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Weekly newspaper and online news outlet Triad City Beat is only six months old but ready to grow into the next phase.

Help us buy more outdoor newspaper boxes, bring new voices into the paper, expand cultural coverage and hone in on investigative journalism.

Triad City Beat is an independent, free weekly newspaper. It’s owned and run directly by the journalists and team who work here. We carry the flag for no party or faction, and fiercely defend our editorial independence. Triad City Beat doesn’t shrink from defending LGBT rights, racial diversity and urban sensibility.

We have been working together for years and have received numerous awards for our work, including second place for investigative journalism and first place for editorials in the state last year. People love Triad City Beat because it is authentic and urgent. All killer no filler.

Independent arts coverage. Hard-hitting investigative reporting. Smart opinion writing. Breaking news. That’s what we do.

Jordan Green's daughter Amy Bell, one of our biggest fans.
Jordan Green’s daughter Amy Bell, one of our biggest fans.

We are built on the belief that ideas and hustle are worth more than money, but we still need your support to grow. The funds raised with this Kickstarter will allow us to establish an Investigative Journalism Fund, hire freelance writers and buy more distribution boxes to get the paper on the streets. 

Read examples of investigative work about who owns downtown High Point, a freelance cover story by Jonathan Michels about forced sterilization and another article about where money from a Republican fundraiser actually went.

If you’ve enjoyed Triad City Beat since it launched six months ago, we hope you’ll help us build on what we’ve started. Know that your contribution will help keep journalism independent in North Carolina.

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Twenty Fourteen Is So Unusual Yet So Familiar ** We Can Change It

IMG_2175Look around the world. Crisis with ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Lebanon in a state of collapse. The United States torn by the latest race crisis and a vicious attacking of a president in his second term.  And, of course, the never ending Israel Palestine peace agreements.

Now, I didn’t really pay much attention to politics until it was thrust in my face on September 11, 2001 when 2 iconic towers that were 3 blocks from my home were demolished and I wasn’t able to return to my home for weeks. Then I started to pay attention. Yes I knew for the bombing in 1993 but killing 6 people was not the goal of the terrorists. It didn’t invoke fear in us New Yorkers or the country in general. 

Flash back to the mid to late 1980s. I was in college and paid little attention to politics. But, what I did hear was, “Reagan taking too many vacation days, Reagan out of touch with every day people.” Flash forward to 1998 with Bill Clinton. He was the victim of a vicious right wing mob mentality. Did he have sex outside of marriage? Yes. Was he not upfront about it. No, he wasn’t. To have the GOP impeach him over this was much more than nonsense and posturing. This was the exact time the Clinton administration was starting to go after bin Laden. Was their attention diverted because of the impeachment? How could it not have been?

Flash forward to 2006 – 2008. Everything Bush did was wrong. He was criticized about being out of touch, his approval ratings were dismal. He was accused of taking too many vacation days.

Flash forward to today. President Obama is being accused of all of the above. And more. If you think Obama walks on water and can do no wrong; stop reading my blog and tweets and get some help. There is no one on the face of this earth who does no wrong and doesn’t second guess themselves. So, Obama is being treated to the same treatment most of the 2 term presidents have been treated to. Don’t take it personally. Get over it.

More importantly is what happens next. ISIL is a serious threat, can Obama get a global coalition together to defeat, dismantle and destroy it? Let’s hope so. Not because we are DEMS or GOP, but because we all should want what’s best for the world. The race issue in the United States, I am not sure how that will be solved. I think the media does a horrific job of making things worse, just to get ratings. We don’t know what happened that day so we aren’t in a position to make a decision. Once we know swift action should be take; with facts in hand.

What can you and I do to make our current and future prospects in the United States better? It comes down to listening with an open mind. Don’t ever be like a Fox viewer who listens to nonsense all day. Hear. Listen. Learn.

When we know the facts we use our greatest power to vote.  

 

No Lectures from Iran, None from Russia *** President Obama is NOT Responsible for Ferguson

IMG_0047It sickens me to see the Russian, French and Iranian media condemning the United States of America as being no better than a terrorist country because of the upheaval and demonstrations in Ferguson. No, we are nothing like you. Your trying to tie us into your corrupt political cultures won’t work.

To see president Obama personally blamed for what’s going on in Ferguson is appalling. First off, Mr. Obama is the president of the entire Country, not just Ferguson. Secondly there have been no thorough investigations completed to know exactly what happened and is still happening. 

If citizens of the United States of America do things wrong they are investigated and put to trial. Unlike Russia and Iran or Hamas where people who do things wrong are put to death. Our Country prides itself on living by the letter of the law. Doing that takes some time. We can’t have conclusive results in days. It takes longer than that to find what the problem is/was and how to fix it and punish those that did wrong.

Blaming president Obama is a cheap shot that has no merit. How would he have been able to stop what is going on, or even prevented it? No one could have. If we do have deep seated race relations problems we will as a Country sort them out and change them. That’s what makes us different than other nations. We will continue to fight until the problems are addressed and eventually solved. Other states will just jail or kill people that don’t agree with the ruling party.

This is also an excellent teaching moment for us in America. It’s time to stop the rampant partisanship and hatred of those that don’t believe 100% as we do. It’s time to come together as a Country and look at what we have in common rather than what we are opposed to. So many polls have been released that show major majorities of Americans feel the same way about Immigration, Abortion, Gay Marriage. Let’s take that and run with it. Let’s stop the political divide in this Country and move ahead for everyones benefit. 

Whomever you are, whatever your political affiliation, it’s time to come together. We, as Americans, don’t need to hear propaganda from these kinds of people. We need to act together as a nation and show the world how it’s done. Now is the time to stand behind our president to get things done. If you disagree with him, that’s fine. Let him know. 

As Americans we should never be in this situation again. Where we hear lectures from Iran and Russia. No. Not happening.