Raleigh Democrat re-enters race for 13th Congressional District seat – Rocky Mount Telegram

Democratic candidate Charles Malone officially has activated his campaign for the 13th Congressional District after withdrawing from the race earlier this year because of a health scare. (More)

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Dems win control of Wisconsin Senate – The Washington Times

Republican Gov. Scott Walker won his recall election, but he may have a tougher time getting things through the Wisconsin Legislature after Democrats appear to have successfully recalled a Republican state senator, which would flip the balance of power in the state. (Washington Times)

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State Ethics Commission launches probe into lobbyists linked to Tillis’ aides – News & Observer

The N.C. State Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into two lobbyists who had romantic relationships with top aides to House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to confidential documents obtained by The News & Observer.

The probe will examine whether lobbyists Jessica Hayes and Dean Plunkett violated the state’s ban on gifts and failing to report expenses related to their relationships with legislative employees, according to letters the commission sent to the lobbyists in late May. (More)

Walker survives recall election in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers. (More)

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2012 Summer Camp It’s All About The Kingdom Summer Camp/After School Program

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News Release: National NAACP Passes NC NAACP-Initiated Resolution Supporting Pardons for Wilmington 10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2012

 

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

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

 

North Carolina NAACP Brings Resolution Supporting Pardons for Wilmington Ten to NAACP National Board of Directors; Passes Unanimously

 

            DURHAM – On May 19, 2012, the NAACP National Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution to do all it can to persuade NC Governor Beverly Perdue to grant full pardons to the ten young people wrongfully imprisoned in Wilmington in 1972. 

 

            "The National NAACP’s support for full pardons for the Wilmington 10 adds great weight to the growing movement for some measure of justice for these ten freedom fighters and their families. They were locked up for the best years of their lives because they stood up for the oppressed and marginalized portions of our society," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. "North Carolina cannot go on without addressing this total violation of the rights of these ten individuals and the racially-biased system that put them in jail in the first place."

 

            Dr. Barber, a national NAACP Board Member, and veteran civil rights attorney Al McSurely crafted the resolution language. Barber, who is also chair of the national NAACP’s Political Action Committee, asked NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock to allow for the proposed resolution to be heard, which it was without objection.

 

Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman, another member of the national NAACP Board and 1st Vice President of the NC NAACP, introduced the motion. After a powerful presentation by Ms. Coleman, the resolution passed unanimously. When people hear the facts of the case, back in the early 1970’s, they are outraged at this egregious miscarriage of justice.

 

            In 1971, the United Church of Christ asked 24-year-old Rev. Benjamin Chavis to go to Wilmington to help other young black activists organize for educational, economic and social equality. Two years before, the white-controlled School Board shut down Williston High School, the African-American high school, to retaliate against the federal court-ordered desegregation (a case brought by the NAACP).  Williston’s closing shocked the black community.  By 1971 this vengeful act still caused pain and anger in the black community.

 

             Wilmington had become a near police state, with white vigilante groups riding through the black neighborhoods, shooting up churches and homes. It was a repeat of the terrorist attacks on the Black community in 1898, documented so thoroughly by the official 1898 Commission.  Instead of stopping the terrorists roaming free in the city, it was decided at the highest level to frame some of the young activists who were working to enforce the desegregation court orders. When a white business was burned, police found a couple of witnesses who said they saw Benjamin Chavis and some other young activists near the scene of the fire.  Based on this, ten young people were arrested and sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison.  After an international movement developed to free them, the Federal Court of Appeals overturned the convictions in 1980.  The appellate decision found the arrests to be racially and politically motivated, and a deceitful attack on the ten young activists.  Despite this strong decision, the State of North Carolina has never pardoned any of the Wilmington 10 of the bogus charges.

 

            Two weeks ago, May 17th, the Wilmington 10 legal team, which includes Irving Joyner, NC NAACP Legal Redress Chair, and James Ferguson, both of whom have been involved with the case since the 1970’s, filed with Governor Perdue a petition for pardons of each of the Wilmington 10.  The Resolution adopted by the National NAACP completes the story:

 

WHEREAS in September 1972 ten young North Carolinians were tried and convicted of major felonies in New Hanover County;

 

AND WHEREAS 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the young people were Benjamin Chavis, Wayne Moore, Marvin Patrick, Connie Tindall, James McKoy, Willie  Vereen, Reginald Epps, Anne Shepard-Turner, William "Joe" Wright, and Jerry Jacobs, and were popularly called "The Wilmington Ten";

 

AND WHEREAS in 1980, after the young people had spent many years in prison, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled they had been victims of outrageous acts of prosecutorial misconduct, Chavez v. State of North Carolina, 637 F.2d 213, using language all too familiar to those of us who believe in racial justice in North Carolina, saying: "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";

 

AND WHEREAS such gross prosecutorial misconduct is too often associated with the trials of poor minorities and civil rights activists;

 

AND WHEREAS each time this linkage is validated by higher courts, it widens the breach in our human family, and aggravates the hurts of past indignities;

 

AND WHEREAS our constitution does not empower the courts to repair and heal such breaches and wounds, but rather places such acts of human compassion in the Governor’s hands;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT REOLVED that the National NAACP will do all in its power to help its North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches and its broad Historic Thousands on Jones Street Coalition in convincing the Hon. Governor Beverly Perdue to grant a full pardon to the Wilmington Ten, and become, as the Prophet Isaiah would say, "a repairer of the breach."

 

 

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Action Alert – Restrictions on Pretrial Programs – June 6, 2012

 
 

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Pretrial Programs Face Restrictions 

Bill to Amend Bail Law in Committee Tomorrow

    

       SB 756 – Amend Bail Law/ Pretrial Release Programs is scheduled to be heard  tomorrow, June 6th at 10 am in Rep. Tim Moore’s Judiciary A committee.
 
         Click here for a copy of the bill.
 
         Provisions in this bill will increase jail costs and will add totally unnecessary costs to a defendant who is released to a pretrial services program.  Those provisions are:
 
 *A requirement that pretrial programs may not interview a defendant for 72 hours
 
*A requirement that anyone placed on Electronic monitoring, house arrest or continuous alcohol monitoring must also pay a $1,000 bond.
 
*A provision that appears to require anyone released to a pretrial services program to pay a secured bond.
 
*A provision prohibiting any state dollars from being used to support pretrial services programs.
 
Please contact the committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 756.    Click here for Judiciary A committee members and their contact information.
 
 
 
     

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