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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Protests Call For Police Accountability

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
Credit Laura Lee

    

Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Events Encourage Author To Republish Novel

Durham-based author Sharon Ewell Foster republished her book Passing by Samaria in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

    

When Sharon Ewell Foster first published her novel Passing by Samaria in the late 1990s, it was a time of relative racial peace throughout the United States.

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Law
1:01 am
Wed November 26, 2014

In North Carolina, Hundreds Protest Ferguson Decision

Hundreds gathered in downtown Durham on Tuesday night to protest the lack of charges against Darren Wilson. They held signs that read "We Are All Michael Brown."
Credit Reema Khrais

Hundreds of people gathered throughout central North Carolina Tuesday night in response to the decision in Ferguson, Missouri to not indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

In Durham, dozens of protesters briefly stopped traffic on the northbound lanes of the Durham Freeway around 6:30 p.m.  They were chanting slogans like “No Justice, No Peace" and "No Racist Police." 

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Law
6:29 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NC NAACP: Non-Indictment Of Wilson Is Indictment Of System

The Rev. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, addressed reporters on Tuesday morning.
Credit Reema Khrais

Leaders of North Carolina’s NAACP are expressing their disappointment in the decision to not indict Ferguson, Missouri white officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Reverend William Barber spoke at a press conference in Durham this morning. He said that the decision to not indict Wilson is an indictment of the system itself.

“And we're plagued with it here. It's an indictment, right here, on the system in North Carolina. Racial profiling is real in this state,” he said.

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Business & Economy
2:24 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fast Food Workers Shut Down Street in Durham, NC; 26 Arrested

Fast food workers wearing uniforms and 'Raise Up for $15' t-shirts sat in the middle of Morgan Street in downtown Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Fast food workers in North Carolina rallied Thursday in support of a $15-an-hour minimum wage.  As in New York City, Detroit and Chicago, some workers chose civil disobedience.

Fast food workers came from Charlotte, Raleigh and other cities to lock arms with workers in Durham.  And at lunch time, right in the middle of Morgan Street, across from a McDonald’s, dozens of demonstrators sat down, and chanted.

“We can’t survive on $7.25! We can’t survive on $7.25!”

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Power of Stories In Events Like Ferguson

A book exploring the intersection of stories and politics.

  

Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world around us, and insights from science, history, and biology confirm that humans are storytelling animals. 

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Are The Arrests Actually Harming The Moral Monday Movement?

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as part of the Moral Monday protests.
Credit NAACP

The Moral Monday protests from Raleigh have garnered national attention over the past year. A key component of the protests has been media attention on arrests. Dozens were arrested this year for various non-violent offenses, a move some say is becoming an overt aim of many protestors.

Amy Laura Hall is a professor of ethics at the Duke Divinity School.  She has participated in the Moral Monday protests from the start, but she says the tactic of getting arrested -- or "orderly submission" as she calls it -- is flawed.   

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Politics & Government
7:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

15 Moral Monday Protesters Arrested While Chanting, Holding Signs Outside NC Senate Chamber

North Carolina General Assembly Police arrested 15 'Moral Monday' protesters outside Senate chambers on Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Fifteen protesters holding signs calling for North Carolina lawmakers to expand Medicaid and unemployment benefits were arrested after refusing to stop chanting and leave an area outside of the state Senate chambers on Monday night.

The protest, the latest in the "Moral Monday" rallies that started last year, included hundreds of more demonstrators who met behind the state Legislative Building in Raleigh and organized in an area on the second and third floors between the Senate and House chambers.

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Education
7:50 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Moral Monday Protesters Sing And Chant In Legislative Building; 19 Arrested

Protesters gathered outside the Senate chamber on Monday to demonstrate against policies they say are regressive.
Credit Protesters gathered outside the Senate chamber to demonstrate against policies they say are regressive.

Nineteen Moral Monday protesters were arrested yesterday after demonstrating in the legislative building against budget proposals and policies passed by Republican-led General Assembly.

Dozens of protesters stomped, danced, and chanted at the very tops of their lungs, days after a superior court judge struck down new rules that prohibit loud activities and noises that would cause disturbances. The Wake County judge on Friday argued that the rules were unconstitutional, overly broad and vague.

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Politics & Government
7:59 am
Tue June 3, 2014

11 Protesters Cited For Trespassing Outside Gov. McCrory's Office

The 11 protesters who were cited for trespassing at the Old North Carolina State Capitol, and the NC-NAACP's Rev. William Barber (back center), gave speeches on the building's doorstep after they were released.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Eleven protesters who said they wanted to personally ask Gov. Pat McCrory to overturn Republican government policies received trespassing citations for refusing to leave the Old North Carolina State Capitol building after it closed on Monday afternoon.

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