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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 27, 2016, Page A10, Image 10

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Photo provided by Cash Michaels Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton exclusively speaks to Cash Michaels, a representative of the Black Press, in Raleigh Hillary from pageAI 'Taking on systemic racism," something she has "talked very openly and specifically about," is something Clinton added to her pronounced agenda for African-Americans. She points toward reform ing the criminal justice sys tem "from end to end" to help stem the tide of ques tionable fatal police shoot ings of black people, improving police training, and building greater respect between law enforcement and the African-American commu nity. "I particularly want to provide more diversion from the criminal justice system and more second chance programs for peo ple who have paid their debt to society so that we begin to reverse what has been an over incarceration that has really disrupted communities." "But I also have to do more to heal the divides that we face in our country, and I'm taking all of this on because I want to build on the progress that President Obama has made. I don't want to see it reversed or ripped away." And yet, a "President" Hillary Clinton's approach would be from "a different perspective that will hope fully get even more people listening," she says. Clinton certainly dis agrees with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's assess ment that African Americans "live in hell," instantly exclaiming, "Oh, that's so wrong," and then adding "One of many insulting, divisive com ments that Trump made was his characterization of African-American commu nities. It just shows he's never been in any, he does n't know any people, he has no idea of the dynamism of small busi ness or the importance of historically black colleges and universities, or the role that black churches play, or black professionals, and every walk of life." "He has characterized in such a negative way what I see as a part of America that has a lot going for it, but [also] has some challenges that we must honestly address." Clinton expressed sup port for South Carolina U.S. Rep. James Clyburn's "10-20-30" plan - 10 per cent of federal funds should go to the 20 percent of communities that have been living with genera tional poverty and lack of development for 30 years. Clinton says she's devel oped a plan that not only implements 10-20-30 into the federal budget, but also the empowerment and enterprise zones that helped build black busi nesses under President Bill Clinton's "New Markets" tax credits to be able to fur ther invest, and hire people within their communities. Clinton said she'd like to see "a much bigger effort" when it comes to upgrading skills training so that more people can actu ally qualify for the 1.2 mil lion available jobs in the marketplace. She says she wants to accomplish this challenge literally on a "neighborhood by neigh borhood" basis, working with local officials, busi nesses and faith leaders who know the most about their own communities, and bring different per spectives to the table. Clinton lauds President Obama's leadership in get ting the country out of the greatest financial crisis since the great Depression - an economic collapse she says was caused by a com bination of huge tax breaks for the wealthy, and Republicans taking the reg ulatory eyes off 'of Wall Street and the financial markets. Clinton says that Obama "doesn't get the credit that he deserves for pulling us out of that big ditch." She credits the presi dent's "steadiness" in guid ing the economy with a substantial stimulus and recovery package and the reinstatement of a higher tax rate on the wealthy, all resulting in over 75 con secutive quarters of eco nomic growth. Last year until now, Clinton adds, more people are finding work, incomes went up and more people are entering the jobs market. "I want to build on that foundation," Clinton says of President Obama's achievements, "and I don't want to see it ripped up and thrown away by a false ide ology that the way you cre ate economic wealth and equality in America is top down. I think its middle out, and bottom up. I will build on what the president has done." When asked if "President" Hillary Clinton's U.S. Justice Department would contin ue to pursue the strength ening of voting rights, keeping in mind the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly deliber ately suppressed African American voters with "sur gical precision," Clinton immediately said, "Yes, a "hundred percent." She furthered that she was "proud" of the efforts of both U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her predecessor, Eric Holder, to beat back unconstitutional voter ID laws in North Carolina and across the nation. Hwever Clinton also blasted the US Supreme Court for striking down Section 4(b) of the 1965 voting law, effective ly taking away the Justice Department's most effec tive tools in policing how various states are uphold ing the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). . Clinton lamented that the High Court crippled the VRA, especially since Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate when she served voted 98-0 to renew the VRA, and then-Pres. George W. Bush signed it. "I want to appoint peo ple to the [U.S.] Supreme Court who understand, based on what you read in the Fourth Circuit [and other court findings against Republicans trying to sup press the vote], I also want to go back to Congress and try to get legislation to fix the heart of the Voting Rights Act" noting that U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D GA) is leading a bi-parti san effort now "to reinstate the full reach and power of the VRA." Clinton is currently leading in the polls over Republican Donald Trump. Today she joins First Lady Michelle Obama during a rally in Winston-Salem. "It is no surprise that Secretary Clinton and First Lady Obama come to Winston-Salem on its first day of expanded early vot ing as 16 new polling sites open in Forsyth County," Eric Ellison, chairman of the Forsyth County Democratic Party says. "They realize that as Forsyth goes, so goes the State." Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, con ducted a bus tour Tuesday, and Wednesday throughout eastern North Carolina, campaigning for his wife. Groups warn of irregular voting machines Special to the chronicle The North Carolina NAACP has now received reports from N.C. NAACP membership in at least five counties that, in some instances, electronic voting machines may be malfunc tioning and improperly identifying a voters' select ed choice as a choice for a different candidate. Voters report that they have experienced this profr lem voting on ballot itdms that include, but are not limited to, the* Presidential ballot. In all instances of which we are currently aware, voters were able to fix the problem by review ing their choices artd fixing the error before submitting their electronic ballots. "Throughout the early voting. period and on Election Day itself, on behalf of our membership, the N.C. NAACP and our partners will be investigat ing all complaints received by our members, and by voters our members are assisting across the state," said the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president. "We t are gravely serious at this time about protecting the voting rights of North Carolinians. No voter should feel intimidated in this election or concerned that your vote will not count. Your voice is urgent ly needed and, in this year, in the wake of our historic voting rights victory in NO NAACP v. McCrory, we will not allow any rumors, confusion, or misguided forces of voter suppression to turn us around." Today, in an abundance of caution, the N.C. NAACP is asking any voter who experiences a problem with a voting machine, or other problems that leave yoti worried about whether your vote has been correct ly counted to immediately call the national voter pro tection hotline: 1-866 OUR-VOTE . You can also text your information directly to the NC NAACP at 1-919-308-9085. The African American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party (AAC-NCDP) also is warning about the voting machines. The group says early voting is only two days (2) old, but it has come to the attention of the AAC NCDP that some computer voting machines in North Carolina are malfunction ing and are automatically checking Donald Trump ? although voters are check ing Hillary Clinton. Check your machines: Be especially careful if the name is Ivotronic. (The Chronicle has found out that Forsyth County does have Ivotronics machines, and they're being used in early voting, but as of press time, there are no reports of the machines malfunctioning.) All voters should DOU BLE CHECK the list of candidates chosen on the voter receipt before press ing to cast their final vote. If a candidate other than the one you voted for is checked, you must IMMEDIATELY take the pen that is attached to the machine and uncheck Donald Trump and redo your vote for Hillary Clinton. Inform the assistants at the polling place of the malfunction of your mrchine. After you finish correcting and casting your vote, report the problem to. the State Board of Elections. Also, contact the AAC-NCDP with your voter concerns. Please also contact the Trouble Voting hotline at the phone num ber above or 1-888-our vote to report it. ' (Vivliilk 111 ?!! ifl ? if ? ?! ? V Visit the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health Call 336-703-3324 for Open Access/Same-Day Appointment scheduling (services: exams/evaluations, treatments and H IV-Only testing). Fonyth County To learn more visit: WWW.FORSYTH.ee/PUBUCHEALTH/STD CLINIC.ASPX MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!! r " W? ?J facebook. i i *

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