Community Organizing

Community Assembly on Education

An event for parents and high school youth to share stories about our schools with a professional organizer.  This will inform our education agenda for Orange County Justice United going forward.
  • Bring your concerns about Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools
  • Bring your ideas for change
  • Bring your commitment to organize for change
  • Bring your friends!

 For more information and transportation needs, please call Tish Galu • 919.960.4437 •


Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 10:30am to 12:00pm



Orange County Justice United in Community Effort founding

After building relationships across faith, ethic background and economic status for almost three years, J.U.I.C.E. is ready to become a permanent organization. Leaders of the Committee have been patiently putting together the building blocks of collective power. They focused on recruiting institutions, raising their own money, traininghundreds of leaders, identifying priorities and developing a collective agenda.
The committee will become a permanent organization at a Founding Ceremony scheduled for the night of Monday October 26, 2009.  Hundreds of leaders from across the County have pledged to gather to officially launch the organization. The Founding Ceremony will coincide with an important election time in our County. All candidates seeking public office in the area will be invited to attend.Our organization never endorses any of the candidates, but we always ask the candidates to publicly endorse our community agenda.  
         Founding Ceremony:
  •     Monday October 26, 2009 at 7:00 PM. United Church of Chapel Hill 
    • The Founding is a celebration of our collective commitment for Justice. 
    • The organization will be launched by those that want to be Founding Members. Those that have completed training will be recognized, and we will unveil our new name and agenda.
    • Those seeking elected office will be invited to endorse or speak against our agenda


Monday, October 26, 2009 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


United Church of Chapel Hill

Update on the New Spirit

I apologize for my long absence.

Here is an update on what is happening locally, post-Obama campaign, among the folks who want to keep the spirit alive and help make change happen!

Last Sunday, there were three "House Parties" held around the County. One in Carrboro, another in North Carrboro and a third in Hillsborough. (I don't know the total attendance, I was at N. Carrboro and we must have had two dozen or more people.)

When we started, before Thanksgiving, we were sort of groping in the dark for how we were going to organize. It has begun to galvanize, but we are still dealing with communication issues, like too many emails about too many subjects! It reminds me of the early days of the Primary, which is a good thing.

Here are the three major things that are happening right now:

Community Organizing takes off in Orange County

From OCOC press release as printed in News of Orange County:

County-wide grassroots effort will hold Dec. 7 meeting

On Sunday, Dec. 7, 300 leaders from 23 faith-based institutions in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough will gather at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill to launch a new agenda called "One County for All." The Church is located at 300 E. Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill.

The event is viewed as a new model for multi-ethnic interfaith collaboration in Orange County. The Orange County Organizing Committee (OCOC) seeks to bring about change on affordable housing, living wages, environmental justice, education, healthcare, and quality of life for immigrant families.


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