Bundle Up Bertie Clothing Drive

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Bertie Business Network News

Bertie Business Network is leading a community drive as part of their BBN Cares Initiative.  The drive is called Bundle Up Bertie.

From October 1, 2023 – November 25, 2023 the will collect new and gently used coats, jackets, hoodies, gloves and other articles of clothing for children in Pre-K through 12th grade.  Would you like to donate, or participate?  Contact them at info@bbnnc.org or follow this link to the online information post.

History, Culture, Life. Now is the Time for Change.

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I was sitting and thinking today that if there were a time for black people to  learn about history, culture and life, now would be that time.  With modern technology, so much is available at your fingertips.

Even if people are trying to lie and keep the truth from you, you can find it.  Even if mama and ’em never said another word about the past, so much truth is crying out from everywhere that it is undeniable. Now, is a wonderful time of opportunity and discovery.

Of course you can’t believe every single thing you read on the internet; and things have to be researched and verified, but just simply being exposed to so much knowledge and information is  simply amazing.

In many of our conversations, I think we get side tracked and focus on the wrong things.  Even when distractions are plentiful when in the effort of some trying to hide the truth–knowledge is still there. Right in front of our faces.

For instance, even though some conservatives like the Florida Governor, don’t want you to learn about the civil rights activities  of circa 1954, if we just do the math– that was only 69 years ago.

The Truth is many, many people are alive who are 69 years old… and much older. So the question is, did they take part in the discrimination against black folk, or were they allies?

And what are they thinking now?  Lots of smiling in your face, but little done to improve economic, political and judicial injustices.

Many of our politicians are from that era.  Is the culture and tradition from that time affecting and effecting their decisions being made today? This is why it is imperative for us to get out and vote.  Find the most progressive, forward thinking person you can and put them in office.

And how about the police officers and judges?  Surely we need to make changes to that system. Many laws on the books were inadvertently, and I believe some deliberately, made with malice toward blacks and people of color.  All of that needs be changed. Correction.  Must be changed.

Now is the time to do it.  I don’t have all the answers, but I do know that tinkering around the edges hasn’t gotten us far–and it seems like lately, we’ve been losing ground.

Everything is in place.  It’s time for a big push.  Let’s make positive changes to make this a better nation for everyone.

If you have a platform, use it to discuss issues and bring attention to things that really matter.  Often on social media platform, accounts get deleted, and algorithms dilute voices.  So every voice can play a part or role.  If you’d like to contribute content or show support, reach out and let’s talk.  It’s time for positive change!

Juneteenth Celebration

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Juneteenth is being celebrated more, which I think is a great thing.  Juneteenth is officially on June 19th.  However, Windsor [NC],  has a couple of events coming up on June 17th which I have listed on the community calendar.  Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery at the end of the Civil War.

I was doing some research and saw an interesting presentation that the Smithsonian Institution has on line at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It’s called The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth.  It’s a short read, but the Digital Tool Kit at the bottom of the landing page has additional resources, including this Video called Connecting the Historic to the Now.

Personally, I encourage you to use all the tools to learn all you can.  With everything happening in the public square, we need find ways to continue to grow as a people and network with each other and our allies.  For me, it’s not a matter of black vs. white.  But as others have realized–good vs. evil.

Having the ability to be seen as a humans, with equal rights and freedoms to move about and discover is where we need to get back to.  WE were here long before slavery in the USofA. WE are all over the world, in every country–in every culture.

Be safe and enjoy the celebration!

Update: Relay for Life Event–Windsor, NC

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Windsor NC Relay for life notice image about moving the event inside

By all accounts, it looks like the Relay for Life event went well!  If you use Facebook you can see pictures and posts about the event following the link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064704069494.

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, some of the information can still be seen.  They also have a link to the website on that page as well.

Although they indicated by an earlier post, they’d move the event inside due to the weather, it looks like they still had a great event!  You can follow their page or Facebook for information about next year’s event.

Why Are We Acting Like the Confederate South Did Not Lose The Civil War?

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The South lost the Civil War.  And we, in America damn well better start acting like they did. I am highly disappointed in the way the current Attorney General Merrick Garland is handling his duties and am wondering why so many people thought he would be such a great pick.  Yet, this article is not about him.

Let’s establish a few things.

  1. Many Blacks were here, and prospering prior to slavery.
  2. We fought in the Civil War against slavery, and won.
  3. The Fourteenth Amendment acknowledges our full citizenship.

And in my opinion, Blacks are not only citizens of the United States, but are also sovereign, and indigenous to this land!  You see it.  Everybody sees it.  And, we all know it’s true.

I think the problem with America is denial.

  • Denial of all things.
  • Denial of things that were done.
  • Denial of things that actually need to be done.
  • Denial of things desired to do.

And for the ‘greatest’ nation on earth, that is a sad commentary, and stifling… just like being in some parts of the south. The good news is, the remedy is so simple and easy.  The branches of government actually need to uphold the spirit of all laws.

The Legislative Branch needs to ensure laws are beneficial for all people.  The Judicial Branch needs to ensure that the laws are equally and equitably applied.  And, the Executive Branch needs to faithfully execute the duties of the Presidency and represent the nation well.

It’s not cute pretending that injustices don’t exist, nor letting inequities happen to black and brown people.  We need to make sure that when representatives are violating the offices and positions they hold, they can be removed swiftly, by the people through an established method of “Recall”.  It was a great surprise to me to find out that some states don’t even have a method of recalling those people sent to Washington to represent them. If the Constitution was written by and for the people, and we vote for the folks we send to Washington, D.C., then we should be able to call those people back, including Judges–Supreme or other.  If that capability is not addressed Constitution or any of its Amendments, then we need to fix it.

Lastly, as much as we, as Americans, like to travel to other places–we really need to get our immigration policies right.    Boom. That’s my rant for today.  Peace .  We outside.