The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People has always and will always vehemently oppose any and all forms or expressions of discrimination.
In our 81-year existence we have ardently advocated for the dignity and fundamental human and constitutional rights of all the oppressed in their quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in Durham.
The newly passed House Bill 2 not only unconstitutionally discriminates against a segment of our community, but it also contains provisions that prohibit citizens of our state from filing lawsuits when they feel they have been unfairly fired from their jobs because of their race or gender. Additionally, the bill also weakens the power of local governments.
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We therefore go on record opposing N.C. House Bill 2 as it was passed by the North Carolina Legislature and signed into law by Gov. McCory. Furthermore, we oppose any legislation that limits the ability of local municipalities to govern and act on the best interests of all citizens, as this bill does.
Omar S. Beasley
The writers are the chairman and legal redress chairman of the Durham Committee, respectively.
I love living in a city that has tree-shaded sidewalks.
That is a resource for our community.
We also have a resource when we go up to our sunny rooftops.
It’s important to harness this sunshine with solar panels on every rooftop available to offer a sustainable energy future for Durham citizens so I encourage the city council to support this resolution.
I wanted to add solar panels to my roof years ago but it was cost prohibitive. Last year, with help from the collective buying power of Solarize Durham, and after I finished paying off my mortgage, I added the panels with dramatic reduction of my power bill. I would support a community loan program to help other business, building and home owners do the same.
I would even consider making a small donation from the savings of my own installation, as would others who have also benefitted from this program, to help support this loan fund for others.
Editor’s note: Our follow-up on Duke Hospice patient Jack Bankston raising enough money to stay in his Durham apartment generated several responses including:
Rebecca B. Dye: Praise the Lord. Thank all of you who came to his aid and that of his best friend and dog for years. It’s people like you who make life better. God bless all of you.
Gail Sutton McNally: What an uplifting article, especially with bad news going around our area! So happy that his community stepped up to help him.
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