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by Whitney Kenerly & Daniel Schere

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MCCANN OPPOSES LGBT BENEFITS

A recent decision by the city of Winston-Salem to recognize out of state unions for LGBT couples that are city employees has angered some within the community.

At Monday night’s city council meeting two citizens voiced their opposition to the policy, including NC House District 71 candidate Kris McCann who is challenging incumbent Evelyn Terry.

“I think Roy Cooper and the City of Winston-Salem have acted prematurely by being in violation of our constitution,” he said. “Our constitution is very clear, we recognized the marriage between one man, one woman. Therefore the city is skirting the law and they’re in violation of it.”

While Amendment One prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex marriages, Attorney General Roy Cooper has said he will no longer uphold the law due to the decision by the 4 th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down a similar law in Virginia. That decision has been stayed by the US Supreme Court, which means Amendment One still applies according to McCann.

“Until that law is determined to be by the Supreme Court or they decide to let that decision stand, leave our constitutional amendment alone,” he said. “If you want to get down to it, he’s committed a fraud against the citizens of North Carolina because he’s collecting a paycheck and saying I won’t do my job. How would that work for anybody else?”

A PLACE FOR US

The FaithAction International House will host their third annual musical fundraiser, A Place For Us, on Thursday evening as a part of the 17Days Arts Festival. Performing at this year’s event will be Logie Meachum, Molly McGinn, Abdiel Vasquez and FaithAction executive director, Rev. David Fraccaro.

Meachum will bring the blues and storytelling, McGinn’s got the folk and Vasquez will perform concert piano, which he recently proved worthy of Carnegie Hall. Fraccaro will round out the quartet with musical theater the likes of West Side Story. Last year he performed a lively rendition of Elvis’s “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” that his audience adored. Fraccaro says it will be a night of entertainment so diverse you won’t find it anywhere else in the world, and it’s even better that it’s on a small community stage in Greensboro for the more intimate atmosphere.

FaithAction will be honoring the Immigrant Assistant Health Center for helping provide medical care for immigrants without health insurance and the Greensboro Police Department for their partnership in the Safe Action ID Initiative. Tickets are $60, and the proceeds will help serve 4,000 new neighbors by providing basic needs, legal assistance, English and computer classes, and other services that FaithAction provides including their monthly “Stranger to Neighbor” events that help build a diverse community.

The opening catered reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Theater of Greensboro; tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 336-333-7469.

MOBILE FARMERS MARKET

The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services will open the Mobile Oasis Farmer’s Market on Oct. 1.

According to a press release from the department, “Guilford County has had many residents who live in USDA designated food deserts where fresh local produce is not easily accessible and/ or affordable. The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market is a collaborative opportunity to offer healthy, affordable foods to those who have SNAP/EBT benefits, as well as all others who wish to participate.”

The Mobile Oasis Famers Market will be at the Warnersville Recreation Center on 1203 Maple Street in Greensboro from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and then move the 601 Doak Street in Greensboro from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The project has been made possible through a $15,000 grant from the local United Way/Bryan Foundation and will focus on bringing fresh and affordable produce to areas of Greensboro that qualify as food deserts. The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market is expected to offer a least four different types of local produce for customers. !

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