This week a number of local organizations – including Occupy Charlotte, Rainforest Action Network and ActionNC – held a demonstration across from Bank of America off The Plaza and 36th Street. “They are letting people know Bank of America’s predatory practices, both financial and environmentally. They hurt this community,” a private citizen in attendance told me.
The snipers were on that rooftop, and that one over there,” said a long-time resident. Over the years, Sandalwood Apartments, in East Charlotte, has seen more than its share of crime. It wasn’t always that way, though. Twenty-five years ago, when some of the oldest residents moved in, Sandalwood was a model community with well-maintained lawns, a playground for the kids and almost zero crime.
Today, the playground has been dismantled going on two years and drug deals and prostitution are the norm. While this decline is disturbing for newer tenants, it’s heartbreaking for those who remember the “good old days.”
Worse than the drugs, violence and prostitution outside is the condition of many apartments on the inside. Carpets that haven’t been replaced in a decade or more, black mold that’s been painted over time and again, electrical appliances that either don’t work or “shoot fire” as one upset renter complained. People a reduced to heating their homes with their ovens. Management has seen fit to renovate vacant apartments leaving those already living there in the cold, literally, to deal with respiratory ailments and other problems as a result of the conditions in their homes.
The Affordable Care Act (or ACA) has been challenged by dozens of states, in multiple ways, all over the country. Next week, the Supreme Court will begin hearing three days of oral arguments addressing various questions of legal procedure and legality which will ultimately decide the fate of the ACA, and millions of Americans along with it.
Join Action NC at for a lively discussion about the future of the Affordable Care Act in light of the Supreme Court challenge and the polarized political environment in which we live on Monday, March 26 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, starting at noon.
Action NC heald a press conference yesterday to show what the Affordable Care Act has brought to NC over the past two years. One such example is Felicia Willems of NC MomsRising, who shared her experience with the new law and spoke of how it improved the quality of life for her family, literally overnight. Watch the video of her remarkable story below. A special thanks to the NC Justice Center for recording the event!
Racial and ethnic minorities account for one third of the population but make up one half of the uninsured. This lack of access to care leaves these groups unfairly saddled with much higher rates of chronic and preventable diseases than their fellow Americans. Fortunately, for all of us, there is finally hope for real progress in sight. The Affordable Care Act has made significant progress in closing the gap, and shows no signs of stopping.