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Lack of sidewalks led to two deaths recently. Photo: Charlotte Observer Enlarge Lack of sidewalks led to two deaths recently. Photo: Charlotte Observer
Lee Howard Posted: February 29th, 2012 Lee Howard

The recent deaths of two children last week increased concern about the lack of sidewalks in Charlotte neighborhoods. However, the city's budget currently doesn't inlcude funding for new sidewalks.

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) works with local churches and groups to help prevent the spread of HIV/Aids. On March 5, the group will co-host a prayer service for individuals with the virus. The service will start at 6:45 p.m. at The Park Church’s west Charlotte campus at 6029 Beatties Ford Road.

The sale of humans for profit is chillingly portrayed in "Cash Crop," on view at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The project by Atlanta-based artist Stephen Hayes extends from American history to overseas sweatshop labor.

The Rev. Vernon Tyson is a key figure in the memoir "Blood Done Sign My Name," written by his son, Duke University professor Timothy Tyson. It's the true story of the racially motivated killing of a 23-year-old black Vietnam-era veteran in Oxford, N.C., in 1970 and the racial unrest that followed. On Sunday, Tyson, 82, of Raleigh, led a Q&A at Gaston College after a showing of the 2009 movie version of the book.

Opera Carolina performer Maurio Hines sang "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme at the restaurant at IKEA during a Random Act of Culture last week. Random Act of Culture brings performances from traditional arts venues to non-traditional settings across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

Brant Aycock Posted: February 27th, 2012 Brant Aycock
Sylvia Bittle-Patton leads organization leaders in training on The MAP

An idea that was first conceived in 2009 is finally becoming a reality!  When Crossroads Charlotte began conversations with local immigrants, refugees, asylees and internationals (IRAIs) here in Charlotte - one of the most consistent needs that came up was for a directory of resources for this growing community.  Three years later that need is finally being met with The Mecklenburg Access Portal (or The MAP, for short). 

In partnership with Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR), Community Building Initiative, and the Community Relations Committee, Crossroads Charlotte has developed an online resource directory.  This exciting tool will help members of the IRAI community as well as others easily find resources and services available to them in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

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Lee Howard Posted: February 25th, 2012 Lee Howard
A crowd of about 20 watched “Souls of Our Neighbors” Friday night. Photo: Lee Howard

Loving thy neighbor is harder than it looks when your neighbor lives in affordable housing right next door.

Many believe affordable housing in their neighborhoods brings down property values and invites crime. But is that true?

Souls of Our Neighbors, a film presented by Crossroads Charlotte, Temple Beth-El and Mecklenburg Ministries, attempted to dispel certain myths about homelessness Friday night at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church on Mallard Creek Road.

The film depicts the real-life experiences of six Charlotte families who faced and overcame homelessness in what, by many measures, is regarded as one of the most prosperous cities in the country.

A few things to consider:


  • Many service workers, including bus drivers, health aides and customer service reps, spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent and utilities.
  • In Charlotte in 2010, at least 800 people with disabilities had been homeless for more than a year.
  • About 50 percent of homeless children in Charlotte have failed at least one grade.

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Brant Aycock Posted: February 23rd, 2012 Brant Aycock
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Sustain Charlotte, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte's sustainability challenges, will be partnering with UNC-Charlotte's Graduate Program in Urban Design to host the First Annual Community Sustainability Awards.  Individual leaders from local nonprofits, government agencies, businesses and schools will be recognized for their efforts to help realize 'Charlotte 2030:  A Sustainable Vision for Our Region'.  The event will take place on March 31, 2012 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at teh UNC-Charlotte Center City Building at 320 E. 9th Street in uptown Charlotte.  Sustain Charlotte is currently seeking nominations, which will be accepted online through March 2.  To make a nomination click HERE.

Nominations are being sought in each of the following ten categories from ‘Charlotte 2030: A Sustainable Vision for Our Region’:

•  Air Quality

• Buildings and Homes

• Economy

• Energy

• Food

• Parks and Green Space

• Waste

• Social Equity

• Transportation

• Water Quality 

 Nominations are also being sought for two additional awards:  Outstanding Educator or Student Work and Overall Outstanding Leader.

The awards presentation will be preceded by dinner, a cocktail reception, and live music. Special guests will include local elected officials.  Tickets purchased before March 2 are $45 for the general public and $25 for nonprofit employees, students, and the unemployed. Dinner is included with the ticket purchase.

For more information on the event, including sponsorship opportunities, visit the event website at www.sustaincharlotte.org/events or contact Sustain Charlotte by sending an email to info@sustaincharlotte.org.  Event sponsors to date are Coca-Cola Consolidated, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Shade of Green Events, Strait Insights, The Lawrence Group, and Charlotte Viewpoint.

Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change.  Our mission is to inspire, inform, and facilitate a holistic and collaborative approach to building a vibrant and sustainable future for the entire Charlotte metropolitan region.  Visit www.sustaincharlotte.org for more information.


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