Activist Alert--February 26, 2016

 

Support Affordable Housing


People's Alliance needs you to fill City Hall for important City Council meetings to keep making progress on affordable housing and fair use of police body cameras in our community.

Monday, March 7 & 21
7:00pm
City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza

To gain perspective on the effects of displacement on the most vulnerable in our community, be sure to watch this video from the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition.


Environmental Action Team

People's Alliance is reinvigorating our Environmental Action Team.  Our Board has been engaged in pressing Durham Public Schools to make a meaningful commitment to engage with the community in planning for a healthy and sustainable future for our schools, but there is more work to be done.

We need your help to move forward on this and other progressive environmental actions in Durham. Keep an eye on the Activist Alerts for our next meeting, or email Sara at saju_1@yahoo.com to let us know you want to plug in.

Download recent sustainability letter here.


These Days We All Need Collective Courage

Join PA members and friends for the launch of round 3 of SpiritHouse’s citywide book study group.  Meet Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice on Sunday, March 13.

Then join our 4-session study group to read and talk about the power of collective economic action as a strategy for moving out of poverty in the face of systemic racism.  The group will meet from 7:00-9:00PM on March 16, March 30, April 6, and April 20. Location: TBD.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Sondra.

Books can be purchased from SpiritHouse.
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Upcoming Events


EARLY VOTING
Early voting extends from March 3-12 at 11 different sites around the county.

Sign up HERE to volunteer to work the polls.

For more information, contact Lorisa Seibel


PROGRESSIVE ISSUES FORUM
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
6:30-8:30PM
Center for Responsible Lending
302 W. Main St., Durham

NOTE: If you need childcare during the event, email Kendra to reserve space.

RSVP HERE


CAN PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Join hundreds of Durham residents for Public Assembly of CAN Delegates.

We will meet with candidates for school board, county commissioners, and other public elected officials to learn about where they stand on the items on our agenda including youth opportunity, affordable housing and community policing.

For more information, contact the Durham CAN office at 919-403-7082

Sunday, March 13
1:30-3:30PM
First Presbyterian Church
305 E. Main St.

RSVP to Lorisa Seibel
 


EDUCATION TEAM BUSINESS MEETING
Save the date for the next business meeting.

Tuesday, April 5
7:00-9:00PM
Location TBD



WE HEARD YOU
Thank you to everyone who completed the 2016 member survey. Your feedback is very important to us and will drive PA's goal setting for the year. You can always send feedback or questions to our Board of Directors.


VOLUNTEER NEED
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.


IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO JOIN PA
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!

JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!


 

 

 
 

Durham Public Schools Sustainability Plan

People's Alliance sent a letter to members of the DPS Board of Education, Durham County Commissioners, and the DPS Budget Advisory Committee. Click here to read PA's goals on Durham Public Schools sustainability and the requests made to keep our schools healthy and sustainable.


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 PeoplesAlliancePAC.org.


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 ourduke.org

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

 

 

 

Upcoming Events


VOTER REGISTRATION
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.


ECONOMIC INEQUALITY ACTION TEAM MEETING & PLANNING SESSION
This will be an important gathering to plan our priorities for the year.

Saturday, Feb. 23
7:00PM
First Presbyterian Church
305 E. Main St.

RSVP HERE
 


PROGRESSIVE ISSUES FORUM
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
6:30-8:30PM
Location TBD

RSVP HERE



HAVE WE HEARD FROM YOU YET?
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.



VOLUNTEER NEED
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.


TIME TO RENEW FOR 2016!
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!

JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!


 



 
 


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