Activist Alert--February 12, 2016



People's Alliance PAC Endorsements

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, more than 200 members of People's Alliance PAC debated and voted on endorsements for 2016. Now, we need you to donate to our mailing and volunteer to go door-to-door to talk with people about our progressive choices.

To donate, volunteer, or to learn more about the progressive candidates who were endorsed, please visit

The Bus is Filling Up!

This is the last call to join PA and progressive organizations from across the state. On Saturday, February 13th, we will march with the NAACP for the 10th annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ).

Bus will depart at 8:00am from Durham Farmer's Market, (corner of Foster and Hunt Streets in Durham) and will return at approximately 1:30pm.

Roundtrip fare = $10 (to be paid before boarding the bus)
Space is limited! Click here to sign up.


Support Affordable Housing

The next meeting of the Coalition for Affordable Housing and Transit meets on Monday, February 15th from 12:00-1:00 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E Main St.

Learn about ongoing efforts to preserve publicly-owned land for affordable housing, how to decrease the tax burden from the re-assessment on low-income homeowners, strategies to reduce displacement of renters, and ways to encourage voluntary inclusion of affordable housing in market rate developments.

Fill City Hall for Affordable Homes at Transit Stations! Monday, February 15th from 7:00-9:00pm, City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.

City Council is hearing a rezoning request for a proposed development that would include 600 homes--0 affordable--at the Leigh Village light rail station. Please take the time to remind City Council of their commitment--to make sure that 15% of housing within ½ mile of proposed transit stations is affordable. And encourage them not to grant rezonings without negotiating a public benefit!

For more info, please contact: Lorisa Seibel or Ray Eurquhart.


Congratulations to David Harris

This past week a three-judge federal panel ruled that the 1st and 12th Congressional districts need to be redrawn because they are currently unlawful.  The judges determined that the NC Legislature relied too much on race when the districts were originally drawn.  After living with the consequences of significant gerrymandering of both Congressional and Legislative districts, this ruling offers a glimmer of hope.

We wish to extend kudos to PA’s own, David Harris, who was one of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit.  Mr. Harris is very involved in political and community activities in Durham. Among his many activities, Mr. Harris currently serves as treasurer of the Durham County Democratic Party and as a member of the state executive committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party.   Mr. Harris served as president of the Durham People’s Alliance from 2009 through 2012.

Read full article here.


Support Faculty Forward: Order Your Duke Union Yard Sign

We support Duke Faculty Forward! Visit

Click here to order your yard sign to show your support.




Upcoming Events

The last day to register to vote is February 19th at 5 PM. Early voting extends from March 3 - 12 at 11 different sites around the county. The last day to submit an absentee ballot request is March 8 and the deadline for returning the completed absentee ballot is March 15 at 5 PM. For more information, visit Durham County Board of Elections.

This will be an important gathering to plan our priorities for the year.

Saturday, Feb. 23
First Presbyterian Church
305 E. Main St.


The next People's Alliance Progressive Issues Forum, "Challenging Racism and Islamophobia," has been rescheduled. On Thursday, March 10th, speaker Manzoor Cheema will address the surge of Islamophobia across the U.S. which has reached unprecedent- ed new levels in recent months.

Thursday, March 10
Location TBD


We need to hear from you so that any decisions made reflect input from you - our members. Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey.  Your answers will help shape the priorities of People’s Alliance for 2016 and strengthen our engagement in the community.  As a membership organization, we depend upon your feedback and ideas. 

The survey will close on Monday, February 15.

Click here to complete the survey.

PA has several VHS tapes with historical content that we need converted. Can you help transfer these? If you can help, please contact L'Tanya.

Your membership and feedback fuels PA! Not yet a member? Now is a great time to join us and be part of the progressive voice for our community!




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