Stories of Justice
Early this summer, Durham CAN began organizing at the Durham Housing Authority (DHA) Hoover Road Community led by Organizer, Tinu Diver. Hoover Road is a conventional public housing community located in East Durham. The 54 multi-family townhomes were built in 1968. The units are for low income families and their rent is set at 30% of their income. Hoover Road residents include a mix of young families, multi-generational families, and elderly residents. Some residents have been living in the community for 25 years or more. 98% of heads of household are minorities and 94% make less than 30% AMI (1). According to the housing 1 authority, the average income of its 3,727 public housing tenants is $13,253 (2).
Last November I got an email that I nearly deleted, but it turned out to be the beginning of a very pleasant surprise. The message came via the ERUUF website, and had been relayed to me by ERUUF staff. Here it is, in full:
Are you in need of financial donations? I live in Costa Rica now, but was once a member of the UU Fellowship in Clemson, SC. Eno River seems to be a little more active in helping refugees. If I made a donation of $500, how might Eno River use that money to aid refugees?
Congratulations to our ERUUF congregational community for the ongoing progress toward Green Sanctuary Accreditation! As some of you may recall, securing Green Sanctuary became a strategic goal in ERUUF’s
2016-2019 Strategic Plan. Since that time, we have made steady progress to include the acceptance of our Green Sanctuary Action Plan by the UUA Green Sanctuary Program in September 2018. Click on the link below to download a document that outlines some of the exciting progress we've made toward Green Sanctuary Accreditation.
As part of the Green Sanctuary Project, the Earth Justice Action Team held an Earth and Climate Justice Month in April of 2019 that included activities for the congregation and larger community. In this video, members share their experiences.
Durham CAN has a grand vision for Durham. We want to see Durham become a Living Wage City as well as see increased access to job training and jobs for people in our community that need it most.
Announcing the UUA Common Read for 2018-2019: Justice on Earth, People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment. This year's read is a Green Sanctuary Project sponsored jointly by the Justice Ministry Council and the Earth Justice Action Group. Please use the Google Form to register to participate. Facilitators will be contacting registered participants soon to set times and locations for the discussions. The book can be purchased on the UUA website, Amazon, or on your smart device with Kindle or Google Play. You may also use the Google Form to indicate that you need assistance in purchasing a copy of the book or would like to borrow a copy. A celebration of our collective participation is planned for April 28 following the second service.
Durham CAN has developed their vision, goals and action steps for the next six months. Briefly, they are to
- hold listening sessions for their new jobs and criminal justice campaigns
- continue to pursue and celebrate their successes for more affordable housing in Durham
- secure previous commitments and
- expand their base of power
Find more information in the Durham CAN June newsletter. ERUUF's team for Durham CAN encourages interested folks to attend one of the CAN leadership institutes in July or contact Heather Ladd or Dick Hails for more ways that one can support and participate in CAN events.
ERUUF was recently recognized as the #1 congregation by Urban Ministries of Durham for the most volunteer hours for 2017. The ERUUF team logged in 1267 hours for our low income and homeless neighbors.