Eutaw Mayor and Council reach agreement to pay bills; water issues remain unfinished

The Eutaw City Council met twice in the past two weeks on January 10 and January 14, to resolve differences, pay pressing bills and deal with problems with the City’s water system.
The City Council members and Mayor Steele were at an impasse at the Friday, January 10th special called meeting to find a way to pay critical outstanding bills before vendors, like Alabama Power Company, A.T. &T, water chemical companies, and other essential providers, cut off supplies and services.
Council members: Latasha Johnson, Sheila Smith, LaJeffrey Carpenter and Joe Lee Powell were concerned about authorizing the use of bingo funds to pay bills until they received assurance from Mayor Steele that the roads in King Village would be resurfaced; other policies passed by the Council, such as the “no acceptance of cash as payment for city services” were implemented; and the Water Department operations and billing were corrected.
Mayor Steele said the special street repair funds were for Branch Heights and that the streets in King Village “were not in as bad a shape as other streets in the City and did not need repair at this time.”
No agreement or consensus was reached and the January 10 meeting was adjourned without progress. The Mayor and the Council agreed to a work session on January 14 with technical support from Ralph Banks, President of Merchants and Farmers Bank and a former city council member, to try to work toward a compromise.
The January 14 meeting included a work session and a regular meeting. The Mayor and Council adopted a resolution indicating that up to $300,000 in bingo funds could be withdrawn from the dedicated account for street repairs to be transferred to the General Fund for the payment of pressing outstanding bills, provided that the City would proceed to advertise and take bids for resurfacing the streets and roads in King Village, to be paid for with gasoline tax fund accounts.
The City established a special street repair fund, with funds from bingo, provided through the Sheriff’s Department for street repairs in Branch Heights and King Village. The City then used gasoline tax funds to resurface the roads in Branch Heights, which is a permissible and legal use of gas tax funds.
The Mayor then received approval from the City Council to transfer funds from the special street repair fund to the General Fund to pay bills.
The resolution passed in the January 14th meeting made a similar budgetary adjustment to pay critical bills and still move forward with paving the roads in King Village. The Mayor and several council members indicated that they had discussed these steps with Sheriff Joe Benison and he was supportive.
The Council also asked about problems with operations and billing in the Water Department. The Mayor insisted that all problems with digital water meters had been resolved and that the billing problems were being corrected. There was a disagreement over the extent of revenue shortfall from the Water Department. The Mayor said the shortfall was in the range of $40,000 for the past year while council members set the shortfall at significantly higher – above $300,000 by their estimates.
The Council agreed to have a working session on February 18 with Kathy Horne from the Alabama Rural Water Association to discuss improvements to the water system.
Mayor Steele said he was “reluctant to turn the water system over to someone outside the city”. Council members pointed out that there suggestions and solutions were never implemented by the Mayor.
Many in the audience said they received the same water bills each month even though their usage was different at different times of the year. Ralph Banks pointed out that the garbage charge on the monthly water bills was $15 but that Waste Management was charging the city $17 a month for each garbage bin they were servicing. “The City should not continue to subsidize garbage collection for its residents,” said Banks.
In other actions, the City Council:
• tabled action to purchase new computers for the Water Department, until after the meeting with Kathy Horne in February;
• approved a contract for Alabama Power to store power poles at the parking lot of the National Guard Armory, for which it will receive $1,000 a month compensation.
• approved a Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax holiday for February 21-23, 2020.

Greene County School Board given tributes for Board Appreciation Month

L to R: Boardmembers Kashaya Cockrell, Carrie Dancy, Board President Carol P. Zippert,
Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones, Boardmembers Leo Branch and William Morgan

The Greene County Board of Education was given special salutes in recognition of January as the state-wide School Board Appreciation Month at its recent meeting held Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Delegations of school personnel and students from each school presented gifts of special treats and kind words to each board member, the superintendent and the board’s attorney. The Greene County High School choir favored all in attendance with a heartfelt song, led by choir director Mr. Siegfried Williams.
The board’s Central Office Staff, the Tishabee Community Tutorial Program and the Parent Engagement Program also provided Certificates of Appreciation and favorite treats. Robert Brown Middle School invited the board members to a continuing Board Appreciation Program at RBM scheduled for Friday, January 31.
As the board continued in its business meeting, CSFO, Lavonda Blair, presented the financial report as of November 31, 2019. Blair noted the general fund balance as $1,147,527.97; checks written for the period totaled $231,148.11; Payroll register total $860,169.77. Blair reported local revenue as local taxes in the amount of $217,426.22 and bingo revenue in the amount of $47,540.
According to CSFO Blair, the school system’s liquid assets in November exceeded $3,000,000.
As his report to the board, Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones opened the discussion of the board’s annual on site Whole Board Training workshop conducted by staff of the Alabama Association of School Boards. The board members reviewed the workshops completed since 2014 and listed preferences for the upcoming schedule.
The personnel items recommended by Superintendent Dr. Jones included the following.
Resignations: Herman Thomas, maintenance helper, effective January 31, 2020; LaToya Consentine, as school bus driver for the after -school 21st Century Program, effective ????
Cheryl Morrow as 21st Century Teacher, for the 2019-2020 School Year.
Ann Spree, released as Math Tutor, Greene County High School.
Supplemental contract for Rhonda Cameron, to assist CNP director with CNP related tasks.
Supplemental Contract for Corey Cockrell, as Girls Basketball Coach for the 2019-2020 School Year.
Supplemental Contract for Kelvineshia Williams, as Girls Assistant Basketball Coach for the 2019-2020 School Year.
The board approved the following administrative items recommended by the superintendent.
Approval of Alabama Supercomputer Authority (E-Rate) Contract, for the 2020 – 2021 School Year.
Approval of Criterion K-12 Consulting Evaluation Support Services for the 2019-2020 School year.
Approval of Contract between Greene County Board and Dutchess Jones, to provide ACT Mathematics Test Prep services for 11th and 12th grade students, at Greene County High School for the 2019-2020 School year.
Approval of Contract between Greene County Board and Pruett Oil Company, to provide Petroleum Products for the 2019-2020.
Approval of ADS Custom Security Needs for Robert Brown Middle School.
Approval of two (2) school buses to be added to Surplus List for sale or discard.

Greene County celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with march and programs

Marchers that participated in the MLK march from the Eutaw Activity Center to the William M. Branch Courthouse.
Rev. James Carter and Lorenzo French present award to
Rev. Carlos Thornton, speaker at the Unity Breakfast
L to R Lorenzo French, Rev. Snorton, Bishop Teresa Jefferson-
Snorton (receiving award as speaker at the Religious Women  
Freedom Rally) and Rev. James Carter.
Some of the men honored at the MLK Unity Breakfast
Women who were honored at the Religious Women Freedom Rally at the William M. Branch Courthouse

The Alabama Civil Rights Museum Movement celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of what would have been his 91st. birthday.
The Civil Rights Museum sponsored three programs to honor Dr. King. On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the actual day of his birthday a program to honor and involve young people was held at New Peace Baptist Church.
On Monday, January 20, 2020, the 34th anniversary of the National Holiday in honor of Dr. King’s Birthday a Unity Breakfast was held at the Eutaw Activity Center, attended by 200 people. Rev. Carlos Thornton, Pastor of the Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church in Tishabee, Alabama was the keynote speaker. A smaller number participated in the march from the Eutaw Activity Center to the William M. Branch County Courthouse. At the Courthouse a program to honor ‘Godly Women of West Alabama’ was held. Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton of the 5th District of the CME Churches of Alabama was the speaker.
The Museum honored a group of men and women for their service. The ceremony in the Greene County Courthouse was particularly poignant as it was held in the courtroom, one of the only county courtrooms in America, where a picture of Dr. King hangs above the judge’s seat.
Greene County was the first county in the South and the nation to elect all Black officials after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that Dr. King worked diligently to pass.

Arnelia ‘Shay’ Johnson seeks Greene County Revenue Commissioner’s office

My Beloved Citizens of Greene County, my name is Arnelia “Shay” Johnson and I’m seeking the position of Greene County Revenue Commissioner in the Primary Election scheduled for March 3, 2020, because I am experienced, dedicated and qualified.
I was born and raised here in Greene County (Mantua/Union Communities) where I live today. My mother’s name is Helen Linton. I am the mother of a 13 year old daughter, Ariyanna. We attend the Morning Star M. B. Church, Boligee, AL where Rev. Kelvin Cockrell, Sr., Pastor. I’m also a member of the Golden Stars of Union.
I’m a graduate of Eutaw High School Class of 1994, attended Talladega College, Strayer and Herzing Universities, where I obtained a degree in Accounting.
I’m currently attending Auburn University Government & Economic Development Classes regularly that I may stay up to date on the changes in the State’s Revenue Department. Therefore I’m educated and equipped to serve you.
I have been employed by the Greene County Commission in the Tax Assessor/Revenue Commissioner’s Office for twenty-two (22) years. It’s truly my pleasure to aid and assist the county’s landowners in matters concerning parcel maps, land descriptions, assessment values, homestead exemptions and more. I have also spent time cross-training in the Collections Office.
I will continue to do the very best to provide the highest level of service to everyone who needs or seeks my assistance. I firmly believe in the accuracy of all records. I believe in systematic accountability and I believe in professional services. On March 3, 2020, I thank you in advance for voting for “Shay” as Greene County Revenue Commissioner. I genuinely pray God Blessings on you all.

Newswire : NNPA urges better U.S.-Cuba Relations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

NNPA’s Ben Chavis speaks with Cuban delegation



National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. joined experts and academics from the United States and Cuba in Havana to seek strategies, solutions, and projects they hope would help rekindle relations between the countries.
“The majority of the people of the United States want better relations with Cuba, and that is the will that must prevail,” stated Chavis, who counted among the delegation of 30 American scholars who attended the 18th edition of the Series of Academic Conversations on Cuba in the Foreign Policy of the United States of America.
Sponsored by the Research Center on International Policies and the Raul Roa Higher Institute for International Relations, the conference highlighted how the Trump Administration has setback U.S.-Cuba relations after former President Barack Obama worked toward a more agreeable relationship.
Here’s the text of Dr. Chavis’ full keynote address:
On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the national trade association of the Black Press of America representing 225 African American owned newspapers across the United States of America, I bring to each of you our expressions of solidarity and comradeship in the ongoing international struggle for freedom, justice, equality for all of humanity throughout the world.
Today’s conference is very important not only for the people of Cuba and for the people of the United States, but also this dialogue and these discussions over the next days here in Havana will have a positive impact, I believe, on improving the quality of life for all people throughout the world who especially cry out for freedom. I stand before you as a longtime freedom fighter, former U.S. political prisoner, journalist and as the President and CEO of the NNPA, but most importantly, I stand before you as your Brother and as your Comrade in our joint struggle and global movement for freedom and justice.
The truth is if we all together can work to improve relations between the United States and Cuba, that success will bring benefits to all people in this region of the world and to all people in all regions of the world. Why is it that still in 2019, the United States is still imposing a “Blockade on Cuba?” Why? Whose interests are being served in this prolonged and unjust economic, political, and social blockade of Cuba by the United States?
It is not in the interests of the people of Cuba for the blockade to continue.
And it is not in the interests of the people of the United States for the blockade to continue. Therefore, my first point to emphasize today is that the most effective expression of international solidarity between the people of the Cuba and the people of the United States requires and demands an immediate end to the United States blockade of Cuba.
The U.S. blockade of Cuba is a contradictory relic of the past, but it is a present day reminder of the awful, sinful, counterproductive, and devastating realities of international imperialism, exploitation and racism.
I can state without fear of reprisal that the Black Press of America does not support the blockade of Cuba. We demand an end to the blockade immediately.
We want to help improve relations between our two nations.
I say “our” two nations because, as a descendant of Africa living, striving and struggling in the United States, whenever I am in Cuba, I not only feel at home, I know that I am at home here in Cuba because of what Cuba has done and continues to do for Africa and for all African people throughout the African Diaspora, as well as what Cuba continues to do today internationally to improve healthcare for all of humanity throughout the world.
Several weeks ago, I spoke at the Embassy of Cuba to the United States on November 25, 2019 noting the anniversary when H.E. Comrade President Fidel Castro made his transition to eternal life. I noted then, and I want to repeat it here as part my intervention and statement to this outstanding gathering of colleagues and those who are interested in improving international relations.
The Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro was one of the most important and effective revolutions of the 20th Century against imperialism, colonialism and racism.
Today at the end of the second decade of the 21st Century, the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro’s enduring legacy, government, values, commitments, achievements and vast social and economic transformations continue to set a righteous and transformative ideal for the rest of the world to learn from and to follow.
This past November 25th , I reminded the people gathered at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, that when Fidel Castro dispatched thousands of courageous Cuban troops to Angola in southern Africa in the 1980’s, it permanently changed and reversed the tragic oppressive trajectory of imperialism, neocolonialism, and the brutal Apartheid South Africa’s quest to dominate and control all of southern Africa.
My remarks today are not just from reading the books of history that are in fact important to read for all who stand for the liberation of humanity from the systems and structures of oppression.
But my remarks are from being an actual firsthand witness to history being made and continuing to be made by the contributions and interventions of Cuban to the liberation of humanity.
I witnessed and had fellowship with Cuban soldiers in Angola in 1988 in the aftermath of the heroic victory of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in southern Angola.
I vividly remember as an African America Christian clergy going down into the fresh war-zone foxholes with Cuban soldiers who were deployed on the frontlines near Cuito Cuanavale.
We broke bead together. We prayed together. We fought for freedom together against the imperialistic enemies. And we won an historic victory together against the racism and oppression of “apartheid” for the benefit of Angola, South Africa and Namibia that permanently changed the course of history in southern Africa.
In fact, that strategic and consequential victory of Angolan, Namibian, and African National Congress soldiers fighting alongside Cuban troops against the apartheid armed forces inside of southern Angola at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale actually led to the eventual release of Comrade Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa.
That is a piece of history that sometimes does not get reported or appreciated in the so-called mainstream media in the United States. I am proud that the Black Press of America: African American owned newspapers, digital companies, social media channels, radio stations and other broadcast media does continue today to report and distribute the news about Cuba and about all of our people throughout the African Diaspora.
And, of course, the Republic of Cuba is a nation that is a vital and strategic part of the African Diaspora that sometimes is misunderstood, undervalued, and at times not referenced sufficiently in the local, national, and international media.
My point here, before moving on, is that history is important.
We should learn from history. What are the lessons of history that we all have to remind ourselves of today with respect to success of the Cuban Revolution?
What is the lingering relevance of White Supremacy and race in American foreign policy as well as its domestic policy when it comes to Cuba and the rest of the Diaspora?
The purpose of this conference goes beyond the articulation of contemporary analyses, new research data, and the stated quest for overcoming the new and old challenges to improve relations between Cuba and the United States.
I therefore state the following additional six points to further our dialogue and conversations about the current state of affairs, policies, challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for the conference to outline possible solutions to advance the interests of the people and government of Cuba in the wake of the continuation of the U.S. blockade, as well as the new sanctions and restrictions on this island nation.
Cuba’s national and international contributions to improving healthcare and medical research, in addition to the academic and professional provision of free medical education for thousands of aspiring and evolving medical doctors and post-graduate medical researchers.
Cuba has emerged as a world leader in the healthcare and medical education sectors.
Thus, the U.S. embargo and new travel restrictions stand as an obstacle to advances in healthcare and medical education for Cubans, Americans and for all of humanity.
Hight quality education in Cuba is accessible and affordable to all of its citizens from pre-K through post-graduate school. In the U.S. education is not accessible nor affordable for all of its citizens from pre-K through post-graduate school.
Instead of imposing more economic sanctions and social restrictions on Cuba, the U.S. should try to learn from the success of the Cuban educational system.
We propose that the Black Press of America and the Cuban Press Agencies find ways and means to work collaboratively to better mutually inform the people of the United States and the people of Cuba on the vital issues that are being outlined in this conference to enhance the policies and relations between the United States and Cuba.
We call for the establishment of a Free Trade Zone and free trade policies the United States and Cuba, as well as the repeal of the Helms-Burton Act that targets and discriminates against the economic, political and social interests of the people and government of Cuba.
We call for a bilateral focus between the United States and Cuba on the issues and challenges that millennials face with respect to youth leadership development programs and joint projects that have as a goal of increasing mutual understandings and affirmations of the interests of the youth of Cuba and United States to help improve overall bilateral relations.
Last but not least, are the opportunities and responsibilities to foster, promote and coordinate cultural exchange programs between the United States and Cuba. Both nations are rich with cultural genius and talent that should be more forthrightly mutually shared and affirmed by both Cuba and the United States. Basta la repression! Basta la imperialism! Basta la racism! Viva Cuba and United States Relations! Viva Fidel! Viva la revolution! A luta continua! Victoria es cert! Thank you for listening. God bless.

Newswire : A quarter of the African American population receives food stamps States sue to stop changes to Food Stamps Program

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com

Food stamp coupon


(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the Trump Administration from cutting off nearly 700,000 Americans from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program under new, more restrictive guidelines they have proposed that will take effect later this year.
The lawsuit filed by the state attorneys general seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent the rule from going into effect on April 1, 2020.
The lawsuit challenges a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that would limit states’ ability to extend SNAP or Food Stamp benefits. The changes propose a three-month time limit for SNAP benefits for jobless individuals 18 to 49 who are not disabled or raising children.
In addition, the coalition charges that the rule undermines Congress’ intent for SNAP and that the USDA violated the federal rule-making process.
New York, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia are coalition members.
The states sued the United States Department of Agriculture and George Perdue III, the department’s secretary, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
On July 24, the Trump Administration proposed changing the way states calculate who is eligible to receive SNAP benefits. .
The federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits but shares the cost of administering it on a 50-50 basis. According to the Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule, people with a gross income of $16,000 or with assets of more than $2,500, would no longer qualify for SNAP benefits.
SNAP benefits provide the largest nutritional safety net, feeding 37 million Americans. People who are SNAP eligible receive $127 or about $1.39 per meal in SNAP benefits.
Nearly 9 million African Americans receive food stamps each month, which is 25 percent of the black population, according the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C., progressive think tank that analyzes federal and state budget policies.
“Denying access to vital SNAP benefits would only push hundreds of thousands of already vulnerable Americans into greater economic uncertainty,” said New York State’s Attorney General Letitia James.
The states argued that the Trump administration’s proposed changes:
§ Contradicts statutory language and Congress’s intent for the food-stamp program
§ Raises health care and homeless costs while lowering economic activity in the states
§ Amends the law for arbitrary and capricious reasons
§ Violates the federal rule-making process
The SNAP benefits program was established in 1964. Congress amended the program in 1996 to encourage greater workforce participation among recipients.

Newswire: African-Americans are 40 percent of the nation’s homeless population

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com

Homeless man sleeping on a park bench;

Homeless man holding sign



(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The total number of homeless is 567,715 and 40 percent or 225, 735 are African-American, although only 13 percent of the nation’s population is Black, according to “The
2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.”
The numbers are based on “Point-In-Time Estimates of Homelessness” taken one night in January 2020. The Point-In-Time Estimates reported that 27 percent of the 56,381 who were unsheltered were Black. Unsheltered homeless means they are sleeping in cars, on the streets or in parks or on buses, subways and elevated trains.
“African Americans have remained considerably overrepresented among the homeless population compared to the U.S. population,” according to the report.
Blacks represented 52 percent of the homeless population with children.
About 48 percent or 270,607 of the homeless are White. They also comprised just over half of the unsheltered population or 57 percent of 119,487.
Asians were 1.3 percent or 7,228 of the homeless population. Hispanics or Latinos were 22 percent or 124,615 of the homeless population. Native Americans were 3.2 percent or 17,966 of the homeless
population.
Men and boys comprise 343,187 or 60.5 percent of the homeless
compared with women who comprise 219,911 or 38.7 percent of
homeless.

Newswire : EXCLUSIVE: Rev. Dr. William Barber addresses systemic racism and voting rights during call with the Black Press

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Rev. William Barber, Poor People’s Campaign

Rev. Dr. William Barber II believes that everyone has a right to live. Through his Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. Barber is continuing to build a movement to overcome systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, militarism of the budget and the false moral narrative of white religious nationalism.
In an exclusive telephone conference with the Black Press of America, Dr. Barber and his Poor People’s Campaign Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharris, said America has a moral crisis.
“Democrats run from poverty and Republicans racialize poverty,” Dr. Barber stated during the more than one-hour discussion.
“We have invited both sides of the political fence. We’ve invited the White House to come and talk with us. They’ve refused,” stated Dr. Barber, the founder of Repairers of the Breach, a national leadership development organization, which expands upon his Moral Monday movement.
“This administration has been virtually silent on the issue of poverty. The president talked about unemployment being down, but underemployment is up. The number of people that have dropped out of the workforce is up,” said Dr. Barber, who, along with Dr. Theoharris, and others launched the Poor People’s Campaign, spearheaded initially by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Campaign conducted what it said was a 50-year audit of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy in the U.S.
They said the findings have already helped to inform and build state and local, nonpartisan fusion movements that are committed to challenging laws and policies that are antithetical to the broad tenets of social justice.
Dr. Barber and Theoharris, who is a pastor from New York, told the Black Press that the ranks of the Poor People’s Campaign would increase as they broaden their efforts.
They noted figures that show 140 million poor and low-wealth people live in the United States – from every race, creed, sexuality, and place.
“We aim to make sure these individuals are no longer ignored, dismissed, or pushed to the margins of our political and social agenda,” Dr. Theoharris stated.
With 2020 counting as a pivotal election year, Dr. Barber pointed out that voter suppression laws in many states have only contributed to poverty.
The Poor People’s Campaign has noted that, since 2010, 23 states have passed racist voter suppression laws, including racist gerrymandering and redistricting statutes that make it harder to register. Because of this, early voting days and hours have reduced, officials have purged voter rolls, and there have been more restrictive voter ID laws.
Following the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case, which gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, 14 states had new voting restrictions in place before the 2016 Presidential election, and there were 868 fewer polling places across the country, according to the Campaign.
While these laws have disproportionately targeted Black people, at least 17 states saw voter suppression cases targeting American Indian and Alaskan Native voters in 2016, Dr. Barber stated.
“Thirteen states that passed voter suppression laws also opted not to accept expanded Medicaid benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act,” he added.
“These attacks follow a broader pattern of restricting and curtailing democratic processes by drawing on legacies of racism to undermine local efforts to organize for better conditions,” Dr. Barber stated.
As of July 2017, 25 states have passed laws that preempt cities from adopting their own local minimum wage laws. Most of these are in response to city councils passing or wanting to pass minimum wage increases.
“We found that people can work a minimum wage job and can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment,” Dr. Barber said. “We found out that there are 2 million people who work every day for less than the living wage. Some of them live in their cars, and they go to work every day.”
Dr. Theoharris spoke of Maria, a woman they met in El Paso, Texas, separated from her family because of immigration issues .“We waded into the Rio Grande River – the river that separates the U.S. from Mexico – with an action called “Hugs, not Walls.” Maria got to see her son for the first time in 16 years. And for those couple of minutes that Maria had with her husband and her son were the first and only two minutes that she got to see her family members because of unjust immigration policy,” Dr. Theohoarris stated.
The Poor People’s Campaign is organizing the Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, June 20th, during which Dr. Barber said they would rise as “a powerful moral fusion movement to demand the implementation of our moral agenda.”
“The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane,” Dr. Barber added.
During the march, Dr. Barber said some of those living in poverty would attend and speak for themselves. He stated that it was essential to know that poverty comes in “all colors” and that it’s more than just African Americans who are struggling.
He noted that the City of Flint was under emergency management when it decided to switch its water source from the Detroit Water System to the Flint River. That move poisoned a community of almost 99,000, with a 42 percent poverty rate and in which 56 percent of residents are Black, and 37 percent are White.
Also, Dr. Barber noted that 6.1 million people had been disenfranchised because of felony convictions, including one in 13 Black adults.
During the call, Dr. Barber continued to lash out at the current administration’s controversial immigration policies. The Poor People’s Campaign has found that undocumented immigrants contributed $5 trillion to the U.S. economy over the last ten years. They paid $13 billion in Social Security in 2010, but only received $1 billion in benefits.
They also pay eight percent of their income in state and local taxes, while the wealthiest one percent pay just 5.4 percent. Yet undocumented immigrants and most lawfully residing immigrants are barred from receiving assistance under the major public welfare programs, causing hardship for many poor immigrant families.
In fact, among the 43.7 million immigrants in the U.S., there are 19.7 million – undocumented and lawfully residing – who cannot vote, Dr. Barber noted.
“So, we have to understand the history of systemic racism. And we have to see how systemic racism is impacting not just people of color, but also white people today,” Dr. Barber stated. “When Reverend Barber says that repressed voter suppression can create and further poverty amongst White people, amongst Black people, amongst Latinos, amongst young people and old people.”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrates 107 years

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. They participated in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization, a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., shown in photo above, celebrated its 22 Founders in a closed ceremony on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Nancy Cole served as chairperson. — Photo by Cynthia Crawford

Greene County Alumnae Chapter celebrates 41 years in DST

The Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is
celebrating 41 years in the Sorority. Active charter members are shown in photo above. L to R: Alfretta Crawford, Isaac Atkins, Chapter President, Phillis Belcher and Loydleetta Wabbington.– — Photo by Cynthia Crawford

William “Coach” Morgan seeks re-election to Greene County Board of Education, District 3

I, William “Coach” Morgan, humbly announce my candidacy for re-election to the Greene County Board of Education – District three (3) in the March 3, 2020 Primary Election.
I am a native of Greene County. I am a graduate of Greene County Training School (later became Paramount High School). After high school, I attended Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL, and graduated with a degree in History. The following summer, I enrolled in the graduate school program at Alabama State and later received a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling. Several years later, I attended the University of Alabama, and received AA certification in Administration.
I have faithfully served in the Greene County School System thirty-three (33) years and counting. I have served in many positions in the Greene County School System, proudly starting as a Social Studies teacher. Throughout my tenure in the Greene County School System, I have worked as a Junior High and High School Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, Head Girls Basketball Coach, School Bus Driver, Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Assistant Boys Baseball Coach, Head Girls Softball Coach, Assistant Football Coach and Head Football Coach on the High School level.
Upon retiring from the Greene County School System in 2011, I also had the opportunity to serve in the Kemper County School System in DeKalb, MS as a Social Studies Teacher and Head Girls Softball Coach. This was a great experience for me, nevertheless, I felt a greater passion to serve in a different capacity in Greene County. This passion led to me to seek the position as a member of the Greene County Board of Education.
I am asking for the support of the citizens of District 3 to re-elect me because there is greater work to be done. I will continue to serve you, make sound and fair decisions based on local and state school board policies, and to treat everyone with dignity. I am a firm believer that “the dignity and worth of each individual is supreme.” I am a man of Faith, Fairness, Honesty, and Integrity and “A man for all the people.”
I am married to the love of my life, Mildred Jolly Morgan. We have three children, Kimberly Harold-Graham, Precious Morgan-Hallman, and Major William O. Morgan. We are blessed to have two wonderful grandchildren, Omari and Khalil Hallman. I am a member of Pine Grove C.M.E. Church and serve as a member of the Steward Board.