Since late September 2013, Patricia Ferguson and I have participated in 12-15 NC Legislative Black Caucus sponsored Town Hall meetings held around the state. The purpose of the town halls was to update communities on the ways that they’ve been impacted by regressive legislation passed by the 2013 NC General Assembly, to educate communities about the legislation and to define a way forward in addressing community priorities. Our task has been to address voter suppression and to help to define an appropriate community response. During our presentations we’ve addressed the national Republican led campaigns to suppress the right to vote and to translate its present and future impact on voting in North Carolina.
Affordability, Reliability, 9-1-1 Access at Risk; FCC to Address Crucial Decisions. BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA -- The accelerating shift to digital telephone networks could put communities of color at risk by ending basic standards like affordable service and 9-1-1 access , The Greenlining Institute argues in a new report being released Dec. 10. “Everything from 9-1-1 emergency services to consumers’ very ability to access reliable, affordable phone service is potentially in danger if the FCC doesn’t enforce basic standards as the transition to a digital phone network moves forward,” said Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen. Chen noted that several factors could make communities of color particularly vulnerable.
BALTIMORE—The American Federation of Teachers and First Book announced today that they have distributed 1 million new, free children’s books to public schools and to community and educational groups nationwide serving children in low-income families. The announcement was made at a First Book event in Baltimore, where more than 400,000 books will be distributed this week. About 60 percent of the books will be shipped to 538 communities across the nation, and the remainder—about 160,000 books—will stay in the Baltimore area. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was instrumental in making the public warehouse available for book storage and distribution.
Caregivers can help make that list and check it twice! From hanging the mistletoe to searching for gift ideas on the internet, Elders’ Elves from SYNERGY HomeCare will be hard at work helping local seniors tackle their holiday to-do lists. These Elders’ Elves aren’t from the North Pole. They’re from the local SYNERGY HomeCare agency and they make the lives of local seniors merry and bright during the holidays. If a senior’s family can’t step in, Elders’ Elves are ready to step up.
Voter suppression is easily defined: "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votersuppression" Wikipedia defines it as a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their right to vote. Throughout American history this ugly practice has endured and been employed generation after generation. Some of the historical schemes of voter suppression include the “grandfather clause”, literacy tests, poll taxes and constitutional quizzes. It’s worth mentioning that most of these schemes were targeted at black voters but impacted whites also, as some whites were unable to meet some of the requirements.
(NNPA) Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela’s protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a democratic society in South Africa in a Cold War context. Leading the way, not surprisingly, is radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. In a 1972 broadcast, Limbaugh said, “When Nelson Mandela or one of these terrorists sees America, they ask, ‘How did they do this in less than 230 years? We’ve been around here for centuries, and we still can barely muster working toilets.’ It is this that the terrorists see, folks ? and it makes them envious.”