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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Labor Movement featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II


ALAN McSURELY, Civil Rights Lawyer
P. O. Box 1290 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(ph) 919-968-1278; (fax) 1566

lawyers@mcsurely.com

August 17, 2005

Dear Friends in the Labor Movement, People of Faith, and the Civil Rights Movement,

Rev. Dr. William Barber has long been a staunch ally of the Public Employees Movement in North Carolina. He has been a steady supporter of the Housekeepers, the DOT-7 and other State Employees efforts to expose and eliminate racism in the workplace. He has worked closely with UE-150 leadership and the locals in Wayne and other eastern counties near his home church in Goldsboro. He has made as one of his highest priorities the repeal of the Jim Crow law (G.S. 95-98) that prohibits public employees from collectively bargaining.

Black Labor in North Carolina was in chains for over 200 years. With the legal status of chattel property, Black Labor had zero bargaining power with its slave masters. After slavery was abolished in l865 and for the next hundred years, Black Labor lived under the yoke of Jim Crow laws that shored up the southern anti-labor tradition. These laws permitted white labor to have a few more crumbs from the table.

Between 1955-1965, because of the sacrifices of Black people across the South, race discrimination in the workplace was outlawed. During this decade of struggle and change however, North Carolina passed G.S. 95-98 that outlawed collective bargaining for its public employees. This law shut the door on the first generation of Black employees who were being hired by State and local governments because of the Civil Rights Act. As one supervisor at UNC-CH testified in a famous trial, "We may have to hire them, but we don’t have to promote them or give them any say." This Jim Crow Law stopped the first generation of Black public employees from achieving any bargaining power. North Carolina is one of the last states to continue this outlaw collective bargaining. This law affects the people of color on the bottom of the civil service ladder disproportionately. It is indeed a Jim Crow law. Until Black Labor can bargain directly with employers, Black Labor will always be on the bottom. It has no place in modern North Carolina.

Dr. Barber, like Dr. King, understands that until Black Labor gets some rights, all of the other problems African Americans and other people of color face will be difficult to solve. Please print the enclosed flyer about Dr. Barber’s address, and urge your friends to honor Labor on Labor Day by participating in this historic call to action by one of our premier moral leaders and orators.

Thanks.
Yours for Civil Rights & Labor Unity,

Al McSurely

LABOR DAY SUNDAY PUBLIC MEETING

REPEAL JIM CROW LAW—G.S. 95-98

A Historic Public Address by
Dr. William Joseph Barber II
Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church
Goldsboro, North Carolina

An Unbroken History of Prophetic Ministry and Leadership
in the Struggle for Civil, Human and Labor Rights.

September 4th, 2005
6-8 P.M.

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
W. W. Finlator Room
1801 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina

Sponsored by UE-150, the Public Service Employees Union of North Carolina

The NAACP should be at the forefront of these types of racial discrimination lawsuits

by Curmilus Dancy II

School board to pay $250,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit

Now this is some good stuff. I have been involved in the school system as an advocate for education since the early 90's. I have seen some things happen. I have seen how a school system will treat someone who will call them out on the blatant racism.

In 1993 some children staged a walkout at SouthWest Edgecombe High School (my old high school) because a white coach had grabbed a black student around the neck in the hallway. I will never forget it. I was at the NAACP Convention that Thursday night when I received the call from several students asking me to come to the school on that following Friday to help them deal with the administration. I went to work at 5:00 AM that morning and worked 4 hours and I went to the school with my video camera. The meeting that morning was lead by the SGA President a white male who addressed the administration about how they felt about the coach's behavior.

The meeting was resolved and things began to move forward. However I was told that the principal tried to connect a black teacher to the incident saying she was responsible for the walkout. I understand the principal and the superintendent tried to remove this teacher from the school and reassign her to another school. It didn't happen.

I was later invited to the cornfield by the principal because after the walkout incident a couple of us started up an organization called (P.I.E.) Partners in Education whereby we were getting black males to volunteer to spend some time in the school system to make copies and other to impact the black males in the schools. A group of so-called powers that be black folks, ministers, bankers, a board member and a couple of others met with the principal and they didn't act on the statement. The Rocky Mount/Edgecombe NAACP where I was the vice president had called for the principal's resignation. The president and a couple of others met with the Principal and wouldn't allow me to attend. The situation just blew over.

Because we have so many sell out Negroes (Need to Grow) black folks that do not deal with real issues, the type of behavior that happened in Forsyth County is the reason why many black school administrators are afraid to speak up. Thank you Decoma Love-Lane for standing up for what is right.

Because I am vocal I have had a white principal #1 to try to keep my daughter from making the "A" Honor Roll and my wife and I had to deal with the issue that entire summer until we finally got it corrected. I was on the School Improvement Team and I had called this principal out because he had the audacity to get on the intercom and call all the black males to the auditorium during a school day to give them a message because black males were singled out as a problem in the school system. I just hate my son was not at the school because I would have pushed it further. The black assistant principal didn't speak out. The principal was moved the next year and the assistant principal.

The next principal #2 came in and I sent him out shortly afterwards because he was catering to the white female teachers who wanted to have their way. I was on the School Improvement Team and these women wanted me off because I was holding them accountable. The principal kicked me off of the team because he told me in his office that the white women were afraid of me having a talk show. If they were doing their job, what was the problem?

During the PTO Election/Report Card Pick Up night I asked the black assistant principal what happened to the names that were submitted for the different offices because this was a lily white board and the white principal said that he was going to have me removed from the meeting because I was disrupting the meeting and he would have me removed from the campus. I didn't say anymore because I know when to talk. Mind you I had my video camera rolling so I was not out of order.

After the election was over and we proceeded to the classrooms to pick up the report cards. I asked my daughter's math teacher about a question on her quiz that we felt was not clear. Everyone who we talked to thought the question was unclear also. The teacher said okay. The principal followed me around after the election was present and he said that the issue with Math Quiz was a done deal and he was going to call the police on me. I told him to go ahead. I then went across the hall to another teacher's room.

The principal called the police and after I finished talking with the teachers I went outside and waited on the Sheriff Deputy. When he arrived the Pinetops Police Chief who who responded to the school but the school was out of his jurisdiction. The Chief and I told the deputy that the principal was inside. When the deputy returned he said the principal wanted me off the campus. I said what did I do? He said the principal just wanted me off the campus. I said can I get a police report and he said there will not be a report because this was not really a call.

I was barred from the school and I appealed it to the appeals committee and I strongly believe the appeals committee was on my side but I am almost sure the superintendent made the final decision because he had the authority to not go along with the appeals committee. The superintendent responded the next day saying that he was upholding the principal's decision. So what was the purpose of meeting with the appeals committee? The assistant principal could have played a role in the situation but she was just elevated to an assistant principal's position.

About two months later this principal #2 was moved to the alternative school. This principal had been transferred to my daughter's school in July to begin the school year and he was completely out of the system by December.

And then it was principal #3 who came in and overrode principal #2 decision about me being disbarred from the campus. My daughter was playing volleyball and they only had one game left when I was barred from the school. I had a talk show on the radio and instead of getting someone to sit in for me that day I went to the station. If I didn't have the talk show I would have gone to the school and made the principal call the police out so that I could get the situation into court. My daughter went on to play basketball so I was back at the school videoing all of the games.

Principal #3 left at the end of the school year and then it was principal #4 a young black male who was an assistant principal at the SouthWest High School for a few months and then elevated to principal to take over the helm of this school with all these issues. I strongly feel that he was put there to appease the black community but I told people that it was a bad idea because this young brother was not seasoned enough to deal with the white female teachers there. It was not a good year for the brother and now he has one year left on his contract so it is going to be interesting to see what happens this year. I am not going to say anymore than I tried to work with the brother but it didn't happen and the good thing is that my daughter is no longer at that school.

My point here is that we have some racial issues in the school system and they are not being addressed by the administration due to the fear of retaliation.

Again I ask the question was the NAACP involved in the Forsyth County school issue? Maybe they were involved. I do know that Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II a candidate for President of the NC NAACP State Conference of Branches will be involved in issues such as this if he is made aware of them. I can't say that about the current President Melvin (Skip) Alston.

Can you handle the truth?


This is me!!!!!

Who am I? Let me tell you:I am a 17- year-old high school student. I was born and raised in Greensboro,NC (which is a place I plan to leave). But, there is more to this prospective liberal arts major than the fact that I want to attend UNC-Charlotte, and devote my life to fighting the injustices that define our lives as humans. I have a desire; a desire to make the world right. And, yeah I know that may never happen in my lifetime. But, I am determined to help pave the way for future generations. (Full Story)

TPA: Now this is powerful. If more 17 year olds and younger had this attitude, my, my, my how wonderful life would be.

This can not be our President...

by Jerry McClough

What is really going on?..... Has he lost his mind? It goes back to a post that I made on Aug 16 2005 take a look! It's only so much we can take.....If he saying this to Americans....who else is he saying it to? (Full Story)

TPA: I am sorry to say that yes this is ya'll president.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The 2.5 Million Member Progressive National Baptist Convention Passed a resolution to Support and Participate in The Millions More Movement

by The Torchlight Tribune

"Convention Recognizes Need for Unity of Black Leadership and Organizations"

Washington, DC (MillionsMoreMovement.com) - Today, one of the largest Baptist denominations in the country, the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) passed a resolution to endorse the October 2005 Millions More Movement. PNBC pledged to mobilize its members to attend and participate fully in the movement.

"We fully support the goals, programs and ideals of this very important movement," said Rev. Dr. Major Jemison, PNBC President. "Our concerns and issues and those of the Millions More Movement are one in the same, and it is our responsibility to continue the legacy of our founding members, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. L. Vencheal Booth, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor and others to address these social concerns and to get actively involved in a movement that will be of great benefit to our people. We stand ready to forge a strong leadership coalition with our other organization so that together the various problems facing of our people can be resolved."

PNBC's Millions More Movement Resolution states that the Progressive National Baptist Convention recognizes that no one organization or leader can solve the many critical needs and problems facing Black people. Therefore, the Progressive National Baptist Convention affirms that collaboration between and among Black leaders and organizations is the foundation for addressing the problems. The resolution states, "...our success depends now on our ability to all come together, to think, to plan and to act on behalf of the whole of our people,...' The PNBC recognizes that, as a people working together, we have within us, the God given power, intellect, creativity, resiliency and the economic capacity to lift our people from where we are to where God wants us to be..."

"The support and endorsement of the National Progressive Baptist Convention is in keeping with God's mandate, to help, the "least of these," said Minster Louis Farrakhan, National Convener of the Millions More Movement. "The coalition of leadership being developed among our leaders is a history making experience that is long over due and that will resonate among the masses of our people."

The National Executive Director of the Millions More Movement, the Reverend Willie F. Wilson, a PNBC pastor from Washington, DC who is the senior pastor at the Union Temple Baptist Church said "this endorsement and full participation of the Millions More Movement is a major step in the right direction for our people as we begin to mobilize and strategize to empower the masses of our people to improve their status in the arenas of health, education, economics, politics, strong moral and spiritual values. The PNBC 's involvement in the movement parallels its rich legacy as a champion for social justice, which is the agenda on which it was found."

PNBC leaders resolved that "it will covenant in solemn agreement with the AME's, AMEZ's, Pentecostals, other Baptists, Muslims and like-minded faith communities and organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the National Urban League, National Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, fraternities and sororities and countless other organizations in dedicated leadership, resources and programs to create the spirit of unity among our people for the accomplishment of a shared destiny."

The PNBC further resolved that it would mobilize all of the churches in their convention and use its resources to get the word out. They will participate in the weekly "Fast and Focus," where those attending the events and those in support of it will take time to focus on the Millions More Movement and the principles for its stands, Unity, Spiritual Values, Education Excellence, Economic and Political Empowerment, Universal Healthcare, Housing, Cultural Development, Justice and Peace. The Progressive National Baptist Church recognizes that the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of the historic Million Man March is an excellent time for all groups and organizations to organize and mobilize our people nationally and put systems in place that will permit a successful programmatic thrust to save our people; and ourselves

BACKGROUND:

The Millions More Movement, which will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March, is expected to exceed the estimated 1.2 million who attended the Million Man March in 1995. This year's movement will involve men, women and children and is designed to bring together all of the diverse segments of the black national and international communities to create a viable framework for resolving critical issues affecting millions of men, women, children and families. It is a united campaign to reinvigorate efforts to maximize dispossessed communities, develop a collective framework to respond to critical concerns in economic, social, political, educational, health, financial and cultural disparities and acknowledge the commonalities among black people.


The original Million Man March brought unprecedented numbers of African American men to the nation's capital and demonstrated a collective willingness to atone for past shortcomings and to reconcile differences at home, school, church, organizations and the society in general.

For more information on the Millions More Movement and to register as donors/supporters or request information on transportation/lodging and vending requirements online visit http://www.MillionsMoreMovement.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Road to D.C. is Paved with Green

Blackonomics
By: James Clingman


I can see the headline now, "Millions of Blacks Leave Millions of Green in D.C." The subhead would read, "And leave even more green on the road to D.C. as well." Remember the last Million Man March and the subsequent marches that followed? Have you ever thought about the tremendous economic boost they caused for non-Black businesses? As the presses were rolling on the evening of October 16, 1995, writing the lie about 425,000 men showing up, rather than one million, business owners were busy counting their cash windfall from our having made the trip.

Now we are preparing to return to D.C. Black men, women, and children will come from all across the country and converge on the Mall in Washington, having gotten there by various ways and means, eating, sleeping, and basking in the glow of having pulled it off once again. We will be proud of having "come together" once again to make our collective statement and make our mark on history.

Additionally, other people will also bask, but in a different kind of glow; theirs will be the green-tinted glow of success. If we fail to plan our strategy now, if we do not start thinking about the economic side of the March, right now, the day after this next March they will again write their stories about how it wasn’t "all that," as they count their profits from our travel expenses, our accommodations, our appetites, and the other goods and services we will need to make the March.

Having recently written one column about the next Million Man March titled, the Billion Dollar March, you can see how important this issue is for me as I now write another one so soon. There may be others prior to October 2005, so don’t be surprised. Anytime millions of Black folks do anything together, you can be certain that a lot of money will be flowing in all directions, like sweet nectar from its source. The question is: Into whose pockets will it flow? I plan to keep us awake and alert regarding the economic impact of this March.

I said in the previous article that we should start marching now, that we should march directly to Black owned businesses, and we should start assuring that Black made products are coming into our homes on a regular basis via the Black channel of distribution, the MATAH Network. Well, I have other recommendations.

As we prepare to attend the next Million Man March, first we must understand that other business owners can’t wait for the March to start. They know we will spend millions planning, traveling, eating, and staying at the March. If you think about it, the way we spend our money with everyone else, unless we change in a hurry, we could not have a Million Man March without white folks and other groups that provide most of what we need to pull it off. So let’s break the mold in which we have been cast as consumers.

Consider this: In our local organizing groups, let’s find ways to increase our support of Black businesses as we make our plans to go to Washington. Let’s find Black venues to in which to conduct our meetings and Black caterers to feed us as we meet. Contact Black churches and ask to use their buses and vans, and their drivers if need be, to get to D.C. And pay them for their use! Find every Black owned transportation company in your area and hire them to take you to D.C.

On a national level, let’s create a list of every Black owned gas station in the country, and make sure to plan our stops at those stations to fill up our cars and buses. Are there any Black owned airplanes out there we can charter? Find them and hire them. Let’s make sure that we have a complete list of all Black restaurants in D.C. and surrounding areas, and eat at those establishments. Let’s find all the Black caterers in D.C. and make every effort to use them if we have side meetings and need food for those occasions. And if there are any Black owned hotels, motels, B&B’s, even homes of individuals who may want to rent rooms, let’s find them and use them.

When we get there and take up money, make sure that money goes into a Black bank. Purchase advertisements in Black media, Black newspapers especially, prior to and after the March. Explore every opportunity to purchase all necessary supplies, i.e. audio-visual equipment, trash containers, computers, from Black vendors.

Quite frankly, it would be shameful and downright stupid for us to stage what could be the largest and most significant event in history and come away having enriched even more those who care nothing about us and those who only want us close to them when we are spending our money in their businesses. It would be a sad commentary and a tragic moment in history for our children to read about when they are older. On top of all that, it would simply be the most outrageous, egregious, waste of money in the annals of our existence.


I am sure you can think of more things we can do prior to October 2005, but the important point to remember is that we do everything within our power to assure that millions of Black people do not go to Washington, D.C. and drop millions, maybe billions, of green into the laps of non-Black businesses. If we don’t, the headline might read, "Blacks go into further into the red while whites get deeper in the green."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I've got to thank him...

by Jerry McClough

I've got to thank him... I would like to thank GOD for giving me one more chance...........Thank You....... If you had the chance to help change the world, would YOU? ......Well you have that chance!.....What are you going to do with it?...... Don't waste it!....
This is a beautiful poem and yes, Mr. McClough you are right on target when you stated, "YOU HAVE TO GET INVOLVED TO MAKE A "CHANGE!"

Monday, August 22, 2005

TYSON FOODS SUED FOR MAINTAINING SEGREGATED WORK AREAS:

"Whites Only Sign and Padlock Placed on Bathroom Door"

It is a damn shame that this type of behavior exist in the 21st Century. This is why we can not rest until justice prevails everywhere.

It is these types of situations that remind us that the slave mentality still exist so don't be fooled that those days are gone.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Blogging is the wave of the future

by Curmilus Dancy II

Have you heard about one of the fastest moving waves of communication? I was introduced to blogging by a friend who told me I needed to set up a blog because of the type of information that I was sending out across the nation via email.

Since I have been blogging it has been very exciting and fun. It also reduced the size of my emails since I now publish the information on my webblog.

One of my resources from across the state lead me to the Triad Blogs, which led me to NC Blogs.com, "ThatsWhatzUp!" and Seymour Hardy's Blog and others. I found Mr. Hardy's site to be very interesting and I loved his format. I contacted Mr. Hardy for some infromation about blogging and he was very helpful.

Recently NC-Politics.com contacted me about registering my site on their site. My site is basically a political site because I recognize and understand that everything is political.

I found Mr. Jerry McClough's site very, very interestng. Recently when Ronald White President of the South Central Wake County NAACP site came online I found out that Mr. McClough is also the NAACP Blogmaster. Every NC NAACP branch need to utilize their sites that are already in place to boost and enhance their presence in their perspective communities.

After reading "ThatsWhatzUp!" today I did my normal thing when I find a person to be of interest to me. I picked up the phone and made contact with Mr. McClough and my, my, my this brother was very well mannered and had a very professional spirit. He helped me to navigate the Rocky Mount NAACP site so now we are up and running.

I challenge everyone who may be interested in starting a blog or may not be interested to connect with Mr. McClough and let him educate you about blogging the wave of the future. I am glad that I made contact with him and I know that I am down with the latest source of communication.

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