On the 35th Anniversary of Durham’s Gay Pride/Recall Victory
Celeste Cornelius with Mab Segrest
On June 25, 1986, a flyer was distributed around Durham that read in bold print at the top of the page “JUSTICE FOR ALL” with only a thin black line separating the words “DON’T SIGN THE PETITION!” At the bottom of the page, it read “NO RECALL!”
Although the flyer announced Durham Citizens for Responsible Leadership as the ad-hoc coalition that mounted this campaign, the P.O. BOX and address were those of the People’s Alliance. This piece from the archives of the People’s Alliance shows the role that People’s Alliance played in one of the earliest and most important battles for gay and lesbian rights in the history of Durham, as I discussed with PA Board Member Mab Segrest this week.
The People's Alliance Education Action Team is grateful to the Durham Board of Education for making the difficult and necessary decision not to renew the employment contract of DSA's principal David Hawks. The Ed Team has been deeply concerned about the Board's lack of willingness to hold principals accountable for poor leadership and actions incompatible with Durham's progressive values.
In particular, we view concerns about disparate treatment of Black and brown students as highly egregious. Black and brown students and families at DSA have been expressing deep skepticism of Principal Hawks for a long time now, and we are glad to amplify their voices and join in the chorus calling for better leadership in our public schools.Read more
The People's Alliance submitted the following statement as public comment for the Monday, June 7, 2021 regular session meeting of the Durham City Council:
June 5, 2021
Dear Durham City Council Member,
On behalf of the Durham People’s Alliance (PA), we are writing to express our thanks to you and the city staff for preparing the recommended FY 2021-22 budget. The proposed $524.6 million budget is an important statement of our priorities as a community and should help support a healthy and just recovery from COVID-19.
As you know, the members of PA work towards a vision of a just, equitable, and inclusive community where all people thrive in several interconnected areas — economic justice, education, housing, environmental justice, and race equity. In support of this vision, we submitted a letter to city council members on February 9, 2021 with a number of important budget requests. The recommended FY 2021-22 budget presented on May 17 meets several, but not all, of those requests. Below, we outline where the proposed budget reflects our values and where it falls short. We hope you find this analysis useful as you and staff prepare for the planned public hearing on the budget and as you debate where to prioritize your federal COVID resources.Read more