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Metta World Peace FIGHT

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 09, 2014

When we read, we learn new things. And when we read together, we learn things not just about the book, but also about the people with whom we are reading.

As the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s “One Book, One Week, One Community,” week of reading approaches, local leaders in the fields of education, journalism and literacy make plans for one night of public conversation in local libraries about the selected book: Ray Bradbury’s classic masterpiece Fahrenheit 451.

In January, Fahrenheit 451 was selected as the book of choice for Charlotte-Mecklenburg to read, with events planned during National Library Week, April 13-19. The dystopian novel depicts life in a futuristic city where books are banned and burned. In anticipation of the popularity of this title, additional copies of Fahrenheit 451 have been made available through the Library catalog in various print, digital and audio formats.

“Copies of the book are still available, so it’s easy to join the community-wide discussion,” notes Charlotte Mecklenburg Director of Libraries David Singleton.

But even for those who haven't yet had a chance to read the book, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library hopes they’ll make plans to attend one of four public book talks lead by community leaders on April 17. These “One Book, One Community Conversations” will bring the book's themes to life, and in doing so aim to bring the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community closer together.

“Ray Bradbury was a visionary author, and Fahrenheit 451 is proof of his brilliance,” notes Library CEO Lee Keesler, who will be co-facilitating one of the book talks with CMS Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark. “Though it was written over 60 years ago, the themes are still as relevant now as when it was written.”

A recent Huffington Post article notes that “in Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury predicted a raft of later technological developments, among them flat-screen televisions, iPod earbuds, Bluetooth headsets, ATMs, and rolling news. Even Facebook — given that people converse via a digital ‘wall’ in Bradbury's novel — seems to have been eerily and prophetically prefigured in this novel.”

From predictions of our digital lives to the topic of intellectual freedom, the book offers much to discuss.

The “One Book, One Community Conversations” will be held at four regional libraries on Thursday, April 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Each discussion will be co-facilitated by a member of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library administration or the Library’s Board of Trustees, paired with an esteemed member of the community. The talks are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For questions, the public can call 704-416-0617.

In addition to these discussions, there are additional One Book events happening in library branches throughout Mecklenburg County, including screenings of the 1966 film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 directed by François Truffaut. For a full schedule of upcoming programs, visit http://www.cmlibrary.org/onebook.

One Book, One Community Discussions

Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 6 – 7:30 p.m

  • South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC

Conversation co-facilitated by Ann Clark, CMS Deputy Superintendent, and Lee Keesler, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library CEO.

  • Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC

Conversation co-facilitated by Dr. Mark West, UNCC Professor of English/Chair of the English Department, and Gloria Kelley, Library Trustee and CPCC Dean of Library Services.

  • Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

Conversation co-facilitated by Richard Thurmond, Publisher of Charlotte Magazine, and David Singleton, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Director of Libraries.

  • North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville, NC

Conversation co-facilitated by Jill Gremmels, Davidson College Director of Libraries, and Jenni Gaisbauer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Director.

About the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library:

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America’s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of over one million citizens in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Accessible and welcoming to all, the Library celebrates the joy of reading, fosters learning and growth, connects people to each other and the world, and inspires individuals with what they can achieve. Through 20 locations, targeted outreach and online at http://www.cmlibrary.org, the Library delivers exceptional services and programs, with a mission to create a community of readers and empower individuals with free access to information and the universe of ideas.


Be Part of Global Unity.

In honor of United Nations International Day of Peace, come together, get inspired, and create peace within yourself, your community and in your world.

On Sept. 27th, Isha Foundation, an international non-profit human service organization, will be hosting a day-long celebration of entertainment and enlightening talks at its yoga and meditation center in Middle Tennessee. The event will feature talks by prominent speakers and thought leaders such as Max Kennedy, Dr. Mark Hyman and more.

Music in this video is compliments of The Mowgli’s. “The Mowgli’s-San Francisco” sound recording administered by UMG.

Ron Artest aka Metta world Peace

I am not a lawyer, I am a judgment and debt referral expert (Judgment and Collection Agency Broker). This article is my opinion, based on my experience in California, and laws vary in each state. If you ever need legal advice or a strategy to use, please contact a lawyer.

What if you have a judgment against a married debtor, but not against their spouse? Of course, your judgment debtor drives a nice car, lives in a nice house, and you know their spouse recently inherited a large sum of money.

What can one do if the spouse of the debtor did not commingle funds in any way, and had separate banking accounts, etc. What if they did not use their inheritance to pay any community property bills? Can you have the sheriff levy the separate property inheritance to repay your judgment?

Separate property, including an inheritance, of one spouse is usually not available to any creditors of the other debtor spouse. In California, a community property state, it is completely proper for non-debtor spouses to maintain separate assets. In California, only the spouse’s share of the community property is available to satisfy a judgment.

Any financial planner would advise a non-debtor spouse to keep their accounts separated, when there are judgments or debts against the debtor-spouse. For a good discussion about laws about this, look up “In re Haines, 33 Cal. App. 4th 277.”

A basic rule of community property, is that all property acquired during a marriage is community property unless there is a specific separate property exception. This means there is a general presumption that property acquired during the marriage by either spouse, other than by gift or inheritance, is community property, unless it is traceable to a separate property source.

The general presumption of community property can be overcome with any credible evidence, including tracing an asset to a separate property source, or showing an agreement or clear understanding between parties that an asset was acquired as a gift, or should be considered separate property.

Often, married couples share checking accounts and commingle income and debts. When that is the case, California, CCP 700.160(b)(2) allows a community property bank account to be levied, with a declaration as simple as this:


I, –, judgment creditor (or assignee of record), declare as follows:

On –, a judgment was entered in the favor of Plaintiff(s) against the judgment debtor — in — COUNTY Superior Court case # –.

I am the Assignee of Record in this matter. I am over 18 years of age. I have personal knowledge of the facts herein, except as to those facts stated to be known upon information and belief, and as to those facts, I believe them to be true. If called upon to testify, I could and would competently testify thereto.

I have full knowledge and believe to be true that judgment debtor — is married to –.
As permitted by California Code of Civil Procedure 700.160(b)(2), I hereby request a levy be placed on the bank account of –, who I believe to be married to and the spouse of Debtor –.
I declare under penalty of perjury and the laws of the State of California, that the above is true and correct.

Your Date and Signature.

With such a declaration, make sure to include any evidence you have, that shows that the debtor and the non-debtor are married, and that the property you want the sheriff to levy, is indeed community property. Such evidence could be marriage records, banking, utility, property records, etc.

When one does not have enough strong evidence, one may need to think outside the box. One idea is to send the local Postmaster the USPS “new address” form. Send one with the non-debtor spouse’s name on it, and send another one with judgment debtor’s name on it. If they both come back as “mail is delivered” to the same address, that can be evidence. If either spouse is on Facebook or another social network, check if there are any self-proclaimed “married to’s”.