Racial & Economic Justice

Good Neighbor Initiative 2012 Neighborhood Night Out & Block Party

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This event is always a good time and a great way to meet your neighbors (if you live in Northside) and community leaders (if you live anywhere). From Facebook:

The GNI Neighborhood Night Out and Block Party is an annual community event and opportunity to build strong, healthy connections between student and non-student residents of neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Chapel Hill and UNC. The event is free, and includes food (BUNS!, Ben & Jerry's, McAlisters), music, games and prizes for all ages. This event is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB), Empowerment, Inc., and the Downtown Partnership.

Date: 

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Robertson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill shuts down Rogers Road Community Center

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This month the Town of Chapel Hill followed up on their promise to help create a community center for the Rogers Road neighborhood by... shutting down the center that neighbors set up for themselves for code violations! What?

Did anyone at Town Hall think twice before doing this? Did anyone think 'given our huge debt to this community and our stated goal of supporting a community center there, how can we help improve this center and bring it up to code?'

No, as if they were computers instead of humans, they kicked the Rogers-Eubank Neighborhood Association out of their home. What were they thinking?

Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 4: EDUCATION

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Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 4:   EDUCATION
Panel: 
Katy Munger (Progess NC), 
Mark Dorosin (UNC Center for Civil Rights), 
Sandy Darity (Duke Professor of Public Policy, Professor of African and African-American Studies and Economics, and Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Director, Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality - invited)

Date: 

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

United Church of Chapel Hill, MLK Jr Blvd

Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 3: HEALTH

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Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 3:   HEALTH
Panel: 
Pam Silberman (NC Institute of Medicine), 
Adam Searing (NC Justice Center - invited), 
Gayle Harris (Durham County Health Director - invited)

Date: 

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

United Church of Chapel Hill, MLK Jr Blvd

Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 1: CIVIL RIGHTS & DISENFRANCHISEMENT

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Politics, Race, and the November Election Part 1:   CIVIL RIGHTS & DISENFRANCHISEMENT
Speaker: Darryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Date: 

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Hargraves Center, Roberson St, Chapel Hill

Politics, Race, and the November Election: Four panels sponsored by the Organizing Against Racism Alliance of Orange County

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The Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Alliance is a local, grassroots group educating about and organizing against institutional and systemic racism.
We are sponsoring four distinct forums with

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)

Date: 

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

Location: 

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.

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