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National Action Network Commits To Solidarity With Jews Amidst Anti-Semitic Crimes Uptick

By Barney Blakeney In response to the recent rash of hate crimes perpetrated against Jews, the National Action Network last week asked its local chapters to conduct press conferences to emphasize the organization’s support of and solidarity with the Jewish community. January 2, South Carolina NAN President James Johnson, along with Charleston attorney Larry Kobrovsky…

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Jesse Williams: Community Activist Vows To Continue As A Fighter For North Charleston Communities

By Barney Blakeney North Charleston community activist Jesse Williams has earned a reputation among the area’s most proactive proponents for safe progressive neighborhoods. And despite two unsuccessful bids to get elected to North Charleston City Council, Williams vows to continue his activism. For Williams, community activism isn’t about media attention, hidden agendas or soft money.…

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Council Elections Tell A Tale Of Two Cities

By Barney Blakeney Jerome Heyward in North Charleston and Jason Sakran in Charleston both were elected November 5 in upset wins over two incumbents. Todd Olds and James Lewis Jr., respectively. Their wins signal changes beyond just in the representation of the districts, but also how their will impact their new constituents. In North Charleston,…

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Burgess Nomination To Highway Dept. Sparks Conjecture

By Barney Blakeney Just two years after being named North Charleston’s first Black police chief, Reggie Burgess has been nominated to become top cop at the S.C. Highway Patrol. I asked several North Charleston residents what they think. Pastor Thomas Dixon just lost a bid to become the city’s mayor November 5. Dixon said Burgess…

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North Charleston Leads The County In Homicides

By Barney Blakeney Efforts to address crime and policing continue as area homicides increase. Earlier this month, the Charleston Police Department received the final report of the Racial Bias Audit conducted by CNA. But even as the department vowed to use the opportunity to show its continued commitment to transparency and engagement with the community and to…

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Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Seeking Five Community Representatives

Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is kicking off the search for five new community representatives. Community representatives express the varied justice-related needs and concerns of Charleston County residents, gather and share community input, and provide voice and feedback from the community into the CJCC decision-making process. The CJCC is a collaboration of elected…

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SC State House Rep. Krystle Matthews to Kick Off Re-election Campaign with a Community Holiday Party, Voter Registration Drive, and Charity Toy Drive

Representative Krystle Matthews will kick off her re-election campaign for South Carolina State House District 117 with a community holiday party on Saturday, December 14, 4pm-6pm at the Bernie Sanders Headquarters Charleston office (8252 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406). The festivities are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a…

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