Settlement agreement entered today affirms basis of PEN America’s challenge on behalf of its journalist members who were threatened and retaliated against by President Trump PEN America and its counsel Protect Democracy announced today that it has settled its 2018 lawsuit PEN America v. Trump with the United States government. The settlement agreement, entered today in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, leaves intact a March 2020 federal court ruling that upheld PEN America’s standing to pursue a challenge to President Trump’s threats and acts of retaliation against journalists and the media. The decision forms a pathbreaking precedent providing accountabilityRead More →

This Black History Month, the North Carolina Museum of History will provide family-centric online programs with a focus on the Green Book, a travel guide created for African American travelers during the Jim Crow era, and a look into social issues. An associated traveling panel display and other museum exhibits, as well as the Museum Shop, are all open to the public with special hours and protocols! Admission is free. Top Five Things to Do This Month Celebrate Black History Month, virtually, by exploring educational resources, programs, and exhibits honoring African American stories. Relax as a family during a reading of Ruth and the Green Book and discussions of theRead More →

To the Editor: Stanley White Center should be rebuilt at its present location on Chapman Street, not at the proposed new location off Neuse Boulevard.  Far from being only ball fields and basketball courts, the Center is much more — a meeting place for nearby residents, an after-school place for kids to go, a counseling center for adults to learn parenting skills and get help with completing job applications. More than a place to exercise, it’s a safe place for children and their parents.  The city has purchased property in and around Gaston Boulevard and across from the main fire station, which is being considered for the re-location of Read More →

Celebrate Constitution Day with an online community gathering Join local attorneys Brenda C. George and Linda R. Monk at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, for an online conversation celebrating Constitution Day and exploring how that document continues to guide us. “Establishing Justice” will focus on the emphasis the founding fathers placed on the fair and impartial interpretation of the law in the United States. George, who is seeking the Superior Court 3B seat 2 on Nov. 3, retired as a principal legislative analyst for the N.C. General Assembly. For 27 years, she worked on both sides of the political aisle to research, draft, and analyzeRead More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a public input meeting regarding the Stanley White Recreation Center on Monday, Aug. 31. This drop-in style meeting will be held at the Omega Center, located at 800 Cedar Street in New Bern. The meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and share your thoughts. CPL: Architecture – Engineering – Planning will be on site to guide participants through this process and receive comments. For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit the parks and recreation page online at www.NewBernNC.gov.Read More →

Plans to raze Hurricane Florence-damaged Stanley White Recreation Center and build a new facility just off Neuse Boulevard are facing the prospect of a full environmental assessment that would require city officials to provide possibly embarrassing information that could jeopardize the project. The city — with Mayor Dana Outlaw and protege Alderman Jeffrey Odham leading the way — has been pushing for the project despite strong objections from residents in the area and aldermen who represent the vicinity. Federal officials said the project will require an Environmental Assessment, but said they should not worry, assuming that they did their due diligence in addressing community concerns.Read More →

In December 2012, An officer from City of New Bern, NC Police Department pulled a gun out on me, I was 13 years old, walking to the post office to mail a Christmas present, if I was Black I would probably be dead. 2012 was the year that New Bern Chief of Police Toussaint E. Summers Jr assumed his position as Chief of Police. Over the past 8 years it has become increasingly evident that under Mr. Summers Leadership that The New Bern Police Department has operated in a culture that is at best disorganized, and at worst, a calculated effort of community intimidation. InRead More →

After working diligently with community leaders from the Duffy field area for two years, receiving 8 million dollars in grant money from FEMA, and designing/quoting the project with an architect in totality, members of the New Bern Board of Aldermen want to re-locate the Stanley White Recreation Center. This may seem small if you are outside the community, but believe me when I tell you just how much this land means to the people who have grown up in the facility. I am seriously shocked at the city’s adamant attempts to relocate this major asset seeing as every opinion that they have carefully considered hasRead More →

When I cut on the TV I see an illusionary model of black people that this is Black people. I stepped off the porch as a young black male and tried to reenact the sequel. In 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson proved that we are not equal. How is it that every portrayal of a black man is nefarious, criminal, evil. In schools we are taught that Black People didn’t contribute to America. We are falsely taught about slavery, Dr. King, only to prove we are inferior. My worse fear is to be pulled over because I fit the criteria. Why is it that a blackRead More →

Protesters took positions along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in New Bern on Saturday afternoon, taking a stand against police brutality, oppression, and deadly force against African Americans that reached a fever pitch with the suffocation slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week. The protest was peaceful, with participants with signs standing beside the street. Protests elsewhere, particularly larger cities including Minneapolis, New York, and Washington D.C., have turned violent and deadly. Demonstrators overtook police precinct stations in Minneapolis and New York, and tussled with Washington police and Secret Service at barricades outside the White House. In Minnesota, the governor there mobilizedRead More →