Winston-Salem City Council Meeting Notes-May, 1, 2017

 

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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 … Read the rest

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. Triad City Beat’s Jordan Green’s article, A city divided: The resurgent downtown and the abandoned urban core-my favorite article of 2016, has the timeline. It took two more years and a few national studies casting Winston in … Read the rest

City Gives Preliminary Approval to Ujima CDC Development

Last Monday, the Winston-Salem City Council’s finance committee approved $2.5 million in loans to Ujima Community Development Corporation for its development project, Emmanuel Retirement Village. The matter will be brought before the full council tomorrow. Ujima, is a CDC composed mostly of Emmanuel Baptist Church members, it formed in 2005. Ujima is one of the core principles of Kwanza. Ujima stresses collective work and responsibility and collective community betterment. Ujima CDC believes that 50 market-rate rental units (with rents … Read the rest

Some Much Needed Attention For East Winston

Perhaps like me you’re reading everything that you can about HB2. I would encourage everyone to continue to keep following the HB2 controversy. It’s a really legislative over-reach by the North Carolina GOP. HB2 was meant to fire up the NC GOP’s base, as racism and bigotry have galvanized conservative forces in North Carolina, going back to at least 1898. We should all relish in the fact that Governor McCrory is facing a political backlash of epic proportions, including … Read the rest