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THE CHRONIC LE
Volume42,Number7 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. i THURSDAY, October 15, 2015
Barber tells N.C. NflflCP to expand fight
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE AND
Saying that the 2016 elections are
extremely important to North Carolina anil
the country, N.C. NAACP President Rev.
Dr. William Barber laid out an aggressive
agenda for organizing and mobilizing vot
ers statewide under the banner "This is no
time for foolishness."
"At this convention...we know what is
needed in this state and this nation. We
know what's needed for liberty and justice
for all to be realized," Barber told hun
dreds of N.C. NAACP chapter members
attending the 72nd annual State
Convention in Winston-Salem on
Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Benton Convention
"Number one, we 've got to secure
pro-labor anti-poverty policies that ensure
economic sustainability by fighting for
full employment, living wages, the allevia
tion of disparate unemployment, a green
economy, labor rights, affordable housing,
William Barber III
targeted empowerment zones, (and] strong
safety net services for the poor. We have to
stop extreme militarism that destroys inno
cent lives and undermines our ability to
wage a real war on poverty at home ."
"We've got to make sure we have fair
policies for immigrants, infrastructure
development, and fair tax reform that ben
efits the poor and working poor, and not
the greedy," Barber continued.
The NCNAACP leader also called for
"educational equality" by ensuring that
every child have,"... a high quality, well
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BY JESSE J HOLLAND
WASHINGTON ? Black men and women joyously
returned to the National Mall on Saturday for the 20th
anniversary of the Million Man March, calling for changes
in policing and in black communities amid an atmosphere
almost like a family reunion.
Waving flags, carrying signs and listening to speeches
and songs, people mingled as they wove their way through
security barricades and around loudspeakers and souvenir
vendors at the U.S. Capitol and down the Mall on a sunny,
For some, it was a return to Washington after the
Million Man March on Oct. 16, 1995, and a chance to
expose their children to the same positive experience the
first march represented to them.
"This is a very special moment for me. Twenty years
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board voting to
on Oct. 20
BY TEVIN STINSON
THE CHRONICLE -
Last month, Jeannie Metcalf, a member of the
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools board, abruptly
stepped down from the position she has held for 21 years.
Metcalf was the vice chair and the longest serving
member on the board that has six new members.
In November 2014, Metcalf was elected to her sixth
term and was serving as a guide to the new members. She
announced her resignation on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the start
of a*regularly scheduled school board meeting.
Metcalf said the health of herself and her husband
played a big role in her stepping down.
Board by-laws state that the remaining eight school
board members choose the person to fill vacancies
between elections. The by-laws also require that the new
member be the same
political party as the
a member who vacated
the seat. Metcalf is a
| _ registered Republican.
14/^1 Lf 'W Since Metcalf
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District 2, the board
decided that the new.
board member should
also live in District 2,
to keep balance.
Earlier this month, the board released the names of the
eight applicants who the remaining board members have
to choose from.
The applicants are; Peter Antinozzi, Lida Hayes
Calvert, Michelle Craun, Jay Davenport, Tina Heelan,
Thomas Keener, Linda Petrou and Steve Wood.
Board member Elizabeth Motsinger said that they
have some very good candidates to choose from.
"We have some very good candidates. I know the
board will make the right decision," she said.
During the school board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13,
Dana Jones, school board chairwoman, announced the
process the board will go through before picking the new
According to Jones, on Oct. 20, the board will have a
curriculum meeting from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at which time
they will begin interviews with the four finalists.
The names of the four finalists were not announced
during the meeting.
"We will begin our scheduled curriculum meeting,
have dinner, then begin meeting with our four finalists,"
said Jones. "Each interview will be about 20 minutes."
Because the meeting on Oct. 20 is a special called
meeting, the board members had to decide whether they
will allow questions from the public following the voting.
Although the board voted to not take questions, Jones
said anyone who wants to make a recommendation or
show support for a candidate is free to email the members
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Statewide meeting focuses on 'Women's Power NOW'
BY TORI P. HAYNESWORTH
POR THE CHRONICLE
The North Carolina National Organization of
Women (NOW) had its state conference on
Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Parkway United Church of
Christ at 2151 Silas Creek Pkwy. The all-day con
ference consisted of business agendas, food, fel
lowship and panel discussions based on this year's
theme "Focusing on Women's Power NOW".
"We want to motivate to change bad policies
and bills, and encourage good ones," said Gailya
Paliga, president of NC WOW. "We're willing to
educate and protest as needed ."
Several speakers led the conference that were
focused on the six core issues in North Carolina :
Reproductive Rights; Economic Right (including
pay equity); ending Violence Against Women;
Racial Justice; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Asexual, Ally (LGBTQ1AA) Rights; and
Constitutional Equality through the Equal Rights
The keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Alma
Adams, who spoke about how she got where she
is now in her career and talked "sister to sister" to
'Together we've worked to enforce some
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