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Community Members

As you know, there is a Special Referendum on Dec. 3 to decide whether the City of Columbia will retain a council-manager form of government or change to a mayor-council form.  I am hosting a community meeting next Thursday, Nov 21 at 6:30pm at Bishop’s Memorial AME Church on Washington St to discuss the ballot measure.

The proponents of the change will spend A LOT of money over the next 2 weeks trying to convince you that we need to change but I would like to make sure you are armed with the practical realities of what may or may not change under a different form of government.  Please share this invitation with your communities and invite anyone interested to come out and find out what this change really means for us as a community.

There are already meetings scheduled for Districts 3 & 4, but if you know of anyone in those districts who would like to attend, please feel free to invite them.

Tameika Isaac Devine


Kevin Alexander Gray Explains How a Strong Mayor System Would Hurt Minority Communities

Presser 2013

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Dear Friends,

Once again, please help to spread the word to people who would be interested and interesting to be part of Kopkind this year. Your nominations of participants is always important, never more than this year, because I have had a few hiccups along the road, including losing many, many email addresses in a hard drive meltdown. Many apologies, also, for sending this a bit late.  Those interested in attending the session for journalists and activists should send a letter of intent to my email address by Saturday, June 18. The call follows.

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Talking Joint Political Strategy @ 2010 US Social Forum

Green Party & Progressive Democrat Leaders, Community Organizers and Others Talk Joint Political Strategy @ US Social Forum – June 24th 

2010 US Social Forum

Five organizations have collaborated to organize a “progressive strategy dialogue” at the United States Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan. The dialogue will be one of 50 People’s Movement Assemblies during the USSF. It will take place on Thursday afternoon, June 24th, from 1 to 5:30 pm in Cobo Hall, room W2-67.

The dialogue was initiated by the Independent Progressive Politics Network, which has organized similar dialogues a number of times over the past decade. Co-sponsors are the Green Party of the United States, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Progressive Democrats of America and the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy.

Three major issues will be addressed:

  • What can be done to stimulate independent, grassroots activism around key issues like unemployment, the housing crisis, racial justice, the climate crisis, corporate control of elections, immigrant rights, war and empire and universal health care;
  • An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party as far as the building of a popular progressive movement; and,
  • How to develop a “united progressives” network that brings together Greens and other third party activists, progressive Democrats, and labor, community and issue-based organizers into an on-going, independent, progressive alternative to our corporate-dominated political system.

Among those participating in this dialogue:

  • Tim Carpenter, executive director, Progressive Democrats of America
  • David Cobb, leader of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy, Green Party 2004 Presidential candidate
  • Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States
  • Ted Glick, co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition
  • Kevin Alexander Gray, South Carolina community organizer and author
  • Logan Martinez, leader of National Jobs for All
  • Brent McMillan, executive director, Green Party of the United States
  • Sandra Rivers, education activist, former Harlem, N.Y. school board member
  • Jerome Scott, leader of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America
  • Laura Wells, Green Party of California gubernatorial candidate

 All USSF attendees are welcome to take part in this dialogue.

For more information contact George Friday –    704-691-3627

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The 2009 Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/Social Welfare Action Alliance Joint Conference, Workshops & Strategy Sessions

“Building the Unsettling Force”: A National Conference to End Poverty

Louisville, KY July 16 – 19th



Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

The dispossessed of this nation — the poor, both white and Negro live in a cruelly unjust society.  They must organize a revolution against that injustice, not against the lives of persons who are their fellow citizens, but against the structures through which the society is refusing to take means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load of poverty. . .  

Social Welfare Action Alliance

Social Welfare Action Alliance







There are millions of poor people in this country who have very little, or even nothing, to lose.  If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with a freedom and a power that will be a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. December, 1967


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Arenas of Struggle Dialogs & Facilitators (Friday, 11:00-12:30)

The following are community-wide dialog sessions organized by the primary arenas of struggle in which we work.  They are intended to explore further the morning’s examination of our historical and contemporary context.  Facilitators will make a brief presentation to stimulate discussion.  

The Right to Health – Ethel Long-Scott, Women’s Economic Agenda Project Sandy Perry, CHAM Deliverance Ministry  

The Right to a Living Wage – Logan Martinez, Nat’l Jobs for All Coalition Representatives from UNITE  

The Right to Housing, Utilities, & Water – Cheri Honkala, PPEHRC 

The Right to Education/Youth in the Movement – Deeq Abdi, Ricky Brunner, & Bobbie Patterson, MN PPEHRC Representatives from Loring Nicollet Alternative School 

The Right to Communication/The Media – Heather M. Kendell, ASL Advocates Representative from Tribuno del Pueblo

Arts & Culture – Lee Ballinger, Rock A Mole Productions Shamako Noble, Hip-Hop Congress & PPEHRC

Local to Global Movement-Building:  The International Arena & Immigration -Rosemary Barbera, Monmouth University Jen Cox, PPEHRC International Committee

Religion & Faith Communities – Rev. Bruce Wright, Tampa Refuge Ministries  

Policy, Legislation & the Legal Arena – Cecelia Perry, AFSCME[1] Larry Bresler, PPEHRC

Social work & Human Services  – Khalilah Collins, Women in Transition Jennifer R. Jewell, Spalding University Mary Bricker-Jenkins, PPEHRC & Temple University

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