Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Transit, interfaith dialogue, urban planning and wages

Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at meetings of Congregations for Social Justice.  Consider participating in one of these events in our community.  Contact Adrienne if you have questions.

1 -   Crucial Conversation - Wake County's transit referendum: The case for a "yes" vote from Rob Schofield  
       Tuesday, October 18, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
       Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building
       711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
       Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.
This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the state, voters will be asked to make dozens of decisions on a dizzying variety of candidates and, in many places, special ballot referenda. One of the most important of these referenda will be on the ballot in Wake County, where voters will be asked to decide on a proposal, years in the making, to add a half-cent to the sales tax to fund transit.Unfortunately, as is too often the case with such matters, the transit referendum has received limited media attention in the weeks leading up to the election and is buried at the bottom of the back page of the ballot. This has many supporters of the initiative concerned. Having spent years developing and fine tuning the proposal and, among other things, addressing the initial concerns of anti-poverty and affordable housing advocates, they want to tell the story of the referendum, explain its critical importance to the future of North Carolina’s capital county and mobilize progressives to spread the word.

Sig Hutchinson is the Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a businessman, a veteran communications professional and a longtime champion of progressive public policy solutions. He has helped transform his community by spearheading six successful bond referenda in Raleigh and Wake County.

Karen Rindge is the executive Director of with WakeUP Wake County, which she helped found in 2006. Prior to arriving in Raleigh, she spent 10 years in Washington DC working in non-profit advocacy and grassroots organizing and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.

Bill Rowe is General Counsel and Deputy Director of Advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center, where he has worked for the last 25 years as a lawyer, lobbyist and one of the state’s most knowledgeable anti-poverty advocates. Among many other issues, Bill is an expert on the subject of affordable housing – a field in which he has long championed to needs and rights of the poorest and most vulnerable North Carolinians.

Don’t miss this very special event!
Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

2 - TRIANGLE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE - Interfaith Dialog Group from Judye Jacobs  
        Third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30 – 12 noon
        Community United Church
        814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh
Next meeting - Tuesday, October 18.
We'll discuss “stereotypes in the media.” Come with examples from TV, social media, etc.
We know that in both good and troubling times it is important for people of all faiths to join together, to get to know one another, to share ideas and ideologies, and to find a space to express opinions openly and without judgment, so that we may understand why we each do what we do in the name of religion.

Join us and to invite others from your faith community and interfaith organizations to join us as well.  The current roster includes members of the Baha'i. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and Sai Baba faiths.

Call or email if you have any questions - Judye Jacobs  judyejacobs@gmail.com     919/781-8490

3 - Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization from City of Raleigh < raleighnc@info.raleighnc.gov >
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McKimmon Conference & Training Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606

The City of Raleigh, Smart Growth America and PNC Bank invite you to attend a public session focusing on redevelopment around planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations in the South Wilmington BRT Corridor.

Representatives from the initiative will work with the City Planning and Housing and Neighborhoods departments to create equitable development around planning bus rapid transit stations. This will help the City revitalize neighborhoods around stations areas as well as make sure the new service accommodates and understands the concerns for long-term residents.

Join the discussion regarding:
Concerns and ideas regarding affordable housing, small business preservation, transit service, public improvement financing, community engagement strategies, and other issues.
An update on the planning, timeline, status, and next steps of the South Wilmington BRT Corridor redevelopment.

The City of Raleigh is one of three cities in the nation chosen to receive the first round of assistance from a new national planning initiative. Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization, a project of Smart Growth America in partnership with PNC Bank, is designed to support elected leaders, appointed officials, community developers, and residents working together to revitalize neighborhoods and capture benefits from the process for all income levels.

If you believe like we do - that successful, equitable revitalization is development that provides access to housing, jobs, and transportation for all members of the community - join us on October 19.

4 - Fight for $15 Community Meeting from Ben Carroll < bcarroll@raiseupfor15.org >
             Monday, October 17   -   6:30pm
             Raise Up Office
             2220 N Roxboro St
             Durham
Join us for a community discussion and planning meeting to take stock of the work that's been happening over the past few months, hear from community organizations about ongoing work, and chart a course forward through the remainder of the year.

In August, the Fight for 15 hosted our largest national convention of low wage workers to date in Richmond, VA. It included workers from 17 different industries who met together for the first time, and closed with a march against racism and low wages that directly confronted the captiol of the Old Confederacy.

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