Final Mapp Planning Meeting Scheduled, June 14th – Sprog: A Training for Changemakers


Email Alert from the Office of Rep. Angela R. Bryant, NC House District 7

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties until Jan. 2013; and

Nash and Franklin Counties – Jan 2013 – 2014




clip_image001MAPP Team, we’re almost there! 

Our final planning meeting before we start implementing our Community Action Plan over the next few years will focus on:


Formulate Goals and Strategies & Organize for Action

When:  Thursday, June 14, 2012, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where:  The Beacon Center

500 Nash Medical Arts Mall, Rocky Mount


We will convene workgroups during the meeting to focus on each of the strategic issues we have identified (see below).  If the agency you represent would like input/representation on more than one strategic issue, you may want to invite additional representatives to sit in with different workgroups during this planning stage.  As we move forward over the next few years, workgroups will likely meet independently and you can participate in multiple workgroups during the implementation phase.

        How do we better engage the public in health education and health communication?

        How do we promote healthy lifestyles in different populations?   

        How can we expand and utilize existing community resources?

        How can we build pride in our community?

        How can we address perception issues around public safety and resources?

For more information contact: Amy Belflower  Thomas, MSPH, CPH, Coordinator of Health Services, Nash County Health Department at  (252) 459-1356.







Every summer for the last 20 years the Sierra Student Coalition has hosted grassroots organizing trainings by and for young burgeoning leaders in the environmental movement. We call our program Sprog: A Training for Changemakers and this summer we will be offering six week long experiences across the country:

· Pacific NorthwestJune 24- July 1 (Camp Fife (Goose Prairie, WA)

· Puerto Rico – July 3-10 (Parador Peniel (Adjuntas, PR) [*100% in Spanish*]

· Midwest – July 8-15 (Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)

· Rustbelt – July 14-22 (Prince William State Park (Triangle, VA)

· Southeast – July 22-29 (Camp Cottaquila (Jacksonville, AL)

· Southwest – August 5 – 12 (Foster Lodge (San Diego, CA)

Sprog has been responsible for inspiring and preparing thousands of young people to win campaigns and serve as leaders in the movement. Many of the program’s alumni reference Sprog as the formative experience that caused them to realize how possible it was to make real change in the world and commit their lives to advocating for the planet.


Your help in identifying the right candidates for Sprog is invaluable. If you know a young person (anywhere from high school aged to young adulthood) who is ready to hone their organizing chops and ramp up their involvement in the fight to protect the globe, please encourage them to learn more about Sprog and apply at:*


If you have any questions or would like to nominate exceptional leaders to apply and be followed up with by a current SSC volunteer leader, please email Tim Harlan-Marks, SSC Trainings & Leadership Development Director:


*Programs are filling up fast so interested applicants are encouraged to apply by June 15th for best chance of inclusion



See related:

Rep. Angela Bryant

Emergency Challenge to RJA Repeal Bill Issued by NC NAACP and Coalition Partners

NC NAACP Letterhead


June 12, 2012


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

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


NC NAACP and Coalition Partners Issue Emergency Challenge to RJA Repeal Bill and Call on Membership Throughout the State to Flood Legislators With Calls and Emails


DURHAM – The NC House of Representatives will consider another attempt to repeal the Racial Justice Act later today. The NC NAACP is issuing five critical reasons to vote against the bill, which can be found below. They are also calling on all branches and HKonJ partners to flood legislators with calls and emails immediately today encouraging them to reject Senate Bill 416, with the five critical reasons for doing so.




Five Reasons Legislators Should Reject New Efforts to Repeal the Racial Justice Act


1) The Racial Justice Act was passed with the support of proponents and opponents of the death penalty. All agreed that racial bias has no place in the application of the ultimate punishment of death.


2) Support for the Racial Justice Act is not an endorsement of violence or a sign that anyone is "soft on crime." Criminal justice enforcement is only strengthened when the system confronts racial bias directly and attempts to rid it from its practices.


3) Two Superior Court judges in North Carolina examined the law and evidence. The first found the RJA constitutional.  And the second, the Cumberland County Superior Court, examined the comprehensive evidence presented to it by both sides for several months and found that race played a significant role in the death sentence of the first RJA petitioner, Marcus Robinson, and changed his death sentence to life in prison without parole. The Court found what virtually every researcher who has studied the death penalty process has shown: racism infects much of this system and its ultimate punishment–the death penalty.


4) We live in a state where seven men have been exonerated from death row, who would have been murdered by the state if the system had only worked faster. Five are black, one is Latino and one is white. ALL were charged with the murders of white victims.


5) All the evidence shows that the death penalty system is flawed with racial bias. It is bizarre and unthinkable that legislators are striving to maintain the status quo of racism in the application of the death penalty and steal a tool from the courts to address this abomination.




Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II on Today’s Attempt to Repeal the RJA


Our current leadership engages in public policy rooted in regressive ideology that ignores both facts and truth. They deny what research says, what the courts have said, and what fundamental fairness and justice says. They push forward their race-baiting agenda anyway. Rather than face the racial disparity evident in application of the death penalty they instead spin the issue to suggest that to be for RJA as it stands is to be soft on crime and represents an unwillingness to punish criminals, even when they know this is both unfounded and untrue. Proponents and opponents of the death penalty have supported RJA in its current form. Family members of murdered victims have supported RJA in its current form.


For this to be happening in a southern General Assembly, where there is such a deep history and continuing reality of racialized arrests and convictions, is both deeply regressive and troubling. Attempts to rewrite the law and lessen its ability to uncover the truth about racially-biased convictions is a fundamental violation of the notion that justice must be blind and fair, not biased and unbalanced. Murder of any human being is a painful tragedy that tears a breach in the soul and spirit of our common humanity. As a pastor I’ve had to walk, pray and cry with families through the tragedy of a murder of a loved one. But I also learned from these same families that promoting a death penalty system that is flawed with racial and class bias is also tragic and does not soothe their pain or further the cause of justice.


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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  






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NC Racial Justice Act

Katrina Rich Named New Principal At The Edgecombe County Early College And See ECPS Resignations, Transfers/Assignment Changes, Dismissals, Reduction In Force, New Hires And Other


Katrina Rich (front) has been named as the new principal at the Edgecombe County Early College.

See list of resignations, transfers/assignment changes, dismissals and other here.

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Edgecombe County Public Schools

NAACP to honor local leaders at annual banquet – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Rocky Mount branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced Tuesday that several leaders and organizations will be honored this weekend at its 37th annual Freedom Fund Banquet. (More)

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NAACP Rocky Mount NC