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Arrested Developments Over the past several months, dozens of anti-racist protesters have been arrested in Graham. Hereâ€™s the breakdown. PAGE 5 LGBTQ+ friendly PAGE 13
Recipe for fascism PAGE 12
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Coronavirus, closing in
y wife’s been gone for days, visiting her father down in South Carolina with her sister. He’s been by Brian Clarey having some long-term health problems, and so they drove down from her sister’s place to clean their parents’ tiny house, fill the freezer with food and generally lift his spirits, all of which went very well. It was on the road from Beaufort back to Raleigh that my wife and her sister learned that their father had tested positive for coronavirus. That happened today. And our entire world has gone aswirl. First concern is for my father in-law, who suffers from COPD. He’s asymptomatic right now, and has scheduled a second test for tomorrow morning. More reporting is needed. Then there is the matter of my wife, also asymptomatic, but who has just spent the last five days with her parents in a 900 square-foot house. She took her test this afternoon in Raleigh, where she’ll be staying with her sister until those results come
in, within 24-48 hours. She could be there as long as five days; if she gets sick, she could be there for two weeks. It’s the uncertainty that’s driving us mad. Of course, uncertainty has been a hallmark of the Coronavirus Era from the very beginning. But it’s different when the virus is staring you in the face like that, brushing up against your life and knocking the pieces asunder, circling closer and closer like a hawk above a field of bunnies that won’t even see it coming until its shadow grows large on the ground. We’ve learned much about the virus itself in the 10 months since it’s been active in the United States, yet we are still deeply unsure of its accumulated effects. Can our hospitals keep up? Which businesses will survive? When can I get a vaccination? How long will this last? What happens if I get it? In my own little fold, we await test results, make plans for remote work, delegate household responsibilities and, really, just try to hang on for another week or so. We’ll know more tomorrow, even more the day after. Beyond that, we cannot see.
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How somebody can be trespassing in a public parking lot is really questionable to me. The sheriff’s office basically said, ‘You can’t come in this parking lot.’ Steve Marley walks through and high-fives the police. So, it’s not like nobody can walk through the parking lot. —Jamie Paulen pg. 5
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CITY LIFE Jan. 7-10 by Michaela Ratliff
THURSDAY Jan. 7
Lobster Dogs Food Truck @ Bailey Park (W-S) 11:30 a.m.
Open Mic Night @ Common Grounds (GSO) 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY Jan. 8
Sustainable Design Workshop @ 133 W. Acadia Ave. (W-S) 1 p.m. The International Human Rights Consortium is hosting a free, socially distanced, sustainable-design workshop open to all ages. Lend a helping hand to expanding the bird bath and solar fountain to include a bee waterer station.
SUNDAY Jan. 10
Quattros & Coffee @ StarbucksJefferson Village (GSO) 9 a.m.
JJ’s Cuban Kitchen Food Truck @ Brown Truck Brewery (HP) 5 p.m.
Lobster Dogs will be stationed at Bailey Park ready to serve lobster rolls, stuffed avocados and more! Visit their website to view the full menu.
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Bask in the atmosphere of artistic expression at Common Grounds each Thursday. Sign up begins at 6:30. For more info, visit the event page.
A Place in the Band: Women in Bluegrass & American Roots Music @ Blue Ridge Music Center (W-S) Online The Blue Ridge Music Center is excited to premiere the first few interviews/episodes from its A Place in the Band: Women in Bluegrass & American Roots Music series, highlighting the accomplishments of women in bluegrass. Interviews with the local artists featured will be posted on the Music Center’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel Jan. 7, Jan. 14 and Jan. 22.
Kick off the new year with free coffee and swag courtesy of Starbucks and Audi Club Carolinas. All you have to do is pull up in your Audi. Visit the event page for more info.
Virtual Paint Night @ Paint & Play (W-S) 6:30 p.m. Join Paint & Play and create your own snowman couple painting! Use supplies you have at home or purchase a kit at registration. Visit the event page for registration info.
Plant-Based Pop-Up @ Hempress Farms (W-S) 12 p.m.
SATURDAY Jan. 9
Virtual Storytelling Workshop @ MUSE Winston-Salem (W-S) 11 a.m. Join writer Joe Mills for a storytelling workshop in which he will help both novice and experienced storytellers shape stories and present them to a live audience in preparation for MUSE’s story slam on Jan. 14. The event is free with a suggested $10 donation. Visit Eventbrite to register.
JJ’s Cuban Kitchen is excited to announce their High Point debut at Brown Truck Brewery. The husband-and-wife team is ready for you to try their menu of Cuban specialties. Visit JJ’s Facebook page to learn more.
Stop by Hempress Farms for a pop-up event of your favorite plant-based, allnatural and cruelty-free products like food, skin care and jewelry.
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Graham protests against racism resulted in dozens of charges over past year
Activist Avery Harvey is arrested by Graham police.
Eagles described early efforts to test the protest ban, including a woman who approached the courthouse with a protest sign on a Sunday in late June and was threatened with arrest by a Graham police officer if she did not leave the area, but was allowed to stay after she threw away her sign. Another protester who took a stand next to the monument that weekend didn’t get as much latitude. One day earlier, Matthew Edwards of Burlington had stood next to the Confederate monument holding a sign reading “Black lives matter.” As recounted by Tony Crider, an astrophysics professor at Elon University who regularly photographs protests, police grabbed Edwards’ sign and detained him, while ordering bystanders including Crider to leave the area. Two police officers forced Edwards to the ground as they placed him under arrest, and charged him with resisting a
or attempted to organize or engage in protests against institutionalized racism, police violence against Black people, and the continued presence of a Confederate monument in front of the Alamance County Historic Courthouse.” Judge Eagles found: “Protesters have attempted to protest on the courthouse grounds, but have been prevented from doing so on multiple occasions by sheriff’s deputies and physical impediments such as barricades put up by the county defendants. On multiple occasions throughout June and July and into August, the plaintiffs and other protesters have been explicitly threatened with arrest, or had access restricted, often upon implicit threat of arrest. Others have been arrested for coming too close to, but not on, the monument or flowerbed, or coming into the courthouse sidewalks or steps.” In a previous order issued on Aug. 7,
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against antiracist protesters are low-level misdemeanors for offenses like failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer and second-degree trespassing. Charges against antiracists outnumber those issued to pro-Confederate counter-protesters roughly four to one, with the latter facing charges of simple assault, assault on a female, simple affray and disorderly conduct. Only a handful of charges have been dismissed, and none have gone to trial. Hearings have been delayed in part because courts shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with the vast majority of the cases scheduled for February and March. In her Aug. 14 order, US District Court Judge Catherine Eagles described the plaintiffs as people who “regularly attempt to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest, assemble, and associate in Graham.” The judge described them as having “organized, engaged in,
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by Jordan Green n the wake of national protests over the death of George Floyd, the city of Graham and the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office enacted a protest ban focused on the Confederate monument and Historic Courthouse in the town center, prompting comparisons to Mississippi or Alabama during the early 1960s. Those comparisons have hardly diminished since a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order striking down the protest ban. Arrests have mounted as protests against the Confederate monument, institutionalized racism, police violence against Black people and the sheriff’s handling of COVID in the jail continued week after week, often attracting antagonism from pro-Confederate counterprotesters. Beginning with a handful at a time at small protests, they culminated on Oct. 31 when Graham police and Alamance sheriff’s deputies deployed pepper spray on hundreds of marchers, including children, elders and people with disabilities, then made dozens of arrests in the ensuing chaos. While the federal court order has narrowly protected the right to hold signs and chant while standing next to the Confederate monument, antiracist demonstrators and civil rights advocates charge that the police have continued to criminalize protest. “I think the sheriff has made it clear that he does not want people to protest, to be out in the center of Graham protesting,” said Elizabeth Haddix, with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. “His actions have demonstrated that, the Graham police chief as well. I think the city council and the county commissioners have vocalized publicly that they do not like having these folks downtown demonstrating and protesting white supremacy, the Confederate monument and police brutality.” Haddix is the lead attorney in a civil rights lawsuit representing plaintiffs who say they were prevented from exercising their First Amendment rights as well as their voting rights on Oct. 31. An incomplete review of protestrelated arrests in Graham by Triad City Beat yielded a conservative estimate of 70 charges from late June through November, sometimes with protesters being arrested and charged on multiple occasions. The vast majority of the charges
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Law enforcement officers in Graham deploy pepper spray at protesters during the March to the Polls event in October.
public officer and failure to disperse on command. “What bothered me is when I left the jail, there was a truck outside, and these guys had wrapped up a Confederate flag,” Edwards told TCB. “The officer was laughing and chatting with them. He seemed to be giving them guidance on what they need to do to stay. Me, they just said, ‘We’re not doing this.’ And they snatched my sign and threw me down on the ground.” A month later, the president of the Alamance County NAACP would find himself under arrest for protesting in the exact same manner as Edwards. Barrett Brown, a plaintiff in a separate federal lawsuit challenging the protest ban, recounted in a declaration to the court that he had arrived at a park catty-corner to the courthouse on July 25 to participate in a demonstration with other NAACP members and faith leaders. He said he saw the American flag at half-staff and realized it must have been lowered to honor John Lewis, the late congressman from Georgia who had endured racist violence while marching for
civil rights in the 1960s. Brown noticed that the flag was at the same level as the top of the Confederate monument. He thought about how the Alamance County NAACP and other community activists had “begged and pleaded with city and county leaders about the need to remove the Confederate monument because of its symbolism of governmentsanctioned white supremacy and racial oppression.” He thought about how the Alamance County Commission had limited the public comment section at a recent meeting because they knew people wanted to talk about removing the monument and reflected: “It is as if they have turned the board into a White Citizens Council.” Then Brown picked up a “Black Lives Matter” sign out of a stack, walked across the street and stood on a concrete border next to the flowerbed surrounding the monument. Two Alamance County sheriff’s deputies quickly approached Brown and told him he could not be there. He said they accused him of standing in the middle of the street. The monument juts into the street, but
traffic moves in a circular pattern around the monument, leaving ample space on either side — undercutting the officer’s assertion that Brown was standing in the middle of the street. The space next to the monument functions as a crosswalk and is protected from vehicular traffic by the monument itself. Brown said a Black officer told him: “If you don’t move, I’ll have to detain you.” To which Brown replied, “Brother, do what you have to do. I am not moving.” “Are you trying to get arrested?” the officer asked. “No, I am trying to exercise my First Amendment rights to protest this monument,” Brown replied. As the officer placed handcuffs on Brown and led him away, three other NAACP members — Noah Read, a Democratic member of the Alamance County Board of Elections; Rev. Walter Allison; and a woman named Amy Harrison — crossed the street to take his place. While they were hauled to jail together in a sheriff’s van, they sang “We Shall Overcome.”
Charges of resisting a public officer remain pending against the four NAACP members, along with Matthew Edwards and dozens of others.
Physical altercations, mask-less taunts and repeated arrests
By Aug. 15, the ban on protesting at the Confederate monument had been lifted by federal court order. It was a Sunday, and coalition of groups, including Siembra NC, Down Home NC and Forward Motion Alamance, had launched a “People’s Referendum” to collect votes on two matters: whether the Confederate monument should stay or go, and whether the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office should withdraw from the 287(g) federal immigration program. A small group of antiracists took advantage of the opportunity to stand beside the Confederate monument with signs and banners in what was, at last, a legally sanctioned protest. A group of neo-Confederates, some of whom were familiar from previous encounters in Graham as well as Pittsboro in neigh-
Boone said he has assigned all the protest-related cases to Assistant District Attorney Kevin Harrison. “As much as possible, we want to make sure they are reviewed and evaluated by one person in a consistent manner,” Boone said. “It just seems like it’s more efficient to do it as a body of cases.” Boone said his office will closely evaluate the cases to determine whether the charges are constitutionally sound. “We want to make sure that in any situation, we’re able to articulate whether this would survive constitutional muster,” he said. “There are disorderly conduct charges. You also have failure to disperse, resisting an officer, disrupting public meetings, trespassing. Generally speaking, there’s something more than verbal expression.”
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On Sept. 8, a Tuesday morning, a small group of about 20 protesters carried 99 black balloons from the Historic Courthouse, where the county commission was meeting, to the jail. Many of the participants were veterans of protests against the Confederate monument. “There were 99 confirmed [COVID-19] cases at the jail,” recalled Katherine Cassette, a Graham resident who participated in the protest with her husband Nic. “We were really appalled at that, and wanted to show Alamance County things they could do differently. A lot of our demands came from Orange County, which had a lower count. Instead of arresting people for traffic violations or minor civil disobedience, they would write them a ticket. They weren’t bringing them in the jail. That kept their numbers low.” When they reached the jail, inmates began banging on the windows. The protesters shouted towards them: “We see you. We love you.” The arrests began almost immediately. Katherine said her husband, who is Black, had been trying to maintain some distance from the other protesters to protect himself from exposure to COVID, and was standing on a sidewalk approaching the jail. The deputies told Nic: “Get back!” “He’s like, ‘I am on the sidewalk,’” recalled Katherine, who is white. “And then he realizes, Oh, they mean get away from the jail. He was right near the building.” Katherine said a friend described Nic as “sashaying across the parking lot,” and she said he moved in a diagonal course because he didn’t want to get too close to the other protesters.
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cations, telling them to “calm down” and the county commission. Two counterdirectly or implicitly threatening them protesters blocked the press conference with arrest. with their bodies and Confederate flag, Batten also berated Lt. Flood for not Griffin recalled. wearing a mask, and Flood told her “This isn’t a protest,” she told them. there was no law requiring him to wear “This is a press conference. Can you one. please respect the press conference?” “Cooper said, ‘Wear a mask,’” Batten Griffin squared off with one of the insisted. counter-protesters, Elaine Stuart. GrifAs she turned to walk away from the fin said she calculated that if she could officer, Steve Marley, a fixture at protests keep Stuart occupied, the news cameras in Graham who carried a Confederate would remain focused on the speakers. flag, addressed Batten. While a representative of Siembra NC “Do you think we listen to what Coowas speaking, a video provided by Grifper says?” he said. fin clearly shows Stuart shoving her. The two got into an argument about Griffin said Lt. Flood asked her if she whether Marley’s flag had brushed Batwanted to press charges against Stuart, ten, and Batten told him: “If you touch and Griffin said she did. When Flood me with that goddamn stick again, I’m spoke to Stuart, the other woman made going to beat you with it.” a counter accusation, and both women A couple minutes later, an unidentified wound up with assault charges. The woman with a large vertical sign moved district attorney ultimately dismissed in front of Batten — within a foot, she charges against both Griffin and Stuart. said. Griffin said the location of the hearing “Bitch, the law says six feet,” Batten was changed without notice, and she was told her. “If you don’t put it between us, denied the opportunity to provide testiI will.” mony in support of the charge against “Well, do it,” the Stuart. woman replied. “After evaluating the ‘I think the sheriff As Flood moved in, case we determined there Batten told him: “Tell her wasn’t sufficient evidence has made it clear to get six feet back or I’ll to prove the case in court, that he does not knock her six feet back.” and we decided to cut “I’m not telling anythem loose,” District Atwant people to body to get six feet back,” torney Boone said. protest.’ Flood said. “If you put Griffin still faces your hands on anybody, charges from two ad– Elizabeth Haddix you’re going to jail.” ditional arrests. She was Then, he reached charged with resisting a for her hands and cuffed them behind public officer when she ran across the her back as pro-Confederate counterstreet when she observed that six or protesters cheered. Batten said the arrest seven deputies were surrounding a Black took place immediately after she told protester named Avery Harvey during Flood to put on a mask, but the words a Sept. 26 march in Graham. Harvey are inaudible in the video. and Griffin’s arrests took place during Batten was charged with disorderly a commotion when a neo-Confederate conduct. She said her charging docucounter-protester assaulted an antiracist ment alleges she “told the citizens of protester and police arrested another Graham I would kick their asses.” Black protester. And on Nov. 16, Griffin In December, the Alamance County was arrested again when she went to the District Attorney’s office informed Batjail to support protesters who had been ten’s lawyer that the charge was disarrested during an Alamance County missed. Commissioners meeting. District Attorney Sean Boone told On Aug. 17, the same night that GrifTCB that Batten’s charge was dismissed fin and Stuart were charged, a deputy because “the charged conduct does not also arrested Meg Williams in the middle constitute a crime.” of the county commission meeting while The district attorney also dismissed she was attempting to address represenan assault charge against Carey Kirk tatives of UPS to encourage them to Griffin, a white antiracist activist who factor the Confederate monument into lives in Alamance County. The coalitheir decision to invest $262 million in tion behind the People’s Referendum a new distribution center in Mebane. organized a press conference on the Williams is charged with disruption of steps of the Historic Courthouse on Aug. an official meeting and resisting public 17 and planned to present the results to officer.
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boring Chatham County, also availed themselves of the court order to jockey for space around the monument. Ashley Reed Batten, a Hillsborough resident who is white, held one end of a Black Lives Matter banner. She complained to Graham police Lt. Duane Flood about the potential for counterprotesters to use flagpoles attached to Confederate flags to assault antiracists. Her concern was well-founded: On June 26, a Stokes County resident named Tommy Dale Parnell had been arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury for striking an antiracist with a hockey stick attached to a Confederate flag during a clash in Pittsboro. “You want somebody to get fucked up,” Batten accused Flood, as shown in video obtained by TCB. “You’re waiting for a race war, aren’t you?” “No,” Flood protested. “Graham’s ordinance got blocked. I can’t do anything about it.” COVID, like Black Lives Matter and the Confederate monument, was a polarizing issued that added friction in the mix among antiracist protesters, neoConfederate counter-protesters and law enforcement. Counter-protesters, along with law enforcement officers including Sheriff Johnson, were flouting the social etiquette of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID. The counter-protesters seemed to use their indifference as a weapon against the COVID-conscious antiracists. Another video of the same demonstration records an antiracist named Lindsay Ayling questioning Johnson on why he’s not wearing a mask. A mask-less woman named Elizabeth Baird can be seen in the video advancing on Ayling and then saying, “You are in my personal space, so back off, now. Back off. Six feet, bitch.” When Ayling asked for her name, Baird moved closer, getting right up in her face. When two other antiracist protesters raised objections to the way Ayling was being treated, Johnson can be seen in the video walking over to address them. “She was the one who started it,” Johnson said, apparently referring to Ayling. Then Johnson admonished the antiracist protesters: “Calm down.” The sheriff’s handling of the situation fits a pattern seen over the summer: On at least two other occasions, Johnson has been observed ignoring escalations by right-wing counter-protesters and then moving in quickly when antiracist protesters express displeasure at the provo-
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Rev. Greg Drumwright is arrested during the March to the Polls in Graham in October.
“I don’t know if the sheriffs thought he was mocking or going too slow,” she said. “They started trying to surround him. My husband was confused. He was like, You’re impeding me.” Video posted by WFMY News 2 shows two deputies grabbing Nic’s arms and attempting to force them behind his back, and then throwing him down in the parking lot. Katherine said Nic’s pants ripped and his knees were swollen where he was pushed down. His glasses were also knocked off. Nic Cassette is charged with seconddegree trespass, resisting a public officer and misdemeanor riot. Katherine rushed over and picked up Nic’s glasses. She said she wanted to hand them to a deputy because her husband wouldn’t be able to see without them, but the deputies yelled, “Get back, get back.” The other protesters had moved into the parking lot and were shouting, “Let him go, let him go.” Video obtained by TCB shows a
Dionne Liles, a Black protester, walking around the area where Nic Cassette was being detained and pumping a sign in the air. Deputies began pushing the protesters, including Liles, out of the parking lot. Liles retreated, walking backwards while still facing the deputy with her sign. Then he ripped the sign from her hands and placed her under arrest. Liles is charged with second-degree trespass, resisting a public officer and assault on a government official. The next person to be arrested was Maggie Blunk. As shown in the WFMY video, Blunk stood on a public sidewalk along the street, speaking into a megaphone. “People are going to die because of you,” she said, speaking in the direction of the jail. Deputies wrested the megaphone from her hands and jerked her hands behind her back to place her under arrest. She is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer. Recalling the incident, Blunk made it
clear the activists were not committing civil disobedience. Arrests were not part of their plan. “I think the most upsetting part is we had family members of folks who were incarcerated and dealing with the COVID outbreak who were going to share statements,” she said. “We had a balloon for every person in the jail with COVID. People were going to share those stories. The message really got lost once all the arrests started. I guess that’s a big regret. I really wish the family member had gotten to speak so people could understand what was happening inside, and how bad it was in there.” Later, Katherine Cassette said she watched deputies load her husband in a van. She was concerned because she didn’t understand why they would transport him in a van since the jail was right across the parking lot. As other protesters loudly and sometimes profanely expressed their dismay, Cassette eventually reached her breaking point. “You’re going to risk giving him
COVID for walking on a fucking parking lot?” she said, addressing the line of deputies. “Fuck y’all.” One of the deputies made a beeline towards her, grabbed her and pulled her into the parking lot. She was charged with disorderly conduct. The district attorney dismissed Katherine Cassette’s charge last month, but it’s little consolation to her, with charges still pending on her husband. “My charge was totally bogus, even if I did get convicted of saying ‘fuck’ in Graham,” Katherine Cassette said. “I wasn’t worried about it. It would be a badge of honor. It’s not serious. But for my husband, it’s already super hard to go on an airplane. He gets randomly selected for security checks. I’m trying to imagine him going through life with a misdemeanor riot conviction.” Following the arrests, observers saw another person cross the jail parking lot, adding to their suspicions that the space limitation were closely linked to the protesters’ message. Steve Marley, the neo-Confederate counter-protester who had verbally sparred with Ashley Batten on Aug. 15, sauntered across the parking lot and made friendly small talk with one of the deputies. “How somebody can be trespassing in a public parking lot is really questionable to me,” said Jamie Paulen, an attorney who frequently attends many of the protests in Graham. “The sheriff’s office basically said, ‘You can’t come in this parking lot.’ Steve Marley walks through and high-fives the police. So, it’s not like nobody can walk through the parking lot.”
Avery Harvey, a Black resident of Graham, had planned to register to vote on Oct. 31 — the last day it was possible to do so — and cast his ballot during early voting, but instead he wound up getting arrested. A member of People For Change, a local activist group, Harvey was well known to local officers, and had been arrested at least once before while protesting. After Graham police deployed the first round of pepper spray, Harvey escorted another protester who had been hit by the chemical irritant across the street from the courthouse grounds to the Verdict restaurant, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of protesters by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Harvey ordered some food for himself and then stepped out on the sidewalk to wait for his order. Mitchell Fryer, a white antiracist activist who was filming with a cell phone and
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Protester Dionne Lyles is arrested in Graham.
the agency will investigate potential civil rights violations based on the Oct. 31 pepper-spraying incident have gone unreturned. Functioning under the leadership of an acting head following the abrupt departure of former Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department has two weeks left before a new president takes office and the sitting president desperately solicits accomplices in his bid to hang on to power. One of the hardest parts of the police repression in Graham, said Katherine Cassette — one of those arrested during the Sept. 8 protest — is that it is, at least in some sense, effective. She brought her son with her for Oct. 31 march. It never crossed her mind that police would pepper-spray them. “My 8-year-old who experienced pepper spray, he said, ‘I don’t want to be a police officer, now,’” Cassette recalled. “He said, ‘I thought they were supposed to protect us.’ That was an incredible lesson. He also said, ‘I’m never marching with you again.’ That broke my heart. I wanted it to be an experience where your heart swelled. He did not get that experience. He’s terrified. He’s turned off from the right to assemble.”
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justice officials, not the governor’s office.” Laura Brewer, the communications director for the NC Justice Department, said Stein “is monitoring this situation closely.” She added, “There is ongoing private federal civil rights litigation related to this matter. USDOJ has authority under federal law to investigate any civil rights complaints and may be a good source.” Under President Obama in 2010, the US Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, eventually finding that deputies racially profiled Latinx drivers and that the sheriff and other agency leaders “foster[ed] a culture of bias by using anti-Latino epithets,” among other violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The sheriff’s office reached a settlement agreement with the US Justice Department in 2016, after a federal judge ruled against the US government, while calling the “epithets and slurs” used by sheriff’s officers “abhorrent.” Calls and email to the US Justice Department seeking comment on whether
protest, Sheriff Johnson brought new charges against Drumwright for felony assault against a law enforcement officer and felony obstructing justice for his role when activists refused to heed deputies’ order to disperse. A montage of video and images released by the sheriff’s office shows a deputy falling to the ground as officers were shutting down the event, and a photo of bruises on her arm. Drumwright has insisted he is innocent of the charges and has vowed to fight them. The pastor-activist said in a Nov. 19 press release that the Graham Police Department and Alamance County Sheriff’s Office “have worked desperately to find ways to criminalize peaceful protesters and community organizers.” Many of those arrested have expressed a desire to seek civil remedies through the courts for violation of their Constitutional rights. “The arrests that happened were, we believe, unlawful arrests,” Haddix said. “They were further suppression of people’s rights. Because of the way the criminal justice system works, those cases will have to be resolved first before we can address the way those folks’ civil rights were violated with those arrests. When the police created chaos and started arresting people for responding in the best way they knew how, that further violated their rights.” Multiple phone calls to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Graham Police Department went unreturned for this story. Haddix said she is disappointed that Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have taken no action against the Graham police and Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. “They have substantial investigatory power, and they have substantial prosecutorial power,” she said. “If you look at the statute that defines where there’s civil rights violations or violations of any provision, it says that the state attorney general can get involved. I certainly think this would be a good time to exercise that authority.” Cooper and Stein told TCB through representatives that they disagree with the position that they hold any authority to investigate or prosecute civil rights violations, while deflecting responsibility to the US Justice Department. “The governor has been clear that the events surrounding the march to the polls in Alamance were unacceptable,” Dory MacMillan, Cooper’s press secretary, said in an email. “A civil rights investigation can be ordered by federal
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body camera, told TCB they had been standing on the sidewalk speaking to police officers and counter-protesters for a couple minutes before Harvey stepped out of the restaurant. But Graham police Officer E. Jordan and another unidentified officer turned their attention to Harvey and told him to move to the “designated area.” Video recorded by Fryer shows Harvey turning to walk away and saying, “I’m going to go get my food.” At that moment, Officer Jordan moved in behind Harvey, grabbed his arms and hustled him over to a clump of officers to take him into custody, charging him with resisting a public officer. Faith Cook, also from Graham, was later arrested for singing “We’re ready for change” through a megaphone as protesters gathered outside the jail to protest the arrests. She was charged with misdemeanor riot. Haddix said the police officers’ actions, including pepper-spraying peaceful protesters to clear the streets, have created the context for them to criminalize protest. “There are criminal statutes that define what a riot is and what a public disturbance is,” she said. “The reason we have those laws in place that describe the conditions under which a law enforcement officer can order someone to leave is to prevent what happened on Oct. 31. Making a decision on their own subjective feelings about the content of what people are saying during a demonstration — to prevent them from using their own discretion — the Constitution, the First Amendment protects against content-based discrimination. This sheriff and this police chief don’t like the message. They don’t like having a bunch of Black people in the street demanding justice. They create a situation where they can control people’s movement. That’s unlawful.” Haddix said the government is alleging that the jail support rally on Oct. 31 was an incitement for people inside the jail to riot. “It’s hard to imagine how people standing on the sidewalk, holding signs and singing songs is a riot,” Haddix said. In all, 23 people, including march leader Rev. Gregory Drumwright and a reporter with the Alamance News, were arrested during the Oct. 31 protest, in which Graham police and Alamance County sheriff’s deputies deployed three rounds of pepper spray and eventually drove protesters away from the Historic Courthouse. Almost three weeks after the Oct. 31
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COVID-19 vaccine rolls out in Forsyth; Guilford County to start Jan. 11 by Sayaka Matsuoka
he coronavirus vaccine will be administered to individuals aged 75 and over starting Wednesday in Forsyth County. The Guilford County Health Department said that they would start on Jan. 11. For the past few weeks, the state has been in Phase 1a of a vaccine rollout in which frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility staff and residents are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the NC DHHS website, so far 63,571 people have received their first dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines; none have been administered both as of yet. The next phase, 1b, includes adults aged 75 years or older and frontline essential workers over the age of 50. Within this phase, those aged 75 years and older will be given priority as group 1, and then group 2 includes healthcare workers who were not vaccinated in Phase 1a as well as essential workers who are over the age of 50. Frontline essential workers as defined by the CDC include first responders like police and firefighters, education workers, public transit employees, grocery store workers and postal workers. According to the NC DHHS website, vaccines for the next group of individuals — those 75 years and older — are scheduled to begin as early as the week of Jan. 11 statewide. Dr. Pamela Oliver, the executive vice president for Novant Health and the president of the Novant Health Physician Network told Triad City Beat the hospital system is poised to start administering the vaccine Wednesday. The Forsyth County Health Department also put out a notice to start vaccinating on the same day. On Tuesday afternoon, the Guilford County health department put out a notice that they too would be vaccinating individuals in Phase 1b starting on Jan. 11. “This is the most complicated, complex vaccine rollout in history,” Oliver said. “And there are still a lot of unknowns, but we’ve been working and are prepared to transition to patient vaccines by the middle of this week.” Still, she said that she has no idea how many doses of either vaccine they will be receiving. Each vaccine has specifications for how it needs to be stored, and the vaccine sites will have to take that into account, she said. Right now, Oliver said Novant is working on identifying eligible patients within its own network and contacting
Dr. Pamela Oliver of Novant Health receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
them through their patient portals. The hospital system is also working with the Forsyth County Public Health Department to help vaccinate other individuals in the group who have never been to Novant. In addition to alerting patients through Novant patient portals, the hospital group will be sending out letters and potentially call patients to let them know about their eligibility. As of now, Oliver said the plan is to have patients come to an outdoor location at a Novant facility to receive the vaccine. Because they have to monitor patients for 15 minutes after administering the shot, vaccinating isn’t as easy as drive-through testing. “It’s pretty standard for most vaccina-
tions,” Oliver said. “It’s rare for people to have vaccine side effects… but the reason why we watch people for 15 minutes is for the rare percentage of people who have anaphylactic reactions. They are rare, and it’s usually the situation that causes that, not the vaccine.” Oliver, who was vaccinated about two weeks ago, said most patients can expect regular side effects that they would see from any shot. Things like soreness at the site of injection and possibly some fatigue and low-grade fevers. After patients receive their first dose, they will have to return to get their second dose and depending on which vaccine they receive, that timing will be different. If it is the Pfizer vaccine, patients
should return after three weeks. For the Moderna vaccine, patients will get their second injection after four weeks. “There is a slim window,” Oliver said about the timing between doses. To ensure patients return, she said healthcare workers will be helping patients to schedule their second appointments on-site. The Forsyth County Public Health Department is publicizing that individuals 75 and older will be able to get vaccinated through the county starting Wednesday. Those interested should call 336.703.2081 to set up an appointment. Public Health Director Joshua Swift said it’s important for individuals to make their appointments and keep them because of the limited number of doses
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To learn more about when you’ll be eligible to get the vaccine look for updates on the NCDHHS website and the county health department websites and talk to your primary health care provider.
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In neighboring Guilford County, a press release by county officials stated that they would start vaccinating people 75 and up starting on Jan. 11. The notice stated that individuals interested in getting vaccinated should call to make an appointment at 336641-7944, Option 2 starting this Friday. Appointments are required, the release read, and walk-ins would not be accepted. The release also stated that those who qualify for vaccination in Phase 1a should “check in with their employers on how to receive a vaccination.” The locations for the vaccinations are as follows:
NCDHHS guidelines, that includes the following individuals in order: those aged 65-74 years regardless of health status or living situation, anyone aged 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions such as cancer, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes and more. Then anyone who is incarcerated or living in other close, group-living settings would be eligible followed by all other essential workers who have not yet been vaccinated, including those who work in transportation, logistics, food service, banks, media and public safety to name a few. Phase 3 moves into students which includes both college and university students as well as K-12 students aged 16 and over. The current vaccines have not yet been approved for children under the age of 16. Lastly, Phase 4 will include anyone else who has not yet been vaccinated and wants to be. Oliver of Novant Health said that she hopes that everyone opts to get the vaccine and that even those who contracted COVID-19 in the past should still get vaccinated. “It’s exciting to think about,” she said. “this vaccine shows promise for 2021. We want our community to trust the vaccine and the technology and the science used to develop this vaccine. We need people to embrace this is as our opportunity to end the pandemic.”
What about Guilford County?
� Greensboro Coliseum ComConfusion about vaccine rollout is not plex, 1921 Gate City Blvd., Greensunique to local county health departboro ments or hospitals systems. In other � Mount Zion Baptist Church, counties across the state, a rush to get 1301 Alamance Church Rd., vaccinated has caused phone lines to Greensboro be overwhelmed and confusion within � High Point University Compatients. munity Center at Oak Hollow Mall, In Wilson County, phone problems 921 Eastchester Drive, Suite 1230, and an overwhelming response compliHigh Point cated vaccine rollout to seniors on MonDoug Allred, the spokesperson for day, according to an article by WRAL. Cone Health, also said that the hospital On the Forsyth County Health Desystem doesn’t know partment’s webpage, a when enough doses note urges individuals will be in hand to calling to set up an begin Phase 1b. appointment to be ‘We expect vaccines to patient. “Presently there is not enough COSwift said it’s unarrive over the coming VID-19 vaccine for derstandable that the weeks. We don’t know everyone 75 and older process is confusing to be vaccinated at and taking a while to how much and how once,” Allred wrote sort out. soon.’ in an email to TCB. “This is a long pro“We expect vaccines to – Doug Allred, Cone Health cess,” he said. “What arrive over the coming we’re seeing is naweeks. We don’t know tionwide…. All 3,000 how much and how counties in America soon.” and however many Joe McCloskey, the senior local/ hospitals are going through this process regional media relations manager for at the same time…. It’s going to take a Wake Forest Baptist Medical system, anwhile to get enough people vaccinated to other large hospital network in the Triad get herd immunity, but we’re taking that with hospitals in Winston-Salem and step closer one day at a time.” High Point, also expressed a lack of clarWho’s next? ity about the process in a recent email. After all individuals in Phase 1b — When asked when Wake Forest Baptist those aged 75 and up, frontline essenwould start vaccinating individuals in tial workers and remaining healthcare Phase 1b, McCloskey responded that “at this time, it’s unclear what that process workers — are vaccinated, the state will might look like” and that “the timeline move into Phase 2 which includes adults at high risk of exposure and at increased on rolling it out to the general public is risk of severe illness. According to the being coordinated by the state.”
they are receiving. “We want to make sure when we go somewhere, we know who’s coming and how many people are coming,” Swift said about setting up vaccination sites. “We want to make sure we have enough and once you puncture the vial, you have to use it that day.” Last week, Forsyth County received about 2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Swift said the number of doses received varies from week to week, making planning for vaccine rollout difficult. “The supply is growing but there are more and more people who need the vaccine,” Swift said. According to the NC DHHS website, the state is currently working on an online COVID-19 Vaccine Management System allowing members of the public to register and make appointments to get the vaccine.
The timeline of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to the general public as released by the NCDHHS.
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lot of us always knew it might come to this. As of this writing, the Georgia runoff race for control of the US Senate has yielded one victory for Democrats as Raphael Warnock becomes the first Black senator from Georgia. The other D, Jon Ossoff, seems a likely winner. No doubt these totals will be disputed. Wednesday’s drama in Washington DC has yet to unfold, but violence on the street began last night as a prelude to the real action on Wednesday. Will Vice President Mike Pence fulfill his Constitutional duties and certify the electoral votes for Presidentelect Joe Biden? Will armed white supremacists, misogynists, Christian fundamentalists, anticommunists, conspiracy-minded anti-maskers and other cultists on the streets cause enough mayhem for Trump — who is still technically the president — to declare the Insurrection Act and use the military to halt the transfer of power that has been the crux of our nation since the beginning? We will be embroiled in newspaper production as these events play out, so we can’t comment on the details. But for our purposes, the fact that they’re happening at all is enough for us to have a little freak-out moment about the fate of our country. Right now, we have open sedition-
ists in the House and Senate, some of them contesting the results of the very election that they themselves won. We have the last 10 secretaries of defense warning that Trump might employ a military solution to his problem. And we have Trump himself at once threatening, cajoling and charming Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” him enough votes to win there. This is what happens when one party simply does not recognize the other’s legitimate victories, its right to govern, or even exist. It’s a necessary component of the “permanent Republican majority” that the GOP has been talking about since Bill Clinton was president. But that majority only exists these days on the halls of government — a Republican presidential candidate has not won the popular vote since 2004. Biden won by more than 7 million votes, more than the entire population of Massachusetts, enough for a 4.5 percent margin. And so the plan from here on out is to marginalize the majority. And there’s only one political mechanism designed to achieve that ends: Fascism, this time wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. Sinclair Lewis never actually uttered or wrote this famous phrase — that’s according to Snopes, which fascists do not, cannot trust. But it’s happening nevertheless.
This is what happens when one party simply does not recognize the other’s legitimate victories, its right to govern, or even exist.
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Winston-Salem wedding venues speak out in support of LGBTQ+ couples
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host weddings for anyone who wants them moving forward. “We are at 50 percent capacity and we have hand sanitizer,” Watts says. “Our employees wear masks and gloves when serving food and we’re socially distancing the tables so they are six feet apart. We’re also trying to make sure family pods are sitting at the same tables and we are requiring masks.” About 10 minutes outside of the city center, Caitlynn Lancaster of Legacy Stables also says that she’s worked to continue to help couples plan their special day — no matter what their sexual or gender orientation. ARIEL KAITLIN An LGBTQ wedding shoot at the Barn at Reynolda Village. PHOTOGRAPHY “We’re booked almost every weekend,” BTQ+ couples. Recently she says they started advertising to be Lancaster says. “This past year and next year.” listed on Equally Wed, an online LGBTQ+ wedding magazine While she says the company doesn’t have a formal nondisand online resource. crimination policy in place, it doesn’t feel like they have to “We wanted to make sure that it was obvious that we are have one because it’s simple. LGBTQ+ friendly,” she says. “We wanted to make it very, very “Our nondiscrimination policy is to just not discriminate,” clear that we are a venue that wants to celebrate love in every she says. form that it takes.” The business has been operating for about three years and Lancaster of Legacy Stables agrees. For her, hosting wedstarted out as a saddle bred riding facility, Lancaster says. dings doesn’t come with any conditions. After receiving requests to host weddings, the owners fixed up “We love love,” she says. “How can you be in the business of the barn and created a space for people to celebrate their love. love and you know, not love your brides and your customers?” “We’ve had three or four LGBTQ+ weddings and have two Lancaster says that despite the pandemic, bookings haven’t more scheduled for this spring,” Lancaster says. “Our first slowed down as much as she thought they would. LGBTQ+ couple that we booked was in 2018 and when they “I think people are hopeful for the called, she asked me, ‘Do you guys future,” she says. “We’re getting more do LGBTQ+ weddings?’ and I was just inquiries for smaller weddings.” floored that someone had to ask. To learn more about the venues, Renegar says that their dates at The Like, of course! It doesn’t cross your Barn at Reynolda Village are also filling mind that people are still discriminatvisit brookstowninn.com, fast. ing against couples for those kinds of legacystablesandevents.com “We are absolutely seeing nothing things.” and reynoldabarn.com. but optimism for 2021,” she says. Tabatha Renegar however, knows And she hopes that more LGBTQ+ the kind of discrimination that LGcouples feel comfortable enough to BTQ+ couples can face. As the sales reach out to them about hosting their manager at the Barn at Reynolda Village, Renegar is also in the weddings there. business of love but has seen her friends and family members “I mean what a gift that we can be a part of one of the who identify as LGBTQ+ be discriminated against. happiest days of people’s lives?” Renegar says. “And there “I know they can’t assume anything,” she says. “They can’t shouldn’t be a box around who those people are. We’re not look at a website and assume it’s going to be accommodating going to change the world, but we can do our part to be loving to them because there are still hurdles for them.” and open to anyone who wants to celebrate.” That’s why Renegar has made an extra effort to list the Barn at Reynolda Village on wedding websites geared towards LG-
t started with an email response. A week before Christmas, a same-sex couple reached out to the Warehouse on Ivy, an event space and wedding venue in downtown Winston-Salem, about hosting their wedding there. In response, Daniel Stanley, a representative of the business, told the couple that the venue doesn’t host same sex weddings. Then all hell broke loose. A screenshot of the email went viral, causing allies to post negative reviews of the business on Google and flood their Facebook inbox with messages. Since then, the Warehouse on Ivy’s Facebook has been taken down. Local papers picked up the story and national outlets soon followed suit. Triad City Beat reached out to the Warehouse on Ivy for comment but has not heard back. In all of the chaos, Winston-Salem, a mid-size municipality that likes to advertise itself as the “City of Arts and Innovation,” was cast as a bigoted, backwards town to those who had never heard of the place. But those like Rebecca Woodcock and Allison Watts who work at The Historic Brookstown Inn say that the recent controversy doesn’t represent their city. “I’ve always felt that Winston-Salem is a welcoming place,” says Woodcock who works as the director of marketing at Brookstown Inn. “Downtown especially has done a lot with Pride and local events to promote the LGBTQ+ community and spread that message of love and acceptance.” Woodcock and Watts work together at Brookstown to coordinate and plan weddings at the venue and said that they’ve personally hosted multiple LGBTQ+ weddings at the inn. The venue, which was built in 1837, has been hosting weddings since the ’80s, according to Watts. “We’ve done hundreds of weddings and our most recent LGBTQ+ wedding was in 2020 or 2019 right before the pandemic,” Woodcock says. “We love and support everyone from all backgrounds and we believe the spirit of hospitality is to accept everyone.” Like many other businesses, Watts says that they’ve had to adjust to the challenges posed by the pandemic. They were forced to furlough a majority of their staff in March and have struggled with business slowing down. But they hope to continue to plan events and
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A comprehensive look at the arrests in Graham in 2020, plus vaccine news, coronavirus scares and the fate of our republic.
Published on Jan 7, 2021
A comprehensive look at the arrests in Graham in 2020, plus vaccine news, coronavirus scares and the fate of our republic.