Carrboro

Citizen Oversight of Policing in Carrboro

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I'm going to be a little awkward. There is already a thread about the recent Carrboro and Chapel Hill Police Forums. I will be linking this post to that thread. But I want to set out (at boring length) what I have been advocating for since those Forums. And I don't want to clutter up the entirety of that other thread with my meanderings (as fascinating as I know you will find them!).

Community Organizing to Improve Housing Conditions in Orange County

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Extensive mold and other serious maintenance issues, unannounced inspections, living with no water, play equipment removed, violence, disrepect by management, inability to use shared resources, children not allowed to play outside.....

Would you be surprised to know that these are just some of the complaints coming from our neighbors who live in affordable housing complexes throughout Orange County (Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough)?

Carrboro Fall Forum Part 3: Buildings and Renewable Energy

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Join us for this third session of the Carrboro Planning Board's three-part fall forum series on community-scale energy use and climate change

In this session, we'll hear about and discuss:

  • Climate Protection Planning in Carrboro (Randy Dodd, Town of Carrboro environmental planner)
  • Solarize Orange County (Rob Pinder)
  • Passive and Active Solar Energy Opportunities for Your Home, featuring an Interactive 3-D Model (David Clinton, architect and principal at Szostak Design Inc, and Planning Board member)
  • Energy Conservation (John Hines, marketing representative of Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation)
  • Base Hits, Strike Outs, and Home Runs: Twenty Renewable Energy Businesses I Have Loved (Lyle Estill, vice president of Piedmont Biofuels and serial entrepreneur)

We'll have light refreshments and plenty of time for questions and discussion. See you Wednesday!

Also:

  • Chapel Hill Transit routes CW, F, and J stop in front of the ArtsCenter.
  • There's a beautiful new bicycle corral at the ArtsCenter entrance.
  • There's free car parking (and covered bicycle parking) in the 300 East Main parking deck.

Date: 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro ArtsCenter, 300 E Main Street, Carrboro

In Review- A Comparison of Chapel Hill and Carrboro's Forums on Policing

In light of national struggles with policing methods, enforcement and militarization, both Chapel Hill and Carrboro police departments hosted sessions for community members to voice their potential concerns directly to Chapel Hill Police Chief Blue Oct. 4 and Carrboro Chief Horton Oct. 5. The two forums revealed underlying issues in each community, with Carrboro’s discussion especially distinct in the way it gravitated toward racial profiling issues.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Citizens' Police Forums

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This coming Saturday (October 4) and next Monday (October 6), Chapel Hill Police and Carrboro Police respectively, along with representatives from their funding agencies, will be holding Public Forums, at which citizens will be invited to offer thoughts on the way they wish to be policed. I will be unable to attend the Carrboro Forum as I will be working. But I have written a letter to the organizers, a letter which is (amazingly) quite self-explanatory:

Carrboro's Really Really Free Market 10 Year Anniversary

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Carrboro's Really Really Free Market Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Saturday, October 4, 2pm
Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St. in Carrboro
Email: carrbororrfm@riseup.net
Website: http://reallyfreecarrboro.info

On October 4, 2014,  the Carrboro Really Really Free Market, the longest running event of its kind, celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the free market creates a space where hundreds gather to share skills, food, performances and goods without bartering or exchanging currency.

Really Really Free Market supporter Heather Graves said, "The Really Really Free Market is a decade long self-organizing phenomena. There's no formal leadership, board, or organizing body: in the three years I've been involved, the only meetings have been to organize the 10 year celebration."

Anyone is welcome to participate, and the 10 year anniversary has a myriad of activities already planned. Workshops on harm reduction, radical history in North Carolina, and self-defense are confirmed. A children's track of games and story telling will coincide with a variety of  puppet shows, music, and dancing throughout the day. Two local groups that often share food, Food Not Bombs and Prayers and Pancakes, will also be there. Artisans are offering knitting and crocheting workshops and an upcycling DIY area for sewing and alterations in preparation for a Found It at the Free Market fashion show. The Recyclery will be fixing bikes on site all day. There will also be tables of the best in anarchist 'zines from around the world. As well as bringing the usual goods to give away, all guests are encouraged to share a skill or passion. People looking for a way to plug into the 10 year celebration can consult the wish list posted on the Really Really Free Market website.

"We're having a birthday cake contest and a piñata contest! For the next two weeks, look throughout town for piñatas stuffed with instructions on how to make your own," Graves said. "And as for the celebration: expect surprises. We are."

Date: 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main Street, Carrboro

Covering Board of Aldermen, Orange County at large -- Again!

It isn't "Throwback Thursday" yet it feels like old times. I'm covering the Board of Aldermen (after a more-than-a-decade pause) and Orange County/Northern Chatham at large once again. This time, for the Chapel Hill News | News & Observer. I won't be covering affordable housing for the time being as I continue as Chair of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners until January, but of course I can pass those stories along and encourage good coverage (like any good reporter would).

Town of Carrboro Community Forum on Policing

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On October 6, the Town of Carrboro will hold a community forum on policing in Carrboro. The public is invited to bring questions and/or comments for Police Chief Walter Horton, Town Manager David Andrews, members of the Board of Aldermen, and other Town employees regarding policing in Carrboro. Attendees can expect to:

  • learn what kinds of policing issues are of concern to different people in our community;
  • gain insights into Carrboro’s current approaches to policing;
  • raise and consider ideas for how policing here can best reflect Carrboro’s values; and
  • open or improve channels of communication so that the conversation can continue.

Date: 

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Town Hall, 301 W Main Street, Carrboro

Lloyd Property Public Meeting

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Developers proposing a 40-acre commercial development on the Lloyd property in Carrboro (at the corner of Highway 54 West and Old Fayetteville Road) will host a public meeting to receive input on their latest proposal.

Date: 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Town Hall

Bike-In Dinner & A Movie Benefit for I-books Move

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On Saturday, August 30th bike-in to check out Internationalist Bookstore’s soon-to-be new space in Carrboro at 101 Lloyd St.  All proceeds go to help Internationalist move to the new space and build new bookshelves.  At 7 p.m., we’ll be serving a home-cooked Southern dinner including mashed potatoes with local mushroom gravy, hoppin’ john, and sauteed collared greens (all vegan), and lemon balm iced tea.  There will be popcorn and other concessions available.  The movie will start promptly at 8 p.m.  We’re asking each person for a suggested donation of $20 but whatever you can give is appreciated.  Members of Piedmont Earth First! and friends of Ibooks are hosting this event out of appreciation for the many years Internationalist has allowed us to host free events in their space.  Spread widely!

“This move is a huge undertaking, and a huge leap of faith. We need our community’s support to make this move successful. Please donate whatever you can to pay for the costs of renovations, new bookshelves and furniture, and to help us weather the financial impact of a big move and establish ourselves firmly in our new home. We also want to invite our community to help with workdays in the new space, help us spread the word, and help us with a vision for our new space and the amazing ways our work can grow through this move.”

Other options if you can’t attend:

Internationalist Books is Moving! Fundraising Page on EverRibbon

You can make donations through our PayPal

This would be an excellent time to join Ibooks as a Sustaining Member!

If you’d like to help us in other ways, like donating materials, helping with workdays, or hosting a fundraiser, please be in touch! You can email them at ibooks@internationalistbooks.org.

 

Date: 

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

101 Lloyd St. Carrboro

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