Curmilus Dancy II, The Political Agitator * * * * Dancy Communications Network (The DCN)

"Making an Impact in the Thinking of the People throughout Eastern North Carolina & Abroad via Internet, Newsletter, Public Forums, Radio & Video = Empowering the People from a Grassroots Perspective" Curmilus Dancy II "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Albert Einstein

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Wedding Anniversary


Mark Pittman and Etheleen Pittman celebrated their 8th Anniversary on Saturday June 25.

Curmilus Dancy II (The Political Agitator) and Brenda Dancy celebrated their 8th Anniversary on Monday June 27. Brenda will celebrate her birthday on July 10 if it is the Lord's will.

Otis Barnes and Ruth Barnes celebrated their 46th Anniversary on Saturday July 2. Ruth also celebrated her birthday on Friday July 1.

Friday, July 01, 2005

NAACP Awareness - Melvin (Skip) Alston President is calling branch presidents asking????

by The Political Agitator

The DCN sources say that Melvin (Skip) Alston President North Carolina NAACP State Conference of Branches is doing something he has not done in the past. Sources say Skip has called several branch presidents asking for their support in the upcoming election for the State Conference of Branches officers in October of this year. The word on the street is that Rev. William Barber pastor of the Greenleaf Baptist Church in Goldsboro is going to challenge Skip. Sources say that they feel it is time for a change especially when the word on the street is that Skip is heavily involved in PayDay Lending. The National Headquarters is against PayDay Lending but sources say that Skip and Fred Yates his partner have been strong supporters of PayDay Lending for quite sometime.

I feel strongly that it is past time that Skip be removed. I have not been pleased with his leadership for many years. I feel just like some others whom I have spoke with that Skip is an arrogant butt and it appears to be all about him. Well it is not all about him when I have to pay my membership fees to help promote his mess. I want a leader that will lead all of us and not leave any of us behind. At the present I don't know what Skip stand for other than what appears to be his personal agenda. I have not seen Skip step out in the forefront on many issues that are affecting North Carolinans. What did he do when the (Hangmans Noose) was displayed at the Department of Transportation? The Cross Burning in Durham, what did he do other than send a press release to the Wilmington Journal, but maybe he sent it to other papers as well. I am looking forwarded to a new president of the State Conference of Branches and I hope I can count on all of you who can vote in October to vote for change.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Political Awareness


Local
Nash Dems tap new elections board nominees - Officials in the Nash County Democratic Party say it's time for a change on the county's board of elections. Linda Mathis, N.C. State Board of Elections administrative assistant, said the three names on the list for Nash County Board of Elections appointments for next year are, in order of preference, John Avent, Lucy Edmondson and incumbent Pearl Finch. The list did not include incumbent Robert Siler, who currently serves as chairman of the board.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/06/27/062705rmtschools_project.html

Council studies changes to planning board - The Rocky Mount City Council may change the makeup of the city's planning and adjustment boards. During a work session before its regular meeting Monday, the council asked City Attorney Richard "Jep" Rose to research ways of reorganizing the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustments.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/06/27/062805rmtplanning_board.html

City, school board look to negotiate - The Rocky Mount City Council and the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education have picked representatives to be the go-betweens during the discussions of a proposed land exchange between the city and the school board. While the school board picked board member James Lilley and Superintendent Dr. George Norris to represent the board of education, the city council chose Mayor Fred Turnage and Councilmen Lamont Wiggins and Reuben Blackwell to represent the city. While Blackwell and Wiggins are representatives, Turnage will be the primary spokesperson for the council.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/06/27/062805rmtcity_school_ta.html

Nash-Rocky Mount seeks calendar waiver
- With high schools starting earlier than elementary and middle schools, Twin Counties school systems are already preparing for the 2006-07 school year. Nash-Rocky Mount Schools is putting in its request to the N.C. State Board of Education to exempt its high schools from starting on Aug. 25, which is the start date mandated by a state law passed last year. "We have to turn in our waiver request," said Sylvia Matthews, executive director of secondary education. "If we don't, we won't be considered." Matthews said the waiver request has to be submitted by Aug. 10 for consideration. Although Nash-Rocky Mount Schools already decided to submit its request, Edgecombe County Public Schools have not.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/06/27/062705rmtcalendar_waiver.html

State/National
Cancelled - The Judiciary I Committee Meeting in the Senate has been cancelled and has not yet been rescheduled. Please use this time to email/call/write/visit Clodfelter and other Judiciary I members and urge them to reinsert the language requiring a voter-verified paper ballot election system. A full list of members (Rep. and Dem.) is available with contact information at
http://www.ncvoter.net/sj1com.html
Thank you for your help and I will keep you posted as things develope. Joseph

Election Bill Gutted-Urgent Action Needed-Read Immediately - (Betrayal by some of our Democratic Party elected officials- Read entire text Immediately) The Senate Judiciary I committee gutted our election reform bill. They have stripped the greatest protection against fraud and inaccuracy: Voter-Verified Paper Ballots. Without the voter being able to verify a paper ballot no meaningful audit or recount can occur. This leaves our elections up to voting machine companies and not up to the voters. The vote in Judiciary I is scheduled for 10:00am tomorrow Tuesday June 28th. LB Room 1027. We cannot sit by idle while our elected Democratic leaders continue to ignore our call for the right actions. We have been working tirelessly on this project and I thank everyone for what they have been doing, but despite all of our efforts some Democratic Party elected leaders (named below) continue to ignore us and take us for granted. They believe we the grassroots activists will just forget about this before the Democratic primary in 2006. We vow that we will never forget those who betrayed the Democratic Party and the people of this state.
http://thedcnnewsletter.blogspot.com/2005/06/election-bill-gutted-urgent-action_27.html

Hunt shares tales of life after exoneration - Darryl Hunt described how he has adjusted to life since February 2004 when he was freed after 18 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. "It's like a person coming out of a coma," he said Sunday at the ArtsCenter. Hunt, from Winston-Salem, joined actors from the Winston-Salem-based Blue Moon Theatre Company on stage with his story of wrongful imprisonment. The group also shared six other stories of people around the nation who spent years in prison for crimes they didn't commit. The six were highlighted in a 2003 award-winning play, "The Exonerated," by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/2540086p-8944002c.html

Prisoners 'treated humanely' - U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, was in Cuba this weekend with other members of the House Armed Services Committee as they spent Saturday touring the Naval Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay and investigating recent reports of mistreatment and abuse of prisoners.
http://www.dailysoutherner.com/articles/2005/06/27/news/news2.txt

RECENT EVENTS CLEARLY PROVE THAT RACE STILL MATTERS - Just when conservatives and other anti-civil rights groups had declared otherwise, events over that past two months have proven that when it comes to black and white, race still matters. Indeed since May, the evidence and examples have been too numerous to ignore. The problems of race concerning African-Americans are still with us, whether we like it or not.
http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=58688&sID=4

At least Eight Senators Backed Anti-Lynching Measure after it was Adopted - Although 13 senators are on record as opposing the recent resolution apologizing for not passing anti-lynching legislation, another eight signed up in days after the measure had been passed by the Senate, records show. Taken together, slightly more than a fifth of the Senate refused to support the measure before it was adopted.
http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=4357&sID=3

NEW VOTING STANDARDS TO BE RELEASED THIS WEEK - New voting machine standards to be released this week are designed to prevent a recurrence of Election 2000-like debacles in congressional and senatorial races next year. However, activists and rights advocates say they are more concerned about the new machines that are supposed to correct the problem than old ones with proven flaws.
http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=58166&sID=12

Monday, June 27, 2005

Election Bill Gutted-Urgent Action Needed-Read Immediately

By Joseph Waymack

(Betrayal by some of our Democratic Party elected officials- Read entire text Immediately)

The Senate Judiciary I committee gutted our election reform bill. They have stripped the greatest protection against fraud and inaccuracy: Voter-Verified Paper Ballots. Without the voter being able to verify a paper ballot no meaningful audit or recount can occur. This leaves our elections up to voting machine companies and not up to the voters.

The vote in Judiciary I is scheduled for 10:00am tomorrow Tuesday June 28th. LB Room 1027

We cannot sit by idle while our elected Democratic leaders continue to ignore our call for the right actions. We have been working tirelessly on this project and I thank everyone for what they have been doing, but despite all of our efforts some Democratic Party elected leaders (named below) continue to ignore us and take us for granted. They believe we the grassroots activists will just forget about this before the Democratic primary in 2006. We vow that we will never forget those who betrayed the Democratic Party and the people of this state.

However, there is still time for these leaders to get right with the people. We need to urge those people listed below to support elections free from fraud, malfunction, and inaccuracy. Urge them to support Senate Bill 223 WITH VOTER VERIFIED PAPER BALLOT LANGUAGE REINSERTED.

We need to call on Democratic Senate leader Marc Basnight to pull the Democrats in to line.
Senator Marc Basnight
(919) 733-6854
marcb@ncleg.net

We believe the motivation for the change to the bill came from Judiciary I Chairman Sen. Daniel Clodfelter. He is trying to make sure Mecklenburg County's machines (some of the worst in the state) do not have to be replaced. However, the machines will have to be replaced at some point because they do not comply with federal standards that take effect in 2006. Once again we have failed, misguided, and outright stupid leadership from the "old guard" of the Democratic Party.

IT IS TIME TO SEND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ELECTED OFFICIALS A MESSAGE: "Either support the grassroots base of the Democratic Party or face them campaigning against you next year."

These are the name of those who have betrayed the Democratic Party so far:

Senator Daniel Clodfelter D-Mecklenburg County
Phone: (919) 715-8331
Email:
danielc@ncleg.net
He is the main person behind the removal of language designed to protect our votes.

Senator Julia Boseman D-New Hanover
Phone: (919) 715-2525
Email:
juliab@ncleg.net
She was the chair of the subcommittee that gutted the bill.

SO FAR, NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR IN JUDICIARY ONE HAS STOOD UP FOR OUR RIGHTS AGAINST THESE ANTI-DEMOCRATIC MEASURES. DEMAND BETTER.

Here is a list of those who have failed to stand up for our rights so far:

Senator Soles, 919-733-5963,
rcsoles@ncleg.net
Senator Albertson, 919-733-5705, charliea@ncleg.net
Senator Malone, 919-733-5880, vernonm@ncleg.net
Senator Lucas, 919-733-4599, jeannel@ncleg.net
Senator Hoyle, 919-733-5734, davidh@ncleg.net
Senator Cowell, 919-715-6400, janetc@ncleg.net
Senator Jenkins, 919-715-3040, clarkj@ncleg.net

Enough is Enough. Please act today to save our Democracy.

Thank you.

Joseph Waymack