Racial & Economic Justice
The Orange County Republican Party defines it self as its 2 favorite presidents are Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. At a recent party meeting this issue came up, and I said openly to this group my favorite Republican Presidents were Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt. There response was it makes sense a Republican from Chapel Hill would think that. I said my third favorite was President Eisenhower. Gary Kahn
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Sunday, October 13, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe 431 W. Franklin St.
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.
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
Monday, October 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
UNC Hanes Art Auditorium Room 121
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