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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 through Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 through Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Hickory NAACP to Host Prayer Vigil/Community March
Fran Farrer
Fran Farrer
HICKORY, NC – In recent months there have been national and local protests, marches, and vigils, triggered by the police killing of George Floyd and police-related deaths of many other African Americans and the “Black Lives Matter” movement. More recently however, the Hickory National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has become more concerned with the violence, including killings, of Blacks by Blacks in Hickory.

Much of their concern was triggered by recent months of national and local protests, marches, and vigils following the police killing of George Floyd and police-related deaths of many other African Americans and the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

As a result of their concern, the Hickory NAACP will lead a Black Lives Matter vigil and march in the Ridgeview community in protest of Black on Black violence Thursday, August 6, 2020. The event starts at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, located at 40 1st St SW, in Hickory.

On Sunday August 9, 2020, member or not, all are invited to join the NAACP’s monthly meeting via Zoom Sunday, August 9th. Items on the agenda will include an More ↠
From My Point of View

By Wilson Cherry

Wislon Cherry
Wilson Cherry

ROWAN COUNTY, NC - Many people previously working in various businesses and industries have had their lives disrupted by the effects of the Coronavirus. At Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Inc. we have continued to operate as an essential “mental health service,” licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The licensure and designation as an essential service is a result of the agency providing life skills and vocational training for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID). Many consumers have more than one diagnosis, which may be developmental, physical, substance abuse or mental illness.

In complying with the most recent order from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, all of our consumers and staff wear a mask while at our facilities in More ↠

“Poor People” could turn the election,
says campaign study

By Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels
If poor and low-income voters turned out to vote as much as those with higher incomes this November, they could change the course of the election, especially in North Carolina, says a new study commissioned by Rev. Dr. William Barber’s “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival.”

According to a new study by Robert Paul Hartley, an assistant professor at Columbia School of Social Work, “Low-income people are less likely to vote in national elections than those with higher incomes for many reasons, including that candidates don’t speak to their issues; they don't think their vote will make a difference; and, or they have mobility or time impediments.”

However, based on data from 2008 - 2016, poor or low-income voters could elect U.S. senators in 16 states in the upcoming Nov. 3rd general elections if they voted at the same level of higher income citizens.

In North Carolina, according to the study, “…low-income eligible non-voters made up 22% of North Carolina’s total electorate relative to average midterm election years from 2006 to 2018.”
Rev. Dr. William Barber
Rev. Dr. William Barber
The study continued, “The percent of the low-income eligible non-voting population equal to the average 2006-2018 midterm senate election margins is 12%. That means that if 12% of low-income eligible non-voters vote in the midterm elections, they would match the average margin of victory in those contests.” More ↠
Obama makes N.C. endorsements
By Cash Michaels
Remember when former President Barack Obama was carefully keeping himself publicly at arms -length from anything political once he left office?

Well, apparently those days are over. Beyond giving a full-throated endorsement of his former vice president in the upcoming November election a few weeks ago, and speaking out forcefully against what he sees are the excesses of the current Trump Administration, the nation’s first Black former U.S. president is now endorsing 118 Democratic candidates for federal, statewide and state legislative offices across the country, including here in North Carolina.

The high-profile move further confirms North Carolina as an important swing state in the crucial November 3rd elections. Pres. Trump had already declared North Carolina as a key state in his re-election, having originally chosen it for his Republican National Convention, only to cancel much of it here because of COVID-19.
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