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My condolences goes out to the family of the late Beverly Otwan McDowell Tarboro NC.

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Open Letter to the People of North Carolina Invitation to the Truth and Hope Poverty Tour Report, Mass Meeting and Summit Saturday, August 11, 2012, Rocky Mount, NC

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August 9, 2012

 

Open Letter to the People of North Carolina

Invitation to the Truth and Hope Poverty Tour Report, Mass Meeting and Summit

Saturday, August 11, 2012, Rocky Mount, NC

 

 

            On January 3, 2012, the NC NAACP, the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, the NC Justice Center, the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at NCCU, and the AARP of NC launched a statewide "Truth and Hope Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina Tour." The opening chapter of this social and economic justice journey culminates with a Mass Meeting & Summit on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Opportunities Industrialization Center, 402 E. Virginia Street, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. [9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.]. We write to invite elected officials, members of the media and business leaders to attend the opening sessions exploring – through personal testimonies, a compelling original film documentary, newly assembled economic data, and frank community discourse – the scourge of poverty, amidst plenty, in the Tar Heel State [9:30 a.m. – noon]. We are confident that you will find the faces and the narratives of economic distress and challenge, as we have, to be perspective and predisposition altering. Please join us.

 

            When we began this effort eight months ago, Rev. Barber announced that we were "engaging in this tour to shine the light of truth on poverty and despair in North Carolina…The truth is, government and the private sector have not adequately addressed the historical and structural causes of deep poverty. Long before the Great Depression and the recent Great Recession, hundreds of thousands of God’s children of all colors lived on the edge" of survival. Recent economic storms "have made this structural" injustice even worse. The tour, we argued, "would not solve the problem, but will expose it, force us to see the faces, the people, and the real conditions behind the (appalling) statistics … and move us to (undertake) the hard, necessary and righteous work of addressing it."

 

            Having traveled over two thousand miles, visited 27 communities, and met with thousands of vocal and energized North Carolinians, we can attest that the challenge of pervasive and debilitating poverty is the greatest wound, the largest transgression, the most potent public policy test that we face as a people. It violates both our foundational constitutional commitments and our defining and civilizing religious commands. Its injustices are visited most heavily, as has been the case for generations, on persons of color – with African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans suffering poverty and unemployment rates dramatically higher than their white counterparts. And our poorest are, too frequently, our children – the youngest and most vulnerable among us. If we are to be the people we claim, we must move to address the stunning, betraying plague of poverty. And we must address it now.

           

            Despite what we have seen and heard, we have also heard, and we know, that there is a better way. If we tap our deepest moral values and deploy our best gifts, we can use targeted economic and infrastructure investments, developing green technologies, opened and equal access to education, and imaginative job creation strategies to address the ugly realities of poverty. If we follow the enduring ethic of love, we can beat our swords of racism into plows that till a new soil of brotherhood and sisterhood. If we see the poor as our neighbors, if we remember we are our brother’s keeper, we can work to respect the dignity of all. We can love all people. We can see all people as God’s creations.

 

            The Truth and Hope Poverty Tour Summit will explore our challenges, our priorities and our possibilities. It will further a movement – launched and pressed forward by the NC NAACP and a massive HK on J coalition – to put North Carolina poverty center stage in our political deliberation. We invite you to join that cause.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President,                Gene Nichol, Professor of Law and Director,

North Carolina NAACP                                UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity

 

 

CC:      Members of the NC General Assembly

            Governor of the State of North Carolina

            Candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Council of State and General Assembly

            Media

            NC NAACP Adult Branches and Youth and College division

            HKonJ Coalition Partners

 

Please download the Open Letter by clicking here  

Originally released 8/6/2012

 

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

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

   Professor Gene Nichol, Director, UNC Center on Poverty,

   Work and Opportunity, 919-962-5106 

For Media Assistance:            Rob Stephens, Field Secretary, 336-577-9335

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Gabby Douglas Buckles in Her Last Event at the Olympics by Naturally Moi

Response: It is just a damn shame that some folks don’t want to see black folks be good at what they do. All of the mess that these ignant folks brought up such as about her hair, her mother struggles have nothing to do with how good Gabby is. But to think that one being in the spotlight especially worldwide that these things are not on this young girls mind would be just too ignant. She is young and has not experienced ignance on this level especially when she is thinking that she is doing a good thing and everyone ought to be happy for her to find out that they are not. Damn Gabby is the first black to win the all-around event so this is one of many things that happens when a black becomes a first. People sit around and try to discredit them but to attempt to discredit our precious children by way of ignance is too damn much to endure.

Gabby Douglas didn’t end her Olympic dream in a dreamy fashion.  After making history as the first African American to ever win the all-around event, Douglas finished in last place in the women’s balance beam final.   This was the low point of a very poor performance, which was full of a series of near-falls all along the way. (More)

 

Expectations for Charter Schools in Durham County by Durham People’s Alliance

PA hosted a community panel discussion on March 7th to learn more about Charters in Durham and NC. Our members then voted on a list of expectations for Charter schools in Durham. Below is the final document that PA supports. Click here for a printer friendly file.

Expectations for Charter Schools in Durham County

Charters are public schools, funded with federal, state and local taxes.  Charters should be accountable and transparent to the public. (More)

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A salute to Viola Harris for caring – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — To the Editor:

First of all, I want to say that I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

I know you, mayor Linda Ingram, and I know commissioner Viola Harris very well. Harris and I are not the best of friends, however we do have something in common and that is visiting Princeville because we care about the status of the town. I don’t live here, nor does Harris. (More)

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NAACP CALLS ON CONGRESS TO HALT CRIPPLING BUDGET CUTS UNDER "SEQUESTRATION"

 

NAACP: Washington Bureau

The “Budget Control Act of 2011,” which was enacted in August, 2011, increased our Nation’s borrowing ceiling (also known as the “debt limit”); set caps on “discretionary spending” (funding for programs which is limited by the amount of money made available, rather than by demand; “non-discretionary” federal programs include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and Veterans’ benefits ) for 2011 and 2012; and established a budget super-committee, which was charged with developing a plan to reduce our national deficit over the next ten years.  Under the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011, if the budget super-committee did not come up with a plan to balance the budget automatic, across-the-board spending cuts would take place on January 2, 2013.  These cuts are known as “sequestration” and they would result in federal spending being cut by $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

 

For more information on the potential impact of "sequestration" and how it can be avoided, please see the attached Action Alert.

 

Thank you!

 

Hilary

 

Hilary O. Shelton

Director, NAACP Washington Bureau &

     Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy

(202) 463-2940

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