BELOVED COMMUNITY CENTER

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We congratulate BCC member Rev. Wesley J. Morris for his installation as Pastor of the Faith Community Church

We congratulate BCC member Rev. Wesley J. Morris for his installation as Pastor of the Faith Community Church, on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. 
Rev. Wesley, a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, is the director of  the BCC Beloved Organizing, Training and Healing Institute (BOTHI).
BOTHI’s  mission is to provide training in community and coalition building, creative engagement of flawed policies, institutions and systems, and the art of promoting healing and reconciliation.
More about BOTHI, click here.

13 local groups release their statements about conduct and accountability of members of the Greensboro Police Department

In a press conference held at BCC on Tuesday, October 23rd, 13 groups released their statements expressing the reason for filing an amicus brief  that “advise the court of relevant, additional information or arguments that the court might wish to consider” in Zared Jone’s case (read about the case here). The City has requested for and extension for the deadline for the filing of the amicus brief date in order to make additional preparations. Click here to read the letter sent to Mayor Vaughn and the City Council requesting their  Support Group of the City Council’s Appeal of the Zared Jones Related Gag Order.

Here are the three main points addressed in the press conference:

1. The 13 groups (see list below), whose complete statements can be read here, will be filing an amicus brief in the NC Court of  Appeals in support of the City of Greensboro’s appeal of the gag order banning them from publicly discussing the contents of police body camera recordings of the Zared Jones incident (read about  the case here). We commend Council for making this appeal.  When public officials, elected by the people, are prevented from speaking out on serious     matters of public interest, our rights as citizens are unjustly curtailed.

2. While supporting the City’s appeal, these groups call on city council to watch the entire set of police recordings and take appropriate action NOW. While the appeal  may take one to two years to be resolved, the Greensboro City Council currently has both the authority, based upon court order, and the duty, based upon their responsibility to the citizens, to watch the police recordings right NOW. Police misconduct, if found, must be investigated and all those responsible held accountable NOW.  These 13 groups will release to the public their letter previously sent to each city council member making the request for them to view the recordings and act NOWWe are asking for a specific response from City Council to that letter.

3. Graham Holt, attorney for Zared Jones, has been authorized by court order to view the entire set of police recordings and has done so. He has sent a  confidential letter, confidential only because of the gag order, to City Council  detailing specific issues of police misconduct reflected in those police  recordings. Attorney Holt was present  to comment, within the limits of the law,  on that letter and the concern that Council is exhibiting a deliberate indifference to  the rights of his clients and others by failing to watch the entire set of police recordings and act NOW.

STRUGGLE FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY IN RELATION TO ZARED JONES’ CASE MEETING

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12th

Shiloh Baptist Church – 1210 S Eugene St, Greensboro,  at 7 pm

List of the 13 local groups:

1.) Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

2.) SOI Community Play! All Stars Alliance

3.) The Homeless Union of Greensboro

4.) Democracy Greensboro

5.) The Professors of Reclaiming Democracy

6.) Triad City Beat

7.) The Pulpit Forum

8.) The Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance (GARA)

9.) UNCG Faculty Members

10.) League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad (LWVPT)

11.) Carolina Peacemaker

12.) St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

 

Beloved Network “Voter Check-in Meeting” Saturday, October 27th

Beloved Network “Voter Check-in Meeting”

Saturday, October 27th, 10 am – 11 am at BCC – 417 Arlington St.

NEW VOTER GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE!

Can be picked up Monday-Friday at BCC from 10am-5pm or by appointment by calling 336-230-0001.

Let’s continue to learn, cooperate, unite, and support each other’s efforts to mover our city, state, and nation forward.

Activities and events shared our Voter Check-in Meetings are listed below. Let’s support and encourage each other!

1) March for Our Lives (high school students & others)

    Oct. 23rd  Candidate Townhall

    Oct. 28th – Parkland High School Students in Greensboro, Place & Time :TBD

2) Working America & BCC

    Oct. 17th, 4pm – 7pm Party at the Polls

    Oct. 28th, 12pm-5pm – Souls to the Polls,

    Location: Craft Center 3911 Yanceyville St.

3) UNC TV

    Oct. 23rd 6pm -Town Hall

    Location: NC A&T             

All Beloved Voter Network “Check-in Meetings” are on Saturday’s, 10-11am at 417 Arlington Street, Greensboro, NC 27406. The next meeting is Saturday, October 27th.

Note: ” The Beloved Network” is a volunteer network of individuals, groups, and organizations convened to better grow and coordinate our community work, especially GOTV work during this electoral season.

Distributed by the Beloved Community Center (BCC): For more information on how to connect with us or other groups doing this work contact us at 336-230-0001 or e-mail us at: info@belovedcommunitycenter.org

Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Our hearts go out to those who were affected by hurricane Florence. Various organizations in NC have partnered together to recover supplies and donations to help out the damaged communities in eastern NC.

We encourage you to support their efforts by donating HERE . Find out how to send supplies by visiting this website: https://anothergulf.com/a-just-florence-recovery/ .

Poor People’s Campaign Relief Efforts: https://www.facebook.com/PPCNC/videos/236886960306335/

Thank you,

BCC

Toward Healing Greensboro Healing Tuesdays – Tomorrow at Noon

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation 15 minutes at Noon Every Tuesday at the Governmental Plaza, Downtown Greensboro (Rain or Shine)

Come, stand with us in silence and prayer to acknowledge that there remains deep racial and social divisions in our land. We believe there can be no transformation without healing, and it is becoming increasingly clear that the nation must heal, or our fears and divisions will put our fragile democracy at risk.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

www.facebook.com/towardhealingGSO/

http://twitter.com/HealingTuesdays

 

Beloved Network “Voter Check-in Meeting” Saturday, October 13th, 10am-11am at BCC 417 Arlington St.

Let’s continue to learn, cooperate, unite, and support each other’s efforts to mover our city, state, and nation forward.

Activities and events shared at the Sept. 29th Voter Check-in Meeting are listed below. Let’s support and encourage each other!

1) March for Our Lives (high school students & others)

    Oct. 16th, 5pm-6:15pm – Sign-making Scuppernong Books

    Oct. 23rd  Candidate Townhall

    Oct. 28th – Parkland High School Students in Greensboro, Place & Time :TBD

2) League of Women Voters – Candidate Lunch Forums

    Oct.16th, 11:30am – Temple Emanuel, 1129 Jefferson Rd, $11 Lunch NC House of Representatives, 6 Constitutional Amendments

3) Working America & BCC

    Oct. 17th, 4pm – 7pm Party at the Polls

    Oct. 28th, 12pm-5pm – Souls to the Polls,

    Location: Craft Center 3911 Yanceyville St.

All Beloved Voter Network “Check-in Meetings” are on Saturday’s, 10-11am at 417 Arlington Street, Greensboro, NC 27406. The next meeting is Saturday, October 13th.

Note: ” The Beloved Network” is a volunteer network of individuals, groups, and organizations convened to better grow and coordinate our community work, especially GOTV work during this electoral season.

Distributed by the Beloved Community Center (BCC): For more information on how to connect with us or other groups doing this work contact us at 336-230-0001 or e-mail us at: info@belovedcommunitycenter.org

Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Our hearts go out to those who were affected by hurricane Florence. Various organizations in NC have partnered together to recover supplies and donations to help out the damaged communities in eastern NC.

We encourage you to support their efforts by donating HERE . Find out how to send supplies by visiting this website: https://anothergulf.com/a-just-florence-recovery/ .

Poor People’s Campaign Relief Efforts: https://www.facebook.com/PPCNC/videos/236886960306335/

Thank you,

BCC

A Letter from the Four Survivors of 1979 Greensboro Massacre Currently Residing in Greensboro to the City Council of Greensboro

This letter was written to request that the official apology for the 1979 Greensboro Massacre rendered by the Greensboro City Council on August 15, 2017 be strengthened and placed in clearer context, based on the ample evidence of actions (and failures to act) by police and other City officials.  Many of the specifics of that evidence are outlined in the letter.

Final Letter to City Council regarding Apology for Greensboro Massacre.docx

A Cultural, Structural and Historical Perspective

by Rev. Nelson Johnson and Retired Attorney Lewis Pitts

Protestors in 31 State Capitols Deliver “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” to Governors during National Day of Moral Action September 12, 2016

By Eniola Adeniyi

A vision came to life on Monday, September 12th, 2016, in 31 state capitols across the Nation; the vision of a National Day of Moral Action took place and had a major impact all over the country especially in North Carolina.

Over 300 people gathered in Raleigh, NC on this important day in the history of the United States led by Rev. Barber who has had a vision in his heart for the last several years to raise the moral level of our state in quest of a more just nation and a more peaceful world.  That vision was reflected in HKonJ and Moral Monday.  More recently, he established a mission to systematically expand the work in NC and to inject into the current political debate the importance of helping the nation to view issues through a moral lens.  He developed a plan called the “Moral Revival,” in which he and several other clergy traveled the nation, preaching that moral imperative.  As part of that plan, he led in forming the National Day of Moral Action.  From that flowed many, many tasks.

With the help and organization of Rev. Nelson Johnson, Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, the Beloved Community Center staff and friends, the call on activists, citizens, clergy, and workers from all over North Carolina was answered. The Beloved Community Center staff and core of volunteers used its rich store of relationships to draw clergy, activists, and others from Greensboro and throughout North Carolina to participate in the National Day of Moral ActionPeople of various backgrounds were able to gather at First Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC at 10 a.m. where they sang, prayed, organized and energized one another to start off the moral day. Monday was a day where all politicians were challenged on a moral level as clergy of all religions read the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” ( http://www.moralrevival.org/moraldeclaration/) followed by stories by individuals who have tasted the bitter part of the unfair laws and policies. The Declaration demanded that politicians take a stance on voting rights, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights, economic rights and more, so that citizens can fully see who is moral, who is immoral and who respects all humans as equal or not. Rev. Barber made it clear that there was/is no in-between anymore.

Unlike the American Declaration, the Higher Ground Moral Declaration laid its foundation on morality and humanity challenging the foundation of this country built on genocide, slavery and exclusion of sectors of the human race.

Nearly 50 years after Rev. Dr. King’s call to break the silence, poverty and inequality are rampant, voting rights and democracy are being trampled, millions of people lack the health care, living wage jobs, and quality education they need, and racism, hatred, and bigotry are disintegrating any possibility for life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness for everyone in these United States.

Following moral traditions rooted in our faith and the Constitution, we are called to stand up for justice and tell the truth. We challenge the position that the preeminent moral issues today are about prayer in public schools, abortion, and homosexuality. Instead, we declare the deepest public concerns of our faith traditions are how our society treats the poor, those on the margins, the least of these, women, children, workers, immigrants and the sick; equality and representation under the law; and the desire for peace, love and harmony within and among nations. (http://www.moralrevival.org/moraldeclaration/)

The Moral Declaration is a perfect example of what citizens and voters should be pressing on any of the candidates that are seeking public office. Also, it energizes and awakens citizens’ moral souls leaving them questioning if they themselves are respecting all as humanity. This new awakening in all humanity across the country will bring us towards a change of heart in the American culture and government because the problem plaguing the country is not only a cultural problem, but also a heart problem.

It is fair to say that Rev. Barber’s vision intertwines with the same vision of a beloved community thus creating a new foundation for citizens, activists, clergy, and fighters of different walks in life, in Greensboro and across the globe, to build upon to transform their own city. The National Day of Moral Action in NC has played its role as a foundation and energizer for all people in North Carolina to continue to fight against all immorality.

Many thanks, once again, to all those that played a part in making this day come to life, and this is just the beginning, the rock to stand on, in this fight against immoral systems and governments.

Youth “Speak Out” About Life and Change in Greensboro

By Rev. C.J. Brinson

photo by Lewis Brandon III

photo by Lewis Brandon III

       What started out as a gathering where political officials operated as if they were on a public relations campaign turned into a momentous occasion in the community urging city officials to move forward on economic, educational, criminal justice and police issues.  Police issues proved quite contentious, focusing especially on an independent Citizen’s Review Board and the call for a resolution by the City Council to repeal House Bill 972.

       The gathering, an event entitled Let Us Speak, took place at the Greensboro Coliseum and was organized by Rev. Greg Drumwright of the Citadel of Praise. Unlike typical events relegating citizens to listening  to officials tell them what is in their best interest, Let Us Speak provided citizens, especially youth, with the opportunity to speak and for officials  and elder citizens to do more listening.

       The Mayor and the Police Chief laid out initiatives and policies addressing fundamental issues surrounding the Black community only to be called out by a few members of the community who voiced that their efforts were lackluster at best. Reverend Clarence Hunt, youth pastor at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, challenged the Greensboro Police Department, the Mayor and the City Council on its minuscule stance on the proposed Citizen’s Review Board. Rev. Hunt emphatically expressed to them that a review board not led by citizens nor independent of the police is an injustice to the public. He stressed that the police cannot police themselves.

photo by Lewis Brandon III

photo by Lewis Brandon III

       A young lady, also, challenged the Chief on the training methods of the Department. She quoted the words of Colin Kapernick stating that those who receive a cosmetologist license undergo a training process longer than 6 months which surpasses the training requirement of typical police officers. Her words were followed by the eloquence of a local poet, Josephus III, who spoke out against the lack of access of citizens to police body worn cameras and called upon the City Council to take a stance against HB 972 through the form of a resolution calling for the repeal of that Bill.  Josephus, with the assistance of Rev. Nelson Johnson, was able to get the crowd and City officials to stand in support of having the City Council to present a resolution to repeal HB 972. It should also be noted that the Police Chief went on record indicating that he stands against HB 972 and supports a review board independent of the City’s current review board process.

       Reverend Johnson reminded citizens not to be deterred by the political posturing of many leaders and insisted that the people continue to protest and not repeat the history of Greensboro in failing to make effectual change. The pattern in this city has been to present new initiatives and new faces to give the appearance of change which, according to Rev. Johnson, is cosmetic and soon fades away. Therefore, we must continue to fight until systematic changes are made to benefit all the citizens of Greensboro. Gaining momentum and support against these issues plaguing our city is not easy.  However, with the efforts of the people and organizations such as Black Lives Matter, the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, Community-City Working Group, Queer People of Color Collective, churches and faith communities, Working America, America Friends’ Service Committee and people of all races and walks of life throughout the city, we will be able to continue to move forward and to ultimately transform Greensboro into a more beloved community.

The Beloved Organizing, Training and Healing Institute (BOTHI)

BOTHI is dedicated to training community building organizers. That training will include helping to heal the  “soul” wounds and scars inflicted upon all of us growing out of our tortuous yesterdays, in particular people of color.

PEOPLE'S POOR CAMPAIGN

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.