State Treasurer Dale Folwell is reportedly interested in making health care more affordable and save taxpayers money. State Employees’ Health Plan provides coverage for 727,000 employees, dependents and retirees. The plan spends $3.3 billion annually, making it the largest health care purchaser in the state. Folwell’s proposal aims to change the way N.C. State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees pays providers so as to produce an estimated savings of $300 million for taxpayers, and $65 million for plan members annually. Learn more about the issues here.
On Saturday, January 5th 2019 Color of Change launched an interactive website "created by and for Black women and allies [that] visualizes the systems that put [their] minds and bodies at risk."
BlackWomenToo.com tracks this violence as Black women and girls experience it in entertainment, policing, healthcare, media and many other areas.
Color of Change is a progressive nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization in the United States. It was formed in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in order to use online resources to strengthen the political voice of African Americans.
The 2019 edition of Democracy North Carolina's annual MLK brochure is now available. The new edition features information about North Carolina's new photo ID mandate, resources for learning more about this year's legislative long session and municipal elections, and other ways you can fight for voters in 2019. Click here to download the new MLK Brochure.
Democracy North Carolina is is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people. Democracy NC grew out of Democracy South which began as a project of the Institute for Southern Studies. For more than 20 years, we’ve taken on powerful industries and political leaders, regardless of party, and promoted reforms that expand public involvement in the political process.
You Can Vote is a North Carolina-based organization that trains and mobilizes volunteers to educate, register, and empower all North Carolina citizens to successfully cast their ballot. The organization accepts requests for speaking, training and voter education events, from local groups and has resources online spelling out the details of this 2018 ballot and associated ballot measures. For more information, visit their website here.
According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act extended the deadline for voter registration to 5 p.m. October 15 in 28 counties most affected by the storm. Mailed registration applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline. Eligible individuals who miss the regular deadline still may register and vote in their county of residence during the in-person early voting period, which runs from October 17 through November 3. Voters who register and vote at the same time must provide proof of residence. More information is available here.
The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance has partnered with MeckEd and the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition to have one, centralized database that can be used by organizations and individual citizens alike to identify opportunities for youth. To find quality Out of School Time programs or mentoring opportunity near you, please visit www.mecked.org/the-locator.
The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) connects Charlotte mentoring organizations to promote mentoring and its best practices through trainings and workshops, recognition, and establishing quality standards for service delivery. Learn more here.
The College Foundation of North Carolina will sponsor, NC Countdown to College this year, October 15 - 19. During NC Countdown to College week, counselors and others at North Carolina high schools will help seniors submit online college applications for admission through the CFNC application hub. Many North Carolina colleges and universities will waive their application fees that week. Additionally in October, CFNC will give extra help to students as they fill out their Free Application for Federal Aid, or FAFSA, to determine eligibility for college aid, and use the Residency Determination Service to determine if they qualify for in-state tuition. Learn more at their site here.
On August 22, 2018 U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and 13 Democratic colleagues introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act, a bill to reduce the racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. The United States is one of only thirteen countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is now worse than it was 25 years ago. For Black women, the risk of death from pregnancy-related causes is three to four times higher than for white women, and Black women are twice as likely to suffer from life-threatening pregnancy complications. Click to read the full announcement of the report.
To help parents and kids prepare for school, the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department will be hosting immunization clinics in September. Children must have specific immunizations and a health assessment in order to attend North Carolina public schools. Required immunizations will be offered, while the health assessments will be offered off-site during the immunization clinics. Parents are reminded to bring their child’s official shot records and at least one form of identification.
Clinics and assessments will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dates and locations are listed below:
For more information, contact Public Health Director Gibbie Harris at 980-314-9020 or Gibbie.Harris@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
Charlotte City Council's Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee is inviting local community members to provide input on a revised Housing Locational Policy. The policy serves as a guide for the location of new affordable multi-family housing developments throughout the city. The goal of the revised policy is to reflect Charlotte's current housing landscape, needs, and priorities better. Community feedback meetings will be held 6:30—8 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, August 23
Myers Park United Methodist Church
1501 Queens Road
Tuesday, August 28
East Stonewall AME Zion Church
1729 Griers Grove Road
Thursday, September 6 *
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (Room 267)
600 East 4th Street
Tuesday, September 11
Greater Providence Baptist Church
2000 Milton Road
*This meeting will be streamed live on the City of Charlotte's Facebook page. You may provide your feedback by posting during the Facebook live stream.
For more information, visit Housing and Neighborhood Development here.