Robert Dawkins sent in this quote from Elie Wiesel to mark Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Carlenia Ivory thanked Terry Bradley of the city’s Community Relations department for leading the wreath-laying ceremony, parade, and coordinating with other groups on the arts program, Growing the Dream and Prayer Breakfast for the MLK weekend.
Tommie Robinson rose to say he needed people to buy his artwork so he can take a trip to South Africa this summer. His studio is at 720 Tuckaseegee Rd. E-mail him.
Nelson Adesegha announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is open and needs family doctors willing to work at the health center.
Laura McClettie announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is helping people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Persons without insurance who do not obtain coverage will be fined $390 this year, she said.
Ken Koontz announced that Tommie Robison may be humorous with his announcements, but Robinson “is an accomplished artist;” it is Robinson’s murals that loom over the escalators at Time-Warner Arena.
Levester Flowers announced, “The lady said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’” Catherine Kennedy sent in the announcement of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party’s Fannie Lou Hamer Awards and Fundraiser event on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St. $50 in advance; $75 at the door. Flier here.
C. Renee Jarrett thanked Carlenia Ivory for facilitating the Growing the Dream luncheon on Jan. 17. Jarrett said 215 people attended the Jan. 25 showing of “Selma” sponsored by the Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at AMC Concord Mills. “We want to do more of those things so the community can connect and talk and discuss and grow together, so stay tuned.”
Mary Klenz announced that the League of Women Voters will conduct its Civics 101 program beginning in early February. History here; registration here. Fee of $50 can be waived in some circumstances, she said.
Ty Turner announced that Young Inspiration NC, Inc. would offer free afterschool services Monday to Friday from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis, 3351 Griffith St. Services include pickup of children from other schools. Registration stands at 150 and 50 more may be registered, he said. Flier is here.
Robert Hillman announced that the state had voted to revoke the charter of Entrepreneur High School. He asked people to sign a petition at the school’s website to reverse that decision. If reversed, he said the school would be assigned to Lighthouse Academies, a not-for-profit charter management company operating “an arts-infused, K-12 college prep program” at 18 schools in 7 states, and Raza Development Fund, a Phoenix-based finance company with partnerships in health care, affordable housing and at least one charter school.
Ann Clark sent in an invitation to attend her State of the Schools presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29 with reception at 8 a.m. and program from 8:30-10 at East Mecklenburg High, 6800 Monroe Rd. RSVP by e-mail or Todd Kimbrell at 980-344-0403.
The Black Political Caucus sent in an announcement that the city’s Immigrant Integration Task Force meets for a final time Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Ave. before presenting its recommendations to City Council Feb. 23. Task Force materials are here. An undated draft of the task force’s recommendations is here.
Sylvia Grier sent in a flier for the 5th Annual Food Lion CIAA Teen Summit on Feb. 26, for teens 15-18.
Joel Ford forwarded a message and news release about Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund which will provide $10,000 grants to families making up to 200% of the poverty line to install energy efficiency upgrades in homes. More info here.
Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her Jan. 20 and Jan. 26 Board Bulletins.
Charles Thomas sent in an announcement that applications are due Feb. 13 for Impact>3, a program to nurture high-growth startups with a social mission.
Robert Dawkins sent in what he described as a summary he wrote of Rep. Rodney Moore’s proposed racial profiling bill, along with a link to current law outlining the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s powers to collect criminal information.
Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement from Dianna Davis on the March 21 Ashanti Pageant, for which Davis is looking for entrants.
Betty Howell Gray sent in another flier about the Feb. 12-13 Leadership Conference for African-American Males, with more changes in location and speakers. The conference includes a free community town hall on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Theme: “Racial Equity in Public Education: How it Impacts African American Males.” Panelists are to include Mayor Dan Clodfelter, CMS Deputy Supt. Ann Clark, MeckEd Executive Director Bill Anderson, the Rev. Loris N. Adams, District Court Judge Kimberly Best-Staten and Police Deputy Chief Kerr Putney.
Robert Dawkins sent in a link to his Agitator Radio interview with Bree Newsome, discussing Millennial Organizing.