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

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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

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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

Princeville NC – Princeville residents angry about water bills

Residents upset over their water and sewer bills packed the meeting room Monday night at Princeville Town Hall.
Former Mayor Priscilla Everett-Oates incited the crowd, saying, “We have a red flag committee and we’re going to Washington, D.C. and the governor’s office! We’re not gonna tolerate a water bill that averages $100 (per month).”
The crowd clapped, hooted and hollered its approval. (Daily Southerner)

Speaking Truth to Power – TIME TO BURN YOUR CREDIT CARDS? by William Reed Columnist

The credit card industry is one of the nation’s most powerful and lucrative businesses and President Barack Obama says his administration will push for more protections for credit card consumers.  After summoning senior credit card industry execs to the White House, the nation’s consumer-in-chief said, "The days of any-time, any-reason rate hikes and late-fee traps have to end".

The stakes couldn’t be higher and the purveyors of plastic don’t intend to be forced into financial submission. The industry annually collects an estimated $3 trillion in annual credit and debit card transactions, plus billions more in late fees and other charges.

America is a nation propped up on credit card debt.  The average U.S. household carries more than $10,000 in credit card debt.  Many consumers have complained about the high-fees of credit card companies and the U.S. House has approved a bill that would stop credit card issuers from imposing arbitrary interest rate increases and penalties, while halting certain billing practices.

A credit card is a pre approved loan with flexible repayment options.  It’s distinguished from other financial instruments by the freedom it gives borrowers to determine the size of the loan and the pace at which it is repaid.  Data collected by the Federal Reserve shows minorities most at risk of damaging their financial futures due to poor credit card management. African American households, in particular spend larger percentages of their incomes paying credit card and other high interest rate debt, heading closer to foreclosure bankruptcy while enriching lenders.

In 2001, 59 percent of African American families had credit cards, compared to 82 percent of white families. Although African American households have lower rates of credit card ownership, African American cardholders are more likely than whites to have credit card debt.  Credit card debt has caused African American families to use critical financial resources to pay mounting monthly interest payments instead of saving or acquiring assets.  Unfortunately, most of the debt African Americans have accumulated is used for items that depreciate in value, such as cars, furniture, electronics, and appliances. This is an indication that blacks use credit inappropriately – to stretch their incomes. Historic redlining by traditional banks has left high-interest credit cards as one of the few easily accessible sources of loans for minorities.

Close to two million African American households have annual incomes of at least $75,000, but there are comparatively few affinity, co-branded and reward cards targeted specifically to blacks.  However, the high levels of unbanked and underbanked blacks have spawn affinity and co-branded prepaid cards marketed primarily to them.  One example is record industry mogul Russell Simmons’ Visa RushCard.  Though Simmons wasn’t in the White House meeting on credit cards his company is a symptom of the problem.  He claims to be solving problems for underbanked communities, which often lack access top a bank account, but complaints are mounting about the fee structure of his prepaid Visa RushCard.  To utilize Simmons’ RushCard and “live the American Dream” requires an activation fee of $19.95, a daily convenience fee of $1 (capped at $10 a month) and a $1.95 ATM cash withdrawal fee.

It’s going to take more than Obama taking credit card executives to the White House woodshed.  Americans are used to credit cards and most have at least one credit card.  When they go shopping, they just use their credit cards, since they don’t have to pay cash many feel as if they’re not spending their own money.  Good financial management for African Americans requires actively tracking credit card usage and considering it a portion of overall net worth.  When the economy is good, people do not worry because they know they can pay in one month when the credit card company sends them a bill.  But now the economy is so bad, many people can not pay for the total amount and pay just the minimum which puts them in a 19 percent to 24 percent high interest rate category.

A rule of thumb for credit card use in today’s economic times – if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.

(William Reed – http://www.BlackPressInternational.com)

Philadelphia Pa. – Breaking News: Arlen Specter switches parties

BREAKING NEWS

Dear Curmilus,
The Democrats welcomed Sen. Arlen Specter into our party today.  He gave one simple reason for switching parties:

    "Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."

The extreme right wing lost the American people in 2006 and 2008.  Now, they’ve lost their hold on another moderate voice in the United States Senate.
This one’s a game-changer.  Specter’s move immediately improves the prospects of President Obama’s bold change agenda.  
But make no mistake – Republicans still have the votes they need to mount a filibuster.  Sen. Specter’s decision will make our opponents even more desperate.  
Norm Coleman will dig in his heels and fight even harder to deny us that filibuster-proof 60th seat.
Even when Coleman finally, finally has no more appeals and is forced to concede defeat, the Republicans will be plotting day and night to defeat our candidates in 2010.  They know that beating just one Democratic incumbent would let them filibuster, delay, and deny the President’s agenda.
Today is a great day for all of us who want to help bring real, lasting change to this country. 
But the work of the DSCC is now more important than ever.  We cannot let up, for even one minute, if we want to achieve everything we believe in.
Sincerely,


Robert Menendez
P.S.  The Republicans will come after Sen. Specter and every other Democratic incumbent hard in 2010.  The DSCC depends on your contributions to fight back.
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