Racial & Economic Justice

Eliminate Racial Inequity in Student Discipline in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools

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On June 20th a hearing was held at a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education meeting about the need to address racial inequities in how students are disciplined. As we gear up for another school year, I hope that efforts continue to be made to eliminate these inequities. Some activities have already begun. More and more of our neighbors are attending Undoing/Anti-Racism/Dismantling Racism workshops, and the CHCCS this summer held one of these workshops specifically for students and another that many staff attended. (Workshops will be held in the fall and are open to the public. For more information: Undoing Racism/Racial Equity Workshops in Chapel Hill; Dismantling Racism Workshops in Durham.)

A number of folks spoke at that June 20th hearing, including public defender James Williams, who shared these remarks:

Rogers Road Task Force Work Slowed by EPA Complaint

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The Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood Task Force continues its work but has a new barrier to contend with that may preclude the Orange County Board of Commissioners from taking action. As reported in this story by Chapelboro, an EPA complaint filed by the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association in 2007 alleges the Orange County Planning and Inspections Department (OCPID) "intentionally discriminated on the basis of race by denying water and sewer service to the African American

More garbage from ALEC - HB 74 prohibits local government from making contractors have living wage policy

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Just one more thing, I know, but this hits close to home for me from my past Justice United work and the great cooperation we received from governments in OC.
PROHIBIT CERTAIN CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
SECTION 5.(a) G.S. 153A‑449 reads as rewritten: "§ 153A‑449. Contracts with private entities.

Carrboro Aldermen, County Commissioners consider Rogers Road resolutions

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At their meetings last night, both the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and Orange County Board of Commissioners considered resolutions concerning the Rogers Road Task Force. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution expressing their support for full sewer service for all of the Rogers Road neighborhood. By contrast, the Board of County Commissioners rejected a separate resolution put forward by Commissioner Mark Dorosin that would have expressed the BOCC's intent to participate in the provision of sewer improvements. Only Dorosin and Commissioner Barry Jacobs voted in favor of the resolution.

Rogers Road Task Force Meeting-Now or Never

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“The story of Rogers Road is not a new one. It is one that has been played and replayed throughout the state of North Carolina and across the country, involving different people and places. It is a story of local politics and community organizing, land-use decisions and their consequences, of the impact each of our actions has had on others whom we have never met and may never seek to find.”

-Emily Eidenier Pearce

As most know by now the folks living in the Rogers Road Community have been advocating for both the landfill to close for forty years and they have asked for specific issue to be resolved including providing water and sewer to remediate some of the impacts that the landfill has had on their community.  You might also know that the landfill will close at the end of this month.  And while the landfill closure has been a long time coming, the folks of Rogers Road's request for water and sewer has remained unmet.  We have had work groups, task forces, and meetings with residents and the Rogers Road Neighborhood Association, and still the challenge of how to provide water and sewer remains.  

On February 21st, 2012 the Board of County Commissioners agreed to create another task force, the Rogers Road Task Force, to look at funding sources for a Community Center and sewer improvements.  The first meeting of the task force was held on April 30, 2012. The task force will end in July and are tasked with providing a final report at the Assembly of Governments meeting in September.  And now, on June 12th, 2013 we will continue to discuss how to provide water and sewer to this community.  Time is running out. 

Silent Sam's 100th Birthday

Ruby Sinreich's picture

From Facebook:

 On June 2nd, 1913, the University of North Carolina and the Daughters of the Confederacy dedicated the Confederate Monument, better known as Silent Sam. 


During the last century, Silent Sam has stood at the gateway of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "greeting" students, workers, professors, community members, tourists, and the like. And for the last 100 years, the University has chosen to celebrate the history and identities of those who wished violence and subjugation upon people of color. They have done such by choosing silence. 

On June 2nd, 2013, the Real Silent Sam, Reverend WIlliam Barber of the NC NAACP, and our greater communities have chosen to speak out. We will raise our voices in celebration of a New South. A south that celebrates those who built this university brick by brick. A south that celebrates the workers who maintain the campus. A south that empowers students of color who have been welcomed by the university, as opposed to its landscapes, both physical and hidden. 

We ask you to join us at Silent Sam on this day, to ring in the New South, with performance and community love.

On June 2nd, 2013, the Real Silent Sam, Reverend WIlliam Barber of the NC NAACP, and our greater communities have chosen to speak out. We will raise our voices in celebration of a New South. A south that celebrates those who built this university brick by brick. A south that celebrates the workers who maintain the campus. A south that empowers students of color who have been welcomed by the university, as opposed to its landscapes, both physical and hidden. 
We ask you to join us at Silent Sam on this day, to ring in the New South, with performance and community love.

Date: 

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 4:00pm

Location: 

Silent Sam, Polk Place

A Community Conversation- Affordable Housing & Transit-Oriented Development

Triangle Transit and local governments have heard from residents and community groups that it is important to make sure that housing opportunities for residents at many different income levels exist in neighborhoods along the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (DOLRT) corridor.

We have heard this concern and will be hosting a Community Conversation with local urban planning researchers and staff from the NC Justice Center about Transit-Oriented Development and Affordable Housing on Friday, March 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Durham City Hall Committee Room.

The event will include about 45-60 minutes of presentations of recent research on affordable housing and transit, followed by 90 minutes for community members to ask questions, make comments, and have a broad discussion on this topic.

City of Durham and Town of Chapel Hill staff will be available to contribute to discussions of specific issues in each community.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Key Event Details:

WHAT: A Community Conversation- Affordable Housing & Transit-Oriented Development

WHERE: Durham City Hall Committee Room, 2nd Floor. 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC

WHEN: March 15th, 2013 - 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

 

ACCESS: City Hall is located two blocks north of the intersection of Main St and Mangum St. The area can be best reached by bus using the DATA 2,3,9, and 16 routes, as well as the Bull City Connector. Durham Station is about a 10 minute walk away. Parking is available in the Chapel Hill St Deck directly across the street from City Hall.

Date: 

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC

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