Racial & Economic Justice

Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 2: ECONOMIC JUSTICE

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One of four forums sponsored by The Organizing Against Racism Alliance of Orange County, the Economic Justice Forum will feature a panel speaking on economic justice issues as they relate to the November Elections such as foreclosures and predatory lending, family leave and family support policies, and wage theft and income issues. 

Featured speakers include:

Ellen Hamick, Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending
Ajamu Dillahunt, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Workers Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center
Maxine Eichner, Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law
Robert Dowling (Executive Director, Community Home Trust)


Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


OWASA Community Room (400 Jones Ferry Road)

Council should appoint a woman to fill open seat

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Unsurprisingly, names have started to surface as possible applicants for Penny Rich's open Town Council seat once she leaves her post to join the County Commission in January. Today I heard via Twitter that George Gianciolo and Jon DeHart likely plan to apply for the position.

While I'm sure either of these men would provide a thoughtful voice for Council, the unpleasant reality is that if either were appointed, the gender breakdown of CHTC would be just two women and seven men (including Mayor Kleinschmidt). Council would be comprised of just 22% women, exactly the same representation as the NC legislature.

It's embarrassing that a municipal government we proudly consider to be a model for progressivism in our state could possibly have the same gender breakdown as our backward-thinking General Assembly.

Discussion of changes at Abbey Court

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I just received this notice posted to the Solidaridad Abbey Court group on Face book from Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton:

I will be at the OWASA Community Room at 6pm tonight to talk with residents of Abbey Court (now Collins Crossing) about issues that have arisen with the new management company. All Abbey Court residents and stakeholders are welcome! 


Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:00pm


OWASA Community Room, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro

Upcoming Anti-Racism workshop (July 6 and 7), new website (Organizing Against Racism)

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The United Church of Chapel Hill, in partnership with Fisher Memorial Church in Durham and the Racial Equity Institute in Greensboro, is holding a 2-day Anti-Racism Workshop on July 6th and 7th at the United Church of Chapel Hill (1321 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC) from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm each day.

More information can be found on the new website: Organizing Against Racism under 'Upcoming'.

Affordable Rentals Getting Scarcer in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

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Tonight, the Chapel Hill Town Council received a report from the developers of what once was the Colony Apartments and will now be called The Park at Chapel Hill (a mixed use development). Colony Apartments was one of the only locations of affordable rentals in Chapel Hill, but with this redevelopment that is no longer likely to be the case.

Workshop: "Fair Housing: Know Your Rights"

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The following announcement was released today by Orange County:

Fair Housing Workshop

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – A workshop on fair housing will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Orange County Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

The free seminar “Fair Housing: Know Your Rights” is presented by Fair Housing Project, Legal Aid of NC, Orange County Human Relations Commission, N. C. Justice Center and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Advanced registration is preferred. Contact Pam Reynolds by email (preynolds@co.orange.nc.us) or call 919-245-2490 at Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department.



Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Orange County Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough

Chapel Hill Town Council to hear IFC Good Neighbor Plan Report, Consider Lease Agreement for new Men's Shelter

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Monday night (June 11th), the Inter-Faith Council will present it's Good Neighbor Plan and consider a lease between the State of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill for the land and a sublease between the Town of Chapel Hill and IFC to build the new men's shelter on the property.


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