Photos/Video: Raleigh NC – Rev. Andre Knight Mayor Pro-tem Rocky Mount City Council/President Rocky Mount NAACP Receives The Charles McLean Award During The NC NAACP 30th Annual Humanitarian Award

What a fitting moment as Mayor Pro-tem Knight has been recently targeted by Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount Instigated by WHIG-TV by starting a petition asking Knight to step down as city councilman. They are asking for signatures to attempt to remove him but their ignant asses do not understand how the process works.

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Rocky Mount NC – NEWS ALERT: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & State Convention Announce A Call on the Governor to Call a Special Redemptive Legislative Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11 October 2013

 

For More Information:      Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President, 919-394-8137

                                        Atty. Irving Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-682-4700

 

For Media Assistance:      Laurel Ashton, Field Secretary, 828-713-3864

 

ROCKY MOUNT: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II will announce next steps of the Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement at the annual State of Civil Rights in North Carolina address, tomorrow, 12 October 2013, at 9:30 AM on the final day of the NC NAACP State Convention at the Gateway Convention Center, 101 Gateway Blvd. Rocky Mount, NC 27804. The event can be viewed live online HERE.

 

Actions:

 

1. Ask Gov. McCrory to call a Special Redemptive Legislative Session to resend the stripping of unemployment, insurance, benefits to 100,00 families and medicaid health benefits to 500,000 families which takes effect on New Year’s Day 2014: 

 

2. Public education campaign to expose the State Budget Director’s ethical conflict between his propaganda/financial networks and his role as a powerful state employee who writes the take from the poor and gives to the rich state budget.

 

3. Enforcing the North Carolina Constitutional guarantee that all children enjoy the right to a sound, basic education. The NC NAACP will join with other civil rights organizations to file legal action to challenge the cuts to public education as unconstitutional. 

 

4. Wage a spirited fight against the monster voter suppression law in the court houses, at the polls, and in the streets to have it declared unconstitutional by the 2014 elections.

 

5. All Roads Lead to Jones Street on February 8th, 2014, when we will bring together the largest People’s Assembly in Raleigh in the state’s history.  

 

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. The NC Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old this year and is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more the 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.  

 

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Rocky Mount NC – Rocky Mount Utility Money: Transfer of funds started decades ago

This is a damn good article. It is past time that truth be made known. Blackwell said “I’d rather have a (property) tax bill increase by $40 or $80 a year than a utility bill increase by $100 a month.” So obviously those such as Councilwoman Chris Miller and the other council members who do not support a tax increase can’t be thinking about the best interest of the citizens.

This article is a confirmation that Blackwell and Knight try to promote  what is in the best interest of the citizens and the city. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Over the past five years, the city of Rocky Mount has allocated $17.4 million from electric and natural gas revenues to city programs and services that have nothing to do with the utilities.

The money from customer’s utility bills has been spent on everything from police and fire services to the public school system to administrative expenses for the Carolinas Gateway Partnership. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Wilson NC – NAACP request sets racial progress back

I would like to respond to Friday’s article, “NAACP wants black D.A.” When I hear names like Andre Knight and William Barber spearheading agendas that reflect the epitome of prejudice, it makes me wonder why they are allowed to do so. There are laws that prevent individuals and organizations from promoting prejudice of any shape, form or fashion. (Wilson Times)

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Wilson NC – Butterfield says he will seek relief for high utility rates

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield says he’s committed to addressing electric rate concerns voiced by Wilson and other municipal leaders in the ElectriCities service area.

Butterfield, D-Wilson, met with Mayor Bruce Rose and City Manager Grant Goings during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. City leaders annually travel to the nation’s capital each year as part of their federal lobbying efforts. (Wilson Times)

Note: Originally posted on April 5, 2009 9:32.

From The Publisher – (Rocky Mount NC) Why You Folks Feel That Andre Knight And Some Others Should Stop What They Are Doing To Fight Your Personal Issues?

It never seems to amaze me how some folks feel that Rocky Mount Councilman and President of the Rocky Mount Branch Rev. Andre Knight and the other council members should stop what he/they is/are doing and work on your issues without doing their homework. If it is strictly a city council related item, I say that is their duty however if not then it is a personal thing.

Where in the hell are you folks when Knight and the other council members are being attacked by folks when you know the attackers are misleading folks? It is a damn shame that you folks seek these folks out to stand with you when you have not stood with them.

Well some of you folks would say that it is Knight and the others job to fight your issues. Oh hell no it is not if they do not feel it is within their duties and especially without doing their homework on your issues.

I can relate because I experience the same damn thing and I will pick and choose my battles because I know who have stood and who will stand with me when I am going through.

Andre Knight has been catching hell every since he has been on the council and where in the hell where you. I was there and have most of the meetings on video.

Folks how many times have you picked up your damn phones and called Knight and the other council members and asked them about issues that they are being scrutinized about? How many times have you been to the council meetings to speak up to support them? How many times have you corrected others (family, friends, co-workers and etc.) when they make negative untruthful comments about Knight and the other council members?

Folks it is time to get involved with what is going on around you before it hit home. This is why I am always speaking out against what is going on with other folks so that when these very folks come after me, they will already know where I am coming from.

From the Publisher – (Rocky Mount NC) ElectriCities Uncovered

I learned about ElectriCities back in the late 90′s when North Eastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People (NCCABP) held a meeting at Truth Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount.

(NCCABP) members were Carol A. Batchelor, Jackie Norris, Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, yours truly and a couple of others who I can’t remember. We formed to deal with every day people issues.

The meeting at Truth Tabernacle consisted of the Rocky Mount City Utilities Staff. This was a very good meeting and most of all very informative.

As the years passed and Angela Bryant was elected to the Rocky Mount City Council, she was appointed to sit on the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Commission (NCEMPA). This is when we found out that the ElectriCities Board of Commissioners were paid a stipe-end $1,000 a month to attend their meetings. The NCEMPA Commissioners didn’t get paid to attend their meetings however they do go to Parkers Barbecue and Restaurant in Wilson to eat after their meetings.

Folks it appears that some folks in Rocky Mount are reaping some good benefits off the backs of the citizens. It is a damn shame that it has been made to appear that it is the current council who is the reason why Rocky Mount is having hard times.

I have much respect for former Mayor Fred Turnage who was mayor of Rocky Mount for 30 plus years. He was the attorney for Nash Edgecombe Economic Development Inc. (N.E.E.D. Inc.) when I was the vice chair of the board during the late 90′s. It appears that some choices that he has made has not been in the best interest of Rocky Mount be it intentional or unintentional. I would hope that he thought that he was doing the right thing but we all know sometimes we all make some choices that we find out later may not been good after all. Some things we can change and some things we can not and it appears that the ElectriCities is one of those things that can not be changed as Turnage stated.

Angela Bryant had a meeting about ElectriCities in the early 2000′s.

Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, yours truly and some others became a member of Common Ground. Chris Miller chaired this group was elected to the Rocky Mount City Council the same year that Andre Knight was. We had a meeting about ElectriCities in the early 2000′s.

Later Andre Knight was elected the Rocky Mount City Council and then when Rep. Angela Bryant was appointed to the NC General Assembly, Knight was appointed to Bryant’s seat on the NCEMPA Commission. He has been speaking questioning the commission and now the discussion is where we are today.

But guess what folks when Knight was elected to the Rocky Mount City Council he was attacked by some in the white community questioning his residency and tried to get him off the council. They also said it was a conflict of interest that he is the President of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP and serving on the council. After they couldn’t get him removed from the council, Roosevelt Higgs a Safe Negro, a former convicted felon in Edgecombe County was successful in helping the whites to remove Knight from his council seat for only a short period of time. The NC Court of Appeals ruled that Knight’s rights had been violated and Knight continues to be a strong voice on the council.

It appears that since more black folks are being elected and/or appointed to boards, commissions, councils and etc. that some darkness are being uncovered that would not otherwise have been brought to light. You see this is a prime example of someone being outspoken and labeled as a troublemaker. Besides myself the only person I can think of at the moment is Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight who has been unbought and unbossed unlike some other black leaders in Edgecombe County. Just think, if Knight was not on the council and the NCEMPA Commission, would we be discussing ElectriCities to this degree.

The article in the Sunday, March 29, 2009 paper that reads, “Debt keeps region bound to ElectriCities,” take the discussion about ElectriCities to a whole new level. Am I surprised? Oh hell yeah, never thought I would read an article of this magnitude about ElectriCities and Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount NC – Debt Keeps Region Bound To ElectriCities

So now you got it from a person who signed the Articles of Incorporation. As I have stated many times, he is the one who could tell us what can be done. C. Dancy II – Publisher

He said the power agency’s debt is primarily financed by bonds, which were sold to investors, including many who live in Rocky Mount. “It’s a tremendous expense to undo it (the agreement), if you can, and I’m not sure you can,” Turnage said. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Wilson NC – Group airs grievances with costs of utilities

WILSON — A group of Rocky Mount residents spoke Wednesday to members of the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency Board of Commissioners, seeking answers to the agency’s high wholesale electric rates. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Electric Rates Cause A Stir – WITN TV

Video:

Citizens Addresses NCEMPA Commission Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wilson NC – Citizens From the East Addresses NC Eastern Municipal Power Agency Commission Today in Wilson NC

Today I attended my first (NCEMPA) NC Eastern Municpal Power Agency Commission meeting in Wilson NC. The meeting was very interesting and well organized.

There were 4 speakers George Fisher (Rocky Mount), Thomas Joyner (Nashville), Jessie Frazier (Rocky Mount), and James Smith (Washington). They all did a great job.

You will be able to see the entire NCEMPA meeting on the DCN TV later tonight. When the link below is blue it will be available.

Go to  Citizens For Fair Utilities to see George Fisher’s presentation and the questions that were turned in.

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Electric Rates Cause A Stir – WITN TV

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Citizens Addresses NCEMPA Commission Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rocky Mount NC – Citizens group to speak with power agency about big bills

It is a damn shame that a comment by TAXPAYER stated that it sounds like this group wants some grant money. How ignant of TP because there is no mention of grant money in the article. C. Dancy II – Publisher

A recently formed group of Rocky Mount residents working to take the sting out of high electric bills will go to the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday to speak with agency officials in Wilson. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Citizens for Fair Utility Bills (ElectriCities)

ElectriCities

ElectriCities Board Members/Commissioners

Rocky Mount City Council

Important post about ElectriCities of North Carolina at a glance updated 9.21.08

Roosevelt Higgs addresses the Edgecombe County Board of Elections during monthly meeting

During the public comments Roosevelt Higgs addressed the Edgecombe County Board of Elections asking them to address the issue of the NC Court of Appeals findings in the Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight residency issue.

Higgs asked the board to deal with the appeal because he will be appointed to the Board of Elections later this year and when that happens the appeal will be null and void. He said he wanted the board to follow the order from the courts.

First of all, who in the hell do Higgs thinks he is. He stated publicly last year that Rev. Thomas L. Walker was going to put him on the board. Well Walker do not have a vote in the matter since he is not on the Edgecombe County Democartic Party Executive Committee.

Higgs is also seeking support to run for the office of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party County Chair which is up for election next month in April.

I have voting rights and can voice my opinions during the Edgecombe County Democratic Party meetings now since I am a Precinct Chair. I will challenge the party to elect and to appoint folks who are not convicted criminals and do not have the best interest of the party at heart.

The Agenda:

Meeting Called to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of Agenda

Approve Minutes of Previous Meetings February 17, 2009

Recognitions

Public Comments

Director’s Report

Old Business

i. VTD’s

New Business

i. Census Redistricting Data Program

ii. April 19, 20 and 21st Conference

Video:

Higgs address BOE Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – Click on On – Demand to select this meeting.

Read the Fact Findings:

Knight v. Higgs Court of Appeals Case – Knight Wins

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From the Publisher – Rocky Mount NC “America in Danger”

Rocky Mount NC – I have been watching the America in Danger TV Show on WHIG TV for about a year now. I have tried to call in to a previous show about 8 – 10 minutes before the show ends however I feel they didn’t answer my call after seeing my name on the caller id. They shut the show down a couple of minutes early while I waited on the phone trying to get on.

Tonight I decided I would attempt to block my telephone number however I received a message saying they do not accept calls marked as private. I waited for a couple of minutes before they picked up the phone. I was shocked.

I called in to address previous callers who were talking about ElectriCities along with the host and the co-host comments as well. I told them I had been looking at their show for quite sometime and tonight I had to call in because the majority of the comments were misleading.

I said it was Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight, some others and myself who found out about ElectriCities about 10 years ago. I said I have a link on my blog with information about ElectriCities including letters from some from other cities. I said I attended a meeting last week in Rocky Mount where ElectriCities did a presentation and it is 2 hours long and can it can be found on my blog.

I told them the monies generated from the utilities revenue goes to fund the police and fire departments along with other needed things that benefits all people. I said Rocky Mount does not have the electric highest rates. I said the other 31 cities are going through the same thing that Rocky Mount is. I said the current council is just learning about ElectriCities themselves because they are new to the council. I said I heard them say on their show that former Mayor Fred Turnage signed the ElectriCities Articles of Incorporation and it was probably a good thing back then. I said I would love to see American in Danger invite Turnage to come on the show.

It is funny that if the host and co-host of American in Danger were interested in educating the people about ElectriCities they would have asked for me to give my blog so their viewers could visit it. I showed respect for them by not just giving out my blog address. They are familiar with me and I bet you they have visited my blog many times.

See what Project Truth has to say about tonight’s show.

See related:

Citizens for Fair Utility Bills (ElectriCities)

ElectriCities

ElectriCities Board Members/Commissioners

Rocky Mount City Council

Important post about ElectriCities of North Carolina at a glance updated 9.21.08

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