dsc - 0100 _orig

县领导宣布种族主义是公共卫生危机

As the push for social and economic justice continues to play out in the streets of major American cities, 周二,梅克伦堡县选举产生的领导人一致投票宣布种族主义为“公共卫生危机”,这一危机应该得到紧急应对和资金支持.

由9名民主党人组成的县委员会并没有提出消除种族主义的具体计划,而是强调了种族主义对有色人种社区的有害影响.

“我们当然知道,种族主义是健康的社会决定因素的推动力,也是卫生公平的障碍,” Commissioner Mark Jerrell of District 4 said in a statement before reading the proclamation.

解放奴隶宣言, 他说, 难道是要承认种族主义“超越了个人行为的范畴”,纳入了“给有色人种带来不成比例的结果”的制度吗.”

梅克伦堡加入了一个不断增长的美国名单.S. 在明尼阿波利斯警察杀害乔治·弗洛伊德事件引发社会动荡后,这些城市采取了类似的措施.

QCity地铁感谢赞助商. 成为一个.
在周二会议开始的时候, 主席乔治·邓拉普(George Dunlap)指示乡村职员暂停虚拟会议8分46秒——这正好是明尼阿波利斯警官用膝盖抵住博伊德脖子的时间, 谁死于窒息.

“I confess that I have been having difficulty dealing 与 the fact that, 8分46秒, a police officer had his knee in George Floyd’s neck as people watched,邓拉普在呼吁默哀之前说. “There were children who watched, and a lot of people are really devastated. 我们中的一些人甚至可以想象那种感觉……”

宣言指出,种族主义“不公平地使黑人和棕色人种个人和社区处于不利地位,同时不公平地使其他个人和社区处于有利地位。.“这种种族歧视制度, 公告说, 是否“有意或无意的政策阻碍了经济流动性,从而使贫困永久化?.”

解放奴隶宣言 states that 73% of the county’s homicide victims are Black, and Black residents suffer disproportionate rates of chronic diseases, 包括高血压, 心脏病, 糖尿病, and accelerated aging — all of which made the Covid-19 pandemic more deadly in Black and Brown communities.

“For generations communities of color have faced vast disparities in job opportunities, 收入和继承的家庭财富,宣言指出, adding that systemic racism “undermines physical and mental well being” of its victims.

在设定预算优先次序时, 过去两年的专员已经指示县经理德娜·迪奥里奥留出税款来解决种族差异问题, 特别是在经济适用房领域, 心理健康支持, 公园和园林, 还有幼儿教育.

chime-solutions-mark-wilson-1_orig

一致的解决方案, a Black-owned firm based in 乔治亚州, will bring 250 jobs to Charlotte

一致的解决方案, 这是一家位于亚特兰大附近的黑人企业, 给夏洛特带来250个工作岗位, 这是城市发展本地经济计划的一部分.

The company will hire life and health insurance agents earning wages of $16 an hour 与 potential for bonuses, 根据公司的说法.

Chime于周二宣布了这一消息, along 与 Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and city council member James Mitchell, who heads the city’s workforce and business development committee. They were joined by Urban League of Central Carolinas CEO Teddy McDaniel.

作为给夏洛特带来工作的交换条件, Chime will receive funding under a new economic development program approved by city council in February. 这个项目, 提供“机会雇佣补助金?,“提供2美元,每雇用500, 最多50名员工, to help attract new companies and encourage existing ones to expand.

有资格获得奖励, Chime must recruit full-time workers from any of several local workforce development organizations, 比如卡罗来纳中部城市联盟, 南皮埃蒙特的善意工业, 夏洛蒂的作品, 夏洛特地区基金和其他机构.

及时公告
QCity地铁感谢赞助商. 成为一个.
宣布这一决定之际,夏洛特-梅克伦堡正在努力克服Covid-19大流行带来的经济痛苦, 导致大规模裁员和企业倒闭, 不仅在夏洛特,而且在全世界.

根据国家数据, more than 1 million North Carolina residents have filed unemployment claims since the pandemic began. In the Charlotte metro area, the jobless rate is estimated at nearly 13%. Especially hard hit have been the city’s tourism and hospitality industries.

莱尔斯说,她希望Chime创造的新工作可以为面临就业挑战的城市工人提供新的机会.

“我们的目标是为人们的晋升能力建模,”她说, noting that Charlotte continues to struggle 与 economic mobility issues for some of its residents.

“忽视人才”
The announcement also comes as Black residents are protesting by the thousands in large cities nationwide, 要求结束警察暴行以及剥夺美国黑人平等机会的经济和社会制度.

一致的创始人, 总裁兼首席执行官, 马克威尔逊, 说他的公司特别专注于为美国贫困社区提供经济机会.

在周二的新闻发布会上, he noted the “troubling times of late” and decried the “overlooked talent” in America.

“作为一家公司,我们正努力通过像夏洛特这样的扩张,消除围绕着有色人种和他们的才能的许多传统神话,”他说. “We’re actually disproving that we somehow are less talented.”

免费培训
Wilson said the Charlotte jobs will allow employees to work from home, 接听退休人员的电话,询问前雇主提供的人寿保险和健康保险福利.

应聘者将接受中央皮埃蒙特社区学院(Central Piedmont Community College)为期8周的培训,为成为一名持牌保险代理人所需的考试做准备. The training will be paid for under a state program designed to spur economic development. Chime将支付参加考试的费用.

McDaniel, who heads the local Urban League, called the jobs a stepping stone to opportunity.

“It’s about wages and the fact that they are gaining a credential,” he told reporters. “这是他们可以获得的许可证。, 所以这对我们服务不足的社区非常重要.”

关于一致
2015年,威尔逊和妻子一起创办了Chime, 雪莱威尔逊, 谁是公司的首席运营官. 总部位于骨髓, 乔治亚州, 亚特兰大市中心以南10英里处, 该公司目前在几个城市运营呼叫中心, 包括一个75,在夏洛特大学地区占地5000平方英尺的设施.

The company opened its first operations in Charlotte last fall, 承诺创建1,到2020年年底,中国将创造1万个就业岗位. 威尔逊当时告诉QCity Metro,这些工作在培训后的起薪至少为每小时14美元, 他说,工资水平高于行业平均水平.

black-men-george-floyd-protest-052920-photo-joshua-galloway_orig

当地领导人将于周三举行“黑人团结”集会

县专员呼吁社区领导人和民选官员根据抗议者的要求推动政策改革.

A group of Charlotte’s prominent leaders will host a rally to denounce racism, demand change and commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Emanuel Nine shooting. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Mark Jerrell is spearheading Wednesday’s Black Men United March & 在夏洛特市郊马歇尔公园的集会,下午4点开始.m.

“I really felt the need to bring as many Black men in leadership together to denounce racism, 展示我们对社会变革的支持,并确保我们使用我们的集体力量来实现人们所倡导的变革,”Jerrell说, 第四区县委.

Some of the event’s organizers include Charlotte City Council members James “Smuggie” Mitchell and Malcolm Graham; Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, District Attorney Spencer Merriweather; Assistant County Manager Anthony Trotman; Black Political Caucus Chair Khalif Rhodes; Urban League of Central Carolinas President Teddy McDaniel; MBKCLTMECK Executive Director Don Thomas; and others.

伊曼纽尔九:6月17日也是查尔斯顿伊曼纽尔AME教堂枪击案五周年纪念日,枪击案造成9名黑人教区居民死亡. 遇难者中有格雷厄姆的妹妹辛西娅·赫德. 格雷厄姆将是周三活动的主要发言人.

“尽管2019冠状病毒病大流行, 国际危机, 提醒全世界五年前发生的事情是很重要的,因为种族主义在美国和全球其他国家仍然是一场危机,格雷厄姆在一份声明中说.

QCity地铁感谢赞助商. 成为一个.
Jerrell is encouraged by protesters who have pushed for justice for Black lives, saying it’s up to elected officials “to make sure that the policy is there to meet the demands of the people.他指出,市议会投票决定从2020-21年预算中撤出用于夏洛特-梅克伦堡警察局购买化学药剂的资金. 杰雷尔补充说,县专员将在6月16日举行的县专员委员会会议上宣布种族主义为公共卫生危机.

shutterstock_264529766

Honeywell donates $2 million, launches Center City Small Business Innovation Fund

Minority-, 女人- - - - - -, 富有经验的企业, will be shown priority for grants up to $40,000.

A new Covid-19 grant program aims to bolster the long-term viability of small businesses in Charlotte’s Center, City and it puts a priority on businesses owned by minorities, 女性, 和退伍军人.

周三, 霍尼韦尔和夏洛特中心城市合作伙伴启动了中心城市小企业创新基金,以帮助住宅区及周边地区的小企业创新并适应疫情和经济低迷造成的新经济现实.

该基金, 与 an initial investment of $2 million by Honeywell and in partnership 与 the Foundation For The Carolinas, 会提供高达40美元的资助吗,000. 少数族裔将得到优先考虑, 女人- - - - - -, 富有经验的企业,, 赞助商在一份新闻稿中说.

“在这个危机, 我们看到我们的社区通过Covid-19应对基金等努力,以巨大的方式支持我们的邻居和非营利组织,“迈克尔Marsicano, 卡罗来纳基金会的总裁兼首席执行官, 在新闻发布会上说的. “现在我们有机会支持中心城的小企业社区,因为他们要适应时代的变化.”

Shante威廉姆斯, chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, said most Covid-19 funding has been focused on emergency relief; few programs have been focused on what happens after the emergency. 随着企业重新设定, “we have an opportunity to build the future right now and that’s what this fund is geared toward,”威廉姆斯说, 谁还经营着一家风险投资公司.

威廉姆斯说,她的组织将鼓励并帮助其成员企业和任何寻求他们帮助的人申请. “We have to seize this opportunity to participate,”她说. 他说:“我们希望在危机的另一边变得更强大。.”

The Center City Small Business Innovation Fund opens for applications on June 26. 申请人将在8月前被通知他们的状态. 1.

资格的授予
Must have an existing physical location or is expanding business in Uptown, 南端, 中城, 历史性的西区, or 与in the 2-mile radius of the Trade and Tryon streets intersection.
总部必须设在夏洛特.
The business had 50 or fewer employees (full and part-time) as of March 1.
The business experienced adverse impacts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The business is willing to participate in interviews and share lessons learned.
Businesses that received funds from other Covid-19 programs are still eligible for this fund. 点击这里了解有关创新基金的常见问题.