Daily Beat: Nov. 3, 2014

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nelson-johnson3Thirty-five years ago a coalition of Klan members and Nazis rolled up on a communist-organized march against racism and corporate exploitation in Morningside Homes, a black housing project in Greensboro, and coolly opened fire. In the space of 88 seconds the gunfire was over, and César Cauce, Michael Nathan, Sandra Smith, William Sampson and James Waller lay dying. The violence not only devastated five families, but left profound psychological scars on the residents of Morningside Homes while fraying trust in Greensboro for generations to come. A report by the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, released in 2006, chronicles the toll.

Today:

• Mike Robinson, a candidate for associate supreme court justice, speaks to the conservative lunch club at the Golden Corral at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, at noon.

• The finance committee of High Point City Council meets as a “committee of the whole” for real decision making and candid discussion at 4:30 p.m. in advance of the official meeting for public consumption later in the evening. The finance committee meeting is in the Manager’s Conference Room. Show up with your friends; if enough people come, they’ll exceed capacity and have to move the meeting into a civilized space — like the official meeting room.

Tonight:

• The Forward Together Movement culminates a week of voter mobilization with a rally at 5 p.m. at Governmental Plaza in downtown Greensboro.

• Greensboro City Council meets in Council Chamber at the Melvin Municipal Office Building, located at 300 W. Washington St., at 5:30 p.m. The agenda is packed, with a couple economic incentives requests, contracts for work on a sanitary sewer outfall and improvements to the TZ Osborne Water Reclamation Facility, a financing mechanism for the Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts, a proposal from Councilman Mike Barber to freeze hiring, new plans and consultants and a report from staff on the city’s participatory budgeting program.

• High Point City Council meets in the Council Chamber at the Municipal Building, located at 211 S. Hamilton St., at 5:30 p.m. Among other items on the agenda, the council will consider a $438,328 contract with Atlantic Contracting for streetscaping on Washington Street.

• Winston-Salem City Council hears rezoning requests when it meets in Council Chamber in City Hall, located at 101 N. Main St., at 7 p.m.