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Announcements September 2013

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Sept. 3, 2013:
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Video has been posted from Forum visits by four Democrats and one Republican involved in Sept. 10 primary contests for Charlotte Mayor.

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Next week: Primary election. No meeting.

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Renee Jarrett announced an AKA Political Forum on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Ivy Hall, 2613 Hutchison-McDonald Rd., moderated by WBTV's Brigida Mack. Flier is here.

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Dorothy Brown Jackson announced that the Black Political Caucus will host an awards brunch and fund-raiser on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the University Hilton, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr. Tickets are $65 and are available at the door.

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Ken Koontz announced for Rodney Moore that the Black Legislative Caucus will hold an open forum on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at C.N. Jenkins Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave.

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Ken Koontz announced that Thelma Byers-Bailey will hold a kick-off event for her School Board District 2 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. at Greenville Center, 1330 Spring St.

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Levester Flowers announced a fund-raiser for his City Council District 4 campaign this Sunday, Sept. 8. Details here.

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Shirley Fulton announced that the Wadsworth Estate will hold another fall book fair, this year on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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Johnnie Collins announced that Hyde Park Estates community will hold a fish fry Sept. 27-28. Tickets are $5 and $8. See Collins for tickets.

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Johnnie Collins asked for prayers for her upcoming knee surgery Sept. 17. She said she expects to return to the Forum after several months.

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Keith Kelley announced that his wife, gospel singer Jackie O. Kelley, would hold a grand opening of an academy of music near the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Details: 559-352-2457.

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Carlenia Ivory announced the arrival of a grandchild on Monday.

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Ken Koontz invited all to join him at the Excelsior Club on Sunday, Sept. 22 for a roast and reception from 5-7 p.m. and a party from 7-10 p.m., to mark his 65th birthday. Admission is $6.50, or $65 for roasters.

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Bill Anderson sent in an announcement that Sarah Stevenson will be the recipient of MeckEd's 2013 Education Champion award at the organization's annual community breakfast fund-raiser, to be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. at the Westin, 601 S. College St. Tickets are $50 here. Other details here.

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Sam Evans sent in an announcement of the 3rd annual Charlotte Greek Picnic on Sept. 5-7 at Marshall Park. Info here. Flier is here.

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David Howard sent in a reminder of early voting locations and times.

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Jaye Maxx Alexander sent in a copy of Gov. Pat McCrory's Aug. 26 e-blast.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Sept. 10, 2013:

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The Forum did not meet during Primary Election Day. The following announcements were sent in or left over from Sept. 3:

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Ericka Ellis-Stewart sent in an announcement that the 35th Annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk will take place in Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Details and registration info here or here.

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Noorma Monika Rhue sent in an announcement that Kamit Natural Foods will host Bernard Obie of Abanitu Organics speaking on geneticallly modified foods, on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 4-6 p.m. Pre-registration is $15. Details here.

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Rodney Moore sent in details about Thursday's What's Up Tour.

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Carolyn Dyma sent in a copy of the September edition of the Beatties Ford Library calendar of events.

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Jane Witt sent in an announcement that N.C. Sen. Joel Ford will address the monthly genera membership meeting of the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Asian Library, 339 Baxter St. Details here.

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LaTarzja Henry sent in a message that read in part, "On Nov. 5, Mecklenburg County residents will vote on a $290 million bond referendum for CMS. The 17 high-need projects in the bond package would: 1) offer more academic options for students by increasing access to high-demand programs, 2) relieve major areas of overcrowding with new schools and additions and 3) provide much-needed renovations and replacements for many aging CMS facilities. We’ve attached some information to help you and the general public get the facts and make an informed decision on Nov. 5…. On Sept. 9, more information can be found here." Included with the message were a Bond FAQ, an argument for passage, a short summary of the projects, a longer summary, and a map identifying the projects by school board district.

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Jaye Maxx Alexander sent in a copy of Gov. Pat McCrory's Sept. 9 newsletter and Ruth Samuelson's Sept. 10 legislative update.

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Ken Koontz invited all to join him at the Excelsior Club on Sunday, Sept. 22 for a roast and reception from 5-7 p.m. and a party from 7-10 p.m., to mark his 65th birthday. Admission is $6.50, or $65 for roasters.

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Bill Anderson sent in an announcement that Sarah Stevenson will be the recipient of MeckEd's 2013 Education Champion award at the organization's annual community breakfast fund-raiser, to be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. at the Westin, 601 S. College St. Tickets are $50 hereOther details here.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Sept. 17, 2013:

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Rodney Moore announced that he has refocused on seeking re-election in District 99 to the N.C. House. Earlier, he had expressed interest in succeeding U.S. 12th District Congressman Mel Watt, who had been nominated to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. "I'll still be keeping an eye on what's happening in Washington, but the people of 99 elected me, they made a good choice, and I hope they will make a good choice again."

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Beverly Irby announced that sign-up through health-care exchanges begins Oct. 1. Deadline for sign-ups under Obamacare is March 31.

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Adam Rhew announced that Sarah Stevenson will be the recipient of MeckEd's 2013 Education Champion award at the organization's annual community breakfast fund-raiser, to be held Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. at the Westin, 601 S. College St. Tickets are $50 here. Other details here.

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Paul Holmes thanked those who supported Beatties Ford Road property owners who opposed the construction of a concrete median during an upcoming widening project.

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Dianna Davis announced that Carolina Kids News was seeking children to be reporters for the show.

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Dianna Davis announced that the Charlotte African American Festival seeks volunteers to serve on a steering committee for the February 2014 event.

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J.R. Black asked that people be aware that minority-owned mental health providers are being pushed out of the state funding system by MeckLink. "We are under attack."

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Natheley McElrath announced for Mary Johnson that the Dalebrook Neighborhood Association will hold its 33rd annual picnic on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

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Gary Leake announced that the Al Austin District 2 City Council campaign needs volunteers for campaigning and phone banking.

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Geneal Gregory announced that the NAACP needs support. "Freedom isn't free. It costs everybody something to allow your voices to be heard."

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Beverly Irby announced the death of Ivestia "Peggy" Beckwith, on Sept. 13. A memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept.21 at First United Presbyterian Church, 201 E. 7th St. Mrs. Beckwith served as the Executive Director for the Association for Sickle Cell Disease of Southern Piedmont for 31 years and was a founder of the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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Ken Koontz announced the death of Burrell Jordan, III, on Sept. 15. A going home service was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He said Jordan was the first African American to run for Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, in 1968.

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Rodney Moore announced that the Legislative Black Caucus will hold a forum to discuss the recent legislative session on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2600 Beatties Ford Road.

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Carlenia Ivory announced that the January 2014 MLK breakfast, as part of marking the 20th annual breakfast, will honor Charlotte people who have contributed to this community in that time. To nominate a person, e-mail Karen Gipson.

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Malachi Greene announced that global attention brought to North Carolina by a New York Times about the 2013 legislative session has now continued in an article in The Economist headlined "Month of Mondays: Many Tarheels dislike the fruits of a busy legislative session."

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Ken Koontz invited all to attend his 65th birthday party at the Excelsior Club on Sunday, Sept. 22 for a roast and reception from 5-7 p.m. and a party from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $6.50 or $20, or $65 for roasters. Proceeds will go to the Ken Koontz Endowed Scholarship in Communications at Johnson C. Smith University.

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Angela Faith Hodge found online the video from a May 17, 2011 Forum presentation by Joe and B.B. De Laine, David Belton, and Tom Hanchett about the context of the Briggs lawsuit that led to the 1954 Brown vs. Board ruling by the Supreme Court. She commented about the community's racial segregation: "This is very interesting. I grew up in Clarendon County, Summerton. It was certainly a different way of life. Looking back I see so much more than I ever did. We children played and lived together. I had no idea the difference until I got older in my teens. It was painful then. I loved my friends and was told not to. So sad."

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Faith Triggs sent in an announcement that Hugh McColl Jr. would speak at the Annual Founder's Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.

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Jaye Maxx Alexander sent in Gov. Pat McCrory's Sept. 16 e-blast, and another from Sen. Bob Rucho about the airport.

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Kim Ratliff sent in an invitation to a community meeting she was to hold Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave in Cornelius.

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement of the free One-Stop Shop open to those in need of clothing, shoes and toiletries on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave., with a request for volunteer help on Saturday.

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Robert Dawkins sent in a copy of the Sept. 20 report about the Citizens Review Board.

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Henry Rock corresponded about his City Startup Labs.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Sept. 24, 2013:

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Joel Ford announced that he had copies of a small document from Democracy North Carolina with details about voting law changes.

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Laura McClettie announced that she and other navigators with C.W. Williams Community Health Center are available to provide presentations on the Affordable Care Act. Contact McClettie at C.W. Williams at 704-393-7720.

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Robin Bradford announced a Democratic Party $25 fund-raiser for Sept. 26 at the Tin Fulton Walton & Owen law firm in Dilworth.

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Joyce Waddell announced four ribbon-cuttings at CMS's new or renovated school buildings.

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Sharon Holm sent in a three-page announcement of "Question Bridge, Black Males," an exhibition opening Oct. 26 at the Gantt Center.

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David Howard sent in an announcement of a Sept. 29 reception for his City Council campaign. Details here.

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Levester Flowers announced an Action NC rally on Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. at Marshall Park to mark the beginning of the Affordable Care Act.

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Gyasi Foluke announced that he was in the process of revitalizing the Kushite Institute and invited others to participate. Details: Foluke at 704-391-5582.

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Nakiya Cohen sent in an announcement of Black Political Caucus forums on Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. Details here.

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Betty Howell Gray sent in an announcement of a parent forum Sept. 28. Details here.


 

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