Racial & Economic Justice

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:

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 

Date: 

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

Location: 

Peace and Justice Plaza to First Baptist Church

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop - POSTPONED

The Justice United Foreclosure Team, the Centre for Homeownership, and the UNC School of Law will be co-hosting the workshop. This event is targeted towards homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Topics to be addressed will include the foreclosure process and ways that homeowners can avoid foreclosure.

Date: 

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

United Church of Chapel Hill (1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, 27514)

Chapel Hill can't find a public housing representative for Central West Committee

I just sent the following to the Chapel Hill Town Council:

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Should Send Gig.U RFP Back to Drawing Board

The Town of Chapel Hill and the Town of Carrboro should not authorize their managers to continue with the Gig.U (aka North Carolina Next Generation Network [NCNGN]) initiative at this time. Both elected bodies should direct staff to send the request for proposals (RFP) back to the drawing board for repairs.

The primary reason to reject the current RFP is that local governments could not enforce important parts of agreements that could come from a resulting contract. Municipalities all over North Carolina have been stripped of any legal authority to franchise or regulate either cable or broadband systems. This is important because, as the current RFP is structured, this is how the towns would make sure we all have access to a new fast network.

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This Week in Orange Politics

Hey there.  My name is Andrew Neal, and I'm the owner of Chapel Hill Comics on West Franklin Street.  I've had orangepolitics.org in my RSS reader for a long time, but can't remember if I've ever posted anything here despite the fact that I have an account.

As a downtown business owner, I'm primarily interested in orangepolitics for the discussions in the Economy & Downtown category.  With recent posts about the lack of recent posts here, I thought I'd throw something into the mix and see if you're interested in discussing it.

Last week, the Independent ran the following article by Joe Schwartz

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