A new day is dawning . . .

Raleigh NC, January 29 2011.  Today a new chapter in history was begun for the North Carolina Democratic Party with election of new State Party Officers.  Only one incumbent was re-elected by voting members of the State Executive Committee, which is the highest authority in the Party, serving as equivalent to a Board of Directors.

Though large and at times unwieldy, the SEC is composed of elected County Delegates based on numbers of Precincts; also included are elected County & Congressional District Chairs and other notable elected Officers of the Party.  Unwieldy it may be, but fully democratic it is.

David Parker was elected as new State Party Chair for the next 2 years – thru the 2012 General Election – an attorney from Mooresville in Iredell County.  David has 35 years experience in the Party at many levels, and was currently serving as an NC Delegate to the Democratic National Committee.  View his Campaign Website here for bio info and email addy: David Parker

Elected to 4 other Offices were:

    1st Vice Chair: Gwen Wilkins -  defeating incumbent Stella Adams

    2nd Vice Chair: Doug Wilson – defeating incumbent Delmas Parker

    3rd Vice Chair: Tony McEwen – incumbent re-elected

    Secretary: Melvin Williams

A new player on the field this year was

NCDP politics

, a website which was the only full range source of information available to both dispersed SEC Members and the general public.  Wisely not organized as a responsive blog site – as several others are, always clogged with superficial, and at times libelous comments from posters allowed to hid behind fake identities –

NCDP politics, was a journalistic effort to publish what was gathered from numerous sources, for the convenience of many. 

This site did have a distinctive point of view:  like many other concerned Democrats, it was to assure that the influence of a past State Party Chair ended.  Former Chair Jerry Meek has been trying to pull strings controlling the Party from his new home in Charlotte, having personally recruited 1 of 3 Candidates running for State Chair, and was expecting 3 major incumbent Candidates to be re-elected by the SEC

Meek has for years salted the SEC with his concealed Progressive members, and they have kept the Party deadlocked in a losing position for several elections.  The massive defeat of Democrats statewide in Nov Elections – including the loss of a Democratic majority in both Houses of the General Assembly for the first time in a century – finally awoke enough Democrats of all stripes, to shake off the collar of Meek dominance.  Choices made today thoroughly rebuked Meek’s attempts to control the Party.

Interestingly, the impressive list of Endorsers on new Chair David Parker‘s website represented a wide range of viewpoints among State Democrats – a tribute to his unifying abilities – including many of the Progressives which Meek had counted upon to keep him empowered as the Puppet Master behind the scenes.

Meek’s residence town of Charlotte is one of 4 national cities in the final round of selections to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where President Obama is expected to be renominated to run for a second term.  When a prominent DNC Delegate and Vice Mayor of Charlotte died recently, Jerry managed to manipulate the vote for her replacement in favor of his Momma-in-Law, from a political powerhouse family of Mecklenburg County which Jerry married into at the tip end of his 4-year State Chairmanship.

David Parker‘s election, with a new set of Democrats at the State level of the Party is great news, at a time when the Party is scheduled for its rebuilding each odd-numbered year, starting with electing thousands of Precinct Officers from every County at the end of February.  Next, County Conventions will be held where new County Chairs and Officers are elected, including new State Executive Committee Delegates.  And shortly after that, election of Congressional District Officers.

Every registered NC Democrat is welcome to attend their local Precinct Meeting at the end of February, and is eligible to become a Precinct Officer.  All meetings of the Party at every levels are open to any registered Democrat.  The NC Democratic Party has always prided itself on its deep grassroots foundation.

Coming up in Autumn of 2011 are Municipal Elections, which vary widely, but open seats can be determined from State or County Boards of Elections. However, a catastrophic turn of events in the 2009 Municipals caused loss of a Democratic majority on the Wake County School Board, which has resulted in a major push by Rethuglicans to re-segregate Public Schools, drawing major unfavorable attention to NC nationwide.

Funded by extremist right-wing millionaires whose long-term plan is to privatize all Public Schools, they would be turned into profit-making sources of income, complete with interest bearing loans to families, like for colleges, a way to pump more money out of the lower and middle classes into the wealthiest.

Because of Rethug’s success at the polls – in Wake Co due to leadership failures in both Democratic Party County and State administrations – future NC elections will see more School Board challenges going to ballot, with backing of unprecedented out-of-State funding.

By all measures, this was the perfect year to clean out residual NC Democratic Party Officers who were Missing in Action in November, and to rebuild a new, lean, mean, and victorious Democratic Party, ready to meet such unprecedented challenges as they arrive.

Congratulations to new State Party Chair David Parker, and his great Officer Team!  Spring is on its way, just the time to seed, grow and re-cultivate a strong Democratic Party, whose constant good leadership in the past has brought prosperity to North Carolina for generations. 

And with your help, it shall continue to happen for generations to come.

Sidenote: As I was finishing the first draft of this Article at my home in Virginia, this computer message arrived at 2:54 pm on Saturday:

    DP won 355 BF 262 Dannie 15

It would appear that there were 612 SEC Delegates in attendance.

With all the speeches and voting, the meeting lasted more than 6 hours.

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Facing what must be faced to rebuild NCDP.

© 2011  Gene Messick, wordsmith

[ProgressiveTriangle] Events for the week of Jan 30

The main order of business at the Winter meeting of the State Executive Committee of the NCDP was the election of officers.  On SAT 1/29, the SEC elected the following to lead the NCDP for the next 2 years:
David Parker – Chair
Gwen Wilkens – 1st Vice Chair
Douglas Wilson – 2nd Vice Chair
Tony McEwen – 3rd Vice Chair
Melvin Williams – Secretary

**SAT 2/12 HKonJ 2011

**FRI 2/18.  5:30pm.  31st Annual Wake Dems Valentine Fundraiser

Links to events of special interest:
Wake County Party Events:
TUE 2/1.  Young Democrats of Wake County meeting.
MON 2/28.  6pm.  Wake County Executive Board Meeting
TUE 3/1 and THUR 3/3.  Dates for Wake Democratic Party Annual Precinct Meetings
**SAT 2/12.  5:30pm.  NC ACLU 42nd Annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Ceremony
**TUE 2/15. 9a – 4pm.  Equality NC Day of Action 2011.
**THUR 2/17.   7:30pm.  Quail Ridge Books & Music hosts Former Senior VP for CIGNA Wendell Potter, discussing and signing his new book

Ongoing weekly vigils for justice and peace:
Chapel Hill: 5-6pm, Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St (942-2535).
Raleigh: 5:00-6:00 pm, Mondays, in front of Central Prison, corner of Hunt Dr and Western Blvd, to end the death penalty (PFADP, AI-USA, NC-ACLU)

SEEDS is Hiring!  SEEDS is hiring a co-coordinator for Durham Inner-city Gardeners.  Come join our multigenerational team of youth and adults working together to increase food justice in our community by:
– Growing healthy, sustainable food on a ¼ acre lot in Northeast Central Durham
– Selling their produce at the Durham Farmer’s Market every Saturday
– Learning about the importance of food and sustainability
– Cultivating self-confidence, inter-dependence, solid community, and a strong value for all life 
www.seedsnc.org for additional info.  Deadline For Applications: February 4, 2011

SUN 1/30.  6pm.  Triangle Freethought Society – Dr Barbara Forrest to speak, Update on the Wedge: Intelligent Design Creationism Since the Dover Trial.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall on Wade Avenue in Raleigh.
Discussion  will touch on themes surrounding public education, separation of church and state, and updates regarding the Intelligent Design (ID) movement since the landmark ruling in Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District (2005).  Dr. Forrest was an expert witness for the plaintiffs during the case.  Dr. Forrest’s presentation will be part of TFS’s monthly business meeting. The business meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Dr. Forrest’s talk will start at 6:30 p.m. TFS meetings are open to the general public and free of charge. 

MON 1/31.  6 – 9pm  UNA-Wake January Dinner Meeting – Michael J. Molloy will speak about  -  The Palestine Refugee Problem: Is There a Solution?
Oak Room at Meredith College, Raleigh.
Cost: $8 students, $12 UNA members, $15 non-members.  You can pay at the door, but please notify Robert Lamb at
rglamb1@gmail.com  if you plan to attend so we can arrange to have enough food available.  http://www.facebook.com/UNAWake?v=wall#!/event.php?eid=122174291186936

MON 1/31.  6 :30pmDurham PA Quarterly Membership Meeting
Main Library Auditorium, 300 North Roxboro Rd., Durham
Please join us as we elect our 2011 Officers and Coordinating Committee! We will then hear from the heads of our committees: Education, Criminal Justice, Planning/Zoning and Housing. We’ll break out into work sessions to define/refine the mission statement of each committee and create goals for each group. 

TUE 2/1.  Young Democrats of Wake County meeting.
Goodwin House, 220 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Special Guest Speaker: Wake County District Court Judge Keith Gregory will discuss strategies implemented by his team to gain re-election in 2010.  Join the young democrats monthly at the Goodwin House every first TUE. All are invited.  Contact YD President John Verdejo,
jrverdejo@gmail.com or YD Vice President Matt Calabria, matt.calabria@gmail.com for information on membership and meetings.  (back)

TUE 2/1.  7pmRaleigh NOW – Chapter meeting. First Tuesdays.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, 781-7635.

WED 2/2.  5:30 – 7pm.  Public Lecture: Cardinal Mahony on Immigration Reform
UNC, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Chapel Hill
For Goodness Sake: Why America Needs Immigration Reform.  Because of our broken immigration system, millions of individuals and families are regularly exploited, demeaned and dehumanized. Enacting comprehensive immigration reform that is both humane and fair is not only good, it is a moral imperative for our country. For more information call Phone: (919) 966-1484

THUR 2/3.   7pm.  Raleigh Documentary Night – The Yes Men
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, Clara Barton room, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh
With poker-faced impersonation as their weapon and World Trade Organization officials as their target, the Yes Men pull off one bold prank after another in an effort to raise political consciousness. And when their outrageous stunts are actually swallowed – hook line and sinker – the Yes Men must up the satirical ante and push the art of public spectacle to hilarious new heights! (82 minutes)  Changing the World one prank at a time! Questions? e-mail Jeff or Anne at docu@healthprotector.com   Admission is Free. 

THUR 2/3.  5:30 – 6:45pm.   International Job Creation: Can We (Micro) Franchise our Way out of Poverty?
FedEx Global Education Center, Auditorium, Chapel Hill
Three prominent microfranchising pioneers and experts will address key questions and real world-wide examples to explore microfranchising as a business model adaptation for poverty alleviation.  RSVP to
ciber@unc.edu  or (919) 962-7843.  Free and open to the public. 

FRI 2/4.  7 – 10pm.  2nd Annual Raleigh On Ice Gala & Silent Auction.
CAPTRUST Tower, 4208 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Raleigh Rescue Mission.  This special evening will recognize Raleigh On Ice sponsors and volunteers.  The event will feature delicious food, entertainment and a silent auction which will include many wonderful items such as services, designer items and Carolina Hurricanes collectibles.  Tickets at $40. 

THUR 2/3.  WomenNC’s Student Presentations Event
Woman’s Club of Raleigh, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh
Come join us for the rehearsal presentation of North Carolina’s panel at the next United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Four young female college students will be giving presentations at the Woman’s Club of Raleigh as part of their WomenNC CSW Fellowship before they share their research at the United Nations in February 2011. The presentations will be about sex trafficking, access to reproductive health, violence prevention in higher education, and immigrant girl workers in NC.  We will also be hosting a number of local and international officials such as Elaine Marshall, the current North Carolina Secretary of State, Brad Miller, US Representative for NC (District 13), Lindy Brown, former Wake County Commissioner, Jill Dinwiddie, Executive Director of the NC Council for Women, and Michael J. Molloy, former Canadian Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  Tickets: $15; $12 Students. 

SUN 2/6.  9:15 – 10:15am.  Sunday Forum  – Introduction to Sabbath Economics (Chad Myers video and discussion)
Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh (corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail).
If you need more information, call 919.387.9479 or email

THUR 2/10.  6:30pm.  The City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission invites you to the 22nd Annual Human Relations Awards Banquet.
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel 421 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
Tickets: $35, reservation required.  The City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission will honor those who have helped to bring about equal opportunity and unity in Raleigh.  To reserve a seat, mail check payable to City of Raleigh to: Marionna Poke-Stewart City of Raleigh Community Services Department P.O. Box 590 Raleigh, NC 27602.  For more information, contact Marionna Poke-Stewart, Community Services Department at 996-6100 or

SAT 2/12. 8a – 5pm.  8th Annual Urban Design Conference.
Marriott Raleigh City Center, 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. 
The 8th Annual Urban Design Conference,  Sustainable Suburbs: Re-imagining the Inner Ring will frame the issues, respond to questions, and describe innovative solutions on how and why design and planning can redefine the urban in suburban to transform auto-centric, disposable building practices into more complete, vibrant, and healthy communities.  NC State University College of Design in conjunction with the Department of City Planning, Urban Design Center and NC State Foundation.  For more info or to register, please go to – http://www.ncsu.edu/project/design-projects/urban-design-conference.

SAT 2/12 HKonJ 2011
Historic Thousands on Jones Street Annual Event in Raleigh, NC. More information will be sent when it becomes available. 
http://www.hkonj.com/   (back)

SAT 2/12.  10a – 4pm.  Wake County Black History Month Celebration.
Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
Lots to do throughout the day: children’s crafts, Quiz Wheel, displays on African American history, genealogy, Bookmobile, and Wake County Library Card sign up!  For more information, call (919) 250-1200 or (919) 250-1013, or visit
www.wakegov.com   Brought to you by Wake County Public Libraries in partnership with Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space

SAT 2/12.  5:30pm.  NC ACLU 42nd Annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Ceremony
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.
The Honorees are:
–Frank Porter Graham Award: Mandy Carter;
–Paul Green Award: Jay Ferguson;
–Norman Smith Award: Loretta Mershon.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Timothy B. Tyson.  For more info, go to –
http://www.acluofnorthcarolina.org/?q=events  (back)

SUN 2/13.   9:15 – 10:15am.  Sunday Forum  – Sabbath Economics in Torah and the Prophets (Chad Myers video and discussion)
Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh (corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail).
If you need more information, call 919.387.9479 or email cball@ballmediation.com

TUE 2/15. 9a – 4pm.  Equality NC Day of Action 2011.
NC General Assembly, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh
Please join ENC at this earlier than ever–and more urgent than ever–Day of Action!  We have a full legislative session ahead of us, and this "special edition" February Day of Action is timed to show state legislators that LGBT rights are a top priority for North Carolinians. Please join us for a day of discussions, issue education, and meetings with your senator and representative and get 2011 off to a fair and just start!  For more info or to register, go to –
http://tinyurl.com/4hgqyma   (back)

THUR 2/17.  6:30pm.  Sierra Club – Capital Group Monthly Meeting.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, Clara Barton Room, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Program 7 – 8pm.  Control of both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly has changed. What does this mean for the environment? We will hear from two members of the General Assembly, Rep. Jennifer Weiss and Sen. Josh Stein.  Please join the presenters for a free wine reception and appetizers after the event. 

THUR 2/17.   7:30pm.  Quail Ridge Books & Music hosts Former Senior VP for CIGNA Wendell Potter, discussing and signing his new book
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.  (919) 828-7912.
Wendell Potter will be discussing and signing his new book – Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out On How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care And Deceiving Americans.   A former health-care PR executive blows the whistle on the industry.  Co-sponsored by NC Policy Watch. 
www.quailridgebooks.com   (back)

FRI 2/18.  5:30pm.  31st Annual Wake Dems Valentine Fundraiser
NCAE Building – 700 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh.
The Valentine Fundraiser is a gathering of hundreds of Democratic activists and prominent elected officials.  It is a time to re-connect, socialize, and meet other great Democrats!  Please plan to join us. Advance Individual admissions at $25; day of the event is $35.  Student tickets are $10 and children under 12 are admitted free.  Sponsorships are available – $1000+ Millennium Club;  $500+ Trustee Club; $250+ Patron Club; $100 Century Club.  
http://www.wakedems.org/   (back)

SUN 2/20.   9:15 – 10:15am.  Sunday Forum  – Sabbath Economics in Jesus and Paul (Chad Myers video and discussion)
Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh (corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail).
If you need more information, call 919.387.9479 or email cball@ballmediation.com

MON 2/21.  7pm.  Wake County Voter Education Coalition meeting.
Garner Road YMCA, Main Bldg, 2235 Garner Rd., Raleigh.
For more info, contact Jerome Brown, 919.755.0486,
Spirit9150@aol.com .

WED 2/23.  11:30a – 4pm.   North Carolina’s first summit on the economics of conservation – Land for Tomorrow, Conservation Economics 2011
Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh.  Land and water conservation has created significant economic benefits in local communities, across the state and around the country. Join Land for Tomorrow to hear conservation challenges and success stories from key leaders in economic development, government, business and the military. A new economic impact study by the Trust for Public Land will be unveiled that will, for the first time, quantify the state’s return on its investments in conservation.   Registration fee: $35.  Lunch will be provided  Register at 

SUN 2/27.   9:15 – 10:15am.  Sunday Forum  – Conversation with Dr. Edith Rasell, UCC National Staff, Justice and Witness Ministries and Minister of Economic Justice.
Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh (corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail).
If you need more information, call 919.387.9479 or email cball@ballmediation.com

MON 2/28.  6pmWake County Executive Board Meeting
Goodwin House. 220 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
All are welcome to attend.  We meet the 4th Monday of each month at 6:00pm.  Contact us at 919.828.5656 or
admin@wakedems.org  for more information. (back)

TUE 3/1.  Women’s Advocacy Day.  Keynote speaker will be Lilly Ledbetter
NC General Assembly, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh
NC Women United is pleased to announce that the advocates from across North Carolina will be joined by Lilly Ledbetter.  Join us to protect access to reproductive health care in North Carolina! – lobby your state legislators – see votes and hear testimony at committee hearings  – rally with women’s rights advocates from around the state   Have Questions?  Want to Register?  Contact Patty Dillon at
Patricia.Dillon@pphsinc.org  or 919.833.7534 x.6145.  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181719885181933

TUE 3/1 and THUR 3/3.  Dates for Wake Democratic Party Annual Precinct Meetings
Locations to be determined.  Additional information to be provided when available.  (back)

Raleigh‘s Citizen Advisory Council Meetings.   If you plan on attending, please call ahead to be sure your Citizen Advisory Council is meeting, especially around Holidays.  To check on meeting times, Citizen Advisory Council agendas, or to signup to receive your Citizen Advisory Council agenda by email, visit http://tinyurl.com/377v46w (back)

MON 2/7.  7pm.  Central Citizen Advisory Council.  Meets 1st Monday
John P. "Top" Greene Community Center, 401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Call Luis Olivieri, community specialist, at 919-996-5714, or email
luis.olivieri-robert@raleighnc.gov  for more information.

THUR 2/3.  7pm North Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 1st Thursday
Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road
Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email stacey.lundy@raleighnc.gov for more information.

TUE 2/8  7:30pm. Mordecai Citizen Advisory Council Meets 2nd Tuesday
Trinity United Methodist Church, 824 Bloodworth Street, Raleigh.
Go to http://www.mordecai.org for newsletter. Call Aracelys Torrez, community specialist, at 919-996-5717 or email aracelys.torrez@raleighnc.gov for more information.

TUE 2/8  7pm. Northwest Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 2nd Tuesday.
Police District 21 Building, 8016 Glenwood Ave/US 70, Raleigh
Call Jonathan Edwards, community specialist, at 919-996-5712 or email jonathan.edwards@raleighnc.gov for more information.

TUE 2/8. 7pm. North Central Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 2nd Tuesday
Tarboro Road Park, 121 Tarboro Road, Raleigh.
Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email sheila.lynch@raleighnc.gov for more information.

WED 2/9.  7:30pm.  Five Points Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 2nd Wednesday, as needed.
Garris Building in Fred Fletcher Park, 802 Clay Street, Raleigh
Join email group:
FivePointsCAC-subscribe@yahoogroups.com   Send message to email group: FivePointsCAC@yahoogroups.com  View email group web site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FivePointsCAC/ Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email sheila.lynch@raleighnc.gov for more information.

THUR 2/10.  7:30pm.  Falls of Neuse Citizen Advisory Council, Usually Meets bi-monthly on 2nd THUR.
Eastgate Park Community Center, 4200 Quail Hollow Drive, Raleigh
Call Luis Olivieri, community specialist, at 919-996-5714 or email

THUR 2/10.  7:30pm.  Southeast Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 2nd Thursday.
Worthdale Community Center, 1001 Cooper Road (even months)
Barwell Road Community Center, 3935 Barwell Road (odd months)
Call Jonathan Edwards, community specialist, at 919-996-5712 or email jonathan.edwards@raleighnc.gov for more information.

THUR 2/10.  7pm.  Northeast Citizen Advisory Council
Marsh Creek Park, 3050 New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC
Additional information:
NECAC@mindspring.com Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email stacey.lundy@raleighnc.gov for more information

MON 2/14.  7pm.  South Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 2nd Monday
Sanderford Road Neighborhood Center, 2623 Sanderford Road, Raleigh.
Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email sheila.lynch@raleighnc.gov for more information.

MON  2/14.  7pm.  Southwest Citizen Advisory Council, Meets 2nd Monday.
Carolina Pines Park, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh
Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email stacey.lundy@raleighnc.gov for more information.

WED 2/16.  7pm.  Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council, Meets 3rd Wednesday
City Council Chambers, 222 West Hargett Street, Room 201, Raleigh
Call Dwayne Patterson, Community Specialist Supervisor, at 919-831-6086 or email:
dwayne.patterson@ci.raleigh.nc.us for more information.

THUR 2/17. 7pm.  Hillsborough Citizen Advisory Council Meets on 3rd Thursday.
Pullen Art Center, 105 Pullen Road
Call Jonathan Edwards, Community Specialist at 919-831-6097 or e-mail:
jonathan.edwards@ci.raleigh.nc.us  for more information.

MON 2/21.  7pm.   East Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council, Meets 3rd Monday.
Lions Park, 516 Dennis Ave.
Call Charlene Willard, Community Specialist at 919-831-6095 or e-mail:
charlene.willard@ci.raleigh.nc.us  for more information.

MON 2/21.  7:30pm.   Glenwood Citizen Advisory Council
Glen Eden Pilot Park, 1500 Glen Eden Drive, Raleigh
Meeting topic:  Keeping your independence: help for staying in your home.  For more information contact the Glenwood CAC chair, Linda Watson, at 781-1044 or
linda@lindawatson.com  or City of Raleigh Community Specialist Jonathan Edwards, 919-996-5712, or e-mail: jonathan.edwards@ci.raleigh.nc.us

TUE 2/22.  7pm.  West Citizen Advisory Council Meets 4th Tuesday
Powell Drive Park, 740 Powell Drive, Raleigh.
Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email sheila.lynch@raleighnc.gov for more information.

MON  2/28.  7pm.  South Central Citizens Advisory Council Meets 4th Monday
Roberts Park Community Center, 1300 East Martin Street
For Additional Website Information go to
http://southcentralcac.googlepages.com  Call Luis Olivieri, Community Specialist, at 919-996-5714 or e-mail: luis.olivieri-robert@ci.raleigh.nc.us  for more information.

MON  3/14.  7:30pm.  Six Forks Citizen Advisory Council, Meets Bi-Monthly, Odd Months 2nd Monday.
Sertoma Art Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd.
For more information Luis Olivieri, Community Specialist, at 919-831-6099 or e-mail: luis.olivieri-robert@ci.raleigh.nc.us for more information.

Ignant Column – Ind. Girl’s National Anthem Rendition Stirs Flap – Source: Yahoo

An Indiana school district that told a black teenager to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a "traditional way" after receiving complaints about her performance is drawing questions now about whether the complaints and directive were racially motivated.

Shai Warfield-Cross, 16, has performed the national anthem at sports events at Bloomington High School North over the last year without incident. But school officials said they received complaints about her performance during a game in Martinsville. (Read more)

Note: This is so sad. I don’t see anything wrong with how the young lady sung the anthem. It appeared that everyone I could see clapped and had a smile on their face.

I have seen a many students black and white sing the anthem and they all had their own way of singing it. I videoed 5 basketball games middle and high school this past week and several of the games the anthem was sung. Last night I attended a game at Fayetteville State University and the band played the anthem. C. Dancy II – The DCN Publisher

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Ignant Column


         When the Republican-led Wake County School Board came out of its 50-minute closed door session with it attorneys Tuesday morning, it was clear that the majority had a dramatic “come to Jesus” moment.

            By a 6-2 vote, which included two of the GOP majority, the board did a 180, and agreed to cooperate with a probe conducted by the school accreditation agency AdvancEd, a probe that just two weeks ago, it fought against tooth and nail. (Read more)

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Wake County Public Schools