Tarboro NC – The gangs are here

Maybe I am missing something because I thought it had been confirmed around 2 years ago that gangs are in Tarboro. Oh but maybe because I am actively involved in community issues. I attended a gang presentation at SouthWest High School a little over a year ago and the Sheriff Deputy did a great job. Those who attended received a 2 hour credit certificate in the mail from Edgecombe Community College. C. Dancy II – Publisher

Yes, we have gangs in Tarboro.
“It’s not so much a problem as much as a presence,” Tarboro Police Sgt. Bob Cox told Town Council during its retreat last weekend in New Bern.
Cox is the TPD’s gang expert. He’s been to training and is constantly observing young people and what they are doing. (Daily Southerner)

Raleigh NC – Take Back Our Streets/SouthEast Raleigh Stimulus Recovery Town Hall Meeting

RWCA Members and friends,

Today the RWCA is co-sponsoring an effort to Take Back our Streets with the South Central Citizens Advisory Council @ 12 noon, targeting Haywood Street between E. Lenoir St and Davie. We will meet at E. Martin and Camden.

At 2:00 o’clock we are co-sponsoring the effort we have led in focusing on Stimulus Money and how we can make sure that those dollars put Wake County residents to work.

Please take the time, if possible, to participate in both.

Sincerely,

Dan Coleman

The Agenda:

Welcome ……………………………… Mrs. Margaret Rose Murray, President
Cross Link Learning Centers

Overview (Discussions W/The White House … Mr. Cash Michaels, Editor
Carolinian Newspaper

Our Collective Challenge ……………… Dr. William Barber, President
North Carolina NAACP Conference

Ground Rules …………………………. Mr. Joseph Sansom, Director
Mechanics & Farmers Bank

Panelist ……………………………. Mr. Daniel Coleman, President
(Opening Statements 5 Minutes) Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association

Mr. Brad Thompson, Convener
Southeast Raleigh Quality Of Life Coalition

Mr. Luther Williams, Director
City Of Raleigh’s Business Assistance Program
Stimulus Resource Officials Panel(Invited) The Honorable Vernon Malone
(Opening Statements 5 Minutes) North Carolina Senate

The Honorable Daniel Blue
North Carolina House Of Representatives

The Honorable Harold Webb, Chairman
Wake County Board Of Commissioners

The Honorable Lindy Brown
Wake County Board Of Commissioners

The Honorable James West, Mayor Pro Tem
City Of Raleigh, Councilor District C

Q&A From Audience Facilitated By ……. Mrs. Rhonda Muhammad, Vice President
Open Dialogue 60 Minutes Cross Link Learning Centers

Closing Remarks ………………………. Mr. Cash Michaels, Editor
Carolinian Newspaper

Next Steps………………………….. Mr. Bruce Lightner, President
Lightner Funeral Home

Benediction & Send Off ……………… Mrs. Margaret Rose Murray, President
Cross Link Learning Centers

Weldon NC – ADOLESCENT FATHERS

Professionals Working With Teenage or Young Fathers

Register Today

Monday, 6 APRIL 2009

9:00AM TO 11:30PM

$85.00

HALIFAX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIPS WITH

ADOLESCENT FATHERS

Bridging the generation gap (A fathers role in 1959 vs A father role in 2009)

Nurturing Relationships With Adolescent Fathers

Modeling Successful Parenting Skills For Adolescent Fathers

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GOAL SETTING FOR TEENAGE PARENTS- based on the SMART plan concept – (specific, measurable, attainable, reliable and time)

Attaching the SMART plan to the teen parent education, home and their challenges

Creating a support group

PLACE: Halifax Community College**100 College Dr.*Weldon, NC 27890

Choose one or split your time in either class

Make Check payable to: Young Parent Institute, Inc. or pay online** WWW.YoungParentInstitute.Org

PO Box 1222**Carrboro, NC 27510**919-942-4588; register at WWW.WatsonEducationalServices.Com

Tuskegee, Alabama – The 42nd Annual Memorial Day Fly-In (The Negro Airmen International (NAI)

The Negro Airmen International (NAI), the nation’s oldest African-American pilot’s organization and direct descendent of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, will hold its annual “Fly-In” May 23, 2009 in Tuskegee, Alabama. The theme for this year’s event is, OPERATION HOMECOMING, “Continuing the Economic Impact, During Difficult Times.”

Sam L. Jones, of Savannah, Georgia, and President of NAI, shared the significance of this year’s Fly-In.  ” Although, everyone is experiencing difficult economic conditions, this event which has gone on for forty-one years will continue. This year, as in years, Black pilots will fly in with their planes and engage the pubic, especially the young people. It is going to be fantastic event, and everyone is still invited. The Biofuels Racing Alliance (BFRA) will be there along with the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, JBU Productions (Charlotte North Carolina), the Corvette Club out of Atlanta, motorcycle groups, farmers, Black Pilots, and many other local partners.

The Fly-In continues a tradition that everyone looks forward to and has come to know as the largest gathering of African American pilots in the nation. This weekend became popular as many Black pilots and enthusiasts returned to Tuskegee to visit the “Chief,” Charles Alfred Anderson, who passed away in 1996. Anderson trained more than 1000 pilots at Moton Field in Tuskegee, including General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. and General Daniel “Chappie” James.

Anderson was the chief flight instructor for the highly regarded 332nd Fighter Group, formed entirely of Tuskegee pilots. It was one of the most successful fighter groups during World War II, and they have the lone distinction of being the only fighter group never to have lost a bomber to enemy fighters while they were flying as escort. That kind of record required strict discipline and superb flying, both of which “Chief” instilled in his men.

The Fly-in commemorates the contributions of African American pilots in the field of aviation. Over the past 41 years, it has grown in numbers and initiatives having a positive impact on citizens of Tuskegee to the creation of the Tuskegee historic Airmen site. The leaders of NAI with other organizations realize the importance of what “Chief” and others have done, so in celebrating, they strive to share this history with others, and provide information about economic opportunities to those residing in the “Black Belt” by collaborating with local businesses.

The Event organizers have shortened this year’s event in order that the Fly-in could continue. Next year it is their plan to go back to their original format. The Organizers felt that although our country was going through difficult financial times that the Fly-in should continue. The event this year will be held on Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23, 2009. The event would allow its visitors to continue to support local businesses. The Fly-In will also explore opportunities in the energy industry, which, with skyrocketing prices, is a business area in which African Americans (Black People) should carve out a significant niche.

How can you celebrate the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, other African American aviators, as well as the accomplishments of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Charles “Chief” Anderson, and others? You can come to Tuskegee and be a part of this historical event. As we invoke the names of Booker T. and George W. Carver, we should also invoke the spirit of their work and dedication to empowering others. Go to www.blackwingsonline.com for more information on the Fly-In. See you there!

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Speaking Truth To Power – CASTING DOUBT ABOUT “SAVE DARFUR” by William Reed Columnist

“Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had!  Ya been took!  Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled!  Led astray!  Run amok! This is what He does….”- Malcom X

In Harlem in the 1960s Malcolm meant “bamboozle” as “to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like”.  In today’s world it is the regular manufacture and maintenance of false realities in the service of American empire.  The deception El Haji Malik El-Shabazz talked about is a core function among America’s Establishment and its corporate news media.  In the case of being tricked into a war in Africa, Malcolm might say “take a close look behind the façade”.

Among the latest false realities being pushed are the simplistic pictures of Black vs. Arab genocide in Darfur, and the proposed solution: a robust U.S.-backed or U.S.-led military intervention in Western Sudan.  Before Black Americans buy into any concept of European troops invading Africa to “save Africans,” they should give more scrutiny to what the “Save Darfur” lobby and Save Darfur Coalition are all about.  Malcolm might say it is a PR scam to justify U.S. intervention in Africa.

Save Darfur aims to “save Darfur” by raising awareness, not by providing on-the-ground humanitarian assistance.  The campaign is a political mechanism that has misled the public into the belief that it is a humanitarian relief operation. The con has morphed false allegations of “slavery in Sudan” in the 1990s into the anti-genocide advocacy model for the 21st century: a hybrid of promotional branding, simplified foreign political coverage and interventionist missionary ideology.  Founded in 2004, the Save Darfur Coalition began at the Graduate Center of City University of New York.  The coalition is now an alliance of 180 faith-based, advocacy and human rights groups with over one million activists.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it employs a staff of 30 professional organizers, policy advisors and communications specialists.

Before people of color allow former colonialist to invade Africa again in the name of “saving them,” note should be taken of the assumptions used by “Save Darfur” that are based on victimization and perpetuating stereotypes of Africans as helpless.  The PR campaign depicts the Darfur conflict as strictly a racial affair, in which Arabs are exterminating the black population.  But in fact, most of Sudan’s “Arabs”, even the Janjiweed, are also black.  Note should be taken that “Save Darfur” is top-heavy with evangelical Christians who preach the coming war for the end of the world and with elements known for uncritical support of Israeli aggression in the Middle East.  The very name “Save Darfur” is based on a premise of American moral superiority and dominance and presupposes that: the Darfuris need saving and the US has the capacity to save them.

For those willing to pull the wool from over their heads, there’s ample evidence that leaders of the “Save Darfur” movement have little interest in political negotiations to end conflicts in Darfur, and are totally oblivious to actual genocide occurring in Gaza.  Those activists actually seeking peace instead of military aggression in Darfur should note the selective and cynical application of the term “genocide” to Sudan, rather than to the Congo where ten to twenty times as many Africans lives have been lost.  The hypocrisy of the “Save Darfur” movement is illustrated in Sudan’s neighboring country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  There local gangsters, mercenaries, warlords and invading armies engage in slaughter, mass rape and regional depopulation on a scale that dwarfs anything in Sudan, yet all players eagerly compete to guarantee extraction of coltan vital for Western computers and cell phones, and the export of uranium for Western nuclear reactors, along with diamonds, gold and other Congolese resources continue undisturbed.

Its O.K. if you’ve “been had” with illusions sold you over past years.  The problem is not re-thinking what the solution should be.  Most African Americans that have been seeking to “Save Darfur” are well-intentioned.  But, to reach their positive goals, it’s essential they rethink their approach to Darfur and try to empower, rather than dehumanize, people there.

(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com)