Politics

Q&A with Rep. Mickey Michaux on Durham life and history

By Alexis Allston

April 19, 2017

Rep. Henry McKinley “Mickey” Michaux Jr., D-Durham, is the longest serving African-American representative in the N.C. General Assembly at 86 years old. Durham Voice co-editor Alexis Allston sat down with Michaux to talk about Durham, local politics and a lifetime of service. DV: What part of Durham did you grow up in? MM: I was born, bred […]

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Durham City Council approves education initiative funding

By Bryce Lapping

The Durham City Council unanimously voted 7-0 to fund the education task force of the Mayor’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, now known as the 10.01 Transformation in Ten (T2) Initiative, at its April 17 meeting. The education task force will receive nearly $32,500 to assist in its new initiatives, Advancing Educational Outcome and Opportunities (AEOO) and […]

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A Q&A with Durham County Republican HQ Chair

By Jarely Parada

April 5, 2017

  To some people in Durham, the Republican Party is the party of old white men consumed with self-pride and a lack of care for the less fortunate. Deep in central Durham County, where only 14 percent of people are registered Republicans, one man believes the African-American community should consider a different way of thinking. […]

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Mayor Bell plans to leave a legacy of outreach, community

By Bryce Lapping

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has made a difference in the community he loves, and he will continue to do so after his final term expires later this year. Bell, who has served as mayor since 2001, sat down with The VOICE to discuss his impact on the city, mainly regarding his poverty reduction initiative, which […]

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A Triangle coalition hopes to unify progressives

By Bryce Lapping

March 1, 2017

The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition held a “Triangle People’s Assembly” Saturday, the third such event since President Trump’s election. The assembly hosted representatives from a variety of social and economic justice organizations at The Palace International, a Durham restaurant started by two Kenyan natives. The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition formed in 2016 to […]

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Historic Thousands on Jones Street lives up to its name

By Catherine O'Neill and Bryce Lapping

February 15, 2017

  Tens of thousands of people packed the streets for Saturday’s Historic Thousands on Jones Street event in Raleigh, lead by the N.C. NAACP.  According to the event’s organizers, this number exceeded the march’s previous record from 2014. The march was bookended by speeches outside of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts at […]

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25th Annual Vigil Against Violence remembers 44 lost

By Nicole Caporaso

  For 25 years, the Durham community has been honoring victims of violence with an annual vigil. The 25th Annual Vigil Against Violence will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. Organized by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and the Durham chapter of […]

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A new chief in town

By Rachel Herzog and Jordan Wilkie

February 9, 2017

  Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis said that building a better relationship with the community is at the root of public safety. “Community raised me,” she said. “We all search for family somewhere. If they don’t have it at home, young people may look for it on the streets.” After taking the oath in […]

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Women’s March on Raleigh raises questions about race for many

By Bryce Lapping

February 1, 2017

Millions took to the streets across the nation in solidarity with women less than 24 hours after Donald Trump took the oath of office. Aatia Davison, a 19-year-old studying at UNC-Chapel Hill who grew up in the Triangle, traveled to Washington, D.C., to make her voice heard. “No hate, no fear. Immigrants are welcome here,” […]

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Reaching millennials about voting

By Nijah McKinney

November 15, 2016

  When it comes to elections, many pose the question “Will millennials vote?” While the 2016 election is in the books, it appears that there are continuing questions concerning this age group. For that reason, one Washington, D.C., group conducted a college tour this fall, stopping at N.C. Central University on Nov. 2 to encourage […]

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Evaluating The Trump Card

By LaMon Jones

November 11, 2016

  The 2016 election has been a rollercoaster ride of insults, hate speech, sexism and racism. The Clinton campaign versus the Trump campaign will go down in history as one of the nastiest battles in politics. The career politician Hillary Clinton battled it out with one of the most iconic businessmen of the modern era, […]

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Police Athletic League puts kids and cops on the field

By Brenna Elmore and Rachel Herzog

November 9, 2016

  On a chilly Saturday morning in November, two police officers cross the deserted soccer field in front of the Holton Career and Resource Center. But they’re not patrolling the area — together, they lift up a soccer goal on their shoulders and move it along the white lines painted in the grass. Soon, cars […]

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Galifianakis examines NC politics in 'Democracy for Sale'

By Riley Turner

October 24, 2016

Speaking Thursday, Oct. 24  beneath the cathedral-like ceiling of Hayti Cultural Center, the Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP, said, “Fear doesn’t care what tool it uses, as long as it keeps the division wide.” The theme of the night: division. The Hayti Cultural Center hosted an advanced […]

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Election 2016: our microphones go to NECD

By Jimmy Wylie

To get a sense of what folks are thinking about the election year of 2016, VOICE audio journalist Jimmy Wylie takes his mic to Northeast Central Durham with the questions: who are you voting for? What are the issues you care about? And how important is this election? Here’s what he heard from, in order, […]

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Bill Clinton in my neighborhood?

By Amil Mangum

October 23, 2016

  Early in September, former President Bill Clinton visited Lyon Park Community Family Life & Recreation Center to campaign for his wife and talk about education and immigration policies. Lyon Park is in my neighborhood, and I got to see what was happening. I always heard good things about Bill Clinton, especially from my mom. […]

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Jordan High School students organize Black Lives Matter protest

By Amil Mangum

October 18, 2016

Staff photographer and Jordan High School student Amil Magnum captured a student-organized “peaceful protest” at Jordan High School on Sept. 28, 2016, to call attention to events going on between police and people of color. The protest lasted from 8:30 to 8:50 before classes started. Teachers and administrators were supportive of the event.

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City Council declares October domestic violence awareness month

By Trevor Barnes

October 7, 2016

  With a community gathering of about 40 citizens, the city of Durham held their biweekly City Council on Oct. 3 where they declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Whereas anyone can be a victim of (domestic) violence, we believe that everyone deserves a life free of violence,” said Mayor Bell. Mayor Bell continued by […]

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Durham police create new liaison with LGBTQ community

By Meredith Wilson

October 5, 2016

Newly appointed Police Chief Cerelyn Davis announced Officer Charles Strickland as the liaison between the department and the LGBTQ communtiy of Durham at the annual NC PRIDE festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Durham Police Department (DPD) also released new standard operating procedures (SOP) regarding interactions with LGBTQ individuals on Sunday, Oct. 2. The LGBTQ […]

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Town hall held in response to protests over conditions in Durham Detention Facility

By Jordan Wilkie

September 21, 2016

Durham’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) officially recognized years-long protests over conditions inside the Durham County Detention Facility on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 15. Approximately 100 community members gathered at City Hall for a two-hour forum on how the jail impacts Durham County residents. The Inside-Outside Alliance, an activist group including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated members, has […]

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All fun and ga(y)mes: QueerNC gives teens a safe space to connect

By Candice Craig

April 20, 2016

Durham teens have responded to House Bill 2, better known as the “bathroom bill”. “Durham was one of the most progressive cities in North Carolina, as far as extending rights to the LGBTQ community,” said Nick Buchser, a youth programs coordinator for Raleigh’s QueerNC. “HB2 took away all of that.” With House Bill 2, or […]

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