3A Boys Eastern Regional: Eagles bounced by Gryphons – Sun Journal

Response: Congratulations Rocky Mount Boys & Girls on their victory against West Craven Boys & Girls. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

FAYETTEVILLE – Josh Cuthbertson stood helplessly on the West Craven bench, just trying to cheer on his teammates.

It’s all the Eagles’ leading scorer could do after fouling out with five minutes remaining in the 3A Eastern Regional playoff game at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville on Wednesday.

For the third year in a row, Rocky Mount ended the season for West Craven in the state playoffs. (More)

See related:

3A Girls Eastern Regional: West Craven falls in state quarterfinals – Sun Journal

2012 School-to-Prison Pipeline Regional ActionCamps Friday – Sunday, March 2-4 2012

Looking forward to attending this this weekend.

2012 School-to-Prison Pipeline Regional ActionCamps

Friday – Sunday, March 2 – 4, 2012


Presented By
Advancement Project

In partnership with:
Alliance for Educational Justice

Dignity in Schools Campaign
Labor/Community Strategy Center
Padres & Jovenes Unidos
Youth United for Change

Other Local Partners


The overuse of harsh zero-tolerance measures, police, and juvenile courts in addressing school disciplinary issues has led to the needless pushout and criminalization of countless youth across America. In response, a growing national movement has emerged to dismantle this School-to-Prison Pipeline. This grassroots-led effort has already achieved important victories, and the momentum for change is building, but there is much more to be done.
We invite you to join with youth and adult advocates from across the country at one of the 2012 School-to-Prison Pipeline Regional ActionCamps.
Western Region – Los Angeles, CA February 10-12

Southern Region – Raleigh/Durham, NC March 2-4
Midwestern Region – Chicago, IL April 13-15
Northeastern Region – New York, NY
June 1-3


Apply today!!
Not sure if this is right for you? Consider these questions:
Are you tired of just talking about the problem and want to get to work on solutions?

(2) Do you want to connect with other youth and adults in your region who are working to protect the right to an education?

(3) Do you want to learn strategies from some of the most successful organizers and advocates in the country?
(4) Do you want to be part of the growing movement to dismantle the School-to-Prison-Pipeline?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then we need you at a Regional Action Camp in 2012, where youth, parents, advocates, educators, and other community members interested in ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline in their communities will take their collective learning and collaboration to the next level.
* * *
Apply Now: To apply for an upcoming ActionCamp,
click here. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Travel and Lodging Scholarships: Scholarships for travel and lodging are available on a limited basis. Scholarships will be distributed on a rolling basis. For consideration, apply as soon as possible.
We must seize the opportunity to build upon our successes, strengthen our existing relationships, build new partnerships, and collaborate with one another. We hope you’ll join us in doing just that and building this movement together.
If you have any questions, please contact Scott Roberts at
sroberts@advancementproject.org or call 202.728.9557

Free Wills and Advance Directives Clinic – Halifax

Free Wills and Advance Directives  Clinic

Roanoke Rapids Clinic



Monday, March 5, 2012

Client Session at 1:30 p.m



Halifax Community College

Room 401

200 College Drive

Weldon, NC 27890


To make an appointment, call toll free 1-877-579-7562 .  An appointment is required to receive these free legal services. Appointments are limited, so please call as soon as convenient.



Halifax community members whose income level qualifies them for Legal Aid assistance (to be determined by a short preliminary phone interview before the date of the clinic).



Under the supervision of licensed attorneys, law students will interview clients and draft wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, and living wills. All documents will be executed and notarized on site before the client leaves.



This trip is part of the UNC Law Wills Project, established in 2008 as a collaboration between the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program, the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina. Our clients are primarily low-income African-Americans who seek to preserve and protect their property for future generations. Our goal is to mitigate the trend of disproportionate African-American land loss in North Carolina while training the next generation of attorneys. Read our blog at http://wheretheresawillunc.wordpress.com.

Sponsored by the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program, the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.


PRESS RELEASE: Butterfield Disappointed USDA Will Close FSA Offices and Limit Access to Underserved Populations



For Release:  Immediate



Date:  February 28, 2012


Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury 
Phone:  (202) 225.3101

                                                   Mobile: (202) 465.5125

Butterfield Disappointed USDA Will Close FSA Offices and Limit Access to Underserved Populations

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) expressed disappointment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement Monday to move forward with the closures of more than 100 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices, including three in Butterfield’s congressional district.  Earlier this month, Butterfield wrote a letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to reconsider the proposal to close FSA offices in Chowan, Hertford, and Warren counties due to the high volume of farmers who rely on their services.

“These offices are indispensable to thousands of farmers in my district,” said Butterfield.  “While I understand the agency must find ways to reduce spending, shuttering FSA offices in eastern North Carolina will only limit access to USDA services for underserved populations.  I am certain that there is a better solution.”

Yesterday afternoon Secretary Vilsack informed Congress that in 90 days he will approve the closures of 259 domestic offices, facilities and labs, including 131 FSA offices, and seven foreign offices.

The Congressman insists that the current timeframe is insufficient notice to close the offices and guarantee that all farmers in the FSA system are properly notified of the upcoming changes.  Butterfield also said he urges Secretary Vilsack to ensure that all FSA employees affected by the announced closures will not be laid off, and instead given the option of being reassigned to a nearby office.





Housing Program in Greenville

Streets to Homes is a non-profit organization that is working with the City of Greenville, Equal Housing Opportunity, and the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing to first time, low income homebuyers. A first-time homebuyer is an individual who meets any of the following criteria:

·         An individual who has had no ownership in a principal residence during the 3-year period ending on the date of purchase of the property. This includes a spouse (if either meets the above test, they are considered first-time homebuyers).

·         A single parent who has only owned with a former spouse while married.

·         An individual who is a displaced homemaker and has only owned with a spouse.

·         An individual who has only owned a principal residence not permanently affixed to a permanent foundation in accordance with applicable regulations.

·         An individual who has only owned a property that was not in compliance with state, local or model building codes and which cannot be brought into compliance for less than the cost of constructing a permanent structure.

If you qualify, you can get up to $45,000.00 put towards your mortgage as a homebuyer incentive and $500.00 towards the needed $1000.00 down-payment.

Currently a low income household is defined as a household that earns up to but not more than the amounts listed below:

1 person household $30,650.00 per year / 2 person household $35,000.00 / 3 person household $39,400.00 / 4 person household  $43,750.00 / 5 person household $47,250.00 / 6 person household $50,750.00 / 7 person household $54,250.00 / 8 person household $57,750.00 / 9 person household $61,250.00 / 10 person household $64,750.00.


These houses will be brand new built and tailored to your personal taste. You can pick out the color to paint specific rooms and decide which appliances to put in your kitchen/laundry room (up to $4,500.00 allotted for appliances). Dimensions are: 1226 sq/ft, 3 bedroom, and 2 bathrooms. Homes are located in the 45 block rehabilitation development area, West Greenville. The homes are estimated to be valued between $100,000.00 and $115,000.00 so with 45,000.00 off the price the mortgage will be between $55,000.00 and $70,000.00.


Applicants must have verification of income for all members of the household (18+ yrs old), photo id and social security card (all family members), and a copy of your credit report from within the last 3 months (annualcreditreport.com).

For more information please call;

Aaron McConnell/Streets to Homes at 252-558-4427.

The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina–IndyWeek.com

In nearly every story, at some point the power gets cut off.

Last month, when the NAACP’s Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in NC embarked on its two-day tour of high-poverty counties in the northeastern part of the state, those of us on board the bus knew we’d hear the stories of people who have lived in poverty for generations. (More)

See related:


3A Boys Eastern Regional: Standing in the way – Sun Journal

Response: My wife graduated from West Craven so I kind of keep up with them. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

FAYETTEVILLE — To get to their final destination — the state championship — the West Craven Eagles have to first get past a team that’s knocked them out of the state playoffs the past two seasons.

The Eagles (29-1), the Coastal 3A Conference regular-season and tournament champions, are set to tangle with the Rocky Mount Gryphons (24-3) in Wednesday’s 3A Eastern Regional semifinals at the Crown Coliseum. (More)

See related:

3A Girls Eastern Regional: West Craven falls in state quarterfinals – Sun Journal Lost to Rocky Mount