Prayer Vigil in Honor of Charleston 9 & Victims of Racial Injustice Featuring Congressman G.K. Butterfield



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Dear Friends:


I invite you to join me along with faith leaders for Together in Prayer:One Community United in Faith, a vigil to unite people from across the First Congressional District around a common purpose of healing and understanding.  The prayer vigil will be held on Tuesday, June 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the , 301 NE Main Street, Rocky Mount, N.C.


My heart is saddened for the families who have lost loved ones in the tragic murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and for their community.  I will be traveling to the funeral for Senior Pastor Reverend Clementa Pinckney to represent the First District and the Congressional Black Caucus.


Our nation is suffering through a difficult time, and we can only begin to truly heal our communities by coming together to address the larger issues of bigotry and racial injustice that sadly continue in our country.


I ask that you join faith leaders, your church family, friends and neighbors in prayer for the victims’ families and for all of us in eastern North Carolina to unite around a common purpose of repairing the damage to our communities.


Together in Prayer: One Community United in Faith

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Church of God of Deliverance

301 NE Main Street

Rocky Mount, N.C. 27801


This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information please contact my office at 919-908-0164.



Very truly yours,


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G. K. Butterfield

Member of Congress



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Slack CEO explodes over editorial about the South Carolina shooting, says ‘f— you’ to Wall Street Journal – Business Insider

Stewart Butterfield, cofounder of Flickr and CEO of the office-communication software Slack, lashed out against a Wall Street Journal editorial in a tweetstorm Sunday night.

The Journal editorial in question addressed the recent killings of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, saying the event was caused by a “problem that defies explanation.” (Source: Read more)

Honor of Charleston Shooting Victims, Unity Chain Overflows the Ravenel Bridge – Revolution News

Over ten thousand people spanned the Ravenel Bridge Sunday night as part of the Bridge to Peace event honoring the nine people who were killed during a Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church Wednesday. (Source: Read more)

How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian – ThinkProgress

The Political Agitator’s response: I posted the following earlier on my blog: I disagree on the flag is not what caused him to do this. I strongly feel it played a major part in him doing it. Did he not have a Confederate license tag? Not saying it is the whole piece but does not the Confederate Flag have something to do with guns? In my ignant opinion I would say he worshipped the flag and drove 100 miles to a state that the flag flies. He had more respect for this damn flag than he did these black folks lives.

On Friday morning, Dylann Roof confessed to the murder of nine African American worshippers at the historically black Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Accounts of the shooting, which took place Wednesday evening, are horrifying, with witnesses saying Roof made it clear that he was motivated by raw, unbridled racism. “I have to do it,” Roof was quoted as saying before he opened fire on the parishioners attending a Bible study. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag. In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words “Confederate States of America.” (Source: Read more)

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donates $100,000 to Charleston victims – Charlotte Observer

The Political Agitator’s response: This is awesome! Thank you for reaching out to these families and the church.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s Charleston shooting, and to the church where the shootings occurred.

In a letter dated Friday, Richardson sent $10,000 to each family of the victims for funeral costs and another $10,000 to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a memorial honoring the victims.

“We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the donation, but know our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text to the Observer. (Source: Read more)

Meet the Lady Who Ruined Dylann Roof’s Chance at an Insanity Plea – Jezebel

Now that Dylann Roof is in custody and has been charged with nine counts of murder, the question is: how will he plead? The speculation in days following in the massacre is that Roof will plead like fellow mass shooter James Holmes did and claim not guilty by reason of insanity. That scenario seems much less likely now thanks to the efforts of a professional wrestling fan and an ardent Communist who’s down $49 bucks.

Twitter user @HenryKrinkle was searching for Roof’s online footprints but to find websites registered under the name Dylann Roof would cost him $49 dollars, so @HenryKrinkle tweeted to his followers: (Source: Read more)