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

Failure Of Winston’s Welcoming Resolution Demonstrated The Reach Of The Right

It’s been a rainy few days, flooding has occurred throughout the Triad. It’s a good time to reflect on the state of the Left. Our nation is divided more or less equally between conservative and progressive opinions. Yet, Republicans control the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court-thanks largely to Gerrymandering and the unaddressed flaws in our electoral system. In North Carolina we have divided government. Unfortunately though, the bulk of the power in North Carolina remains in the GOP-controlled … Read the rest

Winston-Salem City Council Refuses To Support Undocumented Immigrants

It looked like last night’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting would finally see Council Member Dan Besse’s Welcoming City resolution come to a vote. But that wasn’t the case. In a surprise move, Besse removed his resolution from the city council’s agenda without any opposition or debate. Besse stated that he wasn’t giving up on his Welcoming City resolution. Rather, he was working on a compromise that the city council could endorse. I think it’s time for progressive activists to give … Read the rest

City Won’t Add Additional Needle Exchange Regulations-For Now

Monday afternoon, the Public Safety Committee of the Winston-Salem City Council failed to pass a resolution restricting the location of needle exchanges in Winston. The North Carolina General Assembly legalized needle exchanges last year. But the General Assembly prohibited needle exchanges operating in North Carolina from receiving any government funding.

Thus needle exchanges like Twin City Harm Reduction Collective don’t have the funding to operate in a commercial areas. Council Member John Larson has been pushing for the city to … Read the rest

Needle Exchanges: Approved By NCGA, But Scrutinized By W-S City Council?

If you haven’t read much about Winston’s needle exchange collective, now is a good time to catch-up on the subject. Perhaps your ignorance is attributable to the Winston-Salem Journal‘s failure to adequately cover the topic. While our local paper of record has snoozed, Triad City Beat has given Winston’s needle exchange extensive coverage.

On March 1, Jonathan Michel wrote an in-depth article on The Twin City Harm Reduction Collective, a needle exchange program founded by Colin Miller and Erica … Read the rest

Indivisible Town Hall Loves Muslims, Hates Putin And Embraces The ACA


Last Thursday, Indivisible Piedmont N.C. organized at town hall meeting at Green Street Methodist. For an organization that formed just a couple of months ago, it was a very well ran event. Attendance was good, speakers were competent. Green Street’s sanctuary was two-thirds full. But, Indivisible Piedmont’s focus was completely misplaced.

President Trump is a historically unpopular president. He’s corrupt on so many levels. Progressives should be criticizing Trump as the embodiment of all that is wrong with the … Read the rest