NC Supreme Court justice.
Since June 2013, Faulkner has been part of the Moral Monday movement led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President & Sr. Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach.
Since the fall of 2016, Faulkner has organized against Donald Trump and his policies.
In September 2016, Faulkner became a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina for partisan gerrymandering, League of Women Voters of North Carolina, et. al., vs. Rucho. She was deposed in March 2017 and attended the United States District Court trial in October 2017. On January 9, 2018, the US District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.
In February 2017, Durham for Obama became Durham For Organizing Action, a grassroots volunteer group that works toward social justice by defending democracy and fighting racism, sexism, economic injustice, and all forms of oppression.
From 1992-1994, Faulkner worked as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice NC, a grassroots reproductive rights organization.
From 1994-2001, she lived in Austin, Texas, where she became involved, as a journalist and an activist, in the Texas Anti-Death Penalty Movement.