SCLC to discuss stance on police chief at meeting – Source: The Daily Reflector

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is meeting Tuesday to discuss its stance on a call to remove Greenville Police Chief William Anderson from office.

Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at 1032 Fleming St. already was scheduled. The Anderson discussion, however, has become a prominent part of the agenda after William Dudley, chairman of the local chapter’s board of directors, and Reginald Walton, the board’s assistant chairman, sent a letter to The Daily Reflector on Thursday that stated the organization did not condone efforts to seek Anderson’s removal and thought he was doing “a noble job.” (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

Note: Here we go again. Division among the ranks. Oh well when will we get it together. It is one thing to disagree but when this type of disagreement takes place and it is made public without the entire organization reaching some kind of consensus is just sad. As I read the article it appears that there were little to no discussion or a lack of communication as it relates to where the SCLC stands as an organization. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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“Outside Agitators”, another tactic from the old Jim Crow Playbook

July 23, 2010

An opened letter from Curtis Everette Gatewood, Ordained Minister

2nd Vice President NC State Conference of the NAACP

NC NAACP “HK on J” Mobilization Chairman

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Re: “Outside Agitators”, another tactic from the old Jim Crow Playbook

I would like to address questions regarding how certain media and political entities are now interestingly raising the question of whether those “outside” Wake County should concern themselves with what goes on with the thousands of innocent children who make up the Wake County Schools System (WCSS), North Carolina’s largest school system.

Those of us who have proven we possess the social intelligence, moral consciousness, spiritual faith, and child-centered willingness to care for the poor beyond the constraints of our own dwellings, race, “neighborhoods”, zip codes, geographic boundaries, or comfort zones, are being portrayed as “outside agitators”. What did we learn from history?

As a nation we have seen the blistering whip of oppression offer up the undesirable gifts of trickery that were hidden under the giftwrap paper of flawed public policy. We received an unwanted gift dressed up with red, white, and blue ribbons and decorated with pretty lies claiming “liberty and justice for all.” A similar gift was given to former slaves and their descendants, which had been selected, packed, and wrapped by the evil and deceitful hands of Jim Crow, Sr.

We learned that a particular form of oppression would first be packaged and sold within a certain vicinity or principality before it would grow to become a larger state, or federal gift. This is why it often took federal legislation or “amendments” to stop certain states who simply pressed the dagger of injustice every inch into the backs of the oppressed until the exact point of resistance.

It took in-”siders”, “outsiders”, God’s heavenly up-“siders”, and righteous voices from EVERY mountain-“side” to stop Jim Crow as this federally funded criminal would for decades stand with his race-muddy feet on the necks of poor African Americans regardless of which county or state they came from.

African descendants of this generation are disproportionately offered the gift of “neighborhood schools”. It is another unwanted gift, decorated with paper from flawed policies which have no factual ingredients; a gift whose container is filled with rhetorical hot air and lacks any supporting empirical data that would have added to the gift’s value; an unwanted gift deceitfully presented as a “solution” forward, but backwardly shoplifted from the old but well stocked shelf of racial politics and presented by the filthy hands of Jim Crow, Jr.

Historically, the oppressor has sought to confuse and divide potential freedom fighters through divide-and-conquer tactics. Those who seek to rebirth the “outside agitator” labels are using the concept and even the same terminology used by domestic terrorists who during the Jim Crow era, sought to keep out progressive national organizations such as the NAACP and fearless civil rights leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was in the face of being portrayed as “outside agitators”, Dr. King offered us this indisputable thought – “A threat to justice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Wake County Schools’ unjust and backward direction is without a doubt “a threat to justice everywhere” for poor children who depend on moral beings without regard to their geographical territories to look after their best interests. A child is not going to feel better if his future was robbed by a resident in his own county. Neither will a child regret the help of a distant friend or relative who seeks to save him from unjust policy makers who happen to live in his vicinity. Additionally, Jesus asked that we “go ye into all of the world” and carry forward the “gospel for the poor” and tend to the “least of these”.

We join Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, religious leaders, the NC NAACP, its more than 90 HK on J coalition partners, youth organizations such as NC H.E.A.T., and all other community servants who choose to obey God’s moral law of justice over man’s callous acts of injustice.

While knowing the blood of our ancestors have paid such a high price, and considering the livelihoods of the poorest children of this generation are at stake, we will continue to mobilize against injustice and in no way slow down. We will not slow down due to “outsider” labels, arbitrary school meeting changes designed to reduce rather than increase community input, two-faced promises, increased police presence, threats of jail, or if and when other tactics which are being replayed from the old Jim Crow playbook are used through efforts to intimidate and/or divide us.

Love and righteousness have no boundaries, just as the “threats toward justice” never have and never will stop at Wake or any other county line. Both God and our history scream out loudly and clearly regarding our need to become our brother’s keeper, whether he lives in a different county or different country.

Curtis E. Gatewood


July 23, 2010

Kathy McCavanagh
RealWorld University, LLC
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Award-winning Speaker, Author, & Professor – Joe Martin, Ed.D.

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"After I graduated from high school, going to college wasn’t even an option," Martin recalls. "My standardized test scores were so low that I was told I wouldn’t even be allowed to ‘drive’ by a college, let alone get accepted into one. I laugh now, but hearing those comments at age 17 was very demoralizing."

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Butterfield Urges Boost for WWII Merchant Mariners

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

First District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate



Date:  July 23, 2010


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


Butterfield Urges Boost for WWII Merchant Mariners


Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield has offered legislation to help World War II U.S. Merchant Marines receive earned veterans benefits.
“With fewer than 10,000 World War II Merchant Mariners still alive today, it is important to ensure they have the full opportunity to apply for benefits earned through service to our country,” Butterfield said.
With bipartisan support from 17 fellow House members, including House Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.), Butterfield is sponsoring the World War II Merchant Marine Service Act, which seeks to expand which documents are accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Defense in determining Merchant Marines’ eligibility for veterans benefits.
Butterfield explained that during World War II, U.S. Merchant Marines contributed directly to the war effort. These contributions took place while their private employers were under contract or direction of the U.S. military or government, or due to their participation in military activities such as the defense of wide geographic areas, including Guam and Bataan.
“The Merchant Mariners have long and rightly been known as the fourth arm of defense,” Butterfield said.
In the years after the war, Congress held hearings on legislation introduced that would have either expanded benefits then currently available to merchant seamen, or provide benefits comparable to those provided in the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. Unfortunately, Butterfield said, Congress failed to pass any of the legislation.
Decades later, Congress did eventually approve legislation that provided U.S. Merchant Marines with active oceangoing service during World War II with eligibility for veterans benefits.
While many Merchant Marines gained eligibility, Butterfield said that it is often difficult to meet the current documentation requirements. Currently, the only documents accepted are certificate of shipping and discharge forms, continuous deck or engine logbooks, and shipping company records that indicate the vessel names and dates of voyages.
Butterfield said that many of these documents never existed or are “all but impossible” to obtain, and that the bill would allow several alternatives. Under the bill, acceptable forms of documentation would include Social Security Administration records, validated testimony by the applicant or closest living relative and other official records that provide sufficient proof of service.  
The other co-sponsors are U.S. Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.), Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Bob Brady (D-Pa.), Madeline Bordallo (D-Guam), Donna Christensen (D-V.I.), Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) and Gene Taylor (D-Miss.).