Meetings

Historian Tom Hanchett: Why Charlotte is not Home Sweet Home for Everyone

Reminder!  No UNITY this week due to the holiday, but we will meet on Thursday July 11th when our speaker will be noted Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett.  Tom will talk to us about aspects of Charlotte’s past that continue to influence the city we know today, especially the practice of “redlining” loans.  You have heard about the book the Color of Law, perhaps even read it.  Learn more about the enduring effects redlining continues to have on segregation, education and affordable housing in Charlotte.

UNITY meets (usually) on the first Thursday of the month at 9am at St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane.  Coffee is ready at 8:30am.  There is plenty of parking behind the church.  You can enter the parking lot from Hawthorne or 5th Street.  Go the doors labeled “Main Entrance”.  If you cannot get in, call my cell—704-576-1054.   We are in the first room on the left on the hall on the right.  “The Lounge.”

Please spread the word!  Everyone interested in this topic is welcome!

5/2/19 Brian Kennedy, NC Justice Center

Meeting Minutes 4/4

Meeting Notes 3/7/2019 and 2/7/2019

Upcoming Meetings

First Thursday of the month at St. John’s Baptist Church-300 Hawthorne Lane. Email Shay@loavesandfishes.org for details.

UNITY meets (usually) on the first Thursday of the month at 9am at St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane.  Coffee is ready at 8:30am.  There is plenty of parking behind the church.  You can enter the parking lot from Hawthorne or 5th Street.  Go the doors labeled “Main Entrance”.  If you cannot get in, call my cell—704-576-1054.   We are in the first room on the left on the hall on the right.  “The Lounge.”

Please spread the word!  Everyone interested in this topic is welcome!

July 11, 2019- Tom Hanchett, Charlotte Historian
August 1, 2019-TBA
September 5, 2019-TBA
October 3, 2019 -TBA
November 7, 2019 -TBA
December 5, 2019 -TBA

Blog

Opportunity is knocking.

We have an opportunity. We cannot sit back and do nothing because we are turned off by the prejudice and oppression dominating politics and media.  We must push back.  We must push back for the working women earning 81% of the wages earned by their male counterparts. We must push back for the 13 million children, the 5 million seniors, and the 1+ million veterans living in poverty and at risk of hunger across our country. We must push back for the 40 million women in the U.S. who delay or forego healthcare to pay for food, rent, utilities or childcare.  We must push back for the people of color whose net worth averages 1/10th of that of whites. We. Must. Push. Back.

Compared to the depressions, wars, disasters and revolutions survived by previous generations, our price for liberty and justice for all is affordable.  We do not need to flee our birthland, deny our bloodlines or abandon our families.  We only need to demonstrate compassion, neutralize meanspirited rhetoric with good judgment and act based on what we know is fair and right.  Giving rights and opportunities to others does not mean that we will have less.  Acknowledging that we need to pursue equity in the standard of living is the first step towards a higher level of collective good for everyone.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “All we have to fear is fear itself. . . “ I can honestly say that my worst decisions, my most regrettable moments, the times in my life when I most needed a do-over were the results of decisions made from fear. Fear is a prevalent emotion today. People fear what they don’t know, what they are afraid others might do, what they are going to lose, what they are going to be responsible for, who their neighbors might be, how much tax they will owe— There are no good outcomes from fear.  Some will say that fear makes you prepare for what could happen.  I have found that fear appeals to my worst self.  My brain cells stop accepting new information and drown in negativity until I almost make myself ill. The decisions I make from fear bring about the circumstances I fear most.

Stop listening to the “cannot’ s” and “might’s” and begin thinking and speaking in terms of “can” and “will”. An opportunity is a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. This is an opportunity.  As Warren Buffet said, we can stand in the shade now because a long time ago, someone thought to plant a tree.  Our children’s children will have healthier, safer, smarter, happier lives because of the actions we take now.  Did you know that if we initiate efforts in gender wage equity today, at the current rate we are effecting change, women will come close to equal pay for equal work by 2059?

Let’s not waste time!  How will you take advantage of this opportunity?  Will you support efforts for affordable healthcare?  Will you promote gender equity in business?  Will you lobby lawmakers to support the safety net that WIC and SNAP provide to low income families?  Will you advocate for affordable housing?  There are easy ways to take action.  How about mentoring a child in a high poverty school?  Volunteering at a food pantry?  Sharing financial expertise at a crisis counseling center?  How will you take advantage of this opportunity?

The New Math of Poverty: When It Doesn’t Add Up Like It Should.

Events

July 18, 2019
11:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Opening-Self Help Credit Union, 1065 Providence Road
July 18, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Trump vs. Immigration
August 8, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Black Lives Matter: The American Dream: Who Can Afford It?