by Carmen Ramos-Kennedy –
The Asheville Buncombe County NAACP regular monthly meeting on May 8th included Budget Advocacy 101 led by Amy Cantrell of BeLoved Asheville. Amy is a fierce advocate for the community and has been very engaged in the budget process.
Elected officials from Asheville and Buncombe County will be making big decisions about government budgets in the next few months. Budget Advocacy 101 will help us be an advocate for good community investment.
“Budgets tell us much about what we value collectively and how we invest community dollars significantly impacts people and issues that we care about. In this interactive workshop, we will learn about the content of budgets from the local, state, and federal levels. We will learn about the timelines and process for budget decisions. And we will learn the best ways to advocate for change in terms of budget priorities and government spending.”
~ Just Economics, BeLoved of Asheville, Children First/CIS Buncombe County, YWCA, MountainTrue
We continue to work in coalition with Code for Asheville (CCFA) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice for APD transparency and accountability. At the last City Council meeting in April, Patrick Conant, member of NAACP Criminal Justice Committee and CCFA, presented a synopsis of the CCFA’s Petition for Police Accountability through Data Transparency.
Nearly 800 have signed in support of the Petition. We encourage everyone who believes law enforcement must be accountable to the community to do the same. Add your name to the petition, go online to www.codeforasheville.org/policing-open-data.
The Asheville-Buncombe NAACP, Branch #5363, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Sanctuary of Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street in Asheville. For information: 4ward2getherCall2Action@gmail.com; Buncombe County NAACP, PO Box 2881, Asheville, NC 28802; facebook.com/buncombecountynaacp.