Politifact: Romney Claim That Obama Robbed Medicare of $700 Billion Is “Mostly False”

Politifact says plain as day that Romney’s claim that Obama robbed Medicare of $700 Billion is “mostly false” HERE:

The claim that Obama cut $700 billion out of Medicare is relatively new. Not long ago, the oft-cited number was $500 billion. How did he manage to cut another $200 billion when no one was looking?

First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. (More)

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Ohio Secretary Of State Removes Democratic Members Of Election Board For Supporting Weekend Voting – ThinkProgress

In a dramatic move, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted immediately suspended two Democrats on a county election board after they voted to allow weekend voting.

Earlier, Husted issued a directive canceling weekend voting statewide. In 2008, Ohio offered early voting on the weekends and thousands of voters cast their ballot during that time. (More)

White Denial and Black Middle-Class Realities (Part 1) – BlackVoices

The denial of racism is an obsession of white America. In what has become a holy trinity of sorts – accusing others of playing the "race card;" noting the election of Barack Obama; and citing the success of the black middle class and/or the black elite – the denial of racism and the demonization of those who demand that America fulfill its creed of equality plagues contemporary racial discussions. It is a rarity to witness a conversation about race, whereupon this holy trinity isn’t deployed, derailing the conversation before it even begins. Whether highlighting segregation or inequality in access to education, health care, or countless institutions, whether noting the realities of stop-and-frisk or daily confrontations with American racism, the response is often the same: denial, denial, denial. (More)

Obama to promote ways for veterans to find work – Desert News (Publisher November 7, 2011

Response: For those who ask what has “our” President done and have tried to do. Fact he has tried to do many things some accomplished and some he is still fighting the good “ole” boys Republicans and also some Democrats. Read this article keeping in mind that is an old article dated November 7, 2011.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is promoting new ways to help veterans find jobs in a tough economy while pressing Congress to approve tax credits for businesses to hire former members of the military.

Just ahead of Veterans’ Day, Obama plans to meet Monday with leading veterans’ groups, then discuss steps his administration is taking to help veterans who have struggled to find work. The president was to speak from the White House Rose Garden Monday at noon. (More)

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Ryan overlooks own $20 million stimulus request while opposing stimulus – Rachel Maddow Show

Rachel Maddow explains that Paul Ryan is one of those Republican congressmen who criticized the economic stimulus while lying about advocating for millions to be apportioned to help his district. Ezra Klein, columnist for the Washington Post, joins to refute Ryan’s claim that the stimulus did not work. (More)

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Former Franklin sheriff headed to prison – News & Observer

The former Franklin County sheriff, convicted Friday of embezzling $221,000 in public funds, will follow many of the criminals he prosecuted to jail.

Patrick Allen Green, the Franklin sheriff from 2006 to January 2011, was sentenced to at least three and a half years in prison for two counts of felony embezzlement. (More)

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HKonJ Partners Retreat – August 28 – RSVP NOW (by 8/22/12)

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August 17, 2012                               

Re: HKonJ Coalition Partners Retreat

Dear HKonJ Coalition Partners:

With great enthusiasm, we are writing you in regards to our upcoming Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Coalition Partners Retreat which will be held on the historic date of Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the University United Methodist Church. The church is located at 150 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. The Reverend Carl King is Pastor.

As you know, August 28th serves as the 49th anniversary of the historic 1963 "March on Washington." The early morning of August 28, 1955 is also the date the horrific and shameful murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till took place during his visit to Mississippi.   While racially motivated hate-crimes and lynching were nothing new in the South especially during this period, this particular killing would throw America’s racism in the South into the international spotlight and further served as a catalyst for building unified coalitions and a national civil rights movement.  

It is in the spirit of young Emmett Till, the March on Washington, and the countless courageous civil rights champions whose shoulders we stand upon, we thank you for becoming an HKonJ Partner and extend this invitation to be with us on Tuesday, August 28th and become even closer and stronger in the months and years to come!  

We have enclosed a general outline of the day with hopes to see you there. We are hopeful each Partner will send a representative for the full day as the need for us to spend as much time together as possible is self-explanatory.   However, if just a portion of your day is all that is available, please let us know the time you will be available and/or let us know if another representative will come during that period of the day you will be absent.

RSVP: Our RSVP deadline was set for Friday, August 17. If some how you erroneously overlooked this deadline but still wish to attend, immediately inform Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood , the HKonJ Coalition Coordinator no later than Wednesday, August 22, to see if arrangements can be made.

Lastly, we are hopeful you will join us in telling constituents across this state as we look at the escalation of hateful political race-baiting, voter suppression, racial profiling, legislative racism, immoral-budget-cutting, homophobia, resegregation, unemployment, wealth disparities, poverty, and frontal attacks on all aspects of civil/human rights – "If ever there was a time we should vote; if ever there was a time we should mobilize; if ever there was a time we should organize; if ever there was a time we should speak truth to power; if ever there was a time we should build an anti-racist, anti-poverty, and anti-militarism HKonJ Coalition, THAT TIME SURE IS NOW!"

Therefore, we are excitedly looking toward seeing you in Chapel Hill, on Tuesday, August 28th!


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II,                                                                            Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood,

HKonJ Convener                                                                                                 HKonJ Coalition Coordinator


Mrs. Debra Tyler-Horton                                                                                   Mr. Reuben Blackwell                       

HKonJ Steering Committee Co-Chair                                                             HKonJ Steering Committee Co-Chair



 Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition

HKonJ Coalition Partners Retreat Program Outline

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, August, 28, 2012 ~

University United Methodist Church

150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC

9:00 a.m. Fellowship/Continental Breakfast

(30 Minutes)


9:30 a.m. Welcome, Who’s in the Room

(45 Minutes)


10:15 a.m. Opening Faith and Fellowship Service


11:15 a.m. HKonJ History, and "Forward Together" Overview


11:30 a.m. HKonJ Report


11.45 a.m. Truth & Hope Poverty Tour Report and Videos                     

12:30 Noon Unity Luncheon and Fellowship

(1 hour)


1:30 p.m. Reconvening Call to Order


1:45 p.m. Youth Voices (1 hour)



2:45 p.m. Legislative Report Card   


3:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (2 hours):


Defending Democracy, Protecting the Vote (HKonJ Items 5 and 14)

  • Same Day Voting
  • Public Financing of Elections
  • GOTV Using HKonJ Coalitions
  • The Dollars and Sense of National Defense

  Economic Justice/Jobs/Fighting Poverty/Livable Wages and Worker’s Rights

(HKonJ Items 2, 3, 7, 8, and 11)

  • Livable Wages and Support for Low Income People
  • Health Care for All
  • State Discrimination in Hiring and Contracting
  • Affordable Housing and Consumer Abuse
  • Collective Bargaining for Public Employees and Worker Safety


Education Equality, The Greatest Hope for Our State (HKonJ Items 1 and 6)

  • Constitutional, High Quality, Well Funded, Diverse Schools for All Children
  • Lifting our Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Preschool Funding/Quality/Availability


Equal Protection Under the Law (HKonJ Items 4, 9, 10, 12, and 13)

  • Redress 1898 Violent Wilmington Governmental Overthrow
  • Redress 1947-1977 Sterilization/Eugenics
  • Abolish the Death Penalty and Mandatory Sentencing Laws
  • Racial Justice Act
  • Environmental Justice
  • Protect the Rights of Immigrants from Latin America and other Nations
  • Organize, Strengthen and Provide Funding for our Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies/Statutes


5:00 p.m. HKonJ Partners Unity Dinner, Fellowship, and Social

(1 Hour)


6:00 p.m. Reconvening and Call for Reports from Breakout Leaders (15 minutes each)

(1 Hour)

  • Defending Democracy, Protecting the Vote (HKonJ Items 5 and 14)
  • Economic Justice/Jobs/Fighting Poverty (HKonJ Items 2, 3, 7, 8, and 11)
  • Education Equality, The Greatest Hope for Our State (HKonJ Items 1 and 6)
  • Equal Protection Under the Law (HKonJ Items 4, 9, 10, 12, and 13)

 7:00 p.m. HKonJ Plenaries (15 minutes each)

(45 Minutes)

  • Coalition GOTV and Civic Engagement Strategies
  • HKonJ7 Mobilization Strategies
  • HKonJ Steering Committee Composition and Strategies

 7:45 p.m. Questions and Answers

(15 Minutes)


8:00 p.m. Wrap Up and ‘Things To Do’ Going ‘Forward’ – HKonJ Convener

(15 Minutes)


8:15 p.m. Announcements


8:20 p.m. Closing Chants (i.e. "Forward Together, Not One Step Back!")


8:30 p.m. Benediction/Adjournment

OWe Stand Against Voter Suppression 



Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition

2012 HKonJ

Partners Retreat

Scheduled for the ‘Historic’ Date of August 28






 Pictured below:  HKonJ6 Mobilization, 02/11/12


University United Methodist Church

150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  






RSVP:  Let us know you are coming! Call our HKonJ Coalition Coordinator, Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood at 919 682-4700 and/or send an email to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com.




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