Justice in Action Committee

From Counters to Camps: Social Justice Activism in a Changing World (panel & public discussion)

A free and public discussion on civic engagement, civil disobedience, and political protest is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St.

"From Counters to Camps: Social Justice Activism in a Changing World" is organized by the Town of Chapel Hill Justice in Action Committee and the Chapel Hill Public Library. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in a question and answer period following a panel presentation. The discussion will be videotaped for future airing on Chapel Hill Gov TV-18, the government access channel on Time Warner Cable. 

The panel will be moderated by former Council member Sally Greene, and includes the following presenters: Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt; Rev. Robert Campbell, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP; Al McSurely, civil rights lawyer and activist; Maya Handa, Chapel Hill High School senior (with her AP government and civics education teacher, Jen Ballew); Steve Peterson, member of Occupy Chapel Hill; and Jeremy Collins, UNC-Chapel Hill law student and president of the Black Law Students Association.


Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 3:00pm


Hargraves Center (216 N. Roberson St.)

Community conversation with the C.H. Police Department


Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Hargraves Community Center

Community conversation with the C.H. Police Department


Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 5:00am to 7:00am


St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill

Community conversation with the C.H. Police Department


Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill

What Would It Take to Heal the Wounds of Racism in Chapel Hill?

What Would it Take to Heal the Wounds of Racism in Chapel Hill?

Justice in Action Committee Event

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 7-9 pm, Hargraves Center

Program Goals and Objectives:

  1. Recognize how we in Chapel Hill take for granted our own biases and how that affects our behavior
  2. Challenge our comfort zone by calling attention to how racism and predudice affect us all
  3. Challenge ourselves to recognize our own perspectives and to open ourselves to the perspectives of others
  4. Identify how our differences unite and bind us together
  5. Explore ways to engage in racial healing in our community


  • Welcome, Mayor-Elect Mark Kleinschmidt (invited)
  • Introduction, Andre Wesson, Justice in Action Committee Chair
  • Panel Discussion of "What Would It Take to Heal the Wounds of Racism in Chapel HIll?" 
    Participants include:
    • Tony Asion, Executive Director, El Pueblo
    • Takiyah Baptist, Teacher, Ephesus Elementary School
    • Chris Blue, Assistant Chief, Chapel Hill Police Department
    • Jan Boxill, Director, Parr Center for Ethics
    • Augustus Cho, Mayoral Candidate 2009
    • Kevin Hicks, Chapel Hil-Carrboro NAACP
    • CJ Suitt, Coach of the Sacrificial Poets
    • Vanessa Oniboni, V-day Activist and Director of Warmikunaq
  • Community Dialogue and Question and Answer Session, Moderated by Dan Pollitt, Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Community "Brainstorming" Session, Facilitated by Members of the Justice in Action Committee


The Fairth and Politics Institute and The Search for Common Ground held a national racial healing workshop that addressed the question, "What would it take to heal the wounds of racisim in America?"  This question is important not only at the national level, but also at the local level.  The Justice in Action Committee chose the question, "What would it take to heal the wounds of racisim in Chapel Hill?", to help our community identify paths for racial healing and concrete strategies for reducing racism and prejudice. 

Six invited panelists will deliver a five minute prepared response to the question, " What would it take to heal the wounds of racism in Chapel Hill?".  These response will be followed by a brief intra-panel question and answer session.  Once completed, the audience will be invited to ask questions and to make contributions to the dialouge.  Throughout the discussion, Justice in Action Committee members will be recording suggestions for racial healing on large pieces of paper posted around the auditorium.  After the event, audience members will be invited to add suggestions to the pieces of paper.  The suggestion will be used in the planning of a follow-up event. 

Background Information:

The mission of the Justice in Action Committee is "To adequately and effectively reflect the Town of Chapel Hill's integrity and commitment to preserving racial, economic, and social justice within the community."  In 2008, the Committee discussed ways to re-energize and expand their work.  This is the third of a series of community events hosted by the Justice in Action Committee.  The success of the Committee's work depends upon community involvement and input.  Please share your ideas for Chapel Hill's future with us.  If you have future program ideas and/or are interested in getting involved with the Justice in Action Committee, please contact our staff liasion, Mark Bayles at mbayles@townofchapelhill.org

We want to thank those who support our events with their attendance.  You make our community a better place!

Media Contacts:

Andre Wesson, Justice in Action Committee Chair:  (919) 843-8917
Emily Kelahan, Justice in Action Institutitional Racism Sub-Committee Chair:  (919) 537-8027




Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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