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.
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.
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.
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.
According to a report from the National Women's Law Center on Suspensions for Girls of Color by School District, Black girls are five times as likely as white girls to get suspended in schools across the country. The same report indicated that for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, Girls of Color account for a full 91% of school suspensions when they are only 69% of girls enrolled. Recently the Washington Post covered this issue in the District of Columbia, noting that "these punishments interrupt girls’ educations while sending dangerous messages to the school community: how a girl looks is more important than what she thinks, and girls are ultimately responsible for the misbehavior of boys.” Read the full article here.
The National Women's Law Center "has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families." The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. remains to committed to gender equity and advocacy on behalf of Black women and girls.
In April 2018, the Charlotte Observer reported that "developers are seeking almost $24 million worth of subsidies from Charlotte's Housing Trust Fund to build new affordable apartments throughout the city, as rents continue to rise." The city of Charlotte's Housing and Neighborhood Development committee is leading the charge to building "diverse and livable communities," and heard the developer's request at a recent meeting. Click here to learn more about the work of the committee and their steps toward diverse price point housing.
Early voting for the 2018 Mecklenburg County Primary Election ended on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Election day is Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 6:30am to 7:30pm -- all registered voters must vote in their assigned precinct. Do YOU know who is on your ballot? Click here to find out!