Racial & Economic Justice
Our group savecarrborogreenspaces.org has collected 332 signatures near the Farmer's Market on 2 Saturdays and 3 Wednesdays. Our last chance with the Carrboro Aldermen is June 21. We need your help now to address this new "profits over people" environmental social injustice.
Land use decisions are to made deliberately, after public input. But Silicon Valley's wealth is pushing their ASAP culture onto communities and disrupting local procedures (e.g. Uber). To attain market dominance, Google Fiber imposes rules that speed the sitings of its internet relay facilities: Since towns control permits, Google will not partner with utility districts. Google allows towns to nominate only sites that towns own directly. Towns don't own much land, so parks and urban green spaces get nominated.
Orange County, via both public and private employers, has been making significant strides in extending living wages to people who work in our communities. Here's the latest:
- Orange County Board of Commissioners approves policy encouraging contractors to pay a living wage.
- While the North Carolina General Assembly's House Bill 74 made it illegal for municipalities to require vendors/contractors to pay a living wage, and the recently passed House Bill 2 reinforced that ban, the county commissioners approved a policy to encourage vendors and contractors with the county to pay a living wage. While a living wage cannot be required, vendors and contractors will be required to "submit a statement indicating whether the employees who will perform work on the Orange County contract are paid at least the living wage amount. If such employees do not make at least $12.76 per hour, the contractor or vendor will be asked to indicate in the statement the actual amount paid to such employees. For bid projects, this statement would be submitted as part of the bid packet."
To RSVP for March 22 hearing, go here: http://www.ifcweb.org/rsvp
Starts at 7:30 p.m. Board Chambers Room 110 of Carrboro Town Hall
From the IFC Website: "The IFC has met with the Board of Aldermen to start the process for FoodFirst, but we need your continued advocacy and support to bring this vision to reality! A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2016, and we would love to see as many friendly faces as possible to speak on behalf of FoodFirst. You can find more details about this project at www.ifcfoodfirst.org!"
Statement of Support for IFC Community Kitchen in Carrboro:
Weaver Community Housing Association would like to voice its support of the IFC locating the Food First community kitchen in downtown Carrboro. WCHA is concerned about public safety for all of its residents and that includes those of low-income and marginalized populations. Hence, our organization does not support criminalization of the homeless by spreading fear of panhandling and loitering. The existence of poor residents is not a public safety issue. Tactics such as these have been used by many cities to push the poor and homeless farther out of town where they are invisibilized. We stand with the National Coalition for Homeless and their Homeless Bill Of Rights and recognize that violence and marginalization of the homeless is a national problem.
We also recognize the the Food First kitchen will be supplying groceries to many families who plan to cook meals in their homes and that a focus on fears of “idle persons” is largely unwarranted. Roughly 1.7 million people in North Carolina live in poverty, which amounts to about 1 in 5 people. There is an overwhelming need for centralized, community services especially now that the state of North Carolina has stopped supplying food stamps to those without work. We also recognize that people of color disproportionately make up these affected groups at, by some estimates, roughly 78% of those who live in poverty in our state. When we choose to make these services less accessible, we do so at a detriment to these marginalized groups. We ask that Carrboro businesses and the town make the decision to support these community efforts downtown and stand up for those who are struggling in our communities. We also ask for other local organizations to sign on to this statement.
Weaver Community Housing Association is a non-profit housing association that is owned and managed by low-income residents in Carrboro, North Carolina. Our mission is to provide permanent, affordable and sustainable housing for low-income families and individuals, and to empower them to make decisions to maintain their homes and communities. See www.Wcha.coop for more info
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 -
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Room 110 Carrboro Town Hall
Weaver Community Housing Association would like to voice its support of the IFC locating the Food First community kitchen in downtown Carrboro. WCHA is concerned about public safety for all of its residents and that includes those of low-income and marginalized populations. Hence, our organization does not support criminalization of the homeless by spreading fear of panhandling and loitering.
Yesterday I was in Raleigh and joined the Selma to DC Journey for Justice March sponsored by the NAACP. Lots of supporters were there from religious groups, unions and environmental groups. (Sierra Club turned out a number of members.) Candidates and elected officials from Chapel Hill and Carrboro were there too. I talked with the reporter from Univision. She has moved to Raleigh from Florida as did the new Sierra Club organizer. The N and O has some nice photos. The rally ended with everyone holding "Support Voting Rights Advancement Act" signs. ( An attempt to fix the changes the Supreme Court made to the Voting Rights Act.)
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