Durham City Council meetings
Upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Mondays, March 4 and 18, and April 1, at 7pm, at City Hall (101 City Hall Plz). City Council Work Sessions will be held on Thursdays, March 7 and 21 at 1pm.
Click here to see the agenda and click here to watch the February 18 City Council Meeting.
Click here to watch the February 12 Durham Planning Commission meeting.
Meet two young politicians
Duke University will host a Q&A With Two College-Age Elected Officials on Monday, March 4, 11:45am–12:45pm, at the Sanford School of Public Policy (201 Science Dr, on Duke’s West Campus). Meet 19-year-old New Hampshire State Representative Cassie Levesque (D) and 21-year-old West Virginia County Commissioner Garrett Cole (R). Free admission; click here for more info.
Duke presents two fascinating speakers on the same day
Duke University presents A Conversation with General John Kelly on Wednesday, March 6, 5:30pm, in Page Auditorium (402 Chapel Dr, on Duke’s West Campus). Former White House chief of staff and retired Marine 4-star general, will discuss the USA’s place in the world during this particular era of turmoil. Free admission, but you must get a ticket; click here for more info.
Professor Ryan Emanuel will give a talk on Indigenous Rights, Environmental Justice, Atlantic Pipeline on Wednesday, March 6, 5:30–7pm, at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (114 S Buchanan Blvd). Dr Emanuel is a member of the Lumbee tribe and leads the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science laboratory at North Carolina State University. He also helps tribal governments and indigenous organizations to address issues related to environmental quality, climate change, and public policies that affect indigenous peoples. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.
Restorative Justice Circle of Hope and Healing
The Restorative Justice Circle of Hope and Healing will meet on Wednesday, April 17, 10–11:30am, at Calvary United Methodist Church (304 E Trinity Ave). Explore restorative justice (RJ) values and work with RJ facilitators as they face challenges guiding people through rough times in their lives. Another session will be held on Thursday, April 18, 7–8:30pm. Write to email@example.com with any questions you might have.
Durham Police 3rd-quarter report
The Durham Police Department released its 2018 Third-Quarter Report in November of last year. Read it below:
Big grant for the Criminal Justice Resource Center
The US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance for Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness has awarded a $749,000 grant to Durham County’s Criminal Justice Resource Center (326 E Main St). A 3-year program will be set up to provide standardized screening and assessment, to work in partnership with local organizations to provide collaborative comprehensive case management, and to work with individuals both before and after release from prison to help guide them toward a successful life and away from crime, substance abuse, and despair. Click here to learn more about the CJRC and its programs and services.
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.
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