Black Folks And The Senate District 3 Race Is Further Dividing The Black Community As It Relates To Politics

In response to: Challengers exchange barbs in N.C. Senate District 3 race.

Well I know I am about to piss some folks off but it is better to be pissed off than pissed on. I am going to give my spill about where I stand on the Senate District 3 race.

I will not allow anyone to mislead folks as it relates to politics and what should be and/or not should be. Let’s be real!! After all I have been trying to educate folks in Edgecombe County and surrounding counties about what is really going on around them since the early 90’s via video, talk shows tv/radio and via newsletters. I have invested much time and resources in doing such sacrificing much especially time away from my family. But I recognize and understand that it is not only about my children but other folks children and also the elderly.

I guess someone will ask the question who am I? Well I am an active Negro who have been actively engaged in the Senate District 3 race since it was created. 

It is a damn shame that this race is about race, 2 black candidates Bordeaux and Armstrong whom neither are the incumbent.

It is my opinion that both Bordeaux and Armstrong are going to help Jenkins get re-elected.

I supported Patricia Ferguson a black female out of Bertie County when the district was first created knowing that she was going to be written out at the end of the first term. My theory was if we were to get a black person elected that it would be easy to elect a black person after the district was re-drawn.

Where in the hell was these folks who are so geared up trying to unseat Jenkins when the seat was open for us but now all of a damn sudden folks have awaken. Well I was not sleep then and I damn sure is not sleep now.

So what did black folks do? They voted Jenkins in. Some of the same folks who are now saying they are trying to unseat him are responsible for him being in the seat all these years.

I am not mad with Jenkins because I can’t get mad with him because black folks have voted him in all these years. I voted for him during the last election.

The issue of who recruited who should not be an issue and one of them should have not filed to run because they are going to split the votes. But because neither refused to back down this is where we are fighting each other over the seat that the white man is holding and has held since the early 2000’s.

So since both filed and this is where we are, okay this is where I am.

I am so glad I know why both Bordeaux and Armstrong are in the race. I have talked to both candidates and I have talked to some folks who are close to both campaigns. I have met with some folks from both campaigns and I have refused to join either campaign because I have been involved in the Senate District 3 race on a personal note since the district was created.

I am glad Armstrong wanted to set the record straight that she was not recruited by Jenkins. I  know that to be true. However she and Bordeaux are spoilers in the race if the citizens of the district feel they want change because it is a fact that they will both split the votes. This will help Jenkins.

I am unclear about the term trickery that Armstrong accused Bordeaux of. What I see Bordeaux doing is using all angles to defeat both Armstrong and Jenkins. This is nothing new and this should not be an issue.

I strongly agree with Bordeaux that it takes an organization and campaign resources to defeat Jenkins. I call it a political machine.

I disagree with Armstrong that her experience as an Edgecombe County commissioner, member of the Edgecombe County Board of Education and former Edgecombe County Democratic Party chairwoman make her a more qualified candidate for the Senate than Jenkins and Bordeaux.

Jenkins I would say has the experience because he has served in the seat since the early 2000’s. However any candidate that meets the criteria of the board of elections is qualified. I strongly feel that Armstrong and Bordeaux can go in and become experienced and serve just as good as Jenkins and/or better.

I strongly agree with Armstrong that money should not dictate a race however we all know it takes money to run a political machine. It is up to a candidate how much they are willing to invest in their campaign. The campaign finance reports shows just how much candidates spend during an election year and Jenkins report is online just like all candidates.

We have got to stop misleading folks with trickery words because we know that it should not be about who can raise the most money and it should be about the person who has the best ideas. But that is not the real world.

If a person has not held a particular seat or a similar seat in the legislature then he or she is not experienced. An example of that would be having served on the House side of the legislature but now wants to serve on the Senate side.

The real deal is how can one can defeat the money thing?  Name recognition, how good a candidate can sell themselves and the most important thing is how good those on the campaign team can sell the candidate.

Running an effective campaign is about race because many times people vote for folks who look like them, money which equals advertisement and paying of campaign workers and any other expenses and who likes who which means if I just like someone because I know them or know someone that knows them.

I admire Bordeaux for not waiting to the last minute to start campaigning. There was much discussion last year about how can Bordeaux put up billboards so early?

I am glad to see Armstrong finally bringing out something about Jenkins when she took aim at him about the budget crisis however maybe she has been challenging him but I just didn’t read about it.

I like the way the article ended “District 3 was drawn as a minority-majority district to favor black candidates, but Jenkins, who is white, has held the seat for four terms. Both Bordeaux and Armstrong are black.” I have been educating folks about the creation of the Senate District 3 challenging white folks who have a problem when a black candidate says they should be given a chance to represent folks that looks like them.

Jenkins has it going on and that is he can and should use every time he speak that he received a 100% rating from the NAACP and that he is the only white person to serve on the NC Black Legislative Caucus Board.

So again my question is, “Is Senator Jenkins really fighting for black issues in Raleigh?” If he is not then go figure.

There is so much more I could say however this is enough on this subject for right now.

I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest. 

Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Study Settles It: Shocking Black & Latino Imprisonment Rates the Result of Racist, Punitive Impulse

Study Settles It: Shocking Black & Latino Imprisonment Rates the Result of Racist, Punitive Impulse
 
 

For decades, journalists, scholars and activists seeking to understand the soaring number of people locked up in U.S. prisons over the past 40 years have uncovered — or just looked clearly enough to see — overwhelming evidence of systemic racism at every level of the criminal justice system. Yet, there has been a wide reluctance to name racism as one of the primary factors fueling the prison boom; as sentences have gotten longer and parole granted less often, even the starkest racial statistics — like the fact that African Americans and Latinos make up 70 percent of the incarcerated population — have often been treated as an unfortunate byproduct of the war on drugs.

Now, two criminologists have concluded, in a new study investigating public attitudes behind harsh sentencing, that the warehousing of African Americans and other minorities is no accident. Rather, "racial resentments are inextricably entwined in public punitiveness." In other words, racism and the rise of "tough on crime" policies go hand in hand.

James Unnever of the University of South Florida-Sarasota and Francis Cullen of the University of Cincinnati acknowledge the "lengthy roster" of previous studies on race and the U.S. prison system; yet theirs manages to contribute something crucial to the current debate: ". [G]iven the large body of research that documents a substantive association between punitiveness and racial animus," they write, "it is somewhat disconcerting that theories of the mass-incarceration movement do not place race and racism at the center of their explanation for why the United States imprisons so many of its citizens."

This conclusion echoes the work of civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander, who, in the introduction to her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, admits that even she was once skeptical of how central racism was to the rise of the modern American prison system. "Quite belatedly, I came to see that mass incarceration in the United States had, in fact, emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow."

Alexander argues that the U.S. prison system has so sweepingly and consistently targeted African American men that it has effectively created a new racial caste system. That most Americans would deny such a caste system exists speaks to how insidious it is. "Like an optical illusion," she writes, "one in which the embedded image is impossible to see until its outline is identified — the new caste system lurks invisibly within the maze of rationalizations we have developed for persistent racial inequality."

Unnever and Cullen’s study makes it that much easier to see what Alexander describes.

Racial Resentments

To conduct their study, Unnever and Cullen used the results of the 2000 National Election Survey, which featured interviews with 1,620 Americans who shared their views on a range of social issues. To assess the "punitive attitudes" of participants, the authors considered their answers to questions weighing the social roots of crime versus the need to punish those who commit crime. For example: "Do you think that the best way to reduce crime is to address the social problems that cause crime like bad schools, poverty, and joblessness or to make sure criminals are caught, convicted, and punished, or that we should do something in between, or haven’t you thought much about this?"

The authors also measured respondents’ support for the harshest sentence of all: capital punishment. When asked if they favored or opposed the death penalty for convicted murderers, 55 percent of respondents "strongly favored the death penalty." Eighteen percent "did not strongly support it." The rest did not know.

These were the authors’ "dependent variables" in assessing three popular theories on the "social sources of punitiveness": "Escalating Crime-Distrust" (the idea that crime is on the rise and the courts are doing nothing to stop it); "Moral Decline" (the belief that our society is being threatened and corroded by non-traditional notions of family and "newer lifestyles"); and the third: "Racial Animus" (otherwise known as racism).

Racial animus was measured using two scales: "Racial Resentment" and "Racial Stereotype." The former looked at the responses to such statements as:

Irish, Italians, Jewish, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without any special favors.

Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.

It’s really a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.

Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.

"Responses to these questions," the authors write, "included ‘agree strongly,’ ‘agree somewhat,’ ‘neither agree nor disagree,’ ‘disagree somewhat,’ or ‘disagree strongly.’"

"Racial Stereotype," meanwhile, asked people to "rate blacks on a scale of 1 to 7" on such characteristics as intelligence, trustworthiness and work ethic.

The conclusion: "The Racial Resentment scale significantly predicted greater support for a more punitive approach toward crime and for capital punishment."

"Our data also show that one of the most salient and consistent predictors of American punitiveness is racial animus," the authors conclude. "Importantly, this finding held even when controlling for two competing theoretical models . When added to the large body of evidence on the effects of racial animus . this finding suggests that a prominent reason for the American public’s punitiveness — including the embrace of mass imprisonment and the death penalty — is the belief that those disproportionately subject to these harsh sanctions are people they do not like: African American offenders."

‘Race and Racism Matter’

There is no shortage of Americans who believe that the courts routinely let hardened criminals go free and that the decline of the nuclear family is responsible for the worst societal ills; Unnever and Cullen acknowledge that such beliefs, which define the other two measures of "punitiveness," operate in tandem with racist attitudes in attracting public support for "tough on crime" policies.

Right-wing media figures, of course, have become experts at exploiting these ideas. As the authors write, "Conservative political pundits such as Ann Coulter can blame the 1980s crime wave and a ‘moral decline’ on permissive liberal judges who coddle ‘super predators’ while undermining family values. Our data suggest that this conservative argument is likely to be warmly embraced by those who express racial animus." Elsewhere, the authors note that figures like Coulter have helped develop the stereotype of those for whom "the picture in their head illuminates a young, angry, black, inner-city male who offends with little remorse."

Any new study probing racist attitudes and their effects is timely at a moment that has unleashed a virulent strain of right-wing hatred toward President Barack Obama and his administration — on the issue of healthcare, of all things — but it’s important to keep in mind that the data used by the authors could be considered quite dated when it comes to magnitude of social changes that have happened since it was first gathered. "Since 2000 when the data we analyzed were collected," Unnever and Cullen note, "the United States has experienced the 9/11 attack, two wars, the determination of a presidential election by the Supreme Court, the election of the first African American president, and the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression."

"It is not clear that these events have transformed the sources of punitiveness," Unnever and Cullen write, "but such a possibility exists and should be evaluated."

Indeed.

For those who study up close — or who have experienced from the inside — the excesses of U.S. prison system, the conclusions of this study will come as no surprise. But the authors’ conclusion that criminal justice experts ought to "place race and racism at the center of their explanation for why the United States imprisons so many of its citizens" is crucially important, particularly at a moment when the Obama administration itself is increasing federal funding for policies that embrace some of the same policies that led to the current prison crisis.

"[W]hen politicians justify their support for getting tough on criminals by citing public-opinion polls," Unnever and Cullen warn, "they are either explicitly or implicitly basing their policy decisions on racialized punitive attitudes. In short, the data show that when it comes to public opinion about crime and its control, race and racism matter."

Liliana Segura is an AlterNet staff writer and editor of Rights & Liberties and World Special Coverage. Follow her on Twitter.

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"Measuring the Movement" forum hosted by the National Action Network


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Hello to the Your Black World Family!

I just returned from New York for the "Measuring the Movement" forum hosted by the National Action Network.  It was outstanding.  I have interviews for AOL Black Voices that I conducted while waiting back stage with the other panelists (I figured I’d kill some time and get a good start on my new show that I’m hosting for AOL) – I’ll send them out to you once they are done.  The video from our panel discussion was on MSNBC and TV-One over the weekend – Rev. Sharpton and I will be doing a recap on his show this afternoon at 1:15 pm EST.  I found the event to be inspiring and informative, and the audience was amazing.  Everyone invested their time to come out:  Rev. Al Sharpton, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Urban League President Marc Morial, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. Charles Rangel, Democratic Whip James Clyburn, Harvard University Professor Charles Ogletree, Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Roland Martin, Tom Joyner, Jeff Johnson, Judge Greg Mathis, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the list went on and on. Even RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped by with his own "unique" style of politics.

One of the commitments I made as a member of the panel was to challenge members of the YBW Coalition (there are roughly 70,000 of us to date, and our membership is growing by about 700 people per week) to commit to proactively engaging in financial literacy.  As a first step, I want to challenge you to expand your revenue stream by one.  Therefore, if you are getting your income from one source, I’d like to see you increase that number to two sources within six months.  For example, if you earn money from your job as a waitress, start selling Avon or some other secondary activity that will allow you to have another source of personal income.  Don’t think about it too much or become paralyzed by fear:  Just jump out there and do it.  Also, send me a short email to tell me about your experience.  

I ask you to engage in this exercise for one simple reason: You don’t have financial security if you’ve only got one source of income.  The weak economy has shown us that our jobs can disappear in a second, and even those who have high incomes are vulnerable.  You should diversify your sources of personal income to protect yourself and your family.  The second stream of income will probably be nothing  but a trickle at first.   But if you keep working at it, you’ll see the stream expanding through time.  I encourage you to find a second source of income that ties to your passion.  For example, there was a time when I earned all of my income from Syracuse University, which would have made me quite vulnerable when Bill O’Reilly actively campaigned to have me fired.  But I wasn’t concerned, mainly because my brother and I had already diversified our funds into a series of business ventures in order to protect us from that very thing.  I knew that being an unapologetic black public scholar wouldn’t mean that I MIGHT be attacked by Right Wing racists or conservative university colleagues.  It was simply a matter of WHEN it was going to happen (I am fighting every single day, but I refuse to allow the haters to have much of my psychological real estate.  I’ve got a job to do for my community).  Having other channels of income literally kept my voice alive and gave me the economic flexibility to remain socially brave – our financial liberation is the key to our emotional, spiritual and psychological liberation.  Never forget that. If another man knows he is the sole reason that your kids get to eat everyday, then that man effectively owns you. 

As an update, I’ll be headed to UNC Chapel Hill this week for the College Sport Research Institute Conference.  Also, I’ll be speaking at The University of Missouri on the 29th.  Finally, I’ll be shooting more of my new AOL video podcast in NYC on the 6th, and also shooting a financial series I am doing for ABC News.  Life has been busy and blessed, and I sincerely want to thank you for your support.

Be strong, stay educated and demand nothing short of excellence from your children.

Sincerely,

Dr. Boyce Watkins

www.BoyceWatkins.com

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Should there be a "black agenda" in America? And if the answer to that question is ‘yes,’ what is the black agenda?

These are the questions that black leaders and black people have been discussing more and more since President Obama took office. Last week, Reverend Al Sharpton hosted a leadership summit addressing this very issue. Today a group of black leaders got together on an MSNBC special to talk about this issue in more detail. And many will remember the on-air argument that Tavis Smiley and Rev Sharpton had a few weeks ago about this topic.

Tavis believes that Obama isn’t doing enough. Sharpton believes that Obama need not ‘ballyhoo’ a black agenda. I think most agree, though, that something needs to be done.

With a 16.5% unemployment rate (compared to 9.7% for white Americans), an education system that is under serving black children, higher than average rates of death from diseases like breast cancer, and continued social issues, it is hard to disagree that there is need for some kind of targeted and focused approach to dealing with the issues that affect African-American. But many are divided on whether or not the president is doing enough for black people, whether or not it’s incumbent on him to do anything at all, and what should or shouldn’t be done.

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Why Black People Don’t Snitch, and Why Our Children End Up Paying the Price

'Stop snitching' movement puts kids at risk
by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World Coalition

When five-year old Syniah Herndon was hit by a stray bullet in Brooklyn this week, most of us thought about our own kids. The beautiful little girl survived the bullet in her leg, but there is still unfinished police business. Brooklyn, which has seen a 14 percent increase in the number of shootings this year, is stuck with the task of trying to make sure that the shooters didn’t hurt any other children in the neighborhood. But the job of the police was nearly derailed because none of the approximately 150 people who were in the area at the time of the shooting immediately came forth to speak with law enforcement.

Perhaps we can make the assumption that black people are primitive animals who don’t care about their preschool children. We can, alternatively, go a bit deeper and try to determine if there might be logical (though not always justifiable) reasons that people in the community are afraid to come forward.

We can start with a simple question: What kind of people might be out spraying bullets at 2:30 in the afternoon? They probably weren’t mailmen or firefighters, but were probably criminals or drug dealers. If you speak up and give the police everything they need to prosecute, are you and your family going to feel safe from retaliation? Probably not, especially when dealing with the NYPD, a department that is known throughout the nation for exploiting the public trust.

I am personally disappointed with the "stop snitching" campaign in urban America, one that is in-part supported and enforced by those who regularly engage in criminal activity. Such a campaign is destructive to the black community and has been heavily misinterpreted by our youth. At best, "stop snitching" should go as far as criticizing the behavior of a subset of police informants, many of whom are driven to "snitch" by selfish motivations and have historically been planted by police to undermine important social movements. Also, as a fundamental component of human nature, nobody likes a rat or a spy.

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Why Did The Edgecombe County Public Schools Have A Police At Their Meetings Only During The Comments On The Agenda About The Characteristics For Hiring Of A New Superintendent?

I was so tickled as I walked in the Edgecombe County Public Schools building on Monday because it was so obvious that Diane LeFiles Edgecombe County Public Schools Communications Spokesperson was waiting on me to come in. She and a Tarboro Police Officer were sitting in the hallway. As I walked in it was obvious they were talking about me because they could see me on the outside through the glass door before I walked in. I had put my video camera on my tripod standing behind my car and they could see me from inside the building. Yeap my weapon my video camera. One of 3 photo camera and pocket recorder are the other 2. LMBAO

As soon as I walked in the building Diane and the officer came towards me and she said, Curmilus we would like for you to set up in the back of the room because we don’t want you blocking the door way. I said let me make myself clear, I have never blocked the doorway. I repeated myself, I just want to make myself clear that I have never blocked the doorway. Where I have been setting up over the years have never been in the doorway even if I videoed out in the hallway.

It never seems to amaze me how the intimidation continues. It is just blatant racism and a scare tactic that sends a message to folks that we as citizens need to be treated as if we are less human than the board members. And then they wonder why parents do not come to their meetings and/or visit their schools. Because we are not welcome and the hell if they encourage parent/community involvement. Oh yes they do, but they hand pick the parents/community folks whom they want to deal with.

I had no problem with going to the back of the room to video however I was not going to allow this chick to make it appear as if I had been blocking the doorway. I set up at the front of the room no matter where I video because I like to get the face of people and not their backs.

Who clean up the schools? Coker Wimberly school custodians probably not the right word for them however you know who I am talking about, won the award for doing a great service. I see Diane LeFiles did take a picture of these 3 black workers however in the past she has not taken pictures of them during the awards ceremonies. I addressed that issue so I am glad to see their pictures were taken. However I noticed Diane used a little small camera and not the usual camera that she takes pictures of other awardees. And she had the audacity to make some kind of comment about the little camera during the award presentation.

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Steele: African-Americans ‘Really Don’t Have A Reason’ To Vote GOP – Source: TPM

Steele said how the Republican party had been founded as a pro-civil rights party, with Frederick Douglass among its early members. However, Steele explained, the Republican Party has alienated those voters: "For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton." (Read more @ TPM)

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Alternative School Was A Great Opportunity, But How Many Success Stories About Black Children Like This Does The Media Not Share With You?

Note: The following letter is a success story however I was informed that The Daily Southerner Editor Terry Smith said he would not publish it because he didn’t get it. Dr. Johnson is a candidate for the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education and this by no means is an endorsement from The DCN but posted as a success story and to also prove my point that there are many letters sent to the local white newspapers in uplifting black folks in our communities but never get published. But you can find letters written in support of whites all the time. Oh hell, I mean oh well. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

I had a great opportunity by having the chance to attend Bridgers Alternative School. Although, many individuals wouldn’t label attending an alternative school as a “great opportunity;” I can speak highly of my experiences there. I went through quite a few obstacles and made some bad choices in life. However, I feel that I was given a second chance by attending Bridgers. I didn’t quite understand at the moment whether or not it was a good thing. So many people were making negative comments to me in regards to attending an alternative school. I started being labeled as a troubled child that failed and would never succeed. I began to believe those remarks and portrayed a rebellious way of living. However, during my time at Bridgers I met quite a few wonderful teachers and a phenomenon principal, Dr Evelyn Johnson who told me differently.

Dr. Johnson was definitely an inspiration to me. She took me under her wing and made my experiences at Bridgers more at ease and enjoyable. At times I thought she was a bit hard on me. However, when I think back to those days, I now understand that she was only pushing me to do better. She always told me that I could achieve and the world had so much to offer me. Dr Johnson believed in me so much that while attending Bridgers, she helped me get a job as an Office Assistant at The Board of Education. Her support and words of encouragement always gave me hope. Hope that there is a better world for me. Hope that I can make a choice that would benefit me instead of leading me down the wrong path.

My life is vastly different now. I attended college and received my Associate Degree in Early Childcare Education. I further continued my education and later received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childcare Education as well. I am now a Director of a large Childcare Center as well as a Part Time GED Instructor for a local community college. I am also currently attending school to obtain my Master’s Degree in Education Management and expected to graduate in 2011. I am also the proud mother of a 5 year old, Joshua McNair.

Overall, my experience at Bridgers was definitely a stepping stone in my life. I gained a positive outlook on life and now believe in myself enough to achieve goals. My advice to other students that attend an Alternative school is for them to believe in themselves even when no one else does. Don’t let your journey on the road of life come to a halt just because you run into a barrier. Know that the struggles you go through only come to make you a stronger person. You can achieve anything that you set your mind to. If I can do it…so can you!

Krystal Glass
Formerly of Tarboro NC

Note: Obviously Terry has a problem with Dr. Johnson and must feel that she will not help push Ann Kent and Janice Davidson’s agendas.

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FYI – These jobs were just posted. Training is in Atlanta , and some may require travel. If you can do it – go for it.
Great jobs for young men who aren’t in college strong young women also! This is President Obama’s money for "infrastructure" the jobs are located all over, paid training in Atlanta . This is an awesome opportunity, please pass this on.  These jobs pay good wages. Let’s pass this on and pray that someone we know is able to take advantage.


Job Summary
·         Work as a member of a crew to install new railroad track, maintain existing track and right-of-way.
·         Primary Activities and Responsibilities
·         Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
·         Participate in group discussions including unit meetings, job briefings, safety meetings or process reviews. Remove and replace track and track components (e.g. ties, rails, bars, etc.)
·         Replace or repair track switches with specific components
·         Slide and align tie plates
·         Drill holes through rails for insertion of bolts and tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends or rails together
·         Correct deviations in track surface, alignment and gauge
·         Cut rails to specific lengths
·         Receive instructions, requests, orders, and information from posted bulletins, memorandums, rules and regulation manuals
·         Adjust, lift and roll rails
·         Sort track material for loading and unloading
·         Install and repair street and railroad crossings
·         Cut brush and vegetation from the right-of-way
·         Spray switches, angle bars and joints with oil for lubrication
Pay Rate
Entry Rate $19.36/hour
Full Rate $21.52/hour
Promotional/ Advancement Opportunities
Under Maintenance of Way Collective Bargaining Agreement, Track Workers may be considered for advancement or promotion to other positions within the Engineering Department if qualified.
Machine Operator $23.25 – $24.81/hour
Welder Helper $21.93/hour
Bridge Tender $21.93/hour
Bridge Mechanic $22.65/hour
Foreman $22.71 – $25.53/hour
Track Inspector $23.98 – $25.14/hour
Training
You will attend two or three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta , GA. CSX will pay for  travel, lodging and meals as required by collective bargaining agreement.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
High School diploma/GED
18 years of age or older
Valid Driver’s License
Preferred Qualifications
Outside work experience (e.g. construction, heavy equipment operation, farming,  landscaping) Welding experience Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Basic Competencies Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications- -both general and technical) Communication skills (provide clear instructions/ directions) Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills) Basic Math Physical Requirements Heavy work, lifting up to 70 pounds occasionally and up to 100 pounds on a rare basis stoop/bend/kneel/ crouch/balance/ climb on an occasional basis exposure to equipment that intensifies the heat factor on an occasional basis.
Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/ inspection
Employment Conditions
·         Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
·         Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, safety-toe
boots, or safety glasses
Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work Complete annual training and pass safety and track worker rules examinations May require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol Must pass all required assessments Must pass a background screening Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including drug and physical capabilities test
·         This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement, membership is required
·         Travel required
Environmental Conditions
·         Work outside in all weather conditions and on occasions at elevated heights.
·         Safety Commitment
Safety is a way of life at CSX, encompassing every aspect of company operations. Guided by a policy of ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve, CSX works relentlessly to prevent accidents and injuries. Not only is it the right thing to do, but when a company puts safety first, everyone benefits: the employees and their families, the customers and the communities.
·         This is a safety sensitive position. The candidate selected for this position must successfully complete a full physical including a drug test. Passing results must be received prior to start date in new position. All candidates’ safety records will be reviewed and considered when evaluating the candidate pool.
Company Profile
CSX Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Jacksonville , FL , is a multi-modal freight transportation company serving customers across North  America . Through its primary subsidiary, CSX operates the largest railroad in the  eastern United States with operations in 23 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX also includes an integrated intermodal company which serves customers with its own truck and terminal operations as well as a dedicated domestic container fleet. Other CSX subsidiaries provide technology and real estate support to the company. These subsidiaries combine to allow  CSX to deliver efficient freight alternatives to customers in a variety of industries, including coal, chemicals, automobiles, metals, agricultural and forest products, food and consumer goods. CSX Transportation is the largest company in the CSX family employing 34,000 management and union employees. CSXT’s primary focus is the operation, maintenance and management of the largest railroad in the eastern United States .
Closing Statement
At CSX, two of the company’s core values are People Make The Difference and Safety Is A Way of Life. We are committed to offering our team members the most competitive compensation and benefits package available, unlimited  opportunities for development and growth throughout an exciting and rewarding career, and the safest work environment possible. CSX is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.
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Wake County Public Schools Board of Education Passes It’s Final Version Of A Desegregation Plan, Forum To Be Held Today April 22, 2010

Hello! Yesterday’s BOE meeting is captured in this summary from a Great Schools colleague. I’ve tried to highlight main points in green, so you can scroll down to what interests you:

The Board of Education passed its final version of a desegregation plan and eliminated 68 jobs in the Central Office as the result of a tightening budget year.

Bell Schedule decision: At the Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting, in setting next year’s start and end times for schools, the Board decided to revert to the 2008-09 bell schedule (they have eliminated the Wake Wednesday early release for Professional Learning Team meetings), after considering options that would have been budget neutral.  The Board now must find $750,000 in the tight budget to fund the new buses and drivers needed to meet that schedule while also opening four new schools this fall.  The budget neutral version had many elementary schools starting at 9:30 am.  The 2010-11 budget, which was a main focus of the meeting, was officially approved.  About 68 staff members from Central Office will loss their jobs as a result of the Reduction in Force approved by the Board.  In addition, 57 vacant positions will be eliminated.

Langauge for magnet funding: Also at the main Board meeting at 3 pm, the Voluntary Desegregation Plan, drafted by Board members John Tedesco, Debra Goldman and Keith Sutton over a four-hour period a few weekends ago, was approved 5-4 on its second reading.  This plan was drafted to meet the requirements of the federal magnet grant. [You can read more in this N&O story today.]

Board member Carolyn Morrison suggested an amendment that would state that in the Community-Based Assignment plan "every effort shall be made to avoid minority group isolation of students."  Dr. Morrison related her experiences working in a low wealth school and how difficult it was to raise student achievement and recruit teachers to the school.  She said she wanted to avoid resegregating the schools.  Members Chris Malone and Debra Goldman called the language "redundant," and Mr. Tedesco said Dr. Morrison’s clarifying language would "water down" the directive.  Member Kevin Hill said Dr. Morrison’s amendment spells out the intent of the Board, that avoiding "minority group isolation of students" would be the ideal.
 
The Board vote 4-5 to defeat the amendment.  The unamended Voluntary Desegregation Plan was passed 5-4.  Both votes were split, with the five majority members being Chair Margiotta, Ms. Goldman, Mr. Tedesco, Deborah Prickett, and Chris Malone.  The four minority votes in both cases were Mr. Sutton, Dr. Morrison, Dr. Anne McLaurin and Mr. Kevin Hill.

Ms. Prickett said she has heard Dr. Morrison say she is against resegregation of schools, and Ms. Prickett said she would not be "put in a box" in support of segregation–she said that was not the Board’s intent.

Budget cuts; Media specialists safe — for now: There were 22 speakers during the public comment, still limited to 2 minutes each (instead of the previous 3 minute limit that was in place prior to February).  Several media specialists from throughout the system came to oppose the proposed cuts in 40 media positions that will take effect if the budget situation worsens.  For now, those media jobs are safe–non-school-based jobs were eliminated in the RIF approved yesterday. Although the cuts were said not to be school-based, the budget cut and Reduction in Force did include 12 positions at Project Enlightenment, the award-winning, nationally recognized preschool resource of WCPSS.  As you may recall, many parents supporting Project Enlightenment petitioned the Board against cutting the program, yet they were hard hit, 12 of the 68 positions; 9 full or part-time completely lost and 3 transferred elsewhere in Central Office.  Like the other WCPSS staff members RIF’d, those staff were called last night (April 20) by Human Resources and told not to come to work today (April 21). [Ruth Sheehan wrote about this and the recent presentation at Hilburn Elementary in her column today. Note to Leesville folks, our own Beth O. is featured in Sheehan’s column. There is also an article in the N&O about the RIF, and this story explains the Governor’s budget and how it will affect education.]

Tedesco taken to task: Two speakers expressed concern over BoE member John Tedesco’s speech at the Tea Party rally last week, both questioning whether Mr. Tedesco violated the BoE Code of Ethics policy that bars Board members from being influenced by special political interests.  One speaker called Mr. Tedesco "Palin-esque" and said he should be "embarrassed" for speaking to a radical group that advocates violence.

Seating / security: The COW work session was filled with about 20 members of the public yesterday, but the main Board meeting was moderately attended–only about 50 tickets or "seat vouchers" (the new term from WCPSS) were given out.  There were four uniformed Raleigh Police Officers providing security as well as several WCPSS security officials.  If you’ve been wanting to see this Board in action, the crowds have lessened.  Whether this has occurred because of the Board’s tighter restrictions on public participation and input or a lack of interest is uncertain.  In addition, many of the public may be watching the meetings online on WRAL.com.

Joint meeting of BOC and BOE today

I’m sure there will be more on this tomorrow, but here is the N&O’s preliminary story on the proceedings.

LTEs

Not the first time

Unfair transfers

Just good sense

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, April 22, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Great Schools In Wake Community Forum, Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Speakers include Beverley Clark, former WCPSS Board of Education member; Chuck Dulaney, former Asst. Superintendent, Growth and Planning; Mary Kelley, parent and lifelong Raleigh resident.  The focus on this forum will be the so-called Rim schools, those traditional schools along the edge of the Beltline that are neither magnet or year round.  The forum will examine what will happen to these schools under the proposed "Community-Based Assignment" model.

Leandro Hearing on Substandard Schools.  On Tuesday, May 4, Judge Manning, who presides over the on-going Leandro court case, will hold a hearing that will focus on low-performing elementary and middle schools in three urban school systems: Forsyth, Guilford and Durham.  The hearing will begin at 10 AM in Courtroom 5A of the Wake County Courthouse.

That’s more than enough for today. Thank you for staying engaged with WCPSS

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