Coming up this week…

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan will speak during today’s opening ceremony of the All Baptist Assembly. The event, held every four years, brings together all member groups of the General Baptist State Convention (GBSC) of North Carolina, the largest faith-based African-American organization in the state. The event is being held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The 3rd Annual Charter Schools Conference,”Stronger Schools Build Stronger Communities,” runs through Tuesday of this week in Concord.

Monday’s mid-day luncheon will feature a Superintendent’s Debate between Dr. June Atkinson and John Tedesco. House Speaker Thom Tillis will serve as the keynote speaker at Monday evening’s banquet. On Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory will speak at the closing luncheon. The three-day event will be held at the Embassy Suites Charlotte.

The NC Justice Center and AARP NC are in Charlotte this Monday for a Campaign for Better Care community luncheon. The Campaign for Better Care aims to make improvements in the health system for vulnerable older adults and to build a strong, lasting consumer voice for better health care.

The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) continues its ambitious new fundraising campaign in response to the “most shameful environmental legislative session ever.”

Last Friday, NCLCV launched an aptly titled Accountability Campaign with a goal raising of $10k in 10 days to fight back for the future of North Carolina’s environment. The $10,000 will go directly to support environmental champions and oppose some of the most anti-environmental legislators.

Environment North Carolina and a broad group of other stakeholders will release a letter to the Obama Administration Tuesday to show strong support for their efforts made to date and urge continued strong action to develop offshore wind resources along the Atlantic. Tuesday environmentalists will hold a teleconference to talk more about offshore wind potential.

Wednesday’s release of the new 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book offers a sophisticated view of child well-being, looking at an index of 16 indicators. The 2012 Data Book comes on the heels of a short legislative session that left children in North Carolina worse for the wear, according to Action for Children North Carolina. After overriding a budget veto by Governor Perdue, the General Assembly enacted a budget that eliminated all state funding to the NC Healthy Start Foundation, made deep cuts to education, and scaled back critical prevention programming.

Wednesday evening, the Community United Church of Christ (814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh) will screen “A Message from the Marcellus: What NC Needs to Know about Fracking and the Natural Gas Industry” directed by Todd Tinkham. The program that runs from from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. will also include a presentation and discussion by Elaine Chiosso from Haw River Assembly.

For those feeling lucky, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino holds job fair Wednesday to fill hundreds of new positions. The recently approved gaming compact between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the state of North Carolina is now resulting in a hiring frenzy.

The casino and hotel, owned and operated by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and managed by Caesar’s Entertainment Corp., plans to hire more than 500 full- and part-time positions.

On Thursday, Families USA will release a report on the number of North Carolinians who were diagnosed with health conditions and who, prior to the Affordable Care Act, were at risk of being denied health coverage due to those conditions. As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, none of these North Carolinians can be denied coverage any longer due to their health status.

Using county-level data, the report will spotlight the number of people—by age, race and ethnicities, and income level—all across North Carolina who, in the absence of the Affordable Care Act, face the threat of having coverage denied or being forced to pay discriminatory high premiums due to their pre-existing conditions.

On Friday, Equality NC sponsors Charlotte’sWhat Amendment One Means for You and Your Family,” the second in a series of statewide community law workshops led by the Campaign for Southern Equality and local attorneys designed to provide the latest information about the legal landscape for LGBT families following the passage of Amendment One.

Led by attorneys Meghann Burke, Connie J. Vetter and Diane Walton, “What Amendment One Means for You and Your Family” is a 90-minute workshop devoted to information and education about special topics impacting the LGBT community.

A similar program is being held Saturday in Asheboro.

Finally, the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club and several other state and national environmental organizations have teamed up for a “Stop the Frack Attack” rally and march on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC on Saturday.

With all the attention fracking has been receiving in North Carolina and around the nation, organizers are expecting a large and energetic turnout — even by Washington standards.

The Sierra Club will be organizing free transportation (with food provided) to and from the event with a van leaving from the Triangle the morning of the 28th and returning that night.


  1. Frances Jenkins

    July 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Kay is a joke.

  2. Frank Burns

    July 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Kay Hagan and the other Senate Democrats are derelict in their duties. It’s been 1,182 days since they passed a federal budget.

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