West Palm Beach, FL – Charter School for At-Risk Youth Facing Eviction

Charter School for At-Risk Youth Facing Eviction

West Palm Beach, FL — April, 2009 After a decade of service to Palm Beach County’s disaffected youth, the students and faculty of the only African-centered charter school in the State of Florida are hoping to weather a storm of financial uncertainty.
The national economic crisis is dire. Foreclosures, failing banks and unemployment are the fodder for incessant headlines and office water cooler conversations around the country.
Budget cuts and furloughs are affecting South Florida public schools, as well, including the Joseph Littles- Nguzo Saba Charter School in West Palm Beach, which is struggling to keep its doors open.
The school for at- risk youth has been unable to make its rent payments. School founder Amefika Geuka said he believes the school will continue to defy the odds, as it has in the past.
He said the school’s financial issues are a result of inadequate funding from the state, along with a number of severe budget cuts this year.
Geuka said, he, the faculty and staff are discussing several options in case the eviction becomes a reality. They are thinking about how to make a smooth transition for the sake of the students. Your support can help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 to keep the school open for these children.
Richard Keitel, landlord for the school’s facilities, said he agrees that the students should come first. He said he will try to hold off from the eviction for as long as he can, adding that he hopes to work something out with Geuka for the sake of the children.
"I have been carrying the school because I’m in a position to do so at the moment,” Keitel said. "I don’t want to take action that will harm the students."
We have made a modest beginning with just over $6,000.00 from small contributions all across the country. While billion dollar bailouts are being considered for Wall Street, your support is needed to keep the doors open for this school which is helping the least of us. CLICK HERE to make a secure online donation.
The Thompson Family

Paula Thompson, with children Curtis, Alexander, Corey and Yolanda
Photo by Elgin Jones, South Florida Times

Mrs. Paula Thompson is a working mother of three children who graduated from the school, and one who is currently enrolled there. She strongly believes that the teaching style and uniqueness of the charter school has brought her children much more educational success than regular public school. She is active in school life of children. She says, "Someone told me about the school, and when my children went there, I felt like I was a part of a family who were committed to taking care of my children. Alex started in 4th grade. His grades were great. He has always has been a good student. We moved from New York, and liked this school much better. He is in 11th grade, and he wants to go to college and study Marine Biology."
"Mr. Geuka is like a father to the children,” she said. "And the staff pays close attention to each child’s individual needs. They act as parent substitutes."
In spite of the struggle to keep his school alive, Geuka said he refuses to turn his back on his community and the foundation he started. Faculty members do not merely address formal and academic education, but also a social and self- disciplinary education. The school provides students with a sense of family and belonging that is best suited to meet their individual learning needs, Geuka said.
"Our school is special because the children are at the center of the universe," he said. "The whole world revolves around them."

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If contributing by check, your tax deductible contribution should be mailed to:
Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba Charter School
5829 Corporate Way, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33407
ATTN: Amefika Geuka

CONTACT: Amefika Geuka
Email: jlnscs@yahoo.com

Telephone: (561) 689-1536

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Baltimore MD – We can’t take our rights for granted

Dear Curmilus,

Eight years before I was born, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finally enabled African Americans, especially in the South, to claim the right to vote that the14th Amendment was supposed to have guaranteed for all in 1868.

 
Now the Voting Rights Act is threatened by a case in the Supreme Court. At the same time, our lawmakers are discussing whether Washington, D.C. residents should have equal representation in Congress.

 
For 100 years, the NAACP has fought for the right to vote for African Americans. Many of your parents and grandparents may have even marched, written letters, or contributed money to the struggle for voting rights. Now I’m asking for your support.

In last year’s historic election, the NAACP registered an unprecedented number of voters and again established an Election Day Command Center to ensure that everyone who was eligible to cast a vote was able to do so.

 
Now we are making sure the Supreme Court hears loud and clear that we need to protect our votes in places where our basic rights have been challenged before. We are also talking to lawmakers to ensure that the citizens of D.C., the seat of our country’s democracy, get an equal voice in Congress. Your gift today of $15, $50, or even $150 will help make sure we push ahead on these critical voting rights initiatives.

From time to time, I will let you know how you can help fight to ensure that every American’s vote counts. Make a difference today by donating to the NAACP.
Thank you.
Sincerely,


Ben Jealous
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO
NAACP

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Washington DC – Breaking: NBC: Souter to retire from Supreme Court

30 Apr 2009 Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire, sources told NBC News Thursday night. Speculation about Souter’s plans began to swirl as the eight other justices were known to have hired the four law clerks who will work with them in the Supreme Court term that begins in October. Souter has been the lone holdout, hiring no one. A retirement by Souter, 69, would give President Barack Obama his first chance to nominate a justice and the next few months would bring Senate confirmation hearings. (Citizens For Legitimate Government)

Raleigh NC – Perdue Appoints Evans to Fill Out Term As Top Prosecutor for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties

Press Release

4/29/2009
Contact:
Chrissy Pearson

Raleigh
(919) 733-0767

Perdue Appoints Evans to Fill Out Term As Top Prosecutor for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties

Gov. Bev Perdue today appointed District Court Judge Robert A. Evans of Rocky Mount to serve as district attorney in the Seventh Prosecutorial District.  The Seventh District encompasses Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties. Evans will complete the current term of Howard S. Boney Jr., who is retiring after more than 30 years of public service as district attorney.

"Judge Evans has the respect and confidence of the public, law enforcement and attorneys in the Seventh District. The citizens of Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties will be well-served and should have every confidence that justice will be administered fairly by District Attorney Evans," said Gov. Perdue.

Judge Evans has served as a District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District since being appointed by Governor Jim Hunt in 1999.  Evans grew up in Rocky Mount and graduated from the Rocky Mount public schools.  He received his bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From 1977 to 1999, he practiced law in Rocky Mount.

He is the former president of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, which named him Citizen of the Year in 2007. He is active in his community and served on numerous boards, including the Board of Trustees at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Judge Evans’ first official day as District Attorney will be May 1, 2009.

See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Durham NC – 7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney Statement from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NC NAACP State Conference of Branches

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE

114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor Ÿ Durham, North Carolina 27701

866-626-2227   Ÿ    919-682-4700   Ÿ   FAX  919-682-4711

www.naacpnc.org www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com www.hkonj.com

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President

Amina J. Turner Executive Director 

Immediate Release

April 29, 2009

7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney

Press Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President, NC State Conference of the NAACP

In 1909, when the NAACP was first founded, one of the demands by both white and black members who made up the founding body was that in order for there to be equal justice, there had to be diversity within the judicial system.  The issue of qualification was never the question.  African-Americans, minorities, and even women were denied the opportunity to serve, not based on qualifications, but based on race and gender.  The appointment by Gov. Perdue today pushes us towards closing the chapter of this legacy in the ranks of the District Attorney’s Office in one portion of eastern North Carolina.  This is a positive step and beginning and not an end for North Carolina.

Moving forward, we must make sure that Judge Robert Evans’ decision to accept the appointment to the office of the DA does not nullify the need for continuing diversity that he represented as a District Court Judge.  He was the only African-American District Court Judge in the District.  As we applaud the Governor in this appointment, we also appeal to the Governor to re-appoint an African-American in this vacated position.  Then this moves us closer to becoming One North Carolina.

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, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  For more information, call the State Office at 866-NC-NAACP or e-mail us at execdirnaacpnc@gmail.com.

See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Nash County – LOCAL NAACP LEADERS SUPPORT GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

NEWS ALERT: LOCAL NAACP LEADERS SUPPORT GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2009

More Information: Call Andre’ Knight, Pres. Rocky Mount NAACP at (252) 544-2949

Presidents of the Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Wilson NAACP Branches support Gov. Bev Perdue’s appointment today of Robert Evans, District Court Judge as the next 7th Judicial District’s District Attorney. Evans will be the first black District Attorney in the history of eastern North Carolina. “This is history unfolding before our eyes,” said Ms. Yolanda Thigpen, Edgecombe County NAACP President. “We are pleased with the selection of Judge Evans. He has a reputation of fairness, strength and conscience. This bodes well for the course of justice in the district.”

“Governor Perdue has heard our appeal. We applaud her courage and objectivity,” said Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount NAACP President. “However, we are sober in our expectations that this will not be a ‘one for one’ exchange. Judge Evans’ current position will be left vacant. Gov. Perdue still has the expectation of this district to keep diversity at the forefront of her considerations in filling the unexpired term of the District Court judgeship.”

“This is just the beginning of change in our justice system,” said Alonzo Braggs, Wilson NAACP President. “Now, instead of having one district attorney out of 44 in North Carolina, we have two. As we said before, diversity brings strength, not weakness. Gov. Perdue has brought encouragement and hope to all of North Carolina. But we need to demand more of our citizens and our elected officials. Our state is populated with more than one race. Every public office needs to have representative leadership that reflects its entire community.”

“Beverly Perdue promised us change if we gave her a chance to serve the state as Governor,” Andre Knight added. “This is a good first step towards addressing historical inequities and making the best of every opportunity to move North Carolina towards a progressive future.”

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See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Nash County – Breaking News: Perdue names new district attorney

Sources have confirmed that Governor Bev Perdue has named District Court Judge Robert A. Evans as the 7th Judicial District’s new district attorney.
Evans will be replacing Howard Boney who is retiring Thursday. Boney has served as the district attorney for the district for the last 31 years.
For more on this story read Thursday’s edition of The Wilson Daily Times. (Wilson Times)

See related:

Evans named next D.A. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Perdue names Judge DA for Rocky Mount, Wilson – WRAL TV 5

Nash County – Press Release: LOCAL NAACP LEADERS SUPPORT GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance