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3rd Shift… Treason is the New Black

By Chad Nance “I was confided to your loyalty and accepted by your treason; you offer my death to those to whom you had promised my life. Do you know who it is you are destroying here? It is yourself.” ― Victor Hugo   Imagine, if you will… It’s 1985 […]

Guest 3rd Shift… The Low Road to Re-Writing Our History – Propaganda in the Age of Oligarchs

Guest 3rd Shift… The Low Road to Re-Writing Our History – Propaganda in the Age of Oligarchs

Editor’s Note:  In this column  by CCD’s Michael Wiseman, he takes a look at what has now happened in Oklahoma.  Like the censored history taught in post WWII Japan, serious efforts have been afoot for years to teach American children a false history in lieu of the serious questions raised by […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 2 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns

3rd Shift- Country Club Liberals and the Broader Truth About Hanes/Lowrance

By Chad Nance   “I’ve found the black community to be very well informed about environmental issues, and that’s because they live them every day. One of my minority neighborhoods had to fight against a cement factory. Another had to fight against a waste facility in their community. So most […]

by · February 11, 2015 · 9 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Environment
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3rd Shift… Art Pope’s Civitas Targets Winston-Salem Friends & Neighbors

By Chad Nance   “It ain’t me, it ain’t me I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no, no It ain’t me, it ain’t me I ain’t no fortunate one, no…” – John Fogarty “Let’s go be bad guys.” – Jayne Cobb   Art Pope, you are a tremendous bastard. No, seriously. […]

3rd Shift – Domesticating Dr. King

3rd Shift – Domesticating Dr. King

By Chad Nance   From his eulogy for the four little girls murdered at the 16th St. Baptist Church : “They have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. They have something to say […]

by · January 19, 2015 · 6 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Downtown

3rd Shift- Politically Appointed Board of Governors Continues Partisan Purge with Board of Governor’s President- Now Targeting WSSU & UNCSA

By Chad Nance   Art Pope’s Civitas has long wanted to close North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges… now they just may get their chance. In 2014 their hand-picked UNC Board of Governors targeted programs throughout North Carolina’s university system that are geared toward the studies of poverty, economy, climate and […]

by · January 16, 2015 · 1 comment · 3rd Shift, Colleges & Univ, Columns, Education
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3rd Shift- A North Carolina Politician Considers His Constituents First? Imagine that…

By Chad Nance “You either got to be a Blood or a Crip.” – Kinky Friedman   It was while sharing one of his own brand of hand-rolled cigars that musician and occasional politician Kinky Friedman said that to me. The “Bloods” and “Crips” he was referring to are the […]


3rd Shift – The Camel City 100 – A Community Challenge for 2015

By Chad Nance “These are the “Hometown Blues” with apologies to, uh, Thomas Wolfe and Doc Watson, 1… 2 a-1, 2…” – Steve Earle   There is an old maxim in non-profit work that goes a little something like this: “10% of the people do 90% of the work in […]

by · January 6, 2015 · 3 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Downtown

3rd Shift- Governor McCrory Throws One More Insult at North Carolinians Before 2015

By Chad Nance   The Order of the Long Leaf Pine has long been considered one of North Carolina’s highest honors. Past recipients include Maya Angelou, Shirley Caesar, Charlie Daniels, Dale Earnhardt, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Junior Johnson, and Michael Jordan – all people of note who […]

by · December 31, 2014 · 6 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns
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3rd Shift- Wasting Breath on Race Relations in the 21st Century – Heretic in the Sunday School

By Chad Nance “To be the American Voltaire , the enemy of all puritans, the heretic in the Sunday School, the one-man demolition crew of genteel tradition, the unregenerate neighborhood brat who stretches a string in the alley to trip the bourgeoisie on its pious homeward journey.” – Alistair Cooke […]

by · December 29, 2014 · 3 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Neighborhoods