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.
A recent report by Higher Heights for America, "demonstrates the need for greater engagement, recruitment, and inclusion of black women in politics and government." According to the Status on Black Women in Politics, Black women drive the economic and electoral power of Black communities nationwide yet remain underrepresented through all levels of political office. You can read the executive summary here or click here for the full report.
Higher Heights for America is "building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity and is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day."
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s mission is to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
As reported by the Center for Health Journalism, "social determinants of health have shown that several factors have a significant impact on health. " The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute notes that "health behaviors and clinical care only account for approximately 50 percent of health outcomes, while the other half is explained by social and economic factors as well as the physical environment in which people live." Importantly, research indicates that in the case of Black women's high maternal mortality rates, for example, "focusing on a mother’s individual characteristics or behaviors avoids the uncomfortable truth that health care service delivery systems, namely hospitals and clinics and the people who work in them, contribute to these poor outcomes." Learn more here.
The Center for Health Journalism "helps journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities, serving as a catalyst for change." The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute "advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels."
As reported by Fast Company, "over 41,000 people work at Google, Facebook, and Twitter but less than 2% of that workforce—only about 750 employees—is black" and notably, "the rest of the tech industry mirrors that trend with African-American representation at 5% overall." The article draws data from the The National Urban League's Digital Inclusion index "which finds that black America has 74.1% of white America’s benefits from the digital economy and shows how often people of color are getting a fair chance at upward mobility within the tech sector compared to their white counterparts." The Digital Inclusion Index demonstrates that "people of color are afforded access and opportunity to attain only three-quarters of the total pie in terms of knowledge growth, empowerment, and financial reward and that total share is built off a weighted comparison of three factors: Digital skills and occupations account for 35% of that share, with digital access being another 35%, and supportive digital policies worth 30% of the total." You can download the Digital Inclusion Index here.
The National Urban League is "a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities." Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s vision is to see Black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.