Next week: City of Charlotte Budget proposal.
Eric Erickson’s last name was misspelled in the Aug. 18 announcements. The scribe apologizes for the error.
Tracy Hewett, announcing her appointment by Gov. Roy Cooper to the District Court bench, thanked the Forum for “keeping me in step with what’s going on, to inspire me, to motivate me.” Video here. Observer news story here.
Ash Williams announced events surrounding a Mama’s Day Bail Out Action aiming to post bail for female inmates before Mother’s Day. Events include a fund-raising party Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. at 2424 N Davidson St. Suite 110 (flier here), a Mother’s Day picnic May 14 and a teach-in. Flier here. Info and donation link here.
Gary Young announced a Black Chamber of Commerce “30 Under 30” awards breakfast on Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. at Johnson C. Smith University. Details here. Tickets $20 and up here. Nominees for awards welcome here.
Amelia Stinson-Wesley asked for prayers as she embarks next week on a World Connections for Women trip to Cambodia and Laos to support women subject to violence in the garment industry.
Justin Harlow announced an open call for talent for the ABC show Shark Tank, to be held Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m. at CPCC Elizabeth Campus Hall of Professional Development. More info here.
Jan Valder announced two free concerts linking up the Sign of the Times jazz ensemble and the Charlotte Symphony, on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist West, 1801 Oaklawn Ave., and Sunday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Rd. Details here.
Eric Erickson announced that the Black Political Caucus will meet Sunday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Rd.
Darrell Bonapart announced a National Coalition of 100 Black Women Charlotte chapter’s free economic empowerment conference on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Dr. Details and registration here.
Carlenia Ivory announced that CMS schools need volunteer proctors for May testing sessions. Call the school of your choice to volunteer.
Colette Forrest left an announcement of a Black Political Caucus panel discussion “So You Want to Run for Public Office” on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-noon at C.N. Jenkins Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave. Flier here.
Sheila Peltzer thanked Sens. Joel Ford and Joyce Waddell for co-sponsoring S645, a bill redefining the state’s interest in child abuse cases from “no presumption… as to who will better promote the interest and welfare of the child” to “encourage active and ongoing participation of both parents in the child’s life.” She said the bill was languishing in a committee headed by Sen. Bill Rabon, and encouraged people interested in the reform to ask legislators to urge Sen. Rabon to give the bill a hearing.
Kimsoux Montgomery left an announcement that she has free tickets to the sold-out “Dancing With the Stars” event Saturday, April 29 at Spirit Square, 345 N. College. St. Contact here by e-mail or 704-449-2117 for tickets.
Brenda Robinson sent in an announcement that registration opens Friday, April 28 for the next Aviation Camps of the Carolinas to be held June 28-29 at Charlote Monroe Executive Airport. Flier here. PR release here. Register here.
Stephanie Counts sent in the April 26 WIE newsletter.
Dena Diorio sent in her April 24 Board Bulletin. The Bulletin references data here on the demographics of women affected by delayed pap smear results, and the report of the Point-in-Time Humelessness count conducted in January.
Ann Harlan sent in an announcement that N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson would hold a presentation on ending legislative gerrymandering through independent redistricting, on Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Midwood Center League of Women Voters office, 1817 Central Ave. Room 210. Details here. RSVP by April 30 here.View the
YMCA CEO Todd Tibbits lays out plans for effort to give 900 youth a safe place to play, learn and grow three evenings a week this summer.
County officials will re-dedicate a renovated West Charlotte Recreation Center on April 12.
Kerry Miller, left and three other women talked about their work with Charlotte area community-focused organizations.
Dr. Yolanda Holmes and her children Brooke and Darrell present a reflection on black history.
CIAA Commissioner Jacquie McWilliams made a presentation about the upcoming CIAA tournament in Charlotte.
Nakisa Glover presented a program on how to engage young adults in longstanding community issues. Four CMPD community police officers joined the Q&A.
Tiffany Capers from the Charlotte Post Foundation presented material shared at Black LIves Matter Charlotte presentations.
Willie Ratchford led groups through a discussion of race, police relations, and how the community needs to change.
Two Forum regulars spotlighted in Observer’s annual “Thank You” feature.
Natheley McElrath was MC as the Forum cast aside its serious ways for a morning of song and holiday celebration.
Laura McClettie announced that 2016 Forum funds would go to five Belmont neighborhood families in need.
Maria Macon and other members of the Community Relations Committee’s Council of Elder continue an Oct. 18 discussion of their work.
Tom Hanchett presented stories about the many African-American leaders of the civil rights and educational improvement movements who lived in McCrorey Heights.
Forum participants engaged in a discussion of issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wali Molina, left, and others addressed an upcoming wellness expo, and how parents can find help with college expenses. Then there was discussion of last week’s painful events nationwide.
Three development teams presented their plans for the Brooklyn Village redevelopment. BK Partners was selected Wednesday.
Lots of speakers took advantage of Open Forum to raise issues for community discussion.
Two pastors discussed nontraditional ways in which they are working with their flock to improve Charlotte.
Tamika Lewis and Robert Dawkins describe efforts to engage youth in undertaking neighborhood improvements of their choosing.
An update on the renovation under way at West Charlotte Recreation Cetner
CMS DIstrict 2 representative Thelma Byers-Bailey with an update on where CMS board is going.
Dawn Hill, Dr. Yolanda Holmes and David Jessup teamed up to showcase the April 20 Charlotte Career Discovery Day.
CMS gathers in pupil assignment surveys, explains assignment review.
Darrell Allison makes case for broadening school choice to include parents of all incomes.
Ron Carter celebrated JCSU’s successes during his presidency, and worried over the country’s future
Dr. Clayton Wilcox, incoming CMS Superintendent, introduces himself.
Nancy Carter offered a way to boost mentoring in the schools by young people.
Sydney Culver, left, of Commonwealth High, and Ismael Villafane of Stewart Creek High School described their ventures.
Trevor Fuller suggested the first step on addressing issues behind last week’s Charlotte unrest should be universal access to pre-kindergarten.
CMS Board of Education member Thelma Byers-Bailey issued a call to action to protest the possible sale of the former Double Oaks School.
Ericka Ellis-Stewart offers CMS data on the thousand or so children in PK-2nd grades subjected to out-of-school suspensions.
Supt. Ann Clark reviewed recently released achievements, invited community participation in increasing reading/mentoring goals.
Charles Thomas of the Knight Foundation and Sharon Harrington of Reading Partners discuss upcoming work.
Erin Nicole Barksdale introduced herself as the principal who will open Renaissance West K-8 in August 2017.
Ceretha Sherrill said she is encouraging CMS to add education about the law to the curriculum.
Google and Read Charlotte officials discuss goals for their programs, and how they are working together.
Dream Builders CEO Kenston Griffin uses this exercise to help adults understand how children learn.
Dream Builders Communications and Profound Gentlemen offered ideas on what works to improve schools.
Carlenia Ivory describes a project working with 21 high school students and their families.
CMS Board Chair Mary McCray offered an update on assignment and the superintendent search.
Sherrell Dorsey closed out Women’s History Month, sharing her story of combining her many different interests and skills to blaze a trail for African-Americans in technology.
Rachelle Latimer describes highway contracting work as a difficult business that can be daunting for newcomers.
Patrick Graham, new CEO of Charlotte Works, and his team outlined work of the local workforce development board.
Leaders from Goodwill and Urban Ministry Center explain their work to help people move toward job success, better health, secure housing.
Fulton Meachem and Ken Szymanski, representing two powerful housing interests, discuss affordable housing opportunities in Charlotte.
Jason (Jet) Jones brought his teacher (Maria Macon), his singing, his videos and his enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to the world.
Bonita Caldwell, president of Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, shared approaches to business leadership.
Juanita Miller, left, Carolyn Logan and Ken Koontz discussed making their way in organizations once closed to African-Americans.
Urban League CEO Dr. Patrick Graham on how League works inside for progress.
Entrepreneurial business owners and executives share some of their experiences.
Laura Clark and Christian Friend outline rebuilding efforts at old Boulevard Homes public housing site.
Officials from Charlotte Works called on CMS, CPCC and employers to make time for youth to learn work skills.
Google Fiber staffers on the status of the rollout of gigabyte-speed Internet access in Charlotte.
Dale Mullennix on Housing First, a trailblazing effort to end chronic homelessness.
Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber, painted a picture of a diverse, growing city and a chamber trying to change with it.
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.
Nakisa Glover reports on conference on revitalizing environmentally vulnerable communities.
Longtime broadcaster Bea Thompson describes the work of Inner Vision, a mental health nonprofit.
Latasha McIlwaine, left, and two other health service providers addressed the Forum.
Elana Congress discussed health programs at Care Ring; Eric Montgomery discussed estate planning.
Debra Weeks led an update on rebuilding the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Charlotte Post covers latest developments in revival of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Participants pulled off a total surprise for the guy usually behind the camera as they celebrated Steve Johnston’s 69th birthday.
Lucy Bush Carter describes the work and needs of Charlotte’s meals-on-wheels program.
Dr. Deborah Walker summarized her four-day presentation on diversity, multiculturalism, equity and inclusion.
Care Ring navigator Elana Congress summarizes upcoming deadlines under Affordable Care Act.
News outlets report on C.W. Williams Health Center audit going to commissioners.
Local papers write about situation at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Three nonprofits collaborate to provide medical care and medications to those without other options.
Training is available from Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to help spot mental health issues among family, friends and colleagues.
Staff from Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency described their efforts to assist sickle cell patients, and educate the public on disease.
Charlotte artist Tommie Robinson’s 2015 exhibition at Latibah Collard Green Museum featured the Environmental Series canvases that were part of his recent work as UNCC artist-in-residence.
Debra Weeks, new CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Sandra Clory announced a Tai Chi class she is teaching at Myers Park Baptist Church.
Desmond Wiggan described investment services available from Primerica.
Nelson Adesegha on fallout from Chapter 11 filing at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Jay Privette presents the case against current construction of toll lanes on I-77, and system that may add such lanes elsewhere in Mecklenburg.
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams asserted setback after setback as the GOP-dominated Congress goes to work.
N.C. Sen. Joel Ford reported on legislative action on HB2, defended using compromise to achieve some progress
Two grandparents make a pitch for a carbon tax to sustain Earth for future generations.
County Manager Dena Dioro gave an update on issues facing the county.
Elisa Chinn-Gary described her life and how it has shaped her tenure since 2014 as Clerk of Mecklenburg Superior Court.
Willie Ratchford discussed a recent officer-involved shooting. Other public officials explored wide gaps between budget priorities of local governments and the priorities of residents in the room.
Four elected officials representing Charlotte voters at city, county and legislative levels offered updates.
The Community Relations Committee’s Crisis Response Sub-Committee reported on work to rework the rules for community crisis response and to become “a comprehensive alternative sentencing body for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers.”
Delores Johnson Hurt explained the work of the League of Women Voters.
Police Chief Kerr Putney and Officer J.D. Williams explained efforts to educate all about how to handle police stops.
Presenters explained a Charlotte survey on the city’s tree canopy, and the reach and limitations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
County Manager Dena Diorio brought key staffers to the Forum to let them explain the county’s work.
Greg Phipps, city staff and other City Council members helped present a briefing on Charlotte’s proposed budget.
LaWana Mayfield gave an impromptu update on a community meeting on the city budget, and developments on West Boulevard corridor.
Joel Ford offered an update on issues likely to come up in the legislative short session beginning Monday.
An Open Forum began with a discussion of H.B. 2, the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.”
Five trailblazers on the early years of African-American participation in local government, and the work yet to be done.
Delegation of mayors from Albania explain their U.S. visit.
Four African-American women who went first reflect on where they’ve been, and where things stand today.
A number of people have offered themselves for appointment to the City Council District 5 seat vacated by N.C. Rep. John Autry.
Elections results in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and the U.S.
Judge Rickye McCoy-Mitchell, left and Judge Michael Morgan were joined by Rep. Rodney Moore.
Wake District Court Judge Vince Rozier, a candidate for N.C. Court of Appeals, and four other candidates for judgeships.
Candidate for N.C. Lieutenant Governor, Linda Coleman, was among the state, federal and judicial candidates presenting at the Forum.
Vonnie Brown, Eric Erickson and Lisa Rudisill are candidates for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor.
Chuck Stuber, a former FBI special agent, explained his candidacy for N.C. Auditor.
County commissioner candidates Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller and Marc Friedland addressed the Forum.
Legislative candidates Jane Campbell, Jonathan Hudson, Joel Ford and Chaz Beasley addressed the Forum.
Beverly Earle, Becky Carney, Joyce Waddell and Carla Cunningham addressed the Forum.
Connie Green-Johnson (House 105) and Peter Noris (House 104) lead off candidate forums.
Five candidates for Congress on the June 7 primary ballot in Mecklenburg addressed the Forum.
Election results in Mecklenburg from March 15 primary.
Links to short presentations by candidates on the March 15 primary ballot.
Candidates for public office announce their intentions for 2016.
Election 2015 results.
Jennifer Roberts, Edwin Peacock answer questions at the Forum a week before the Charlotte mayoral election.
District candidates for Charlotte City Council.
Candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council.
Dan Clodfelter, facing an Oct. 6 primary, spoke about mayor’s role and his plans for a full term. He was joined by GOP Council candidate John Powell.