PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Meeting of the Board of Education Date: Monday, April 16, 2012 Time: 6:30 p.m. In the ECC Board Room/Building A Purpose: Personnel (CLOSED SESSION)

PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Meeting of the Board of Education Date: Monday, April 16, 2012 Time: 6:30 p.m. In the ECC Board Room/Building A Purpose: Personnel (CLOSED SESSION)

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Videos By The DCN Week Of April 14

Videos by The DCN April 9 – 14, 2012
Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Monthly Meeting Monday April 9, 2012
Trayvon Martin Memorial Morning Star Church of Christ Rocky Mount NC Tuesday April 10, 2012 
1st Annual NC Law and Policy Symposium Duke Law School Day 1 Thursday April 12, 2012 – A must see A presentation by SpiritHouse a multi-media theatrical production “Collective Sun.” Warning: there is some graphic language.
Democratic Party Edgecombe County Convention Saturday April 14, 2012 Good Meeting Turned Ignant

More videos from this week not posted yet are:

1st Annual NC Law and Policy Symposium Duke Law School Day 2 Friday April 13, 2012 around 3 – 4 videos

Rev. George A. Terry Pastor 12th Anniversary Saturday April 14, 2012 – May not post this one.

Video/Pictures: 1st Annual Law & Policy Symposium Featuring Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., Scott Pierpoint Wrongly Jailed For 18 Years and “Collective Sun” A Theatrical Production

Click on picture to view pictures.

Click on picture to view video. Warning! There is some
graphic language in the play however it is powerful.
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Pictures: 1st Annual Law & Policy Symposium Day 1 & Day 2 Duke Law School Durham NC Thank You Caitlin Swain For Inviting Me

NC Democratic Party executive director resigns – News & Observer

Response: (Correction) Sallie Leslie has always been a nice lady to me from my dealings with her since the early 90’s. I knew it had to be something drastic that she would resign. Now this explains why Jay Parmley didn’t respond to the issue of the African American Caucus of the Democratic Party because hell it appears he has his own issues. Oh hell. I mean oh well here we go.

When are we Democrats going to learn? Damn is everybody ignant? Damn fellow Democrats it is time to get it together. If we hold each other accountable for our actions we would keep ourselves in line but it appears some just don’t want to do the right thing. C. Dancy II – The Political Agitator

RALEIGH — The executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party resigned Sunday as calls for his ouster mounted amid questions regarding a secret agreement to pay a former staffer to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations.

Jay Parmley, who served a year at the helm of the party, denied harassing any employee and blamed right-wing blogs for "spreading a false and misleading story" about the incident. (More)

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NC Democratic Party embroiled in sex harassment scandal – WRAL

Wilson NC: I attended the Candidates Forum sponsored by Wilson Chapter Delta Sigma Theta And I Was Told I Could Not Record The Forum But They Announced It Was A Public Meeting

I attended the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Wilson Chapter Delta Sigma Theta today. I was approached by Attorney Milicent Graves that I could not video the meeting. I put my video camera in my car and got out my laptop and was going to blog the meeting and I also had my hand held recorder.

A gentleman came in and sat in front of me with his video camera. A Delta to the right of us went and told Graves that he was recording and Graves obviously told her to go tell him he could not video. I told her I understand this is a public building and the lady just announced this is a public meeting so ya’ll will be hearing from my attorney.

About this time a lady stood at the podium and said no recording devices are allowed. I stood and said excuse me, I understand this is a public building and ya’ll have announced this is a public meeting so I do not understand why we can not record. I said I put my camera in the car but this man has his camera. I said will you answer my question and I will respect your answer. The lady said she was just doing what she was told to do. Attorney Graves came to the podium and said we didn’t put in the letter to the candidates that the meeting would be recorded so out of respect for them.

I was in my ignant mode then talking out loud. I said get so sick and tired of ignant educated black folks. This is a public meeting and they are public figures so what is the damn problem?

I couldn’t take any more so I got the hell up and left.

So since Graves was trying to be nice to the candidates or whatever I feel the thing to do would have been to ask if the candidates had a problem being videoed and if anyone had said yes, then a red flag should have gone up for everyone in the room. Hell it was only about 3 – 4 white candidates in the room so was Graves trying to protect someone or what?

I wonder was the Wilson Times there and did they use a recording device? I will see if they do an article in the Wilson Times that I pay to read. So damn if we couldn’t record the meeting that should mean no reporting of the meeting by the Wilson Times.

Damn what happened to holding our elected and want to be elected officials accountable for their actions? Where is the transparency? The forum ought to have been recorded and played back on the local TV station because I know Wilson has one. Damn everyone in Wilson didn’t attend the forum for whatever reason but it should have been made available.

I had been intending to make me a copy of the Open Meetings Law Statue Chapter 143 – Article 33C:  § 143‑318.9.  Public policy – § 143‑318.18.  Exceptions. However § 143‑318.10.  All official meetings of public bodies open to the public and § 143‑318.14.  Broadcasting or recording meetings seems to be the 2 items that pertain to my complaint about not being able to record this forum.

I understand that the Darden Alumni Building may be a private building but the Delta’s announced this was a public meeting so I strongly feel they should have operated under the Open Meetings Law. Well I guess I will have to ask my attorney.

Note: This wasn’t a meeting of a public body, In my legal opinion, Article 33C only applies to meetings of public bodies. This was a candidates forum. They are citizens running for office, They are not a public body. A group of people all running for public office do not constitute a public body. I understand your frustration with the lack of transparency but the candidates are under no obligation to allow the recording of their forums under the open meetings act. Reporting and recording are not the same thing. The media can cover events that it is not allowed to make a visual recording of. You were prohibited from recording the forum not from writing about it. Candidates are not public figures unless they win an election. They are private citizens who have elected to run for a public office.

Sheria Reid posted this on my Facebook page. I respect and accept her legal opinion so I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to contact my lawyer. Thanks my friend.

Sheria Reid posted the following on my Facebook page in response to my above response. You are very welcome. I’m still looking for any possible violation of at the very least public policy by not allowing the recording of the forum. You know that we are alike in that we never give up until all avenues are exhautsed. Don’t know if there is one but I do agree with your assessment that such events should be fully available to the public.

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Video/Pictures: Democratic Party Edgecombe County Convention Saturday April 14, 2012 Began With A Good Message From Rev. Wayne Hines But Ended With Ignance From Rev. Roosevelt Higgs About Racial Profiling 

An Open Letter To The African American Caucus of The North Carolina Democratic Party?

Announcement: Homecare Management Will Host A Lunch & Learn About Alternative Family Living

Hello Mr. DCN! Please inform your bloggers and subscribers that HomeCare Mgmt will host a Lunch & Learn about Alternative Family Living [AFL] on April 19, 2012 at the Comfort Inn time: 11:30 – 1:30. To register call 641-0404.

Debra Faye Dew Jordan
Tarboro NC

What are conservatives doing about white on white crime? – AAReports

Response: Because they are too busy trying to tell black folks what they ought to be doing. Oh hell not! C. Dancy II – The Political Agitator

In the wake of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin conservatives decided it would be a great idea to keep quoting the sobering statistics as they relate to black on black crime. They seem to enjoy saying that 94% of black men will die at the hands of another black man. They want to know why black leaders are not marching and protesting against those numbers. (More)

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