Free Legal Help for Job Seekers workshop
Free Legal Help for Job Seekers workshop will be offered at the Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N Driver St, 2nd floor) on Saturday, June 24, 2–4pm. Job seekers with legal challenges are especially encouraged to attend—learn about commercial background checks, certificates of relief, driver's license restoration, and how to get criminal records expunged. Anyone needing help from an attorney can sign up to meet with one who can offer free legal assistance starting in August. Visit Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Facebook event page for more info.
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.)
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.
Durham City Council meetings
The next City Council Meetings will be held on Mondays, May 15 and June 5, 7–10pm, in City Hall (2nd floor Committee Room).
You can see the agenda and watch the City Council Meeting from Monday, May 1 below (Hmm, it appears that the media player isn’t working, but you can still see the agenda.):
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.