Racial & Economic Justice
According to the Daily Tar Heel
, UNC is going to start charging for evening parking this fall. All students will shoulder this cost as an annual $10.40 charge to their student fees. Non-affliated visitors to UNC will pay $2/evening. Nighttime employees will pay an annual fee between $227 (for those with an income of less than $25K/year) to $390 (for those making over $100K/year), which is the same price as daytime permits.
In the article, UNC DPS spokesman Randy Young says:
“The folks who are only working at night, their shift is basically the same as people who work during the day, except that traditionally, they’ve been receiving free parking,” he said. “So they would pay for their parking at night, for their nighttime work, the same way employees during the day have to. In the past, daytime parking permits have essentially subsidized those who park at night.”
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.
In this season of municipal budget discussions, a rundown of what our towns and elected boards are working on around affordable housing seems appropriate. I asked members of each elected board what their board is focused on this year. Here is a summary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 29, 2014 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
United Church of Chapel Hill
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
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
Community Church of Chapel Hill (106 Purefoy Road in Chapel Hill)
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