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Major Mike Campagna with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department looks back on the events of September 2016. -- Read Mike’s story and other resident commitments in the ‘stories’ section of Click the link in our bio for more. #CLTOneYearLater#CLT #Charlotte #QueenCity #704
Garreth opened and concluded his speaking time at the Sept. 26, 2016, Charlotte City Council meeting with the call-and-response chant ‘no justice, no peace.’ Between the chants, he urged council to acknowledge and address the privilege that typically exists outside communities of color. As the buzzer rang signaling the end of his time Garreth left with, “I am a voice of the people. We are here to make a change, but you [government] have to start.” One year later, Garreth still feels that government needs to work harder to better understand its residents and address the root issues that plague communities of color. He admits that the importance of the priorities detailed in the Community Letter, Charlotte City Council’s letter of commitment written to the community following the events of Sept. 2016, is undeniable but only scratches the surface. “Yes, affordable housing is an issue, but it’s deeper than that,” said Garreth. “You have to talk to the people to understand the root of these issues.” Garreth said his commitment to Charlotte is to continue to spread messages of positivity and opportunity to the youth of Charlotte, and he encourages the institutions to do the same. “You have to go out to these communities first and show them that you care. You can change lives just by talking to [people],” he continues. “Especially the kids. If you can reach them, they can take that [information] home to their parents, spread it out to their friends and so on and so forth. It’s about touching the lives of the people.” -Garreth #CLTOneYearLater #Charlotte #CLT #QueenCity #704
“There are too many people talking and not enough people listening. Leadership is viewed as being vocal. We need to move less, talk less, and be better listeners. Don’t answer the question before it is asked. Then we will be more empathetic.” – Jon Joffe, @carolinashealthcaresystem —— Read Jon’s and other resident commitments in the ‘stories’ section of Click the link in our bio for more. #CLTOneYearLater #CLT #Charlotte #QueenCity #704
“The people and the safety of my community is my responsibility,” said Shartiera. This principle compelled her to protest each night of the major demonstrations following the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, and to speak at the Sept. 26 Charlotte City Council meeting. Shartiera warned council of how powers unchecked and the absence of transparency deepen the existing wounds of distrust toward law enforcement in our community and across the nation. “There aren’t enough people who are vocal in the right forums,” said Shartiera, explaining why it was important for her speak that night. “The only way we’re going to be able to get results is through reform. How can we expect true change to actually happen if we’re not entrenched and involved in these processes? If we don’t do something about it, we will run into these same issues.” Since the meeting, Shartiera has signed on to complete the Civic Leadership Academy, an 11-week course designed to groom residents to become the next civic leaders of our community. She sees this as the next step for her to lead the change she wants to see within her community and local government. “If you’re not sitting at the table, you won’t know what’s going on,” she said. “Everything happening around you will be dictated to you instead of you being a part of it.” ---
To bring about the change we want to see in our city, we must all be a part of the process. Click the link in our bio and visit the “Commitment” section to share how you pledge to be a part of the process to make Charlotte a better city. #CLTOneYearLater #Charlotte #QueenCity #704
Charlotte, One Year Later. We review the underlying factors that led to our city being ranked last in upward mobility in a 2014 Harvard study, as well as the September 2016 officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the events that followed. Click the link in our bio for our stories, our reflection and our commitment. #CLTOneYearLater
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Gov Porch stargazing. #Eclipse #Eclipse2017 #Charlotte #QueenCity #704
Charlotte residents, please help us spread the word that rumors of a KKK rally tonight in Uptown Charlotte are false. City leaders want tonight’s Charlottesville vigil in Marshall Park to be a safe event for all who participate.
Social media posts from various accounts may be sharing misleading information and/or old images. #Charlottesville #Charlotte 📸: @charlotteobserver
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For Davita Galloway, The #CLTisDope hashtag is her way of celebrating Charlotte’s current art scene and speaking its potential into existence. Galloway, co-owner of creative studio Dupp & Swat, built her small business to give emerging artists a space to create and collaborate with others in the industry. “We know so many dope artists and we want the city to embrace that,” said Galloway. "Whether it’s a photo shoot, video shoot, party, book signing — [Dupp & Swat] is essentially a black box that can be transformed into whatever you want to do.” If you’re interested in starting or growing a small business in Charlotte, follow @cbrbiz for resources on how to join our thriving business community. #Charlotte #CLT #704 #QueenCity #BlackBusinessMonth
In celebration of Black Business Month, we’re featuring some of the small business owners who who help shape Charlotte’s vibrant business community. Cliff Joyner, owner or Polo’s Homemade Italian Water Ice, is a staple at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center plaza. Joyner started the business as a part-time project as he worked full-time as an account executive for a large food company. “I’ve been doing this for a little more than 10 years, but I moved to Charlotte three years ago to focus more on [my business]. Charlotte is the perfect fit. For me, it’s big enough and small enough at the same time.” Joyner credits the success of his small business to being able to build relationships with the community, but admits the territory comes with challenges. “Don’t stop,” Joyner tells budding entrepreneurs. “Keep going. If it’s your dream or your passion and you feel like it’s the right step, at least try it. If you don’t, you’ll have regrets in the end.” If you’re looking to follow your dreams of starting or growing a business in Charlotte, visit @cbrbiz for access to the tools and resources you’ll need to start and run a successful venture. #Charlotte #CLT #704 #QueenCity #BlackBusinessMonth