Mass Meeting To Inform The Community Of The Importance Of Voting In The Raleigh District 2 Race

From: Jrwite
To: Jrwite
Subj: Important Announcement

The Capital Area Branches NAACP (South Central Wake –Raleigh/Apex–Wendell Wake Co) branches are calling a Mass Meeting at the Juniper Level Baptist Church 9100 Sauls Road Raleigh on Sunday at 6:00 PM. This mass meeting is to inform the community of the importance of voting in the District 2 race.

We will attempt to show how this race will form the future of the Wake County Schools, and educate the community on the future of our children. Please pass the word around to all of your friends and family.

Have a voice in our children’s future! Please announce in all Churches and other places that can carry the word out for us.

Yours in the struggle,

J Ronald White, President
South Central Wake County NAACP

Rev Portia Rochelle, President

Raleigh/ Apex NAACP

Charles High, President

Wendell Wake NAACP

On this week`s edition of NC SPIN we`ll talk about the state of ethics in our state, a possible gusher of water wars, reforming our tax codes and bonded term limits. Tune in!

Welcome to this week`s electronic update from NC SPIN.

On this week`s edition of NC SPIN we`ll talk about the state of ethics in our state, a possible gusher of water wars, reforming our tax codes and bonded term limits.  Tune in! 

The panel includes:  Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch; John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation; Ruth Sheehan, columnist with the News and Observer and former Lt. Governor, Dennis Wicker. Tom Campbell will moderate the discussion.

Tom Campbell`s Spin

With all the news about corruption in government a topical question is Who Do You Trust?

Carolina Community

This Carolina Community was named after a stranger who wandered into town.

Heard on the Street

Sad day in North Carolina

Regardless of how the State Board of Elections decides to deal with former Governor Mike Easley and those who surrounded him our state is the big loser. We should feel repulsed and embarrassed about the sorry state of politics in North Carolina. The courts will determine whether or not laws were violated but one inescapable conclusion is that good judgment, moral principles and respect for the office were thrown out the window. People who had resources and power believed they were entitled and deserved to bend rules for their own advantage.

John Hood, in today`s Carolina Journal, says that before we focus on blaming the system we need to first and foremost understand this is a problem of the perpetrator(s).

Governor Easley couldn`t have been more charming or deferential to the State Board of Elections. His performance was worthy of an Academy Award nomination. Your reporter has listened to his and other testimony given so far and has recorded observations on the first three days on our blog site, NCBlogger.com. If interested, go read them. (If you enjoy them be sure to subscribe to receive future posts.)

And it isn`t just Governor Easley who is indictable. Anyone with more than a casual knowledge of the way politics works in this state knows, repeat KNOWS, that both political parties accept money designated for the benefit of specific candidates. They deny, deny, deny, then wink and turn their heads to the practice, primarily designed to escape campaign contribution laws. Where are these folks when this discussion is being held? Suddenly they become deaf, sitting on their thumbs. Nobody who ever participated in party politics will step up and admit what goes on. How can they act indignant when they are complicit?

It is going on right now, as we write this newsletter. Michael Hayden, the fundraiser for Easley, is currently at work trying to raise money to help Governor Perdue eliminate her campaign debt. Sources tell us Hayden is approaching contributors to give money to the Democratic Party, earmarked to help retire Perdue`s debt from the 2008 campaign.

This is exactly the problem with politics and most everything else in our culture today. Good people sit quietly while transgressions occur, thinking that if something doesn`t directly hurt them they can turn their heads. There is no right and wrong anymore, just what is right or wrong for me personally and I can justify almost anything to get what I want. I am entitled.

It is appropriate to comment on the process so far. It is obvious that the staff of the State Board of Elections has done a great deal of investigation into the matters, as evidenced by the exhibits that have been presented to date. In general we think Chairman Leake and the board has done a fair job of the hearing. The first day we thought their conduct of the hearing was pretty good and they appeared to have some method to their line of questions. The second day was horrible and they let witnesses off the hook too easily. Yesterday`s questions of the Governor were deferential, as perhaps they should have been. Overall their questioning has been somewhat disjointed, frequently failing to follow up on obvious questions in response to testimony and, especially in the case of member Bob Cordle, have appeared shamelessly partisan. Cordle should be embarrassed for his conduct in this case.

The proceedings got off on perhaps a wrong foot the first day, when it was revealed that the Governor`s former Legal Counsel, Ruffin Poole, had filed action to have his testimony quashed. We were of the opinion this might be sough because of attorney-client privilege. Today`s News and Observer reports that isn`t the case. But the motion was heard behind closed doors and the true reason for Poole`s refusal to testify has not been given by either the judge hearing the motion, Poole, the Governor or the State Board. Testimony given at the hearings indicates that at least on one occasion Poole was contacted to help with a permit by Gary Allen. Speculation is that Poole`s testimony is relevant in the federal case involving Easley and anything he says might adversely affect the case which is still being assembled. Whatever the outcome of these hearings, this matter will likely remain a mystery.

Today`s Under the Dome blog has a good summation of the key items disclosed so far and the decisions the Board of Elections must face. They include the 2000 GMC Yukon provided the Easley`s. Was it, as the Governor asserted, primarily for the use of the campaign or was it, as car dealer Bob Bleeker testified, primarily for the use of Michael Easley? Should it have been reported on campaign reports? Was the omission perjury or just a violation of campaign laws that must be corrected?

The matter of air travel has been focused entirely on flights provided by McQueen Campbell. Do we believe the Governor that he thought they had been reported and paid or do we accept Campbell`s version of the contribution?

Repairs made to the Easley home are an interesting subject. Paying for them out of campaign funds was not prohibited at the time, especially since the home was “rented” to the campaign during some of this period. We would love to see more documentation as to whether campaign funds were given to Easley for rent of the house. Was insurance fraud committed? Shouldn`t it be easy to find who filed the insurance claim, for how much, who was paid and where the money went? This line of questioning was inadequate in our opinion.

Donations to the Democratic Party made after donors had “maxed out” (given $4,000 per campaign) are also subject to further investigation. Again, we would assume a paper trail could be followed that might affirm or deny how those contributions were used.

Today`s hearings are supposed to conclude with one witness, Scott Falmen, former Executive Director of the NC Democratic Party. Falmen denied repeatedly, under oath, that money given by a campaign`s donors could be designated for specific use for the candidate or that the candidate could instruct the Democratic Party how to spend those funds. Having said this, however, he also admitted some $500,000 was expended as “in kind” contributions on behalf of the Easley campaign. For his part, Falmen has led the board into a highly-detailed, often confusing description of the way funds are handled by the Democratic Party, all trying to logically explain that the Party doesn`t have slush funds or accept funds earmarked for a candidate. The board must determine whether they believe there was a direct connection between the giving and spending.

One revelation today was that “reattributed” contributions, those moneys coming from donors who have “maxed out” and have agreed to have their additional contributions “re-attributed” or “re-designated” to the Democratic Party, go into a federal account and are not under the purview or reporting to the State Board of Elections. This is likely to be worrisome to the board. Falmen tried to explain how this money was to be used, but your reporter remembers the admonition of former State Treasurer Harlan Boyles, that once money goes into a pot it often becomes fungible, meaning it can be moved from purpose to another.

The Board of Elections must decide what to do with all the testimony they have received. Clearly there are conflicting versions on several points. At the least we expect the Easley campaign will be fined for failure to report in a timely manner the car and flights. We suspect the board will have a hard time sorting out who is telling the truth and who isn`t and will likely refer the matter to Wake District Attorney Colon Willoughby for further legal action. This is standard procedure and means the investigation and possible prosecution will then become a state legal case.

This could present an interesting scenario. It is widely rumored that Willoughby and Easley are hunting buddies. If the State Board remands the case to him, as prescribed by law, will Willoughby recuse himself from this case due to conflicts of interest? If he does who will then become responsible for prosecuting the case? Attorney General Roy Cooper?

Aside from possible further legal action, the question many are asking is what should be done to try to prevent future moral and ethical lapses? Expect a growing cry to tighten laws regarding political parties. We expect to see a move that would limit the amount of money that can be given a political party to the same amount allowed to be given a candidate. It is obvious that there need to be restrictions on how much money can be given as “in kind” or even direct contributions to a specific candidate…again restricted to the same amount as is currently allowable by state law. The imposition of these two provisions would effectively eliminate the large contributions given by leadership (Democrat and Republican) to their parties and thus would take them out of the relatively recent practice of being the main campaign fundraisers for candidates.

But the Easley testimony points to another reform needed. The Governor reported that he had never seen a campaign report to the best of his knowledge. While we can understand that much goes on in a campaign and that the candidate must be the one connecting with voters and probably not directly involved in all the decisions for expenditures, but the candidate should be the person with ultimate responsibility to ensure that his or her campaign abides by not only the letter but the intent of the law. After all, if a corporation breaks the law it is generally the CEO who takes the fall, either by being fired or going to trial. The same should be the case with candidates and we are informed this isn`t necessarily true now.

Further, we would pass a law saying that each candidate must personally sign a statement to the effect that he or she has reviewed the campaign finance report and it is true to the best of their knowledge. This requires that they at least read what is being submitted to the state.

We won`t likely know the end result of this action today but we repeat that it is a sad commentary on our political system and process when so much time and energy must be spent exposing people who don`t do the right thing. Look for a discussion about the state of ethics in our state on this week`s NC SPIN and a full recap and evaluation on next week`s program.

Wake school runoff: Common sense runs counter to the law

Despite the fact that the second place finisher in District 2 has announced she concedes the election, is withdrawing from the race and will not serve if elected, a runoff election will be held next Tuesday for the post. Why? The State Board of Elections says there isn`t a process for stopping the election after a candidate has called for a runoff. Wake County will spend about $30,000 on printing ballots, manning polls and counting the vote.

But not all are unhappy with the State Board`s verdict, including the NAACP. They, and other groups, are planning a big get out the vote effort to see that the apparent winner of the election will not be seated. We took a look at a sample ballot and there is a place for a write-in candidate to receive votes. How can this be in a runoff election between two candidates, you ask? After all the general election was held and these two candidates emerged as the top two vote getters. How could a write-in candidate possibly be allowed to win?

This could become another interesting topic for discussion but we hear a write-in campaign could be underway on behalf of the current board member who was defeated in the first vote for the seat. One observer remarked that people were too complacent the first time and now they recognize the need to turn out the vote to preserve the diversity policy of Wake Schools.

I don`t know about you but this looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Belk to be removed

Mecklenburg District Judge Bill Belk, from the storied retail family, told the Charlotte Observer that the Judicial Standards Commission will recommend he be removed from the bench. Belk is outraged.

Let us see if we understand your position Judge Belk. On the one hand you are arrogant enough to insist upon maintaining your position on corporate boards and verbally lambasting the Chief District  Court Judge but on the other hand think you should be allowed to pass judgment on the common folk who come before you. Is that pretty much it, Judge Belk? Go figure why the Judicial Standards Commission should ever have a problem with this. The Supremes will make the ultimate decision but we suspect they won`t be impressed with Belk`s position.

Is Soles another heel?

Don Carrington reports in today`s Carolina Journal that a 47 year-old man has come forward to accuse Senator R. C. Soles of sexually molesting him when he was 13 years old. The report says that Soles took him to his lakefront home, plied him with alcohol, then molested him. Why hasn`t he reported this before now? He claims Soles threatened him, saying that if he (the victim) ever said anything about it Soles would make his life “hell.”

The power of technology

We have to report on the son of our Editor, Claire Cox-Woodlief. Jonathan, an eighth grader, wasn`t happy about the new changes on Facebook (if you have to ask, you wouldn`t understand anyway) and logged on to a Facebook group protesting the changes. He noticed that the administrator`s role in the group had been vacated and signed up. What happened next is something you would expect in a Hollywood movie. People from all over the country and the world have heard about the group and logged on. Media outlets from all over are calling for interviews.

Facebook created the social network phenomenon. Now they have to deal with the consequences of it. Sweet justice, eh?

Will you help cure Juvenile Diabetes?

Longtime readers of this newsletter will know that our grandson, Hart, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes several years ago. Now 15 years old, Hart has to frequently monitor his blood glucose levels and inject insulin into his body to maintain proper levels. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raises money to speed up the process of finding a cure for the millions of young people who have this disease and 80 percent of the contributions they receive go directly to research.

Once each year we ask you for help. Our family joins thousands of others in a Walk to the Cure, which this year will be held November 7th. We have set a goal for raising $2,500 and today we are 43 percent of the way in achieving our goal. Would you be willing to help us? We will match your donation dollar for dollar for the next $1,000. You can contribute now. Our family thanks you for your generous help.

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Innocence Commission job posting Raleigh NC

JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

Website: www.nccourts.org/

  Position: INN COMM INVESTIGATOR
Working Title: INN COMMISSION STAFF ATTORNEY
Vacancy Number: 2061-1450-4590-601
Salary Grade: FR
Department: JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
Division: INNOCENCE CLAIM REVIEW COMMISSION
Type of Appointment: Time-Limited Full-Time
Location: RALEIGH
Posting Date: 10/28/2009
Closing Date: 11/10/2009
Number of Positions: 2

Description of Work

THE NORTH CAROLINA INNOCENCE INQUIRY COMMISSION SEEKS A QUALIFIED
STAFF ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE AND EVALUATE POST-CONVICTION CLAIMS OF
ACTUAL INNOCENCE. PRIMARY DUTIES WILL BE DRAFTING MOTIONS, EVIDENCE
SEARCHES, EVIDENCE TRANSPORTATION, INVESTIGATION, INTERVIEWS, LEGAL
RESEARCH, AND CASE PRESENTATION. STAFF ATTORNEYS HAVE FREQUENT
CONTACT WITH OTHER STATE AGENCIES, INCLUDING ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCIES, PROSECUTING AUTHORITIES, AND CLERK’S OFFICES. POSITION IS
FULL TIME WITH BENEFITS AND IS FUNDED THROUGH AN 18-MONTH FEDERAL
GRANT AND FUNDING IS FROM 1/1/10 – 7/1/11. THE FEDERAL GRANT COULD BE
RENEWED AT THE END OF THE TERM, BUT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE GRANT IS
SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED FOR WORK WITH DNA CASES ONLY. WORK WILL
INVOLVE EXTENSIVE TRAVEL WITHIN THE STATE OF NC AND SOME OUT-OF-STATE
TRAVEL. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NC INNOCENCE INQUIRY
COMMISSION, PLEASE SEE: WWW.INNOCENCECOMMISSION-NC.GOV.

**SALARY WILL BE BASED ON EXPERIENCE**

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE FAMILIARITY WITH NORTH CAROLINA CRIMINAL LAW AND
PROCEDURES AS WELL AS THE INVESTIGATIVE AND DISCOVERY PROVISIONS OF
BOTH CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PROCEDURE. SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE MUST BE A
HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL, SELF-MOTIVATED INDIVIDUAL WITH EXCELLENT
ORGANIZATIONAL AND PEOPLE SKILLS. APPLICANTS WITH PRIOR CRIMINAL LAW,
INVESTIGATION, OR DNA CASE EXPERIENCE WILL BE GIVEN SPECIAL
CONSIDERATION. APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY AND IN
A TEAM SETTING. APPLICANTS MUST HAVE EXCELLENT WRITTEN AND ORAL
COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND BE ABLE TO ANALYZE AND COMPREHEND VOLUMINOUS
AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION AND IDENTIFY MINUTE OR OVERLOOKED DETAILS.
REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE TRAVEL, BOTH IN AND OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA (A
STATE OWNED VEHICLE IS AVAILABLE).

Training and Experience Requirements

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A JURIS DOCTORATE DEGREE WITH A LICENSE TO
PRACTICE LAW IN NORTH CAROLINA AND TWO YEARS OF LEGAL EXPERIENCE
WITH CONCENTRATION IN CRIMINAL LAW.


HOW TO APPLY: SUBMIT A JUDICIAL BRANCH EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION (AOC-A-1
33), RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO CONTACT PERSON. SEE: WWW.NCCOURTS.ORG
FOR APPLICATIONS. APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE
JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL AND/OR SEX
OFFENDER REGISTRY BACKGROUND SEARCHES AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00PM ON CLOSING DATE

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

How to Apply:

You must complete a Judicial Branch Application for Employment (AOC 133) to be considered for this position. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Contact Person: NC INN INQUIRY COMM
Contact Agency: JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
Contact Address: ADMIN. OFF. OF THE COURTS
  P.O. BOX 2448
  RALEIGH, NC  27602-0000
Contact Phone: 000-000-0000 Ext: 00000
   
Contact Fax: 000-000-0000
   

The vacancy system is provided by the Office of State Personnel.
Individual vacancy information is provided by each agency/university.

Butterfield Applauds Health Insurance Reform Revisions

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

1st District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  October 29, 2009

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101

Butterfield Applauds Health Insurance Reform Revisions

Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield applauded the revised health insurance reform legislation put forward by the House today.

“The health insurance market is broken and in immediate need of reform,” Butterfield said. “Under the current system, private health insurance companies are increasingly consolidating, finding more ways to stand between patients and their doctors, and focused on boosting profits instead of affordable, quality, patient-focused health care. As a result the number of uninsured Americans has grown to 47 million and premiums have risen over 120 percent in the past decade for those who do have coverage.”

The Affordable Health Care for America Act, released today, blends and updates the three versions of previous bills passed by House committees in July. It embodies President Obama’s key goals for health reform – it will slow the growth in out-of-control costs, introduce competition into the health care marketplace to keep coverage affordable and insurers honest, protect people’s choices of doctors and health plans, and assure all Americans access to quality, stable, and affordable health care.
The legislation will ensure that 96 percent of Americans will be covered by a quality, affordable health plan. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the cost of expanding coverage at $894 billion, consistent with the $900 billion coverage mark laid out by President Obama. And, according to the CBO estimates, the bill reduces the deficit by at least $30 billion over the next 10 years.

Butterfield said the legislation includes critical reforms to the insurance industry, “so that Americans will never again worry about being denied coverage, or that their coverage will be dropped or watered down when they need it most.”

Butterfield also said that he is pleased that the bill includes a public option.

The public exchange would also be open to small businesses staring in 2013, when firms with up to 25 employees could enter the exchange; in 2014, firms with up to 50 employees; in 2015, firms with up to 100 employees; in 2015 and beyond, the Commissioner could allow larger employers as appropriate.

Butterfield said there has been a long and purposeful process in developing the legislation. The House has held about 100 hearings on health care since 2007, and House members have held nearly 3,000 health care events across the country, including Butterfield’s health care town hall meeting held this past August in Rocky Mount, N.C. Additionally, three House committees have spent 160 hours on hearings and markups of health care legislation.

Butterfield also said the bulk of today’s proposal has been available for review and comment for more than three months.

“This has been a deliberative process on an enormous issue in need of immediate action,” Butterfield said.

Butterfield also said that many of the concerns people had about the original House proposal have been addressed in the revised health insurance reform bill. Among the notable changes:

· Reduces the deficit by $30 billion over the next ten years, and continues to reduce the deficit of the second ten years.

· Provides a mechanism for addressing the Medicare payment system that takes geographic differences into account.

· Begins to address the issue of medical malpractice by establishing a state incentive grant program to encourage states to implement alternatives to traditional medical malpractice litigation.

· Allows for the creation of State Health Insurance Compacts by permitting states to enter into agreements to allow for the sale of insurance across state lines when the state legislatures agree.

· Limits any surcharges to millionaires – only the wealthiest 0.3% of Americans would pay a surcharge in order to make health insurance affordable to middle class families.

· Exempts small businesses with payrolls below $500,000 – or 86% of all America’s businesses – from the mandate to provide health insurance.

· Immediately begins to close the Medicare Part D donut hole.

· Requires the HHS Secretary to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries in order to save money

CEO Vacancy – Urban League of Metropolitan Denver

CEO Vacancy – Urban League of Metropolitan Denver

P L E A S E P O S T

October 16, 2009

Affiliate Services Bulletin #6

NUL AFFILIATE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER VACANCY

URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN DENVER (Denver, Colorado)

President and Chief Executive Officer

Salary Range: $100,000 – $125,000 per annum, commensurate with training and experience

The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver received its affiliation in 1946. The Metropolitan Denver affiliate service area includes approximately 200,000 residents of the 1,000,000+ population, within an eight-county region. The number of Hispanics residing in the area is above the national average. The number of Blacks is below the national average, and the number of Asians and American Indians is near the national average. Approximately 97,809 Blacks reside in the Denver Metro Region. Additional information regarding the Metropolitan Denver affiliate and its service area is available on the web at www.denverurbaneleague.org.

Major corporations in the immediate area include IBM, Lockheed Martin Corporations, US West, MillerCoors, Time Warner Cable, United Airlines, King Soopers, Inc., Norwest Bank Colorado, Samsonite Corporation, AT&T, Safeway Stores, and Gates Corporation. Numerous colleges and universities reside in the metro area such as University of Denver, University of Colorado at Denver, Regis University, and Colorado State University at Denver. On the sports side, there are the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club (number one record for attendance), Denver Broncos Football Club (Super Bowl Champions), Denver Nuggets Basketball Club, Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club, and the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club. On the cultural side, Metropolitan Denver has the Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver Art Museum, Children’s Museum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the world famous Denver International Airport.

Under the leadership of the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer:

Ø Directs, plans, and implements overall policies and objectives of the organization in accordance with the national charter and board of directors.

Ø Provide leadership to the organization, administering its functions and operations to ensure the mission and programs are delivered to the community.

Ø Develop, articulate, and communicate a vision for the organization.

Ø In concert with the Board, develops long term strategic and annual operating plans.

Ø Directs financial planning, accounting, budgeting, procurement, staffing, internal and external communication, systems needs, and investment activities for the organization.

Ø Acts as the principle spokesperson, in conjunction with the Board Chairperson, representing the needs and interest of the affiliate in the community.

Ø Networks to identify funding sources to ensure positive impact on the affiliates’ finances such as corporate solicitations; United Way; funding source proposals; annual campaigns; capital campaigns; governmental funding, etc.

Ø Initiates and maintains relationships with staff, board, political, corporate, and community leaders.

Ø Develops and implements systems of internal controls to safeguard organization funds such as: ensuring fiscal accounting and reporting is in accordance with standards of accounting for voluntary non-profit organizations.

Ø Prepares reports or directs preparation of reports summarizing organization’s current and forecasted financial position, business activity, and reports required by regulatory agencies.

Ø Analyze and classifies risks as to frequency and financial impact of risk to the organization.

Ø Determines staff accountability and authority for receipts, disbursement, banking, protection and custody of funds, securities, and financial instruments.

Ø Analyze past, present, and expected operations.

Ø Reviews financial statements and activity reports to ensure that organization’s objectives are achieved.

Ø Advises the board of economic objectives and policies, investments, and loans for short and long-range financial plans.

Ø Keeps abreast of issues facing the African-American, and minority community.

Urban League of Metropolitan Denver -2- October 16, 2009

The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications, experience factors and professional characteristics:

Ø Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) with a minimum of five years of successful public administration, business and non- profit management experience.

Ø Knowledge of economic, accounting, and budgeting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Ø Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resources allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.

Ø Knowledge of development and implementation of social service programs, program evaluation, advocacy, public education, board and volunteer relation, and community mobilization and collaboration

Ø Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and democratic political process.

Ø Ability to monitor affiliates’ fiscal administration to ensure accordance with Standards of Accounting for Voluntary Non-Profit Organizations and agencies.

Ø Knowledge of principles and methods of showing, promoting, and selling products and service including fund raising, marketing strategy, tactics, product demonstration, and sales techniques.

Ø Ability to communicate orally and in writing information and ideas so other will understand.

Ø Ability to network on the local, state, and national level to ensure expanded affiliate fundraising and awareness level, including grant and proposal writing experience.

The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver is located in the National Urban League’s Western Region. Mr. Jerome Whitney is Board Chairperson. NOTE: For certification consideration please submit an up-to-date resume to: Jerome Whitney, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, Inc., 2015 York Street, Denver, Colorado 80205 on or before November 13, 2009.

URBAN LEAGUE EMPLOYEES WITH AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE WOULD BE A PLUS.

PLEASE NOTE: EACH AFFILIATE HAS SPECIFIC NEED REQUIREMENTS WHICH MAY NOT BE LISTED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Dorothy Millines

Manager

Affiliate Services

212-558-5423

Princeville Candidate For Mayor Says If Elected He Will Legalize Marijuana During Candidates Forum Featuring Princeville and Tarboro

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Candidate Freddie Bell Sr. For Mayor Of Princeville NC

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First of all this makes the third forum that I have attended in which the first two only consisted of Tarboro Town Council candidates.

When I heard about forum number three and Princeville candidates were invited, I knew I could not miss that one because I knew it would be some drama. I know that from attending the Princeville Town Commissioner’s meetings.

It is so damn funny that so many folks who run for an elected office don’t have a clue of what the duties consist of. So during their campaign speeches and etc. they mislead folks about what they will and can do.

Some folks claim they know the roles of the office they are seeking but the majority of them have repeatedly said that the main role is to do what the people want them to do. Not necessarily because their role should be to educate the people about what is going on so they can make an informed decision but hell half the time the elected officers don’t have a clue. At the end of the day the elected officer must listen to the people but also keep in mind that they must vote for what is in the best interest of the people and not solely vote on emotions of the people.

Every elected officer must recognize and understand that they must stay within the policies and procedures.

I am going to share my concerns about the following candidates.

Tarboro Town Council

John Wooten (black male) – I started out trying to follow him however after three forums he has lost me. I don’t know him because he moved to Tarboro recently. I feel he means well but he needs to learn the real role of the office that he is seeking.

Rev. Roy Gray (incumbent) and Taro Knight both black males whom I know too well. Many folks have asked me who do I feel will win this election? I said I believe whichever one that takes the most voters to the polls and they vote for them then that is who will win. But there will be a problem if one candidate takes voters to the poll and they end up voting for the opposite candidate.

However my personal opinion of Gray and Knight is that they are both equal. Knight has been Gray’s campaign manager for many years and up until now he has gone along with everything he has done but for some reason he wants to run against him. I am still asking the question why? They both have worked hard for Senator Clark Jenkins District 3 for several years now and they have gotten paid well. Neither candidate impresses me. I don’t think it will really make a difference which one is elected.

Princeville Commissioners – All black

Mayor

Theresa Richardson sounds very intelligent and very compassionate however I do not know her. I feel she has some experience because she has worked for the town. I believe I would vote for her if I lived in Princeville because I would hold her accountable and would push her to become a seasoned mayor.

Freddie Bell Sr. has no clue and everything he talked about can not be done as mayor and would have to be dealt with on the federal level. Listen to what he has to say. A wasted vote if he votes for himself. LMBAO

Priscilla Everett-Oates (former mayor) has no clue that she is one of the reasons why Princeville has suffered over the past several years.

Mayor Delia Perkins (incumbent) I believe have kept the town together however I have not been impressed with the way she carries out her meetings. I know there is a lot of tension in Princeville especially during their monthly meetings but I believe the meetings could be carried out much differently. During the flood Perkins did not allow the citizens to voice their opinions and they voted her out. With the way the meetings are carried out, I feel that she could be easily voted out again.

One good thing is that Perkins have resources and that goes a long ways when serving in an elected position.

Commissioner

Isabelle Purvis-Andrews (former commissioner) has no clue that she is one of the reasons why Princeville has suffered over the past several years. She and the former mayor Everett-Oates were a team then and still a team now as they have continued to attend the monthly meetings since they both lost their seats. In my opinion the questions and/or comments that they ask of the current commissioners should be addressed to Everett-Oates.

Ann Carney Adams (incumbent)seems to be doing the right thing. She seems to be very compassionate about her role as a commissioner and I feel she holds herself together very well during the meetings.

Purvis-Andrews is challenging Adams.

If I could vote I would vote for Adams.

Calvin Sherrod is seeking to unseat Carolyn Sharpe. Sherrod is a part of the Purvis-Andrews and Everett-Oates team. He too don’t have a clue.

Carolyn Sharpe didn’t attend due to her daughter having surgery.

If I could vote I would vote for Sharpe.

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Hurricane Floyd 10 – Year Commemoration Sponsored By The Bynum Mill Road Community Club Pinetops NC by Curmilus Dancy II DCN Publisher

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Congressman G.K. Butterfield (L) Wanda Mayo (R)

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Yes it was, “A Time to Remember Hurricane Floyd Flood 1999.” This was the 2nd commemoration that I have attended within the last 2 months. Like the first event I was not pleased with the way this event turned out. There were plenty of folks present and that was great however plenty of folks and a shabby program do not excite me.

I have an issue with the way the programme was carried out because the program had too many deviations and the real meat of the event was lost.

On the programme was “In Memory of the Mayos” Dr. Evelyn Johnson was suppose to read a letter that was written by Wanda Mayo who lost all of her immediate family which consisted of her father, mother, sister and niece in the flood. Wanda drove down from Maryland where she was living during the flood.

My main concern was that the most important part of the program the “Unveiling of the Memorial Lest We Forget” as stated on the programme would not be lost after the remarks from special guest.

Although it was not stated the day of the event, the beautiful memorial will be placed at the entrance going into the Training Center whereby people can ride by and/or stop by and walk up to it. I invite everyone to come and see this memorial in person.

During the “Unveiling of the Memorial” everyone should have been asked to go over to the memorial especially the family members instead of having to wait until the program was over to see it.

During the remarks I was very much pissed off when my Edgecombe County Public Schools Chair Evelyn Wilson talked about rebuilding a school in Princeville. Damn we were in Pinetops. She never mentioned G. W. Carver Elementary School that was set up for a shelter during the night of the Hurricane Foyd where my family and some others stayed while Hurricane Floyd was happening. The next day those who were trapped in their homes were brought to the school. Since we had someone we could go stay with across from the school we moved on and this made room for some others to stay.

Elder Donnie Atkinson who is a janitor at G. W. Carver Elementary School volunteered to manage the shelter. I bet if Elder Atkinson had been a white man she would have mentioned the school and also recognized him. I am so sick and tired of folks in elected positions whom do not give credit where credit is due.

My Congressman G.K. Butterfield (and I say that proudly) arrived around 1:40 PM and he addressed the group. He did an excellent job as always by bringing us up to date about health care reform. He said that he hope he was not letting the cat out of the bag but they are suppose to vote on the heath care initiative on November 6.

The closing of the program just got way out of control.

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See related:

Video – Flood of the Century (Pinetops, Tarboro, Princeville North Carolina) – September 1999 – Featuring Former Governor Jim Hunt

Video – Flood of the Century Fellowship Preaching and Gospel Singing at the Shelter at G.W. Carver Elementary School September 18, 1999

Hurricane Floyd victims to be remembered

Bynum Farm Road Will be Celebrating the 10th Year Anniversary of Hurricane Floyd Flood

"Can You Hear Us Now!"

Nicholas Green sent a message to the members of North Carolina Youth & College Division.

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Subject: MAKE THIS CALL TODAY!
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY we’re asking that YOU call 1-800-577-1635 to be connected with your congressman and let them know that we as Young African Americans care just as much about our healthcare as everyone else!

1. Call the number above and get connected to your congressman.
2. Use the following script: Hello, my name is ________. I live in [city or town] and I am a voter in your district. I am calling you today in conjunction with the NAACP to urge you to enact real health care reform that includes a public option.
We believe that a public option is the only way to keep insurance companies honest, ensure competition, and provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Thank you.
3. Go to
http://www.facebook.com/l/7f1fd;org2.democracyinaction.org/o/2446/t/7550/questionnaire.jsp?questionnaire_KEY=239 and report your call to let us know how it went!
We’re trying to get 88,000 calls nationwide. Let’s get out and invite all our friends in the struggle to call!

Black Cotton…The Harvesting of Our Youth

R2C2H2 Tha Artivist has sent you a message on iseecolor

Celebrating 2 Full Years In The Biz: Ain’t No Stopping Us Now!!!

October 2009 Theme: AND THE BEAT GOES…
Air Date: Weds. October 28, 2009

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Call-in Number: 646-652-4593

Topic:
Black Cotton…The Harvesting Of Our Youth
Being Proactive About Saving Future Harvests/Generations Of Black Youths From The Ruin Of The Cradle To The Penitentiary Pipeline & The Psychological Drought Of Low Expectations…An e-Town Hall Meeting

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MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

"Brothers, you are cordially invited to our monthly men’s meeting at our church. It will be held on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7 PM. The church is Divine Faith Baptist Church, located at 1366 Cokey Road, Rocky Mount, NC. The dress is casual and refreshments will be served. Any further questions, email me at hornegsr272@aol.com. Be Blessed."

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Speaking Truth To Power – PURCHASE FOR AFRICA: AN APPEAL FOR AMERICAN APPAREL BUYS by William Reed Columnist

Labels do matter.  When it comes to African Americans’ apparel purchases Howard University business students say “Labels do matter” and encourages these consumers to engage in socially conscious buying and to “look for Lesotho labels” when they shop.  African Americans consumer power can help change Africa.  African Americans’ buying power exceeds $900 billion.  Blacks’ apparel purchases total $20 billion each year.

In an attempt to re-define community service to Africa, Howard’s Africa Business Club students have joined with the Kingdom of Lesotho toward setting a new trend among African American consumers. In a campus Homecoming event, Lesotho’s Ambassador to the US joined in the collective to empower more Africans through socially-conscious buying in America.  Participants in the “Purchase For Africa” initiative seek to increase the amount of apparel Americans buy from Africa and persuade other like-minded universities and retailers to source more African apparel.  Less than two percent of US apparel imports are from Africa, compared with 41 percent from China.  Howard’s, and expanding numbers of Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCUs), business students, are petitioning their campus bookstores to specifically stock apparel supplies from Lesotho and Uganda and ensure that by 2010, 20 percent of HBCU universities’ sweatshirts are sourced from Lesotho.

Most Black Americans have given little thought to focusing attention on, never-mind purchases from Lesotho, a landlocked country and enclave entirely surrounded by South Africa.  Lesotho’s claim to fame is its successful utilization of, and participation in, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Under the preferential trade agreement, and assistance from the architect of AGOA, the country has become the largest exporter of garments to the US from sub-Saharan Africa.  Under the tutelage of Rosa Whittaker, the first ever Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Lesotho has evolved a well-regulated, globally-integrated industry that assembles apparel for some of the best-known brands in the world.

Lesotho’s apparel exports totaled over $320 million in 2002 and employment reached over 50,000.  Because of AGOA’s advantages, Lesotho’s products have been in American shopping carts more often than most know.  Much of the denim Americans wear are made in the “jeans capital of Africa”.  Lesotho workers produce 26 million pairs of denim jeans a year at eight factories.  The industry turns out 70 million knitted garments, mainly cotton, yearly at 28 factories.  One of Levi’s jeans manufacturing facilities is located there, as is a Russell Athletic plant. Lesotho garment firms specialize in the production of denim garments (mainly jeans, but some chinos/corduroys) and cotton knit fabrics (tee and polo shirts and tracksuits).  Each year, Lesotho’s 41 apparel firms make 90 million knitted garments and 26 million jeans.

Conscientious consumers should “look out for Lesotho” in the garment label.  Lesotho’s industry doesn’t compete with China in the area of “cheap clothing”, but its labels are among most designer clothing.  Apparel manufacturing is a significant boom to economic development in Southern Africa, in addition to providing jobs and paying taxes, Lesotho’s manufacturers produce clothing tied to socially conscious consumer campaigns.  A range of Lesotho t-shirts are being produced for singer/activist Bono and the (Product) Red campaign for Africa.  Brands and retailers sourcing from Lesotho include: Foot Locker, Gap, Gloria Vanderbilt, JCPenny, Levi Strauss, Saks, Sears, Timberland and Wal-Mart.

In “Purchase For Africa” the students hope to use African Americans’ consumer power as catalysts toward Africans’ positive change and empowerment.  The activity is against the grain, there’s always been an absence of trade between Africa and African Americans, in particular, and America, in general.  Black Americans need to know more about Africa and tell others how to help there.  Blacks can help by learning more about helpful approaches there and spreading such knowledge to as many people as possible. Given the facts, most Americans will prefer to make sure they enhance trade with countries like Lesotho.  The “Purchase For Africa” initiative is an excellent opportunity for African American consumers’ “fashion statements” toward trends that directly change Africans’ lives and opportunities.  To join this cause, sign up to be a “Purchase For Africa” project fan on Face Book.

(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com)

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William Reed

Press Release – Conference Support of President’s Health Care Agenda Immediate Release of Inmates who qualify for early release

Cape Fear Annual Conference – Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Conference Support of President’s Health Care Agenda

Immediate Release of Inmates who qualify for early release

For immediate release:

For more information contact: The Right Reverend Richard Keith Thompson, Presiding Prelate, Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (919) 554-4298

Many who have been silent and perhaps felt they had no voice or representation, rallied to the election polls. They overwhelmingly called for change. This cry continues as we seek to address the matter of national health care. The Cape Fear Annual Conference, Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District, of the African Methodist Zion Church, consist of 8,566 members in ninety six churches. These members reside and fellowship in a contiguous area, encasing Wilson County, south to Robeson County, east along the border of South Carolina, north along the east coast to New Hanover County, inland to Pender County, on to Sampson, Duplin, Lenoir and back to Wilson Counties.

During the business session of the conference, while the State of the Country Committee was making their report, this matter came before the body. It was officially entered into the records that at the 98th Annual Session of the Cape Fear Conference, the conference voted unanimously to endorse and support the President’s agenda for national health care.

Another item of discussion during the report of this committee was the matter of inmates being released early from prison in the state of North Carolina.

As a community of faith, our conference believes strongly in the provisions of rehabilitation. We also possess a reverence and respect for the law, and our judicial system. Presently, the laws of North Carolina provide that an inmate may be released early. Inmates have an assigned amount of time to serve. This time is reduced contingent upon good behavior. The time is also automatically converted if you have a life sentence and entitled to parole. Concurrence with these laws is justice. However, to deny an inmate the benefits of said concurrence is injustice and a violation of individual rights. North Carolina has a history of prosecutorial misconduct, and inmates on death row, being found innocent after many years of time served. As a matter of fact in the last few years, four inmates on death row have been released, and declared innocent. One individual served over twenty years.

Following discussion and committee meetings, the Cape Fear Conference voted unanimously, to call for the immediate release, of all North Carolina inmates, who have met the requirements for early release.

The Reverend Alonzo Braggs, Chairman, State of the County Committee

Mrs. Josephine Campbell, Conference Secretary

The Right Reverend Richard Keith Thompson, Presiding Prelate

Has County Settled Legal Fees Lawsuit Terry Smith Editor Tarboro Daily Southerner and Jeff Herrin Editor of Rocky Mount Telegram? You Damn Skippy

I find it so damn funny that ya’ll have not reported that Edgecombe County has settled the residency challenge that was carried out by Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and the Edgecombe County Board of Elections. The county had to pay for Rev. Andre Knight legal fees after the ruling came down from the NC Court of Appeals.

It is so damn funny how ya’ll are so selective about what ya’ll want the people of Edgecombe County to know. But ya’ll sure wanted the people to know that Knight was being challenged and even participated in the challenge. LMBAO

Yep ya’ll try to silence some of us. Ya’ll will not print my letters to the editor but I sure can print them on The DCN.