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Friday, July 29, 2005

Mayor Don Davis of Snow Hill to be honored

by Curmilus Dancy II

I picked up The Daily Drum today in the Tarboro Walmart and I read with pleasure that The Helping Hand Committee of Snow Hill will be honoring my friend and their Mayor the Honorable Donald Davis on Sunday October 9, 2005 at the Snow Hill Community Center. Mayor Davis is the first black to be elected to the office of Mayor in Snow Hill. Davis is also the 1st Congressional District Chair of the Democratic Party.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Pastor
of GreenLeaf Christian Church Goldsboro NC. Dr. Barber is also a candidate for President of the NAACP State Conference of Branches in North Carolina. Dr. Barber whom I met in the early 90's is a dynamic speaker.

I contacted Mr. Robert Britt committee chairman to see what did I need to do to get my ticket and he was very friendly and all about his Mayor. If you would like more information please contact Mr. Britt at 252.747.2886 or 252.560.5366.


Note: Please click on all underlined text for more details.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield accomplishments


Some of Congressman G.K. Butterfield's accomplishments since he was sworn into office on July 21, 2004:

1. Lead an effort during the House Armed Services Committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2006 to speed up the process of fully compensating disabled military retirees.

Butterfield successfully offered an amendment to use the proceeds from selling surplus defense stockpiles to speed up the timeline for providing eligible disabled military retirees with full compensation.

Known as "concurrent receipt," military retirees with more than 20 years of service and a 50% or higher VA-rated disability had faced a dollar-for-dollar reduction in military retirement pay by the amount of their VA disability compensation. So, for every dollar an eligible retiree received disability compensation, their retirement benefits were reduced by an equal amount.

Two years ago, Congress eliminated the reductions in compensation phased in over nine years. Last year, Congress eliminated the phase-in and provided full concurrent receipt eligibility of military retirement pay and Veterans Administration disability compensation for those retirees with a 100% disability rating from the VA starting on January 1, 2005.

However, the provision failed to include those retirees with 60- to 90-percent disability ratings who are unable to work as a result of their disability. Under current law, those retires would not receive full concurrent receipt until January 1, 2014.

"It was a long-standing injustice for many veterans," Butterfield explained. "This should help bring the issue to a close in a more timely manner."

With the additional funding, Butterfield's amendment would speed up the phase-in by five years. It's estimated that about 29,000 military retirees would benefit from this change. The costs, estimated at about $164 million, would be covered by selling Cold War-era surplus defense stockpile materials no longer needed such chromium and chromium alloys.


2. Successfully offered legislation that transferred ownership of a state-of-the-art federal agricultural laboratory in Oxford to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

"This is an opportunity to help North Carolina get some needed resources," Butterfield said. "The research could not only help keep North Carolina's forests strong and healthy, but it could do the same for forests all across the country."

The legislation, signed into law by President Bush transferred ownership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Oxford Research Center and the 4.28 acres of land it sits on to the state, said that the multi-million dollar quarantine lab will allow forestry scientists to study forestry products and how best to deal with invasive species.


3. Earmarked $16 million for transportation projects throughout eastern North Carolina.

Butterfield said the projects include $6.3 million for improvements and the redevelopment of downtown Rocky Mount, $3.5 million for buses and creation of a new intermodal transportation center in Greenville and $640,000 to convert 7.3 miles of old railroad beds into bicycle and pedestrian paths in Elizabeth City.

Additionally, Butterfield said that $1.5 million is earmarked toward developing a two-mile road parallel to I-95 in Roanoke Rapids that would allow for development of industrial land that is currently inaccessible; $1 million has been earmarked for the Northern Loop Project in Wilson; $1 million has been earmarked toward building a US-70 Bypass west of NC-581 in Goldsboro from Wayne County to Lenoir County; $1 million has been earmarked toward paving and bridge rehabilitation of I-85 in Vance County; and, $960,000 to widen Beckford Drive in Henderson.


4. Helped in the effort to secure federal unemployment and retraining benefits for workers losing their jobs at Standard Commercial Tobacco.

Butterfield supported the petition filed by Standard Commercial last month which requested that the U.S. Department of Labor allow those targeted workers to be eligible for benefits under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. This program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs as a result of increased imports.

Under the TAA program, workers whose employment is adversely affected by increased imports may be eligible for training, job search and relocation allowances, income support and other reemployment services.

Specifically, workers may receive up to 104 weeks of approved training in occupational skills, basic or remedial education, or training in literacy or English as a second language. The program can also provide income support known as Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), which are weekly cash payment available for 52 weeks after workers' unemployment compensation (UC) benefit is exhausted and during the period in which a worker is participating in an approved full-time training program. Income Support is a combination of UC and TRA benefits for a maximum of 78 weeks - 26 weeks for UC and 52 weeks for TRA.

5. Successfully offered legislation naming the Ridgeway Post Office in honor of longtime postmaster and lifelong resident Eva Holtzman.


"Affectionately called 'Ms. Eva' by all who knew her, she loved the town of Ridgeway with all her heart," Butterfield said. "Ridgeway was her home. She lived and worked there her entire life, reared four children there, and, ultimately, was laid to rest there."

Holtzman worked at the Ridgeway Post Office for 50 years, serving 38 of those as postmaster. When the Ridgeway Post Office was closed in the early 1960's, Holtzman's dedication to serve the residents of North Carolina caused her to construct her own post office. Sadly, she passed away three years ago leaving behind her beloved Post Office that she worked so hard to preserve.

The Political Agitator is proud of the Congressman and his accomplishments thus far because he is doing a fine job.

The Computer Really Did Eat Their Votes, and They Are Still Mad!


I am in NC, the state that is famous for losing 4,400 votes on one paperless voting machine.

Would you consider giving this video a mention, and or feel free to copy it and save it on your website if you want.

We made it expressly to distribute far and wide. It has the campy feel of reality tv, and is kind of like watching a train wreck:

The webpage hosting this video is here, copy cut and past, or link to:
http://www.ncvoter.net/carteretvideo.html

The Computer Really Did Eat Their Votes, and They Are Still Mad! The CARTERET COALITION FOR VERIFIED VOTING (CCVV), a non partisan grassroots group announces the release of a video message to North Carolina lawmakers and to the rest of the country: The message is available online here, watch this compelling reality tv style video:

Windows machines try http://www.cs.duke.edu/~justin/voting/CarteretCoalition.mpg
Other machines use
http://www.cs.duke.edu/~justin/voting/CarteretCoalition.mov
(It's about 7.1MB, so it might take a bit to download if you've got a dial-up-type connection.)

Watch and listen to voters describe how they felt about having their vote lost on the paperless voting machines, it is almost like seeing people standing in their yard after seeing their house burn down. These folks are real Carteret people, their votes were permanently lost, and they have a message for the world -

Carteret citizens advise:
"We're still upset about our lost votes in the 2004 election, and we want to see some positive action taken that will ensure no American will ever again have such a problem in the future."

"We urge legislators to pass S 223 and H 238 promptly, so that every voting machine will provide a Voter Verified Paper Ballot, and nothing less."

"We recognize that the implications of what happened here in Carteret County will resound with other voters on the state and national level."

Computer scientists recommend that all voting systems have a paper ballot that the voter can view before casting their vote.
This is called a Voter Verified Paper Ballot. The ballot is kept by election officials for recounts and audit purposes.


Take Action!
To fight for verified voting in North Carolina, see the website
www.ncvoter.net .
To join the fight for Verified Voting in other states, see the websites
www.votersunite.org and also www.verifiedvoting.org

Monday, July 25, 2005

The DCN Newsletter for Tuesday July 26, 2005

by The Political Agitator

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NAACP Question of the Week
Question:
Rev. Barber there has been some question about your health across the state. Will your health be a problem with you leading us to a new level as the President of the North Carolina NAACP State Conference of Branches?

Reply:
I am glad you asked the question. This gives me a chance to testify. Ten years ago . . . . .

LOCAL NEWS
Search starts for health director - The Edgecombe County Board of Health just started advertising for a new director of the Edgecombe County Health Department, and it has not received any applications.

TPA - Lorenzo Carmon the county manager has been doing a great job while leading the the Board of Health along with his other duties.

WATT, BUTTERFIELD DISTRUST GOP'S PLAN - Both of North Carolina’s black Congressmen say despite Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman’s admission to the NAACP last week that the GOP has wrongfully indulged in racial politics, they still don’t trust the GOP’s motives, or their attempts to reach out to the African-American community.

State/National NEWS
N.C. GOP not buying trade deal - U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is a staunch Bush loyalist. He headed Bush's college outreach during the 2000 campaign, was a Bush operative during the Florida ballot-counting battles, and served briefly in the Bush administration. But when President Bush showed up July 15 in McHenry's home county of Gaston to push for a new trade deal, the freshman congressman was 46 miles away. He was in Lenoir talking to workers at Broyhill Furniture Industries, which plans to lay off more than 1,000 employees next month.

BLACK FAMILIES' PROBLEMS LINKED TO SLAVERY - The tenets of American slavery, with its disregard for the cohesion of the Black family – the auctions and sales of family members and use of the Black man as a stud to increase the slave owner’s stock – may be a main cause of what appears to be a modern day failure of the Black family, says a study released by a Boston, Mass.-based Black Christian think tank.

TPA - There are many who do not want to admit that slavery is still playing a role in the state of the black family today. Until we talk about it more, "If nothing changes, nothing changes."

Co. manager asked to resign - County Commissioner Barry Richardson told the newspaper Monday morning that he has asked County Manager Loria Williams to resign. "I've reached the conclusion that she can't lead this county," Richardson said. "It's a sad day for me, but we need different leadership."

Clayton closes door after 43 years - Theaoseus T. Clayton, who has worked as an attorney here for some 43 years, will close his Warrenton office at the end of the month and work from his office in Raleigh.

EDUCATION
LOCAL

Legal Fight To Start School Year Early Dismissed - The legal fight is over to make some school systems begin classes after the mandatory Aug. 25 start date. The group, Save Our Summers, along with other supporters, challenged waivers granted to seven school systems that they did not feel were warranted. The case was expected in court this week, but five of the seven school systems have since dropped their request. As a result, the case was voluntarily dismissed. Edgecombe and Nash-Rocky Mount Schools will still start early. School officials say high school students attending community college classes need to start when the community college begins.

TPA - This is interesting only Edgecombe and Nash County chose to do this. I know that there are some unhappy folks here in Edgecombe County because the high school will be going back to school on August 11 and the elementary and middle school will begin on August 25.

NAACP AWARENESS
ALSTON WILL RUN AS REV. BARBER MAKES IT OFFICIAL - As The Wilmington Journal, first and exclusively predicted, the race for state NAACP president is officially on, with the incumbent and a major challenger both announcing on Monday that they’re in the hunt. According to the Greensboro News & Record, state NAACP Pres. Melvin “Skip” Alston confirmed to that paper that he will run again this October 7 for the post he’s held for a decade.

TPA - Don't understand why Skip will not give it up. Yes I do, there must be some benefits such as pay day lending and more. I am sick and tired of the Skips holding us right where we are.

NAACP looks at national, state and local goals and needs - David H. Harvey Halifax County Chapter of NAACP - NAACP looks at national, state and local goals and needs. I attended the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) National Convention which was held from July 9-14 in Milwaukee, Wis., where our new president, Bruce S. Gordon, was officially welcomed aboard as the national leader.

SEE WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING
LOCAL
Got a better idea? Toss your hat in the ring - Filing for the fall elections continues for another two weeks. Except for the challenges in Princeville, there does not seem much to talk about. What we are trying to figure out, is this good?

Trails for voters - Some state senators seem intent on seeing North Carolina go forward with a voting experiment that eventually would move the state away from paper verification of voters' intent on Election Day. Experiments often are fine, but this one should be taken out of a larger bill that aims to strengthen voters' trust in the election system.

TPA - Folks this thing is serious because we must have a
paper trail.

Calendar of Events

NAACP Question of the Week

by Curmilus Dancy II - The Political Agitator

Question:
Rev. Barber there has been some question about your health across the state. Will your health be a problem with you leading us to a new level as the President of the North Carolina NAACP State Conference of Branches?

Reply:
I am glad you asked the question. This gives me a chance to testify. Ten years ago I had a rare arthritic problem. My doctors acknowledge that I am a walking miracle. I pastored, preached, visited the sick and ran the North Carolina Human Relations Commission traveling all over the state on a walker.


God is good. By the grace of God I am better now than I was then. In 2003 the Lord let me lay my walker down! I travel all over the country. My doctor Rodney Sessoms and my doctor at Duke, a rheumatology fellow give me a clean bill of health except for my limp. Of course being a preacher remember Jacob had a limp, Moses had a physical disability, Paul had a thorn, Martin King had a breathing problem, Franklin Roosevelt had polio and was cripple in the days before faxes, cell phones and internet, Jackie Joyner Kersey won the Olympic in spite of asthma, Harriet Tubman lead hundreds to freedom though she herself suffered with epilepsy, one of my daughters is a straight A student despite having had brain surgery, and by the way she was operated on by Dr. Benjamin Carson who became a brain surgeon even though they said he had a learning disorder and grew up in a dysfunctional family, I could go on. But, my point is all of us have some challenges. Yet, if leadership is motivated by the right values and dedicated to a team approach, great things are possible. For instance I don't travel alone not because I can't but because the men of my church provide this ministry so that I can stay focused on the other parts of the work that needs to be done.

I swim 15 laps, (seven as backstrokes) three times a week in an Olympic size pool and walk 25 minutes three times a week on a treadmill and lift weights. And I give all the glory to God.

Thanks for the question.

Let me add the reason I'm running is because I'm concerned about the health of the NAACP and the health of our State in regards to civil rights, social justice, and our personal responsibilty to handle and hold the great legacy we have been given. I'm concerned about the health of the civil rights and the justice family. I am concerned about the health of our clarity about the challenges facing our community and the body of politics. Children limping through an under-funded educational system, persons sick from the ridiculous interest rates of payday lenders, civil rights laws weakening under the constant attempt to turn back the gains of the pass, the crippling apathy of over 500,000 African Americans unregistered to vote who feel they have no reason to vote, the loss of political power we fought so hard to gain, and the atrophy of economic development in the face of so much potential. I am running because there is healing that needs to happen and I want to be apart of the team of leadership within the NAACP that helps to offer a fresh vision.

I am really glad you asked and appreciate the friendship of those who asked because not only are all of you concerned about my gifts, you are concerned about me. I thank all of you for the love and know that I'm fine and wouldn’t be running if I had not been cleared by my doctors in addition to my wife who is a 20 year registered nurse. I have five children including a four year old and they keep me busy as well.


TPA - Thank you for confirming what I have been telling people all along that I feel if your health was a problem that you would not be willing to be our new leader in October.

End of Question

TPA - Folks it is time for a
"change." The opportunity is now. Rev. Barber has a vision. I am excited even more since he has responded to my question of the week. Health?? My, my, my did we receive a healthy response? I am asking that you support Rev. Barber for President of the North Carolina NAACP State Conference of Branches and by all means we will have a healthy future as it relates to restoring hope within the NAACP.

Change

is a challenge to the adventurous,
an opportunity to the alert,
and a threat to the insecure.