Nationwide – $10,000 Scholarships For Minority Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2009

MONTHLY $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MINORITY AND FEMALE STUDENTS

— Awards To Be Given Away July, August and September 2009 —

Nationwide – DiversityScholarships.com is giving away a $10,000 scholarship every single month to a high school or college student who is 18 years of age or older. The scholarship award can be used to pay for tuition, books, housing, and more. To apply, students simply have to register online, view free information from sponsor colleges and universities, and then confirm their registration.

Applicants must have at least one parent that is an African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American. Female students of all ethnicities are also eligible. In addition, applicants must be permanent residents of the United States, and must be planning to attend or are already enrolled in a college, university, or trade school.

At the end of the month, one random winner is selected from a drawing and the scholarship monies are paid in one lump sum directly to the winner upon verification. Typically, the drawing date is around the 30th or the 31st of the month.

The organization behind the web site that provides the scholarship funds is on a mission to help as many minority and female students as possible by offsetting their disadvantaged situation. A recent USA Today article revealed that minority enrollment in college lags disproportionately because of the lack of resources and financial aid being made available.

For more details, visit:
www.DiversityScholarships.com

Rocky Mount NC- Family of missing woman seek help

The family of a Rocky Mount woman who disappeared more than five months ago is pleading for anyone with information about the case to come forward.

Bruce Tucker said he prays his daughter, 37-year-old Yolanda “Snap” Lancaster, is still alive, and he hopes investigators and community activists don’t give up their search. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Tarboro NC – THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY

I live in Ward Six, but once elected, every councilman’s vote affects all citizens. Think: December 2005.

Referring to the headlined article of the Daily Southerner of Friday July 3rd, 2009, on comments by the Mayor Donald Morris of Tarboro NC. Mayor Donald Morris can realize all his dreams without being mayor. The 250th anniversary and recruiting a couple of companies. His public life and that of Sam Noble’s “job” runs concurrent with the decline and fall of Tarboro and Edgecombe County. The height of local government intimidation and retaliation against it’s citizens has been running concurrent with the terms of Mayor Morris and Sam Noble.

How about that van deal involving the mayor, Sam Noble and David Smoot? Not to mention Sam’s Parks and Recreation Dept.. It was six months before the mayor “confessed” that he knew about it all along.

And remember the botched Town of Tarboro Web Site promotion deal? How much did it finally cost the town and how was it paid for?

And the ease with which the mayor said, “whatever the county does, Tarboro will match it”, when throwing $10,000.00 at a brick wall mural. I never did see the artist`s rendition in the paper before work started.

How about Mayor Morris saying in the paper, “The first time I knew about it was when I saw it being installed.” You know. The mess at Main and Saint John Streets with the traffic pattern change.

Ah citizens, just look at how sweet everyone in town government has been recently, toward the beleaguered citizens of East Tarboro. They even cut down a tree. And Sam was seen in East Tarboro. It made the front page. All while our youth are slowly dying in the streets.

Rick Page was probably a good electric utility director, but I must confess, I thought Sam Noble was getting paid for that job also. I didn’t even know there was a Rick Page in the town`s employ. Only when Sam said he wanted the new utility director to serve as water plant director also, did I realize Sam was not the electric utility director. Then it dawned on me that we had a electric utility superintendent, a director AND a town manager in charge of electricity! How efficient. I`m sorry Rick Page, but what twenty years experience? Not another Electricities employee in the making?

The only councilmen ever heard from or about, who are doing anything are the two African-Americans. Only two others I can recall are Al Hull and Steve Hoard, and that’s because they are very interested in real estate deals. Town Council is a good place to be for that business. Probably, Walgreen was turned down because they wouldn’t buy certain land, not because of safety concerns for high school students. That was the cover story. If concerns about the traffic was the reason, council should have voted to close down the mall long ago.

When you have two, and at times three councilmen absent at any one time, it’s time for a huge change come election time. I could not name all eight councilmen from memory. And I’ve had almost two years practice. Is it true that an absence is a “yes” vote?

So citizens, we once again have our work cut out for us, come November 3rd 2009. Lets complete the makeover.

Richard H. Parker Jr. 
Tarboro NC 27886

Princeville NC – Local Government Commission rep coming to Princeville

I question if the Princeville Town Commissioners can remove Knight since he has not been to court. I can’t wait to see how Holloman will respond to the Red Flag Committee after his visit to Princeville. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Vance Holloman of the state Local Government Commission will attend the Princeville monthly town meeting Monday night and speak. Eleven members of a group calling itself the Red Flag Committee met with Holloman, the deputy state treasurer, in Raleigh on Thursday.

"We informed him of our concerns," said Priscilla Everette-Oates, the committee’s leader. (The Daily Southerner)

Princeville NC – Princeville has been playing catch-up

It is sad there are 5 candidates seeking to become mayor of Princeville. I don’t understand why 4 of them are running. I really do not understand why the former mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates wants to run again. At some point in time one should say enough is enough and if they want to be political, run for another seat other than the one previously held.

It appears that the business part of the town board is pretty much doing fine but it is clear there are some people issues. When will the drama end? Do some think that challenging all the officials whose seats are up will be the key? Oh well, I don’t think so.

I feel that with the current mayor Delia Perkins who defeated Everette-Oats 4 years ago need atleast 4 more years to get things in completely in order. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Playing catch-up

“We cut them off,” Knight said, “and take them to (small claims) court.”

The town’s anemic 72 percent property tax collection rate also was flagged. Earlier this year, the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners hired Princeville Town Attorney Anthony Flanagan of Raleigh to begin tracking down delinquent taxpayers. (The Daily Southerner)

Rocky Mount NC – Annexation reform fails to appease

Local residents and officials have mixed views about the state’s recent action on involuntary annexation.

The N.C. House voted 83-31 on a final reading of the reform bill Thursday, which moves it to the N.C. Senate for a hearing next Monday. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Durham NC – Gates called Duke experience racist

The arrest of renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Cambridge, Massachusetts home is once again highlighting his controversial tenure at Duke University. (ABC 11 News)

See related:

Speaking Truth to Power – *We Need a New Campaign to Protect An Important Victory of the 1960’s: Naming the Enemy "Racism" and Putting on this Generation’s Agenda the Historical Duty of all People of Good Will to Dismantle Racism.*

Raleigh NC – Support NC Racial Justice Act, Contact Senators Today

 

RJA Needs your Help: Ask Senators to Concur!

We’re nearing the finish line!

Thanks to your help, the Racial Justice Act has already passed both chambers in the NC Legislature

and will be returning to the Senate next week for a concurrence vote.

If the Senate votes to concur on Tuesday, July 28, RJA will pass on to the Governor’s desk to become law in our state!

We need your help!

Please take a moment to send a letter to Senators and ask that that vote to concur on RJA, with no amendments or delays!

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Bo Jones, Jonathan Hoffman, Edward Chapman, Darryl Hunt

Exonerated after serving over 60 years wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to die

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July 25, 2009

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Dear Senator,
I am writing to urge you to vote to concur with the House version of the Racial Justice Act (S461). This historic legislation helps ensure fairness in capital sentencing. Statewide statistics are a crucial portion of this bill and will allow Courts to utilize all available information and make appropriate decisions on whether racial bias was involved in a particular case. Complete and fair determination of these cases is needed to give us confidence in our system, especially where the highest punishment is imposed. Please vote "yes" to concur on NC Racial Justice Act (S461). Thank you for supporting this important reform effort. Best Regards,
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Raleigh NC – Letter to editor: Appropriations did not pass Allen’s amendment pertaining to Annexation

Rep. Lucy Allen gave an argument recently -to punish all towns because of the few  that have been obviously abusive with annexation is like making the whole class stay in for recess because of a few misbehaving towns-. This was one argument she used in representing an amendment attempt to remove the vote portion of the annexation reform bill HB524, in House Appropriations, which could be heard by audio via the N.C. Legislature website.   Appropriations did not pass Allen’s amendment.

Had I traveled nine hours roundtrip for that morning meeting and gotten to speak, I could have said, "with large cities perhaps, property owners outside city limits may gain from city infrastructure but punishing all for these exceptions is the same thing.  Is there justification to promote growth above Democracy?  North Carolina had democracy before the 1959 Involuntary Annexation Statutes.  The intent was to provide services in deplorable areas and not to give cities takeover rights of private properties governed by other jurisdictions, to support budget deficits.  The majority of annexations are voluntary and promote growth without compromising democracy.  Further, Greenville is South Carolina’s best economic engine without forcing annexation services on others that cannot vote there.

Julie Perkins 
Tryon, N.C.