Ayden NC – NAACP Candidates Get Out The Vote This Guy Right Here Is Hilarious As Hell He Is Running Against Congressman G.K. Butterfield

The Watch Dog response: You gotta see what this guy has to say and to see what Pastor told him he needed to run. I don’t know the pastor but damn I need to know him.
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Photos/Video: Pitt County NAACP Community Mass Meeting/Get Out To Vote & Candidates Rally Got Heated About Minimum Wage

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Rocky Mount NAACP Branch representing.

I am here because 1st I received an invite from Reginald Barrett.

2nd I try to support surrounding NAACP Branches.

But most important I am here because I am concerned about who will represent me because although I can’t vote for some of you, you will be representing me in your capacity.

I am the owner and founder of Dancy Communications Network where I am videographer and photographer. I am a blogger and my post automatically goes to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Accounts.

Wow! This was right interesting and I am glad I came because it got heated about the minimum wage.

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My friend Ayden Mayor Protem/Citizen of the Year Ivory Mewborn

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Linda Coleman Candidate for Lt. Governor Was Guest Speaker at The NAACP Pitt County Monthly Meeting In Ayden NC On Sunday March 25, 2012

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Ayden NC – Linda Coleman Candidate For Lt. Governor Addressed The Audience At The NAACP Pitt County Monthly Mass Meeting Theme: Voters Empowerment 2012

Ayden NC – Linda Coleman Candidate For Lt. Governor Addressed The Audience At The NAACP Pitt County Monthly Mass Meeting Theme: Voters Empowerment 2012

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President Calvin Henderson opened the meeting held at Zion Chapel UNAFWB Church Ayden NC. A Deacon from the church gave the devotion in the absence of Pastor C.R. Parker. Cassandra Tripp Secretary welcomed everyone followed by the greeting Ivory Mewborn Ayden Board of Commissioners. The purpose was followed by Ron Dunbar Political Action Chair.

David Davis Chair Pitt County Board of Election gave a short overview of the what to expect of the upcoming election.

Melvin McLawhorn Pitt County Board of Commissioners spoke to the county redistricting changes.

Charles Carney Chair of Veteran Affairs and some others took up an offering because the President Calvin Henderson stated the NAACP is a volunteer organization.

Now it was time for the speaker of the evening. Veronica Roberson Commissioner Town of Winterville NC introduced Linda Coleman, Director of State Personnel/Candidate for Lt. Governor of North Carolina. Roberson said Coleman is a native of Greenville and went on to share some things about Coleman’s role in politics.

Coleman thanked the Pastor of the church because obviously he recognizes that it all began in the church. She said that  this is where black folks learned to read and to make things happen. She spoke about the importance of the NAACP. She talked about the reason why people need to get out and vote. She said while at A&T University they were taught to be involved in the political process. She reminded us of how our forefathers paid the way.

Coleman said everyone is in debt to the NAACP and how do you repay them? She said by going to the polls to vote. She spoke to how the Republicans will bring the Voters ID veto back to the table in May because they feel they have the numbers. She stressed that we can not go back. She said we are 49th as it relates to education and we are behind Mississippi. She stressed the importance of education.

Coleman said the church and the NAACP are being tested. She said we stood the test of time in the past and we will do it again but we will be stronger this time.

Coleman said the Pitt County folks have a reason to go to the polls because Don Davis is running for the Senate District 5. She served with him when he was in office. She said we need his leadership.

Coleman said we need to support the NAACP.

Reginald Barrett 1st Vice Chair of NAACP introduced all candidates present.

Don Davis candidate for Senate District 5 was present. Ty Richardson candidate for Commissioner of Labor was present. Farris Dixon candidate for Judge of Pitt County was also present. All of the candidates were given the opportunity to speak.

President Calvin Henderson stressed the need to get young people involved.

Rev. Tyrome Turner was given a chance to speak and he challenged everyone to go back to their Pastors and tell them to get involed. He said that it is sad they can have national connections but no local connections.

Bennie Rountree President SCLC spoke to the issues of going on in Pitt County. He asked how many Pastors were present? He said he seen 2. He said who are we preaching to? He said if they are busy why not send an assistant or someone to represent.

Rountree stressed why we need to go vote. He said we can’t do it by ourself we must do it together in unity.

Devinda Culver says she wear many hats one working with the Police Department. She said everyone must get involved by watching what is going on in their neighborhoods. She said talk to the children because sometimes they just need some guidance. She stressed to get out and vote.

After the announcements Rev. Tyrome Turner closed out the meeting with prayer.

See Linda Coleman’s address in its entirety on The DCN Online TV coming soon.

 

NAACP: Utility bill disparity not based on race – Source: WNCT TV 9

FARMVILLE, N.C.- nearly 100 black citizens from one town here in the East say they’re paying too much for utilities.  The NAACP brought the residents’ formal complaint to the Farmville mayor Tuesday to discuss possible disparity in utility bill charges.  Nine on Your Side wanted to know what the town is doing about it. (Read more)

Smith investigation draws mixed reactions – Source: The Daily Reflector

Leaders of several civil rights organizations had mixed reactions to Friday’s announcement that Pitt County’s district attorney found insufficient evidence to support an allegation of excessive force during the arrest of a Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith. (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

See related:

Police: DA rules in Smith investigation

Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith Arrested

SCLC to discuss stance on police chief at meeting – Source: The Daily Reflector

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is meeting Tuesday to discuss its stance on a call to remove Greenville Police Chief William Anderson from office.

Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at 1032 Fleming St. already was scheduled. The Anderson discussion, however, has become a prominent part of the agenda after William Dudley, chairman of the local chapter’s board of directors, and Reginald Walton, the board’s assistant chairman, sent a letter to The Daily Reflector on Thursday that stated the organization did not condone efforts to seek Anderson’s removal and thought he was doing “a noble job.” (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

Note: Here we go again. Division among the ranks. Oh well when will we get it together. It is one thing to disagree but when this type of disagreement takes place and it is made public without the entire organization reaching some kind of consensus is just sad. As I read the article it appears that there were little to no discussion or a lack of communication as it relates to where the SCLC stands as an organization. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

See related:

Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith Arrested

REGIONAL PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE MISCONDUCT, RACIAL PROFILING IN GREENVILLE

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 June 2010

Contact:  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, State President, 919-394-8137

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

                 Atty.  Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-682-4700

     Atty. Al McSurely, State Communications Chair, 919-389-2905

                 Mr. Calvin Henderson, President, Pitt County NAACP, 252-758-7645

NAACP TO HOLD REGIONAL PUBLIC HEARING ON

POLICE MISCONDUCT, RACIAL PROFILING IN GREENVILLE

The NC State Conference of the NAACP along with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the UNC Center for Civil Rights will conduct a public hearing for Eastern North Carolina to receive public comment on police misconduct, excessive force and racial profiling.  It will be held on Monday, June 28 at 7:00pm at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center located at 1100 Ward Street in West Greenville.  Persons or youth who are 18 years and younger and have experienced an incident of excessive force or police misconduct must present with an adult. All speakers must sign in before speaking. 

Through its Law Enforcement Accountability project, the NAACP has developed a “smart and safe” framework in which to advocate for equal justice and safer communities.  This hearing is an effort to receive live reports of incidents and allegations and to collect statistical data from the region.

NAACP strongly believes that all communities seek a fair and just administration and enforcement of the law, and that all communities, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or religion have a right to be safe.  A report released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and The Rights Working Group indicated that, “racial and ethnic profiling by members of law enforcement at federal, state and local levels is one of today’s most significant challenges to equality.”

State NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, remarked, “Our goal in advocating for justice in the criminal justice system is to eliminate disparate treatment of African-Americans and other minorities in all aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice.  As the oldest civil rights organization in the nation, we are mandated to stay informed of issues that occur in our communities, and investigate and then working with key stakeholders such as civic leadership the faith community, and other organizations to ensure that law enforcement is just and fair in both administration of justice and the enforcement of the law.”

Mr. Calvin Henderson, Pitt County Branch of the NAACP can be contacted at 252-758-7645 or the State Office at 1-866-NC-NAACP. ###


Amina Josey Turner
Exec Dir
NC NAACP
P O Box 335
Durham, NC  27702
919-682-4700 V  919-682-4711 F
1-866-NC-NAACP


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Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith Arrested

Editorial: Smith’s arrest opens reasonable debate in wrong fashion Source: The Daily Reflector

The arrest of Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith brought several simmering community issues to a full boil, most notably concern about the performance of the Greenville Police Department under the leadership of Chief William Anderson. A coalition of civil rights organizations have used the incident to call for Anderson’s job, claiming that police-community relations have suffered on his watch. (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

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Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith Arrested

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Calls for change at police department continue Tuesday – Source: The Daily Reflector (Featured: Minister Melvin Muhammad)

The heads of several black community groups continued to criticize Greenville Police Chief William Anderson on Tuesday during a meeting with Anderson, City Manager Wayne Bowers and other officials. (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

See related:

Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith Arrested

NAACP TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE MISCONDUCT, RACIAL PROFILING IN GREENVILLE

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

14 June 2010

Contact:  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, State President, 919-394-8137

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

                 Mr. Al McSurely, State Communications Chair, 919-682-4700

                 Mr. Calvin Henderson, President, Pitt County NAACP, 252-758-7645

NAACP TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE MISCONDUCT,

RACIAL PROFILING IN GREENVILLE

For more than 100 years, the NAACP has advocated for the elimination of racial discrimination in all aspects of life and has been in the forefront of fighting for equal opportunity and justice to the benefit of all Americans.  Our mission statement reads: 

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

At the beginning of our existence, abuse of power, false arrests and racial profiling were core issues that we addressed then and still address now. Our goal in the criminal justice arena is to eliminate disparate treatment of African-Americans and other minorities in all aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice systems.  As a civil rights, community-based organization, we are mandated to stay informed of issues that occur in the community, and to investigate and educate the public regarding disparate treatment of minorities.

Throughout the nation, continuing realities and allegations of police misconduct and racial profiling exist; therefore, North Carolina NAACP demands that there are investigations of all incidents and allegations to ensure that everyone feels safe, respected and that law enforcement officers maintain order.  Public trust is the only way to ensure public safety.  Anything less undermines public safety.

According to a report released last summer by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and The Rights Working Group, “racial and ethnic profiling by members of law enforcement at federal, state and local levels is one of today’s most significant challenges to equality. While the U.S. Constitution prohibits racial profiling, and the international community has defined racial profiling as a violation of human rights, profiling continues to impact millions of people in African-American, Asian, Latino, South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities. All over the country, racial and ethnic minorities very often are investigated, stopped, frisked or searched based exclusively upon who they are, what they look like or what faith they practice, without any identifiable evidence of illegal activity.”[1]

NAACP believes in law enforcement that can be trusted, transparent and that collects statistics on all departmental functions in relationship to ALL citizens regardless of their race, income, gender or religion. On these matters, every unit of the NAACP is called to be vigilant whether there is a high-profile case or not.  In a recent article entitled Ending Racial Profiling Now we are reminded that “Just as history has shown using race as a proxy for criminality is bad policy, history also shows that focusing on behavior over race is smart policy. When law enforcement officers eliminate race as a factor and instead rely on behavior, they catch more people who break the law. Racial profiling is a violation of our constitutional and human rights, and it distracts the attention of law enforcement from real suspects, which puts all of us at risk.”[2]  But police misconduct and racial profiling— abuse of power in the criminal justice system continue to erode trust between communities of color and law enforcement.

North Carolina state law prohibits racial or ethnic profiling by all law enforcement agencies. And NAACP continues to work with key stakeholders—including law and policymakers, the faith community, civic organizations and others to develop approaches that assure fair and just administration and enforcement of the law.  When we receive allegations that raise community concerns or when through our own research we believe there is discrimination or police misconduct presented to NAACP, the NAACP is obligated to investigate and to look for systemic solutions, and not just respond to individual cases.

Regarding the incident involving Ms. Kandie Smith, the Greenville City Councilwoman, and more importantly a citizen, her case is a matter of public record and the details reported raised public concerns in many quarters that were shared with the NAACP. The nature of her own public allegations of police misconduct and false arrest should concern all of us and demand a thorough investigation.  This is why we supported the call for an immediate SBI investigation.

We commend and are in agreement with her when she states that it does not matter to whom the incident that she experienced happens, referencing the fact that her being an elected official is of no consequence, but, if she informed the officer that she was a city council member, and was still falsely arrested and a victim of police misconduct, it does raise the larger issue of what would have happened if this was just another citizen, and what kind of patterns of arrest already exist in the Greenville community.

As of this writing, Ms. Smith has not recanted her statement that the police officer was wrong in his response, and that the reporting of the incident by the officer was also wrong.   It is NAACP’s job to investigate patterns and practices of arrests, police misconduct and allegations of racial profiling.

Following Tuesday’s press conference, the leadership of the local and state NAACP met with the mayor, city manager, and other community leaders.  We requested the police reports, discussed public trust, talked about the need to review disaggregated data regarding police arrests in particular sections of the city; and the call for a community hearing where citizens’ concerns could be heard.  Finally, we met with Councilwoman Kandie Smith at the NAACP office to hear the details of her case, to ascertain whether she had been contacted by the SBI and advised her to get legal counsel to develop her own personal strategies for challenging what she said were false charges and wrongful arrest, and recommended that she and her attorney develop strategies to defend and save her reputation.

Ms. Smith’s statement is accurate when she states that we do not speak for her.  That is the role of her legal counsel.  We speak as the NAACP and it is our mandate to investigate whether there are patterns of police misconduct in the community.  And, whether these are wrongful acts or acts rooted in racial motivations.

Proceeding from this point, at the request of the local branch, the NC State Conference will coordinate the following:

  1. We support the call for a full investigation through the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).
  1. We will schedule a meeting with the Mayor, the City Manager and the Police Chief to discuss various concerns and issues addressing and investigating patterns of racial profiling.
  1. We will hold a forum with the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice on Monday, June 28 at 7:00pm where citizens can present their concerns to a hearing panel in an effort to generate a written report and to begin to pull statistical arrest records from the Greenville City Police Department.
  1. We intend to a conduct comparative analysis of the sample data received.
  1. If there is a police-community review board, we want to know what is its authority, and current activity.  If there is not, we want to suggest why there should be one and what it should be doing to build trust and to monitor relations between African-Americans and other communities of color and local law enforcement in Greenville.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  For more information, call the State Office at 866-626-2227 or e-mail us at execdirnaacpnc@gmail.com.  ###


[1] The Persistence of Racial and Ethnic Profiling in the United States , American Civil Liberties Union and the Rights Working Group, August 2009

[2] Ending Racial Profiling Now, by Benjamin Todd Jealous and Margaret Huang, The Baltimore Sun, December 7, 2009


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President
Mrs. Amina Josey Turner, Exec Dir
NC NAACP
P O Box 335
Durham, NC  27702
919-682-4700 V  919-682-4711 F
1-866-NC-NAACP


Amina Josey Turner
Exec Dir
NC NAACP
P O Box 335
Durham, NC  27702
919-682-4700 V  919-682-4711 F
1-866-NC-NAACP


Councilwoman dismisses racial motives in arrest – Source: The Daily Reflector

A Greenville City Council member does not believe her weekend arrest is a racial issue, her employer said Thursday.

Dennis Mitchell spoke on behalf of District 1 representative Kandie Smith in front of City Hall Thursday morning. He is chief executive officer of ReStart Behavioral Health Care and a member of the city’s Redevelopment Commission. (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

Note: So what if it turns out to be about race? But the reports that were read at the SCLC about the incident race was mentioned.

I attended the SCLC meeting this week and I did not hear anyone speak on behalf of the councilwoman. However I did hear some folks discuss the issue of the Chief’s resignation. I wonder why was it so important to dismiss the racial motives in the arrest but has yet to make a statement about the incident which to me is way more important. Those who ask for the chief’s resignation can do that without her permission so that is irrelevant. I believe a press conference to address what happened the night of this incident would be a step in the right direction because it would tell her side of the story and also she could answer any questions the media may have. I will continue to follow the councilwoman and those who are asking for the Chief’s resignation.

See related: Kandie Smith

Letter: Different Smith, same downtown

Breaking News: Police brutality/misconduct, attack against our Greenville black elected official

To Pitt County NAACP Executive Officials,

I have been called and alerted on a very unfortunate incident that took place in the downtown night area of the city of Greenville on Saturday evening or early Sunday after 12 am, of the arrest of one of our only two elected blacks on the Greenville city council, Ms. Kandie D. Smith.

Upon getting the call about the incident I called Ms. Smith and is very disturbed. Ms. Smith was in the down town area to observe the activities and actions of the citizens and police in the downtown and night area. This was being done as a result of numerous reports of police brutality and the use of excessive force against blacks and other people of color in the down town and night area. Ms. Smith was approach by two white Greenville Police officer who indicated that she was trespassing and needed to move on. She informed them that she was not in no-trespassing area, and why wasn’t they addressing whites who was in the same immediately area. When she proceeded to move further the office grabbed her and put her in a choke hold, twisted her arm, put her in handcuffs and put her under arrest. She identified herself as a member of city council and he stated that he didn’t care. She was arrested and placed under bond. The black police chief refused to demand her release. We have another problem added to the many our branch have already received of this similar type action from white police officers who are out of control. We have met with the police chief on several occasion along with the city manager in order to address these complaints. This is just an example of the magnitude of the problem of police misconduct and the continue use of excessive force on our citizens of color in Pitt County as well as other areas. They don’t care what your titles are and what position you may hold, you are still judge first by the color of your skin in this country.

For over 100 years the NAACP’s mission has been to fight racial discrimination; although victories have been won through our efforts and the efforts of many, many others, there are still great struggles ahead.

One of the most important is in the field of criminal justice. We know race is the main determinant of treatment in the criminal justice system, it determines the frequency of arrest, the gravity of the charge, treatment at trial, and severity of punishment.

Our task is to fight for fairness and justice in the system, to ensure that race and racial discrimination play no role. As you all know our branch along with other units are the front-line troops of the movement for justice and fair play.

I have made calls to the mayor and city manager, but I am yet to have received a return call from either. I am also in touch with other civil right organizations in the area and also Craven county since we are dealing with similar issue in that area.

Pres,

Calvin Henderson

See related: Greenville city councilwoman arrested

FIRST ON WITN: Greenville City Council Member ArrestedSee picture

Note: I met Ms. Smith during a Get Out The Vote Rally back in November when she ran for Pitt County City Council. I was also in her presence during the candidates forum in April. Although I don’t know her on a personal note she does not seem to be a person who would disrespect the law.

I am scheduled to attend a meeting in Greenville on Tuesday night and I am quite sure this will be on the agenda however this is not the main thang.

Check back later for an update on this unfortunate incident.

I edited the letter above.

Greenville NC – “We Are Not Free” Pitt County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

I totally agree with Judge Toby Fitch Jr. that we are not free just because we have a black President. There is still much work to do and we all have a role to play. So what you gonna do?

View the article and comments in the Greenville Reflector Newspaper and then view the entire video here on The DCN TV. If it is not playing at the moment, click On-Demand and click on Pitt County Freedom Fund Banquet. You may also view these pictures.