County Commissioners’ Forum 2012

·         ·  The InterNeighborhood Council of Durham has organized a County Commissioners’ Candidates forum for Wednesday, March 28, from 6:45 to 9:00 P.M. at the North Carolina Center School of Education Auditorium (710 Cecil St., Durham 27707). All fourteen candidates for Durham County Commissioner have agreed to participate that evening. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
All five Commissioner seats are up for election this year, and, because there are only Democratic candidates running, the Democratic May primary may be tantamount to election. Bob Ashley, former editor of the Herald Sun and current Executive Director for Preservation Durham, will be the moderator that evening. If you are registered to vote as an independent or unaffiliated voter, you may vote in the Democratic primary.
You are invited to hear what these candidates have to say because five of them will make important decisions about life in our community as they govern the county.  It’s helpful to remember the difference between county and city services. Here’s a simple way to think about it: Durham County is responsible for “soft services”– education, social programs, etc., and the County Commissioners set priorities (and tax rates) for these. Durham City is responsible for “hard services” –fire, police, physical plant and city street maintenance, and Durham City Council members set priorities (and tax rates) for those.
There is easy parking near the auditorium. The auditorium is located at 710 Cecil Street, Durham NC 27707. Driving directions to the NCCU Campus may be found at
Durham InterNeighborhood Council (INC) organized in 1984, is a coalition of Durham’s neighborhoods and homeowner associations. Its mission is to promote the quality, stability and vitality of Durham’s residential neighborhoods


How do you revive Hope in Durham, North Carolina?

A North Carolina Summit: Progress and Economic Justice in a Time of Crisis.

UNC’s School of Law presents

“For most of the last decade, poverty rose in North Carolina, even as the economy grew. Then in 2008, with the onslaught of massive recession, the wheels came off.  Poverty rates soared. More than one in six Tar Heels now live in poverty. The numbers are worse for persons of color. And, stunningly, almost a quarter of our kids are poor.”

Reverend Barber summed it up best with “Jesus preached a gospel of helping the poor,” the GNI (Good News Index) We the people need to understand  that there are many “faces of poverty”, because the “face” has changed and so should the message.” Read the rest of this entry »