PA Comment on Proposed County Budget for FY 2021-2022

People's Alliance submitted the following statement as public comment for the Monday, May 24, 2021 regular session meeting of the Durham Board of County Commissioners:

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PA Board Statement on Nonrenewal of County Manager Contract

Dear Durham,

In 1979, three years after the People’s Alliance was founded, Republican Harry Rodenhizer was elected mayor of Durham. Mayor Rodenhizer was central to getting the Durham freeway — which had already displaced the Hayti community — extended along the route it takes today through another historically-Black neighborhood, Crest Street. Joining Crest St. residents to block this extension was one of the PA’s first campaigns.

At times in the following decades, PA worked closely with the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and other groups to help shift Durham’s political landscape. Today, when over 80% of the county voted for Democrats in the last election, Republican candidates don’t even contest for many local offices.

However, even when so many of us vote blue, the recent conflict over Durham’s former county manager goes to show that we aren’t without our differences. In fact, without a meaningful local presence of the far right to unite against, the volume on those differences has been turned way up.

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PA Education Action Team Public Comment on School Board Budget

The People's Alliance Education Action Team has submitted the following public comment to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education:

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