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Alderwoman Harris Town Hall @ The Village
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Alderwoman Jameesha Harris will be conducting a Town Hall on August 1st at 3PM at The Village (1046 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28562)

Board of Education Public Health Session @ Craven County School District
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Board of Education Public Health Session @ Craven County School District

On Monday August 2nd at 8:30am the BOE will allow public speaking. They will be discussing the decision on masks and other protocols for the upcoming school year. (Survey Links here, turn in by July 29th 11:59PM: https://www.cravenk12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&PageID=1&ViewID=6446ee88-d30c-497e-9316-3f8874b3e108&FlexDataID=39334 )

Officer Meeting @ CCDP Headquarters
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Officer Meeting @ CCDP Headquarters

Attending were Linda Moore, Charles Dudley, Helen Robinson, Nicole Kirch, and Kate
Blakefield. Richard Friend , Susan Ryan, and Diane Tyndall offered input by proxy.
Linda Moore: 1. CONGERSSIONAL CANDIDATE: Will follow up with Richard Watkins,
potential candidate for Congress, re: speaking opportunity; 2. JULY 26 GATHERING AT
GLENBURNIE PARK: Has reserved Jaycee Shelter at Glenburnie Park for next Monday, July
26, 630 county gathering. Linda will bring bottled water and either contract with Italian Ice
vendor or bring watermelon. Linda will check with Richard to get change. Helen will bring signs
for display and signs to sell. Linda and Helen will look at available silent auction items and
select a few to sell. Nicole will publicize asap. 3. BILLBOARD: Cheapest one is $900 outside
our budget; discussed big “message” signs on private property but concerned about vandalism
risk. 4. COLLAR SHIRTS FOR OFFICERS/NAME TAGS: too expensive; pursue other options.
Charles Dudley: 1. FLOORING OPTIONS- will go to Lowes today and look for good options for
peel-off tiles and send pics to officers for input; 2. SELL OF YARD SIGNS: wait til after July 26
event to review best sellers and how to replenish supply; 3. WAINWRIGHT DINNER 2022-
CXharles will talk with Flame and find out available Saturday times in Feb. 2022;
Helen Robinson: 1. TEE SHIRTS / WINDOW CLING WITH MESSAGES: Nicole will explore
shirt fabric/colors MESSAGES: Everyone agreed to look for select messages that are non-
candidate, non-partiy specific. Helen will provide list of suggested messages for review at Mon.
gathering for people to offer preferences; 3.. HJ MACDONALD INTEREST MEETING: Possible
dates for 7 p.m meeting are Aug. 10, 11, 17, or 18. Kate will provide Helen with names of
HJMac volunteers; Helen will reach out to these people and work toward setting meeting time.
Linda and Nicole will participate.
Nicole Kirch: 1.VOTEBUILDER- Ginny M is offering training TBA-announce date Mon. night?
Susan Ryan: (absent due to funeral) ORGANIZING HQ- Is setting up file cabinet with perm files
and has cleaned/organized back storeroom; INFO FROM RALEIGH-attended redistricting
PARK? ACTIVITY AT LEGISLATURE: Found reporting resource, need way to simplify bullets;
Linda will check on rural county orgs to mechanism.
Richard Friend: 1. NEW LOCK AND KEYS: Richard will install new lock in 48 hours; 5 keys
were distributed to Linda, Charles, Nicole, Helen, and Kate. Helen is keeping this file. 2)
TRASH PICKUP: We are required to pay montahly feew of $14+ for trash pickup and must use
regulation can for city equipment. Richard will check with donut people about using their
Diane Tyndall: 1. POISON IVY PROJECTD; Need volunteers for Dem Women poison ivy
project in Vanceboro; promote this opportunity at Monday picnic; 2. HEAD COOK-need head
cook for Chilifest- confirm with Richard F;
Kate Blakefield: VOLUNTEERS FOR FESTIVALS: has recruited coordinators for three fall
festivals and is working on enlisting other volunteers; LIBERAL LADIES: will resume monthly
meetings in Sept; ROCK PAINTING: will begin in Aug , possibly at HQ.
Brief minutes by Helen Robinson

Special County Commissioner Meeting @ New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Special County Commissioner Meeting @ New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
Commissioners’ Meeting will be held August 2, 2021 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Convention Center (there is still time to sign our petition here: http://chng.it/CBkHzPZdJ6 )

In a symbolic gesture, the Craven County Commissioners have agreed to hold a vote August 2, 2021 on a resolution opposing the teaching or promotion of critical race theory and several other educational tools that seek to shed light on the country’s troubled racial history.

We the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Craven County Commissioners to not take any actions regarding CRT or other educational tools regarding our racial history.

First, CRT is not a public school curriculum, but rather a college-level framework for historical studies.  However, there is a faction trying to work up our local citizens to demand that history lessons be designed so they don’t have to hear what they don’t want to hear.   This vote is largely symbolic.  But, this is a symbol of hate that does not represent us.

On August 2, the Craven County Board of Commissioners will hold a symbolic vote on a resolution “opposing the teaching or promotion of critical race theory (CRT) and several other educational tools that seek to shed light on the country’s troubled racial history.
The item will include an opportunity for citizens to voice their comments on the
increasingly controversial subjects of critical race theory, action civics and the New York Times Magazine’s The 1619 Project, which are included in the resolution.”

I am asking you to take action on this important issue. Learn what CRT is and what it is not. The following are some links to information about CRT –
* https://www.edweek.org/leadership/what-is-critical-race-theory-and-why-is-it-under-attack/2021/05
* https://www.npr.org/2021/06/23/1009592838/top-general-defends-studying-critical-race-theory-in-the-military?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=nprnews&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=politics
* https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/07/the-moral-panic-over-critical-race-theory-is-coming-for-a-north-carolina-teacher-of-the-year/

Then, contact each of our Commissioners to let your voice be heard. We learned from the Board of Education issue that it is very important to contact the Commissioners because they keep a count of the emails and phone calls for and against issues.
If possible, please try to attend the Commissioners’ meeting which will be held August 2, 2021beginning at 7:00 PM at the Convention Center.

Board of Commissioners contact information –

Jason Jones, Chair • jjones@cravencountync.gov • (252) 672-5656
Dennis Bucher, Vice Chair • dbucher@cravencountync.gov • (252) 229-6576
Thomas Mark • tmark@cravencountync.gov • (252) 349-8775
George Liner • gliner@cravencountync.gov • (252) 725-0191
Theron McCabe • tmccabe@cravencountync.gov • (252) 447-5257
Etteinne Mitchell • emitchell@cravencountync.gov • (252) 675-0109
Beatrice Smith • beatrice.smith@cravencountync.gov • (252) 772-5879

Jasper Precinct Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jasper Precinct Meeting @ Virtual

Join us for our monthly Precinct Meeting.  Every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM via Zoom.  Please e-mail to RSVP.

Trent Woods Precinct Meeting @ RSVP only
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Trent Woods Precinct Meeting @ RSVP only
Hello Trent Woods Democrats and Allies,

I hope you are having a great summer. To make your summer even better, we are planning a get-together on Thursday, August 19 at 6:00 pm. Please email wblakefield@gmail.com to get more info. The main course and drinks will be provided by the precinct and we are asking you to bring a side or dessert. This is a great way to socialize with like-minded people.
Democratic Women @ CCDP Headquarters
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Democratic Women @ CCDP Headquarters

Join Democratic Women as we return from the summer break.  Thursday September 9th at Noon at the Craven Democratic Headquarters (1232 S. Glenburnie Rd.  next to the Food Lion).