Racial & Economic Justice

School redistricting wrap-up

school reassignment mapLast month the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board decided on the new school districts that will go into effect as we open our eleventh elementary school this fall. I was always aware that these school reassignment discussions were contentious, but now that my son will be starting kindergarten in 2014, I'm trying to learn a lot more about how our coveted educational sausage is made. Since my neighborhood was assigned to the walk zone of the brand-new Northside Elementary, I was able to wade deeper into the mucky reassignment debate without having much personal investment in the outcome.

I think the board did the right thing in choosing the plan that did the best job of distributing racial and economic diversity. But the process is inherently impossible. There is simply no way to put everyone in the school they want without inconveniencing someone else. In this post I attempt to briefly summarize how the whole 2012-2013 redistricting went down.

2013 Bob Sheldon Award Honors Organizers in NC Prisons

From Internationalist Books:

Bob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981, and ran the shop for ten years, until his death in 1991. 23 years after his death, Bob’s memory endures through the friends, family and community that knew him, the work he did, and the project he began that has continued for decades to inspire political action in North Carolina and bring people together.

'How Mass Incarceration Affects Us All' lecture by Heather Ann Thompson

Information on this lecture:

Dr. Thompson’s talk will be followed by a panel on local and state efforts to address the crisis featuring Lynn Burke, formerly incarcerated and now an attorney; Daryl Atkinson, staff attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice and co-founder of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance and; Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative and Criminal Justice Committee Chair for the NC NAACP. Bill Rowe of the North Carolina Justice Center will moderate. 


Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:00pm


Duke: FHI “Garage” at John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (Smith Warehouse, Bays 4 & 5)

Affordable Housing: Report of the Carrboro Planning Board and upcoming discussions

The Town of Carrboro Planning Board held a series of three Affordable Housing Dialogues in October 2012 to educate and engage the public in planning for affordable housing. A report of their findings is now available. The chair of the Carrboro Planning Board will be presenting on this report and the Carrboro Board of Alderfolks will be discussing it at their meeting tonight (Tuesday, February 19th).

Rogers Road Task Force Approved to Soldier On

After a lengthy discussion at the January 24 county commissioners' meeting, a couple of decisions were made regarding the continued meeting of the Historic Rogers Road Task Force.

First, by unanimous vote, the commissioners approved moving forward with completing plans to fund and build a community center for the Rogers Road community. There was less agreement about the charge of the task force. Commissioner Mark Dorosin wanted to have the task force consider the potential for gentrification in the community once the sewer was extended to all eligible homes. Commissioner Earl Mckee disagreed, stating that homeowners should be able to decide for themselves the highest and best use of their property. There were a variety of motions, friendly and unfriendly amendments made, votes taken, and wordsmithing done until, ultimately, a motion was made to charge the task force to continue their work on extending sewer service, completing the community center, addressing gentrification, and use of the Greene Tract as a funding option. This motion was passed five to two (Commissioners Penny Rich and Bernadette Pelissier voted against).

Martin Luther King Day Rally, March, & Service

Copied from a friend's Facebook status:





Sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP


9:00 AM - Rally at Chapel Hill Peace and Justice Plaza (in front of Franklin Street Post Office)

March to First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

10:30 AM - Service Begins


The featured speaker at the Rally at Peace and Justice Plaza will be Chavez Ricardo Adams,

President of the UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter of the NAACP


The featured speaker at the MLK Service will be Thurman Couch, Director of Operations, Couch & Associates 


Monday, January 21, 2013 -
9:00am to 1:00pm


Peace and Justice Plaza to First Baptist Church



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