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Announcements July 2011


The Forum did not meet on July 5, 2011

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS for July 12, 2011:

 

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Beverly Lawston announced a High Tea Lunch fundraiser for the Grandparents of America nonprofit she created, to be held Saturday, July 30, from noon-2 p.m. at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
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Ericka Ellis-Stewart announced that she would announce later this week her candidacy for an at-large school board seat.
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Dianna Davis announced that she had created "an audio-video and photo, we like to call it factory" at 1801 N. Tryon St. Suite 611 near WSOC-TV, to provide services creating presentations or helping people "start their own TV show, or have their own segment in someone else's show." Info: 704-777-9928.
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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. About 40% of the singers are formerly homeless residents of McCreesh Place. "If you haven't had good experiences with your voice, this is one where you will."
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LaWana Mayfield announced a fundraiser for her District 3 City Council campaign at the home of James and Barbara Turman-Ferguson on Thursday, July 21 from 6-8 p.m. Suggested donation at door: $50. RSVP Phil Wells at philwells@carolina.rr.com. More info: www.lawanamayfield.com.
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Darrin Rankin announced that he would file Friday morning at 11:15 a.m. as a candidate for an at-large seat on the school board.
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Rodney Moore announced that the General Assembly would tackle proposed redistricting maps on July 25 in Raleigh. "There is still time for the community to voice their opinion" on the maps, which are "a very partisan attempt to turn the clock of this state back for the next 50 years and also marginalize African-American and emerging people of color votes through 'packing' and 'stacking' and also to suppress some of our moderate and liberal white Democratic vote."
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Claire Fallon announced that on Monday she resigned as president of the Northeast Coalition in order to launch a campaign for an at-large seat on Charlotte City Council.
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Malachi Greene encouraged people to comment at public hearings on the proposed state legislative redistricting maps because such testimony can be used as evidence by lawyers preparing the cases that will challenge those maps in court.
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Jackie Walton suggested that the CMS school calendar for 2012 allow students an opportunity to directly experience the Democratic National Convention.
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Rodney Moore gave a public thank-you to Joel Ford, current chair of the Charlotte Housing Authority, who Moore said encouraged Moore to run for the N.C. House. "If it wasn't for him I would never have run for public office."
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Sarah Stevenson announced that CMS school board chairman Eric Davis plans to bring Interim Supt. Hugh Hattabaugh with him when he addresses the Forum on July 26.
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District 3 school board member Joyce Waddell invited people to tell board members by phone, e-mail or by appearing at public comment periods of school board meetings about the qualities that they want in the next superintendent.
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District 2 school board member Richard McElrath encouraged people to examine the process by which the board allows public involvement in the superintendent search. "Whatever they may put together, it's got to be something that selects community organizations that truly reflect Charlotte. I think people need to keep their eye on how that process is coming along and ask questions."
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Richard McElrath offered a warm welcome to Mike Raible, CMS executive director for planning and project management, a Forum regular who experienced a small heart attack about a month ago. "This is the first time I've seen him out," McElrath said. "Mike is one of the good guys."
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Joyce Waddell announced that the NAACP would hold its 2011 Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Hilton University, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr. Reception is at 6 p.m., banquet at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS for July 19, 2011:
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John Autry, a member of the citizens committee on county commission redistricting, announced that the committee submitted its plans to the board Thursday, recommending the proposal named "Stetson 5".  "That would be a real good plan for us to coalesce behind." The main redistricting page is here and there is on the Web an online tool with which citizens can propose their own plan. The county board meets on the issue Aug. 2.
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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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Thomas Moore announced that because of his appointment as associate professor of elementary and early childhood education at Benedict College in Columbia, he will be announcing soon a change in rehearsal time for the Tuned In Choir that now rehearses Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at McCreesh Place. "One of the reasons it's really hard for me to change what I'm doing is that the men there are taking what we are doing very seriously." More on Moore's new position at Benedict is here.
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Dr. Gyasi Foluke that he had for sale both hardback and paperback copies of his new book, "Truths My Teacher Never Told Me," an analysis of problems in public education and a series of recommendations for corrective action.
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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. "I just want to remind you because I'm not getting any responses…. You sit here on your duffs, and when everybody else is getting exposure and you're not, don't you dare say a word to me." If interested, call Koontz at 704-804-1308.
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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that school board candidates would be invited to address the Forum during August.

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Announcements from July 26, 2011

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Ken Koontz announced that there had been response to his invitation to businesses and community groups to join the roundtable discussions held each Wednesday from 6-9 a.m. on live radio, broadcast on WGIV 1370 AM and 103.3 FMa during the BJ Murphy Show. The show originates at Rudean's Restaurant, 2228 Beatties Ford Rd. at Keller Avenue. He offered a flyer about the show and a sign-up sheet for folks wanting to participate.

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Beverly Irby announced National Community Health Week Aug. 7-13. To mark the week, C.W. Williams Williams Health Center will host a community health forum on health reform, health disparities and community health, at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Sts. on Monday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. And the Center's annual community health fair is on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3333 Wilkinson Blvd. A flyer is here. Agencies wishing to participate in the fair should call 704-393-7720.

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Joyce Waddell announced that the National Council of Negro Women will hold its state meeting in Charlotte on Saturday, July 30 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2020 W. Sugar Creek Rd. The lunch is $15 and is open to the public. Speaker is Judge Mablean Ephriam.

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Richard McElrath announced that, years ago, when housing prices rose to the point that Davidson College employees could not afford to live in town, the town adopted a mandatory mixed-income housing requirement for new development.  "When someone asks how can we help teachers, put it in Charlotte –- a mandatory, mixed-income housing policy."

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Claire Fallon announced that she is a candidate for an at-large seat on Charlotte City Council.

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George Williams announced that the nonprofit Beatties Ford Youth Academic and Athletic Association serves children 5-15 in the Beatties Ford Road corridor. "Academics is our primary goal." Programs include afterschool care, mentoring and tutoring. More information is in this flyer and at their website.

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Beverly Lawston announced a High Tea Lunch fundraiser for the Grandparents of America nonprofit she created, to be held this Saturday, July 30, from noon-2 p.m. at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that next Tuesday, Aug. 2 is National Night Out. "I would hope that many of our neighborhoods will be having events." More information on the national event is here.

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Carlenia Ivory announced that in conjunction with Project LIFT there are events under way to raise $1 million from the African-American Community, with individuals being asked to make a pledge of $1,000 over a five-year period, or $200 a year, or $17 a month. Donations may be made through United Way or the Foundation for the Carolinas. Ivory said that $300,000 has been raised thus far. "Please, we need your support." More information is at the Foundation website; an Observer story is here. The Foundation also maintains a page for online donations to the project.

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Colette Forrest announced that the Carolina Regional Minority Partnership Coalition (CRMPC), a group designed to work with African-American business owners to participate in preparations for the Democratic National Convention. The CPMPC this Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd. More information is in this flyer. Contact info for the group is 704-765-2216, 2012dnc@gmail.com and its website.

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Lena Helton Pickens announced that she had written "Hope in the Valley," an epic poem in book form, "a Biblical perspective on President Obama's journey to the White House." More about the Charlotte native and JCSU and UNC-G graduate is here and here.  The book is available here.

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Beth Pickering announced that she is an at-large candidate for Charlotte City Council. "I'm new, I'm passionate, I'm livid about the things I am seeing… a power shift, shall I say, an assault on the middle class, working folks, labor, women's rights, voter rights." No information on Pickering was available Tuesday night from the Board of Elections candidate list.

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Thomas Moore announced that the Tuned In Choir would rehearse Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson St.

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Pat McCoy encouraged people to correspond with their members of Congress to oppose cuts to the social safety net, Social Security and Medicare in resolving the national debt ceiling issue.

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Mildred McCullough sent in an announcement of a workshop on helping parents understand their civil rights in regard to public education, to be held Saturday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Biddle Hall on the JCSU campus, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. The event is free, is open to the public, and breakfast will be served. RSVP to Sherrill Hampton at shampton@jcsu.edu.

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Valaida Fullwood sent in an announcement of a 400-page hardcover book entitled "Giving Back" that will be in bookstores in October. Produced by New Generation of African American Philanthropists, the book captures "stories and photography about generosity within African American communities."

 

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