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9:54 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Salisbury Redistricting Plan Draws Ire and Support

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The Salisbury City Council held a hearing on a proposal to dramatically alter the political landscape by dividing the town up into 5 separate districts.

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8:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Castle County Budget Approved, But Not Without Acrimony

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The New Castle county Council has unanimously approved a $174.2 million operating budget that does not raise property taxes.

There was some acrimony though when the council considered pulling a quarter of a million from the budget for the Wilmington Fire Department.

It was kept by a 10-to-3 vote.

But, Sam Guy, one of the top executive assistants to County Council Tom Gordon, compared this to the decision by two members of the Sussex County council not to provide $100 each in grant money for a youth program by the NAACP.

Guy is a former NAACP branch president.

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10:22 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Delaware NAACP Blasts Two Sussex County Members Over Grant Vote

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The recent decision by two members of the Sussex County Council not to provide a grant of $100 each to a youth program by the NAACP has caused an uproar. Council members Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips decided not to provide the grant because the organization's name included the phrase for the advancement of colored people, which they felt was discriminatory. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Richard Smith, president of the state NAACP, who said after he appeared before the council this week to protest the vote Phillips did reach out to him in an email.

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8:58 am
Wed May 21, 2014

NAACP Demands Apology from Sussex County Council Members

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Supporters of the NAACP blasted two members of the Sussex County Council yesterday when they withheld a $100 grant each for the civil rights organization calling it’s a discriminatory group.

Council member Sam Wilson took offense at the phrase colored people in the organization’s name and he was joined by fellow council member Vance Phillips.

Jane Hovington, president of the local NAACP chapter whose grant was turned down told the council members they owned the renowned organization an apology not just to the civil rights group but the people of Sussex County.

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10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Sussex County Leader Criticized Over NAACP Remarks

Sussex County Council Member Sam Wilson

Sussex County Council member Sam Wilson found himself explaining his decision not to provide a $100 grant this week to a program run by the Lower Sussex Branch NAACP Youth Council because the name included the phrase colored people.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Wilson said he believed that the group only advocated for black people to the exclusion of white people.

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9:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Declining Grant Money Over NAACP Name in Sussex County

Sussex County Council Vice President Sam Wilson
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The NAACP Youth Council will not be getting $100 grants each from Sussex County Council members Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson because they object to word colored people in the name of the civil rights organization.

Wilson told the county finance director to take his name off when it came to providing the grant to the NAACP Youth council asking someone to tell him what the letters NAACP stand for.

When told Council member Vance Phillips joined Wilson who added that sounded like discrimination to him.

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12:45 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

New Castle County Council Member Charges a "War on Women"

New Castle County Council Member Lisa Diller
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New Castle County Council member Lisa Diller charged the administration of County Executive Tom Gordon with waging “a war on women.”

The issue surrounds an incident that occurred at a September 10th council meeting in which Diller raised her voice, angrily telling the County Attorney who is black to brief the council about a lawsuit involving the county and developers.

Gordon sent an email to her saying that her comments were part of a pattern of demeaning behavior and condescension by council members toward his aides.

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9:22 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Taser Cam Request for Salisbury Police Department

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan
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The Salisbury Police Department wants to add the Taser Cam to its non-lethal arsenal.

If approved the Tasers would be worn on the belt and would have video capabilities that would visually capture events as they unfold.

Captain Scott Kolb with the department said these could be used like the in car camera in police cars.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan noted that the department was the only one on the Eastern Shore that does not have Tasers in its arsenal.

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10:27 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NAACP Questions Chamber's Dismissal by Mayor

Mayor Jim Ireton
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The President of the Wicomico County NAACP is demanding an explanation from Mayor Jim Ireton for his dismissal of Lore’ Chambers.

She had been assistant city administrator for Salisbury for the last 5 years.

President Mary Ashanti said her organization was “extremely disappointed and dismayed” by the Mayor’s actions.

When asked by the Salisbury Daily Times as to whether Ashanti considered the firing an act of discrimination she replied that given Chambers is African American it is “a matter of protocol.”

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9:23 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Rally Held to Support Death Penalty Repeal in Delaware


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of capital punishment are calling for an end to Delaware's death penalty.

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in the state Senate chambers as lawmakers announced the pending introduction of a bill that would do away with the death penalty and prevent the 17 inmates already on death row from being executed.

Opponents of the death penalty say it's morally wrong, ineffective as a deterrent to violent crime and far more costly than putting killers in prison for life.

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8:34 am
Fri January 25, 2013

MD State Police Must Release Records

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled police must release files relating to how authorities investigate racial profiling.

The Maryland Court of Appeals released the decision on Thursday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP have contended the Maryland State Police must turn over the record. Police have argued the documents are personnel records that are exempt from disclosure under Maryland's public information law.

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8:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

O'Malley & NAACP Call for End to Death Penalty

BALTIMORE (AP) - The NAACP is joining Gov. Martin O’Malley and lawmakers in a call to repeal the death penalty.

Benjamin Jealous, the CEO of the National Association of Colored People, will participate in the news conference on Tuesday in Annapolis.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gerald Stansbury, president of the NAACP’s state conference, also are scheduled to attend.

The potential of repealing capital punishment in Maryland has been highlighted since the General Assembly convened last week for the state of its legislative session.

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9:40 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Death Penalty Vote in MD Senate Expected

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says he will allow a vote on a measure that would repeal the death penalty.

Miller personally supports the death penalty.

But the Democrat said he has told Governor Martin O’Malley he would give him an opportunity to have a vote.

In the past it has been buried in a Senate committee.

Miller told the Baltimore Sun that if the Governor has the votes he will allow it to go to the floor.

9:21 am
Tue August 14, 2012

African American Leaders Call for Probe Into Delaware Police Shooting

Rev. Donald Morton, Perfected Life Church

African American leaders, activists and community members gathered at a rally yesterday where a 27-year old man came to rest after being shot by a New Castle County police officer.

They are calling for an investigation into the fifth police-involved shooting this year.

Those attending were members of the Black Clergy Consortium, the Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks of Wilmington as well as state and local branches of the NAACP.

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