the county news
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 through Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 through Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Floyd case reverberates here in North Carolina
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
Photo via CNN
By Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels
It has been over a week since a Minnesota jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering Fayetteville native George Floyd, but the reverberations continue to be felt even here in North Carolina.

While both the sister of Floyd, and the brother of the prosecutor who pursued Floyd’s cop murderer - both North Carolinians - react to the conviction, citizens across the state continue to express outrage in the aftermath of the controversial police killing of Andrew Brown in Elizabeth City a day after the Chauvin conviction, casting a cloud over whatever hope many had that the Floyd verdict would be a turning point in police abuse of Black people. More ↠
Survivor Views: ACS CAN Seeking Cancer Survivors for Surveys to Shape Health Policy

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is asking cancer patients and recent survivors to enroll in its latest Survivor Views survey project. The project is dedicated to ensuring cancer patients and survivors’ experiences are used to inform cancer-related policymaking. The survey project, which started in 2019, has provided invaluable insight on issues including the cost of prescription drugs, access to health coverage, surprise medical bills and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on cancer patients’ access to care.

“Survivor Views has proven to be an incredible resource for providing policymakers and the press with timely and insightful perspectives on the issues shaping cancer patients’ lives,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “These views need to be heard and we want to continue being a resource for amplifying patient voices on critical policy issues, but in order to do so we need patients and survivors to enroll.” More ↠

Vice President Harris talks jobs
‘Infrastructure is whatever gets you to where you need to go’
Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris toured Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown to promote the Biden Administration’s plans to bring the nation’s infrastructure into the 21st century and thus create thousands of good paying U.S. jobs. / Courtesy Media Pool Photographer Woody Marshall

By Afrique I. Kilimanjaro
The Biden American Jobs Plan is about more than building the typical infrastructure of roads, bridges, and public transit. According to Vice President Kamala Harris, it’s about reimagining how to improve the lives of Americans. Harris traveled to Guilford County to promote the American Jobs Plan at Guilford Technical Community College’s Jamestown campus. The reimagining of the future of infrastructure involves the creation of highly skilled technical jobs and education. Included in the plan are provisions to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MSIs); invest in research and development (R&D), manufacturing, and training; and build a caregiving infrastructure.
In an exclusive interview with the Carolina Peacemaker, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris described “infrastructure as whatever gets you to where you need to go.”

To do infrastructure, Harris said, “That’s about pipe fitters and plumbers and electricians and the building trades — all of those folks who have the skills that will actually allow us to build up.”

She said it’s important for us to invest in strengthening our infrastructure and competitiveness by creating the good-paying, union jobs of the future.

The American Jobs Plan seeks to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and economy utilizing the latest More ↠
Lt. Gov. Robinson erroneously advocates for Voter I.D.
By Cash Michaels
When controversial Black Republican NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Thursday, April 22, from his opening statement, he could not pass up alleging that Democrats were dishonest and no good.

“Just a few days ago, the Vice President Kamala Harris went to the Woolworth counter in Greensboro,” Robinson told the panel. “Do you know who wasn’t there? Do you know who wasn’t invited? My good friend Clarence Henderson, who was a civil rights icon. He sat at that counter, and endured suffering and pain to make sure that Black voices were heard. And why was he left out? Because he is of a different political persuasion.”
Lt. Governor Mark Robinson
Lt. Governor Mark Robinson
First of all, by all accounts, Vice Pres. Harris’ visit to the historic 1960 Woolworth lunch counter held in the International Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro on Monday, April 19th was not an official part of her visit to the Triad, but rather an impromptu visit, so the only people with her were More ↠