Enact Safety and Wellness Bylaws Now

Durham City Council and the Board of Education have already passed the Safety and Wellness Task Force Bylaws, which will bring new voices and perspectives to the pressing issue of community safety in Durham. In this crucial moment of reckoning with policing, racism, and the meaning of public safety, why hasn't the County Commission passed the bylaws? 

Dear Durham Board of County Commissioners,

Cyber attacks, COVID-19, investigations, resignations, and the murder and assaults of innocent Black Men at the hands of law enforcement agents. All of these events demonstrate the need for a robust Safety and Wellness Task Force to protect Durham residents and enact anti-racist policies that improve the material conditions of all of Durham’s residents. It is time now that local governing bodies really commit to hearing the diversity of perspectives on issues that keep Durham safe--including robust wages, wrap-around programs at schools, affordable housing, and non-police interventions for social problems. Thank you, Durham Beyond Policing for leading on this issue. Thank you Durham Board of Education and City Council for answering the call for this task force. Doing so demonstrates you are already listening to the needs of our community.

We call upon everyone to encourage the Board of County Commissioners to agree to proposed bylaws for the Durham Safety and Wellness Task Force immediately, without law enforcement involvement. We need the task force to sustain and advance the long term goals for progressive change in Durham that we have been advocating for, including collaboration from the city and county for a Green New Deal for Durham, developing an equitable budget that serves all agencies, advocating for property tax forgiveness programs that don’t leave people in debt, eviction diversion, affordable housing, living wages for Durham Public Schools employees, input into school policing, and requesting allocation of resources for PPE for all Durham residents.

We need the BOE, City Council, and BOCC to start seating members of the task force, and we need to make sure that the members of this team include youth, at least one trauma-informed specialist, educators and justice-involved people.

Who's signing

Hope Tyson
Katey Rich
Furaha Youngblood
Tema Okun
Kathi Beratan
Patricia Rieser
Kenny Dalsheimer
Jamie Carter
Judy Moore
Joan Walsh
Marian Abernathy
Janice Bryant
Brett Noble
Karen Gray
Dorothy B Butler
Barbara Haight
Shel Anderson
Carl Newman
Glaeshia O'Rourke
Marilyn Hartman
Joylynn Miller
Carson Efird
Kenneth Rose
Betsy Bickel
Nat Lazakis
Beth Brockman
Phil Seib
Julie Nye
Anne Slifkin
Margaret Overton
206 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Hope Tyson
    signed 2020-09-06 17:47:17 -0400
  • Katey Rich
    signed 2020-09-06 17:38:22 -0400
  • Furaha Youngblood
    signed 2020-09-06 17:38:08 -0400
  • Tema Okun
    signed 2020-09-06 17:31:39 -0400
  • Kathi Beratan
    signed 2020-09-06 17:27:52 -0400
    Durham prides itself on being the progressive heart of North Carolina, but even our Law Enforcement rules and procedures need work.. Taking the step of approving these bylaws would allow the process of a real review and real improvement to move forward right away, and would demonstrate that Durham is serious about public safety for EVERYONE. Thank you.
  • Patricia Rieser
    signed 2020-09-06 17:24:42 -0400
  • Kenny Dalsheimer
    signed 2020-09-06 17:20:03 -0400
  • Jamie Carter
    signed 2020-09-06 17:19:20 -0400
  • Judy Moore
    signed 2020-09-06 17:14:41 -0400
  • Joan Walsh
    signed 2020-09-06 17:10:29 -0400
  • Marian Abernathy
    signed 2020-09-06 17:06:57 -0400
  • Janice Bryant
    signed 2020-09-06 17:06:25 -0400
  • Brett Noble
    signed 2020-09-06 17:04:16 -0400
  • Karen Gray
    signed 2020-09-06 17:03:18 -0400
  • Dorothy B Butler
    signed 2020-09-06 17:01:29 -0400
    YES …It is time now that local governing bodies really commit to hearing the diversity of perspectives on issues that keep Durham safe—including robust wages, wrap-around programs at schools, affordable housing, and non-police interventions for social problems. Thank you, Durham Beyond Policing
  • Barbara Haight
    signed 2020-09-06 17:01:00 -0400
  • Shel Anderson
    signed 2020-09-06 17:00:09 -0400
  • Carl Newman
    signed 2020-09-06 16:53:52 -0400
  • Glaeshia O'Rourke
    signed 2020-09-06 16:50:30 -0400
  • Marilyn Hartman
    signed 2020-09-06 16:50:07 -0400
  • Joylynn Miller
    signed 2020-09-06 16:49:49 -0400
  • Carson Efird
    signed 2020-09-06 16:47:19 -0400
  • Kenneth Rose
    signed 2020-09-06 16:46:25 -0400
  • Betsy Bickel
    signed 2020-09-06 16:44:52 -0400
  • Nat Lazakis
    signed 2020-09-06 16:44:28 -0400
  • Beth Brockman
    signed 2020-09-06 16:41:25 -0400
  • Phil Seib
    signed 2020-09-06 16:38:27 -0400
  • Julie Nye
    signed 2020-09-06 16:34:51 -0400
  • Anne Slifkin
    signed via 2020-09-06 16:34:02 -0400
  • Margaret Overton
    signed 2020-09-06 16:33:10 -0400

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