Quick Guide to Durham's 2017 Candidates
Partners for Youth Opportunity provided interns Ximena Hernández and Estephani Sánchez, who are lending their talents to Kids Voting Durham this summer. They did a beautiful job of compiling and designing this Quick Guide to Durham's 2017 Candidates. Click here to view it.
Durham For All will kick off its 10K Strong Activist Canvass campaign on Saturday, August 5, 11am–2pm, in Oval Park (2100 W Club Blvd). Durham For All is a diverse, progressive political-action group, and at this gathering, they’d like to meet people who want to have a conversation about the upcoming campaign and help register neighbors to vote. Click here for more info (clic aquí para leerlo en español).
Your questions needed for Youth Forum
Young people in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in Kids Voting Durham’s upcoming Youth Candidate Questionnaire & Guide and Youth Forum. Click here to take a survey that asks what is important to you and what you want done to improve our city. The answers will be compiled and students will be the ones running the forum and asking questions of candidates running for mayor and the City Council.
Durham City Council meetings
The next regular City Council Meetings will be held on Mondays, August 7 and 21, 7–10pm, in City Hall (2nd floor Committee Room). City Council Work Sessions will be held on Thursdays, August 10 and 24, 1pm.
The Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater Presentation will be held at CityWell United Methodist Church (2317 Chapel Hill Rd) on Saturday, August 12, 9am–12:30pm. (Check-in for participants and people needing childcare begins at 8:30am.) Advocates and neighbors are invited to learn how systemic and institutional racism infiltrates and affects our schools and our healthcare and criminal justice systems. Free admission (and childcare); if you’re able to make a donation, it would be appreciated. Click here to reserve your spot.
The cosponsors of this presentation are CityWell Church, Corridor District of the UMC, CPSC Equity Team, DCiA, Duke Center for Multicultural Affairs, Duke Chapel, Duke Divinity School Hispanic House of Studies, Duke Graduate Christian Fellowship, Duke Memorial UMC, Durham Cares, Durham Church, End Poverty Durham, Movement of Youth, ReCity, NCCUMC NFC, Oak Church, StepUp Durham, The Gathering Church, Trinity Ave Presbyterian, Urban Hope, and Urban Ministries of Durham, World Relief.
Durham Police 1st-quarter report
The Durham Police Department released its 2017 First-Quarter Report on May 1. Read it below:
Mobile Justice smartphone app
There’s a new smartphone app called Mobile Justice NC that you can use to monitor and record police actions. We have the right to film the police, but always have your safety in mind when doing so. If an officer says that you’re in the way and tells you to get back, that might not the time to stand your ground and to tell him or her that you’re acting within your rights. Learn how to use the zoom-in feature so you can step out of the way and continue filming.
If you’re an activist or member of the media, download this free app and get familiar with Mobile Justice NC’s four features now (as opposed to during the heat of a protest or police action):
Click here to watch a short but in-depth explainer on how the app works:
(O clique aquí para más information sobre el app Justícia Móvil en español.)
Durham Police Department Citizen’s Complaint Form
You can make a formal complaint online by filling out the blanks of this form and sending it in. Click here for instructions and to fill out the Durham Police Department Citizen’s Complaint Form.
Durham Police Department Commendation Form
You can also single out an officer who went out of his or her way to be helpful/come to your aid. Click here for instructions and to fill out the Durham Police Department Commendation Form.
Mike Meno, communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s North Carolina office, was a recent guest on TV Skywriter. Learn more about the ACLU work at www.acluofnc.org.
City of Durham Police Satisfaction Survey
The City of Durham released its Police Satisfaction Survey in August of last year. Read it below:
NC Lawyer Referral Service
The North Carolina Bar Association can help you find an attorney to represent you. Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) attorneys can’t charge more than $50 for initial consultation meetings of up to 30 minutes. None are able to take clients on a pro bono (free) basis. Visit ncfindalawyer.org or call 800-662-7660 (or 919-677-8574 if you’re out of state).
Crime victims and survivors often feel like they’re sitting on pins and needles while waiting to hear about upcoming trials and to get news on the status of perpetrators. NC SAVAN (North Carolina Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) is set up to keep them informed. A 24-hour, toll-free telephone number, 877-627-2826, is available for learning about an offender’s status and about victim-assistance resources. You can also call that number to register for the automated victim notification service. Once you’re registered, you can choose whether to get updates via automated telephone messages or emails; you can also download an app for your smart phone. Notifications can be delivered in English or Spanish, or you can have them translated into one of more than 100 available languages.
Click here to register for NC SAVAN or to search for offender information.
Feel free to assess the candidates for the Mayor of Durham and City Council.