DREAMers, an artistic exploration of DACA
DREAMers: DACA, Deportation Defense, and the American Dream is a visual art “conversation” that encourages viewers to think about the young people who were brought to the USA as children and are now threatened with deportation. Pleiades Arts (109 E Chapel Hill St) is cohosting this exhibit along with Alerta Migratoria NC and the NC Dream Coalition from January 4–28 (Thursdays noon–7pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon–8pm, and Sundays noon–3pm). The participating artists are Antonio Alanis, Wilbert Alfonso, Leticia Alvarez, Cornelio Campos, Luis MacKinney, Manny Perez, Erick Saavedra, and Michelle Valladarez. Enjoy the visual display and learn more about the issues. Click here to visit Pleiades Arts’ website.
Alert: New phone scam
Some bad guys out there are posing as Durham Police Department officers and scamming local residents. They are calling people and demanding payments for warrants or unpaid fines. What should send up a red flag is the fact that these “officers” are directing people to send the payments to an account. That’s not how the system works, but not everyone knows this. A phone number starting with the familiar “560” fools people, but the criminals are simply using spoofing software to make you think you’re getting a call from the police (or other City of Durham personnel). If you receive a phone call like this, just hang up. No one from the City should ever be calling residents asking for personal information or demanding payments. But if you have information that could lead to an arrest, please contact the Durham Police Department’s Fraud Unit at 919-560-4440.
Protesting 17% rate hikes
A Candlelight Vigil to #BlackoutDukeEnergy will be a protest against Duke Energy’s proposed 17%, across-the-board rate hikes. A public hearing was denied, so this indoor protest will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 6:30–8:30pm, at the Hayti Heritage Center (Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Duke Energy’s rates are already considered some of the highest in the country, and people are protesting the fact that low-income people will have an even harder time trying to keep up with their electric bills … and the fact that the cost of statewide coal-ash cleanups and nuclear power plants in South Carolina are being passed on to the customers. Speaker/advocates will address these issues, and they’ll also have music, dancing, and snacks provided by local vendors. This event is cosponsored by Protecting Progress in Durham, Stand4Forests–RDU, NC Raise UP/Fight for $15, National Domestic Works Alliance, Dogwood Alliance, and the Sierra Club. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.
Durham City Council meetings
A Special City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 5:30–7pm, in City Hall (2nd floor Committee Room) to determine who will be nominated to take the vacant city council seat (vacated by Steve Schewel when he was voted in as mayor). The seven under consideration are Sheila Arias, Alejandra (Javiera) Caballero, Pierce Freelon, Kaaren Haldeman, Shelia Huggins, Carl Rist, and Pilar Rocha-Goldberg. Click here to view the agenda.
New workers rights commission forming
There will be a Durham Workers Rights Commission meeting in the form of a speak-out at CAARE (214 Broadway St) on Thursday, December 7, 6–8pm. The cohosts, the Durham City Workers Union, UE local 150; Raise Up for $15; the National Domestic Workers Alliance/We Dream in Black; and the NC AFL-CIO, want new Mayor Steve Schewel and the City Council to hear from workers in all sectors. Goals to aim for include better wages ($15/hour minimum); job safety, plus an end to discrimination and sexual harassment; and other issues that they’re hoping will be brought out by the people attending the meeting. To get these goals met, these organizations are planning to form a Workers Rights Commission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.
Durham Police 3rd-quarter report
The Durham Police Department released its 2017 Third-Quarter Report on November 20. 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.
Durham Police Department info