What is CHANGE?
Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment is a local organization “committed to building a stronger community by developing relationships across racial, ethnic, economic, political, social, and religious lines.” At first glance, the organization appears harmless, even beneficial. Instead, CHANGE is a radical left-wing organization funded by well-meaning institutions who have bought into CHANGE’S vague goals of “empowerment” and “diversity.”
But who runs CHANGE?
The “Industrial Areas Foundation,” a radical socialist organization founded by Saul Alinsky and parent organization to CHANGE, which is the “largest community organizing network in the United States,” according to CHANGE’s own website. Ominously, Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, is concerned with the acquisition of power by the far left, “My aim here is to suggest how to organize for power: how to get it and how to use it.” IAF lauds CHANGE and its other affiliates, which are “functioning in 21 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.”
But how does this CHANGE and IAF affect our school board?
CHANGE’s stated goal in this election is clear: elect liberal school board members to implement its stated goals of a return to busing and the elimination of out-of-school suspensions. Their roadmap was simple:
1. Last fall, frustrated by continued losses at the polls, CHANGE successfully lobbied (in violation of its status as a 501(c)(3) organization) the N.C. General Assembly to eliminate Forsyth’s partisan school board races. CHANGE couldn’t implement its agenda due to the 6-3 Republican majority. The only way to get their candidates through was to take off the partisan labels.
2. Second, CHANGE campaigned to eliminate all Democrats who dared disagree with their policies. Take school board incumbent Vic Johnson, an African-American and retired assistant principal who stated that he was not in favor of CHANGE’s busing plan. CHANGE campaigned against Johnson in the primary and in favor of Jimmie Bonham in District 1 (North and East Winston) as a way to “clear the slate” for its candidates to take on the incumbents.
3. Finally, CHANGE is currently organizing and busing citizens to vote in its slate of “non-partisan” candidates, all of whom have pledged their allegiance to busing and keeping dangerous, suspended kids in the classroom.
But how does this affect my local school?
The current incumbents (Democrat and Republican) have done a great job creating a system of choice based on zones of residence. It allows children to attend the school closest to their home and, if the parent takes the initiative, a student can transfer to a different school in another zone. It saves money and still allows for proactive parents to put their child in the school they want. Busing is an old, outdated model that has been abandoned by a number of school districts. Under that system, kids don’t go to the school near their house: they go where social engineers tell them to go. Watch video from a Winston salem meeting held by CHANGE supporters and listen to how they imply wanting the choice to choose where your kids go to school … is racist.
What does this mean for Winston-Salem?
A rapid return to the racial divisions of the 70’s and 80’s, where the caustic terms “white flight” and “busing in minorities” return to the political and educational dialogue of Forsyth. We have made so much progress and there is no need to elect politicians who are ready to fan the flames of race for their odd social agenda. One need not look further than Wake County Schools. (Watch a video of CHANGE supporters speaking highly about the now former- Wake school assignment plan that has been overturned by their new conservative majority school board)
A quick Google search of the topic shows what will exist here if you empower agents of CHANGE:
Lawsuits, fights, protests, and more racial tension. We do not want this. No system is perfect, but we’ve worked too hard to get to where we are.
We should not return to the politics of the past. We will not be pushed there by radicals.
What can I do?
Vote. In district 2, Buddy Collins, Jane Goins, Marilyn Parker, & Jill Tackabery. In the at-large contest: Lori Clark, Donny Lambeth, and Jeannie Metcalf. Thank you for reading and certainly forward to every concerned parent and citizen.