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Affordable housing can conjure fears and frets about the condition of neighborhoods, surrounding property values and neighborhood safety. It is a need that the broader community often misunderstands and would prefer to keep out of sight. Yet this is the very center of that which affordable housing seeks to provide – the opportunity for those who serve in a community, to live in that same community.
As a means to launch a greater discussion on the issue, Crossroads Charlotte, Mecklenburg Ministries, and Temple Beth El will premiere “Souls of Our Neighbors," at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater.
By examining the rising problem of homelessness and struggles of the working poor in our community, the 28-minute documentary aims to demonstrate the need for affordable housing and how both the availability or insufficient availability impact the entire community.
The film profiles a number of local families directly impacted by the accessibility of affordable housing and offers a glimpse into the realities of how and why residents find themselves in a battle against homelessness.
In a push to inspire greater local civic participation in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government, the League of Women Voters plans to host a month-long series of seminars starting Feb. 13. Cost is $40. The tutorials will include info about local government, the courts and media. For registration, click here.
Mob scenes played out all across the Charlotte area recently. A new “fashion” athletic shoe, the $175 Air Jordan, caused near riots wherever they went on sale. They were being particularly sought by African American shoppers. This prompted some criticism from members of the local African American community, who believe priorities need realignment.
NASCAR, a sport synonymous with the Carolinas and especially Charlotte, is looking at possible layoffs in the wake of dwindling sponsorships. Home viewing has increased and the sport is still a local staple. But the current economy is making it harder to find companies willing to shell out $25 million to be a primary sponsor. That could lead to staff cuts.
Until recent history, the least healthy food stuff you could find at a hospital was on its own cafeteria shelf. But in an effort to improve the overall health of their workers, most Charlotte region hospitals have begun offering better choices for their employees, including fresh fruit and vegetables. They’ve also reduced the prices of the healthier items to encourage people to try them.
More than 4,700 homeless students are now enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, a 20% increase over the past five years. Charlotte non-profit A Child’s Place, since 1989, has been attempting to make a difference in their lives. The kids often need the very basics, including school supplies, clothing and snacks to take to school. For more information about how to help, click here!
Deanna McCain said she wants to start a photo album of events her neighborhood association puts together. Jaquisha Fisher was just having fun hanging out with her cousins and giggling over a plate of chicken and rice.
And all 9-year-old Lindrina Ray wanted was to have her picture taken.
They were among the 50 or so folks, old and young, who attended the first Enderly Park Neighborhood Association Holiday Ball on Saturday, Dec. 17. The two-hour event was at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center at 2921 Tuckaseegee Road.
The goal of the event was to bring younger and older people together for food and fellowship, said Darryle Williams, neighborhood association president. The center provides programs for the elderly and for youngsters, but rarely do the two come together, he said. “The Holiday Ball is intended to bridge that gap between older and younger people in our community,” Williams said.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Harold Cogdell is drawing fire from fellow Dems in the wake of usurping former commission chair and fellow Democrat Jennifer Roberts. Former Commissioner Norman Mitchell suggests Cogdell, often described as a political rogue, cut to the chase and go Independent. Cogdell defends his record, saying he’s more interested in leading than politicking.
Cogdell’s move is leading some political watchers to posit that the local Democratic Party is imploding even as Charlotte is poised to host the Democratic National Convention next year. Josh Putnam, visiting assistant professor of political science at Davidson College, however, says one Democrat and four Republicans collaborated to consolidate power. And the fallout may land on Cogdell’s shoulders in the next election cycle.
Two historically black local church organizations have merged to expand their shared goals. The Mecklenburg General Baptist Association and the Mount Peace Missionary Baptist Association have joined to create the United Missionary Baptist Association. The Mount Peace Missionary Baptist Association was formed in 1868 by freed slaves. The Mecklenburg General Baptist Association, founded in 1921, engages its member churches in Christian education, mission work and support of the General Baptist Convention of North Carolina.
North Carolina’s former “eugenics” policy, an effort to cleanse the population via the sterilization of “undesirables,” was a quiet pogrom that lingered for decades, and is still haunting its victims. Mecklenburg County sterilized 485 people between 1946 and 1968, more than any other county in the state. Most of those sterilized were black women, people deemed “promiscuous” and mental patients.
More than 700 people Saturday attended the annual "Spirit of Christmas" party for homeless children at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The event brought some Christmas spirit - along with new coats, shoes, school supplies and gifts - to homeless children.
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