The Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem Says No To War

Last Monday was International Human Rights Day. A fitting occasion for the Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem to show the documentary, “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” at the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem.

The film shows the carnage of the Syrian war in graphic detail. Something that our media has failed to do. It was a vivid reminder of the evil and destructive nature of war.

After the film, a discussion was held. The … Read the rest

As Of 2015, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch Was The Highest Paid College President In The Nation

What do Nathan Hatch and the recently departed executives at Cardinal Innovations have in common? They were both paid way too much for the work they performed.

Currently, the state is in the process of clawing back money from Cardinal Innovations. It’s unlikely that Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch will give any of the over $4 million that he made in 2015 back.

Wake Forest is a private college, it can more or less do what it wants. But … Read the rest

Where Is Wake Forest?

Yesterday the Wake Forest High School Cougars defeated Mallard Creek at BB&T Stadium. For Wake Forest, this was their second straight 4AA State Championship. Ironically the Wake Forest Cougars, dressed in blue and white won on the home field of Wake Forest University; the school that left their community decades ago.

Wake Forest High is located 108 miles east of Winston in a town of 30,000, just north of Raleigh. The Wake Forest that people most often associate with Wake … Read the rest

John Robert Hayes Awaits Another Appeal Without The Support That Darryl Hunt And Kalvin Michael Smith Received

The Winston-Salem’s Journal’s Michael Hewlett has done some excellent reporting on John Robert Hayes‘ case. On Thursday Hewlett reported that the Wake Forest Innocence and Justice Clinic filed another appeal on Hayes’ behalf.

Hewlett’s reporting reveals more improper behavior on the part of the Forsyth County D.A.’s Office in the 80s and 90s. Look closely at John Robert Hayes’ case and you will see the similarities with Darryl Hunt and Kalvin Michael Smith’s wrongful convictions.

John Robert Hayes is … Read the rest

Stay Strong Boston-Thurmond, Keep Fighting Against Gentrification!

On Tuesday, the Winston-Salem Journal showered praise on local government leaders for their development of the Enclave apartments off Shattalon Drive. The Chronicle ran a similar article on the Enclave apartments days earlier.

The implication of these articles is obvious. (But admittedly, I didn’t realize it until a friend on facebook pointed it out to me.) The article isn’t just about the Enclave, it’s a message to the Boston-Thurmond community.

The Journal and Chronicle would like the residents of Boston-Thurmond … Read the rest

Truly Frank Statements From The Tobacco Industry

 

While watching TV today you might see something that hasn’t been on TV since the 1970s-tobacco commercials. But these tobacco commercials aren’t anything like the old tobacco commercials.

Starting today the Tobacco Industry is releasing court-mandated statements in print newspapers and on TV commercials. After years of litigation, the industry is begrudgingly admitting not only the dangerous qualities of cigarettes but the fact that the industry knowingly deceived the American public for decades; placing their profits … Read the rest

Let’s Hope That The Garage Doesn’t Go The Way Of Ziggy’s

For 10 years now Winston’s music scene has been in a precarious state.

Ten years ago today, on November 25, 2007, Ziggy’s played its last show. The property then was sold to Wake Forest and demolished.

Ziggy’s longtime owner, Jay Stephens spent years before he eventually found a new location, formed a partnership and reopened Ziggy’s on W. 9th Street in 2011. Sadly, Ziggy’s 2.0 closed a few years later in February 2016. Unfortunately, neither the partnership nor the location … Read the rest

Boston-Thurmond Development Can’t Proceed Without A Non-Displacement Guarantee

It’s Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday. For all the reasons to hate Thanksgiving, I still love it. I know that our nation’s genocide of Native Americans is nothing to celebrate.

But Thanksgiving with all its baggage is a time to gather with family and friends. It’s a time to be thankful for the things that we have, even as we actively covet Christmas gifts that we don’t need.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful that Boston-Thurmond residents are resisting Wake Forest’s new Read the rest

Columbian Heights: Atkins’ Vision Crippled By Highway 52 and I40, Industrial Zoning, And WSSU’s Growth

The New Winston Museum’s “Envisioning Columbian Heights” presentation at Mars Hill Baptist Church Thursday night drew a crowd of 40-50 people. Many of the attendees are longtime residents of East Winston with strong ties to Columbian Heights. They fondly remembered Columbian Heights and proudly recounted their memories of the neighborhood.

Columbian Heights is the neighborhood immediately surrounding Winston-Salem State University. It was founded by Simon Green Atkins in the 1890s. It was part of his twin vision of promoting African … Read the rest

Minerva Garcia’s Struggle To Gain Citizenship Continues

Minerva Cisneros Garcia has had a long struggle with our immigration system. Mineva came to this country nearly 20 years ago so that her oldest son, who is blind could receive the education and training that was not available in her home state of Guerrero, Mexico.

It appeared that Minerva’s immigration troubles were over in October after a Federal judge vacated her deportation order. With the order vacated, Minerva and her two youngest sons left the sanctuary of Congregational Read the rest

Break Up The Allen Joines Machine!

On Tuesday municipal elections were held in Guilford County. There were some interesting developments in the  Greensboro and High Point races.

This is a non-election year in Winston. But it wouldn’t matter that much if Winston had its municipal elections on Tuesday. Winston’s City Council elections aren’t very competitive.

All the incumbent members of the W-S City Council that sought re-election in 2016, won in 2016, most without any credible opposition. Our councilmembers have their wards locked down.

Mayor Joines … Read the rest

Remembering The Old Winston-Salem Radar Station

Union Cross Park is a nice park. It has a walking/jogging path, softball fields, as well as tennis courts and a basketball court. It has a picnic shelter for community get-togethers and a playground for kids.

Everyone knows that Union Cross Park was a former radar base, but few know much about the specifics of the old radar base.

Union Cross Park should have an educational element to it. It’s strange to have a park on a decommissioned military base … Read the rest

Cheap Rents Are Needed For Artists And Workers To Thrive

Saturday night at the Garage, the Vagabond Saints’ Society played two hours worth of the Velvet Underground’s greatest hits. As usual, the Vagabond Saints’ Society put on a great show, which will surely be memorialized in the Garage’s hallway of posters.

The Velvet Underground were a very influential rock band, ahead of their time. They were only fully appreciated years after the band broke up.

But the Velvet Underground and other New York bands of the late 1960s and 1970s … Read the rest

Remembering The Winston-Salem Black Panther Party Chapter

Fifty-one years ago this week the Black Panther Party was formed in Oakland California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The Panthers have experienced a new appreciation in recent years, with numerous articles, books, and documentaries praising their activism in the late sixties and early seventies.

The Black Panthers were a radical resistance movement that opposed police oppression and economic exploitation in Black communities. Where the civil rights era’s leaders came primarily from church pulpits, the leaders of … Read the rest

Downtown Winston-Salem Moves East-East End Plan Presented

Yesterday evening local residents gathered at First Calvary Baptist Church to learn about a massive development project, just east of the Innovation Quarter. The ambitious new project would completely reinvent roughly 170 acres between Highway 52, Business 40, and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The East End Plan presentation was very interesting. Ayers Saint Gross-a design firm out of Baltimore presented a myriad of ideas for what the East End of Winston could become.

East End is a new term … Read the rest