CSI Reentry Roundtable/Forum hosted by Martin St. Baptist Church

CSI Reentry Roundtable/Forum hosted by Martin St. Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Martin Street Baptist Church-(Family Life Center)
1001 East Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1641

On Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, Community Success Initiative and Martin Street Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC – are convening an Exoffender Reentry Roundtable and Forum

This meeting will be from 11am–2pm and will be held at Martin Street Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1001 East Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27610. 

Martin St Pastor, Earl Johnson: “I am very happy to be working with Dennis Gaddy and Community Success Initiative as Martin Street Baptist Church and its Community Development Corporation expand our compassionate outreach  and support to men and women coming out of incarceration and the reentry population.
This is a roundtable discussion designed to forge an alliance of community organizations and individuals that provide, or who may be interested in providing an interactive format for concerned and compassionate individuals and organizations to:

  • Meet community organizations that offer transition and reentry services that help ex-offender men and women get back on their feet, as well as hear updates around reentry
  • Hear  stories, issues, and challenges of ex-offenders
  • Hear from public officials, law enforcement and Judges who support reentry efforts
  • Get updates on Reentry efforts from NC Legislature and Governor’s Reentry Street safe Reentry Task Force
  • Exchange knowledge and resources in an informal setting

A box lunch will be provided (by an exoffender entrepreneur)

Please RSVP if you plan to attend  — it will help us to prep food, etc.

Dennis W. Gaddy
Executive Director
Community Success Initiative
PO Box 61114
Raleigh, NC 27661
919-834-7626 ext.11

Butterfield Applauds Health Insurance Reform Benefits

—— Forwarded Message

U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield
First District of North Carolina

    For Release:  Immediate     
  Date:  March 18, 2010      

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


Butterfield Applauds Health Insurance Reform Benefits

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield announced that the compromise health insurance reform bill would provide enormous benefits to the people eastern North Carolina.
“These reforms will put Americans and small businesses back in charge of their health care choices,” Butterfield said. “They make coverage more affordable for everyone and hold insurance companies accountable, stopping the worst practices like denying you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, dropping coverage when you get sick or arbitrarily hiking up your premiums.”
The House today released a compromise bill aimed at reforming the health insurance market. The 153-page Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 contains elements of both the previous House and Senate, and is expected to be voted on as soon as this weekend.
“When it comes to health care, decisions should never be made by the government or insurance companies – they must be made by patients and their doctors,” Butterfield said. “And that’s exactly what this bill does – it puts people back in charge of their own personal health care decisions.”
Among the specific benefits for North Carolina’s First Congressional District:
·     295,000 residents with health insurance will see improvements with their current coverage.
·     11,600 residents who can’t buy health insurance now because of pre-existing condition will be able to obtain coverage.
·     Up to 193,000 families would get tax cuts aimed at helping to make health insurance more affordable.
·     Up to 11,600 small businesses would get tax credits to help make health insurance more affordable.
·     115,000 Medicare beneficiaries will see better care and will pay less for prescription drugs because the Medicare Part D donut hole will be closed.
·     51,000 young people will be able to say on their parents’ health insurance policies until their 26th birthday.
·     60,500 uninsured will have access to health care coverage.
·     900 families won’t have to file for bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
·     42 community health centers will receive millions of dollars in new funding to see thousands of new patients.
Butterfield said he expects the bill to win approval and end to a long, deliberative and purposeful process. He pointed out that over the past several years, the House has held about 100 hearings on the issue; House members have met with constituents at more than 3,000 health care events across the country; and, three House committees spent more than 160 hours on hearings and markups of the legislation.
In approving these reforms, Butterfield said Congress would be “supporting the millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that works better for the health insurance companies than it does for them.”
“The American people cannot afford to wait any longer,” Butterfield said. “Rising health care costs are crushing families and businesses, forcing small business owners to choose between health care and jobs.”
Butterfield also noted that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined that the bill would the federal deficit by $138 billion in the first ten years – 2010 to 2019 – and that cuts the deficit by $1.2 trillion in the second ten years.
The figures cites were based on an analysis by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce using information and data from the U.S. Census, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Congressional Budget Office.
For a more information about the benefits for North Carolina’s First Congressional District are available at http://www.butterfield.house.gov <
http://www.butterfield.house.gov>  The full text of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act can be found at: http://docs.house.gov/rules/hr4872/111_hr4872_amndsub.pdf

—— End of Forwarded Message

School district kids still getting spanked – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

The days of taking a hickory paddle to an undisciplined student’s rear end aren’t in the past.

In terms of corporal punishment administration from October 2009 to January 2010, the Nash-Rocky Mount school district ranked second in the state with 296 spankings. Robeson County followed with 167 spankings. Burke County took the No. 1 spot with 325 spankings. The three districts together account for more than 50 percent of the corporal punishment administered in North Carolina. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

“PROMM” Parents and Relatives of Missing and Murdered Women in Rocky Mount Will Hold A Community Memorial Service For Christine Boone

Community Memorial Service Announced for Christine Boone

Rocky Mount – The family members of women who lost their lives on the streets of Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County and who have been reported missing are coming together to remember the life of Christine Boone. Ms. Boone’s remains were recently found in a forested area in Halifax County in close proximity to the former residence of accused murderer, Antwan Pittman. The memorial service, scheduled for Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 5 p.m. at East End Baptist Church on 928 E. Highland Avenue in Rocky Mount is located in a neighborhood where Ms. Boone and many of the victims were last seen alive.

“PROMM is thankful that Ms. Boone was found recently,” Jackie Wiggins, President of the support and advocacy group commented. “Those of us who have lost our daughters and loved ones know the pain first hand that her family is experiencing. There is relief and closure when the knock comes to tell you that the one you have been praying for has been found. But then the pain and sadness and fear that you have surrounding their last moments alive haunt you too.”

Juray Tucker, PROMM mother said, “my daughter is still missing. I can’t express to you the agony that I suffer everyday not knowing where she is or if she is still alive. I have hope, but I still am afraid. I am learning to live stronger everyday through prayer.” “The memorial service is intended to offer strength to the family and let them know that they are not alone,” Diana Nicholson, mother of murdered Taraha Nicholson stated. “We have to help each other get through this.”

Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount City Council member said, “The City leaders want the family members and the community to know that we are not asleep at the wheel. We are doing all we can to support law enforcement efforts to find those still missing and retain solid evidence that will hopefully lead to the prosecution and conviction of the murderer.” The community is invited to attend the memorial service on Sunday.


P.R.O.M.M….Hope on One Accord!

See related:

Christine Boone Memorial
Murdered and Missing Women

Parents, Students and Administrators Who Do You Have To Represent You When You Have School Issues?

Just finished a letter to the Superintendent Office in response to his letter to one of the families that I am working with. Now on my way to the parents so they can sign it so I can send it via email and fax.

I will do another letter for 2 other families tonight and meet with them tomorrow to request a follow-up meeting about their issue.

I have a meeting with the interim Superintendent on Tuesday his first day at work. I always go sit down and meet with the new Superintendent to let them know that I am an advocate for children, parents and administrators if they should contact me for assistance.

I am an advocate for the children especially because they really do not have anyone to represent them. Parents really don’t know how to work the system and what steps to take so that is where I come in. I have been an advocate long before I had a child in the system.

The staff has the principal, the superintendent, the board of education and their lawyer and the NCAE to represent them. The principal has the superintendent, the board of education and their lawyer and the NCAE.

If you are a parent I ask the question, who do you have?