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Prayers answered: Belhaven Hospital Will Go On

Republicans joined by NAACP & US Justice Dept to prevent closure of rural hospital, settlement could have national ramifications As if in answer to a prayer vigil filmed in Belhaven, NC on March 25, an announcement came on March 26, 2014 in a joint statement from the North Carolina NAACP and Vidant Health. The Vidant Pungo Hospital will not be closed on April 1 as planned. Under the settlement reached through mediation performed by the US Department of Justice, Vidant Heatlh will operate the hospital and its emergency facilities up until a July 1st handover to a new, community-based entity to run the hospital indefinitely. On Thursday April 3, the parties will hold a joint press conference to announce a strategic plan that could become a model for addressing the "medical desert" crisis impacting America's rural communities.   Continue reading

Chief Murphy Recognized by President Obama for Act of Racial Reconciliation

One of the great honors on our 18-month (thus far) Story of America journey was meeting Police Chief Kevin Murphy of Montgomery, AL. Recently at the White House, President Obama recognized and thanked Chief Murphy for an act of reconciliation that we documented in the video above. Continue reading

Augustine Carter, 85, fights to protect her right to vote

Augustine Carter, an 85-year-old voter in Richmond, tells her story of the trouble she went through to vote in 2012. Born in 1928, she never had a birth certificate and she never got a driver's license because she decided years ago that driving wasn't for her. Her baptism certificate was sufficient for all identification purposes until the 2012 election. She had to go through a Kafkaesque bureaucracy including being told by someone at the Motor Vehicle Administration that she couldn't prove that she was not a terrorist. Continue reading

I feel politically stranded

I grew up in rural southeastern Indiana. All in all, it was a good place to grow up. I got to spend my time camping, hunting, fishing, and playing in the woods. I did grow up with parents who never made a ton of money, but I was happy enough when left alone.    Continue reading

Hand to Mouth by Lila Little

My name is Lila Little. This is my story.  I was born in Saudi Arabia in the 1950s, while my father worked for Aramco. Lila is an Arabic name. It means Night. I am 57 now, and so many memories flow through me, and the tears flow out. I have not always been poor, but I will be poor from now on.   Continue reading