Gov. Walker’s Wisconsin ‘Union Busting’ Exposes ‘Tea Party’ Scam, Duped Americans – Source: The Brad Blog

"This is not a budget issue," the policeman speaking to the cheering protesters jammed inside of the capital rotunda in Madison, WI shouted this weekend, "This is a civil rights issue!" (Read more)

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Idris Elba: “The Oscars Aren’t Designed For Us” – Source: The Urban Daily

As a fitting close to Black History Month, actor Idris Elba was the featured speaker for the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” series. Held at the Paul Robeson Center of Rutgers University’s Newark campus this past Thursday evening, the lecture was moderated by Ms. Baraka Sele, the current Assistant Vice President of Programming of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). (Read more)

Christie: Collective bargaining rights not a given – Source: Face The Nation

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Sunday that while he supported "fair and reasonable" collective bargaining rights for public service employees in New Jersey, those rights "didn’t come down from tablets at the top of a mountain" – and that individual states needed to make their own determinations on the issue. (Read more)


[ProgressiveTriangle] Events for the week of Feb 27

**TUE 3/1 and THUR 3/3.  Dates for Wake Democratic Party Annual Precinct Meetings

**TUE 3/1.  Women’s Advocacy Day.  Keynote speaker will be Lilly Ledbetter

Links to events of special interest:
THUR 3/3.  5:30 – 7pm.  Amaka Flynn For Garner Town Council Fundraiser.
Wake County Party Events:
MON 2/28.  6pm.  Wake County Executive Board Meeting
TUE 3/8. 6:30pm.   Young Democrats of Wake County meeting. (note new date)
MON 3/14.  6 – 8pm.  Wake Democratic Men’s Club Meeting.
WED 3/16.  11a – 1p.   Senior Democrats of Wake County meeting
WED 3/16.  6:30pm.  Wake Progressive Dems meeting
TUE 3/22.  6:30pm.  African American Caucus of Wake County meeting.

Quaker House is Searching for a New Director.
Quaker House, since 1969 an active peace witness in Fayetteville, NC, near Fort Bragg, seeks a DIRECTOR to begin summer/fall 2012, succeeding Chuck Fager, who will retire in November 2012.   Qualifications: Alignment with Quakerism and its peace testimony; proven leadership, fundraising, writing, management skills; comfortable in a military-oriented environment. Appropriate salary and benefits, including housing/utilities in recently-renovated historic house for Director and small family  For complete details see

The N.C. Center for Women in Public Service is now accepting applications for the 8th Annual Women in Office Institute.  Applications accepted February 1 – April 1.  The Women in Office Institute is an intensive leadership program that prepares women to seek elected or appointed office. Participants will receive an introduction to what’s involved in public service work, including appointed and elected office.  Participants hone their leadership skills, prepare for political campaigning, and develop tools for effective and ethical public service.   Please program web site for full application details, or contact  for more information

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)

SUN 2/27.  3 – 5pm.  African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Justice: A Community Forum
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Road, Durham. 
Professor and former letter carrier, Phil Rubio will join former and current postal workers in a community dialogue about Rubio’s book There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice and Equality.

SUN 2/27.  5pm.   Professor Ted Mouw to discuss his research on immigration.
CHICLE, 101 East Weaver St. 3rd Floor, Suite G-1, Carrboro
Please come hear Professor Ted Mouw discuss: Migration and community ties between Guanajuato, Mexico and Chapel Hill, North Carolina: results from a cross-border survey of social networks.  Ted Mouw is a sociologist at the University of North Carolina who studies social inequality, labor markets, and immigration.

MON 2/28.  6pm.  Wake 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  for more information.

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  or 919.833.7534 x.6145.  

TUE 3/1 and THUR 3/3.  Dates for Wake Democratic Party Annual Precinct Meetings
Locations for the meetings of all precincts and additional information provided at   All precincts to elect officers to new 2year teams, and delegates from precincts that make quorum (five democrats from the precinct) will select new officers for the county party at the county conventions in April.    (back)

TUE 3/1.  4:30 – 6:30pm.   Triangle Urban Land Institute presents Demographics in the Triangle
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 Jones Street, Raleigh
Projections estimate that around 1.2 million more people will live in the RTP region in 20 years. Although the recession slowed mobility and migration, the Triangle is still well poised to rebound quickly enticing workers and families into the region. So, who are these people and how will they differ from who is here now? What reasons are driving their migration? What are their preferences for housing, transportation, open space, commercial space, and lifestyle?  Registration: $15/ULI member; $25/non-member – register at

WED 3/2.  7 – 9pm.  Invitation from NCHOPE for meeting to save public jobs and services.
NC Justice Center, 224 S. Dawson St , Raleigh.
The NC Hear Our Public Employees (HOPE) Coalition invites all organizations in North Carolina working to save public jobs and services to this meeting.  We will learn about the efforts of all our groups and consider the possibilities for working together.  We urge all groups to send materials you use in your work to protect public jobs and services in advance of the meeting, so that we can all read them beforehand and make the most of our short time together.   Please rsvp to or 919-491-6936.

WED 3/2.  6:30pm.  Durham People’s Alliance next Membership Meeting.
The Kings Daughters Inn, 204 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham.
The agenda includes information on Voter ID legislation and budget input for Community Development, Housing, and Education funds. Please join us!

MARCH MEETING CANCELLED – TUE 3/1.  7pm.  Raleigh NOW – Chapter meeting. First Tuesdays.  – NEXT meeting TUE 4/5
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, 781-7635.,

THUR 3/3.  5:30 – 7pm.  Amaka Flynn For Garner Town Council Fundraiser.
Aversboro Coffee, 1401 Aversboro Rd., Garner
For more info, contact Amaka at or 919-637-2623.  

THUR 3/3.   6:30 – 8:30pm – NC Heat & PAWG: Community Dialogue About Education Justice with Supt. Tata.
Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 East Martin Street
NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and Parent Advocacy Work Group invite you to ~ A Community Dialogue About Education Justice.  Come share your ideas and ask questions of WCPSS new Superintendent Anthony Tata.  Refreshments, Childcare and Translation will be provided! Question? Call 919-828-3205, ext. 19

THUR 3/3.   7pm.  Raleigh Documentary Night
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   Admission is free.

THUR 3/3.  6 – 9pm.  New Bern Avenue Corridor Study Public Design Workshop.
Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1950 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh.
We encourage you to participate and register at:  For information about the study, contact Dhanya Sandeep 919-516-2659 or

SAT 3/5  8:30a – 1pm.  DIG IN…Advocates for Health in Action Community Gardens Summit.
Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh
This summit is free and open to the public.  Learn how to engage others to start, maintain, manage and enjoy the wonderful benefits of a sustainable garden. Join us for general sessions, hands-on workshops, educational booths and the chance to network with others. Plus learn about resources to help community members get involved with community gardening in Wake County.  To register or for additional info, go to

SAT 3/5.  8:45amNoon.  Poverty Simulation.
Blacknall Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry Street, Durham
The participants assume the "life" of an individual, based on drawing a name out of a basket.   The simulation is broken into 4 12-minute "weeks".  Participants are given instructions by the facilitator, and then try to make it through the weeks.  The main point of the simulation and debriefing time is to help people realize first-hand some of the struggles that people living in poverty deal with every day.  As "church people" this simulation helps lead us into our ongoing conversations and missions about reaching out to those people living in poverty, as well as trying to identify and reduce the underlying reasons for poverty in our community. You may register for this free event by contacting Marie V. Felder at  .

SAT 3/5.  9a – 12noon.  .  Wake County Community Education Forum
Poplar Springs Christian Church, 6115 Old Stage Road, Raleigh
The Annual Education Forum.  Focus will be on Parents -  to become stronger players in helping our children be successful in school and to secure and ensure better futures for them.  Panelist include talented distinguished local educators.  Free and Open to the Community.

SUN 3/6.   9:15 – 10:15am.  Sunday Forum  – A Sabbath Economics Household Covenant (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

SUN 3/6.  3pm.  Quail Ridge Books & Music hosts author Michael Zitz and philanthropist Doris Buffett.
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.   (919) 828-7912
Doris Buffett will discuss with Frank Stasio host of WUNC radio’s The State of Things,  her recently released book, Giving it All Away: The Doris Buffett Story. She will talk about her unique brand of philanthropy, combined with her personal story of resilience and her belief that she can make the greatest difference by focusing on the lives of young children. 

TUE 3/8.  7:30 – 9:30am.  RTA Transportation Breakfast – March 2011
12 Davis Drive, RTP Headquarters, RTP, NC.
FREE for RTA Gold, Silver, and Bronze members; $25 for all additional tickets.  Join the RTA at its annual Transportation Breakfast focusing on Wake, Durham, and Orange county leaders’ perspectives on enhancing our transit options—commuter rail, light rail, local and regional bus, and area circulators—to improve our region’s economic vitality and quality of life.  RSVP by March 1.  Questions? Call 919.664.7062 or e-mail Lindsey Costello,   Register at

TUE 3/8.  5:30pm.  What’s the Big Deal about Voter-ID’s? – NCSJP Community Voices Forum
Temple Beth Or,  5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh
The discussion will be led by the following panelists confirmed to date:
— Damon Circosta, Executive Director of the NC Center for Voter Education
— George Reed, Executive Director of the NC Council of Churches
— Bill Wilson, Advocacy Director for AARP of North Carolina.
Visit  for more information, directions, and background information to learn more about this important community event.  Still have questions? Call 919.295.2870 or email

Note the new date:
TUE 3/8.  6:30pm.  Young Democrats of Wake County meeting.
Goodwin House, 220 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Join the young democrats monthly at the Goodwin House every first TUE. All are invited.  Contact YD President John Verdejo, or YD Vice President Matt Calabria, for information on membership and meetings.  (back)

WED 3/9.  7pm.  Wake ACLU Membership meeting featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II delivering the keynote address.
NC Advocates for Justice Building, 1312 Annapolis Drive, Raleigh
Rev Barber will address the Wake County Public School System: Civil Liberties and Equal Opportunity in Jeopardy.  The Wake Chapter will celebrate their 42nd anniversary, and as usual, light refreshments and B-day cake will be served after the meeting and the election of directors for the class of 2014.  For additional info, contact ACLUofWake@gmail or 919-770-0791.

MON 3/14.  12noon.  Raleigh Mayor Meeker to Deliver State-Of-The-City Address.
Mayor Charles Meeker will deliver the state-of-the City address at noon on March 14, in the outer lobby of Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The address will be delivered as part of the Raleigh Rotary Club meeting.
The public is invited. Admission is free. There is a charge of $15 for lunch.

MON 3/14.  5:30 – 7:30pm.  WakeUP After 5: Will Raleigh’s New Development Code Create Smart Growth?
18 Seaboard Station, Raleigh
WakeUP Wake County invites you to attend an upcoming growth issues social gathering in Downtown Raleigh.  Join WakeUP Transportation and Land Use Team Leader Paul Morris, Raleigh planning officials, and others for an exciting conversation on the meaning of ‘smart growth’ and its implications for Raleigh’s New Unified Development Ordinance.   Cash bar, free and open to the public

MON 3/14.  6 – 8pm.  Wake Democratic Men’s Club Meeting.
Clarion Hotel, 320 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
Registration starts at 6 PM, and a plated dinner is served at 6:30 PM. The cost of the sit-down dinner is $17 for members, first-time guests, and those not eligible for Club membership, $20 for non-members. Very important you RSVP FOR DINNER.  RSVP to no later than 10am on the Monday of the meeting. Can also rsvp by phone 919-828-5656.  Please let us know if your plans change.  All are invited to join us for good food, good fellowship, and an opportunity to connect with other Democrats!  (back)

TUE 3/15.  6:30 – 8:30pm – Community Dialogue: What is the Alves Proposal for Student Reassignment?
Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 East Martin Street, Raleigh.
Guest: Tim Simmons, Wake Ed Partnership.  Sponsored by Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children and Great Schools in Wake.  Learn more about this proposed plan for student assignment.

WED 3/16.  11a – 1p.   Senior Democrats of Wake County meeting
Crabtree Marriott Hotel, Raleigh
A Dutch buffet lunch begins at 11:00 with the program starting at 11:30.  The public is invited to attend…

WED 3/16.  6:30pm.  Wake Progressive Dems meeting. 
Goodwin House, 220 Hillsborough, Raleigh..
Pot-luck dinner, no pre-registration necessary.  

THUR 3/17.  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.  Open Space with Kevin Brice of the Triangle Land Conservancy.  Please join the presenters for a free wine reception and appetizers after the event.

MON 3/21.  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, .

TUE 3/22.  6:30pm.  African American Caucus of Wake County meeting.
Goodwin House, 220 Hillsborough, Raleigh
All are invited to join the African American Caucus on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Announcements of special agenda items and speakers will be provided when shared.  For information please contact Phillip Cooper at   (back)

THUR 3/24.  6:30pm Great Schools Spring FILM Festival continues
Galaxy Theater, 770 Cary Towne Blvd Cary, (919) 463-9989

Great Schools in Wake is pleased to announce that it will host a film series, Lessons in History: Celebrating the Heroism of the “Average” Citizen.  We will be showing three documentaries about significant events in US and North Carolina history and want to engage our high school and college students in discussion about how these events are related to current issues facing our community.  Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Each film will begin at 6:30 pm, with a moderator introducing the film. After the showing, we will turn up the house lights and have a brief discussion of the film led by a scholar and then accept questions from the audience.
March 24 – February One (the Greensboro, NC sit-in, widely viewed as one of the seminal moments in the civil rights movement)
April 21 – Eyes On the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985

FRI – SAT 3/25-6.  Toward a Moral Consensus Against Torture
Durham, N.C
This event aims to equip participants to understand the arguments against torture and to prepare them for anti-torture advocacy within their own communities, trusting that the greatest protection against the U.S. government’s use of torture is a shared understanding that torture is always wrong.  The registration fee is $10 for students and $35 for non-students. The fee includes two meals and also snacks on Saturday morning.   The deadline to register is Friday, March 18.

SAT 3/26.  7am.  The Volunteer Center of Durham‘s 16th Great Human Race.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 309 Blackwell St – Downtown Durham
The Volunteer Center of Durham’s 16th Great Human Race is a unique community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations. The Triangle area race features a 5k competitive run and a 5k community walk through downtown Durham. The event provides an opportunity for any nonprofit agency, school or faith based group to raise money for their own programs and enables businesses and individuals to support the nonprofit of their choice.  More than 100 groups participated in last year’s event and raised nearly $240,000.00 total.

FRI – SUN 4/1-3.  2011 Young Democrat and College Democrat Convention
Downtown Winston-Salem.
The premiere youth political organizations in North Carolina are joining forces to prepare for a Democratic surge in 2011 and 2012. We will engage the youth of our state to win locally in 2011 and take back the legislature in 2012!  Early Bird Registration is now online at  so register now at the discounted rate of $25 for College and Young Democrats. After March 1st, this price WILL go up.

TUE 4/5.  8:45a – 3:30pm. North Carolina Council of Churches 2011 Legislative Seminar
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh
Registration is available at our website – . Cost including lunch is $23, $12 for students.  In order to guarantee lunch, your registration payment must be received by March 29, 2011.

THUR 4/14.  WakeUp Wake County Water Forum: Is the Bill Coming Due?
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh
Free and open to the public.  Our community is growing quickly and with new growth comes increasing demand for water supply.  Local reservoirs, including Falls Lake, have nearly dried up in past years under drought conditions.  What’s being done to improve water supply in the future and who will pay for new water infrastructure as we grow?  Please join us for an exciting forum on our drinking water supply, Wake’s growth, and the real costs of providing water!

TUE – WED 4/26-7.  The 8th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference
NC State University McKimmon Center, Raleigh

SAT 5/21.  AIDS Walk + Ride 2011
Halifax Mall behind the NC General Assembly, Downtown Raleigh

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 (back)

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  Call Luis Olivieri, Community Specialist, at 919-996-5714 or e-mail:  for more information.

THUR 3/3.  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 for more information.

MON 3/7.  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  for more information.

TUE 3/8  7:30pm. Mordecai Citizen Advisory Council Meets 2nd Tuesday
Trinity United Methodist Church, 824 Bloodworth Street, Raleigh.
Go to for newsletter. Call Aracelys Torrez, community specialist, at 919-996-5717 or email for more information.

TUE 3/8  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 for more information.

TUE 3/8. 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 for more information.

WED 3/9.  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:   Send message to email group:  View email group web site: Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email for more information.

THUR 3/10.  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 for more information.

THUR 3/10.  7pm.  Northeast Citizen Advisory Council
Marsh Creek Park, 3050 New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC
Additional information: Call Sheila Lynch, community specialist, at 919-996-5713 or email 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: for more information.

MON 3/14.  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 for more information.

MON  3/14.  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 for more information.

WED 3/16.  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: for more information.

THUR 3/17. 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:  for more information.

MON 3/21.  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:  for more information.

MON 3/21.  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  or City of Raleigh Community Specialist Jonathan Edwards, 919-996-5712, or e-mail:

TUE 3/22.  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 for more information.

THUR 4/14.  7:30pm.  Falls of Neuse Citizen Advisory Council, Usually Meets bi-monthly on 2nd THUR, even months.
Eastgate Park Community Center, 4200 Quail Hollow Drive, Raleigh
Call Luis Olivieri, community specialist, at 919-996-5714 or email

Folks take a look at who you call your friends and make a decision that may cost you your life

It is Better To Be Alone, Than In The Wrong Company

Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are.

If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate
with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

” A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind
of friends he chooses."

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom
you closely associate — for the good and the bad. The less you associate with
some people, the more your life will improve.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.

As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want
you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are.

Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch
your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will
eventually decrease you.

Consider this: Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never
discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution,
because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.

Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.

Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.

Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of
life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.

Happy moments? Praise God; Difficult moments? Seek God;
Quiet moments? Worship God; Painful moments? Trust God; Every moment?
Thank God!!

** If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours.

Author: Unknown

Note: The older I get the more and more this applies to my life and I feel good about it. Never had a lot of friends that I just hung out with anyway.

A true friend is one that will be true to you in season and out of season however I am willing to forgive people but will  treat them in a different way after they have used and/or abused me. Yep forgive them but don’t be a fool for them.

So folks take a look at who you call your friends and make a decision that may cost you your life. You see a friend can also get you killed.

Just saying.

Tomorrow The Last Day Of Black History Month So Then What?

Back to business as usual.

How can we start in March to keep the celebration going throughout the year so that it will become so strong and popular that when February rolls around again, we would not even notice that it was designated as “Black History Month.” I don’t have to remind you this is the shortest month of the year.

Please post your suggestions here about what you think can be done to keep black history going 12 months out of the year. Schools are not doing it, churches are not doing it, organizations are not doing it so is there anything that can really be done?

Just saying. Maybe it is not important.

McDonalds say they do it 365. Click here.

DANG ED-I think you owe President Obama an Apology! (video’s)–Source: Mem’s Political Scrapbook

I agree with what Wisconsin is doing and stand in solidarity with their fight but I have also asked the  question, where were these people during midterm elections?  Where were the independents and progressives during midterm elections? They were mad at the President so they stayed home, didn’t vote or voted for people like Scott Walker! (Read more)

Poultry plant fight goes on despite delay – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Organized factions for and against a proposed Sanderson Farms poultry processing plant will not cease their activities, despite the company’s recent announcement to postpone construction for a year. (Read more)

See related:

Sanderson Farms


Why HE’s Not Married: 10 Reasons He Won’t Commit to You – Source: The BVX

Last week writer Tracy McMillan caused a stir on the Inter-nuts with an article she penned for Huffington Post entitled "Why You’re Not Married." This week TheBVX hopes to shed a little more light on the "why am I not married" mystery from a man’s perspective.

For the five of you that missed it, it was another one of those cautionary "I’m-over-30-and-haven’t-found-a-man-to-marry-me-yet articles." (Think: VH1 stars Chilli and Brandy) (Read more)