How did a teen with a vulgar name poll so high in NC? ABC 11

The poll made headlines around the world for finding that 9 percent of North Carolina voters were putting their support behind a candidate named “Deez Nuts.” The result left many of us thinking, “is this for real?”
If you believe the political scientists the answer is “yes” and is indicative of a bigger problem about how we do elections in the United States.

“I think this guy getting 9 percent despite having a funny name and apparently being 15 years old really shows how many voters are looking for a third alternative this year,” says Tom Jensen, director of liberal Public Policy Polling, the company behind the now infamous poll. (Source: Read more)

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Open Letter To Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Pinetops NC

I have always supported young folk especially young folk on a mission. But even those who are not on a mission I try to talk to them also.

When I became a community activist in the late 80’s my main focus was to be a voice for young folk and the elderly. I felt the folk in between could and/or should be able to handle their own to a certain degree.

Anyone that knows me know I say what I mean and mean what I say. I talk about local issues and people challenging them.

Now to my point. I am so happy to see a young man by the name of Rev. now Pastor William Keys being given the opportunity to lead the congregation at Pines Chapel. I know he was 23 years old when he was voted in as the pastor however he turned 24 years old on December 21. Pastor Keys is younger than the majority of the congregation but that is okay. This should be no problem if the Lord has called him to lead his people and I trust and believe he has and will.

So I am first asking Pastor Keys to stay in the word. Be all that the Lord has in store for you.

I am asking the congregation to pray for your pastor that he stays in the word and that he lead ya’ll to higher heights. Support your pastor. Together ya’ll can take Pinetops to a whole new level. I will be watching to see what ya’ll will do because there is much work to do in the community especially reaching out to the children which should be one of the top priorities. Our children are our future.

I look forward to fellowshipping with ya’ll often during the new year.

Happy Holidays!

 

First Congressional District Voter Rights Forum Protecting and Expanding Voter Rights

Efforts to protect and expand voting rights in North Carolina continue to gain strength.  The plan by Black elected officials and a coalition of Black publishers to convene a series of voting rights forums has taken shape and is gaining more momentum.  Our forums were originally designed to help address the need to protect and expand Black voters access to the ballot.  A demand by Black elected officials and grassroots activist has led us to add an economic opportunity focus to our forums. 

The First Congressional District’s Voter Rights Forum has been confirmed for Greenville, NC on Saturday January 9th 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It will be held at The Greenville Terrace, BET Community Building, located at 120 Park Access Rd., Greeneville, NC 27834. We are happy to announce that our Greenville forum is being hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Civic Group (ENCCG) under the dynamic leadership of the Honorable Fred Yates.    Our forums are free and open to the public.    

The NC Black Elected Municipal Officials (NC BEMO) and the NC Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) have joined The NC Caucus of Black School Board Members (NCCBSBM) and a coalition of Black publishers as co-sponsors of our forums.  Participating Black publishers will continue to update our readers with agenda specifics and vision ideas as our planning continues to evolve.  

We are analyzing the political landscape and identifying areas that need attention and shoring up.  The combined memberships of NCCBSBM, NCABCO, and NC BEMO represents a coalition of more than 600 Black elected officials and an unprecedented opportunity for new and creative ways to address politics and economic opportunity.   

As previously noted, while holding our forums, publishers will engage in messaging and outreach in order to ensure that all who wish to get involved with the task of protecting and expanding our voting rights will know how to get involved.  Educating, organizing and mobilizing Black voters are inherent in our efforts to succeed in protecting our voting rights.  Because we’re planning multiple forums leading up to the November 2016 General Elections, our leaders and communities will be able to engage in ongoing dialogues to plan and evaluate creative community engagement strategies.   

We believe that the way we address the issue of protecting the voting rights of Blacks will go a long ways with efforts to bring economic equity to Black communities.  The challenges to protect voting rights are the same as those we face in creating economic equity.  Both challenges require ongoing interaction between all segments of our communities and the leadership of Black elected officials.  We’ve found that fundamental to solving problems is our ability to accurately define them and to educate constituents to address them.  Because Black elected officials represent the reservoir of political and economic empowerment potential of our communities, it is essential that they describe our strategic goals and objectives in these arenas and lead our efforts to achieve them.  

NCABO members from Wake, Durham and Orange Counties are planning our Triangle Voter Rights Forum to help provide grassroots activist and elected officials with a another convenient location and opportunity to engage in our efforts of voter rights protection and the expansion of economic opportunity.  We will update you with details as they become available.

It is important that our elected officials and their strategic allies and constituents be present at our forums.  It is essential that they be a part of the strategy discussions that will be the basis of decisions that are made on community mobilization for the 2016 General Elections.  According to Rep. Rodney Moore, D-Mecklenburg County “one of the most important responsibilities of Black elected officials, if not the most important responsibility, is to protect and expand Black voting rights.” 

The Black publications that are presently supporting our efforts are The Fayetteville Press, County News, The Carolina Times, The Winston-Salem Chronicle, and Greater Diversity News.  Please subscribe to and look to these publications for ongoing coverage as this project continues to evolve.  Please share your ideas on what we can do to improve the project and our coverage. 

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