Working Families Win & ACORN Hold Rally to Promote a State EITC

Working Families Win and ACORN held a kick-off rally Saturday, April 14, for their campaign to promote the implementation of an earned income tax credit in the state of North Carolina. Several elected officials were there to speak and between 20 and 30 enthusiastic supporters cheered them on.

Many of those supporters were at the Police Athletic League to take advantage of another service offered through ACORN. PAL had been chosen as a free tax preparation site by ACORN. Benita Little, the Executive Director of PAL was gracious in her welcome and thanked ACORN for choosing PAL as a site for the tax prep service. According to Little, the families that had taken advantage of the free tax service at PAL had collectively received almost $150,000 back through the federal EITC.

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One of the first speakers, Niksa Grier with Working families Win is a very passionate advocate for this cause. The crowd behind me were vocal in their agreement as she spoke. You can see a brief portion of her speech in the following video:

The next speaker was Charlotte's Mayor Pro Tem, Susan Burgess. Some of you might remember a couple of months ago when I posted that Burgess had been diagnosed with cancer. She is undergoing fairly extensive chemo, but that doesn't seem to have slowed her down one bit. Her energy level is just as strong as it was when she and I campaigned door-to-door for Larry Kissell back in early November last year. If the campaign can find one advocate with the enthusaism and energy that Burgess brings to her support, this issue should have no trouble finding the support it needs to get pushed through the legislature. For an excerpt of the Mayor Pro Tem's comments please see this video:

A friend who worked hard on the Kissell campaign here in Mecklenburg county introduced me to the next speaker last summer. Becky Gomer is an organizer for Working Families Win and she is phenomenal. Tami, known as Working for Change in the blogging world, and my friend mentioned above has asked Becky to write a guest post for BlueNC. If I ever needed information on issues that impact working class families or those living at or below the poverty line, I would ask Becky. The following video gives you a preview of what she has to say:

After speaking, Becky called on our friends from the legislature in attendance, newly appointed Rep. Tricia Cotham and long-time state Senator Charlie Dannelly. Rep. Tricia Cotham was selected to replace ex-speaker Jim Black and many (including myself) were not happy with some of the methods used in the selection process. However, Cotham is working hard to learn the ropes and to get out and meet constituents. She attended four events on Saturday and was holding a meeting at her home for Young Dems of Mecklenburg County on Sunday evening. It is admirable that she is working as hard in an off year as she will have to in an election year.

She also didn't do a bad job speaking to the issue. Her experience as an educator obviously is already coming in handy. With the condition of CMS schools as poor as it is, her background in education will be a benefit to Mecklenburg County.

State Senator Charlie Dannelly was the next to speak and he kept it brief. He has been representing this area in Raleigh for a good number of years and let it be known that he doesn't make a lot of promises. It means a great deal that he publicly offered his support for this issue.

My mother, Patsy Kinsey who represents district one on Charlotte's City Council joined her voice to the voices of the other elected officials to offer up a few words of support as well. Her district includes a good number of famlies that would benefit from a state EITC, so it was important for her to join in support of this issue.

The Charlotte Observer had committed to attend the rally, but was a no-show. Sue Myrick must have had a hang nail or Robin Hayes had another textile mill to close and they thought that was more newsworthy. Fortunately, Chanel 3 news came and interviewd Niksa and showed coverage of the event on their evening news.

This rally was simply the beginning of the campaign to bring a state earned income tax credit to North Carolina. I'll follow up tomorrow with more details and add an action plan for Tuesday.

Comments

Great rally

sorry for the video quality. It doesn't transfer well to You Tube. I left my tripod in the car and got a bit shaky at times. I won't do that again. I was taking pictures with my left and holding the video camera with my right. OLF rally is Tuesday and I'm going to do my best to be there.

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Sounds great

Sounds like it was a great rally. Thanks for the video.

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"Keep the Faith"

Yay!

I love it when you write anything . . . but I especially love it when you give us a glimpse into happenings in Charlotte.

Sounds like a great event to get the ol' ball rolling.

A

Hangnail. That's about right.

Thanks, A

OLF rally Tuesday and I'm doing my best to be there. This is a rough week with something every single night.

Honestly, things are looking up here for the Dem party. I'll try to write more, but there's so much to cover. I tried to download a city council meeting and it was a five hour video. Uh....no thanks!

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i saw

a very funny quote about that today.

Burr said that Dole's request for a hearing in Charlotte was irrelevant because the issue concerned Eastern NC and had nothing to do with Charlotte. It was very amusing to see Burr call Dole's idea irrelevant. I cant find the article online though.

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"Keep the Faith"

Great CJ report, Southern Dem!

It looks like we were both out vlogging rallies around NC this beautiful weekend, well, at least Sat was.

The Step it Up rally had a very good turnout, I thought for Raleigh, which of course was encouraging.

Thanks, NCDem

Saturday was beautiful. From your video there did look to be a very nice turnout and that's with probably quite a few cramming for taxes.

I still haven't worked out the microphone situation. It was fine for the rally Saturday b/c I could stand near the speaker, but I won't be so lucky on Tuesday.

This was fun. I learned a lot and will write more about the issue tomorrow.

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Great reporting SD

I really think that videos add so much to the post. I love watching the evolution of this site. You guys just keep making it better and better.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Thanks, Momo

I like the video, but it takes a long time, so there won't be too many posts I do that use video. I wanted short clips so folks could pick and choose which people they listened to. I worry that it takes too long for the page to load.

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As always

most excellent reporting, SD. I can just see you with a camera in each hand. :) Doesn't sound easy.

I do love hearing the people speak for myself with the video, even though there's no way I could ever have gotten there myself. How did we know about all these rallies and actions before the Intertubes? And how did I know there was such a thing as local and state politics before BlueNC? oh. right. I didn't.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Thanks, Leslie

I wasn't as connected either, but trusted I had what I needed through the Charlotte Observer. Obviously, that no longer holds true. The internet is going to change the definition of "public outcry". :)

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It might be my 'puter

but I can't seem to get any sound with Senator Dannelly's video. :( The others have sound. Is it me?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

It's working for me

I'll try another computer and see if it works on that one as well. Hmmmm.

Is anyone else having this problem?

It took forever for the videos to upload to You Tube - of course, that might be normal. It was the first time I'd done anything like that.

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It's working for me now.

Must have been me. :-\

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Indeed!

The internet is going to change the definition of "public outcry". :)

And so are Screwy, and A, and Blue South and SD and DQ and Sam and mo and lcloud and stan and veterandem and Unique and ...and ... and ...

The tubes are an awesome tool. As powerful, transformational and leveling as the printing press was. But it's the people, like y'all, who will make it work for the good. :) Love me some BlueNC!!!!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

That SD

is the world's greatest multi tasker. It makes me tired just to hear about all she does....and she does it so well.

Lovex7

Check is in the mail :)

Hey...house is ready. Waiting for carpet. It's on order. Yard and house are done! I just wish you lived here to sell it for me. We could have a lot of "business" lunches. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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