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Re: “Vote! The INDY’s endorsements for races in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro

See previous comment from Triangle Labor Council and community leaders' school board candidate endorsements. ERROR ON THE SCOREBOARD! Margaret Campbell SHOULD READ OF COURSE MARGARET SAMUELS. LET'S GET OUT THE VOTE!

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Posted by Miriam Thompson on 10/23/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Vote! The INDY’s endorsements for races in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro

I was surprised to see a very slim justification for some of INDY's endorsements for Chapel Hill Town Council and School Board candidates. Readers may want to review another set of endorsements that speak to a more exhaustive and comprehensive interview process and questionnaire. Three mayoral, 8 town council and 6 school board candidates participated. No interviews were held for Carrboro alderman and mayor who are running unopposed, but we want to extend our strong support and praise for their contribution to public life.

The Triangle Labor Council and a community leadership team of allies endorsed for CH Town Council: Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Donna Bell, Jim Ward, Lee Storrow and Mike Parker. For School Board, we endorsed: Margaret Campbell, Joal Broun, Rani Dasi and Annetta Streater.

Each of the four endorsed School Board candidates has shown leadership roles in their children's schools, PTAs, School Improvement Teams, early childhood education, and elected office. Their voices and long experience in public life assured our interview team that they would rigorously redress the harmful and continuing achievement gap among low income and students of color; assure each student is provided the resources to reach the highest academic standards; assure each member of the teaching and support staff receives the resources, training, and compensation they need to fulfill their role in the lives of their students; assure that the school district's commitment to equity is honored and pervades every aspect of school life; and assure transparency and accountability of district staff for measurable outcomes.

Our interview team was strongly convinced that each of our endorsed candidates for the Chapel Hill Town Council and Mayor would advance the continuing struggle to provide affordable housing, sustainable economic development and job creation at a living wage; assure respect for public workers' right to organize and access to skill development and promotional opportunities; protect our fragile environment; secure a sound and accessible transportation system; rigorously protect the human rights and cultural diversity of the town; secure a well trained and race sensitive community police force; and provide the transparency and commitment to public participation in decision making and governance.

Miriam Thompson
Triangle Labor Council, AFL-CIO NC

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Posted by Miriam Thompson on 10/23/2015 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Sierra Club endorses the incumbents in Chapel Hill, plus Michael Parker

I was surprised to see a very slim justification for INDY Chapel Hill Town Council and School Board candidates. Readers may want to review another set of endorsements that speak to a more exhaustive and comprehensive interview process and questionnaire. Three mayoral, 8 town council and 6 school board candidates participated. No interviews were held for Carrboro alderman and mayor who are running unopposed, but we want to extend our strong support and praise for their contribution to public life.

The Triangle Labor Council and a community leadership team of allies endorsed for CH Town Council: Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Donna Bell, Jim Ward, Lee Storrow and Mike Parker. For School Board, we endorsed: Margaret Campbell, Joal Broun, Rani Dasi and Annetta Streater.

Each of the four endorsed School Board candidates has shown leadership roles in their children's schools, PTAs, School Improvement Teams, early childhood education, and elected office. Their voices and long experience in public life assured our interview team that they would rigorously redress the harmful and continuing achievement gap among low income and students of color; assure each student is provided the resources to reach the highest academic standards; assure each member of the teaching and support staff receives the resources, training, and compensation they need to fulfill their role in the lives of their students; assure that the school district's commitment to equity is honored and pervades every aspect of school life; and assure transparency and accountability of district staff for measurable outcomes.

Our interview team was strongly convinced that each of our endorsed candidates for the Chapel Hill Town Council and Mayor would advance the continuing struggle to provide affordable housing, sustainable economic development and job creation at a living wage; assure respect for public workers' right to organize and access to skill development and promotional opportunities; protect our fragile environment; secure a sound and accessible transportation system; rigorously protect the human rights and cultural diversity of the town; secure a well trained and race sensitive community police force; and provide the transparency and commitment to public participation in decision making and governance.

Miriam Thompson
Triangle Labor Council, AFL-CIO NC

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Posted by Miriam Thompson on 10/22/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Dana Golan

Dana Golan's soldier's testimony from the Occupied Territories is a must to hear. As a member of "Breaking the Silence," she exposes the Occupation's impact on the souls of Israeli soldiers, and the Palestinian victims of land displacement , settlement expansion, protest arrests and detention and check points that the soldiers are consigned to oversee and enforce. Soldiers' stories and the impact of the Occupation are too often either neglected or censored in the mainstream media, and certainly in the halls of Congress who authorize over $3billion annually in military aid to Israel, provided through our U.S. weapons manufacturers.

MiriamThompson
Chapel Hill

Posted by Miriam Thompson on 10/03/2013 at 12:25 PM

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