It’s a foregone conclusion that Justice Scalia and these damn Republicans who are so hell bent on seeing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 declared unconstitutional have never seen the lynching fields of the Old South or if they have it is obvious that . . . By Eric Smith

It’s a foregone conclusion that Justice Scalia and these damn Republicans who are so hell bent on seeing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 declared unconstitutional have never seen the lynching fields of the Old South or if they have it is obvious that they have not absorbed the gravity of seeing trees where men, women, and children were hung, sexually mutilated, and burned to a crisp because they dared to fight to secure that basic right which Justice Scalia calls a "racial entitlement"; that right being the right to vote.

I have seen those fields. I have seen them in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi so if anyone wonders why I so hate all things Republicans these days it is because I don’t regard anything that people thought of as being so important that they willingly paid to acquire it with their lives as being anything close to an entitlement. Unlike whites here in America, we African Americans have had to pay for our right to vote in this country with our blood & our lives even though this right to vote has always been just as much our right as it has been the right of anyone else.

Why? Not because our skin is dark but because we are human beings who were born in America and thus equally entitled to equal rights. If there are any beneficiaries of entitlements it is the very people who have never had to do a damn thing to fully enjoy their rights simply because they were born white in this country. There has never been any question about the right of white people in general and white men in particular having the right to vote. None!

So where the hell do these racist white Republican knuckleheads (and make no mistake this is solely a Republican thing now for no Democrats are calling for people to lose their right to vote) get off telling us people of color that our enjoyment of that right to vote which is ours by birth and by our having been born as citizens of these United States is a racial entitlement? I mean, what did people like Justice Scalia ever do to earn his right to vote in this country other than having been born with white skin?

It is bad enough that we African Americans should have had to fight for these rights which were ours in the first place but we’l be damned if we owe anyone an explanation as to why we continue to agitate for these rights. We agitate because we know that if we do not agitate we will quickly lose that which we and our forebears have already won; victories won with their blood and their lives.

We African Americans will determine when our rights have been forever secured; not those who have denied us our rights in the past, who are seeking to deny them now, and who have made it abundantly clear that they will continue to endeavor to deny them for the foreseeable future. This is our call to make for it is our rights that are under constant threat of being taken away and therefore we will not rest and we will not cease to agitate to secure our rights until we decide that the time is right to do so and that will be a time of our choosing and our choosing alone.

Statement made by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and Chair of the Political Action Committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors On the Steps of the U.S. Supreme Court February 27, 2013 – 10:00 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

27 February 2013

 

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

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

 

WASHINGTON, DC – A NC NAACP delegation of students and local organizers traveled to Washington, DC today to join a rally outside the US Supreme Court in defense of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A case out of Alabama challenging the constitutionality of Section Five of the VRA was before the US Supreme Court today. NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II was one of the featured speakers in the morning rally. Rev. Barber also appeared on MSNBC during the rally, which can be viewed here. Rev. Barber’s statement is below and can be downloaded by clicking here:

 

Statement made by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II,

President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and 

Chair of the Political Action Committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors

On the Steps of the U.S. Supreme Court

February 27, 2013 – 10:00 AM

 

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? —Matthew 7:15 

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."                    –1st Corinthians 15:58

 

            When this nation began, the right to vote was denied to women, poor whites and African Americans. In 1870, after a bloody civil war, the 15h Amendment was ratified which provided: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

 

            In 1872, only a few years after the First Reconstruction was put in place, white supremacists, fearing a new political reality, attacked our ancestor’s new voting rights violently and unconstitutionally. By 1900, black voting in the south was virtually wiped out.

 

            During the Second Reconstruction, the modern Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s, blacks and whites and others came together to change this nation again. Together, our parents’ generation moved the moral arc of history toward justice again. White supremacists, fearing a new political reality, organized as Dixiecrats and attacked our voting rights violently. They argued states’ rights because they feared the Supreme Court had begun to enforce the 15th Amendment.   It was then they started their modern Southern Strategy to make the south an unbreakable solid block for their ultra-conservative, regressive political ideology.

 

            Now, ten days before the anniversary of Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama, we come to the Supreme Court. We are pleased to announce there are changing demographics in the south. A new fusion politics is emerging in North Carolina and other southern areas. Blacks, whites, Latinos, the young and the elderly working and voting together. A Third Reconstruction is starting. New political alignments are being formed. The Solid South is cracking.

 

            We are here to announce Section Five of the Voting Rights Act has just begun to bear fruit. We are on the threshold of the goals of the Voting Rights Act which would change our nation like some have never wanted to see it changed.   They know the only way to stop this change, is to stop our vote. The only way are voter ID schemes. The only way is to roll back preclearance. The only way is to implement race-based redistricting schemes. They know they cannot do all of this as long as Section Five of the Voting Rights Act is in the way. The Koch brothers’ money won’t work as long as Section Five is in the way. Rush Limbaugh’s lies won’t work as long as Section Five is in the way.

 

            James Crow Esquire, with his computer in the back room drawing illegal lines of voting districts, to stack, pack, bleach and undermine the power and potential of the black vote united with other progressives won’t work as long as Section Five is in the way. They want to cheat so bad, but Section Five is in the way.

 

So their goal is to remove preclearance. To clear the way for an all-out attack on voting rights. To stop America and democracy from moving forward.

 

So we must say not on our watch!

Not after all the blood that’s been shed!

Not after the marches that have been marched!

Not after the struggles that have been endured!

Not after the pain that has been inflicted!

Not after the tears that have been shed!

Not after the dreams that have been deferred!

Not on our watch!

 

Shelby is our Selma!

Alabama is North Carolina!

Alabama today is America!

We must stand together and we fight back

 

            Yesterday, February 26th, marked the first anniversary of the killing of Trayvon Martin. It marked the 48th anniversary of the killing Jimmie Lee Jackson in Alabama in 1965. Trayvon was trying to walk home.

 

            Jimmie Lee Jackson was trying to register people to vote and protest for justice. Ordained in the summer of 1964, Jimmie Lee Jackson was a deacon of the St. James Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama. Jackson had tried to register to vote without success for four years. Jackson was inspired by Dr. King who had touched off a campaign against Alabama voting restrictions on black people and attended meetings several nights per week at Zion’s Chapel Methodist Church. His desire to vote ultimately led to Jackson’s death at the hands of an Alabama State Trooper and to the inspiration for the Selma to Montgomery marches.

           

            Both were killed for doing something that should have been normal. They shed blood doing what should have been without risk–normal.

 

            We shouldn’t have to fight for voting rights . . . but we will. We shouldn’t have to fight and march just to be safe on the streets . . . but we will. We shouldn’t have to fight to preserve the Voting Rights Act . . . but we will. We shouldn’t have to fight for the vote to be protected, it should be normal, it should be as American as apple pie, it should be as normal as breathing, but racism and regressivism is not normal.

 

            Since we have to fight, we will fight consistently, we will march continually, we will file law suits, we will speak forthrightly, we will stand defiantly, we will demand justice persistently, we will fight, we will fight, we will fight until justice rolls down like waters.

 

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Church Announcement – PASTOR CEDRIC FRISBY & THE ST. JOHN F.W.B CHURCH FAMILY WILL BE CELEBRATING THEIR 91ST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY MARCH 17TH 2013

PASTOR CEDRIC FRISBY & THE ST. JOHN F.W.B CHURCH FAMILY

3693 WILLIAMS STREET

FARMVILLE, NC

 

WILL BE CELEBRATING THEIR 91ST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY MARCH 17TH 2013.

PASTOR FRISBY & ST. JOHN WILLCARRY OUT THE 11 AM SERVICE FOLLOWED BY

PASTOR NATHAN DARDEN & BEAUTIFUL VALLEY CHURCH FAMILY OF KINSTON NC CLOSING OUT THE

ANNIVERSARY@ 2:30 PM.

 

DINNER WILL BE SERVED AND EVERYONE IS INVITED TO COME AND BE A PART OF THESE WORSHIP SERVICES.

 

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Pictures/Video: Princeville NC – NC State Treasurer Janet Cowell & The Local Government Commission Give Update On The Financial Status Of The Town Since LGC Took Over In July 2012

For the second time Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates, Mayor Pro-tem Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Interim Town Manager Maggie Boyd did not attend the meeting. Commissioners Calvin Sherrod, Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight were present.

See who attended the meeting and what information was shared and the questions that were asked.

Click on picture to view more pictures. State Treasurer Janet Cowell in this picture.

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Click on picture to view video. Commissioner Calvin Sherrod addresses the LGC.

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Democratic Party Plan of Organization Committee Listening Tour Begins Sunday March 3rd In Pitt County

The Plan of Organization Committee, as directed by the 2/2/13 SEC, has scheduled four (4) regional meetings to get more feedback and to receive in writing suggested amendments to the proposed Charter and By-laws. These meetings are open to all Democrats. The PoO Committee will review all written submitted suggestions for amendment and publish these with the Committee’s recommendation 30 days prior to the June SEC meeting. Further amendments will only be received in writing at the June SEC meeting from the elected SEC members or their proxies present at that meeting.

 

Charter          Bylaws          Summary of Changes

 

SCHEDULE:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation

4561 County Home Rd.

Greenville, NC 27858

2-4 pm.

 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Forsyth County Democratic Party HQ

1128 Burke St

Winston Salem, NC 27101

10 am- 1 pm.

 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mecklenbrug County Democratic Party HQ

500 East Morehead St.

Charlotte, NC 28216

2 pm – 5 pm.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

NCDP HQ, The Goodwin House

220 Hillsborough St

Raleigh, NC 27603

7-9 pm.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Buncombe County Party HQ

951 Old Fairview Rd

Asheville, NC 28803

1-3 pm.