MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY MARCH & RALLY IN BREVARD
Our community will commemorate and rededicate ourselves to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17th, with a march from Bethel “A” Baptist Church at 290 Oakdale St. to the Courthouse on Main. Following the march, we will hear remarks from speakers including Transylvania NAACP President Tommy Kilgore and Bethel “A”‘s recently installed Reverend Dr. Pamela C. Holder. The march will begin promptly at 5:30, and participants are invited to bring flashlights and/or phones for illumination during the program. As a precaution against Covid, we encourage participants to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
PANEL SET TO RULE THIS WEEK ON NC REDISTRICTING SUIT
Arguments were heard this past week on a consolidated suit filed by a variety of plaintiffs—Transylvania NAACP’s Kathleen Barnes among them—against the Republican-dominated state legislature’s redistricting plans passed last November. If implemented, the plans would likely not only solidify, but actually exacerbate the disproportionality of partisan representation in the state legislature and in the newly expanded US House delegation. Among the most serious revelations to emerge from the hearing was that a key Republican legislator had used “concept” maps drawn by a third party, a fact he had previously denied.
To read an up-to-date summary of the hearings from Carolina Public Press, an independent nonprofit news organization, click HERE.
The NC Supreme Court, which created the panel that heard the case, has required it to rule by Tuesday, with two days after that in which either party may file an appeal to be taken up directly by the Supreme Court.
We’ve had a good year. We’ve had our ups and downs and we’ve been involved in a large number of events—we’ve had so much going on this year. I want to give my heartfelt thanks, not just to the Executive Board, but to every member of our branch. I want to send a holiday cheer out to everyone, and to thank each and every one of you for the hard work that you have done, as volunteers. Thank you to each and every one of you. Have blessed and happy holidays, and for those of you who have to travel, be safe. And please, be energized, so that when we come back on January 1st, we will hit the ground running again, as we always have.
Join us for our next TRANSYLVANIA NAACP Meeting
General Membership and Executive Committee: Meets via Zoom 2nd Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
All are welcome!
Our next meeting is Monday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at on Zoom; to join the meeting, click HERE.
No Moral Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. – Join us for the MLK Jr Walk & Celebration!
In the event of winter weather, we will be following the public school closures. If Transylvania County Schools are closed, we will not have Moral Monday. Otherwise Moral Monday is rain or shine!
This is our time to bring our community together, to stand and speak and sing with one voice our commitment to community with an emphasis on unity, to equity and justice for all and to love over hate.
NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP YOUR TRANSYLVANIA NAACP
What better time than now to contribute your energies to your Transylvania NAACP?
First of all, join us for our monthly meetings. All are welcome!
As we enter a new era for our city, county, state and nation, we need your help! Now is the time when we can truly create change. Click here to join a committee.
All committees would appreciate new members and new energy. There are lots of plans afoot and lots of space for your ideas.
Here’s a listing a committees and a very basic idea of what they’re up to right now. All committees are meeting on Zoom for the time being.
Education: Addresses racial disparities in education, supports students and teachers of color, assist in education on racial issues. Chair is Sheila Mooney. Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Contact: Roberta Miller, email@example.com for the link.
Political Action: Coordinates local political actions, advocates with local, state and national lawmakers, partners with similar organizations in advocacy work. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Contact chair, Kathleen Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting link.
Religious Affairs: Brings a religious and spiritual tone to our work. Plans for this year include Time to Talk and Time to Listen series on some of the most contentious issues facing our community today and finding ways disparate communities can learn to communicate and find common ground. Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. Chair is Rev. Carter Heyward. Contact: email@example.com for the meeting link.
Youth: Is still being organized. If you’d like to join, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
President of the United States:
Sen. Richard Burr(R): 217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202-224-3154; 151 Patton Ave., Suite 204, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-350-2437. Email via Website: https://www.burr.senate.gov/ ;E-mail through website
Thom Tillis (R): 185 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; (202) 224-6342; 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Suite 112, Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 693-8750; Website: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/; E-mail through website
U.S. House of Representatives:
Roy Cooper (D): 20301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0301; (919) 814-2000; Website: http://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper; E-mail through website.
Jake Johnson (R-Polk), 300 N. Salisbury Street, 602Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Transylvania County Commission:
Jason Chappell (R): P.O. Box 521, Rosman, NC 28772; 828-862-6679 (H). Jason.Chappell@transylvaniacounty.org.
David Guice (UNA): David.Guice@transylvaniacounty.org
Larry Chapman (R): email@example.com
Teresa McCall (R): firstname.lastname@example.org
Transylvania County Board of Education:
Marty Griffin (D): P.O. Box 1023, Brevard, NC 28712; (828) 883-8707: email@example.com
Kimsey Jackson (R): 351 Windover Dr., Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 508-2540: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brevard City Council:
Mayor Maureen Copelof:
Gary Daniel: Mayor Pro Tem:
Mac Morrow: 828-885-8444; email@example.com
Maurice Jones: 828-883-3200; firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Baker: email@example.com
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