People's Alliance Action Teams

PA members organize action teams focused on specific issues that affect our Durham community. The focus of these teams vary depending on the current prominence of issues and on volunteer leadership. We encourage members to lead organizing efforts directed at new issues. We're proud that local organizing efforts such as the Durham Living Wage Campaign and the You Can Vote Project were born out of PA Action Teams. 

All committees are open to all PA members to join.

Here are descriptions of our action teams and their meeting dates/locations. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to the listed contact! 

Note: The Accountability Team is currently seeking new leadership. Email pa@durhampa.org if you are interested in helping to build deeper accountability between PA, our values, and our elected officials.

Housing: The Housing Action Team works with the Coalition for Affordable Housing & Transit, so residents of all incomes can afford to live near transit in Durham. Our vision is access to affordable housing and transit for all.

  • 2020 Priorities: Stand with McDougald Terrace resident leadership to get safe, healthy housing and wrap-around services for residents; Stop Evictions; Ban the Box on rental applications so that returning citizens can access housing; advocate for more housing vouchers for homeless and low-income Durham residents; expand tax assistance and repairs to help lower-income homeowners stay in their homes; improve bus transit and ParaTransit ACCESS.
  • Join us at the Coalition for Affordable Housing and Transit: Meets 3rd Mondays, 12-1pm, First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.
  • Contacts: Lorisa Seibel (lorisaseibel@gmail.com).

Environmental and Climate Justice: Advocates for environmental and climate policies that ensure clean air, safe drinking water, renewable and democratic energy, reliable transportation, accessible green spaces, nourishing food, and a stable climate for everyone in our community. Our work centers folks disproportionately impacted by environmental racism and hit “first and worst” by the climate crisis.

  • 2020 Priorities: Building the Action Team membership and partner relationships; highlighting environmental and climate justice considerations in affordable housing; expanding options for and access to climate-friendly transportation; solar-powered and energy efficient public schools; equitable implementation of Durham’s commitment to 100% renewable energy
  • Meetings: Contact team leads for next meeting date
  • Contact(s): Carina Barnett-Loro (carinabarnettloro@gmail.com), Alexandra Valladares (comunidaddedurham@gmail.com)

Economic Inequality: Advocates for policies that ensure that all Durham residents have access to high-quality jobs that pay a living wage with benefits and the opportunity to acquire and make use of productive assets. In addition, we advocate for progressive tax policies that ensure businesses and residents pay their fair share to support adequate public services.

  • 2020 Priorities: workforce development (esp. through Durham Tech); development incentives; fair wages; transit; tax policy; entrepreneurship/economic development
  • Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 - 8:30pm
  • Contact: Carl Rist (carlrist62@gmail.com)


Education: Works to support a unified public education system for all families in Durham. We believe in local control of tax dollars so that families and elected officials can make decisions about Durham’s educational system. The Education Team encourages collaboration and creative approaches to education. Teachers, families, and students should be participants in the decisions made about our schools.

  • 2020 Priorities: Tracking county budget; work with Durham partners to review disparities in DPS around equity issues (including suspensions); increase conversation around universal pre-K; Spanish language programs to all schools
  • Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 8:30pm
  • Contact: Millicent Rogers (mr52181@yahoo.com)


Racial Equity: Works to dismantle systemic racism — a system of societal and institutional beliefs and policies that upholds white supremacy and oppresses people of color — throughout our community.

  • 2020 Priorities: building collaboration with partner organizations in order to: end the school-to-prison pipeline; follow up on criminal justice reform recommendations made in 2018 to hold officials accountable; assure that jail contracts for health care, commissary, and telecommunications are of the highest quality and more affordable to justice-involved residents and their families; assure safe, affordable housing for all low-income families, including those living in public housing; assure that Durham school redistricting policy is fair, equitable, and supports integration.
  • Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Contacts: Josephine Kerr Davis (josephinekerr@gmail.com), Katie Mgongolwa (KatieM526@gmail.com)

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