Racial & Economic Justice

Silent Sam's 100th Birthday

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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

Food truck rodeo to benefit IFC Community House

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Want to see food trucks in downtown CH?  Want to eat good food while contributing to the IFC's Community House?  Come enjoy 5 food trucks in the parking lot at 300 E Rosemary St on Sunday April 28th 4-8pm. 

Date: 

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 E. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill

School redistricting wrap-up

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school reassignment mapLast month the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board decided on the new school districts that will go into effect as we open our eleventh elementary school this fall. I was always aware that these school reassignment discussions were contentious, but now that my son will be starting kindergarten in 2014, I'm trying to learn a lot more about how our coveted educational sausage is made. Since my neighborhood was assigned to the walk zone of the brand-new Northside Elementary, I was able to wade deeper into the mucky reassignment debate without having much personal investment in the outcome.

I think the board did the right thing in choosing the plan that did the best job of distributing racial and economic diversity. But the process is inherently impossible. There is simply no way to put everyone in the school they want without inconveniencing someone else. In this post I attempt to briefly summarize how the whole 2012-2013 redistricting went down.

2013 Bob Sheldon Award Honors Organizers in NC Prisons

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From Internationalist Books:

Bob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981, and ran the shop for ten years, until his death in 1991. 23 years after his death, Bob’s memory endures through the friends, family and community that knew him, the work he did, and the project he began that has continued for decades to inspire political action in North Carolina and bring people together.

'How Mass Incarceration Affects Us All' lecture by Heather Ann Thompson

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Information on this lecture:

Dr. Thompson’s talk will be followed by a panel on local and state efforts to address the crisis featuring Lynn Burke, formerly incarcerated and now an attorney; Daryl Atkinson, staff attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice and co-founder of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance and; Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative and Criminal Justice Committee Chair for the NC NAACP. Bill Rowe of the North Carolina Justice Center will moderate. 

Date: 

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Duke: FHI “Garage” at John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (Smith Warehouse, Bays 4 & 5)

Affordable Housing: Report of the Carrboro Planning Board and upcoming discussions

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The Town of Carrboro Planning Board held a series of three Affordable Housing Dialogues in October 2012 to educate and engage the public in planning for affordable housing. A report of their findings is now available. The chair of the Carrboro Planning Board will be presenting on this report and the Carrboro Board of Alderfolks will be discussing it at their meeting tonight (Tuesday, February 19th).

Rogers Road Task Force Approved to Soldier On

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After a lengthy discussion at the January 24 county commissioners' meeting, a couple of decisions were made regarding the continued meeting of the Historic Rogers Road Task Force.

First, by unanimous vote, the commissioners approved moving forward with completing plans to fund and build a community center for the Rogers Road community. There was less agreement about the charge of the task force. Commissioner Mark Dorosin wanted to have the task force consider the potential for gentrification in the community once the sewer was extended to all eligible homes. Commissioner Earl Mckee disagreed, stating that homeowners should be able to decide for themselves the highest and best use of their property. There were a variety of motions, friendly and unfriendly amendments made, votes taken, and wordsmithing done until, ultimately, a motion was made to charge the task force to continue their work on extending sewer service, completing the community center, addressing gentrification, and use of the Greene Tract as a funding option. This motion was passed five to two (Commissioners Penny Rich and Bernadette Pelissier voted against).

Martin Luther King Day Rally, March, & Service

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Copied from a friend's Facebook status:

JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

RALLY, MARCH AND SERVICE

 

Sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP

 

9:00 AM - Rally at Chapel Hill Peace and Justice Plaza (in front of Franklin Street Post Office)

March to First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

10:30 AM - Service Begins

 

The featured speaker at the Rally at Peace and Justice Plaza will be Chavez Ricardo Adams,

President of the UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter of the NAACP

 

The featured speaker at the MLK Service will be Thurman Couch, Director of Operations, Couch & Associates 

Date: 

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Peace and Justice Plaza to First Baptist Church

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