Breaking News: Troy Davis to be Executed on September 21st



We’ve just received terrible news: The state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’s execution date for midnight on September 21st, just two weeks from today.

This is our justice system at its very worst, and we are alive to witness it. There is just too much doubt.

Even though seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their statements, a judge labeled his own ruling as "not ironclad" and the original prosecutor has voiced reservations about Davis’s guilt, the state of Georgia is set to execute Troy anyway.

Time is running out, and this is truly Troy’s last chance for life.

But through the frustration and the tears, there is one thing to remain focused on: We are now Troy Davis’s only hope. And I know we won’t let him down.

There are three steps you can take to help Troy:

1. Send a message of support to Troy as he fights for justice on what may be the final days of his life:

2. Sign the name wall, if you haven’t already. And if you have, send it to your friends and family. Each name means a more united front for justice:

3. Make sure everyone knows about this injustice. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #TooMuchDoubt) so that Troy Davis’s story can be heard. We still have a chance to save his life, but only if people are willing to speak out against injustice.

Today, the state of Georgia has declared their intention to execute a man even though the majority of the people who put him on the row now say he is innocent and many implicate one of the other witnesses as the actual killer. Now that a date has been set, we cannot relent. We must redouble our efforts.

Thank you. Please act quickly and forward this message to all who believe the justice system defeats itself when it allows a man to be executed amid so much doubt.


Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO

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Jeanne Milliken Bonds – JOBS JOBS JOBS – If you think getting more people working is worthy of consideration by the NC General Assembly, then read on

Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Press Conference at the NC Legislative Building

Thursday, Sept 8, 10 am

Please come and support a challenge to the current leadership’s policies on the eve of yet another Legislative Session.

16 West Jones Street

And, share this link with those concerned about education, jobs, State Employees and the future of NC.

Representative Bill Faison

405 Legislative Office Building

N.C. General Assembly

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Legislative Office: 919-715-3019


Press Contact: (919) 518-4786


HURRICANE IRENE UPDATE – September 8, 2011

Halifax, Nash and Edgecombe Counties have been declared federal disaster areas.


RALEIGH, N.C. – Disaster recovery centers are already open in seven North Carolina counties to help those with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene connect with assistance programs. The Halifax center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice:

Halifax County Disaster Recovery Center in the Town of Halifax

Agriculture Building

359 Ferrell Lane

Halifax, N.C. 27839

Jane Davis


Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Emergency Management and other agencies will be at the centers to explain assistance programs and help hurricane survivors apply for disaster aid.

Emergency Food Stamps now available for qualified families in Halifax County.—Deadline Sept. 12

(See prior alert and contact Halifax DSS for more information).

Residents of the affected areas of these counties who are not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits may qualify for temporary assistance for a one-month period if:

· their home was damaged or destroyed

· they have disaster-related expenses

· they lost income

· had food loss as a result of a power loss of at least eight hours from Hurricane Irene.

Eligibility is based on available income and resources.

Households living in one of these nine counties may use their Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Benefits to purchase hot prepared meals from retailers that are located in these counties who are authorized to accept EBT Benefits through September 30, 2011.

Households who currently receive Food and Nutrition Services Benefits will automatically receive a replacement of a portion of their August 2011 benefits. These households do not need to apply for the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program.

Important Phone Numbers

FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362

Halifax County Emergency Management – Tina Hinton, Director or Jennifer Simmons – 252/583-2031 (Report any damages to this number)

Nash County Emergency Management – Brian Brantley – 252-459-9805.

Emily Young – Manager, Individual Assistance Program, NC Div. of Emergency Management, State Individual Damage Assessment Issues – 919-715-8000 — Ext 289

Red Cross – 800-854-1097—Individual emergency needs (food, water, housing, etc.)


Food, Water and Ice Distribution: Enfield Fire Department; Help available for any person/family in the area. Please call to check if food and ice is still available.

Debris – pick up in Rocky Mount

(from Councilwoman Lois Watkins)

Debris pickup will begin on Weds. 9/7. We will have 5 trucks in the eastern side of the city and 6 on the west side. It will take 4 to 6 weeks to get all of the debris cleaned up. If you have any questions, contact Public Works Division,

City of Rocky Mount —-252-972-1111

There will be food distribution at the following locations.

Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:00PM

Union Mission Disaster Relief

1310 Roanoke Ave, Roanoke Rapids, NC.



Delivery Scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2011

St Paul Missionary Baptist Church

421 S McDaniel Hwy 301

Enfield, NC

Pastor Danny Ellis


Delivery Date to be Scheduled

Lincoln Heights Apostolic Church in Roanoke Rapids

40 Luke St

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Delivery Scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011


Crosspointe Ministries, Inc.

115 West Nashville Drive

Nashville, NC 27856

Delivery Scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Concerned Citizens Of Tillery

321 Community Center Road

Tillery, NC

Gary Grant


Delivery Scheduled for Saturday, September, 10, 2011

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

13th & Roanoke Streets

Scotland Neck, NC

Shirley white


Karon Hardy
Legislative Assistant
919-733-5878 (p)
919-754-3289 (f)




Lillian’s List is growing! We have just opened a new position in preparation for the 2012 election. We are hiring a part-time online communications specialist. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested in applying for this position.

Part-Time Online Communications Specialist

The Online Communications Specialist reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Development Director to successfully execute online communications and fundraising activities including both online acquisition and relationship development. Individual will manage the organizations multi-channel online presence, including the website, email marketing, website optimization, social media, third-party giving applications and other special projects. Individual is responsible for providing strategy and planning and contributing to the annual online fundraising goal. Applicant should be able to wear many hats as needed.

This is a temporary position with the potential to become permanent.

Applicants should support the mission of Lillian’s List to elect pro-choice Democratic women to the NC General Assembly.

Primary Duties:

· Manage scheduling and production of multi-channel fundraising campaigns including email marketing, social media, website updates and special projects.

· Collaborate with Executive Director and Development Director to develop content, including message development, calls to action, event promotion and featured candidate promotion, for website, email and social media.

· Proofread and edit content to ensure quality.

· Manage online relationships with members and other constituents to increase engagement (primarily via email and Facebook).

· Develop segmentation strategies for email marketing and fundraising.

· Employ strategies to grow email list and Facebook fans.

· Track, gather and analyze user data from website and e-mail newsletter statistics.

· Troubleshoot and resolve technical glitches with website, email, and social media providers.

· Use technology to further optimize communications and development operations.

· Perform other duties and special projects as directed

Required Skills:

· 1-3 years of experience in online marketing and communications.

· Experience with managing a website using a content management system

· Basic proficiency with HTML needed to troubleshoot website formatting and email formatting

· Experience working on a political campaign is preferred

· Ability to manage PDFs, edit photos, create graphics and edit pages

· Knowledge of online marketing techniques including best practices for SEO and SEM

· Ability to measure web trends using tools such as Google Analytics

· Experience managing and monitoring email newsletters and campaigns using an online email marketing program. Experience with NGP Van preferred.

· Proficiency in social media channels including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

· Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

· Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest along with resume and salary requirements to with “Online Communications Specialist” in the subject line.
Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

The North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations


The North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations (NCACDC) is looking for a few hard-working men and women to serve as VISTAs in Eastern North Carolina & Raleigh! We are currently recruiting six Field Associates to serve in regional CDCs’ offices in the following counties: Beaufort, Brunswick, Columbus, Edgecombe, Pasquotank, & Robeson.

We are also seeking two people to serve as a Communications & Program Associate and a VISTA Leader in our Raleigh office.

If you or anyone you know is interested in a position, please visit for more information. Please send this information to your networks. Anyone interested in applying for a position must do so at by September 15th.

If you have any questions, please contact Lea Henry ( or Shoneca Evans (

Re-post: Tarboro NC – I Just Love How The Black Folks On Tarboro 27886 Stay A Member While Betty Perrin NeSmith Allows The Ignant Racist White Folks To Have Their Way

I just love it how all the black folks on the on Tarboro 27886 Facebook page stay a member while Betty Perrin NeSmith allows the Ignant Racist White Folks on Tarboro 27886 Facebook page to have their way. So why would any black folks in their right mind continue to be a member when Ignant Racist White Folks on Tarboro 27886 Facebook page have not been kicked off.

Cathy Mitchell Marshall posted she was just invited to the “Black Family Day” yesterday and when asked not to beat a deadhorse she continued on. And then later she admitted she had been following the conversation but chose not to say anything then but now she was.

Okay black folks who are members of Tarboro 27886 Facebook page why are you still a member?

Note: Click on all words highlighted in blue to read more.

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Ignant Column – “Black Family Day” Tarboro NC Has Been Moved To Indian Lake

Black Family Day Tarboro NC

Note: Updated corrected spelling of Betty Perrin NeSmith’s name. Curmilus Dancy II – The Professional Agitator.

Letter to President Obama from Dr. Claude Anderson

Note: Sorry about the format of this letter this is the best I could do when I copied and pasted.

The Harvest Institute
623 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-518-2465 p, 301-564-1997 f,
September 6, 2011
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania St., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As you prepare to present your Jobs Plan to the nation on Thursday, I hope you will find the recommendations I have developed, useful. I am owner of a large business, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for economic development in southern states under president Jimmy Carter, president of The Harvest Institute, a think tank, policy and educational organization that advocates for Black America, and I am author of four best selling books on Black history, problems and solutions.
In the job producing recommendations I offer to you for our country, I have applied the principles I proposed in my book, PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America, a book I wrote to help Black America become more economically self-sufficient and competitive as a group. With more than 25 million people unemployed and the actual unemployment rate of Blacks in America over 50 percent, the nation’s economy must turn around and produce more jobs if Blacks even have a chance of survival. The national plan that I offer today can immediately produce businesses, jobs, tax revenue, and wealth building opportunities. This plan is based on PowerNomics principles and does not bow to Republicans, Democrats, liberals or conservatives. It is offered to strengthen our nation. It is based in realities, not political correctness. Some of the recommendations such as closing tax loopholes, and bringing back off shore banking will generate revenues that can be used to finance the recommendations that require funding.
This plan incorporates recommendations in the areas of URBANIZATION, PUBLIC WORKS, DEFICIT REDUCTION, FOREIGN POLICY, and IMMIGRATION. All recommendations would require hiring millions of workers in both the private and public sectors and would make America a more competitive, economically stable, and a safer nation.
According to Harvest Institute research, which was validated by the PEW Foundation, the most economically depressed areas and dangerous places to live are the ten large urban inner cities which have a majority Black population and a Hispanic minority population.
The extraordinarily high unemployment rates in urban centers are structural and a drag on the national economy. Mainstream businesses and industries abandoned urban inner cities forty years ago but seventy percent of Black Americans presently live in and around these cities which are burdened by poverty, crime, high unemployment, dysfunctional schools, loss of social and medical services, limited number of businesses, deteriorated infrastructure, and hopelessness. Urban job policy should be founded on the concept that businesses create jobs and government policy should help residents build industries with businesses they can own, operate and work in. Just as following World War II, America crafted and funded a Marshall Plan to rebuild war-torn Europe and a Point Four Plan to rebuild bombed-out Japan, a similar rebuilding effort is called for in America.
1. Establish a Revitalization Development Fund, a pot of money that can be used for economic development in our ten most economically distressed urban inner-cities. The funds could be used to finance building businesses and industries in which residents can become stakeholders – owners and workers. Community pride, jobs and economic well-being will follow. Revenue generated from other recommendations in this plan can be use to finance the Revitalization Development Fund.
2. Aspiring entrepreneurs in these communities would have access to the Revitalization Development Fund through established community banks in the ten largest urban areas through low interest, long term, revolving loans. The banks would be stewards of the allocated funds, evaluating, dispensing funds to, and monitoring projects.
3. Revitalization funds, as a secondary focus, could be used as an incentive to attract major manufacturing corporations back into urban centers, especially those who moved their operations overseas to Third World countries in the 1960s and 1970s, taking the nation’s production capacity, jobs and wealth with them. Attracting existing manufacturing firms to urban areas could provide additional jobs and business opportunities.
4. Revitalization of the cities is so fundamental to the economic strength of the entire county that the effort should be headed by an Urban Czar of Business and Trade who reports directly to the President and functions as a liaison between the federal government, the urban governments and the Revitalization Development Fund.
A person can only do three things to earn a living – work, seek public or family assistance, or steal. If a public job provides a needed service, it is just as important as a private sector job. Consequently, in the worst economic down turn in nearly a century, all levels of government are
obliged to create jobs of any kind, so that public workers can earn a living, provide for their families, and buy consumer goods. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal following the Great Depression of the 1930s should be a model you use to reduce unemployment, stimulate the economy, and restore public confidence. A modern day program version of the old WPA, CCC and the Peace Corp. should be designed and implemented.
1. A National Infrastructure Revitalization Project that upgrades water and waste disposal systems and repairs streets, highways bridges in urban areas as well as dams in rural areas is critically needed and could directly employ thousands of workers. Many sewage deposal plants are inadequate and impede business and industrial growth. Water pipes that carry drinking water in urban areas are crumbling and creating health hazards.
2. A Mobile Disaster Corps should be established under FEMA to provide supportive assistance to communities impacted by the increasing number of man-made disasters such as oil spills, and climatic generated natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, forest fires, floods, and earthquakes. Unemployed youth, from college graduates to inner-city residents, could be employed, trained and temporarily dispatched to work in disaster areas. Like the Peace Corps, this program could aid people in distressed areas and offer jobs to the unemployed.
President Bill Clinton left the White House with a $5 billion surplus. President George Bush ignited an economic downturn that evaporated the surplus when he invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and changed the income tax code to award nearly seven trillion dollars to the wealthy. The Bush tax cuts and wars created a $4 trillion to $5 trillion dollar budget deficit.
1. Mr. President, I urge you to ignore the anti-tax, anti-government mantra of conservatives and Republicans. Rescind the Bush Tax cuts, close non-essential corporate loop-holes, and raise taxes on the wealthy rather than cutting basic entitlement programs for those who can least afford economic and medical losses. Reversing Bush tax cuts would restore trillions of dollars into the United States Treasury within a ten year period.
2. Consumer Tax Relief
It is consumers demand for products and services that creates jobs in businesses. Consumer demand is fueled in part by the perception that the economy is good. Today consumers are fearful, insecure and are not spending money. The reality and looming possibility of job losses contribute to fear and insecurity. The constant barrage of media and political negativism promotes even more fear and insecurity. Those that have disposable income stop spending. Companies quit hiring because there is little or no consumer demand for their products. Enact measures that give the consuming public some tax relief so they can purchase goods and services. Tax savings could stimulate job creation and put money in consumers’ pockets.
♦ Stimulate spending by changing the federal income tax code to allow consumers
to deduct the interest paid on credit cards, student loans, and state sales taxes.
♦ Establish an Unemployment Adjustment Fund to provide low or no interest funds for unemployed workers seeking re-training for employment in new professions, business or industry.
♦ Enact a Re-employment Alliance which would allow an employer who hires an unemployed person to pay only half of the person’s salary for 52 weeks with the remaining portion of the salary paid by the Re-employment Alliance program. Both the employer and the new employee would pay a small portion of the subsidized salary to fund the new program.
3. Enact Repatriation Policies that require major American corporations who have used off-shore banking to shift $1.2 trillion dollars in profits to tax havens around the world like Panama, Cayman Islands, and Singapore, to bring that money back to this country. Tax the corporations that comply at a rate no more than10 percent rate, without penalties, if they declare the funds and deposit them in American financial institutions by a date certain.
World War II era military expansion policies have cost our treasury trillions of dollars. Financial commitments America made to rebuild Europe with a Marshall Plan and Japan with a Point Four Plan are financial commitments that remain intact and have spread to an endless number of other countries. The role our nation has assumed of super cop and military interventionist has depleted our treasury, sapped our resources and hampered our ability to care adequately for our own people, including stimulating job creation when necessary. Every rocket fired into Libya costs a million dollars; the fighting in Afghanistan costs $10 billion dollars a month. Yet, the nation receives no quantifiable returns.
1. Institute a Foreign Policy of Reciprocity to correct the problem that America receives no material or financial benefit for its military expenditures in nation building. Requiring Reciprocity means that before the United States sends its military into a country to benefit that country, the country must agree to reciprocate by giving the United States tangible or monetary resources equal to our investment and involvement. If applied to Iraqi, Libya, or Afghanistan, for instance, Reciprocity would mean that we should have received trillions of dollars of oil in exchange for the trillions we have invested in ten years of military action.
Negotiating a tangible exchange of resources in advance of military conflicts has numerous advantages. Reciprocity would create new areas of employment directly and indirectly. If Libya, and Afghanistan, for instance, paid us in oil, creating the infrastructure to handle that oil would employ thousands of workers and business to build underground oil storage facilities, operate oil haulers, build and operate new oil refineries. The cost of gasoline could drop. Low cost oil would reduce the cost of energy and the price of consumer goods would also drop.
2. Institute a Disaster Corps and Infrastructure Revitalization Project. People hired for this project would assist the Border Patrol and extend their capabilities to patrol more of the
nation’s borders. This corps of people would also be deployed to assist and provide relief in response to the increasing number of natural disasters such as fires, floods, tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
3. Close most of the 700 military bases the United States operates and funds around the world that are no longer necessary for our security and use the savings to revitalize our urban cities and national infrastructure.
4. Institute New Trade Policies that stimulate businesses and jobs in the United States. End current policies that provide incentives for manufacturers and producers to locate outside of the country and outsource jobs. Existing trade policies have caused this nation to lose its dominance in automobile manufacturing, electronics, clothing and textiles, footwear, toys, seafood, and other areas of manufacturing. These losses represent lost jobs, income, wealth, businesses, and international power.
♦ Institute new Anti-Dumping Trade Policies to stop other nations, especially Third World countries, from dumping surplus products into our market places.
♦ Institute a national public relations campaign to ‘Buy American made products first.’
♦ Establish food health standards and requiring health certificates for all imported fruits, vegetables and meat. While 90 percent of all the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported from Third World countries less than one percent is inspected. New food health standards would reduce seafood imports and allow us to stimulate our own seafood industry.
Unchecked illegal immigration across our southern and northern borders supplies cheap labor but exacts a high socioeconomic cost. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) estimates that as of 2009, there were 20 million illegal immigrants in the country and that as many as 5,000 cross the borders every day. The cheap labor they provide drives down wages of native low-skilled workers, displaces natives from jobs, increases welfare, public assistance costs, and criminal rolls. The United States allows illegal immigrants access to unearned benefits such as social security, reduced education costs and participation in affirmative action programs. Their numbers are so great that cities are often forced to suffer overcrowding or build new schools, add more public transportation and absorb more medical costs. Hospitals, especially emergency rooms, are overwhelmed by the sheer number of illegal immigrants they must treat and the complexity of their medical issues. This compromises the over-all quality of medical care. CIS estimates the net annual cost of illegal immigrants is between $67 and $87 billion. The National Academy of Sciences says that in addition to the estimated $166 and $226 billion a year in direct costs to American taxpayers, illegal immigrants also displace Americans in the job market.
The following recommendations aim to protect the security of this country while preserving its jobs, wealth, businesses, health and culture:
1. Halt the uncontrolled flow of illegal aliens and create jobs for Americans by hiring thousands of border patrols.
2. Cease rewarding illegal immigrants with preferential status and unearned benefits such as
affirmative action, job preferences, social security, free medical care, free college tuition, and non-English language tutoring.
3. Charge illegal immigrants a naturalization fee which would be used to finance the Urban Redevelopment Fund.
4. Deny illegal immigrants unearned benefits and preferences.
5. Close the H1B program that solicits educated skilled immigrants and train America’s native population, especially Blacks, to fill those skilled jobs.
I hope these recommendations are helpful to you. Please contact me at if you wish further information.
Dr. Claud Anderson, President