Petition for gun safety
Moms Rising has provided a petition for those of us who want to insist that people not be able to gain access to assault weapons. They encourage us to fill in the blanks, add a personal message, and forward this petition to the US Congress. Click here to express your concerns.
Free Legal Aid NC workshops
Legal Aid NC will hold a Social Security Disability Clinic at their Durham office (201 W Main St, Suite 400) on Thursday, August 1, 2:30–4:30pm. Click here to save your spot; this is a free clinic.
Legal Aid NC will hold an Employee Rights Clinic at their Durham office (201 W Main St, Suite 400) on Thursday, August 8, 2:30–4pm. Learn all about employment “at will,” right to work, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace, and eligibility for unemployment benefits. Everyone will receive a packet of educational materials and resources and can get their questions answered at the Q&A session at the end. Click here to save your spot; this is a free clinic.
Legal Aid NC will hold a How to File a Child Custody Action workshop at their Durham office (201 W Main St, Suite 400) on Tuesday, August 13, 2:30–4:30pm. Learn all about child visitation rules/agreements and receive a packet of legal documents and instructional video, followed by a Q&A session. Click here to save your spot; this is a free workshop.
Legal Aid NC will hold a Social Security Disability Clinic at their Durham office (201 W Main St, Suite 400) on Thursday, September 5, 2:30–4:30pm. Click here to save your spot; this is a free clinic.
Durham City Council meetings
Upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Monday, August 5, at 7pm, at City Hall (101 City Hall Plz). City Council A Work Session will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 1pm.
Click here to listen to the Thursday, July 25 Special City Council Meeting.
Click here to view the Agenda for the Thursday, August 8 City Council Work Session.
Restorative Justice Circle of Hope and Healing
The Restorative Justice Circle of Hope and Healing will meet on Thursday, August 15, 7–8:30pm, 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 Wednesday, August 21, 10–11:30am. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
Durham Police 1st-quarter report
The Durham Police Department recently released its 2019 First-Quarter Report. Read it below:
Get legal help
The North Carolina Bar Association offers its NC Lawyer Referral Service, which will refer you to an attorney who will give you one half hour consultation. This half hour of advice can involve any legal subject of your choice. Call 800-662-7660; the cost won’t cost more than $50.
Legal Aid of North Carolina (201 W Main St, Suite 400) offers free legal advice and representation (civil cases) for low-income residents. Call 919-688-6396 for more info and to set up an appointment.
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
Request to appear in front of the City Council (during a Work Session)