Racial & Economic Justice
Last 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.
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.
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)
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).
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).
Copied from a friend's Facebook status:
JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
RALLY, MARCH AND SERVICE
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
First Baptist Church Candidate Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
OC Democratic Party Carrboro Candidates Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
OP Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
NAACP, PTA Council, Special Needs Advisory Council School Board Candidates Forum
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 7:00pm
Carol Woods Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 3:00pm
This Week in Orange Politics
Yesterday was the last day of Buy Carrboro Week (see adorable flyer at left). This was an initiative of the new group LocalMotive, which is just one of several organizations focusing on economic development and "buying local" in southern Orange County. Others include the Carrboro Merchant's Association's Walk Carrboro, and the Town of Chapel Hill's Downtown Economic Development Initiative and emerging Franklin Street Artists' Co-op. There are also older/more traditional groups such as the Chamber of Commerce (and their We Buy Local effort), the Visitor's Bureau, and the Downtown Partnership (risen from the ashes of the old Downtown Commission). I'm sure I'm forgetting some, and I'm not even touching on the groups covering Hillsborough and the rest of Orange County. Buy Carrboro Week got me to thinking about our evolving understanding of economic development in Orange County. Just like our views on other issues such as growth management, affordable housing, environmental preservation, and school achievement I think we as a community have been continuing to learn and to look ahead, leading to a change in attitudes and goals. I've started to wonder whether a traditional "Chamber of Commerce"-type approach is all that relevant here anymore.
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