OUR VOICE, MORE ENDORSEMENTS AND SAY “NO” TO BOND
“Clarion Call from Our Wise Departed Ancestors!–If Thomas C. Jervay, Sr. Willie E. Jervay, Katherine “Kitty” Jervay Tate and Thomas C. Jervay, Jr., owners of The Wilmington Journal were here today, they would tell us to “vote early”. The early voting period for New Hanover County is March 3rd to March 12th. Election Day is March 15th. You can honor our First Family of Freedom Fighters, your family members and bless your children and grandchildren by voting. Can we count on you?”—James Hankins
Early voting is underway from now through Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. for the Tuesday, March 15th primaries. Hours of early voting are Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Government Center – 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 34. Please check www.elections.nhcgov.com for additional locations and their hours, or call 910-798-7330.
Of course, on Tuesday, March 15th, polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. for regular primary day voting.
If you are not registered to vote during this early voting period, you may do so the same day that you cast your ballot. Please bring an official document like your utility bill for proof of address for identification. You can only do same-day registration until March 12. You will not be allowed to register to vote on March 15th, Primary Day.
You must also show a photo identification in order to vote, but if you don’t have one, you will b e required to fill out a form explaining why, and then be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
There will be a second primary for just congressional candidates on Tuesday, June 7th because the prior 13-district congressional map was ruled unconstitutional, and the NC General Assembly redrew the map and pushed back the date pending approval of a federal court.
STATE TREASURER – DANIEL BLUE III
They say the pedigree doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that certainly is the case with Dan Blue III, The son of the first African – American Speaker of the NC House, Dan III has followed closely in his father’s footsteps as an outstanding attorney in Wake County, once chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, and a devoted husband and father. Dan III, like his dad, is known for good judgment and rock solid common sense. He knows how to look at the issues, and find solutions beyond the normal partisan nonsense. And most importantly, Dan III is trusted. He’s his own man and when he gives his word, it’s all anyone needs to go to the bank with.
That’s why this newspaper joins with so many others across the state in saying that Dan Blue III possesses the wisdom and good judgment to manage the office of state treasurer with integrity and intelligence.
That’s why we endorse Daniel Blue, III for state treasurer.
NHC SCHOOL BOARD – JAMES JAMISON, KEVIN SPEARS AND EMMA SANDERS
With the state of our public school the way it is, and the many, many challenges that our African-American children face every day, we need school board members who realize that these precious, young black lives matter without question, or else we have no future.
That’s why The Journal endorses James Jamison, Kevin Spears, and Emma Sanders for NH County Board of Education. The Black Press of North Carolina has adopted an agenda in education that we feel should be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement. This agenda includes (1) The elimination of the infamous “Pipeline To Prison” that exists in our schools, (2) the elimination of the achievement and suspension gaps, (3) the inclusion of Black teachers, administrators, and counselors in our school systems and community colleges, (4) revival of Schools of Education in our HBCUs, (5) Stability of our HBCUs (6) careers paths for our children (especially Black Males) in high schools, community colleges and (7) full participation of Black children (especially Black males) in the Early College Programs across the state. We expect that these three candidates will help to implement this agenda. NO EXCEPTIONS.
CONNECT NC BOND REFERENDUM – NO
No doubt you’ve heard a lot about the massive $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum, and how it is supposed to help fund construction needs throughout the 17 campus UNC System, while it’s also supposed to help dealing with pressing needs at our community colleges, public safety and water and sewer projects.
Here’s the problem – for all of that money state taxpayers are being asked to borrow, our historically black university campuses will see precious little of it, if any at all.
You know the old story – when it come to making sure that our HBCU’s are equitably funded and fairly treated by the NC General Assembly, they might as well be foreign countries. In fact, someone quickly check how much we give in foreign aid. Undoubtedly a tiny island nation in the South Pacific gets more from the US government that the state of North Carolina ever has, or ever will, give to one of our excellent black universities, who have historically had to learn to live with much, much less than the NC States and UNC – Chapel Hill’s of the world, yet expected to produce the same quality of student.
It really is quite simple – the people who think they’re god on the all-Republican UNC Board of Governors, and consequently the GOP-led NC General Assembly, simply don’t believe in HBCUs, and would like to see as many of them closed as possible. They feel that the science and research programs at the so-called “flagship” UNC System schools are inherently much better, and are more deserving of state support.
Thus, a careful look between the lines of the Connect NC bond referendum tells you what schools and their programs will receive considerable support if the $2 billion bonds pass, and which ones won’t. Want to starve a school out of existence? Just cutoff or reduce the funding that could help it reach the next level of excellence.
The bond is not an inclusive package. There are inequities that exist in this package as related to HBCU funding. The bond and two other NC General Assembly bills allow for cutting HBCU funding, reducing degree programs and making it harder for students to attend HBCUs. Analysts say the plan even makes HBCUs less identifiable with their HBCU tradition. The Journal’s readership is well aware of the importance our HBCUs play in our community and our state, and the opportunities that they afford students across North Carolina. Many of us would not have degrees had we not had an HBCU to attend. Students of today deserve this same opportunity. VOTE NO TO THE BOND ISSUE.