NC Billboard Action

Please take a moment to read the following article, written by Tom Miller, President of the Durham InterNeighborhood Council. Then please email and urge elected officials not to give in to the billboard companies.The City of Durham unanimously rejected Electronic Billboards in 2010 - there is no reason for the state to take away our local control!

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Neighborhood advocates and neighborhood organizations all across the state are joining forces to oppose the billboard bills, S.B 183 and H.B. 309, now pending in the general assembly.  These identical bills would allow clear cutting of trees to "improve" billboard visibility and what's worse, the bills would wrest control of billboards from local government and allow as many as 7 billboards a mile along NC roads and highways - even in towns and cities!  The bills would allow billboard owners to put up digital billboards anyplace a regular billboard could go.  These are bad bills and we need to stop them.


The bills are due to be taken up in the house and senate transportation committees this week.  We need to write to the members of both committees and let them know we don't want the legislature in Raleigh ramming digital billboards down our throats.


The addresses of the committee members appear below.  Send each a brief, but unequivocal message to vote against these bills.  Send the same message to your own senators and representatives.


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Housing And Community Development Funds at Risk

Our PA Housing Committee is working tirelessly So ALL can call Durham Home.  They need your assistance with the following urgent action item:

On Monday, May 2nd, 7pm, at City Hall, please stand with the People's Alliance Housing Committee to support the Southside Neighborhood.


We will ask City Council to fully fund services & housing to revitalize the Southside Neighborhood, along side the redevelopment of Rolling Hills. The for profit developer hired by the City will just build in Rolling Hills. Durham nonprofits will work with the SouthsideNeighborhood.

Housing, jobs, and services are needed for real transformation of Southside for the people who live there. Southside is one of three target neighborhoods. Please ask the City to complete the revitalization of Northeast Central Durham and Southwest Central Durham.

In this recession, we should increase our commitment to house the homeless and prevent homelessness throughout Durham. SIGN THE PETITION!

Contact City Council at: 560-4333 or [email protected]

Please help us get the word out and take action today!

During this recession it is imperative that Durham maintain basic services that feed the hungry, house the homeless, and improve neighborhoods.

Please ask City Council to:
1- Keep funding basic human services.

2- Maintain the same level of affordable housing production.

3- Invest in all three target areas (Southside, NECD, SWCD) and their residents.

4- Call a "Summit" to develop a funding plan to continue basic services, housing, and other critical needs.
Contact City Council TODAY [email protected] and ask them to continue funding services for residents and continue to revitalize downtown neighborhoods.

SIGN THE PETITION! (and then pass it along!)

New Website, Same Progressive Vision

The Durham People's Alliance has been leading the way, fighting for progressive causes in Durham for more than thirty five years.  In the pre-internet age, paper and pen petitions and screen printed t-shirts helped us win the long fight to integrate the Durham Public Schools, and helped us ensure that every resident has the right to know what's in their drinking water.

Over a decade ago, we lead the way again in adopting the digital age as a means to organize for social justice.  In 1997 we helped pass Durham's first living wage ordinance, and in 1998 we moved online with the launch of

But the times have changed, and the internet today is a far cry from the internet of 1998.

When first launched,  Google was an obscure 2-month old search engine, and Netscape Navigator ruled the digital realm (and Miley Cyrus was only six!).

Today, a new generation of web users and web-tools have emerged.  This is a new internet.  We now have a participatory interweb, a social network driven paradigm called Web 2.0.

It's time again for the Durham People's Alliance to transform and grow.  This is why we're so proud to announce the launch of Version 2.0.

It may look like something new, but our new website really just our natural next step.  We're going to use these new tools, together, to keep organizing for a new and better Durham for all.

If you're not already an official member, won't you please join?

Also:  If you have a website suggestion or simply a comment or kudos, please leave it in the comments section here.  Our comments section supports Globally Recognized Avatars (Gravatars), so please consider signing up for one of them too!


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