Monday, January 23, 2017






( - On Feb. 1, the U. S. Postal Service will kick off 2017 Black History Month with the issuance of the Dorothy Height Forever stamp to honor the civil rights legend.
The Dorothy Height Forever stamp will be the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series. The late Dr. Height is considered to be civil rights royalty. Having led the National Council of Negro Women for four decades, Height was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded by President George W. Bush in 2004 for her pioneering work for the civil rights of African-Americans and women. President Barack Obama gave her eulogy upon her death on April 12, 2010.
Participants in the Feb. 1 event will be Ronald A. Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, United States Postal Service; Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.); Alexis Herman, president, Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation; Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, National Council of Negro Women; Naima Randolph, Dorothy Height’s great niece; Derry Noyes, art director; and Bishop Vashti McKenzie, bishop of the African American Episcopal Church.
Doors will open at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. event to be held at the Howard University Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth Street Washington, DC.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. To obtain a free ticket, visit the Cramton Auditorium Box Office.


            [BOONE] Just as the 45th president of the United States took over last weekend, the small town of Boone in the North Carolina mountains was hit with a wave of anti-Donald Trump graffiti on businesses and various other locations. According to Boone Police, there were profane statements about the Republican president spray painted on various locations, even on a Boone police car. There were also other messages, like “Black Lives Matter.” Police are investigating.

            [HALIFAX] One of the poorest low-performing school systems in the state has seen some dramatic improvement, according to state officials. According to the most recent release of School Performance Grades, Halifax County schools are no longer classified as “low performing,” given that only four of the district’s ten schools meet that moniker (half would have to be failing to earn the destination). Halifax has moved from dead last of 115 school systems across the state, to now 112th. Thanks to a ballot measure passed last year, the school district will also have upwards of $2 million extra to spend, thanks to a supplemental tax . Voters had failed to pass the measure twice before.

            [RALEIGH] As a parting gift to all of his Cabinet secretaries, former Gov. Pat McCrory requested that they all get bonuses as they left state government, totaling a reported $166,000. Problem was because Cabinet secretaries are normally paid higher salaries than the average state worker, they don’t receive bonuses, according to state law. When Gov. Cooper’s administration found out about the bonus request, it was stopped immediately. Ford Porter called the bonuses “irregular payments.”

            [RALEIGH] Thousands of women and their supporters across North Carolina joined with millions of demonstrators in Washington, DC, New York,, and even in Paris, France , who took to the streets in over 600 cities worldwide January 21st to protest the inauguration of Pres. Donald Trump the day before. In Raleigh, Wilmington, Greensboro, Durham and elsewhere, protesters vowed to oppose the policies of the new Republican president as warranted. Activists say they hope to turn their demonstration into tangible action at the polls for the midterm elections in 2018.


By Cash Michaels

            SPECTACLE – So here we are, the first full week of the Trump Administration, and judging what has happened thus far, you have to ask yourself exactly what the next four years are going to look like.
            If you’ve been paying attention, it seems that our new president still wants us to believe what he (or his surrogates) tell us, as opposed to using  our own eyes and common sense. The day sky is green, not Carolina blue in Trump world, and those of us who work in the press are the most wicked human beings imaginable, because we dare to try to hold him accountable now that he is president of the United States.
            Never mind decorum, decency or truth. We now live in a world where the most powerful man on the planet believes that he has been pre-ordained to RULE, not govern.
            The question is what are we going to do about it? After all, the US Constitution does begin with “We the people,” not “Me the president.”
            Fortunately an estimated 4 million people (predominately female) across the world, with at least half that many in this country, marched and rallied last Saturday to send a clear message that they are awake, and have every intention of opposing Pres. Trump on every issue they deem destructive to their rights.
            To call what we all saw Saturday in cities like Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and yes, even Raleigh and New York, “awesome” is literally an understatement. The energy and vision surrounding those massive gatherings sent a clear message that folks are ready to fight for their country, and refuse to bow down to the new dictator in town.
            The people know that hell is coming. They know that compromise is not a word in the lexicon of either the Trump Administration or the Republican-led Congress, so the people are bracing themselves for the most draconian rules and laws ever witnessed. So instead of “giving Trump a chance,” which is a thinly-covered invitation to lower your guard if I’ve ever heard one, the people wasted no time in peacefully, yet forcefully, sending a message that they are on point, and will be heard from when necessary.
            Based on what Trump has done since he took office virtually a week ago, it looks like necessary…is now.
            Thus far, Trump has signed an executive order weakening the Affordable Care Act, in spite of the fact that there are 20 million Americans who are in dire need of quality health insurance. Those people with FHA loans now have to pay $500 more annually in the mortgages because Trump signed another order eliminating an important benefit for home owners.
            And he’s frozen hiring of federal workers, except the military, only because he said he would.
            All of the above is a stated attempt to erase the last vestiges of Pres. Obama’s eight-year tenure in office, as if he never existed. How ironic…after claiming for five years that Barack Obama was never born in the United States, Trump is now working hard to prove that President Barack Obama never even existed.
            Problem for Trump is Pres. Obama DID exist, and has proven to be a better, if not greater commander-in-chief than Donald Trump can ever hope to be.
That is something we will never forget!

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