Pat Cotham announced that the Board of County Commissioners would hold an installation meeting on Monday, Dec. 1 and have its first meeting of the new board on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
LaTarzja Henry announced that “a lot has transpired” since CMS officials last addressed the Forum. “Our commitment as a district to be here and engage this community and put our leaders in front of you to ask the hard questions has not changed…. I look forward to the invitations for having our leaders come and address this group.”
Pat Cotham announced that at Thursday’s Uptown Democratic Forum on Nov. 20 at noon at the Levine Museum, 200 E. 7th St., political strategist Tom Chumley will lead an election wrap-up. Details here.
Ken Koontz announced that he wanted all those candidates who were at the Forum weekly before Nov. 4 to know that their absence since the election has been noted, and that they “are missed.”
Laura McClettie announced that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has begun, and persons needing help with enrollment can be served at C.W. Williams Community Health Center by calling ahead at 704-393-7720 for an appointment.
J.R. Black announced that he had been appointed to the Citizens Review Board.
Blanche Penn announced that the next Black History program at the Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center would be reduced to three or so days. It will incorporate more live performers.
Phyllis Perry and others announced details of the Supreme Court seat recount in which Cheri Beasley finds herself. Details here.
Nelson Adesegha announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is alive and well, and will return to five-day-week office hours in January.
C. Renee Jarrett announced that Ryka Mitchell will hold a Pancakes, Purpose & Poetry breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at O’Charley’s, 8420 University City Blvd. E-mail Jarrett for tickets, $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12.
J’Tanya Adams thanked participants for making Sunday’s Art & Soul event a success. She invited people to contact the Historic West End Partners with “suggestions and concerns about how we can go about promoting the West End….”
Lucy Bush Carter announced that Friendship Trays will hold a one-hour breakfast tour of its facilities this Thursday, Nov. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 2401 Distribution St.
Lucille Puckett announced that the National Action Network will hold a Know Your Rights seminar this Saturday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Latibah Collard Green Museum, 720 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Lucille Puckett announced a Hands Up for Justice rally to occur after the decision of the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., to be held in front of the Federal Courthouse on West Trade Street.
Levester Flowers offered to consult free with seniors having difficulty understanding changes occurring now for 2015 health care coverage under Medicare Advantage policies. Call Flowers at 704-968-3391.
Malachi Greene announced that the N.C. Department of Transportation had just released a new transportation plan that will favor mass transportation in future spending.
Sheila Peltzer offered to talk to anyone interested in learning more about last weekend’s national Family Law Reform conference held in Washington, which she attended.
Greg Schermbeck sent in an announcement that the Council For Children’s Rights is partnering with the Arts & Science Council to screen Spiral Bound, a documentary about the arts in CMS schools, at Myers Park High School on Friday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Juan Taco food truck will be on site. Tickets for $10 to the public are here. Proceeds benefit Council for Children’s Rights and the Arts & Science Council. Trailer to Spiral Bound is here.
Joel Ford sent in the materials provided to legislators when they met with county, school and courts officials to hear local requests for the upcoming legislative session. The schools and county provided PDF files. The court report was in the form of a YouTube video.
Janet Cowell sent in a short note and obituary on the death of her father, Rev. Wilburn James Cowell, who died in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Nov. 15.
Charles Thomas sent in an invitation to the Innovation Challenge: Food finale event on Nov. 19 from 4:30-8 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University Hance Auditorium, 801 W. Trade St. Tickets for $25 plus $2.37 fee are here. Keynote speaker is Cary Neff. Info here.
Joel Ford sent in an invitation to a free College Preparation 101 seminar hosted by the Kappa League this Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the Kappa house, 5409 Beatties Ford Rd. Presenters are Melanie Anderson from Kaplan Test Prep and Derrick Raphael from Global Trailblazers of Today. Details here. Register here.
Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her Nov. 17 Board Bulletin.
Robert Dawkins sent in a link to his Agitator Radio interview with Cindy Foster from the APWU/ APRI about the cuts and closures to the US Post Office.View the
Fannie Flono, who both attended and presented at the Forum, retires. Excerpts from comments at a retirement party.
Residents review renovation plans for West Charlotte Recreation Center.
Darrell Gregory on programs that can improve young people’s lives.
Malcolm Graham describes the Indaba or “meeting of the elders” on Sept. 12-13 at J.C. Smith, focusing on parental engagement in the West Trade/Beatties Ford corridor.
Gyasi Foluke with a theory on how to implement community change in the African-American community
Parents and education: An Open Forum discussion of who’s responsible when Johnny can’t read, or doesn’t behave.
Megan Boler and Zachary Denard introduce the League of Conservation Voters.
Making Change Happen in the African-American community. An Open Forum discussion.
Council member Vi Alexander Lyles addresses gentrification issue in Charlotte.
University Park residents oppose city rezoning for motel
“Lived Black History”: Forum participants share stories of the pain, indignities—and coping—of life under segregation.
Joyce Waddell portrayed Harriet Tubman in Underground Railroad skit at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center.
President Obama offers comments on Trayvon Martin verdict.
The Kinsey Collection, art and artifacts of the African-American experience, opens June 29 at the Gantt Center.
Zwelabo Mandela narrates video about a JCSU survey on issues in the Northwest Corridor.
Kaa Ma’at outlined her effort to acquire a low-power FM station license to serve west Charlotte.
Juneteenth founder Pape Ndiaye laid out financial support needed for Independence Park event.
Four Board of Education members take questions on events surrounding the resignation of CMS Supt. Heath Morrison.
LaTarzja Henry says CMS leaders will continue to make themselves available to answer questions in the community.
Supt. Heath Morrison speaks on the eve of a citizen vote on a sales tax hike that could boost teacher pay.
John Crawford makes a pitch for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.
Lisa Barnes and LaTarzja Henry discuss changes under way in CMS designed to reduce student misbehavior.
Denada Jackson predicts another jump in graduation rate at West Charlottte High.
Daisy Spears Stroud dies at 92. An appreciation and two obituaries.
Thomas Hanley describes the goals of Commonwealth High, a charter set to open in August.
Open Forum on testing at West Charlotte, on a Black Summit, on educating a captive audience.
Supt. Heath Morrison discusses CMS budget and impact on CMS of proposals before the legislature.
Sandra Conway and Elyse Dashew spearhead a letterwriting and petition drive to fully fund the CMS budget.
West Charlotte High School Global Perspective Studies proposed by first-year teachers Rachel Scott and Paige Laurain.
James Ford, a Garinger High world history teacher, is the 2014 N.C. Teacher of the Year.
Akeshia Craven-Howell and others from CMS discuss N.C. charter school law and relations between CMS and the charters.
“West Charlotte High School Story” of ’96 re-aired in tribute to Leroy “Pop” Miller, who died March 1.
Millard House and others offered an update on New Leaders, the nonprofit that trains lateral entry and school personnel for leadership jobs.
Arthur Griffin on “The Long Struggle for Equity in Education in NC,” joined by Richard McElrath and Sarah Stevenson.
Supt. Heath Morrison spoke about the bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot.
CMS’s Allen Smith discusses how he is preparing for a November report on needs of westside schools.
MeckEd has named Sarah Stevenson its 2013 Education Champion.
Lucy Bush Carter, executive director of Friendship Trays, made this presentation Tuesday about the launch Wednesday of a new culinary job training program.
The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes.
Anna Hood and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.
Henry Rock wants to train Charlotteeans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Three speakers from different organizations focus on minority inclusion in the workplace.
Terry Ellington and Lesha Dodson on HIV/AIDS in the Charlotte and the Carolinas, and the work of Carolinas Care Partnership.
Nelson Adesegha and Laurissa Adams-Hunt, board members for ailing C.W. Williams Community Health Center, offered an update on the center’s “reorganization.”
Radio personality Travis “Church Boy” Gilliam headlines session on the perils of unacknowledged depression.
Velma Love describes the Lee Thompson Young Foundation’s aims to improve public awareness of mental health issues.
Mary Johnson’s partisan endorsements while facilitating a Forum meeting brought a statement from Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson.
Leon Burton, who became CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center April 1, joins Mark Batson and Laura McClettie in outlining efforts to sign people up for the Affordable Care Act.
Sylvia Grier is among interviews in WTVI feature about grandparents, even great-grandparents raising youngsters.
Sandra Clory on trip to Egypt and the Falasha or Ethopian Jews that her father called his people.
T.D. Elder and Lillian Herron recall their years of nursing in Mecklenburg amid racism.
Dr. Vernon Herron opens the Forum with a remembrance of his longtime friend T.B. Haynes and civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain.
Craig Winegardner and Sharon Hudson make case against I-77 toll lanes.
Rep. Rodney Moore offers a thank-you for support during the recently ended legislative session.
Marc Friedland outlines work in front of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party that he now chairs.
Sen. Malcolm Graham and Sen. Joel Ford collaborate on an update of legislative action.
Warren Cooksey discusses HOT lanes on I-77 as part of a DOT 101 presentation.
Joel Ford raises concerns about MBE participation rate at the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Joel Ford along with Rodney Moore and Malcolm Graham offered a Raleigh Report.
Trevor Fuller on November referendum to increase sales tax, chiefly to pay for a teacher salary boost.
Trevor Fuller on county budget and fall referendum on sales tax hike to boost teacher pay.
Judge Theo Nixon comments on changes in N.C. law related to fracking and resale of guns used in crimes.
Randy Harrington leads a presentation on the Charlotte operating budget and community investment plan.
County Manager Dena Diorio on the current budget process.
Dan Clodfelter asks for support the day before he begins an appointive term as Charlotte mayor.
Hagan Senate campaign political director Douglas Wilson assesses the campaign.
Trevor Fuller discusses leadership changes on the Mecklenburg County board.
N.C. Rep. Becky Carney offered an extemporaneous argument that policy opinion drives public policy.
Primary election winners and leaders.
Rep. Rodney Moore discusses the General Assembly’s budget,.
Anthony Foxx resigned as Mayor of Charlotte; Patsy Kinsey elected to fill remaining months of term.
N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore outlined his view of how Democrats could return to power in the N.C. General Assembly by 2018.
Alicia Brooks thanked supporters for help during her election to be a District Court judge.
Resident Superior Court Linwood Foust comments on changing demographics on the local bench.
Here are the winners of 2014 elections in Mecklenburg and North Carolina.
John Arrowood is one of 19 candidates for a single N.C. Court of Appeals seat.
Mark Davis, running for re-election to N.C. Court of Appeals, encourages listeners to vote their interests.
Irwin Carmichael and Chris Hailey spar over their proposals for the Sheriff’s Department.
Alma Adams is the Greensboro Democrat who won the Democratic nomination for the 12th District and faces Republican Vince Coakley on Nov. 4.
Martha Efird and Elisa Chinn Gary, candidates for Mecklenburg Clerk of Superior Court
Richard Rivette is challenging incumbent Joel Ford in N.C. Senate District 38. Ford appeared Sept. 23.
At-large county commissioner candidates Ella Scarborough, Emily Zuyus, Scott Carlisle, Trevor Fuller and Pat Cotham.
Jim Puckett and Leonard Richardson vie for Commissioners District 1 seat.
Marinn Bengel and others argue for city bond and sales tax questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Newcomer LaTrice McRae is running for the N.C. legislature in Senate District 41.
Joel Ford is seeking re-election to the N.C. Senate representing westside District 38. His opponent, Richard Rivette, will present at a later date.
LaTarzja Henry offers an “informercial” for the ballot question on a sales tax increase.
Judicial candidates on the November ballot.
Vi Lyles comments on issues at stake in Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate re-election effort.
Lucy Inman, for 4 years a Superior Court judge, is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Primary Election results in Mecklenburg.
Primary candidates Vince Coakley, Curtis Osborne, Antoine Ensley, Dondhi Burrell. Special election candidates Amelia Stinson-Wesley, Darrell Bonapart.