Archive for August, 2014

Local law enforcement responds to Ferguson

Local law enforcement responds to Ferguson

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have brought into sharp relief a subject not unknown, but rather lingering at the edge of our collective consciousness: “the militarization of policing.” Sarah Stillman’s essay in The New Yorker and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay in The Atlantic are a couple of thoughtful, provocative responses. When Coates writes that Black people are not above calling the police—but often we do so fully understanding that we are

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DHIC: Down, but not out.

DHIC: Down, but not out.

Last week brought news that DHIC‘s application for low-income housing tax credit funding for a project in Chapel Hill was denied. Although this is terribly disappointing, it in no way dampens my enthusiasm for the project or my interest in seeing it through to another application next year. The application was rejected because DHIC’s own commitment of $300,000–itself a tremendous vote of confidence in the project–was not properly documented. While the mistake is

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Evicting the New Jim Crow

Evicting the New Jim Crow

Say a high school student does something extremely dumb. She calls in a false bomb threat. Naturally, threatening a public building is quite illegal. She is arrested on a felony charge. But she is contrite and cooperative. She completes a diversionary juvenile justice program. Case dismissed. Three and a half years later she applies for public housing. A crim check turns up the charge, and she is denied. What are her alternatives? If she

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