North Carolina Democratic Party Precinct Meetings Scheduled 2011

Precinct Meetings will be held February 26 – March 11
County Conventions will be held April 9 – 16
District Convention will be held on May 14th
Democratic National Committee 2012 convention will be in Charlotte, North Carolina starting September 3, 2012

Council discusses priorities with legislative delegation – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Decisions made by this year’s N.C. General Assembly have the ability to maintain or cripple city-wide services during the long term, Rocky Mount leaders said during a breakfast meeting with state legislators Monday. (Paid Content)

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Rocky Mount City Council

Commissioners vote against special election amid SBI probe – Source: WRAL

Louisburg, N.C. — Franklin County commissioners voted 4-3 against holding a special election for sheriff after Pat Green resigned abruptly in January, a day before WRAL News learned of a state investigation into missing funds at the sheriff’s office.

Democrats have the majority on the commission, and board members voted along party lines. (Read more)

American In Danger Broadcast On February 21, 2011 Ignorance At Its Best

Since I am The Watch Dog of The East I tuned in to American In Danger to see what they were talking about. One caller called in and said that one city council member was getting paid to be on the (NCEMPA) North Carolina Eastern Municipal Agency Board. What a lie. The only people that get paid are on the ElectriCities board. And if I am correct only the Eastern board gets paid. The same caller said there is 4 of them (councilmembers) on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount. He said after a while the Mayor will be. The caller was talking about the 4 black members.

Another caller called and said that 4 councilmembers are up for elections this year and they need to be voted out. But after the caller continued to talk I see why she had an attitude. She is mad because she do not want to be annexed into Rocky Mount.

Oh well it is one thing to have a talk show but to allow ignorance and to agree with it is just funny as hell. I have no problem with people standing for what they believe in but the ignorance need to be left out and not just flat out lie about something that can be found out with very little research.

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NC Senate Proposes Lifting Charter Schools Cap – Source: FOX 8 News

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Senate Republicans proposed sweeping changes Wednesday to North Carolina‘s charter school law, including creating a commission to license them and new potential funding avenues in addition to eliminating a 100-school cap that has been the bane of charter advocates. (Read more)

Local Buffalo Soldier Martin Luther Carney To Be Laid To Rest Wednesday February 23, 2011

Local Buffalo Soldier to be laid to rest on Wednesday.

See Obituary.

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PRINCEVILLE — The Town of Princeville is mourning the death of one of its most celebrated heroes.

Martin Carney, 89, died Wednesday due to complications of cancer. Town officials recently recognized Carney for serving in World War II as a Buffalo Soldier during a reenactment of the Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Museum and Welcome Center in November. Carney, who was slightly ill during the  event, was given an arousing applause when his name was mentioned as "a Buffalo Soldier." (Read more)



Immediate Release

21 February 2011





(Raleigh)  NC NAACP State President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II stood in solidarity today representing more than 120 NAACP units across the state, more than 107 HK on J People’s Assembly Coalition partnering organizations, as well as with union and faith leaders at a press conference today focusing on four major areas renewing the call for:


  • The Repeal of North Carolina General Statute 95-98, which prohibits public sector workers from collective bargaining;


  • A People’s Budget and over the next few weeks in at least 20 areas in North Carolina, the HK on J People’s Assembly Coalition working with as many friends in labor and faith, will hold People’s Collective Bargaining Rights and People’s Budgets people assemblies for economic justice, workers’ rights, and the need for a fair people’s budget throughout NC;


  • Strong support for the March 9 People of Color/ NAACP/ HK on J Unity and Legislative Day, which will call for an end to racial disparities, for equal education, economic justice, workers’ rights, a true and fair people’s budget, and equal protection under the law; and


  • In addition, Rev. Barber released the national NAACP Board resolution unanimously passed this weekend stating that the NAACP opposes draconian measures aimed at eviscerating public sector employment unions.



NC NAACP Media Advisory: Renews Call for Full Federal Investigation in Caswell Cty Shooting of Children



114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor Ÿ Durham, North Carolina 27701

866-626-2227   Ÿ    919-682-4700   Ÿ   FAX  919-682-4711



Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II                                                                                                                                    Amina J. Turner

President                                                                                                                                                              Executive Director



21 February 2011


Contact:  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                 Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Exec Dir, 919-682-4700

                 Atty.  Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair

                 Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair,







WHO:             State NAACP President, Caswell County Branch of the NAACP, Area Clergy,

                        and other Community Leaders and Citizens of Caswell County


WHAT:          Press Conference


WHEN:          Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 9:00AM


WHERE:       New Caswell County Courthouse, 139 East Church St., Yanceyville, NC 27379


(Durham) – It has been 532 days since the shooting of school aged children by a Caswell County man and still no prosecution.  State NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II joined by the Caswell County Branch President, Mr. Nathaniel Hall, will conduct a press conference with families of the victims, area clergy and fellow citizens next Tuesday, February 22. 


Mr. John Fuqua was charged with shooting and injuring three small children who were innocently walking on Brown Road in a rural part of Caswell County on September 5, 2009, using a 12-gauge shotgun.    Although two children were struck with the shot-gun pellets—one in the head and the other in the shoulder, three children were injured, each child suffered psychological harm and mental distress and continue those injuries today.


Also the then elected District Attorney has been disbarred and removed from office and the Assistant District Attorney who was assigned to prosecute the case resigned following the election of the new District Attorney. The U.S. Department of Justice opened a federal investigation of the shooting after the National NAACP examined the case and was convinced there was probable cause for bringing charges for federal crimes.  The N.C. NAACP renews its call for a full federal investigation since Mr. Fuqua has not been brought to justice some 532 days since the shooting. 

Amina Josey Turner
Exec Dir
P O Box 335
Durham, NC  27702
919-682-4700 V  919-682-4711 F

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WI Update: "It’s Not About the Budget; It’s About the Power," Weak Compromise Offered by Republicans – Source: AlterNet

Amid much excellent coverage of the Wisconsin union protests, Paul Krugman’s column in the Times yesterday is worthy of a close read:

[W]hat’s happening in Wisconsin isn’t about the state budget, despite [Wisconsin Governor Scott] Walker’s pretense that he’s just trying to be fiscally responsible. It is, instead, about power. What Mr. Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin — and eventually, America — less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that’s why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be on the demonstrators’ side. (Read more)

Note: What good is having power and not using it? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

(Edgecombe County) Probe of principal expensive – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — I do not have anything new to share on the internal investigation of SouthWest High School Principal John Westberg.

A written statement from the central office states: "The district is making every effort to conduct a comprehensive and fair review of all matters involved in the investigation at SouthWest Edgecombe High School.  The district understands the public interest; however, details of this matter must remain confidential at this time." (Read more)

Note: Damn this is good. My questions are.

Why is Westberg investigation taking so long?

Why is it SWE Assistant Principal Douglas Edwards can not handle the school without having to pay an interim Principal?

Why is Roland Whitted who retired last year a consultant at the Central Office?

Why does the new Superintendent Dr. Wayne Talley have a consultant?

And then the most recent happening in the Edgecombe County Public Schools system is Attorney Teresa D. Bryant has announced her resignation.

Oh well Dr. Craig Witherspoon former Superintendent tried to get things on track and done a great job. He got the money right but damn how long is that going to last with all the money being spent on the above.

C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

See related:

SouthWest Edgecombe Principal Issues


Attorney Teresa D. Bryant resigns from Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education


A woman of tiny frame and few words — and unwavering strength (Maxine Pender)–Source: UNC Health Care’s Blog

Maxine Pender is a woman of tiny frame and few words, but she speaks with unwavering strength and conviction. There is a matter-of-factness and peacefulness about her that is refreshing. I’m guessing that comes from having weathered previous hardships and loss and seeing unfortunate circumstances for what they are: bumps in the road that make you stronger and more determined to make every day count. (Read more)


Maxine a Pinetops NC native before moving about 10 -12 miles away to Princeville NC has always been a tough, caring and giving person. I have been knowing her all of my life because she is a very good friend of the family. She and my mom the late Dorothy Gray Horne Dancy was close.

I had heard about Maxine’s illness through her cousin my co-worker. It is good to see and hear from her. This is the Maxine I know strong and dedicated to whatever she believes in.

Maxine take this one day at a time and know that God is able.

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)
Son of the late Dorothy Gray Horne Dancy
Pinetops, NC