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The David Amerson Defending Hands Foundation gave away 350 turkeys for families in need on Monday afternoon. The foundation, which hosts youth camps and mentorships, gave away another 250 turkeys through local schools and nonprofits.
At least two other organizations are giving away Thanksgiving food today.
Greensboro’s Lawndale Baptist Church will give boxes of food to the first 1,000 families through its Feeding the 5,000 program at 9 a.m. (weather dependent), 3505 Lawndale Drive. Each box will feed five people.
High Point’s Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church continues its tradition of feeding 10,000 people for Thanksgiving. Starting at 10 a.m., the church at 3400 Triangle Lake Road, will give away boxes of turkey, green beans, corn, a starch of some sort (macaroni and cheese, potatoes or rice), stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce.
Each box will feed five people, the churches say.
The Thanksgiving Day newspaper — one of the biggest of the year and packed with Black Friday ads — will once again be available a day early this year.
The News & Record is printing Thursday’s edition early to give readers the best chance to map out their shopping strategies.
You can buy a copy of Thursday’s edition for $4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the News & Record office, 200 E. Market Street in downtown Greensboro and also starting at noon at regular sales locations throughout the region.
For home subscribers, delivery schedules should not be affected.
Because of early deadlines, though, lottery numbers for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will run in Friday’s edition.
RALEIGH — The Trump administration’s leaders on immigration enforcement said Monday that several North Carolina sheriffs care more about politics than public safety by refusing to cooperate with federal agents looking for immigrants believed to be in the country unlawfully.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence visited Raleigh for a meeting with state and local officials and lawmakers to talk about the dangers of refusing ICE detainers. They also heard from individuals who say their family members were killed by people who were not supposed to be in the country.
“It is the responsibility of our local, state and federal leaders to take action to protect our community,” Wolf said during the round-table discussion. “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen is the opposite from certain elected officials and jurisdictions around the country and right here in North Carolina.”
State legislation approved by Republicans this summer but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper would have required sheriffs to recognize immigration detainers. Several Democratic sheriffs do not comply with those requests, including Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers. Detainers usually request that a suspect be held up to 48 hours for pickup.
Cooper said the bill was likely unconstitutional, adding that he was concerned about a provision directing that a sheriff be removed from office for failing to meet new immigration duties such as responding to detainers. And immigration advocates have said arresting people on detainers violates their due process rights and would lead to litigation.
Republicans lack the votes to complete the override of the legislation, which passed along party lines. Democrats have called the legislation politically motivated and have suggested that the race of the sheriffs played a role in the bill. No Democratic legislators participated in Monday’s event.
GOP legislators who ran the bill this year told family members of the victims that they’ll keep fighting to enact the measure.
“For our governor to turn his back on our sheriffs and say that your safety is not as important as a criminal is a travesty to this state,” said Rep. Brenden Jones of Columbus County.
Chris Storie of Sparta told Wolf and other participants that the suspect in a 2011 Outer Banks wreck that killed Storie’s brother and injured her was unlawfully in the country and ultimately released from jail on bond. The suspect remains a fugitive, she said. Storie said the accident has devastated her family — saying they no longer get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas amid their ongoing pain.
“I don’t want to see any more families going through this,” Storie said Monday. “We have had no justice in our case.”
North Carolina legislators and members of Congress — in particularly U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis — have emphasized the detainer issue this year, pointing to data from ICE showing local authorities had refused to honor nearly 500 detainers as of late August.
ICE has even created a web site highlighting “non-cooperative jurisdictions” and mug shots of criminal defendants who “may be released into your community” because certain sheriffs routinely fail to honor detainers. ICE has also identified criminal defendants who committed additional crimes after sheriffs in Mecklenburg, Wake and Durham counties declined to honor detainers.
Wolf said if subjects of ICE detainers can’t be held in safe environments such as jails, then ICE agents must go arrest the defendants in communities. Several county sheriffs who comply with detainers say their commitment is based on protecting public safety.
“We go after the people that broke the law and (are) constantly breaking the law,” Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said. “These are bad people that we stop and we hold them, and I’m not going to put them back on the streets.”
GREENSBORO — More than 6,000 Greensboro children live in substandard housing that causes asthma or makes their condition worse, UNCG research shows.
In recent years, a group of housing and health advocates has concentrated on the low-income Cottage Grove neighborhood in east Greensboro to begin a cooperative experiment that could improve children’s health around the city.
Apartments and houses with mold, mildew and residue from pest infestations can cause asthma and send children to doctors and emergency rooms. In many cases, if you repair and clean up the home, you cure the problem, said Josie Williams, the director of community engagement for the Greensboro Housing Coalition.
And thanks to a national group of foundations, her group will soon have a national grant of $250,000 to widen the program into three zip codes where bad housing is causing bad health.
The group, Collaborative Cottage Grove, was notified of the award of funding and additional resources last week.
The BUILD Health Challenge, as the award is called, was granted to only 18 teams out of 130 that applied. The BUILD Health Challenge was created four years ago by the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This grant is designated as the “3.0” version of the program. The Greensboro group is already working on a previous grant from the program under the “2.0” designation.
Under 2.0, local housing advocates concentrated on Cottage Grove, helping to develop neighborhood leaders, finding sick children and cleaning up the causes of their illness.
Now, with some matching money from Cone Health and cooperation from a variety of Greensboro community and government groups, The BUILD Health Challenge will soon help the group to widen its efforts to eradicate housing-caused asthma in the 27401, 27403 and 27406 zip codes of the city.
“When you address things at the root, you have a greater impact,” Williams said. “If you effect policy change, then that can help an entire district in the city, not just a neighborhood.”
Partners in the local program include the city of Greensboro, Cone Health, Greensboro Housing Coalition, Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, New Hope Community Development Group, Center for Youth Family and Community Partnerships at UNCG and Mustard Seed Community Health.
Williams said the groups will work together to identify children with problems and do what it takes to help them. For example, some children may need immediate health care from Cone Health. While they’re being treated, another agency from the cooperative group might identify the child’s home as a cause of illness. Finally, the city’s Inspections Division might be brought in to force a landlord to make repairs to a badly-maintained apartment.
All options are on the table, Williams said. And the program is designed to break down barriers between health and housing agencies to solve common problems.
“We cannot get this type of thing done in silos,” Williams said. “Anyone that tries to do that, I caution them to just stop and go back to the drawing board. Silo work does not create change in the community.”
Nurses who work at schools for the Guilford County Department of Health will be key to helping the program work, Williams said. They already manage the cases of sick children in schools. Through the program, they will now be connected to housing agencies in addition to health agencies. That can begin the process of finding ways to correct any problems at home.
The Greensboro Housing Coalition will handle the grant and hire a “healthy homes coordinator” that will work with a broad range of community and government agencies.
“Your housing is your safe haven,” Williams said. “Nobody wants to be in an environment that is making you feel worse. I’m very proud of what I see coming. This is really systemic change that we’re trying to address.”