2016 Focus


Neighborhood Stabilization Advocacy Campaign

(Early-Mid 2016)

As a result of the recent home revaluations, the average increase in home property values across Durham County is around 12%. But in Black & Brown working class neighborhoods that are rapidly gentrifying, there is a potential for property taxes to double or more than triple by 2017. In order to shift resources to working class residents, Durham For All:

  • Knocked on hundreds of doors to educate Northeast Central Durham (NECD) residents on the impact of the Property Tax Revaluation and availability of existing tax relief resources for homeowners
  • Worked with residents and city officials to advocate for a revamp of Durham's minor home repairs program as a way to provide tax relief for homeowners and to protect the cost of housing for renters

Base Building & Relationship Building

(Mid-Late 2016)

In the summer, Durham For All formed a team to lead base building in Durham's Precinct 14 in NECD. We have:

  • Continued to knock on hundreds of more doors, talking with folks in English and Spanish to learn about the issues they care about most, share our vision of political power, and invite them to get involved
  • Connected with leaders and groups in NECD
  • Held various community conversations about political power building with community members
  • Hosted a September Block Party next to East Durham Park, where hundreds came out to party and learn about Durham For All
  • Partnered with BYP 100 Durham in late October to lead a March to the Polls event from East Durham Park
  • Participated in the first Assembly of Latino Organizations in NC with Latin@ community members we met through door knocking

Leadership Development

Throughout 2016, we are investing deeply in leadership development by:

  • expanding our team and participating in a collective study & practice process with new members
  • sending some of our team to a two-part, 8-day leadership course called Transformation in Action by Generative Somatics and a three-day alternative economies conference in Buffalo, New York, called CommonBound
  • building the leadership of Black & Brown residents in working class neighborhoods through trainings and shared practice in:
    • door knocking
    • event mobilization
    • public speaking
    • relationship building, and more!

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