Tuesday, August 28, 2012


READY FOR THE DNC CONVENTION - Brad Thompson of Raleigh leads a contingent of supporters and delegates from the Capital City to Charlotte next week to attend the Democratic National Convention [Cash Michaels Photo]

By Cash Michaels

It is history for sure.
The very first convention by a major political party in North Carolina, and even more historic, the first time that an incumbent African-American president of the United States is re-nominated to run for re-election.
Even with a struggling economy and an election that is dead even in the polls ten weeks out from the November 6th presidential election, over 120 North Carolina delegates attending the three-day Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week are not only beaming with pride, but determined to hold President Barack Obama up as the leader who saved the American economy, has positive job growth for 29 straight months, and has kept America safe since he took office in 2009.
“Having the convention here indicates the importance of the state to the Obama campaign in this election,” says former Raleigh City Councilman Brad Thompson, who serves on the DNC National Platform Committee.
Indeed, North Carolina, which Obama won by just 14,000 in 2008, is considered a battleground state that Republican Mitt Romney must have, experts say, if he’s to unseat the president. The Obama campaign is expected to protect North Carolina from Romney and his minions.
For Montica Talmadge, a Raleigh analyst, this will be her first experience as a delegate to the Democratic Convention. Talmadge, who is slated to become the first African-American to be DNC Woman of the Young Democrats of America, is going with a mission.
“It’s just a huge, huge honor for me, and I’m very excited,” Talmadge said, adding that the policies of the Democratic Party, and President Barack Obama, are important to move America forward.
For Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, this is a true moment to shine.
The eyes of the world will be on the Queen City for the DNC Convention, and if its successful, it will because Mayor Foxx, and African-American, helped to lead a plethora of community and business leaders to prepare for it.
       “Historically this means a great deal to all of us, and we want it to be very successful,” Foxx told The Carolinian, adding that the economic impact could be as much as $150 million for the city and state. 
          The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte begins Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Time Warner Arena, and ends Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Bank of America Stadium where President Barack Obama will accept his party’s re-nomination.
         It was February 1, 2011, when First Lady Michelle Obama had announced that Charlotte had been chosen for the 2012 convention.


By Cash Michaels

            The third most powerful African-American in Congress says that in their zeal to stop President Barack Obama’s agenda, congressional Republicans were “disloyal” to the nation.
            South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn (D - SC) also charged that Pres. Obama has met with so much opposition, degradation of his character and humanity by the right-wing, because they refuse to believe that an African-American is “not capable” of being president of the United States.
            In an exclusive interview Thursday with the Power 750 WAUG-AM radio program “Make It Happen,” Rep. Clyburn - reacting to the GOP continuing to push the false birther and welfare claims against the nation’s first black president during their Republican National Convention week - charged that the Republicans never had any intention of working with, or even compromising with Pres. Obama for the good of the nation from the moment he took office in 2009.
            “They met on the night that he was sworn-in, and took a blood oath to each other that they would be obstacles to [Obama’s] administration,” Clyburn maintained. “And they set out to do so in a way that demonstrates the ultimate in disloyalty to the country.”
“Every attempt by President Obama has made to “light a candle” to help show the way for progress, for opportunity, for bringing us out of the darkness of the great recession that we just experienced, he had seen those candles, those flames blown out time and time again by these Republicans,” Clyburn charged. “And then they have stood on the sidelines cursing the darkness.”
Rep. Clyburn said the Republican “trickle-down economics,” as first pushed by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, didn’t work. The massive Bush tax cuts of the last decade have ballooned the national deficit because they weren’t paid for.
And the economic crash and loss of over 2 million jobs during the final months of President George W. Bush’s administration, crippled America.
            “We were teetering on the brink of [economic] disaster,” when Pres. Obama first came in, Clyburn insists. “That is what greeted this president.”
            The South Carolina Democrat credits Obama’s quick work to shore up the economy, pumping in tens of billions in stimulus, and saving the auto industry from bankruptcy. But Clyburn also recalls how Republicans in Congress refused to work with the president to shore up job growth, even before the Tea Party took over Congress in 2010.
            “ The loyal opposition has been anything but loyal,” Rep. Clyburn said. “We expect for them to be in opposition to [Obama’s] policies, but we would hope that they would be loyal to the country. They have made it very clear, that the only reason for their existence... their number one reason…is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one-term president.”
            “What kind of loyalty to the country is…the number one priority for every elected official, especially those sitting up here in Washington, should be to protect the American people; to secure the futures for the American people; to maintain safety in our communities, and to keep moving our country forward. When you tell me all of that should take a backseat to unseating a president, then I think it tells the public all they need to know about your priorities.
            “Why?” the number three man in House Democratic leadership asked rhetorically.
            Race, according to Clyburn, is certainly a big part of it.
            “There has been a theory put forth in this country, from its inception, that there are certain gene pools that are not as good as other gene pools, and by that I mean that some people are just inherently unequal,” Clyburn said. “[The theory says] there are some people who are just inherently inferior and not capable of doing certain things.”
            “When people see that this longstanding philosophy that [has been] perpetuated forever is getting a very, serious, in-your-face denigration of its own veracity or validity,
then they try to fight it off.”
             “No African-American is supposed to have the capacity, least more the capability, of being president of the United States,” Rep. Clyburn continued. “There are people who actually feel that way.”
            Clyburn made clear that he “strongly disbelieved” that that was the view of the majority of white Americans. “But there is a big minority of white voters who are absolutely upset that an African-American is president of the United States,” he said.
            Propagating the falsehood that Pres. Obama is a Muslim, know that doing so in a Judeo-Christian culture enflames hatred, in addition to questioning his citizenship and patriotism, are also tools used to “other” the president in the eyes of white voters, Rep. Clyburn says.
            Pundits like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews have echoed that charge directly to the face of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who has vigorously denied that Republicans, and specifically the presidential campaign of former Governor Mitt Romney, are “playing the race card.”
            And yet during the RNC Convention, which once again noticeably lacked a large number of black delegates, a black CNN camerawoman was reported taunted by two white RNC attendees who threw peanuts at her saying, “This is how we feed the animals.”
            The Republican racial image also wasn’t helped when GOP House Speaker John Boehner told reporters at the RNC Convention that while, according to polls, African-Americans probably won’t vote for Mitt Romney (an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll reported that zero percent of black supported Romney), “…I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”
            Rep. Clyburn says that’s the intent of the GOP ploy in several states to make casting a ballot in November harder for voters of color because of new voter photo identification laws.
            “We can dress it up anyway we want to; we can talk about it anyway we want to, but you know the good Lord has allowed me to live long enough - I’m 72 years old - to…call it as I see it,” Rep. Clyburn said of why the Republicans have vigorously opposed the president.
“That’s what the fact is.”


            [TAMPA, FLA] Herman Cain, the black Republican former pizza executive whose run for president ended earlier this year after several women accused him of sexual harassment, told the NC delegation at the Republican National Convention this week that “stupid Americans are running America,” a slam at the Obama Administration. Cain is scheduled to visit North Carolina twice in September, in Raleigh for a business luncheon on Sept. 12th; and the next day in Charlotte. Cain says he also plans to meet with black ministers and students while in NC.

            [TAMPA, FLA.] If the GOP wins the governor’s race, and holds on to its majority in the NC General Assembly, then voter ID will pass, assured NC House Speaker Thom Tillis during the North Carolina delegation breakfast at the Republican National Convention this week. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, vetoed the first bill passed by the GOP in the NC General Assembly in 2011, and the Republicans couldn’t override. Tillis says if Pat McCrory, a Mecklenburg County Republican candidate for governor wins and the Legislature says in GOP hands, then a voter ID law is a certainty.

            [GARNER] Police have arrested a Garner man, charging him with making a bomb threat to three City of Raleigh buildings. Carl Maurice Allen, 38, allegedly called the Raleigh Public Utilities building Tuesday, saying workers there had “40 minutes to get out of the building before it blew up.” Subsequently, two other city government buildings, including City Hall, were evacuated. After a search by authorities, the buildings were cleared. Allen reportedly had been previously charged with making terrorist threats in 2006 in Pennsylvania. Charges were dismissed in that case.

NOT A GOOD START - Frustrated Wake County parents wait for hours at the Wake Board of Education offices Tuesday to register their children under the new school choice plan as traditional calendar classes began this week. Thousands more angry parents blasted the school system for late school buses that failed to pick up their children. Wake Supt. Tata said the bus delays were due to transportation budget cuts. [Contributed photo]


            On Monday, Wake Schools Supt. Anthony Tata was welcoming the first day of the new traditional school year, saying that the 16th largest school system in the nation was ready to handle the challenges. But as he spoke, thousands of Wake school children weren’t being picked by their school buses, a problem that persisted for several days. Meanwhile, Board of Education headquarters in Cary were filled with angry parents, trying to finalize their children’s registration. On Tuesday, Tata promised to iron out the problems caused by the school choice plan he fought so hard for. He said transportation budget cuts put fewer buses on the road. The system has added four more buses to the over eight hundred to cover some of the shortage. Tata’s critics say his lack of experience in education is the reason for this latest foul-up.

            The Morrisville Town Council this week voted to ban firearms from several local parks and sites that are allowed by state law. The areas include the Morrisville Community Park, Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, Shiloh Park, Cedar Fork Community Center, Crabtree Creek Nature Park, and Indian Creek Greenway Trailhead. In 2011, state lawmakers passed a law that allowed handguns to be legally carried in local parks and greenways, but gave local officials the right to opt out in municipal areas.

            Wake law enforcement authorities say there was no real threat, but a North Carolina State University student was committed in July for serious mental health issues after it was determined that he allegedly wanted to go on a shooting spree, ultimately killing a law enforcement officer and his family.  The unnamed student was formerly a Marine sniper who served two terms of duty in Iraq. A search warrant to his computer files revealed that the student, who reportedly suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, would daydream about killing people, and made plans to do so, complete with what weapons would be used. The student wanted to kill a police officer and his family by following him home one night. He’s being treated at the VA Hospital in Durham.



By Cash Michaels

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - You won’t believe this, but I have never been able to attend the Raleigh/Wake African-American Cultural Festival. One of the reasons why is because my youngest daughter, KaLa, has been sponsoring a lemonade stand during Labor Day weekend for the past three years, with proceeds going to the North Carolina Zoo, so the whole family has been busy.
I hope I can make it this year. It’s Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1st and 2nd. On Saturday from 11 a.m to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s free for the family, and there will be music, food, fun, and of course, culture.
Now if I do make it to the festival, I may have some petitions for the Wilmington Ten pardons of Innocence with me for you to sign. I hope you will.
THE DNC - As I indicated last week, next week is a week of history here in North Carolina as the Democratic National Convention comes to Charlotte. We’ll be writing the column from the Queen City,  giving you the sights and sounds as we experience them.
We’ve already interviewed Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is also a Democratic congresswoman from Florida. Add to the list CNN contributor Donna Brazile, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina, actor Don Cheadle, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn, actress Lynn Whitfield and North Carolina Congressman G. K. Butterfield.
We hope to run into several more notables when we get to Charlotte.
The bottomline is this is a more historic election than in 2008, primarily because while history was made with the first African-American president being elected four years ago, today we have a bold and daring conservative opposition that has done everything in its power to deny our president any victories for the nation.
So this election is about, after four years, whether the American people trust Barack Obama to finish the job of getting America back on the right track.
We’ll get that perspective while in Charlotte. And if we can fins any Republicans willing to speak with us, we’re more than happy to hear from them.
They better be willing to answer some tough questions too.
POWER 750 WAUG REPORTS - For you folks outside of Raleigh-Durham, you can get the radio station I do my Thursday show, “Make It Happen” on at www.myWAUG.com. For those in the Raleigh-Durham area, of our you can find it at Power 750 WAUG-AM, Thursday’s at 4 p.m.
I share this with you because starting Monday Sept. 3rd, I’ll be filing a series of special “Make It Happen” reports on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte featuring many of the personages we’ve already listed above, plus new interviews on the ground there in the Queen City.
It’s going to be exciting, so make sure you don’t miss a minute Monday, Sept. 3rd to Thursday, Sept. 6th. And then on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 4 p.m., a special DNC edition of “Make It Happen where we preview the president’s acceptance speech that night at the Bank of America Stadium.
Like we said, next week is going to be a week of history here in North Carolina, but it means absolutely nothing unless we all go to vote in November. So arm yourself with information in order to make your decision in 2012.
PIERS MORGAN NEEDS TO SHUT UP - I will admit it right now that I can’t stand CNN’s Piers Moron…, I mean Morgan. Piers, as you know, replaced the incomparable Larry King as CNN’s primary talker over a year ago, and the ratings have been in the toilet ever since. Morgan has one of the lowest rated shows in all of television. Reruns of “Leave it to Beaver” see twice the audience that a snooze session with one of Britain’s greatest yellow journalist.
And yet, in a recent interview, Morgan has the gall to suggest that CNN, which is experiencing it’s lowest prime time ratings in 20 years, needs to “be more opinionated” to boost the numbers.
How ironic. Advice from a guy who crams his worthless opinions down everyone’s throats on CNN, telling his network the path to better ratings is to run your mouth, even though his show can’t draw flies.
Reports are that CNN may start running HBO documentaries in prime time in order to boost ratings. I say great. If it will take Piers Morgan off the air, then so be it. The man is a joke!
BRAVO, CHRIS - I like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Chris gets clumsy at times, which his analysis, and he climbs out on more limbs than a tree monkey. But he has a good heart, and he is who he is.
I say all of that because Chris ha a tendency, at times, to place his foot firmly in his mouth.
In 2008, Chris said he felt a tingling up his leg when Barack Obama became the first black president. And when Pres. Obama first delivered the State of the Union address, Matthews said it was so good, he briefly forgot that Obama was black.
I don’t think he meant it the way it came out, but he did get hammered for it.
To be fair, Matthews has spent an awful lot of time do relief work in Africa, and almost lost his life when he contracted an infection.
So I don’t see Chris Matthews as a racist.
And that’s why I was quite pleased with Chris when he bluntly confronted the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and point blank accused him and the Mitt Romney campaign of “playing the race card” with their false accusations that President Obama had removed work requirements from welfare (a damnable lie, particularly after Romney later said Obama was doing so “to shore up his base”), and of course, bringing back up the Obama birth certificate controversy.
Both are racial dog whistles to white voters that Obama is looking out for his own.
Chris Matthews, to his credit, would have none of it Monday on “Morning Joe.”
"That cheap shot ... was awful," Matthews told RNC Chair Priebus, referring to the joke. "It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card ... you are playing that ethnic card there." Priebus triedn to laugh it off, but Matthews continued to nail him with, "you can sit there and giggle about it, but the fact is your party is playing that card."
Priebus later called Chris Matthews, and apparently all of the Republican talk show guests insisted that Romney joked last week in Michigan when he brought up no one asking him for his birth certificate.
These folks think they’re slick by half. They aren’t. But the only way to prove that is for voters to have the last say on November 8th.
Then we’ll see who gets the last laugh.
Good going Chris.
NCCU WILMINGTON TEN EVENT - Don’t forget next Wednesday, Sept, 5th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Central University Turner Law School, law school Professor attorney Irving Joyner presents, “40 Years is Long Enough,” a forum on the Wilmington Ten and their quest for pardons of innocence from Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The forum will include Wilmington Ten defense attorneys James Ferguson, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, and other members of the Ten and their families.
The session will be piped via television to four other UNC System historically black universities - Winston-Salem State University, Elisabeth City State University, NC A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.
The event is free and open to the public.
To register and attend, contact Michelle S. Roberts at 919-530-6601, or email talias@nccu.edu.
LIES - There is a new movie out called , “2016: Obama’s America” that is doing well at the box office apparently. The film, written and narrated by conservative shill Dinesh D’Souza (he wrote a book a few years back called “The End of Racism” which turned out to be an all-out attack on the African-American community).
The producer is Gerald Molen, who has worked with Steven Spielberg on such films as “Jurrasic Park” and “Schindler’s List.”
Essentially, the film says that Obama thinks anti-American because his father, Barack Obama Sr. was anti-American. The film has been fact-checked, and found to be so misleading in its claims. Count this as the work of the birther movement.
Don’t waste your hard-earned money on this racist trash.
Just don’t.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.myWAUG.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


                                                W-ed THANK YOU, COMMUNITY

            If there are two things that we absolutely believe in here at the Wilmington Journal, it’s serving our community to the up most best of our ability, and thank those who help this African-American newspaper do exactly that.
            Thus, a word of thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters and staff of the Fourth Annual Wilmington Journal Southeastern North Carolina African-American Heritage Festival, once again held last weekend in Robert Strange Park.
            Started in 2003, the festival is a two-day community festival of music, poetry and crafts that celebrates the best of Wilmington.
            It is also when we come together, not only to celebrate who we are as a proud people and community, but also take time to remember those of us who have made a difference  for all of us, who have passed on.
            This year, the opening day of the festival was dedicated to Wilmington Ten member Connie Tindall, and the second day dedicated to community activist Anthony Jinwright.
            The entire heritage festival was dedicated to the memory of our beloved Mrs. Willie E. Jervay, publisher emeritus of the Wilmington Journal, who passed earlier this year after many, many years of valiant service to our city, state and nation.
            All of at the Wilmington Journal still feel her loss, and we will always miss her, and her devoted husband, our founder, publisher Thomas C. Jervay, Sr.
            Of course, you can’t have a successful African-American Heritage Festival without sponsors, and, as always, we are so grateful for all of ours.
            Special thanks to the City of Wilmington (and Mayor Bill Saffo for coming out), Coast 97,3 Radio, WECT TV, Upperman African American Cultural Center at UNCW, New Beginning Christian Church, Progress Energy, Time Warner Cable, The Home Depot, R. A. Jeffreys, Krispy Kreme Donuts, The Wilmington Sportsmen's Club, Country Inns and Suites, and McDonalds.
            The community so appreciates the continued support of all of our sponsors for the festival and this newspaper, and look forward to them coming back again next years.
            To our many, many supporters, like Pastor Mary Nixon of Speakes A.M.E. Zion Church, and to our fantastic vendors, thank you for being there. The spirit of service was something that was shared throughout.
            To our valiant staff at the Wilmington Journal, who more than enough to do each and every week to make sure that a new edition hits the streets, chock full of the news and information our community desperately needs, thank you. To add managing the festival to those duties and responsibilities reflects your individual devotion to the community.
            And finally, to our community.
            All of us have a shared history of struggle. We have stood side-by-side to fight for equal rights, and speak out against injustice. More than most, our community has paid an awesome price throughout history for what we believe in, and we continue to do so.
            But through it all, we take comfort in knowing that GOD has been, and continues to be on our side.
            That’s what makes Wilmington special. That’s why we work so hard to ensure that this community can be one that we’re all proud of.
            And that’s why we at the Journal are so eternally proud of our community, and our readers, and thank each and every one of you for your loving, and continued support.
            Until next year.


By Cash Michaels
An analysis

            In the Republican Party’s America, the rich pay less while the poor pay more; blacks are more likely to vote repeatedly on Election Day; and unless a rape is deemed “legitimate” by some unknown governmental entity, a women must carry the offspring of her rapist to term because everyone knows if she was really raped, her body would have secreted a spermicide to prevent the pregnancy in the first place.
            Add the rants and musings of conservative entertainers like country singer Hank Williams, Jr., - who believes that President Obama is a “Muslim who hates farmers, the military” and America - rich industrialists like Donald Trump who still doesn’t believe that Barack Obama was born in this country, or former Fox News pundit Glenn Beck who went on national television and called America’s first African-American president “ a racist” who “hates white people,” and you have a conservative movement and Grand Old Party that seems not to be able to control its true feelings about why some of its most vocal minions want to “take the country back.”
            For anyone thinking that conservative Republicans here in North Carolina have been immune to some of the questionable pronouncements and behaviors of their national brethen, only have to look as far as the recently ended legislative session. Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert had a field day after the Republican-led NC General Assembly considered a measure, “that would prevent scientists from using modern, scientific models to accurately predict what might happen to sea levels if climate change continues unabated,” wrote Care2 online last June.
            Scientists say the sea level rise at the NC coast will be five feet.
            State lawmakers say the official estimate is more like eight inches, and passed a law prohibiting any projections that differ until 2016.
            The Winston-Salem Journal put it this way:
            Tea-party Republicans put the environmental movement and climate science on the wrong side of the culture war that is gripping the United States. Therefore, they refuse to recognize that the planet is getting warmer, seas are rising accordingly, and man is playing a part in both. It matters not that the vast majority of real scientists provide hard data to support their projections. To the tea drinkers, facts and science don't count, only anger at the left does.
            And yet, thanks to Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin, the nation got a further gander at that “anger at the left” this week when the arch-conservative went on local television, talking about possibly repealing the 1965 Voting Rights Act that secures the voting rights of African-Americans; ending funding for student loans and school lunches for poor children, and then the big comment about victims of legitimate rape not getting pregnant because their bodies won’t let it happen - a scientifically asinine and factually baseless remark that has had everyone from the chairman of the Republican Party to conservative cheerleader Sean Hannity, to even Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to demand that Akin, who is in a tight race with Democratic US Senatorial incumbent Claire McCaskill, abort his candidacy.
            Akin, who is known for his strong religious views, has refused, saying he’s putting “principle over politics.”
            The Missouri congressman embarrassed the Republican Party this week with his ignorance, until it was determined that he wasn’t the only Republican to share such beliefs.
            If the party standardbearers, and many of the GOP rank-and-file believe likewise, not only about women and rape, then what do they really think of African-Americans, Latinos, and others?
            The plethora of voter ID laws in at least 34 states where Republicans rule either the state legislature or the governor’s mansion, is clear indication that despite all evidence to the contrary, the GOP holds firm that there is “rampant” voter fraud among black voters, thus their justification to cut early voting, demand birth certificates, and curtail voter registration drives.
            The question is how will the black community respond to the GOP culture war come the November elections? It did not respond well at all during the November 2010 midterm elections, that saw the virtual takeover by the conservative Tea Party, which almost brought the government down during the debt ceiling debacle last summer.
            The answer is far from clear.

WakeUP Wake County, League of Women Voters of Wake County Set Dates for Candidate Forums
Special to The Carolinian

            Growth planning, public schools, transportation, water supply, and budget priorities are among the topics for questions and debate at five candidate forums to be held this September and October around Wake County.  Co-hosted by WakeUP Wake County and the League of Women Voters of Wake County, four of the forums will feature candidates running for three Wake County Board of Commissioners seats on the November ballot.  A fifth forum will feature candidates running for NC Superintendent for Public Instruction, a state-wide race.
All forums will start at 7:00pm.  Voter registration will be available beginning at 6:00pm at the Board of Commissioners forums.
Candidates will be asked questions by the organizations as well as the audience and will be allowed to make opening and closing statements.  Voter education is an important objective of both the League of Women Voters and WakeUP Wake County.  Both organizations are non-partisan, and all candidates have confirmed participation in the forums.  The public is encouraged to attend these free public forums.  Registration is not required but encouraged.  To register and for more information, visit: www.wakeupwakecounty.org.  Elections are Tuesday, November 6th. 

 Garner - Sept. 20, 2012
Garner Performing Arts Center
742 W Garner Rd, Garner

SE Raleigh - Sept. 27, 2012
Martin St. Baptist Church
1001 East Martin Street, Raleigh

Cary - Oct. 4, 2012
 Kirk of Kildaire Church
200 High Meadow Drive, Cary

N. Raleigh - Oct. 11, 2012
Temple Beth Or
5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh 27607

Cutline  - HUBERT POOLE HONORED - The US Marine Corp honored the late Hubert Poole this week. Read more in Triangle New Briefs. [Photo courtesy of Poole family]


            Mary Poole, the widow of long time Southeast Raleigh community leader Hubert Poole, proudly received a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal August 19 from representatives of the US Marine Corps in honor of her late husband. Mr. Poole, who died six months ago, was one of the first black Marines to train at the segregated Montford Point near Camp Lejeune during the 1940s. Poole said though he had to suffer racism there, the experience made him a better man.

           According to Money Magazine, Chapel Hill is number 10 on the “Best Places to Live in America” list. The magazine wrote, "Locals aren't exaggerating when they refer to Chapel Hill as a "town within a park." The roads wind through tunnels of arching trees, and the area has a rain forest-like charm. 

But Chapel Hill isn't just a pretty face. It's part of the state's Research Triangle, which boasts one of the highest numbers of Ph.D.s per capita in the U.S. The town also houses the nation's oldest public university, and interesting educational opportunities abound."

            Remember that NC Dept. of Transportation contest where you got to come up with a name for an 11-mile I-440/I-40 Beltline rebuilding project that will take 3-years to complete?  Well the results are in, and the NCDOT folks have chosen “Crawleigh” for the moniker. That may be because the project is expected to take three years to complete. It starts next summer and won’t be completed until 2016.


            [GREENSBORO] More good news for North Carolina when it comes to academics. High school students here taking the ACT college entrance exams last spring scored better than the national average, state officials say. The average NC senior composite score for math, reading, science and English was 22 on a scale from 1 to 36. That was about the same as the NC score in 2011 for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Only one in five high school seniors choose to take the ACT. Approximately 100,000 NC students took it last spring.

            [WINSTON-SALEM] At-risk children must be allowed to attend pre-kindergarten programs and the state can’t stop them, ruled the NC Court of Appeals this week. The decision flies in the face of the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly, which changed requirements to early childhood education that forced parents to pay part of the cost, and limited the number of at-risk children enrolled. Republican lawmakers say they will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

            [WILMINGTON] A former Hoggard High School assistant football coach has pleaded guilty assaulting six students. Coach Joseph Brown Jr. admitted to beating one students, punching three others, grabbing another by the throat, and threatening the last with a stick. He was ordered to attend anger management classes, and do 36 hours of community service.

By Cash Michaels

            GETTIN’ READY - The Democratic National Convention is just two weeks away in Charlotte, and everybody in the news business is getting ready for special coverage, including yours truly.
            This is history, after all. It’s the first time that North Carolina will be hosting a convention of a major political party, and it is certainly the first…and perhaps the last time, that a major political party will re-nominate an African-American to be president of the United States.
            Ok, I’ll add “…in our lifetimes.”
            Feel better?
            I will be reporting for The Carolinian and Wilmington Journal on the newspaper side, and on the radio on Power 750 WAUG/www.myWAUG.com, filing hourly special “Make It Happen” reports daily from Charlotte, plus a special edition of “Make It Happen” Thursday, February 6th, the evening that President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to once again run for the nation’s top office in November against Republican Mitt Romney.
            So summer is just about over. After Labor Day Sept. 3rd, the serious business about who lead our nation really begins (no offense to the Republicans, but they have their political convention in Tampa, Florida during the last week in August, when people really don’t pay attention).
            So don’t worry. The Black Press is on the job.
            WILMINGTON - Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Wilmington Journal African-American Heritage Festival. Even though Sunday was rained out, Saturday at the Robert Strange Park was great with fantastic poetry, rap and music. We all look forward to next year’s.
            REPUBLICAN TROUBLE - For the past week, we’ve been hearing about nothing but Republican bad behavior. If it isn’t a GOP congressman in Missouri trying to qualify which rapes are “legitimate” or not, we then hear of a group of freshmen Republican congressman who reportedly got drunk, disrobed (one completely), and jumped into the Sea of Galilee in Israel last year.
            When Politico.com released the story earlier this week, they reported that some of the GOP congressmen said they jumped into the sea because they believed in its biblical healing powers.
            Yeah, if I had a bottle or two, I might try that excuse too.
            Then there’s Mitt Romney’s new Vice presidential dance partner, Rep. Paul Ryan, who now has to admit to seeking millions from President Obama’s stimulus program, after blasting the program.
            How nice!
            And to top it all off, there’s a tropical storm headed towards the US that could turn into a category one hurricane, and target the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. next week.
            So with all of this happening to the GOP while they’re moving heaven and earth to get rid of President Barack Obama, I just have one question?
            Do you think GOD is trying to tell the Republicans something?
            REAL REPUBLICAN TROUBLE - Getting back to the extraordinary situation the GOP finds itself in in the aftermath of Congressman Todd Akin’s beyond stupid, beyond ignorant remarks about “legitimate rape” on a local Missouri TV show. Have you ever had a crazy uncle or aunt you wanted so badly to hide from the neighbors or visitors, but no matter how hard you try, they always end up showing their face when you least need to see them?
            I’m not talking about Rep. Akin, who run for the US Senate was the GOP’s best opportunity to take the Senate majority this November.
            I’m talking about the GOP’s neanderthal way of thinking about women, blacks, Latinos, gays, the poor…you name it. They try to hide some of that stuff from the public so that we won’t discover how truly racist and sexist and just plain IGNORANT most of them really are. They try to hide that stuff behind “God and country,” but every now and then, you get somebody like country singer Hank Williams Jr. (formerly of “Monday Night Football”) who will get up on a stage at some concert full of yahoos, and tell folks President Obama “is a Muslim” who hates farmers, the military, and America.
            Now when you hear racist bull like that, combined with Rush Limbaugh’s attack on women; rocker Ted Nugent warning that he wants to kill the president, and now a sitting US congressman saying there is “legitimate” and apparently “illegitimate” rape out there, that should be more than enough for folks to understand that the Republican Party wants to take us all back to 1950’s, before a civil rights movement, before a women’s movement, before America stood up and decided it would be a nation of the future.
            That’s why this election, more than 2008, is perhaps the most important in our lifetime, and the lifetimes of our children.
Don’t mess around and not participate. When you see and hear this level of stupidity running for office in the country, you need to make sure you have your say.
            There are no excuses for not voting this year.
            PARDON THE WILMINGTON TEN - Since the death of Wilmington Ten member Connie Tindall two weeks ago, more and more people around the country are discovering the cause of the ten civil rights activists who were unjustly convicted of crimes they did not commit 40 years ago. Approximately 540 people have signed the Change.Org online petition. Have you? Sign our Change.Org petition by going to our Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheWilmingtonTenPardonOfInnocenceProject), and clicking the petition link. But don’t stop there. Get your family and friends to do it too.
            This is about justice during an historic year, and you can be part of it.
            Please join us. Thanks. 
            Also, Connie Tindall was buried last week. He had no life insurance. Because he was falsely convicted of a felony 40 years ago, getting insurance would be prohibitive at best, and more expensive than standard rates.
The Wilmington community, led by Mary Alice Thatch, publisher of The Wilmington Journal, is doing what it can to help. A contribution fund has been setup to help with the costs of the service and burial.
The Tindall family asks that checks be made out to THE CONNIE TINDALL FUND, c/o FIRST CITIZENS BANK, P.O. BOX 1619 WILMINGTON, NC, 28402. Contributions to the fund can be dropped off at any First Citizens Bank branch.
Thanks again.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.myWAUG.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Cash Stuff for August 16, 2012

WILMINGTON COMMUNITY PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONNIE TINDALL - Family, friends, supporters and classmates all came together August 10th at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington to pay their final respects to Connie Tindall of the Wilmington Ten. Tindall, who died on August 3rd at the age of 62, was remembered by people like Dr. Benjamin Chavis, leader of the Wilmington Ten, as a man who believed in his people, and community, and wanted the best for them. Tindall, Chavis, and eight others, were sent to prison 40 years ago after they were falsely convicted of conspiracy in connection racial tensions in Wilmington in Feb. 1971. Their convictions were later overturned by a federal appellate court. A legal petition for individual pardons of innocence is pending in Gov. Beverly Perdue's office. [Cash Michaels video clip]


            After only five years on the job, Raleigh Police Chief Harry Patrick Dolan will be stepping done as of Oct. 1, announced Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen Wednesday. Reportedly, Dolan had decided several months ago to retire after 32-years in law enforcement. Allen called Dolan “a champion of community policing.” Deputy Chief of Police Cassandra Deck-Brown will serve as interim Raleigh Police Chief until a permanent chief is found.

            The former principal of Fuquay-Varina High School has now been named the interim principal of Southeast Raleigh High School. Gerald Pickett, who retired in 2005, is replacing John Wall, who left for a better paying position in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Pickett has served as interim principal at various Wake schools since his retirement.

            This week, Wake Public Schools began its experiment with single-sex academies. On Monday, the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy opened to great fanfare, with a diverse population of students, dressed in uniforms, attending both. Some students say they think the experience will be better because they won’t have the “distraction” of the sex around them. Attending students will earn two years of college credit upon graduation.

By Cash Michaels
An analysis

            When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced last weekend that the man he felt best suited to be his vice presidential running mate was Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the political world literally stopped on its axis.
            "This election is about values, and today Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past," said Jim Messina, President Obama’s campaign manager.
            "Paul Ryan is the largest step the GOP has taken towards solving the USA’s problems since Reagan and Kemp," tweeted Newt Gingrich, former rival to Romney for the GOP nomination.
            With the African-American vote crucial in a battleground state like North Carolina - a swing state that every political expert who knows anything about the Electoral College says Romney has to win in order to reach the 270 he needs to claim the White House - how the Romney-Ryan ticket’s policies will affect the black community is key.
            Right now, Romney and Pres. Obama are in a tight race in the Tar Heel state, just three weeks out from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, with the GOP Convention in Tampa, Fla. the week before.
            The Romney-Ryan message to North Carolina and the nation - Obama’s big government is destroying America. Jobs will come back, they add, when government is cut to the bone.
            Enter Paul Ryan. 
When it comes to fiscal matters, Rep. Ryan, now in his seventh term in Congress and chairman of the House Budget Committee, is considered to be an impressive master of the numbers. It’s what he wants to do to those federal numbers that has made him a darling conservative of the ultra-right Tea Party movement, and a villain in the minds of Democrats who see Ryan’s penchant for government austerity as extremist at best, and an absolute threat to the social safety net for the poor and elderly, at the least.
“Congressman Ryan has developed a spending plan should shock the conscience of every American,” Congressman G. K. Butterfield [D-NC-1] told The Carolinian last November.
            Ryan’s well-known plans for chopping billions from the Medicare and Medicaid programs to help the needy confirm his calling card, and his joining the Romney ticket as the man who would be a  “heartbeat away” if elected, signals to the extreme right-wing conservative base that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and longtime GOP moderate, has heard both their cries and their doubts, and is willing to give them a place at the table if they fully commit to defeating Barack Obama.
            So what does the Ryan choice mean to African-Americans, many of whom are unemployed; are elderly and need Medicare and Medicaid; and whose children are trapped in failing public school systems?
            If the book on Paul Ryan is accurate, then combined with Mitt Romney’s plan to cut taxes for the rich and raise them on the middle-class, it means the African-American community and the poor will see an abrupt negative reversal in public policy that could set them back even further if the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected in the fall.
            “He doesn't just want to trim America's insurance program for the poor,” said The Atlantic magazine in its latest online edition. “He wants to bulldoze the whole thing and replace it with something more modest.”
            Rep. Butterfield called it a “radical approach.”
            According to the so-called “Ryan Plan,” first introduced in 2011 and passed twice in the GOP-led House, the federal government would be getting out of the social safety net business, while giving big tax cuts to the rich.
            Currently, an estimated 62 million Americans - nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population, many of whom are elderly, the disabled, children and parents - receive Medicaid services. In 2010, the federal government spent $263 billion - roughly 60 percent - to cover Medicaid recipients, while the states collectively spent $125 billion.
            Estimates are if a “President” Romney adopted a “Vice President” Paul Ryan’s radical reform of Medicaid - meaning drastic cuts and sending limited block grants to states that couldn’t possibly cover all of their recipients, approximately, “… 44 million additional Americans [would be] without health insurance, in a worst case scenario,” says The Atlantic, adding that under Ryan’s plan, Medicaid spending alone would be cut by $810 billion over ten years.
            Experts say those block grants would soon become insufficient because they would not be designed to grow with the rate of health care costs, thus forcing the states, after a while, to cover less of the poor and disabled once they see the federal government has slowly turned off the spicket.
            "Medicaid is already a very lean program," Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for low-income people, told the Associated Press this week. "It is not a program where you can magically glean huge efficiencies by just devolving it to the states. The only way to compensate for funding reductions of this magnitude would be to institute deep, damaging cuts to beneficiaries and the health care providers who serve them."
            Under Ryan’s block grant phase out, poor and disabled recipients would not have what they have now - a legal right to coverage under federal law. Indeed, many of the protections currently in force would be lost, experts say.
            On Medicare, the Ryan plan would have future elderly recipients to move over to private health insurance by giving them a stipend for part of the premium costs. They would have to come up the balance of those costs, which would be expected to go up over time.
            “We don’t want to privatize Medicare,” Rep. Butterfield said. “We think it’s an awful plan.”
            And what about Obamacare?
            Romney promised he would have it repealed as soon as he took office as president. Even if he left it alone, if Ryan’s government reform plans were enacted, Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act to provide healthcare coverage and access for 30 million more Americans currently without it, would be crippled.
            The end result is more people would find themselves uninsured in case of medical emergency, experts say.
For Paul Ryan, when it comes to education, the same rule applies. Cut federal education spending by the billions, eliminate the US Dept. of Education, and farm out as much as possible to the private sector.
            The $38 billion Pell Grant program, which helps poor students attend college, many of whom are African-American, would be drastically slashed, limiting participation of the neediest.
            There would also be a dramatic slash to the $14.5 billion in Title I funding, and $11.6 billion in Special Education funding.
            So there’s little question that a Romney-Ryan presidency, with a GOP majority in the both houses of Congress (a remote idea given that Ryan’s austerity threat to Medicare and Medicaid does not play well in local Republican congressional districts), would hurt the very social safety net programs many African-Americans and the poor depend on.
            “If any of this went into effect, “ Rep. Butterfield said of the Ryan Plan last year, “working families [and the poor] in America would be devastated. They would not have the safety they are now entitled to.”
            But some blacks don’t think that’s a bad thing.
            “I do recognize plenty in Rep. Ryan’s record that will serve as legitimate red meat for Democratic Party activists, and Get-Out-The-Vote advertising scripts,” writes economist/author Cedric Muhammad in an August 14th op-ed on Forbes.com. “But I don’t think on balance, that the obvious anti-Left positions of a Republican vice-presidential nominee is the most strategically intriguing fact, where Black Americans are concerned.”
Muhammad continued, “While Rep. Ryan is probably unacceptable to 80% of the likely-to-vote Black electorate automatically, I believe that he and Gov. Romney will receive a hearing from a remaining percentage who do not automatically believe their interests align with the Democratic Party.  This 15% which I refer to as ‘free-agents’ – are comprised of Blacks more concerned with cultural issues, self-help, and asset ownership.”
While some in the African-American community may agree with Muhammad, given an over 14 percent unemployment rate, it’s likely that most won’t.
"[Mitt Romney] said in the first hundred days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules — unchain Wall Street,” bellowed Vice President Joe Biden to a Danville, Virginia crowd Tuesday, a day after he spoke in Durham. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
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            [WAYNE COUNTY] Health department experts say the most important months to protect yourself from mosquito bites in North Carolina is August and September. That’s primarily because of the deadly West Nile virus which, state health officials say, has already claimed its first victim of the year. An unidentified Wayne County man is said to have died as a result of a mosquito bite that transmitted the virus. Experts say make sure you and your family use mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus oil from dawn to duck to guard against infection.

            [CHARLOTTE] An abortion doctor was caught on videotaped angrily challenging anti-abortion protesters at his door to “adopt one of those ugly black babies” in order to get them off “the taxpayers money.” Dr. Ashutosh Vimani, an obstetrician - gynecologist, who works for an abortion clinic, was arguing with members of Operation Save America through his open front door, when the group’s camera caught him as he made the remark. Dr. Vimani was even videotaped saying, “I, as a taxpayer, do not wish for those babies to be born and brought up and kill those people in Colorado,” referring to the recent Batman movie theater slayings in Aurora, Col. several weeks ago. Dr. Vimani has not been available to clarify his remarks.

            [RALEIGH] Southern Business & Development, a leading publication covering and promoting economic development in the American South, announced that North Carolina has been named the “2012 State of the Year.”  North Carolina is being honored as State of the Year based on its performance in 2011.  North Carolina also received this accolade in 2005 and 2006. “This recognition is further proof that North Carolina is a great place to start or grow a business,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “Our investments in education, highly skilled workforce, and low cost of doing business are major reasons that people and businesses thrive in North Carolina.”

MICHELLE AND GABBY "HIGH-FIVE" - First Lady Michelle Obama is thrilled to meet US Olympic Women's Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas during a taping of NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Monday [photo courtesy of NBC]

By Cash Michaels

            31 YEARS THIS WEEK - Monday, August 13th was my 31st anniversary here in North Carolina. It was in 1981 that I came off the Trailways bus from New York City, not knowing a darn thing about North Carolina beyond old “Andy Griffith Show” reruns. And, as I’ve indicated before, my original plan and intention was do three years in commercial radio (which is why I came to North Carolina in the first place), and then head back to New York City to be a star.
            It didn’t quite work out that way because I fell in love with North Carolina and its people.
            Indeed, North Carolina has been the longest “marriage” of my life, and I’m proud of it. This state has given me three careers, two families, two great children and a fantastic wife, and opportunities galore to serve the community, and leave a lasting legacy.
            I’m certainly not as young as I used to be, but as long as GOD gives me strength and direction, I hope to do even greater things in the near future.
            So thank you, North Carolina, for adopting this young man from Brooklyn.
            PS - the food here ain’t half bad, either.
RYAN ON THE TICKET - As we head into the national political conventions, the presidential tickets for both the Democrat and Republican parties are now set.
            Last weekend, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, indeed an interesting choice given Ryan’s previous call for cutting everything in the federal budget short of guns and ammo.
            Ryan is an interesting choice for Romney because it is a clear dog whistle to the extreme right-wing of the conservative movement that the former governor of Massachusetts wants, and indeed needs their full support.
            Remember, the Tea Party folks don’t trust Romney any more than they can throw him. They take one look at his moderate record during his one term as governor of one of the most liberal states in the nation, and they gag. They pull up old YouTube clips of Romney assuring all that he’s pro-choice, and the teabaggers start throwing things at the screen.
            And the poor guy has flip-flopped so much, trying to be everything to everybody, that Romney simply can’t be trusted.
            But more than not standing, nor trusting Romney, the righties want Barack Obama out of the White House so bad, they can taste it.
            To put it another way, they hate his guts…ears and all.
            The right wing will say anything to get people to hate the nation’s first black president as much, if not more than they do. From his allegedly not being born in the country, to his allegedly being a racist who wants to destroy America.
            Remember, it was former Fox News host Glenn Beck who went on the air and told the world that Obama “…is a racist…[and] hates white people.”
            A year later, Beck was hauled off of Fox News so fast, he barely had time to leave a forwarding address.
            The point is, now that Paul Ryan is onboard the “Romney for President” train, we are going to see negative, racist ads like we’ve never seen before. They won’t necessarily come from the campaign itself, but these crazy 527 groups, like the kind that swiftboated Sen. John Kerry during his 2004 campaign, costing him dearly.
            And Paul Ryan will give those kind of attacks perfect cover, because both he and Romney are now on the task of “saving” America from the Obama regime.
            So cussing the president out will be widely accepted.
            Like I said, it is going to be a mess.
            The question is, and I’ve asked this before, what are we going to do about it?
            The future of this nation, and our children, once again rests with whom we vote for for president and the Congress.
            I really hope we’re paying attention to as many important issues as possible.
            Because if we don’t, no matter what our personal feelings or dissatisfactions may be, we will feeling it in the future.
            There are no perfect candidates, and there are no perfect elections.
            We have to work with what we have, folks, or pay the price in the future.
            It’s up to us. No one else can vote for us.
            CONGRATS COACH K - You have to hand it to Duke University Blue Devil Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coaching the 2012 US Olympic Men’s Basketball team could have been a disaster given all of the egos onboard. But Coach K led them all to gold medals in Sunday’s thrilling game against Spain, so you have to hand it to him.
            It takes a lot to be a leader of special men. It takes a lot to make them see that they’re stronger together than solo. To have such giants like Lebron James - who has had a magnificent year as a world champion with the NBA’s Miami Heat and league MVP; Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers; and both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, all playing for love of country, and pride alone, no money, that takes a special skill.
            And it was clear during the games that all of them had great respect for Coach K, and it was well-deserved.
            So congratulations, Coach K. These were your last Olympic games as coach, but they’ll go down in history as some of the best, thanks to you.
            GABBY AND MICHELLE - If ever Jay Leno’s bookers hit a homerun, it was last Monday evening when they had US Olympic Women’s Gymnast gold medalist Gabby Douglas on with First Lady Michelle Obama. It is rare for a standard talk show to have even one person we admire and hold in hi esteem. But to have two, and to have them both be black women of high achievement, that was special. Of course Jay had fun with them, especially when Gabby admitted that after she won her two gold medals, she broke down and had an Egg McMuffin.
            That was not pleasing news to the First Lady, who has made it a crusade to have America eat right and better. “You’re setting me back, Gabby,” Mrs. Obama teased as the 16-year-old Olympian giggled.
            Thanks Jay, for having these two great Americans on. It made us all feel good.
            THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION - Have my credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention when it comes to Charlotte in a few weeks. This is history, for sure, not only because for the first time the DNC is coming to North Carolina, but it is the first, and may be the only time in modern history that an African-American is re-nominated by his political party to the presidency of the United States. 
Don’t know what to expect as of yet, but you’ll see and read about it all in The Carolinian and Wilmington Journal, and you’ll hear it all on my Thursday radio show, “Make it Happen” on Power 750 WAUG-AM, and www.myWAUG.com at 4 p.m. Sept. 6th, just before President Obama speaks to the nation.
            Looking forward to it.
            PARDON THE WILMINGTON TEN - Since the death of Wilmington Ten member Connie Tindall two weeks ago, more and more people around the country are discovering the cause of the ten civil rights activists who were unjustly convicted of crimes they did not commit 40 years ago. Approximately 540 people have signed the Change.Org online petition. Have you? Sign our Change.Org petition by going to our Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheWilmingtonTenPardonOfInnocenceProject), and clicking the petition link. But don’t stop there. Get your family and friends to do it too.
            This is about justice during an historic year, and you can be part of it.
            Please join us. Thanks. 
            Also, Connie Tindall was buried last week. He had no life insurance. Because he was falsely convicted of a felony 40 years ago, getting insurance would be prohibitive at best, and more expensive than standard rates.
The Wilmington community, led by Mary Alice Thatch, publisher of The Wilmington Journal, is doing what it can to help. A contribution fund has been setup to help with the costs of the service and burial.
The Tindall family asks that checks be made out to THE CONNIE TINDALL FUND, c/o FIRST CITIZENS BANK, P.O. BOX 1619 WILMINGTON, NC, 28402. Contributions to the fund can be dropped off at any First Citizens Bank branch.
Thanks again.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.myWAUG.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.