SPINCycle for July 22, 2010 – Debate offer for Barber and Tedesco on NC School Diversity Controversy

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Welcome to this week`s edition of SPINCycle.

This week on NC SPIN we’ll ask our panel to comment on recent news about our economy, about whether legislative chaplains should be allowed to mention the name of a deity, about who should be the next leader of the Highway Patrol and whether there was interference in a campaign investigation.

This week`s panel includes:  political consultant, Jeanne Bonds; Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch; John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation and former House Speaker, Joe Mavretic. The show will be moderated by Tom Campbell.

Tom Campbell`s Spin
The interference by the State Board of Elections chairman warrants Governor Perdue’s action to assure voters this agency is fair and impartial.  Read this week’s column “
Stop the Leake”.

Heard on the Street

NC SPIN challenges Barber and Tedesco to debate
You know it must be a Wake School Board meeting if folks get arrested. Following a protest on the streets of Raleigh, a group of protestors attended the Wake County School Board meeting, disrupting the meeting and resulting in 19 arrests.

A couple of observations about what is taking place in the largest school system in North Carolina. First, did anyone else notice that the News and Observer’s picture on the story featured a woman, fist raised in protest, wearing a tee shirt that said, “Women who behave rarely make history?” Of the 19 arrested, only 3 come from Wake County. What does that say? The School Board Chairman, obviously wanting to conduct business, changed the meeting schedule for the board from two meetings per month to one, adding an additional work session each month. This action raised protests from those claiming the board is trying to stifle public input.

Today’s N&O had an interesting article about an alternative approach between diversity and neighborhood schools, a concept called “controlled choice.” The author of the approach, Michael Alves, says this alternative gives parents more choices without creating high poverty schools. The Wake School Board will hear a presentation by Alves next Tuesday. Even though NAACP head William Barber dismissed the concept out of hand, Ann Denlinger, former Superintendent of Durham Schools and now head of Wake Education Partnership, had hopes that perhaps this might be a middle-ground solution and was willing to listen to Alves’ concept.

This raging debate in Wake County is being played out in other school systems across our state, including New Hanover schools.

The NC SPIN challenge
It is time to hear the two sides of this discussion, sit down to some reasonable, unemotional discussion about the benefits and challenges between the diversity policy and neighborhood schools. NC SPIN hereby publicly offers to the Reverend William Barber and John Tedesco an entire 30 minute episode of our weekly TV and radio program to present their case to the public and to debate each other. NC SPIN moderator Tom Campbell will moderate this discussion and pledges it will be conducted with civility, will honestly deal with issues and will be fair and balanced. We will make this offer formally to both parties. If Barber and Tedesco are sincerely interested in the best interests of students and in finding solutions, instead of name calling and accusations, they will accept this invitation and we will undertake the program immediately.

The two reportedly appeared separately on CNN this morning, however the story is not on their web site and few North Carolinians probably saw it. NC SPIN’s debate would be a face-to-face discussion that would be available statewide.

Since we issued the invitation, we have had conversation with Reverend Barber and it looks promising he will be willing to appear. We have not heard from Tedesco.

More problems for Perdue
It isn’t enough that Governor Perdue is trying to govern in one of the worst economic times in the last half century. She also has crisis after crisis to contend with. There are still rumblings about the ferry division management fiasco.

The Highway Patrol mess won’t go away, as noted in today’s Insider. A drunken state trooper, fired for having sex in the back seat of a patrol car with the wife of a subordinate officer, landed another state job less than six months later, as an investigator for the North Carolina Education Lottery at a salary of $46,000 per year. This is punishment? Will the governor be associated with this hiring?

The Highway Patrol issue gets a full hearing on this week’s debate. Be sure to catch the show.

But that’s not all. The State Board of Elections story has long, hairy legs. Chair Larry Leake’s interference into the campaign flights of 2008 gubernatorial candidates is generating calls for Leake to be replaced. One of those calling for Perdue to “Stop the Leake” is this week’s My Spin column. Be sure to read it. And be sure to catch this week’s discussion on this topic on NC SPIN.

When temperatures soar a politician’s thoughts turn to…..
Fundraising. Between now and mid-August, candidates need to focus on raising the money they need to conduct their fall campaigns and this year the pickin’s are scarce. Donors do not seem excited about either the issues or the candidates in this election cycle.

Incumbent Congressional representatives always have an advantage, as once again the PACs and special interests donate to their efforts. Bob Hall and Democracy North Carolina have studied campaign finance reports and tell us, “An analysis of disclosure reports through June 30 reveals that the five Republican members of the US House of Representatives from North Carolina have out-fundraised their Democratic challengers by a whopping 12 to 1 margin – $2,968,000 to $245,000. Meanwhile, the eight NC Democrats in the House have raised more than three times as much as their Republican opponents – $5,244,000 to $1,569,000. Altogether, the 13 incumbents are swamping their challengers by a nearly 5-to-1 fundraising advantage, $8.2 million to $1.8 million.”

If you were wondering how much 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge’s (D-Harnett) confrontation with “students” hurt his campaign, Hall’s report shows that as of June 30th Etheridge had $1.2 million in the bank while Renee Ellmers (R-Harnett), who got a quick burst of support following the episode, had only $42,000.

8th District freshman Democratic Congressman Larry Kissell is perhaps the weakest fundraiser in the Congressional delegation, with a June 30 balance of $300,000. His Republican challenger, Harold Johnson, who had a June runoff contest, had a campaign bank balance of $82,000. This still might be the most interesting and closest Congressional contest.

Read Democracy North Carolina’s report.

Governor signs ABC and Video Sweepstakes bills
Governor Perdue signed the ABC reform bill into law as well as the ban on video sweepstakes games in our state. In so doing, she made an interesting comment that she would be willing to discuss having video poker made legal again in our state. We have to wonder why she didn’t make this declaration at the time the legislature was debating the subject.

Make no mistake about what is getting ready to happen. As we reported several weeks ago, video sweepstakes was banned, but not forever. Look for a new bill to authorize video poker games in North Carolina in the 2011 session, with authority to run the games given to the NC Education Lottery.

Even with Governor Perdue’s signature, the matter is not dead. Video gaming interests have been interviewing lawyers in Charlotte and Raleigh and a lawsuit will be initiated before the December 1 deadline. The challenge will be based on the constitutionality of allowing Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes or McDonald’s Monopoly games while outlawing video sweepstakes.

NC SPIN gets award
At the 4-H Congress meeting taking place this week at McKimmon Center in Raleigh, young men and women from all over the state have gathered. Yesterday was recognition day and NC SPIN was recognized as a Partner in Excellence, along with Carolina Farm Credit, the North Carolina State Grange and the North Carolina Farm Bureau. We were flattered to receive this recognition from one of the most outstanding organizations in North Carolina. Our partnership with 4-H has been extremely valuable in getting to know the future leaders of this state.

Speaking of outstanding future leaders, next week’s NC SPIN program will feature four of these outstanding young men and women. Sarah Osborne from Graham, Will Farlessyost from Mars Hill, Curtis Crump from Wadesboro and Ashten Bergstedt from Winterville will be on our panel next week. Be sure to catch this special NC SPIN.

While at the 4-H recognition luncheon, we ran into many NC SPIN friends. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall sat at the table beside us and we quizzed the Democratic candidate for US Senate about her connections with 4-H. Marshall proudly responded that she had once been president of the Maryland state 4-H and had been actively involved with North Carolina’s 4-H for years, having been made a lifetime member.

Pressure mounting to remove HoldingUS Attorne
y George Holding is a holdover from the Bush administration. Even though Senator Kay Hagan has nominated someone to take Holding’s place, she agreed to leave him in place until such time as he had concluded the investigation into former Governor Mike Easley. But that was many months ago and Hagan is being urged by a growing number of Democrats to have the replacement take Holding’s place because the investigation is dragging on and seems to have no conclusion.

Corrections bill has interesting inclusions
One of the last pieces of business our legislature undertakes is the technical corrections bill, the legislation to clean up mistakes in math, language, etc. Our experience is that this is also where a lot of mischief takes place because neither legislators nor reporters take the time to examine it thoroughly.

This year’s corrections bill is no exception. Here are a couple of examples. Section 2.3(b) explains what funds will be reduced to make up the projected $518 million in federal FMAP funds if Congress doesn’t fund the extension of this portion of Medicaid. Among other things, it calls for $30 million from disaster relief funds, $35 million from unclaimed lottery prize winnings, $50 million in interest earnings on all state funds, $38 million from savings reserve funds, 1 percent reduction in state budgets to all agencies and $139 million in reductions of contributions to pension funds.

In section 9.1(a) of the bill, the University of North Carolina is allowed to furlough employees. Despite the fact that teachers and state employees did not receive any pay increases, section 9.2 allows salaries of University employees to be raised if the raised portion comes from non-state funds. Section 11.20 prohibits a reduction in the amount of funds transferred from the Highway Trust Fund to the Global TransPark.

You might want to take a gander at this technical corrections bill yourself.

Republicans are aiming to take over the legislature. They need to gain 6 seats in the Senate and 9 in the House. Given there are 5 Senate Democrats who are retiring, this might be doable. House Democrat seats being targeted include Alice Underhill from New Bern, Arthur Williams from Washington, Van Braxton from Kinston, Randy Stewart from Rocky Mount, Jimmy Love from Sanford, Jane Whilden from Asheville, Lorene Coates from Salisbury and Cullie Tarlton from Blowing Rock. There’s also an open seat in Mecklenburg County.

Drought setting in
rain in sections of the state, the hot, dry weather is taking a toll on landscaping and crops throughout the state. The NC Farm Bureau has produced four very good videos on water which you might enjoy watching. They have given us permission to link to their sites. Be sure to watch all four. Watch here for
Number 1. Here for Number 2. Here for Number 3. Here for Number 4.  Thanks to Farm Bureau.

And remember to put October 12th on your calendar. The NC SPIN Water Forum planning is coming along well and we should be able to report more in next week’s newsletter.

Until next week, watch out for the SPIN!

Claire Cox-Woodlief, Editor
Tom Campbell, Publisher
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Note: I don’t think Tedesco can win the debate after watching he and Rev. Barber on CNN yesterday. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Wake County Public Schools

Board sets open meeting to pick superintendent (Tonight) – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

After conducting a second round of interviews for three superintendent finalists at a special meeting Wednesday, the Edgecombe County Board of Education has scheduled another meeting at 8:30 p.m. today at Central Services in Tarboro.

The meeting will feature both closed and open sessions, and the public is invited to attend the open session, board attorney Jonathan Blumberg said. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Note: Well I know where I will be tonight.

Now this is going to be very interesting. None are from Edgecombe County. So the person who those within the system campaigned for must did not make the cut. Oh well. I think that is best because I do not believe she would have received the respect from those who are set in their ways which is many across the county. There are too many small issues that need to be dealt with and someone from the inside would not be able to do what is best for the children by making some strong decisions in my opinion. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Superintendent Search

Attorney General rejects group’s claims (Princeville NC) – Source: The Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — The complaints of a group of citizens remain.

The Concerned Citizens of Princeville, with the assistance of former Princeville Attorney Anthony Flanagan, received a response from the Attorney General’s office but it was not what they had hoped for. (Read more @ The Daily Southerner)

Note: I wonder why the former Mayor Perkins is the spokesperson for the group. We all know that the former Mayor and the current Mayor have been going at it since the current Mayor defeated the former Mayor after the flood of the century. And then during the following election the former Mayor Perkins was re-elected and then during the most recent election the current Mayor Everette-Oates was re-elected.

It is my opinion that there comes a time when one is a member of an organization, group and etc. they should not be the one out front because the cause can get caught up in the people and not the real issue although they mean well.

Well I decided to stop attending the commission monthly meeting because obviously the people of Princeville like the drama. If they do not then maybe they will show us by electing someone other than the current and the former Mayors during the next election. I do believe that Mayor Perkins would be the better of the 2, however I feel it would be best for both to work from the rear and not from the top. If there is a new tie-breaker at the table then just maybe the commissioners will eventually come together if they are re-elected.

Prime example “Former Mayor disputes Mayor Oats claim” of why there needs to be a new Mayor other than the former and current Mayor until things are in better shape. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Princeville NC

Rev. William J. Barber II NC NAACP President and John Tedesco Wake County Public Schools Board Member NC School Diversity Controversy

Watch the video: CNN

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Wake County Public Schools

Consultant will lay out plan for ‘controlled choice’ in Wake schools – Source: WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Amid a raging debate over community-based schools in the Wake County Public School System, a consultant out of Massachusetts says he might have an option that can help give parents more choices in their children’s education without creating high-poverty schools. (Read more @ WRAL)

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Wake County Public Schools

Black Workers for Justice: Handcuffed for School Equity by Erin Byrd (BWFJ member) Also See All Who Were Arrested

See original: BWFJ

I got arrested on Tuesday, July 20th with 19 others all fighting for school equity.
I have never been handcuffed, thrown into a paddy wagon, fingerprinted or had my mug shot taken. It was a sobering experience.

I have been in a jail before. I volunteered with Prison MATCH (Prison Mothers and Their Children) and worked with Job Start, both programs that seek to decrease recidivism and the impact of the cycle of incarceration. I spent hours with incarcerated young women who look like me. The prison system is full of people of color. I thought about them as I decided that I would take a stand against the elimination of the socioeconomic diversity policy in Wake County schools, which I believe will result in more young people entering the school-to-prison pipeline.

Thousands Rally
My day started marching with my prince kings and several thousand people down Fayetteville Street. We marched because we believe in equity in our schools. It was a powerful march. The diversity of the marchers was beautiful. Speakers spoke eloquently about the history of the struggle against segregation. It was more than 40 years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court made segregated schools illegal in Brown vs. Board of Education.

At the rally, speakers talked about the moral imperative to stand against any effort to segregate our community. It reminded me that we no longer can just sit in our pews and pray. We are God’s weapons against injustice and it will take all of us together to fight for a united community. One speaker said of the marchers,” this is what my neighborhood looks like.” I was touched by his statement. I understand that we cannot retreat back into our neighborhoods. We live in a global community. We will either learn to work together or we will all perish together.

We Prayed
We left the rally and went to a prayer meeting at Pullen Memorial Church. This is a predominately white church led by the Rev. Nancy Petty. She has was arrested at a school board meeting a few weeks ago with Rev. William Barber, the state NAACP president, Tim Tyson, a Duke University professor and author of ‘Blood Done Signed My Name,’ and Mary Williams, a renowned gospel singer and freedom fighter. They drafted a statement about why they choose to get arrested.

"In the best American traditions, from Henry David Thoreau to Ella Baker to Martin Luther King, Jr., we recognize the necessary place of civil disobedience: breaking a small and unjust law in order to protect a larger and broadly significant law, honoring the very spirit of law by yielding to punishment in order to meet the necessity of an urgent moral crisis. We seek to make a moral and spiritual witness that we feel is urgent, necessary, and right."

School Board Meeting becomes a Police State
After the prayer meeting I dropped my sons off and I went to the school board meeting which was set up like a police state. Over 50 police had secured the parking lot with metal barriers. I had to park down the street and walk because they were not letting anyone park in the lot.

Opponents of the diversity policy had asked their supporters to fill the meeting room’s 164 seats. They were unable to reach this goal. Outside, Rev. Barber arrived and read a statement. He and three others were immediately taken to jail. The police told people who were standing with Rev. Barber that if they remained on the sidewalk and didn’t move behind the gated parking lot they would be arrested. Several people refused to move. The police officers asked “who wants to get arrested?” This was ridiculous because no one was violating the law. The sidewalk is big enough for people to stand and wait. Tensions were rising.

I went inside. At first, I could only get into a room that had been set up to accommodate those who could not fit into the main board room. This room had a blurry television screen to show the proceedings. The school board has been asked many times to move the meetings to a space where the public can attend. Unfortunately, they have refused. A protest broke out in the hallway when people who wanted to see the board meeting were forbidden to enter the main room.

Eventually I was able to squeeze into the main board room (thanks Lauren). We planned to stand with Michele Laws, president of the Chapel Hill chapter of the NAACP, when she went up to make her statement. I walked to the stand and I was not alone. Many people joined me and we locked arms. We began to chant “Forward ever, backwards never.”

Handcuffed for School Equity
Quickly, the police surrounded us and told us to stop chanting. We refused, and our hold on each other tightened. Michele’s daughter, MD, was in the middle of our group. Police began to pull and push at us, violently twisting arms. At one point a supporter of the board smacked a member of NC HEAT in the head.

When Keith Sutton, the only black school board member, tried to calm tensions, police grabbed him and forced his arms behind his back in an attempt to arrest him.The crowd began to yell: “He’s a school board member. What are you doing?” Eventually, another officer intervened and Sutton was released.

One by one, they broke our circle apart. Finally, one woman was left. She was on her hands and knees on the floor, surrounded by officers, crying, “Don’t touch me.”
When I knelt to pray with her, they arrested both of us.

My day ended in the Wake County jail, waiting to be processed and watching people of color continue to come into the jail in handcuffs — real handcuffs, not the plastic bands they used on us.

The NAACP has released an official statement to represent the Solid 19 that were arrested on Tuesday. Please read the official statement attached below.

I have been asked why I got arrested and if it was “worth it.” We took a stand and would not be moved. We know that the Wake County system was not perfect to begin with. Indeed, my son was suspended twice this year. We have a lot of work to do. We still stand against the elimination of the diversity policy because we know it will only make a challenging situation worse. I did this because:

1. I am a mother and believe all children deserve a sound basic education and this requires equitable schools, preserving the socioeconomic diversity policy, quality teachers, and parental involvement and eliminating zero-tolerance discipline policies.

2. Low wealth schools will only serve to widen the school to prison pipeline. The elimination of the diversity policy and the transition to neighborhood schools will result in an increase in the number of low wealth schools. The increased number of low wealth schools will lead to an increased in the number of students that become residents of jails and prisons. Across the country our prison system is filled with young people of color. I recently learned from Critical Resistance that at least 50% of the young people entering our prison system are being sent there by school resource officers that work in our public schools.

3. We have a right to control/influence/participate in the schools in our communities. We have been shut out of this process. Yes, they were elected with 6% of the registered voters, but when surveying the parents they found that over 90% of parents were happy with the school their children were attending. Overwhelmingly the public has spoken out against eliminating the diversity policy. There have been letters to the board, public comment, rallies, town hall forums, data presentations by experts, letters to editor, meetings and much more that have little to nothing to move the board majority. They refuse to hear us, indeed they mock us, call us animals loose from our cages. If they say that about our efforts to challenge their position on this issue, how can they possible hear our children’s needs?

4. The data and the research all lead to one conclusion: eliminating the socio-economic diversity plan will yield more high poverty schools. I have heard from many that they believe integration has not always served black children. They believe we should control the destiny of our schools. I think they have a point, but I strongly believe- that without a socioeconomic diversity policy we will never have equitable funding across all of our schools in Wake County. They can promise more resources to the segregated all black school in my part of town, but they will not keep their promises. My sons will be fighting the same battle I am fighting. The cycle has to stop somewhere.

5. Strong schools are good for the economy and high poverty schools are bad for business. We know that housing, transportation and education are all tied together and necessary for a strong economy. If we allow them to weaken our school system, they will weaken our economic base, we will loose jobs, will loose money. We literally can’t afford to allow this to happen.

Wake did fall asleep at the wheel. Voter turnout was so low that we allowed these ideologues to gain control of the most valuable enterprise in our county-our schools. For that oversight we must all work harder to take back the helm of our schools. We need community investment and control of our schools. We need parents and students working with the experts (teachers and administrators) to create a more just and equitable school system. We need to vote in the upcoming election.

We need your help. Please join us on July 25th for the After the March – Stay in the Struggle" get together, July 25, 2-5 pm, YWCA 554. E Hargett St. We will continue to fight. Forward Ever, Backward Never!! Was it worth it, yes. Will I do it again? Yes, if it’s necessary. Someone said to me today, “if the struggle ain’t worth going to jail, then it probably it ain’t worth it at all.”


Erin Byrd, Mother
Member of NAACP Political Action Committee, Black Workers for Justice and Southern Partners Fund
Employed by Blueprint NC

The official NAACP press release:
Immediate Release
21 July 2010

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President,
Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700
Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, 919-389-2905

Raleigh, NC – A historic coming together of Black and White clergy leaders in front of the North Carolina State Capitol to bless and inspire thousands of young people, parents, and NAACP members who were protesting the decisions and actions of the five-member majority of the Wake County School Board to turn the clock back, and establish high-poverty, racially-identifiable, re-segregated schools in the County.

Over 30 religious leaders, from the predominantly African American AME ZION Church (all 12 of its Bishops were represented and the President of the Board of Bishops introduced Bishop Thompson of NC to speak), a Bishop in the United Methodist church, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese, the N.C. Council of Churches, the Presbyterian Church, the Disciples of Christ Church, the N.C. General Baptist Convention, (Rev. Dr. Greg Moss), the Jewish Faith, Muslims, Unitarians, and Baptists. These religious leaders where joined by a vast array of parent, student, and labor groups. The diversity was incredible. Many observers remarked that it was the first time they had ever seen so many of the leaders of groups who worship the same God, and who preach from the same texts on Saturdays and Sundays, come together in a common cause, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, who’s Disciples of Christ Congregation has supported his five year ministry of Justice in North Carolina.

There were strong exhortations to Never Go Back to Segregation by all the speakers. Music was provided by a band of high school students, led by Brenton Harrison, son of Rev. Troy Harrison of the
St. Joseph’s CME Church, and nationally-recognized Gospel Singer, Mrs. Mary D. Williams, started and ended the street meeting with a powerful old song: "People Get Ready, There’s a Train A-Coming, Don’t Need No Ticket, Just Get on Board."

Rev. Barber invited those who wanted to go to the afternoon School Board meeting to Rev. Petty’s Pullen Baptist Church to pray about how to best take a prophetic stand against the School Board’s decision to resegregate. When the crowd had gathered at historic Pullen Church, Barber read a letter he would hand-deliver to Board Chair Ron Margiotta, who had authorized a standing order to arrest Barber, Petty and Williams if they came on the Board premises without a promise that they would be nice. Lawyers believe Margiotta lacked statutory or constitutional basis for his ban. They say Margiotta had no right to keep people away from his public meetings just because he disagreed with their views, before they spoke their views. Barber told the crowd, Mr. Margiotta had the legal right to use police to stop what he believed were disruptive "crimes" after they began, but he had no right to send out chilling warnings to parents (Both Petty and Williams have children in the Wake County Schools) telling them they did not have the right to attend a meeting, unless they promise to be "nice." After more prayers and soul-searching, scores of people, led by Rev. Barber, Rev. Moss, Rev. Forbes(a SNCC founder), and Rev. Petty, left for the 3 p.m. Board meeting.

Although the virtually all-white Republican Party of Wake, which has provided the financial, political, and organizational backing for Mr. Margiotta and his four allies on the Board had promised to mobilize 160 supporters to fill the Boardroom seats to prevent Mr. Margiotta’s opponents from being allowed to speak their views, only a handful of Republicans showed up. Observers reported that Margiotta and his Republican caucus were more concerned than usual, because of the growing support from the white and black church leaders for retaining the nationally-recognized socio-economic diversity policy. Margiotta was being pressured, observers reported, to make a few concessions, and there were rumors that at least one of his caucus was expressing misgivings about the inconsistent and embarrassing statements a member of the Republican caucus was making to the media.

As soon as Rev. Barber began leading a crowd of pro-diversity people in prayer and chants outside the School Board building on a public sidewalk, police surrounded him. Barber tried to deliver his letter to Margiotta, but police would not let him, and instead tied his wrists with plastic handcuffs, and led him to an EMS vehicle to take him to jail. Rev. Gregory Moss, leader of the 500,000 member Baptist Convention, locked arms with his long-time friend, and made it clear that if they arrested Barber, they would have to arrest him. Rev. Petty, who was standing with her two friends, was arrested with them. Barber and Petty were charged with second degree trespassing, and Rev. Moss was charged with interfering with the arrest of Barber.

The WakeCounty jailers and Magistrate quickly processed Barber, Moss, and Petty. They had just gone outside, to enjoy the breeze of freedom, when word spread that Margiotta had ordered the arrest of at least a dozen more NAACP members and their supporters, and they had also detained, and tried to cuff, the only African American School Board member, Keith Sutton. Television shots and eyewitnesses agree that Mr. Margiotta apparently made a general order to arrest protesters. Pictures show that there were several people standing behind Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Michelle Laws, who was commenting on her disagreement with the Margiotta policies. Most of those standing in support of Ms. Laws did not get a chance to speak, and did nothing to disrupt the meeting other than show their support for her views, the police were apparently authorized to make arrests of anyone who was standing in the room, including School Board Member Sutton. He had walked over to Ms. Laws and other people, to try to insure peaceful, non-injurious arrests. Mr. Keith Sutton, mistakenly identified as a protestor, was almost arrested. See http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/8001507/

As can be seen in the video, 16 people were arrested. An unidentified Black man approached the police, to inform them they were arresting a school board member. Sutton was reluctantly released with no apologies. Television images of this stereotypical arrest are presently being sent around the world.
The 19 people arrested include 7 ministers, 6 young people of college and high school age, five members of the Executive Committee of the NC State Conference of Branches, 3 NAACP Branch Presidents, 8 white people and 11 black people, ranging in age from 16 to 60.
1. Ms. Laurel Ashton
2. Mr. Scott Bass
3. Ms. Erin Byrd
4. Rev. Anthony Davis
5. Mr. Tim D. Hodge
6. Ms. Marie Garlock
7. Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood
8. Rev. Jimmy Hawkins
9. Ms. Chinedu Ifejika
10. Mr. Bobby Jones
11. Rev. Michelle Laws
12. Ms. Camilla Lee
13. Ms. Maddie Miller
14. Mr. Keith Rivers
15. Mr. Rob Stephens
16. Mr. David Eisenstadt
17. Rev. Gregory Moss
18. Rev. Nancy Petty
19. Rev. William J. Barber II


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Wake County Public Schools

Black farmers’ settlement is at the mercy of the Senate – CNN

Washington (CNN) — Money to pay for a discrimination lawsuit brought against the Department of Agriculture by black farmers remains stuck in a legislative body described as a place where bills go to die.

In July, the House approved a war supplemental bill that included money to pay for the settlement. It now remains stuck as senators examine the bill. (Read more @ CNN)

Note: It is funny that I was in a conversation about what our President has not done as it relates to black farmers and black folks in general just yesterday. The other person said that our President has recognized other folks by compensating them. I found the following to very, very interesting, “As a senator, Barack Obama sponsored "Pigford II," a measure in the 2008 Farm Bill that reopened the case. In February of this year, his administration brokered a $1.25 billion settlement for Pigford II. But Congress missed two deadlines, one in March and the other in May.”

Now with this in mind, this probably means that there are other things that our President has worked on and is currently working on that some folks may not even realize.

I tell everyone that I am willing to give our President the opportunity to do his thing and after his term is up, I will either vote for him or against him. But I be damn if I am going to get caught up into his every move because I can’t keep up with everything he does. I will not agree with everything he does and I am not going to write him off because he do not accomplish everything in 4 years that is dear to me.

A message to some white folks. Why in the hell don’t ya’ll leave this man alone? If you don’t want to support him simply because he is black then vote against him like you did during the past election. Stop lying on the man and other black folks in positions just because.

A message to some black folks. Why in the hell do you think our President just because he is black he can fix every damn thing over night when there has been 40 Presidents before him? Not only do some black folks want our President to fix mess over night, but they want some local officials to fix mess on the local level that they inherited for 40 years as well. Ya’ll need sit down, shut the hell up and give the man a chance. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Black Farmers