Princeville NC: New regime setting new tone for Princeville – Daily Southerner

Response: It is great to see the commissioners coming together and be able to sit to the table being able to agree to disagree in a civil manner. Obviously it was brought to the table about meeting before the actual meeting and I agree that would be a good thing. One reason they could meet and talk about what is on the agenda and if any commissioner has something that they want to bring to the table they could discuss it and when they get to the actual meeting they could go in and have a good meeting. Just my opinion. I see there will not be any funds to hire a town manager in January but I hope that will happen soon. The town manager is the key to the city any city because they manage the town making sure the town is financially sound. The commissioners is somewhat an overseer of the town but again the town manager is a hired person to make sure the town provide for the citizens. Princeville new mayor and new commissioners on the road to a new beginning.

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — In an effort to start on the right foot, the board of commissioners met Monday at the town hall during a retreat to go over a few house rules and to discuss plans for selecting members for town boards and committees.

The 5:30 p.m. meeting lasted a little over an hour with all the board members sometime laughing out loud — a gesture that has not been seen in at least four years.

"I really enjoyed this (meeting)," said Commissioner Gwen Knight who is serving a second term. "This is the first time in a long time that I came here and laughed and agreed." (More)

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

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Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition

2012 HKonJ

Partners Retreat

Scheduled for the ‘Historic’ Date of August 28






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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




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Board takes $12,772 retreat – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Faced with layoffs that may include teaching positions due to a budget shortfall, several Edgecombe County Board of Education members traveled to San Francisco last month for the annual National School Board Conference. (Read more)

Note: I am so glad I understand politics and business as it relates to boards and etc. I find it so funny at times when some folks have a problem with some things that takes place because of personal reasons.

I have some issues with some folks that sits on boards in Edgecombe County especially the school board. However I will not allow my personal issues with them about things as it relates to all children in Edgecombe County cloud my what is justifiable and what is not. I will not bash them for doing things that makes sense.

Board retreats and etc. are figured into the budget and required by most boards especially the school boards. So just because there are some areas that need to be improved, the board still must should attend retreats and etc. so they can get some knowledge of what they can bring back to share within their systems.

I have no problem with monies being spent for the boards to go and learn things that can help Edgecombe County. However I have a problem when the members go to the training but don’t actually attend the sessions and/or do not come back and put into use what they have learned.

It is not the board members fault that the state cut their budget so therefore they have to layoff employees.

I say let’s not get caught up into dollars and sense when there is really no validity to trying to justify boards attending retreats and etc. vs.  the need for layoffs which is totally beyond the board’s control. Curmilus Dancy II  The Political Agitator