PRESS RELEASE: Butterfield Urges FAA to Reconsider Airport District Office Reorganization Plan

 

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For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  May 15, 2012

 

Contact: Saul Hernandez 
Office:  (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Urges FAA to Reconsider Airport District Office Reorganization Plan

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) reacted to today’s announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would move forward with its realignment proposal for FAA Airport District Offices, causing North Carolina airports to report to the FAA’s Memphis, Tennessee office instead of the FAA’s Atlanta, Georgia office.  

 

“I am deeply disappointed by the FAA’s decision to shift support for North Carolina’s airports from the FAA’s Atlanta regional office to the FAA’s Memphis regional office,” Butterfield said.  “The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Airports Association are opposed to this plan and have told the FAA that this change will increase costs for the state and its airports, while decreasing their level of service.”

 

FAA Airport District Offices provide support to states and individual airports with funding, compliance, safety, construction, environmental issues, and planning.

 

According to the NCDOT and the North Carolina Airports Association, the FAA’s plan to realign Airport District Offices will decrease the level of service North Carolina airports receive unless the FAA hires new workers.  The shift will make it more difficult and expensive for state and airport representatives to travel to the FAA regional office.  Additionally, the shift eliminates the opportunity for state and airport representatives to meet simultaneously with their FAA Regional office and officials from the other federal agencies located in Atlanta.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Butterfield Applauds U.S. Department of Health Grants for NC Health Centers

 

 

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For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  May 17, 2012

 

Contact: Saul Hernandez 
Office:  (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Applauds U.S. Dept. of Health Grants totaling $4 million to Increase Access to Local Health Centers

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today announced three grants to be awarded to local community health centers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The grants, totaling $4,584,780, will be distributed to Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc. of Wilson, North Carolina and the Rural Health Group, Inc. of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

 

“Funding for these North Carolina centers will increase healthcare access to communities who have a difficult time accessing affordable care,” said Butterfield. “Secretary Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services recognize the role of community health centers in providing critical preventative care to eastern North Carolinians that will save lives and money on their doctors’ bills.”

 

Carolina Health Centers, Inc. received the Building Capacity Program grant in the amount of $3,507,460.  Carolina Health Centers serves as the umbrella organization for Freedom Hill Community Center, Harvest Family Health Center and Wilson Community Health Center. The health centers serve Edgecombe and Wilson counties in eastern North Carolina.

 

Rural Health Group, Inc. received the remaining two grants.  One of the two grants was funded under the Immediate Facility Improvement Program to rebuild their facility in Norlina, North Carolina.

 

These grants were made possible under the Affordable Care Act which provides $9.5 billion to expand health care services along with $1.5 billion to support construction and renovation projects for community health centers nationwide.

 

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News Alert: NC NAACP Petitions Governor to Pardon the Wilmington 10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                              Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

 

DURHAM – The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is releasing a letter petitioning Governor Beverly Perdue to pardon the Wilmington 10.  The NC NAACP joined members of the Wilmington 10 and their attorneys for a news conference at the State Capitol on Thursday morning.

 

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May 17, 2012

 

Hon. Beverly Eaves Perdue

Governor of North Carolina

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

 

RE:  Petition to Pardon the Wilmington Ten

 

Dear Governor Perdue:

 

In September 1972 ten young North Carolinians were tried and convicted of major felonies in New Hanover County.  After the dust settled, it turned out their main crime was trying to obey the Law, namely the requirements of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court to dismantle the separate and unequal school systems of New Hanover County.  The young people were called the Wilmington Ten:  Ben Chavis, Wayne Moore, Marvin Patrick, Connie Tindall, James McKoy, Willie Vereen, Reginald Epps, Anne Shepard-Turner, William "Joe" Wright, and Jerry Jacobs.

 

In 1980, after many had served 8 years in prison, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled they had been victims of outrageous acts of prosecutorial misconduct. Chavez v. State of North Carolina, 637 F.2d 213.  In language that has become too familiar to those of us who believe in racial justice in North Carolina, the Appeals Court found: "The prosecution’s failure to produce . . . to defense counsel the ‘amended’ statement and the record of the hospitalization of the state’s key witness and the restrictions upon cross-examination of the key witness and another about favorable treatment which might have induced favorable testimony require us to overturn the convictions."

 

Such gross prosecutorial misconduct is often associated with the trials of poor minorities and civil rights activists.  Each time this linkage is validated by higher courts, it widens the breach in our human family. . . it aggravates the hurts of past indignities.  Our system does not empower our courts to repair and heal such breaches and wounds.  Our constitution, instead, places such acts of human compassion in your hands. 

 

Therefore, on behalf of the North Carolina Conference of 125 adult, college and youth NAACP Branches across the state, I ask you to pardon the Wilmington Ten.  "And you shall be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in." Isaiah 58:12.

 

Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,

Barber Signature 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President                                                  

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP

 

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NC NAACP Open Letter to Members of the North Carolina General Assembly at the Beginning of the 2012 Short Session

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 18, 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                               Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

 

Open Letter to Members of the North Carolina General Assembly

At the Beginning of the 2012 Short Session

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP 

 

            The NC NAACP’s members and grassroots leaders have been working diligently through our 120 adult, college and youth branches in 2012.  With our 125+ partner organizations in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street Coalition, we gathered thousands of people in Raleigh in February, to renew our commitment to a progressive 14-point agenda with one of the largest and most diverse demonstrations ever seen in North Carolina. Just this year, we’ve traveled to dozens of towns and cities, meeting with many thousands of North Carolinians on the Truth and Hope Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina Tour. As decisions are made on a budget that will have a direct effect on poor people, we are hopeful that any legislator with a heart for human dignity would not go unaffected by the faces and stories of inhumane poverty we encountered across North Carolina.

 

There are six things we need the General Assembly to do: 1) Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor, 2) Fully fund public education, 3) Focus on addressing unemployment and poverty, 4) Engage in true tax reform where the wealthy pay their fair share, 5) Defend democracy rather than pass laws that will suppress the vote, and 6) Uphold the Racial Justice Act and address racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Anything less than this violates the Constitutional principle of governing for the good of the whole.

 

As you remember, we announced a year ago that North Carolina was in a State of Emergency. The leadership held Midnight Sessions to pass a budget with the largest cuts in North Carolina’s history to public education. The leadership proved it was uninterested in upholding the NC Constitution when they passed a budget that violated the constitutional rights of poor four year-old children with their cuts to pre-K education.

 

We stood our ground and beat back efforts to pass voter suppression bills and attempts to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Despite the misleading and unsuccessful campaign by the right wing to convince people of the dangers of voter fraud, signature attestation has worked effectively all these years in maintaining the integrity of the voting process. If someone lies about who they are on a ballot, the punishment is a felony. In another victory for justice in North Carolina last month, Judge Gregory Weeks affirmed the necessity of the Racial Justice Act when he made the historic ruling in favor of death row inmate Marcus Robinson, finding that racial bias influenced jury selection and altered his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

            Nevertheless, a year later, as the General Assembly reconvenes for the short session, the North Carolina NAACP and the HKonJ Coalition believes that North Carolina is still in a State of Emergency. In fact, it’s only getting worse. We saw the effects of budget cuts on the faces of disabled veterans, the unemployed, children, the homeless and students during the Truth and Hope Tour. From the Foothills to the Sandhills, the oppressed and marginalized cannot take any more draconian cuts. They cannot take any more legislation that aims to disenfranchise instead of liberate their communities.

 

            Also, as you go through this session, please remember that these are too serious of times to be playing games with our democracy. North Carolina is in a State of Emergency and legislators on either side of the aisle must not leave Raleigh while in session for vacations or other reasons. The people of our State will be watching each legislator, and will know who is skipping town and skipping votes.

 

The entire HKonJ Coalition plans to be in the People’s House next week for our annual HKonJ People of Color Justice and Unity Legislative Day, where we look forward to engaging each of you in serious conversations on the issues facing our State today.

 

We still demand, as we did with a chorus of thousands of North Carolinians on February 11, "Forward Together, Not One Step Back." We will NEVER compromise when it comes to our voting rights, fought for with the lives of martyrs and the sweat and tears of our ancestors. We will NOT compromise on the Racial Justice Act. We will not compromise on justice and equality for all, and neither should you.

 

Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,

Barber Signature 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President                                                  

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP

 

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NAACP Endorses Same-Sex Marriage – The Root

Quote: “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law,” NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement released Saturday. “The NAACPs support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people. The well-funded right wing organizations who are attempting to split our communities are no friend to civil rights, and they will not succeed.”

Ten days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the NAACP has voted to endorse it as well.

From the Washington Post:

The NAACP now presents itself as a counterbalance to the influence of the traditionally socially conservative black church. It can also help establish closer ties between blacks and gays, two of Obamas most loyal constituencies. (More)

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NC legislators get Miami trip, campaign funds from school voucher group – NC Policy Watch

Response: So where in the heck is our public school system going? See what legislators went on the trip. See how many are black. I don’t know where they stand but I do plan to ask them.

A school voucher lobbying group flew N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and 10 other lawmakers to Miami in March despite a state law banning lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.

Within a month of what was billed as an educational trip by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, the group’s political action committee also sent thousands of dollars to help several of the lawmakers’ re-election campaigns.

The March 14 to 15 trip to the Miami area was for lawmakers to learn about Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarships Program, a controversial initiative that gives dollar-for-dollar state tax credits to encourage companies to donate scholarship money for low-income children attending private schools, according to Darrell Allison, the director and chief lobbyist for Parents for Educational Freedom (PEFNC). (More)

Serendipity in Obama’s timing on gay marriage – The Miami Herald

So apparently, Barack Obama is finally done evolving.

That, you will recall, was the president’s word for the process of reconsidering his opposition to same sex marriage. Last week, after being publicly and inadvertently (?) prodded by his vice-president, Obama announced the results of all that cogitation. He told ABC News he has “just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. (More)

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