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    Politically Astute People Seek Some Logical Answers—
By Karen Parker
Post Staff Writer
If you think the nation
will be at a political stand
still until the general elec
tion In early fall, think
again!
June through November
8, 1984 will produce some
politically astute people;
“those who you never
‘ dreamed held any savvy
J about world affairs, health,
housing, and national defi
cit will be questioning their
•local and national leaders
"and, of course, expecting
some logical and effective
answers.'. '
What are the forces be
hind the soul-stirring that's
already revving up, par
ticularly right here in the
J Tarheel state? First, it’s
organizations like SCLC,
NAACP, Voter Task Forc
| es and various political
caucuses. These leaders
~ and members are looked
•nr upon as the connecting arm
?' between politicians and
" their constituents.
SCLC honchos like presi
j(#dent Dr. Joseph Lowery
•-i and Rev. Albert Love have
1 .been across the country
f “and they’ve heard the tes
- timonies. “It’s a disgrace
that our elderly people, the
.—backbones., of - our -nation
have to decide whether to
spend their few dollars on
medicine or on food,” Dr.
Lowery stated in his visit to
Charlotte last week.
You could hear, “that is a
disgrace” replayed by Dr.
-^Lowery’s audience. But
when he emphasized that
information was—from a
testimony given in Char
lotte, the sympathetic
agreements shifted more
to angry tones of “what can
we do about it?”
Being, one of the poli
tical connecting arms, the
SCLC had already decided
last year at its national
convention what to do. The
organization is staging its
August, 1984, convention in
, Charlotte.
“The timing is right,”
Rev. Love told a steering
committee last week. “The
national convention will be
over, and the candidates
will be selected. Wounds
will be open ” However,
Rev. Love stressed after
the final results are re
vealed in San- Francisco,
it’ll be time to reunite. No
battles should still be going
^pn In the separate Jack
Rev. Reginald Hawldns informs the par
ticipants in the convention planning
session of arrangements that have been
made. Radisson Plaza Hotel will be the
convention headquarters for the SCLC
annual convention August 15-18. Left to
right are Rev. James Palmer and
Rev. Albert Love.
son, Hart, Mondale camps.
“Instead," he stated, "De
mocrats will have one goal.
We have to get rid of
Ronald Reagan," he com
mented.
THE CONVENTION
The convention has been
set for August 15-18. The
theme is "Turning To Each
Other To Turn The Nation
To Jobs, Peace & Free
dom."
Rev. James Palmer,
pastor of University Park
Baptist Church and pre-"
sident of the local SCLC
chapter, guarantees, “this
convention will be the best
in the 27-year history of
SCLC.”
If everything goes as
planned--it may very well
be a highly successful
event. A massive voter
registration drive is al
ready in the making. Se
veral seminars have been
planned that will address
issues like the significance
of women (especially in an
election year), the KKK,
and world peace.
SCLC will also publicize
its report about the crisis in
health care. The SCLC
Women will address the
topic, “The Black Family"
at its annual luncheon. To
Weather Tips For Older Adults
Special To The Post
This is an enjoyable and
exciting time of year.
North Carolinians of all
ages become more physic
ally active and enjoy tak
ing part in our state's
abundant outdoor life.
However, it’s important for
older adults to use com
mon sense and take special
precautions during spring
and summer.
Dr. Paul Beck, direc
tor of aging at the Uni
versity of North Carolina
School of Medicine in
Chapel Hill, cautions older
citizens not to physically
extend themselves beyond
the endurance of their
heart and lungs.
“It’s important to start
out slowly when exercising
or working outdoors,” he
emphasized. “Take it easy
arftm 'by walking, or if
gardening, working only a
small plot of land.”
Gardens, as well as
blooming flowers and
trees, are beautiful and
a scenic part of spring, but
they can also be hazar
dous. As people age they
have a tendency to be more
sensitive to pollen.
Dr. Beck advises older
adults with allergies or
sensitivity to pollen to stay
indoors when pollen is
heavy. In addition, older
people should check with
their doctor before taking
any drugs to relieve itchy
eyes and runny noses. A
person already taking me
dication could have an ad
verse reaction to mixing
different drugs.
Another potential hazard
during the spring and
summer is tetanus, or
lockjaw. Outdoor activities
such as yard work or gar
dening could cause a cut,
puncture vCound, or thorft
prick which could result in
tetanus. Once the tetanus
germ enters the body it
causes uie muscles to go
into spasms and then lock
unless the person has been
properly immunized.
Dr. J. N. MacCormack,
chief of the North Caro
lina Department of Human
Resources’ Epidemiology
Section, advises all North
Carolinians, and especially
those over the age of 50, to
keep up with their required
tetanus shots. There were
five cases of tetanus re
ported in North Carolina in
1983, and all people strick
en were over the age of 50.
The treatment for tetanus
is lengthy and may be
easily obtained from the
family doctor or local
health department.
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culminate the affair, SCLC
has arranged for labor or
ganizations to come to
gether for a solidarity
march. Those are only the
highlights. There’s still cul
tural night and other ac
tivities on the agenda.
The convention will be an
action-packed four days,
that will probably pass
swiftly. But the meaning of
the convention won’t pass
as quickly for most people
It will be on their con
sciences as they prepare
for the presidential elec
tion.
"The convention, march,
and voter registration
drive are all significant,’’
Dr. Lowery professed. He
warned not only should
North Carolinians consider
carefully who they want for
President, but should pon
der about electing a U.S.
senator as well.
Dr. Lowery described
Sen. Jesse Helms as one
who has "more control
than any person in the
country over right-wing
money.’’
“I want you to know 1984
is a super critical year,”
Dr. Lowery continued The
way you vote will affect the
future of our nation for a
long time. “Did you know
one-half of the Supreme
Court will be appointed in
1984?" he posed.
Certainly, everyone may
not agree with every move
made by the SCLC. How
ever, the organization has
proven it supports and
works to protect the ra
cially oppressed. The SCLC
National Convention with
its more than i,500 dele
gates nationwide are stag
ing a visit to Charlotte that
will make history
Pictured above are members of the
steering committee for the SCLC annual
convention. Along with many black
leaders ot Charlotte, are leaders from
other cities across the state.
Kev..James Palmer, (center) president
of the Charlotte chapter SCLC, urges the
convention steering committee and other
volunteers to make the Charlotte conven
lion the best one the SCLC has had in 27
years. On the left is Rev. Reginald
Hawkins; on the right. Rev. Albert Love.
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