Racial & Economic Justice

Justice United, Renters call on Towns and County to Support Tenants' Rights

Over the last two years, Orange County Justice United has been working with renters to address discrimination and wrongs they have faced as tenants. These efforts spurred Justice United to work with renters in our community and the UNC Civil Law Clinic to develop the Declaration of Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities. The document, available in both English and Spanish, outlines renters' rights based on state statutes. 

Justice United and renters from our community have asked the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill and Orange County to endorse this Declaration and help to distribute it to all tenants in their municipalities. More details can be found in this article in the Chapel Hill News. 

Rogers Road Proposal Under Consideration this Week Deserves Support

My op-ed from today arguing that the proposal under consideration this Thursday reflects the best of our progressive traditions while beginning to repay our debt to the Rogers Road community:

In 2011 a conservative faction of the Greensboro City Council moved to expand their White Street Landfill, located in the overwhelmingly African-American northeast portion of the city.

As the attorney for community members opposing this expansion as well as a long-term resident of Orange County, it was endlessly frustrating to me when expansion supporters pointed to our own Rogers Road to justify their decision.

Autumn Harvest Ayurvedic Benefit Dinner

Autumn Harvest Ayurvedic Benefit Dinner


Sunday, October 13 from 6-8pm

At Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

sliding scale $5-50

to benefit the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

RSVP to croatanearthfirst@gmail.com


In 1984 Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemical Company, was responsible for the largest environmental disaster in human history exposing well over 500,000 people to the toxic methyl isocyanate gas, killing more than 15,000 immediately and injuring countless thousands—even now at least one person dies per day in Bhopal from injuries sustained that night.


Union Carbide consistently claimed that as an American company, Indian law should not apply to them, but operating in India, they could not be subject to American Law. Methyl isocyanate is a highly toxic compound used in the production of chemical pesticides and was discovered in North Carolina in 1892 by the venerated Morehead and Kenan (of UNC Planetarium and Stadium fame).


Please come out to support the courageous initiatives for restorative justice for the survivors of the Bhopal disaster that was birthed

here in North Carolina
.


For more information, check studentsforbhopal.org, curryblossom.com, and croatanearthfirst.com

Date: 

Sunday, October 13, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe 431 W. Franklin St.

Bhopal Disaster Survivor Speaks At UNC + Screening of film Bhopali

Free Screening & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where a Bhopal Disaster survivor will speak about his experiences and this struggle for justice.
Organized by the UNControllables, Carolina Asia Center and Croatan Earth First!
Monday, October 14 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
@ Hanes Art Auditorium 121

Movie Trailer: http://www.bhopalithemovie.com/

Bhopali is a feature documentary about the
survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster.

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal is a coalition of disaster survivors’ groups, environmental and social justice groups dedicated to holding the Indian Government and the Dow Chemical Company accountable for the ongoing chemical disaster in Bhopal, India. Our commitment to ensuring justice in Bhopal is a commitment to a toxic-free future for all.

Date: 

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Location: 

UNC Hanes Art Auditorium Room 121

The Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro presents: "Without Borders?"

From their web site:

Human Rights Conference: Without Borders?

Saturday, October 5th 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Carrboro Century Center

 

On Saturday October 5th, the HRC is organizing a conference titled Without Borders? We want to challenge the day- to- day boundaries and tackle questions such as, "Are there some borders we may want to abolish? Some we may wish to preserve? Transgress? Are there some borders we wish to finesse? Is solidarity possible across our diversities?

 

MC - Victor Acosta

 

TIME

PANEL/TOPIC

PANELISTS

8:15-8:30 am

Introduction

Bonners & Afterschool Video

 

8:30-9:30 am

Migrantes sin Fronteras

 

(Translation: Migrants without Borders)

UNC Students United for Immigration Equality (SUIE): Boriana Mravoka, Emilio Vincente, Maria Pia Rodriguez and Giovanny

and "Beto" Rodriguez and Misclassified Persons:

9:35-9:45 am

 

 

 

Harakat el Heels - Student Palestinian dance group

UNC undergradutes: Amar Arafat, Abood Dahnoun, Hussein Ahmad, Joel Hage, Rosaleen Zitawi, Dalia Kaakour, Sarah Zamamiri, Jenna Sawafta

9:50-10:20 am

Where are the Refugees?

Local refugees: Susu and Abdullah

10:25-11:05 am

Empowerment, Independence and Culture

Community Empowerment Fund: Chiraayu Gosrani, Myrna, Victoria Castillo

11:10-11:50

Keynote Speech: Heroes, Dreamers, and the Promise of America

Gene R. Nichol

Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity

 

11:50-12:30 pm

LUNCH: Olga's delicious tamales recommended!

 

12:30-1:00 pm

Raging Grannies

 

1:05-1:45 pm

New Doors to Housing: The Challenges of Affordability

Sally Greene, Town of Chapel Hill Council Member

Damon Seils, Jamie Rohe, and Tish Galu

 

1:50-2:30 pm

The activist as Elected Official

Mayor Chilton and Maria Palmer (running for CH town council)

2:35-3:15 pm

Leading for Justice in an Unjust World

 

Women's International League of Peace & Freedom

3:20-4:00 pm

The Other Side

Communiversity: Charles Hands, Jeanette Stackhouse, Holly Stephens, and Dylane Davis


 

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/356202871179634/  

Date: 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 -
8:15am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

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