Nash County Democratic Party Fall Rally Keynote Speaker Linda Coleman Candidate For Lt. Governor


Picture taken in Pitt County at the NAACP Mass Monthly Meeting Ayden NC March 2012. 

When: Thursday September 13, 2012

Where: Brown Auditorium Nash Community College 522 N. Old Carriage Road Nashville NC

Time: Reception 5:30 PM Banquet 6:30 PM

Tickets: $15.00 to attend
            $25.00 if you eat

Contact Marvin Arrington 252-314-7418 if you plan to attend
            Tickets will be available at the door.

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Butterfield’s Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks



For Release:  Immediate



Date:  September 11, 2012


Contacts: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

Office:     (202) 225.3101               

Butterfield’s Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement in recognition of the anniversary of September 11, 2001 (9/11):


“Eleven years ago today, American life was transformed by the horrifying attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.  Those attacks that will remain in our minds forever took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans. 


“The horrific aftermath of 9/11 bore a new America – a stronger America – where we witnessed a new level of steadfast and resolute pride.  We were victimized by terrorists, but Americans are not victims.  We demonstrated to the world that our way of life will not be dictated by anyone, and our love and pursuit of freedom will always trump evil. 


“But we will never forget.  Today we honor and mourn the innocent men, women, and children whose lives were lost that day.  We are forever indebted to the brave and heroic first responders who ran into burning and mangled buildings to save as many lives as they could without regard to their own safety.  These selfless men and women are nothing short of heroes.


“Those who seek to inflict terror on our country must know that they do so at their own peril.  Although their intent was to cripple the American way of life, the terrorists succeed only in unifying Americans and demonstrating our mighty strength on the world stage.”





CSI Golf Tourney Monday Sept. 17th



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CSI’s 4th Annual Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament and Fund Raiser will be held again this year at the Raleigh Golf Association (RGA) – 1527 Tryon Road, Raleigh NC on Monday, September 17, 2012.


Don’t forget there is a chance to win a free trip to Scotland! See information about the trip and other details at the links below.



Click here to view our new updated video for this year’s tournament!


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Contact our Director of Golf, Mr Sheldon Howard if you have any questions at 919-291-8472,  or


Even if you are not able to play, please consider making a donation to Community Success Initiative as we help formerly incarcerated men and women get back on their feet and help reduce crime in the community. A donation of any amount would go a long way . You can donate online at, or mail donation to Community Success Initiative PO Box 61114 Raleigh, NC 27661. If you know someone who would give to this cause based on your recommendation, feel free to pass along as appropriate.

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Butterfield Manages Bills on House Floor and Applauds Passage of the SAFE WEB Act



For Release:  Immediate



Date:  September 11, 2012


Contacts: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

Office:     (202) 225.3101               

Butterfield Manages Bills on House Floor and Applauds Passage of the SAFE WEB Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today managed the unanimous passage of two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives, including H.R. 6131, the reauthorization of the US SAFE WEB Act, which he is an original cosponsor.  Introduced by House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT) Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), the reauthorization of the SAFE WEB Act extends until September 2020 the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) expanded and enhanced authorities to combat cross-border spyware and spam attacks against the United States.  It also helps to protect against phony internet rip-offs and telemarketing scams.

“The enhanced authority, given by the passage of the original SAFE WEB Act during the 109th Congress, has empowered the FTC to better protect American consumers through robust cross-border information sharing, investigative assistance, and coalition building with our foreign partners,” said Butterfield, Ranking Member of the CMT Subcommittee.  “Because of this, each and every FTC commissioner, which includes commissioners of both political parties, have called for a permanent reauthorization.  I am happy to see the House passage of this bill.”

In addition to H.R. 6131, the House passed S. 710, the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, which will establish a centralized, federal electronic manifest system for tracking the transport of hazardous waste for both the federal government and states.

Butterfield supported both bills.




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The Decline and Fall of “Chocolate City” by William Reed Columnist

The Decline and Fall of “Chocolate City”

Ever since Washington was carved from two slaveholding states in 1791, it has been a special place for Blacks. Nowadays, most Black Americans know the nation’s capital by the moniker: “Chocolate City.” By the 1960s “Chocolate City”, was the center for “Black Power” in America. The “most important city in the world”, D.C. was a symbol of pride and power for African Americans advancing in lifestyles and “power positions.”  The country should be on the alert that now that Washington is no longer considered a “Chocolate City,” other cities like it may be next.

Back in the day, African Americans in Washington were experiencing unprecedented political, social and economic status. In the 1970s, D.C.’s Blacks made their move from the streets to the suites.  Black professionals moved up private sector and government career ladders and became the policy and decision-makers on rules and regulations that benefited Black people and institutions. 

Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. exemplified a machine boss who dominated politics for more than a decade serving as the second elected mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. Barry is remembered fondly as a champion of the young, the aged and the poor, having plowed hundreds of millions of tax dollars into summer jobs programs, senior centers and an array of social welfare programs that ranked among the most generous in the nation.  He also used the city’s bureaucracy as a vast employment program that fostered the growth of a Black middle class that have the highest paid municipal jobs in America.

All of that is long gone. The people that Barry made middle class have taken their salaries and taxes and moved out of D.C. to make Prince George’s County, “America’s wealthiest majority-Black county.” As the Blacks of means leave D.C., more Whites, Asians and Hispanics are moving in. The District of Columbia’s Black population is under 50 percent. The city that once had a 70 percent Black population has dropped down to just 301,000 Blacks of the city’s 601,700 residents. The “Black Power Elite” that came to be in the ’60s and ’70s are eroding in power and prestige. The “Black Power” way of life is at an end in D.C

Back in our days of dominance, Calvin Rolark got his calls to City Hall returned promptly.  Dr. Rolark was an influential community leader as publisher of The Washington Informer newspaper and head of United Black Fund. Today, Rolark’s daughter, Denise gets scant attention and few “call backs” from current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

The awarding of D.C. government advertising contracts is a case that should be a cause célèbre for majority-Black populations and governments across America. [Public Notices] are advertisements that generate billions annually in America. Public notices placed in newspapers include contract opportunities, foreclosures, unclaimed property, community information and more. The issue and controversy in D.C. is about a $30,000 contract to advertise unclaimed property in the city.  Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes claims that her paper was denied a chance at the contract by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer because her paper’s coverage centers on Washington’s Black residents. Barnes has filed a protest over the awarding of the contract. The conflict, a test-case in reverse-discrimination, hinges on whether The Washington Informer counts as a "newspaper of general circulation.” In her complaint, Barnes quotes a city contracting official saying that The Washington Informer‘s editorial focus toward Black Washingtonians means it isn’t a "newspaper of general circulation."

Are Blacks headed toward being invisible in America again? In recent generations “Black Power” is on the decline in D.C. and across America. D.C. illustrates that government sector contracting is fundamental to the successes of minority-owned businesses such as The Washington Informer. As Blacks in every locale should, Blacks in D.C. are concerned that the 47-year-old Informer publication has been deemed “irrelevant” by the decision-makers who currently occupy the top realms of D.C. government.  

(William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available for projects via the Bailey

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DPB: Pat McCrory’s Favored Virtual Charter School in NC Under Investigation for Fraud in Florida

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September 11, 2012

McCrory’s Favored Charter School Investigated
Allegations persist that K12, Inc. is running enrollment scam 

Pat McCrory, a candidate for governor, is an enthusiastic supporter of K12, Inc., a virtual charter school company maneuvering to open a virtual school in Cabarrus County that will allow for fulltime, open enrollment for NC students from anywhere in the state.  The company will collect 100% of the state’s allocation for each student who enrolls, however the student will not step foot in a school.     

By Trevor Aaronson and John O’Connor
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting/StateImpact Florida

The Florida Department of Education has launched an investigation of K12, the nation’s largest online educator, over allegations the company uses uncertified teachers and has asked employees to help cover up the practice.

In one case, a K12 manager instructed a certified teacher to sign a class roster of more than 100 students. She only recognized seven names on that list.

"I cannot sign off on students who are not my actual students," K12 teacher Amy Capelle wrote to her supervisor. "It is not ethical to submit records to the district that are inaccurate."


The documents suggest K12 may be using uncertified teachers in violation of state law. In 2009, K12 asked Seminole County Public Schools if it could use uncertified teachers in some online classes. Those uncertified teachers would be overseen by a so-called "teacher of record" – a certified teacher.

Seminole County Public Schools consulted with the Florida Department of Education and then denied the request, citing state law requiring certified teachers.

The Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is now looking into whether K12 violated state law by using teachers of record, even after education officials warned the company it can’t.
State investigators confirmed the probe to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida, but declined to discuss it.

K12 officials would not agree to an interview. In a statement, spokesman Jeff Kwitowski said the company is working closely with investigators.

"We do not believe the allegations against K12 regarding teacher certification are accurate," he wrote.

"K12’s policy is to follow teacher certification requirements. K12 teachers assigned to teach students in Florida are state certified. Because K12 is continuing to work with state officials on this matter, further comment would be inappropriate."


K12 operates in 43 Florida school districts, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Orange and Duval counties. The company teaches everything from art to algebra to students in kindergarten through high school.

According to K12’s website, students enjoy "state-certified teachers, with a parent or other responsible adult in the role of ‘Learning Coach.’"

The state investigation started in January, when a former K12 employee forwarded a series of emails to Seminole County Public Schools officials.

In one email, K12’s Florida project manager asked teachers to sign off on having taught students they may have never encountered.

"So if you see your name next to a student that might not be yours it’s because you were qualified to teach that subject, and we needed to put your name there," K12’s Samantha Gilormini wrote on Feb. 15, 2011. Gilormini asked K12 teacher Capelle, whose emails helped spark the investigation, to sign off on a list of 112 students. Of the 112, she’d taught only seven.

"I am happy to sign for the seven Seminole students who are my students, but I cannot sign as the teacher of record for students who I do not know," Capelle wrote.

Since Capelle didn’t sign off on the students, K12 manager Gila Tuchman signed in her place and submitted the records to Seminole County Public Schools, certifying that Capelle had taught students she in fact had not.

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Greenville City County Passed A Resolution Supporting Clean Elections And Opposing The Citizens United Ruling That Opened The Flood Gates Of Big Secret Money In Politics

Last night down in Greenville NC the Greenville City County passed a resolution supporting clean elections and opposing the Citizens United ruling that opened the flood gates of big secret money in politics.  It was pretty exciting and an important milestone because it was the 10th city in North Carolina to pass such a resolution and the first city to do so east of 95.

Here’s the wording of the resolution:

Council Member Smith and Blackburn sponsored the resolution, Smith, Blackburn, Mitchell, Mercer, and Glover voted in favor of it, only Joyner opposed it.

Here’s a list of the council member’s full names, bios, and contact info:

Here is what Council Member Blackburn had to say on her facebook page:

City Council last night passed a resolution supporting a Constitutional amendment clarifying that "corporations are not people and money is not speech." Democracy is too precious to be bought by corporate dollars. We need to reverse the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for elections to be manipulated by corporate billions. Is democracy not more important than soft drinks, beer & snack crackers? // Thanks Jake Gellar-Goad and Democracy N.C. for their leadership.

The former Democracy Summer interns, Killian Moye and Griffin Bur, played an important role in this too.  They met with a majority of the council members to educate and inform them about this resolution over the summer, which made the passage of it possible now.

Note: A DCN resource contributed to this post.