Politics

Amendments drive Durham early voters to the polls

By Jennifer Maxwell

November 5, 2018

  North Carolina voters concluded an 18-day early voting period on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the 2018 midterm election with a record number of ballots cast, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. One reason for the surge in this year’s early voter turnout can be attributed to the nearly […]

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A day with one of Durham’s Syrian refugee families

By Ramishah Maruf

April 11, 2018

Sixth-grader Sedra Khatib cried on her first day at Lakewood Elementary School in Durham last year. “[The school] didn’t have a bus to go to home. And they asked me, and I didn’t understand,” Sedra said.  “They called my dad and they call him and he said he will come. They had to use [Google […]

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Durham’s battle with Confederate statues

By Ramishah Maruf

February 28, 2018

After protesters toppled a Durham Confederate statue in August, the city began the process to form a commission to find out exactly what to do with both the base of the statue and the remaining Confederate symbols. The committee, led by Wendy Jacobs, Durham County Board of Commissioners chair, and Mayor Steve Schewel, has two […]

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Human Relations Commission calls for prison reform

By Zayrha Rodriguez

February 14, 2018

The North Carolina Human Relations Commission has the mission to end racial discrimination in Durham, according to their website and Diane Standaert, chair of the commission. Two members of the HRC presented their recommendations to reform the Durham County Detention Facility at ReCity, 112 Broadway St. The presentation was part of “Locked in Solidarity”—a weeklong, […]

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Durham mayor addresses the city with big plans

By Lamel Batts

February 13, 2018

  Newly-elected Mayor Steve Schewel outlined his plans for Durham at his first annual State of the City Address on Monday. He emphasized projects related to the environmental health of the city and improving livability in Durham. Around 85 people attended the event which was also broadcast on Durham’s public access channel and can now […]

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Unity March and Rally unites Durham in MLK’s legacy

By Katie Rice, Ramishah Maruf and Tenley Garrett

January 31, 2018

It is below freezing, but Antwon Styles grips his daughters’ hands, joining hundreds of marchers in downtown Durham for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March and Rally on Saturday, Jan. 15. Audrina, Antwon’s fourth-grader, holds a sign that reads “For the Children” adorned with hearts and smiley faces. Durham holds a history rooted […]

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Durham elects first Latina to City Council

By Marissa O'Neill and Bryce Lapping

Javiera Caballero sat in the Durham City Hall Council Chambers, waiting. The next day, she would celebrate her 40th birthday, but a larger accomplishment awaited. After a 5-1 vote among the council, Caballero took her oath of office on Jan. 16, becoming just the second sitting LatinX-identified public official in all of North Carolina. The […]

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First Calvary Baptist hosts 26th annual MLK Day Lock-In

By Cole Villena

Two weeks after New Year’s, hundreds of West End residents came together once again to celebrate a cherished American holiday. Posters of Martin Luther King Jr. replaced brightly-colored 2018 banners. Coffee, not champagne, was the drink of choice for adults at the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park at 1309 Halley Street. […]

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Rep. Black launches campaign for election

By Davis McKinney

November 26, 2017

With all the well-dressed attendees and live band, one could be forgiven for mistaking Rep. MaryAnn Black’s fundraising event at the Hayti Community Center for a jazz club last Thursday night. Black has represented District 29 in Durham County since February of this year, after Governor Roy Cooper appointed her to the seat. Despite her […]

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Durham nutrition programs stand to lose with proposed tax plan

By Sarah Cline

November 23, 2017

Durham food security may take a blow due to policy changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Community members, policymakers, and experts met last Thursday in Durham to discuss the federal policy changes and outcomes. The meeting, entitled, “Can SNAP End Hunger? A forum on food justice,” was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church […]

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Voter Guide for Durham Mayoral Election

By Beth Clifford and Sarah Cline

November 6, 2017

Durham’s election for its new mayor is happening on Nov. 7. This is your final chance to get out and vote, and here is The VOICE’s guide for when you head to the polls. No endorsement is made on this guide.   Farad Ali Overview Farad Ali is a leader in community business and the […]

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Days before election, Ali and Schewel meet in one final forum

By Davis McKinney

Maybe game seven of the World Series drew the crowd away, or maybe Durham residents are just simply experiencing election fatigue. Either way, attendance was lower than expected last Wednesday for the final forum discussion of the mayoral race. With less than a week to Election Day, candidates Farad Ali and Steve Schewel participated in […]

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Steve Schewel’s road to success in Durham

By Julian Keeler

November 5, 2017

Durham resident Steve Schewel is a popular figure in the Triangle area. You may see his face on signs posted all over the city saying, “Vote for Steve Schewel.” He is a candidate in the 2017 Durham Mayoral Election. Schewel has always been keen on helping people and a big advocate for equality and justice. […]

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Who is Farad Ali?

By Julian Keeler

Farad Ali has become a well-known figure in the Durham community because of his professional work, service, and commitment. Now, after nearly 30 years of involvement in the city, Ali has his sights on being the city’s next mayor. Ali, along with his supporters, believe with his leadership and experience, Durham could shift in a […]

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Inside Outside Alliance demands change at Durham County Correctional Facility

By Sarah Cline

October 18, 2017

The conditions at the Durham County Correctional Facility need to change, according to the Inside Outside Alliance. And they’re doing everything in their power to make it happen. As part of ongoing protests for prison reforms at the correctional facility, protesters gathered outside of the jail last Friday to voice their grievances with the treatment […]

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After primary, Ali and Schewel network with young professionals

By Davis McKinney

If you remember last year’s election at all, you probably associate politics with divisive attack ads and heated debates. But all negative preconceptions were put to rest last Thursday night at Beyú Caffé where mayoral candidates Steve Schewel and Farad Ali met in a moment of political civility to interact with young professionals from Durham. […]

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Affordable housing front and center at second MayorUp forum

By Justin Laidlaw

October 5, 2017

  Affordable housing is a hot button issue in Durham. Since major downtown revitalization began nearly 15 years ago, with developments like American Tobacco Campus and Durham Performing Arts Center, cost of living has shifted dramatically throughout the city. This was the topic of discussion at the second #MayorUp mayoral forum, hosted by Aaron Mandel […]

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Durham protests: Who is really guilty?

By Nafisa Shah

August 27, 2017

    You may have already heard, but on a Monday in early August a group of protesters pulled down the statue of a Confederate soldier that stood outside the old Durham County courthouse. The statue, the Confederate Soldiers Monument, was dedicated to the county of Durham in May, 1924. Engraved in the statute are […]

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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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Riverside community struggles with potential deportation of one of its own

By Bradley Saacks

April 6, 2016

Imagine the everyday burdens that accompany being a high school student —stress about grades, social anxiety of puberty and looming college admissions. For many, the idea of returning to high school is cringe-worthy, but not for 19-year-old Wildin Acosta. Acosta, a senior at Riverside High School on Rose of Sharon Road, is not fighting to […]

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UNC professor writes the story of the Wilmington Ten

By Rowland Givens

March 25, 2016

Last month, UNC professor Kenneth Janken presented his book, “Wilmington Ten,” to a group at the main branch of the Durham Public Library. The topic brought up strong emotions among some attendees. The Wilmington Ten is a case of nine men and one woman who were wrongfully convicted in 1972 of arson and conspiracy, and […]

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Neighborhood Improvement Services brings the city together

By Dominick Askew

  The City of Durham Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services, located at 101 City Hall Plaza, has five divisions to help keep the city regulated. The five divisions consist of code enforcement, community engagement, Impact team, human relations, and administration. Assistant Director of Neighborhood Improvement Services, Vonzennia Gore, says she thinks of NIS “as being […]

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Teen center will aim to keep kids off the streets

By Candice Craig

February 3, 2016

Fourteen-year-old Amiya Wilds was walking around outside of her neighborhood on Liberty Street with a couple of her friends, wishing there was something to do since the after-school program she attended in her neighborhood was stopped. “There’s not many kids out here,” Amiya said. “Everyone’s either moved or is locked up now. We’re bored.” Amiya […]

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PAC1: Evolving over the years

By Evan Owens

October 1, 2015

Long-time Northeast Central Durham residents have no trouble recalling a time in the ’90s when their community was at a crossroads. “Things were out of control,” William Thomas, 72, of Taylor Street remembers. “There was drug dealing and a lot of undesirable actions.”

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Speaking up for solar energy in Durham Public Schools

By Parth Shah

April 15, 2015

It’s nearly five o’clock on a warm April day. While her classmates are outside enjoying the weather, Southern High School junior Kearra Bryant is spending her afternoon indoors. Today, April 9, is the Durham Public Schools Board of Education meeting, and Bryant has something to say.

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Minority males come together at city summit

By LaMon Jones

February 23, 2015

  I recently heard about the My Brother’s Keeper events being hosted by Durham from someone close to me. It sounded interesting enough so I decided to check it out. I wanted to be able to tell my story to other kids like me, as well as hear their stories. I was hoping I could […]

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Southside continues to make a comeback

By Caroline Hudson

February 18, 2015

Marie Hunter has lived in the Southside neighborhood for more than 60 years. She said remembers when it was called St. Teresa and was full of family homes with children playing in the yard. But that’s no longer the case. “I just get tired of people saying bad things,” she said. “They put a bad […]

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Summit Kicks Off Durham’s Work on Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

By Mark Lihn

December 1, 2014

In September, President Obama challenged communities to address opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and now Durham is responding. Obama’s initiative, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), encourages communities to create strategies to help all young men reach their full potential in college or career paths, according its White House website. The Nov. […]

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New Initiative REAL Durham Fights Poverty

By Mark Lihn

November 12, 2014

An initiative to help those in poverty fight it and its negative effects has come to Northeast Central Durham. REAL (Relationships Equipping Allies and Leaders) Durham is a collaboration between a host of agencies: End Poverty Durham, Durham Congregations in Action, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Healthy Families Durham and the Durham Economic Resource Center, REAL […]

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