Monday, March 12, 2018


By Cash Michaels

            12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams is four-square against arming teachers in the classroom.
            “As an educator of over forty years, I know that a ‘well-armed teacher” should have new text books, a decent salary, and access to technology for every student in the classroom, not a weapon,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Democrat said recently.
            “Arming teachers increases the likelihood of fatal accidents in classrooms and more loss of life during crisis situations.”
            Adam’s North Carolina congressional colleague, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, has called for congressional hearings on gun violence, and definite action from a GOP-led Congress..
            The refusal of the Republican majority to act on gun violence prevention legislation is disturbing,” Butterfield said.
However, the Trump White House isn’t listening to either Rep. Butterfield or Adams.
            On Sunday it was reported that the Trump Administration released a plan that “…vowed to help provide ‘rigorous firearms training’ to some schoolteachers…,” reported The Washington Post. “…[S]pecially qualified” teachers and staff were later indicated in the proposal.  This in response to last month’s high school gun massacre in Parkland, Fla. that saw 17 killed by a gunman with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
            Arming teachers was among “…a series of policy proposals that focus largely on mental health and school safety,” The Post report continued. Thus far, the National Education Association, among other teachers groups, has opposed the Trump
            The report also indicated that Pres. Trump is establishing a Federal Commission of School Safety, chaired by Betsy deVos, secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education.
            Reportedly, the zeal behind the president’s wish to arm teachers, among other measures, is to “harden our schools against attack,” according to the plan.
            According to NBC News, 18 states currently allow teachers to carry weapons on school property.
            Here in North Carolina, state House Speaker Tim Moore recently announced that he was forming a new legislative study committee to recommend how to improve safety in North Carolina schools. Moore confirmed that arming NC teachers may be one of the proposals on the table for consideration.
            “We want to hear what the local school districts want to do on that,” Moore said during a Feb. 20th press conference. “What does law enforcement believe is appropriate on that because right now it’s the law enforcement officers who are stationed in schools right now who are the front line of defense…”
            Various polls have been taken across the state of citizens, and teachers in particular, and in every case, the majority hs leaned against arming teachers.
            But at least one conservative Republican lawmaker is all for arming teachers. In fact, he feels that it’s long past due.
            “We have to get over this useless hysteria about guns and allow school personnel to have a chance to defend their lives and those of their students,” Rep. Larry Pittman [R-Cabarrus], told the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee recently.
Congresswoman Adams, however, believes differently.
“As lawmakers, we must seek greater protections for our students and commit to passing real commonsense gun reform, not absurd propaganda from politicians more concerned about campaign contributions than public safety.”


By Cash Michaels
Contributing writer

            First there was evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in North Carolina, when a Russian-backed “black” group attempted to exploit a fatal police shooting in Charlotte to suppress the black youth vote.
            Now, the “Linda Coleman for Congress” campaign for the Second Congressional District, is alleging that there was Russian meddling again, this time targeting her 2016 campaign for lieutenant governor.
            “…[S]taffers for the Linda Coleman for Congress campaign discovered that the domain name for Ms. Coleman’s Lieutenant Governor campaign website,, was recently purchased by a Russian citizen,” the campaign said in a March 7 press release. “We believe that this serves as further evidence that there is significant efforts by foreign entities to significantly influence our electoral processes and interfere with our democracy.”
            On Friday, Ms. Coleman, a former NC House member and chair of the Wake County Commissioners, who lost the 2016 race of lt. governor by a slim margin, held a press conference to make clear that her campaign has already been in touch with the FBI, State Board of Elections and the NC Attorney General’s Office.
            "Underhanded and deceptive strategies like this one only thrive when people choose not to speak out about what they see before them," she said.
            The NC Democratic Party says it’s not aware of any other campaign in the state that may have been affected by alleged Russian meddling.
Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the NC Republican Party, was markedly dismissive about Coleman’s claim, telling a local Raleigh television station, "Seems like they should direct these questions to the Clinton Campaign and the DNC, since they were conspiring with the Russians."
Ms. Coleman is vying to become the third African-American to represent North Carolina in Congress, hoping to join Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-1), and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12) if she’s victorious during the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
In the Democratic primary, Coleman faces Gregory Chesser, Kenneth Romley, Japeth Matemu, and Wendy May.
The winner of that primary will face Republican incumbent George Holding in November.
Last month, Derrick Johnson, president/CEO of the national NAACP, in a Feb. 20th statement, called for “…a complete investigation” into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.           
“As important, we also call for a thorough assessment of our election system to determine any potential weaknesses that could allow for the suppression or interference of votes during the upcoming midterm elections.”
            Johnson continued, “The midterm elections have the potential to shift the entire balance of power in Congress, and it remains critical that the integrity of the voting process cannot be questioned,” later adding, ““It is clear that the Black vote has been targeted by both internal and external forces and the NAACP is committed to challenging any attempt to reduce or diminish the political power of the African-American community, communities of color and the nation as a whole.”

           STATE NEWS BRIEFS FOR 03-5-18

            BELVILLE – Two African-American churches were vandalized over the weekend, Brunswick County authorities say, but there was no sign of entry, and nothing reported stolen. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Dept. says the vandalism – smashed glass windows and doors – was done between 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The churches – Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church and Providence Missionary Baptist Church – are at least a half-mile apart from each other, leading investigators to believe that the vandalism is the work of the same person. Authorities are still investigating.

            [ASHEVILLE] The white former police officer seen in a controversial video beating a black man who was accused of jaywalking, has been charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. Christopher Hickman, the former officer, is seen in the August 24, 2017 stopping, and then chasing and finally beating Johnnie Rush, an African-American, primarily across the head and face.
The Asheville City Council issued the following statement upon release of the police bodycam footage:
            "Like you, we are angry. We are angry that a black man walking home from a long day at work was stopped for jaywalking — something most of us do regularly without consequence," the statement reads. "We are angry that Johnnie Rush was attacked, beaten, choked and tased by a white police officer in violation of city policy and common decency."



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