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Announcements June 2011


ANNOUNCEMENTS for June 7, 2011:

 

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Robert Dawkins passed along a notice from Adam Sotak in Raleigh that a photo ID version of the Voter ID bill was approved on a party-line vote in the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday evening.
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LaWana Mayfield announced that she is running for the District 3 seat on Charlotte City Council. Coverage of her announcement is at QNotes  and her website.
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Deborah Whitfield announced that the Council for Children's Rights is taking its training on school discipline issues and the rights of special education students to the meetings of community groups. For info: 704-372-7961 or info@cfcrights.org.
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Richard McElrath announced that the school board would meet Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Government Center to deal with final budget decisions made Tuesday night by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
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Ledger Morrissette passed on an announcement of a free UNCC program titled "Community is No Stronger than its Schools" to be held Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. The program is described as "a conversation about the courage we need to make sure that all of our children and young people have strong and equitable educational opportunities." RSVP: communityaffairs@uncc.edu. More info is here.
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Tori Bell-Miller sent in an invitation to sign up for MeckEd's weekly e-mails via a form on the organization's home page.
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Ledger Morrissette passed along an announcement from the Rev. Mildred McCullough and the Coalition for Strengthening Community Education of a free parent forum workshop on the federal No Child Left Behind law on Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. RSVP by June 18 to shampton@jcsu.edu, via fax at 704-378-3536 or mail to Parent Forum, PO Box 480744, Charlotte, North Carolina 28269.
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Robert Dawkins sent in an announcement of a meeting in advance of a June 15 Day of Action to stop the repeal of the N.C. Racial Justice Act of 2009. The meeting will be Friday, June 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Shiloh Institutional Baptist Church, 2400 Greenland Ave. Sponsors are the the Carolina Justice Policy Center, the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP, Shiloh Institutional Baptist Church and the Charlotte Health Care Coalition. Details: Dawkins at 704-957-3105. Speakers include Nikki McDougald of the Carolina Justice Policy Center; N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore; Darryl Hunt, who founded of the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice after he was wrongfully convicted of murder and exonerated after 18 years of incarceration; and Robin Bradford of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP Executive Committee.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS for June 14, 2011:
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Ken Koontz announced that WGIV, now on both 1370 AM and 103.3 FM, continues to broadcast the BJ Murphy Show from 6-9 a.m. on most Wednesdays live from Rudean's Restaurant, 2228 Beatties Ford Rd. at Keller Avenue. Most Wednesdays, he said, but not this Wednesday, June 15. He said he is seeking groups and individuals to participate in the roundtable discussions that occur live during the show. If interested, call Koontz at 704-804-1308.
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Thomas Moore announced that the Tuned In Choir practices Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at McCreesh Place at 25th and Davidson Sts.
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Wilhelmenia Rembert announced that she would continue to work as a partnership specialist for the Census through September, and is part of a group of employees offering presentations to community groups on using the many data tools available free from the Census.
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Megan Boler passed along an announcement from the Rev. Mildred McCullough and the Coalition for Strengthening Community Education of a free parent forum workshop on the federal No Child Left Behind law on Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. A second parent forum workshop will be Saturday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m.-noon on "Protecting Yourself From Civil Rights Violations" at the same location. RSVP by June 18 to shampton@jcsu.edu, via fax at 704-378-3536 or mail to Parent Forum, PO Box 480744, Charlotte, North Carolina 28269.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS for June 21, 2011:
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Nancy Carter announced that the city budget approved last week does include money for school resource officers for CMS.
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Richard McElrath announced that the school board had begun the search for a new superintendent. "We need to keep our eye on that. The Chamber has already come out and said that they want someone like the one who just left who was business-minded. If you look at most of the votes that were taken, they were 4-5 votes. That's not a mandate. We want someone who can lean more towards our side… but we're going to need a lot of butts in seats at the Government Center."
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Rodney Moore announced that a GOP effort to nullify the Racial Justice Act cleared the N.C. House but the Senate has put it into committee. "I am concerned that they will either put it back up when we go back July 13, or in the short session [of 2012] so I need you to call you senator, all of them … and let them know that you oppose the repeal or nullification…."
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Blanche Penn announced that the NAACP would hold its 2011 Freedom Fund Banquet under the slogan, "The Time Is Now So Let's Get Busy", on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Hilton University, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr. Reception is at 6 p.m., banquet at 7 p.m. For $75 tickets, contact Penn.
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Ken Koontz announced that WGIV, now on both 1370 AM and 103.3 FM, continues to broadcast the BJ Murphy Show from 6-9 a.m. on most Wednesdays live from Rudean's Restaurant, 2228 Beatties Ford Rd. at Keller Avenue. He said he is seeking groups and individuals to participate in the roundtable discussions that occur live during the show. If interested, call Koontz at 704-804-1308.
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Carrie Cook, regional liaison for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, encouraged people to call or write Hagan's office with your opinions. The calls are logged, and the senator "looks at it at the end of the day to see how people feel across the state."
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Carrie Cook announced that Sen. Kay Hagan is holding budget listening tour across the state. The first two were held in Raleigh Friday and Greensboro Monday. The senator's website on Tuesday said details on the final two stops would be "forthcoming."
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Dr. Robbie Akhere announced a meeting co-sponsored by the Center for Community Change, the NAACP, MoveOn.org Council, Charlotte HealthCare Coalition, Citizens Charlotte and Action NC at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 at the Park Expo and Conference Center on Independence Boulevard at Briar Creek Road. "This is about jobs and the economy and all the issues we've been talking about…. We are training people how to fight smart politically."
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Rodney Moore announced a North Carolina redistricting hearing sponsored by the N.C. General Assembly to be held this Thursday, June 23 from 3-9 p.m. in Room 143 of the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. This event is one of seven being held simultaneously across the state. Written comments may also be submitted here. The documents on redistricting are here.


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 ANNOUNCEMENTS for June 28, 2011:
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the Forum WOULD NOT MEET on July 5. Upcoming speakers include: July 12, UNCC Professor Dr. Roz Mickelson and Democratic Convention host committee's Dan Murrey; July 19, Builders of Hope; July 26, School Board Chair Eric Davis; Aug. 2, Tracy Russ from Crossroads Charlotte on findings of the Get Real 2011 campaign.
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Erlene Lyde announced for Mary McCray that McCray would run for an at-large seat on the Board of Education.
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Claire Fallon announced that the Northeast Coalition would hold a health fair and book giveaway on Aug. 20 at Theresea Clark Elder Neighborhood Park, 6315 Rockwell Church Rd.
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Claire Fallon announced that the Northeast Coalition on Sept. 17 would host N.C. House Speaker Tom Tillis. "I would suggest, come and ask your questions."
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Hector Vaca announced for Robert Dawkins a screening by Democracy NC of "Inside Job," an Academy Award-winning film on the 2008 financial services meltdown, on Friday, July 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the YWCA, 3420 Park Rd. Admission is free. A copy of the flyer is here
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Hector Vaca announced an online petition to Charlotte City Council members supporting food venders. The petition is here. Flyers explaining the petition drive are here and here
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Thomas Moore announced that the Tuned In Choir practices Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at McCreesh Place at 25th and Davidson Sts.
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Deborah Whitfield announced that the Council for Children's Rights is taking its training on school discipline issues and the rights of special education students to the meetings of community groups. For info: 704-372-7961 or info@cfcrights.org
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Deborah Whitfield announced a mock testimony session aimed at N.C. legislators, to be held Saturday, July 23 from 3-5 p.m. in the legislative chambers in Raleigh, and featuring advocates for the rights of citizens with disabilities.
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The Forum meets Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560. For Wi-Fi password, see Steve Johnston or Recreation Center staff.

 

 

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