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Announcements February 2007

ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 6, 2007:
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Next week at the Forum: Andrea L. Harris, president of the N.C. Institute of Black Economic Development.
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Comments on economic development from Tuesday's Forum by Lew Myers will be posted by Wednesday morning at www.tueforumclt.org
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Rodney Moore and Valerie Woodard announced that NAACP branches are planning "Historic K(Thousands) On Jones Street" march in Raleigh this Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, to present legislators with the NAACP's 14-point program to deal with disparities across the state. More info: www.naacp.ubernc.com
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County Commissioner Valerie Woodard commented that she and City Council member Nancy Carter sit on a panel exploring alternative sources of revenue. "I don't know how far we will get with it. We all know the politics that go with that." But governments need more revenue for schools and roads, she said. She also explained that Ryan White federal dollars would begin flowing through the county to Meckenburg and other counties, and she would like to funnel more money to help teach adolescents about HIV/Aids risks, and to test and treat all people entering jails. She also supported a special court for the DWI caseload that now "floods the misdemeanor court."
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City Council member Nancy Carter urged citizens to turn the Mayor's Caravan to Raleigh into a People's Caravan to Raleigh. The Caravan, scheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., is to lobby legislators for criminal justice funding, a new crackdown on gangs, and law changes to allow schools to share information with police about underage felons.
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Martha Hall asked for male volunteers to be mentors during a Black History program at Hidden Valley Elementary on Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.
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Richard McElrath encouraged attendance at a series of community forums on the school system's Strategic Plan 2010. The meetings are: tonight, Feb. 6 at West Meck High, 6-7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 15 at Mint Hill Middle, 7-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Myers Park High, 7-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 6 at First Ward Elementary, 6-7:30 p.m.; Monday, March 12, Eastway Middle, 6:30-8 p.m.; and Monday, March 19 at North Meck High, 6:30-8 p.m. "There's a lot of things that are not going to happen in inner-city neighborhoods unless you speak up," McElrath said.
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Mary Williams wrote that she gave the wrong number last week for the Family Credit Counseling Corp's Financial Literacy Education class reservation number. The correct number is 800-449-0065.
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John Williams sent in an announcement of the 9th Annual Charlotte Black Heritage Toursm and Pilgrimage 2007, continuing on Saturdays during February. Ticket prices and other information at www.queencitytours.com.
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Forum messages reach 344 addressees. To be removed from this list, send a reply message with your request.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 13, 2007:
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Next week at the Forum: Male "Firsts": Harvey Gantt, Charlie Dannelly and Ron Leeper.
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Pam Grundy urged people to attend tonight's school board meeting to protest the apparent move from a standard of "equity" for all schools to one of "adequacy." She passed out a sheet prepared by Carol Sawyer based on the February 2007 CMS Equity Report Card listing the percentage of Focus (high-poverty) schools meeting elementary, middle and high school teacher quality benchmarks. The benchmarks are based on average scores in each category posted by the district's Schools of Distinction and Schools of Excellence. The Focus schools' results:

                                   Elem       Middle     High
Clear licensure             88%         20%         50%
Advanced degrees        91%         13%         0%
New to teaching           66%         25%         0%
Avg. experience           25%          7%          0%
Board-certified             31%          0%          0%
5+yrs. experience        34%         20%         0%

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Pam Grundy invited attendance at panel discussion followed by a reception and book-signing this Sunday, Feb. 18 from 3-5 p.m. at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St., to mark publication of "Thriving in the Shadow: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County" edited by Fannie Flono. Panel includes book contributors Vermelle Diamond Ely, Daisy Spears Stroud and Price Davis. RSVP to Novello Festival Press voicemail 704-432-0153.
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Pam Meister sent in an invitation to Saturday's free breakfast and event at Charlotte Museum of History, "hosted by the Crossroads Charlotte project of the Community Building Initiative. The event... includes breakfast and early bird tours of
the Brooklyn to Biddleville and Crossroads Charlotte exhibits, then an interactive session on the Crossroads Charlotte process of visioning the future of our community from 10-noon." Reservations required by Friday, Feb. 16 by calling 704-973-4564 or emailing
afoard@communitybuildinginitiative.org.
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Correction: Last week's announcements misidentified the purpose of an ongoing series of CMC community forums. The forums deal with "'Strategic Plan 2010: Educating Students to Compete Locally, Nationally and Internationally,' facilities and parent issues," according to a CMS release. The forums continue Thursday, Feb. 15 at Mint Hill Middle, 7-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Myers Park High, 7-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 6 at First Ward Elementary, 6-7:30 p.m.; Monday, March 12, Eastway Middle, 6:30-8 p.m.; and Monday, March 19 at North Meck High, 6:30-8 p.m.
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Forum messages reach 352 addressees. To be removed from this list, send a reply message with your request.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.
 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 20, 2007:
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Malachi Greene asked that Forum members remember Sarah Stevenson in their prayers. [Stevenson, in pain from a knee that needs replacement, was cheered Tuesday morning by an account of Ron Leeper's Tuesday visit at the Forum. Excerpts from Leeper's comments will be posted by Wednesday morning at www.tueforumclt.org.]
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Pam Grundy thanked Forum members for support in last week's effort to protest changing an annual CMS report from a focus on "equity" to use of the word "adequacy." (Announcements, Feb. 13) "Dr. Gorman read those e-mail announcements and realized, I think, the breadth of concern that people had, particularly about the switch from equity to adequacy. He called me before the meeting and told me they were pulling the report.... We hope we'll see your support as we push to get a truly useful and meaningful equity report."
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Charlotte City Council member Susan Burgess said more people could be accommodated at Thursday's forum on affordable housing, but that people should contact her promptly. Burgess is at sburg346@aol.com or 704-333-2874. "Housing Charlotte 2007 - A Community Forum on Affordable Housing" will be held 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 22. Added Housing Authority CEO Charles Woodyard, "If you believe that... one of the central issues to school equity is housing development and housing development patterns, then this will give you an opportunity to discuss ways to impact housing development patterns and housing equity patterns around the city. This is your best chance to discuss that.... Every time we have a discussion like this, an idea or institution comes out of it.... Who knows what's going to happen this time -- maybe inclusionary zoning, I don't know."
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the free March 6 "Lunch and Learn" program at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St., would focus on the "Address Confidentiality Program."
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Forum messages reach 349 addressees. To be removed from this list, send a reply message with your request.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 27, 2007:
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Next week at the Forum: Female "Firsts:" Ella Scarborough, first African-American woman elected to the Charlotte City Council; Valerie Woodard, first African-American woman elected to Board of County Commissioners; Beverly Earle, first African-American woman to represent a Mecklenburg district in the N.C. House; and Sarah Stevenson, first African-American woman elected to public office in Mecklenburg County when she was elected to the school board in 1980.
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Excerpts from Tuesday's presentation on the tactics used by the Eastside Council on Civic Affairs in ending racial barriers to employment in early 1960s Charlotte will be posted by Thursday morning at www.tueforumclt.org.
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James Ross announced "From Brooklyn to Biddleville" at the Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m.
Enjoy a panel discussion involving "memory-keepers" and bring photos and articles to add to the project archives.
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Gyasi Foluke said he has a new Invacare M91 motorized wheelchair for sale.
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Mary Williams announced that the nonprofit Family Credit Counseling Corp., 7516 E. Independence Blvd. Ste 110, has free MoneySmart financial literacy classes running on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and CreditSmart classes on Tuesdays. All classes are free, but call first for registration.
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Tammy Johnson announced the "I Stand With Magic" Town Hall Meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St., part of Magic Johnson's initiative to cut new HIV infections among African-Americans by half in five years.
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Floyd Davis announced free tax assistance at 13 sites, the largest being Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Seniors and families making less than $39,000 are served free. Info: 704-943-9633.
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Blanche Penn passed out invitations from Stay Focus Chronicles Winners Plus Agency to "Students Together Against Recklessness," written and directed by Petronila Clark, to be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at West Charlotte High School. Information: 704-340-4057.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the Run for Peace on Saturday, May 6 at McAlpine Park. Proceeds benefit United Family Services Domestic Violence Program. Brochure at www.charlotterunforpeace.com.
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Thomas Moore sent in an announcement of "If This Hat Could Talk," with performances March 5, 6, 7, 14 and 15 at Halton Theater, CPCC. More information on the civil rights musical hit: www.vanjoproductions.com/ht_dates.php
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Forum messages reach 352 addressees. To be removed from this list, send a reply message with your request.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.


 

 


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