Winston-Salem City Council Meeting, August 7, 2017: Notes And Commentary

Monday’s meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council wasn’t too eventful. After taking the month of July off the city council eased back into session with a relatively light agenda. A few zoning requests were heard, several appointments/reappointments were made to various city government committees, but no public comments were heard.

Waughtown Cemetery received approval to rezone some property it had recently purchased adjacent to its existing property. The Gallery Lofts apartments received approval from the council to expand downtown without … Read the rest

Children March On City Hall With Empty Plates To Raise Awareness Of Childhood Hunger

I love a good demonstration. There’s something fundamentally energizing about them. Day in and day out most of us do what we’re told and do our best not to make any noise. But sometimes you have to stand up for your rights.

Demanding your rights can fun. At the same time, if we’re being honest, it’s a little childish to stand in the streets and yell demands. That makes children naturals at demonstrating.

Yesterday’s March To Save Our Plates was … Read the rest

FLOC Protests In Raleigh While BAT And Reynolds Consolidate

Every May, during Reynolds’ annual shareholders’ meeting for the last several years FLOC protesters have marched through Downtown Winston. Farmworkers and their allies from around the state and around the country form a small army of red, calling upon Reynolds to sign an agreement with FLOC.

This year, due to British American Tobacco’s acquisition of Reynolds, the company’s shareholders meeting was postponed until tomorrow. That’s when shareholders at BAT and Reynolds will hold simultaneous votes on the union of Read the rest

Minerva Garcia: Another Example Of Our Broken Legal System

Time is not on Minerva Garcia’s side. Despite her best efforts to stay in this country with her children, ICE is poised to deport her. Unless ICE issues a stay of deportation, Minerva will be on a bus back to Mexico by Friday.

Minerva’s case for staying here in Winston is a just one. That’s why members of Winston’s faith community have rallied to her side in recent weeks. She came to this country 17 years ago to provide a … Read the rest

Memorial Day Weekend Sacking At Salem

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Sunday that Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither has been relieved of her duties as Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusiveness at Salem College. Dr. Hines-Gaither may still remain at Salem as assistant professor of Spanish.

Salem Sits, a blog ran by Salem students first reported Dr. Hines-Gaither’s removal from her position as Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusiveness on Thursday, just before the Memorial Day Weekend began. Clearly, Salem College’s administration chose to … Read the rest

ICE Is Scheduled To Deport A Caring Mother In Winston-Salem

Thursday was a long day for Minerva Garcia, a Mexican mother of two in Winston-Salem. Minerva and her supporters in the Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem spent the day in Charlotte, meeting with officials at Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE has given Minerva until June 30 to return to her native Mexico.

After returning from Charlotte, over a dozen Sanctuary City activists squeezed into Minerva’s small, but warmly decorated modular home on the outskirts of South Winston to discuss what to … Read the rest

As Salem’s 2017 Class Walks, We Should Remember Those Who Sat

Salem College’s commencement was held today at the Lawrence Joel. Susan Goldberg, the first woman to serve as editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine, addressed the Salem Class of 2017. Her presence at Salem wasn’t the media circus that Jill Abramson’s 2014 commencement address at Wake Forest was.

Abramson, The Times’ first executive editor, was controversially fired by our nation’s paper of record just days before she came to Winston. Her firing ignited a lively debate about women … Read the rest

Interfaith Winston-Salem: Countering Hate And Islamophobia

Last night I went with a friend to Interfaith Winston-Salem event a/perture. It was described on facebook as part of, “The Seventh Art Stand, a nation-wide series of films presented by movie theaters and community centers across the U.S. as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia.” One short film and one feature film were shown, followed by a question and answer session from Interfaith Winston-Salem.

The first film, the Oscar-nominated short film, Karma Has No Walls documents the Yemani … Read the rest

The Winston-Salem City Council Needs To RELAX!

The city council just won’t let the idea of zoning syringe exchanges die. The Journal’s Wesley Young reported that yesterday’s Public Safety Committee continued to debate the idea without reaching a conclusion.

The city council will continue to debate Council Member John Larson’s proposal to place zoning restrictions on syringe exchanges next month. I not sure what makes me more upset, the city’s inaction on Dan Besse’s Welcoming City resolution or their flirtation with zoning syringe exchanges.

Council Member Larson’s … Read the rest

Exchanging Ideas On Syringe Exchanges

Our nation has a serious heroin problem fueled by opioid addiction. Recently, The Journal ran two articles on heroin addiction in our community, Scott Sexton’s article actually featured a picture of a user burning heroin on a spoon.  Triad City Beat has done some excellent work on the Twin City Harm Reduction Collective, the city’s first and only syringe exchange. I have followed the city council’s debate on imposing zoning restrictions on syringe exchanges over the last couple of months.… Read the rest