One Thing Winston Can Do To Help It’s Hispanic Community…

Last night’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting was full to capacity. A couple dozen activists turned out to encourage the city council to consider becoming a sanctuary city. It’s unlikely that the city council will vote to make Winston a sanctuary city, doing so would allow the state to withhold badly needed funds from the city. But that doesn’t mean that local activists should fold  up their tents and go home. It’s important for members of the community to stand with immigrants, especially given the bigoted language President Trump has used to describe immigrants. Council member Dan Besse has proposed that Winston declare itself a “welcoming city.” Besse’s half-measure will probably adopted by the Winston-Salem City Council next month. His resolution is a good start, but it’s toothless.

City-Wide Poverty Solutions Can’t Be Implemented By The Dozen

It’s been a week now since Mayor Joines’ anti-poverty Thought Force released their final report. I hope local activists and concerned citizens have by now taken time to read it. The 56 page report contains some excellent information. I found the first two sections to be especially valuable. They provide a helpful overview and analysis of poverty in Winston-Salem.

Apparently Poverty Can Wait In Winston-Salem

It’s finally done. Or perhaps it’s just beginning to unfold. Mayor Allen Joines’ Poverty Thought Force finally released its findings on Monday. It’s been a long wait. Mayor Joines first mentioned his intention of creating a Thought Force in December of 2013.

Will Reynolds Envisioned More Than Just A White Christmas…

A few days ago The Winston-Salem Journal reported that more than 294,000 attended the 2016 Festival of Lights, making last year one of most successful years in the festival’s 25-year history. Tanglewood is a huge, sprawling park, with a lot to offer. The Festival of Lights is Tanglewood’s biggest annual event. It’s a popular Christmas tradition in the Triad, an illuminated drive down memory lane. But what about the history of Tanglewood? That’s a history that folks don’t like to mention.

WSTA Bus Routes, How Do You Streamline Buses In A Segregated City?

With all the havoc that President Donald Trump has been causing with his pen, it makes local issues seem less significant. In his first week of office Trump signed an executive order to build the wall that he promised his xenophobic supporters on the campaign trail. If that wasn’t enough, Trump also fulfilled another one of his dreadful campaign promises; a de facto ban on Muslims entering our country. With protests at airports around the country, it almost seems almost wrong for us to fix our attention on WSTA’s busing issues. We’ll continue to attend protests, call our representatives and flood social media in support of Muslims from nation’s on Trump’s naughty list and refugees arrested and detained through no fault of their own.

After Shaming McCrory in D.C., GSO ISO Stands With Immigrants In The Triad

It’s been a great week for the Greensboro chapter of the International Socialist Organization. Last Friday the GSO ISO organized a caravan (a bus and two or three vans) of protesters to D.C. There they joined hundreds of thousands of activists from all around the country, whose very presence unnerved Donald Trump. While the Women’s March on Washington received national headlines, it was the GSO ISO’s public shaming of ex-governor Pat McCrory that received state and local attention. Then, last night, six days after Trump’s Inauguration, the GSO ISO led a broad coalition of activists in a march through Downtown Greensboro, to protest President Trump’s executive actions against Mexicans and Muslims. Specifically, Trump’s move to build a another dam wall on our Southern Border (The Secure Fence Act of 2016-which Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton voted for already built a secure/militarized border) and Trump’s draconian measure to temporarily halt Syrians and refugees from entering the United States. The new administration of bigots got about as they close as they could to their campaign promise to ban all Muslims from entering the country.

Unable To Get Anywhere Near Trump, Triad Activists Publicly Shame Pat McCrory

 

Early Friday morning Triad activists gathered at the Central Carolina Worker Justice Center to begin the long trip to D.C. Two vans and a bus organized by the Greensboro branch of the International Socialist Organization (GSO ISO), filled with students and community activists determined to make their voices heard at Trump’s inauguration left Greensboro at 2 a.m.

Inaugurations typically don’t attract large protests. They’re supposed to be happy occasions. We haven’t seen large inaugural protests in D.C. since George W.Bush took the oath of office in 2001. But Trump is unprecedentedly unpopular. According to a recent Gallop poll, just 4 in 10 Americans support Trump.

Big Tobacco Consolidates: BAT Buys Reynolds

Months after British American Tobacco first offered to buy Reynolds, the two have reached a deal. BAT, the international tobacco company that James ‘Buck’ Duke co-founded in 1902 is absorbing Reynolds. Buck Duke has finally beaten R.J. Reynolds once and for all. BAT played the long game. When Reynolds purchased Brown and Williams from BAT in 2004, BAT gained over 40 percent of Reynolds stock in the newly named, Reynolds American.

Winston’s Bus Service Has Many Challenges, Novant And Baptist Should Chip In

2017 has been a bad year thus-far for our city’s bus riders. The Winston-Salem Transit Authority implemented sweeping changes to established bus routes on January 2nd. WSTA and the Winston-Salem City Council spent a considerable amount of time last year planning and reviewing the new bus routes. But the new bus routes are a bust. They’ve sparked outrage amongst Winston’s working-class.

Forsyth County, NC: County Of Eugenics

Thursday afternoon Wake Forest University hosted a screening of The State of Eugenics, Following the screening, there was a panel discussion featuring the film’s Director/Producer, Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, and led by Melissa Harris-Perry, with former Rep. Larry Womble, journalists Tommy Tomlinson and John Railey, and Dr. Laura Gerald, former chair of the state task force on compensation. The State of Eugenics tells the story of North Carolina’s Eugenics program and the fight to get a compensation bill through the General Assembly. This forgotten, dark chapter of North Carolina’s history is told through the now elderly victims of our state’s sterilization program and the lawmakers who finally passed sterilization compensation in 2013. Rep. Larry Womble is the real hero of the film. Larry Womble stubbornly wouldn’t let the issue die.