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

Suzanna Hernandez
Natalia Silva Harwood
Elizabeth Gilligan
Joe Stapleton
Melissa Godwin
Amanda Marriner
Carolyn Kreuger
Elizabeth G Simpson
Nick Doty
Manju Rajendran
Ruby Sinreich
James Finnegan
Cheyenne Solorio
Paige Holt
Turquoise LeJeune Parker
HALLIe Davis-Penders
Millie Rosen
Lisa McCool-Grime
Michelle Burton
Nicholas Graber-Grace
Susie Hatmaker
Nina Pande
Cheryl Navalinsky
Susanne Bauman
Britomarte Van Horn
Kirsten Firminger
Genevieve Southern
Jessica Garza
Michael Becker
Cristina Rivera Chapman
206 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Suzanna Hernandez
    signed 2020-09-05 17:27:06 -0400
  • Natalia Silva Harwood
    signed 2020-09-05 17:15:07 -0400
  • Elizabeth Gilligan
    signed 2020-09-05 17:07:58 -0400
  • Joe Stapleton
    signed via 2020-09-05 17:07:31 -0400
  • Melissa Godwin
    signed 2020-09-05 16:48:25 -0400
  • Amanda Marriner
    signed 2020-09-05 16:44:49 -0400
  • Carolyn Kreuger
    signed 2020-09-05 16:42:17 -0400
    This task force needs to be created and needs to include youth to move us forward in a lasting and concrete way.
  • Elizabeth G Simpson
    signed 2020-09-05 16:36:50 -0400
  • Nick Doty
    signed 2020-09-05 16:35:18 -0400
  • Manju Rajendran
    signed 2020-09-05 16:29:10 -0400
  • Ruby Sinreich
    signed via 2020-09-05 16:05:44 -0400
  • James Finnegan
    signed 2020-09-05 15:35:10 -0400
  • Cheyenne Solorio
    signed 2020-09-05 15:31:00 -0400
  • Paige Holt
    signed 2020-09-05 15:28:11 -0400
  • Turquoise LeJeune Parker
    signed 2020-09-05 15:26:03 -0400
  • HALLIe Davis-Penders
    signed 2020-09-05 15:18:45 -0400
  • Millie Rosen
    signed 2020-09-05 15:17:07 -0400
  • Lisa McCool-Grime
    signed 2020-09-05 15:12:26 -0400
  • Michelle Burton
    signed 2020-09-05 15:08:22 -0400
  • Nicholas Graber-Grace
    signed 2020-09-05 14:57:20 -0400
    please approve the bylaws with NO amendments
  • Susie Hatmaker
    signed 2020-09-05 14:53:12 -0400
  • Nina Pande
    signed 2020-09-05 14:52:10 -0400
  • Cheryl Navalinsky
    signed 2020-09-05 14:26:18 -0400
  • Susanne Bauman
    signed 2020-09-05 14:12:14 -0400
  • Britomarte Van Horn
    signed 2020-09-05 14:04:27 -0400
    Durham is a wonderful city, but we will not grow until we lift everyone who lives here.
  • Kirsten Firminger
    signed 2020-09-05 14:02:17 -0400
  • Genevieve Southern
    signed 2020-09-05 13:51:43 -0400
  • Jessica Garza
    signed 2020-09-05 13:44:35 -0400
  • Michael Becker
    signed 2020-09-05 13:41:22 -0400
  • Cristina Rivera Chapman
    signed 2020-09-05 13:37:01 -0400

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