July 2019 Highlights

Two more horrific mass shootings took place in our nation this weekend.  Thoughts and prayers for the victims and survivors are not enough.  Serious action is required at all levels of government. 

Response to mass shootings:     At least 29 people were killed in two separate acts of mass shooting gun violence in our nation over the weekend, less than 24 hours apart but separated by half our continent in distance.  Responsive action must be taken at all levels of government, but especially at the national and state levels.  I’ve posted my initial thoughts on my website here:  http://www.danbesse.org/Issues/CurrentTopic3.aspx

I also previously wrote an update on local work in Winston-Salem to address gun violence.  That update is contained in my June 2019 report, posted here:  http://www.danbesse.org/2019News/June2019Highlights.aspx

National Night Out:     National Night Out, the annual celebration of the partnership between local police departments and neighborhood watch groups, is this Tuesday, August 6.  Events begin at 6 p.m. in Winston-Salem.  The citywide kickoff event this year will be held in the Stonewall community, on the 2700 block of Appomattox Drive, near Indiana Avenue.  At least 28 other neighborhood events are scheduled around Winston-Salem this year.  Does your neighborhood in the Southwest Ward have a National Night Out event planned this year?  If so, please let me know now via email to danbesse@danbesse.org.

Cities Sustainability Initiative:     Also this Tuesday, August 6, Winston-Salem’s city Office of Sustainability will host a roundtable discussion for local government representatives from across North Carolina, to discuss ways to pursue climate action and sustainability.  For more information on the meeting and on Winston-Salem’s sustainability work, contact Helen Peplowski, Director of Sustainability, via email at helenp@cityofws.org or via phone at 336-397-7929.  More information about the Cities Initiative is posted at www.deq.nc.gov/energy-climate/climate-change/mitigation/cities-and-towns/cities-initiative.  

United Health Centers Community Day:     The non-profit network of three community health care centers in Winston-Salem, United Health Centers, will celebrate its annual Community Day next Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  United Health Centers will hold an open house and festivities at its Peters Creek location, 2101 Peters Creek Parkway, entrance on the south side of Marketplace Mall.  The mission of these federally assisted community health centers is to bring quality health care to more people with challenges accessing affordable care.  I’ll be reading the Community Health Centers Day proclamation on behalf of the city at 11 a.m.  For more information on United Health Centers in Winston-Salem, see www.uhcenters.org.

School supplies giveaway:     The Winston-Salem Police Department and Winston-Salem Police Foundation are partnering for School Supply Giveaway to help children in our community prepare to return to the classroom this month.  The event will be Friday, August 16, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until all school supply bags are gone.  It’s ‘first come, first served’ with a limit of one bag per child in attendance.  There are four locations:
--Winston Mutual Building, 1225 E. 5th St.
--District 1 Police Station, 7836 North Point Blvd.
--District 2 Police Station, 1539 Waughtown St.
--District 3 Police Station, 2393 Winterhaven Lane (off S. Stratford Rd. at Somerset Dr.)

City Council meeting schedule for August:     After the summer meetings break in July, the City Council has our full regular schedule of meetings in August.  The full City Council will meet twice:  Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.  The four standing committees of the City Council will meet as follows:
--Finance Committee:  Monday, Aug. 12, 4:30 p.m.
--Public Safety Committee:  Monday, Aug. 12, 6 p.m.
--Community Development, Housing, General Government Committee:  Tuesday, Aug. 13, 4:30 p.m.
--Public Works Committee:  Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m.
All the meetings will be held at City Hall, 101 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem. 

That’s my report for July.  As always, you are welcome to contact at danbesse@danbesse.org.  Thanks!