Racial & Economic Justice

What Are We Doing About Affordable Housing?

Addressing affordable housing so that all people can afford to live in our community is an extremely important issue to many in our community. It has been given as a reason to develop and redevelop our towns and as a reason not to. Many organizations including the Community Home Trust, EmPOWERment Inc., Habitat for Humanity, the InterFaith Council, CASA, Orange County Justice United, and The Marion Cheek Jackson Center have been working with the towns and county to provide and/or advocate for housing at prices attainable across all spectrums of income.

Why are People Poor?: Seminar examining poverty in America

Justice United is joining with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) and Racial Equity Institute (REI) to ask “Why are people poor?” Titled “Understanding Poverty in America,” the analysis will help communities and congregations organize more effectively to eliminate barriers to economic opportunity. 

The program will critically examine the roots of systemic poverty, explore how wealth in American has been accumulated, and review socialized bias against the poor. For more information on the program, please contact Stephanie Perry at 919-225-6187 or stephb.perry@aol.com

Date: 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

United Church of Chapel Hill

Apply for a Chapel Hill Advisory Board

Over the two years, Chapel Hill has gone through an extensive process to restructure our advisory boards and commissions. The main focus of this work has been to simplify the development review process, and has led to the creation of four major boards that will review development proposals (Planning Commission, Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board, Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board, and Housing Advisory Board). The town will be making appointments to these four boards this spring, and we need community members to step up and serve to help move our community forward. The town also has a number of vacancies on existing boards that may be filled this spring.

Justice Academy: Forum on the Power & Influence of ALEC

The American Legistlative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a think tank that creates 'model' pro-corporation legislation for states and then lobbies to have it passed. 

Orange County Justice United is organizing a forum for the local community to discuss ALEC's power and influence. A short documentary will be screened, followed by a panel with the following speakers:

 

  • Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause North Carolina
  • Frayda Bluestein, Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-CH
  • Jennifer Frye, Associate Director of Democracy NC 

 

Date: 

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Community Church of Chapel Hill (106 Purefoy Road in Chapel Hill)

Woman's History Month

The downside of observing under-appreciated achievements with Black and Women’s History month-long observances is they invariably miss something that was (for someone) very important.

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT VS. CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN ! IS THERE A MODERATE IN THE HOUSE?

 It appears that as far as I can see on the political scene that there is a civil war here in orange county between liberal democrats and  conservative republicans. Where are the moderates of both parties.  Which of the current candidates of either party declare that he or she is a moderate liberal democrat or moderate conservative republican . Perhaps I might  declare I"M  a moderate liberal republican.  Gary Kahn

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