Register for PBS Documentary - Eastlake Meadows Zoom Discussion with Durham CAN Leaders

Durham CAN will be hosting two opportunities to discuss the PBS Documentary, East Lake Meadows, this week. Please register in advance by clicking on the link for the discussion session that works best for you.
Once you have registered, you will be sent a Zoom link that you will use to join the session.  (See photo below. The red arrow points to the Zoom link.)
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Statement from Durham CAN to Durham District Attorney, Satana Deberry

March 27, 2020
Satana Deberry
District Attorney, Durham County

Dear Ms. Deberry,
As our community prepares for the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Durham CAN want to add our voice to the growing cry for help for one of our most vulnerable populations: our incarcerated brothers and sisters. As closed environments, jails and prisons present the highest risk of illness from a virus. Outbreaks in our detention and correctional facilities are inevitable. In explaining his stay-at-home order, Mayor Schewel declared that the window for keeping ourselves safe is now. Similarly, the window for releasing our community members from prisons to spare them, and other incarcerated people and the staff that secure them, from this dangerous disease is now.

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PBS Documentary on the Impact of Racism on Public Housing Tonight

It's the story of a public housing community in Atlanta that became nearly uninhabitable after years of neglect and underfunding. Eventually, it was torn down to create a mixed-income community.  Yet, only 15% of people returned to the property after it was completed. Some were ineligible to return due to tighter restrictions.
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Organizing In The Time of Pandemic

Over the past week, I've spent some time thinking about the implications of this moment for a practice of organizing that is deeply relational -- eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul.

I shared some thoughts this morning with our Clergy Caucus members and thought I'd share with ya'll:

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Adjusting Our Rhythm

“All real living is in meeting."  - Martin Buber, I and Thou

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Report from March 5th Metro Council & Next Steps

Durham CAN held its first Metro Council Meeting of 2020 at Abundant Hope Christian Church on Thursday, March 5th.  After a welcome and invocation from Rev. Mark-Anthony Middleton, Strategy Team members Rev. Timothy Conder and Ms. Ketty Thelemaque led a formal evaluation of our recent McDougald Terrace action and conducted a "fishbowl" exercise with our new lead organizer, Ms. Tinu Diver.  We set a collective vision for 2020 as a year of "dis-organizing and reorganizing" and a time to prioritize training, rebuilding core teams and running another cycle of listening campaigns.

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2/20 Metro Council Rescheduled to 3/5

Due to anticipated snow tomorrow evening, the Metro Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 20th will be held on Thursday, March 5th from 6-8pm at Abundant Hope Church.

Please be sure to RSVP or update your RSVP.

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McDougald Terrace Press Conference Report & Next Steps

“…Now, we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love….” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

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