Tarboro NC – An Anonymous Letter To Some Business Owners Because They Support Black Lives Matter

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The only problem with Social Media is some folk say ignant mess. Those who say ignant mess like the person who wrote the letter, they are the problem.

If folk would look at the facts and stop going on what someone else say just because it sounds good to them, the better off we would be.

It is sad talking boycotting 2 business because they have Black Live Matter posted on their window shows the mentality of the haters of Black folk.

See when you have folk who talking about Social media is dividing folk because of how they see BLM then the same can be said about those folk on Social Media who can’t distinguish between the good folk and those who make bad choices.

Folk Black, Brown, White and other make some bad choices but the ones that make bad choices are not the majority.

When you prove that the majority of the folk who promote Black Lives Matter are folk who make bad choices then your point becomes valid but anybody in their right mind know that is not the case.

So for folk who have an issue with folk promoting Black Lives Matter you have a serious problem because you have a problem with me because I am Black.

Edgecombe County -Black Lives Matter! Crime Didn’t Just Start! Be Distracted If You Want To! Don’t Blame Me!

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For you woke now folk that talk about what I and some others have not done when it comes to Edgecombe County politics ie: Black on Black Crime, School System Issues, Economic Development and other.

We been sacrificing our time and resources for Ungrateful Negro Black Folk who side with Ignant Racist White Folk.

Rocky Mount stay in the news because Ignant Racist White Folk have been mad every since the City became a Black Majority Council.

Tarboro has not been in the news like Rocky Mount however there are some issues there and Black Folk are allowing them to get a free pass at the moment but the issues exist. It didn’t start with the Confederate Monument either, been there.

It is a damn shame Black Folk can’t fight for what they deserve unless they have to be criminals. Hell yeah there are some Black Criminals but damnit I ain’t one so talk to those who are. These Ignant Racist White Folk try to discredit Black Folk and then the same ones that Big Mad because we say BLACK LIVES MATTER! Damn you would think it is a law against being Black.

Now until you can show me where Black Elected Officials have been charged with a crime then go somewhere and sit down and shut the hell up.

If a Black Elected Official is charged with a crime I am going to be the 1st to report it because I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interests. I don’t promote crime so I don’t want to hear your opinions not based on facts.

Hell we have had too many Black Folk to go to jail and to killed over the years because folk like Trump supporters just lie, lie, lie like their Un the hell sta ble President.

But the real problem is when you have Ignant Safe Negro Black Folk who say mess about Black Leadership that Ignant Racist White Folk want to hear, the IRWF take that as validating their mess.

Black Lives Matter!

Rocky Mount NC – Partner in city’s downtown hotel project indicted in Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Former Executive Director and Three Contractors of the Mississippi Department of Education Charged with Conspiracy, Federal Bribery, Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

Indictment Alleges Contract Bid-Rigging Scheme, Kickbacks and Money Laundering

Jackson, Miss. – Cerissa Renfroe Neal, 45, of Madison County, David B. Hunt, 54, of Jackson, Tennessee, Joseph Kyles, 51, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Lambert Martin, 59, of Memphis, Tennessee, have been charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery, announced United States Attorney Mike Hurst, Special Agent in Charge Michelle A. Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi, Special Agent in Charge Neil E. Sanchez with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and Mississippi State Auditor Shad White.

The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on February 25, 2020, and recently unsealed by a federal court, charges Cerissa Renfroe Neal, the former Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Education (“MDOE”), along with her co-defendants Joseph B. Kyles, David B. Hunt, and Lambert Martin, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and seven counts of wire fraud. The indictment also charges Neal and Kyles with one count of money laundering.  Finally, Neal and Kyles are each also charged with three counts of bribery.

“Those who defraud the public’s trust will find themselves standing before a court of law to answer for their wrongs.  Public corruption erodes faith in our democracy and decays the very soul of our form of government.  Bringing to justice corrupt public officials has always been and remains a high priority of this office, and a personal mission of mine, and we will continue to pursue corruption wherever it may lead,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst.

According to the indictment, Cerissa Neal was the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Education during 2013-2016, when she conspired with the three named defendants and other conspirators, to defraud the State of Mississippi and the United States by bid-rigging, false quotes, and altered purchase orders, in order to make money and profit by defrauding the Mississippi Department of Education into awarding contracts and purchase orders at inflated prices, directed to conspirators and their businesses.

The indictment alleges that Neal, using her position within the Mississippi Department of Education, would split contract requests from one contract into multiple, smaller contracts, in order to avoid threshold amounts that would trigger a formal, competitive bidding process.  Neal would entertain and advocate for a bid for the contract from one of the three conspirators’ businesses, including The Kyles Company in Memphis, Tennessee (Joseph Kyles), Doc Imaging (also d/b/a as “Hunt Services”) in Jackson, Tennessee (David Hunt), and Educational Awareness in Memphis, Tennessee (Lambert Martin).  To meet the Department of Education requirement that such an informal bid have at least two competing vendor quotes for comparison, Neal would obtain false and inflated quotes, by herself and from the other conspirators, designed to make the intended conspirator’s business the lower bid, and to guarantee the award of the contract.

The indictment alleges that conspirators coordinated their submissions to the Department of Education as well as the sharing of the resulting contract payments.  After the Department of Education made payment on the rigged contract to the conspirator-owned business, the winning bidder shared some of the money with conspirators, in return for their assistance in rigging the bid and winning the Department of Education contract.  In this manner, Neal received more than $42,000 directly or indirectly from her conspirators.  Kyles, Hunt, and Martin, through their respective businesses, garnered over $650,000 from the State of Mississippi, including federal funds granted by the U.S. Department of Education to Mississippi.

Hunt, Kyles and Martin will appear for arraignment September 10, 2020, before United States Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball in Jackson at 2:30 p.m.   Neal appeared in court for her arraignment on August 19, 2020, and was released on conditions of bond pending trial.

If convicted, each defendant faces maximum penalties of 20 years in prison for each count charged for conspiracy and wire fraud, and 10 years in prison for each count of money laundering and bribery.  Each count also can merit a fine of up to $250,000.  

The case has been assigned to Senior U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee for trial.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work of the Special Agents of the FBI’s Jackson Division and the Office of the Inspector General, United States Department of Education, as well as the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office and the Mississippi State Attorney General’s Office, who investigated the case.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Theodore Cooperstein.

The public is reminded that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Component(s):

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

USAO – Mississippi, Southern

Updated September 3, 2020

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Partner in city’s downtown hotel project indicted in Mississippi

A businessman in the public-private partnership of the proposed downtown development project is charged in federal court in Mississippi in connection with allegedly being part of a bid-rigging scheme with a past official of that state’s department of education.

David Hunt, of Jackson, Tenn., and his team are proposing to build a hotel, parking garage, retail spaces and housing adjacent to the Rocky Mount Event Center, which is on the northeast side of downtown.

A City of Rocky Mount spokesman told the Telegram on Saturday that the municipality was not aware of the charges against Hunt.

Mayor Sandy Roberson, in response to a text message from the Telegram on Saturday, said he heard that day of a rumor about Hunt having been charged.

“I will say that if the matter is confirmed that we should attempt to understand whether similar circumstances are at play in Rocky Mount for transparency sake,” Roberson said. (Read more)


 

From The Desk Of Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair Leshaun Jenkins

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FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIR

SEPTEMBER, 2020

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GREETINGS FELLOW PARTY MEMBERS!

Happy September!

I hope that this newsletter finds you in good spirit. Today Marks the 60 day mark before we elect hopefully a new President and Vice President in country. There are some key elections that are also happening locally and at the state level. Let us be vigilant, persistent, and consistent as we continue to ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE, and ENERGIZE our county and our party. I take the Get Out To Vote Initiative very seriously, and for that matter, I will be rolling out an initiative and some activities that I will be pushing from now until the election. Keep up the great work!

PRECINCT LETTERS

Letters where mailed out to every precinct chair requesting meeting and organization information. The reason for this request was precinct paperwork has been scattered into several different locations. In order for me and the party to 100% confirm precinct organization, is to have all of the paperwork and information in a centralized location. As stated in the letters, it may be an inconvenience to have to resubmit information that maybe you already have submitted, but for the sake of organization and stability in terms of our party, is the best thing. Thank you so much to ALL the precincts who have mailed or resubmitted their paperwork to me. I am grateful for each of you and look forward to receiving information from all the others.

NEW INITIATIVE

BARBERS, BEAUTICIANS, AND BALLOTS

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LAUNCHING SATURDAY SEPT. 12, 2020

One assumption that we make sometimes is that people have accessibility to voter registration opportunities, which is not always the case. Even in the age of technology, I believe that people are still marginalized sometimes by seen and subliminal factors. In my leadership, I believe that is it important that we all do what we can to close these opportunity gaps. I have reached out to local barbers and beauticians and I will make stops in and spend some time encouraging citizens of Edgecombe to get registered to vote.

EDGECOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY RALLY

Join us on September 22, at 7:00 pm for our 2020 Democratic Party Rally! Spread the word to ALL community stakeholders! This will be an excellent opportunity for us to get ENERGIZED for the upcoming election!

Below you will find the zoom information:

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 5TH, 10AM-2PM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 12TH, 10AM-2PM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

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This is the same weekend that my Initiative Barbers, Beauticians, and Ballots will launch at area shops here in Edgecombe; therefore my time will be split at various locations. This is also part of the Get Out To Vote initiative.

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE (ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC)

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 19TH, 10AM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

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I personally want be present for this particular drive, due to a speaking engagement in Fayetteville, NC.

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EDGECOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY RALLY

WHEN

TUESDAY, SEP. 22ND, 7PM

WHERE

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT.

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Dial-in: (929) 205 6099

Meeting ID: 843 4660 8705

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbdmEYqvvu

VOTER REGISRATION DRIVE (ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.)

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 26TH, 10AM-2PM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

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EDGECOMBE COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUM (MUST REGISTER)

WHEN

TUESDAY, SEP. 29TH, 5:30PM

WHERE

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT.

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The Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission presents the Edgecombe County Candidates Forum

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom Video Conference (virtual) Due to the forum’s virtual format, all participants are asked to register in advance. Once registered, participants will receive the virtual meeting information. You may submit questions for candidates in advance.

To register, please go to http://bit.ly/CandidatesForum2020 or contact Shoneca Kent at sekent@ncat.edu or 252-641-7821

Thank you Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Thank you Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church

THANK YOU ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

THANK YOU EASTERN STAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH


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News From Congressman G.K. Butterfield

News from Representative Butterfield

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Friends,           
It is an honor to serve as your representative for North Carolina’s First Congressional District. I am committed to being a strong advocate for my constituents, working to improve lives by proposing impactful legislative initiatives, prioritizing constituent services and expanding opportunities. This newsletter serves to provide you with up-to-date information on Congressional work in our district and on Capitol Hill.  From the courtroom to Congress, I have always fought for equality and opportunity; and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you in Congress to continue that fight.           
Very truly yours,     

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“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Butterfield Fights for Postal Service 

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The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services: delivering prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans, including in our most remote communities. 

On August 22, 2020, the House passed H.R. 8015, the ‘Delivering for America Act’: urgently-needed legislation to prohibit the implementation or approval of any changes to Postal Service operations or service levels, in effect on January 1, 2020, that impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service. This prohibition remains in effect for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 31, 2021. The bill also bans any prohibition on paying postal employees overtime and prohibits closing, consolidating, or reducing the hours of any postal facility.
The bill includes $25 billion in emergency funding, meeting the funding request of the Postal Service. The bill also includes provisions requiring all official election mail to be treated as First-Class mail, prohibiting the removal of mail boxes and mail sorting machines, and reversing any changes to policies that delay mail delivery. The bill passed the House 257-150.

Butterfield Defends American Telecommunications Networks from Foreign Interference

On August 12, 2020,  Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced H.R. 8000 the Ensuring Network Security Act.  This bipartisan bill aims to fully rid U.S. networks of equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, companies that have been identified by the United States government as national security threats.  The bill is a companion to the bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI).
The importance of securing our telecommunications networks from foreign equipment manufacturers who pose national security threats and supporting the growth of a trusted manufacturing base for networking equipment cannot be overstated.  The Ensuring Network Security Act will build upon existing efforts passed into law by the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (STCNA) to secure our nation’s telecommunication networks   by fully funding the replacement of high-risk equipment.  The bill will first provide replacement funding to carriers that already meet the eligibility definition under STCNA, then to higher education providers of educational broadband service, then to eligible telecommunications providers and their affiliates with up to 10 million subscribers.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has only further demonstrated the importance of broadband connectivity to our lives and livelihoods.  I’m committed to doing everything I can to strengthen connectivity for eastern North Carolinians and all Americans, and it’s especially important that these vital communications networks are secure and free from foreign interference,” said Congressman Butterfield.  “My bill will help our nation fully purge our networks of high-risk foreign equipment and encourage the rest of the world to do the same.  I’m proud to work with my Republican colleague, Congressman Kinzinger, on this critical national security issue.”

Constituent Success Stories 

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Securing Benefits for Constituents in Need

My office received a call from a constituent who had not received his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits since December 2019, nor had he received his COVID-19 stimulus payment. He thought the problem was with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the IRS; however, after making contacts with the SSA and the IRS, my office caseworkers discovered that all payments had been made, but there was still an issue with proper distribution. We discovered that the problem was with Direct Express. After significant communication and investigation, his Direct Express card was reissued with 8 months worth of SSI plus his full Economic Impact Payment!


Testimonials:

Stimulus Check & Tax Refund Support: Robbie from Durham, NC

August 19, 2020

“I just wanted to let you know my stimulus check was deposited to my account today!  I’m not sure why it was delayed for several months, but I’m happy to have it, and I really appreciate all your efforts to make this happen. I hope you have a great rest of the week, and I appreciate the good work you and your colleagues do each day to help the people in your district, and across the country.” 

August 13, 2020

“Just wanted to let you know I received the tax refund payment today…yay!  Many thanks for your help with this!

Once again, I am grateful to you for your help, and appreciative of the good work you and Mr. Butterfield do.  I am proud that he represents me in Congress.”
Gratefully,
Robbie 

Census 2020/Register to Vote 

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There’s still time to complete the census! Recent reports show that the census self-response rate for North Carolina is only 60%. The census can be completed by mail, online at My2020Census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020. It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Don’t delay, help to shape your future today!

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North Carolina! Are you registered to vote? Do you have a plan to vote in this election? Know your deadlines, register and make a plan to vote! Learn more about mail-in voting here.

Important North Carolina Election Dates and Deadlines:

  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Register to vote
    • Online: Friday, October 9, 2020
    • By mail (postmarked): Friday, October 9, 2020
    • In-person: Friday, October 9, 2020
    • Same-Day: Registration: October 15-31, 2020
      • You can register and vote in person at one-stop sites during the early voting period. Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence. Within two business days, the county board of elections will review the registration and the registrant’s address. Your vote will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that you are not qualified to vote.
    • Request a Ballot by Mail (received by): Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • Early-Voting: Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020 (Varies by county and municipality. Check your local Elections office for more information)

Happy Labor Day!

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On Labor Day, we are reminded that American workers are the backbone of the prosperity of our country. This Monday, September 7th, and EVERY day, we show gratitude to America’s workforce and continue to fight for workers’ rights.




Some Of These Local Governments Across The Nation Are Showing That Racism Is Alive And Well Ask Commissioner Patricia Uzzell

Lucama NC Wilson County residents call for commissioner to step down: Board member accused of using racial slurs

The Political Agitator’s response: It is a damn shame that Trump Disease is a pandemic across the nation. But there is a cure. Vote Biden/Harris and Elect Democrats.

Gladys Martinez, foreground, receives applause from some members of the audience after calling for Lucama Commissioner David Johnson to resign Monday night at the Lucama Board of Commissioners.

Gladys Martinez, foreground, receives applause from some members of the audience after calling for Lucama Commissioner David Johnson to resign Monday night at the Lucama Board of Commissioners.

DREW C. WILSON | TIMES

By Drew C. Wilson

dwilson@wilsotimes.com
252-265-7818

LUCAMA — In a packed meeting room, three Lucama residents called for Commissioner David Johnson to step aside over allegations that the incumbent has used racial slurs when referring to town employees and the town’s first African American commissioner.

Gladys Martinez, Helen Torres and Mariann Crabtree called for the commissioner to step down from his position on Monday.

Martinez did not mince words, pointedly repeating the offensive language Johnson’s been accused of using, including the N-word.

“I am going to say it like it is, like it was said,” Martinez said. “If I would have known it at the last meeting, I would have addressed it at that time. I want you to know that I have got just as many white friends as I do African American and we talk straight to each other and it broke their heart too.”

“I could not believe that it was going on in my town. Someone in another town came up and asked me what is going on in Lucama, that one commissioner is calling Commissioner Uzzell and the other African American workers the N-word,” Martinez said, referring to Commissioner Patricia Uzzell, the first African American to sit on the board. (Read more)

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Lucama federal suit widens: Amended complaint includes buried records, electric bills

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Settlement sought in EEOC complaint: Commissioner accused of using racial slurs

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Lucama board fills vacant seat; more concerns raised about racial slurs

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Rep. James D. Gailliard Legislative Update September 2020

September Newsletter

From the Office of

Representative James D. Gailliard

District 25

Volume 1, Issue 19

STANDING COMMITTEES

2019-2020

· HEALTH

· APPROPRIATIONS

· APPROPRIATIONS EDUCATION

· EDUCATION K-12

· HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL SAFETY

Advocating for inclusive policies for Constituents in Nash County-Rocky Mount

General Assembly – Committee Updates

There are no Committee updates for the month of August.

COVID-19 Case Updates

Friends,

As of September 2nd, 2020, we have 169,424 confirmed cases in North Carolina. There are 100 counties with cases. There are 946 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Nash County has 1,703 cases and Edgecombe County has 968 cases. We have confirmed 2,741 deaths for

North Carolina, with 24 reported in Nash County and 20 reported in Edgecombe County

You can visit the DHHS Dashboard for updates:

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

Continue Prevention Measures to slow the spread of COVID-19:

COVID-19 – Recovered Statistics

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the, “COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered,” report on August 31st. This number is calculated to be 145,884.

It’s important to note that this calculation is a rough estimate with several limitations to keep in mind:

· Patients’ actual recovery times could be shorter or longer depending on the severity of illness.

· These estimates cannot account for other factors that could impact a patient’s recovery time or disease severity, such as age and underlying health conditions.

· These estimates do not measure the amount of natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the population.

· There also appears to potentially be long-term negative health impacts for some people from having contracted COVID-19, which also isn’t accounted for in this number.

That full report it available below:

https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/dashboard/Weekly-COVID19-Patients-Presumed-to-be-Recovered.pdf

COVID-19

North Carolina Moves to Phase 2.5

Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced that Safer at Home Phase 2.5 will begin this upcoming Friday (9/4) at 5:00pm and remains in effect through October 2. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect and are even more important to contain the virus.

Phase 2.5 means the following for North Carolina:



· Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.

· Playgrounds may open.

· Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity.

· Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity.

· Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed.

· Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits.

In addition, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen issued a Secretarial Order allowing for outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities. To participate, nursing homes must meet several requirements, including, but not limited, not having a current outbreak, having a testing plan and updated written Infection Control or Preparedness plan for COVID-19, and having adequate personal protective equipment. The Secretarial Order is also effective this Friday at 5 PM and remains in effect through September 22, 2020.

Read the Executive Order.

Read the Secretarial Order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 News

Governor Cooper Proposes Budget to Continue Fighting COVID-19

Governor Roy Cooper this week shared a recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. North Carolina has yet to pass a State Budget for 2020-2021 because the COVID-19 crisis pushed back tax filing deadlines from April 15 to July 15, making it more difficult to estimate revenues for this fiscal year.

Even with this uncertainty, it is important to pass a budget that uses remaining coronavirus federal funding and make responsible investments in the state’s future with the revenues we know we have.

North Carolina has more than $900 million left in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds from the federal CARES Act. Here is Governor Cooper’s plan to spend these funds:

· $175 million for critical public health services including:

· $25 million for testing and tracing;

· $50 million to target rural and historically marginalized populations; and

· $40 million for early childhood services;

· $49 million to build a state strategic stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE);

· $132 million to help K-12 public schools to protect students, teachers and staff and ensure students most impacted by COVID-19 receive support;

· $200 million in aid for local governments facing budget shortfalls;

· $50 million to establish an emergency grant program to expand high-speed internet access;

· $27.5 million to combine with other funds to create a $50 million relief program to support NC businesses with rent, mortgage and utility relief;

· $18 million to combine with other funds to create a $33 million grant program for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) that have been left out of other support programs;

· $25 million to provide equipment for health care and first responder workforce programs at community colleges to continue the state’s pipeline of necessary, qualified workers;

· $25 million to research obstacles to reliable, rapid COVID-19 testing;

· $50 million in direct aid to food banks, emergency feeding organizations, and community organizations for food and nutrition assistance.

The Governor’s budget also proposes a responsible investment of North Carolina’s state dollars to ensure the state has a stable foundation to succeed in the long-term and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger.

· A one-time $2,000 bonus to K-12 public school teachers, instructional support personnel, principals and assistant principals.

· A one-time $1,000 bonus to K-12 non-certified public school personnel.

· A one-time $1,500 bonus to UNC System and NC Community College System personnel.

· $50 million to support the highest needs students, schools, and districts and early childhood education as a part of the state’s commitment to providing a sound basic education to all students.

· $86.5 million to provide state matching funds for FEMA Recovery programs from Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Dorian and Isaias, and to assist with recovery in Alleghany County after the August 9 earthquake.

The Governor’s proposal is just a first step, but it is a good with. Next legislators will work on their proposal. Whatever the legislature passes will end up going back to Governor Cooper for his approval or veto.

Supporting North Carolinians Out of Work

Governor Cooper’s budget also proposes a responsible expansion of the state’s unemployment benefits program. Currently, North Carolina has the worst benefits in the country for unemployed workers.

Cooper’s proposal would increase the duration of available benefits from 12 weeks to 24 weeks and increase the maximum weekly benefit to $500. Any formula-driven unemployment insurance tax increases would be suspended through 2022. This proposal would keep the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Balance above $2 billion. There is currently $3.05 billion in the fund.

Closing the Health Care Coverage Gap

Governor Cooper’s budget also recommends expanding Medicaid to cover 600,000 more North Carolinians who are currently in a health care coverage gap. Expansion is 90% funded by the federal government with the remaining cost paid by health care providers and insurance companies, leaving the state with no additional cost.

This will save lives, most importantly, but it will also bring billions of dollars back to North Carolina in federal funding to create health care jobs and expand our health care infrastructure.

Investing in Critical Infrastructure

Through the use of bonds, North Carolina can take advantage of historically low interest rates to improve the state’s health care infrastructure and response to COVID-19 as well as make other critical investments in schools, water and sewer systems and affordable housing.

The Governor proposes a $988 million health care infrastructure limited obligation bond to support health facilities, public health labs, and vaccine development. In addition, his budget recommends placing a $4.3 billion infrastructure general obligation bond on the November 2021 ballot that would invest:

· $2 billion in school construction;

· $800 million for water and sewer infrastructure;

· $500 million for UNC System facilities;

· $500 million for the Community College system; and

· $500 million for affordable housing.

Each $1 million in investment sustains or creates up to 13 direct jobs and 28 indirect jobs, helping support the economy as it recovers.

$175 million in COVID-19 relief for rent, utility help available for NC, governor says, The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article245237590.html

Other News

Search for Unclaimed Property

Take a moment to see if the State of North Carolina has any unclaimed property that belongs to you. State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies, and businesses to turn over unclaimed property to the state if there has been no contact with the owners for the statutory period of time.

From July 2019 through June 2020 the State has returned $39,759,941 in unclaimed property to people like you.

To search for property, go here: https://unclaimed.nccash.com/app/claim-search

To submit a claim, go here: https://unclaimed.nccash.com/app/claim-doc-upload

Missouri Becomes 38th State to Expand Medicaid

Missouri voters approved Medicaid Expansion in a referendum on Tuesday. North Carolina is now one of only twelve states to refuse to accept federal funding to expand health care coverage to 500,000 North Carolinians and to create health care-related jobs in our state.

The very first bill I sponsored in 2019 was Medicaid Expansion and the very first bill I sponsored in 2020 was Medicaid Expansion. While our current legislative leaders refuse to schedule a vote on the bill, I will continue to fight to improve health care and create health care jobs.

Missouri Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion Despite Resistance From Republican Leaders, WUNC, https://www.kunc.org/npr-news/2020-08-05/missouri-voters-approve-medicaid-expansion-despite-resistance-from-republican-leaders

Price Gouging and Disaster-Related Scams

The price-gouging law that protects people from disaster-related scammers is in effect in North Carolina.

You can report potential price gouging or scams by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint at https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/price-gouging/

Representative James D. Gailliard

committed to:

The People of Nash County-Rocky Mount

Progressive solutions for Rural Issues

Principles that foster Common Sense Legislation

City provides update to computer system disruption

City provides update to computer system disruption
Rocky Mount, N.C.

On August 14, 2020, the City of Rocky Mount discovered that certain City systems were infected with a malware impacting our ability to access those systems. The City immediately launched an investigation and notified law enforcement. Although this investigation is ongoing, the City has learned it was the victim of a sophisticated ransomware attack. Fortunately, the City maintains backup copies of impacted systems and data which is allowing the City to securely restore systems and City services.

Throughout this incident, the City’s emergency services continued to function, and the City has made significant progress in safely restoring other City services. In addition to causing a computer system disruption, the group responsible for this cyber-attack claim to have stolen City information and are threatening to publicly release the information unless the City pays a ransom. After consulting with our incident response partners, and at the recommendation of the FBI, the City declined to encourage the activities of these cyber criminals and refused to pay the ransom demand.

Please know that the City is dedicating all its resources to determining how this event occurred and what information is potentially impacted. Although the City is unable to confirm at this time the type of information potentially at risk, in an abundance of caution, the City is providing information regarding steps individuals can take to protect their information from potential fraud or misuse, including contact information for the credit reporting agencies and relevant state and federal agencies. The city is also providing individuals access to free credit monitoring services. This specific information is being provided to media outlets and will soon be provided on the City of Rocky Mount’s website.

Cyber-attacks continue to pose significant threats to both governments and businesses throughout the United States and the world. Unfortunately, this incident is not unique to the City of Rocky Mount. This has been an incredibly difficult time for our City, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our IT Department and incident response partners. We also appreciate the support provided by law enforcement. Most importantly, we appreciate the continued patience and support we receive from our community as we securely restore our City systems and recover from this unprecedent event.

Virtual Revival Anderson Chapel & St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church Thursday September 3, 2020 Featuring Rev. Dr. Leonzo Lynch Ebenezer Baptist Church Charlotte NC

NOTE: This link is for Wednesday night.

Learn more about Rev. Dr. Leonzo Lynch here.

Revival
Pastor Malcom Lewis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ACMBC & SSMBC REVIVIAL/”IN TIMES LIKE THIS, WE NEED AN ANCHOR”
Time: Sep 3, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 812 4088 3899
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Or call 701 801 6982 for audio

 

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Virtual Revival Anderson Chapel & St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church Present Wednesday September 2 – Thursday September 3, 2020

NOTE: This link is only for Tuesday there will be a different link each night.

Please join us Tuesday
Pastor Malcom Lewis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ACMBC & SSMBC REVIVIAL/”IN TIMES LIKE THIS, WE NEED AN ANCHOR”
Time: Sep 2, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Wednesday September 2, 2020
Click
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Virtual Revival Anderson Chapel & St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church Present Tuesday September 1 – Thursday September 3, 2020

NOTE: This link is only for Tuesday there will be a different link each night.

Please join us Tuesday
Pastor Malcom Lewis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ACMBC & SSMBC REVIVIAL/”IN TIMES LIKE THIS, WE NEED AN ANCHOR”
Time: Sep 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Passcode: 432366

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Arkansas sheriff who was secretly recorded using racial slurs reluctantly resigned and insisted he’s not racist

The Political Agitator’s response: Now this is what friends do. Friends will show real love even in tough situations. I hate to see anyone lose their job but we must be held accountable for our actions. We have to accept the consequences and hopefully learn from the experience.

Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright resigned on Friday, months after he was recorded going on a racist rant about a Black grocery-store employee.

In a five-minute recording captured secretly by Desiree Middlebrooks, the mother of his child, and shared widely on social media, Wright can be heard using a racial slur nine times.

Wright was apparently upset that Middlebrooks talked to the employee. He called her a “n—– lover” and later said, “Why you got to holler at f—ing n—– when I’m around?”

In a Facebook post on May 28, The Pine Bluff Commercial reported, Wright acknowledged that it was his voice and said, “To all I have offended or hurt I send my sincere apologies and will pray for my enemies.”

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Open Letter To Tarboro City Council In Response To Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb Social Media Response To NBA Boycott Because Of Black Lives Matter

Image may contain: text that says 'BOYCOTT BOYCOTT'Earlier this week the following was brought to my attention, “THE BOYCOTT IS OFFICIAL!” by Jesse Webb Tarboro Police Chief.

After having a meeting with myself, I have decided to boycott my position and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer until certain demands are met.

First, considering the multi-million-dollar salaries of most “professional” athletes, the price of admission, and the time spent (or wasted) attending these events for entertainment purposes, I do not believe that the fans are receiving the services they deserve and pay for. So, I am putting the following organizations on notice with the expectation that they are able to meet my demands without further delay.

To the players of the NBA, the ability to place a basketball through a hoop with the aid of a backboard is simply too easy. And yet, you are still unable to sink every basket. You can’t even sink every basket when allowed to shoot a free-throw without the pressure of defense. I cannot understand why you are not able to accomplish this, especially considering your unimaginable salary and level of expertise and the fact that you have a referee making sure that your opponent doesn’t assault, I mean foul you thereby giving you time to make your perfect shot. So moving forward, I demand that the backboard be removed, that the players make every basket every time (100% shooting), and that referees be banned in order to make this a full contact sport at any given moment. Until this happens, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!

To the players of MLB, the ability to strike a baseball with a bat or throw a perfect strike every time should be relatively easy considering your salaries and constant training regiments. Yet, pitchers are still not able to always throw within the strike zone on every pitch and batters are not able to hit the ball every time even when it is in the strike zone. And this occurs despite the complete lack of pressure or defense from an opponent. And what about the outfield wall? I feel this should be moved further out because you are not reaching the full potential of your abilities. Whatever the longest home run on record is, let’s establish that as a standard distance for all games, teams, and players. So, until every pitch is a strike, until every pitched ball is hit, and until the outfield wall is positioned at an appropriate distance, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!

I know, this sounds rather ridiculous considering that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player. But these are my demands! I further demand that I not be fired from my position, be held responsible for the crime that happens as a result of my boycott, or be judged for expecting perfection and total agreement from professional athletes. After all, you are working within a completely controlled environment, you have the opportunity to train more than you play, and you are VERY well compensated for your efforts. I simply cannot understand why you have not reached perfection despite the fact that you are human.

On second thought, maybe I will simply ask God to forgive us for trying to remove the splinter from the eye of another while being blinded by the plank in our own eye. Maybe I should remember that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player and therefore have not walked a mile in their shoes or experienced the difficulties of their profession. Maybe I should recognize that I don’t understand the discipline and training it takes to be a professional athlete, or the sacrifice they may have to endure. Maybe I should remember that I don’t live that lavish lifestyle and can’t imagine the pressure they must be under to make a basket, throw a strike, or hit a baseball.

Upon further reflection, I think that the best thing for me to do is to stick with what I know best…….law enforcement. I will not judge them, I will not expect perfection from them, and I will not get angry and throw a tantrum because of my lack of understanding for what they must endure. Rather, I will do exactly what I am called to do, PROTECT and SERVE the citizens of this great nation. I will do so without malice, bias, or prejudices against any person, race, ethnicity, or creed, as I have always done. I will not judge all professional athletes based upon the actions of a few. And when they are in need, I will be there to help. I’ve committed to these principles because that is who I am, and because that is the difference between being essential and non-essential. It is my purpose, and I will follow it!

So, you can disregard my boycott. I’ll continue to serve, in my own lane, based upon the premise of a better tomorrow and the possibility of positively IMPACT the life of another! I hope and pray many others will do the same.

Response my response on my Facebook page was:

As Law Enforcement you are crossing the line.

This is a total 360 from the Unity Walk

I don’t watch the NBA but I follow and support Good Law Enforcement and to compare NBA and your title as a Chief of Police is just ludicrous.

This is a Racist Post!

This is about Black Professional Athletes and conversations about Black Folk getting shot by Police.

Why in the hell would a Law Enforcement Officer post some mess like this.

But when and if Tarboro Citizens should stage a boycott I am going to see how you respond to that.

And for anyone who like this post especially Black Folk you got some serious issues when it comes to Race Relations. But all of you got time to get it right!

But this is what we are dealing with that damn Trump Disease.

The citizens of Tarboro but not limited to ought to be outraged!

Deborah Dew-Jordan I can’t believe you commented on this post.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

#BlackLivesMatter 

Issue 2

On today Sunday August 30, 2020 I received the following. Some folk are concerned the Chief is out of control. So the question is, can anyone park their personal vehicle on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and take photos?

I got a problem with the behavior of the Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb that I have seen over the past couple of days.

I remember how the 1st Black Police Chief Damon Williams was treated during his stay in Tarboro.

If Williams had posted on his Facebook page about Boycotting Nascar, parked his personal vehicle in front of the courthouse and posted it as a profile on his page, I wonder how that would have turned out.

I see that on today that the Chief has changed the status of his Facebook page.

I am requesting that the Tarboro Town Council to review the actions of the Chief and respond accordingly.

Thanking you in advance.

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How Black Lives Matter Is Changing the Church – The New Yorker

One December evening, in 2014, Brenda Salter McNeil, a pastor and Black evangelical leader, descended into a church basement in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with young activists from a broad-based group called Ferguson Action. In the four months since Michael Brown, a local eighteen-year-old, had been fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a police officer, Ferguson had become the national center of protest against police violence and the proving ground for the new Black Lives Matter movement; some of the activists running Ferguson Action went on to lead the B.L.M. movement nationwide. Salter McNeil, who is in her fifties and wears thick-rimmed glasses, had come with a handful of other evangelical leaders on a pilgrimage sponsored by Sojourners, a progressive evangelical organization, to ask the activists what role the church should take in addressing police brutality against people of color.

Several of the religious leaders who came that day were proponents of a church movement called racial reconciliation, which seeks to end racism by addressing it as a sin in individuals that can be eradicated through Biblical study, confession, and prayer. Salter McNeil—who became Christian at the age of nineteen and went on to receive a master-of-divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she began to identify as evangelical—was one of the most prominent figures in the racial-reconciliation movement. For the previous thirty years, she had touted reconciliation around the world, often addressing tens of thousands of listeners, mostly conservative white evangelicals, at conferences and megachurches. When she spoke, she explicitly avoided talking about aspects of structural racism, such as the racial wealth gap, or the high death rate of Black mothers during childbirth; she sought to insure that her sermons were rooted in the Bible and not, as she saw it, in politics. She also stayed away from topics such as sexuality and abortion, for fear that she’d be labelled a liberal with a hidden agenda. Her workshops focussed on inspiring personal stories but left listeners with few practical tools to root out racism in their communities. (Read more)