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Our City, Our Budget, Our Song {w/ Toshi Reagon + Durham Fam}

Collage by Alexis Pauline Gumbs depicting Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party statewide convention, August 6, 1964.

Collage by Alexis Pauline Gumbs depicting Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party statewide convention, August 6, 1964.

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 2 from 2pm-5:30pm, we are preparing to participate in the public hearing (at Durham City Hall on Monday, June 3, from 7-10pm) to lift the priorities of our communities.

Come hear more about the budget, and learn about the alternatives we're proposing to create real safety for our communities. Come, let's prepare our stories to be shared at the podium, and let's liberate our voices in song.

Our mayor and city council want to hear from Durham residents about the upcoming budget for 2019-2020. In a period of declining crime, the police chief proposed using public funds to hire 72 new police officers over the next three years, and Durham residents packed City Hall this past March to express strong concerns. We know that the police system has never kept us safe. We need YOU to come speak at the next public hearing on Monday, June 3!

Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. She'll be leading us in a community sing.

Hosted by Durham Beyond Policing, a grassroots coalition to divest from policing and prisons and reinvest municipal resources into supporting the health and wellbeing of Black & Brown communities, benefiting all community members in Durham, NC. Some of the organizations represented at our table include BYP 100; SONG Southerners On New Ground; Demilitarize Durham to Palestine coalition; Jewish Voice for Peace; Communities in Partnership (CIP); All of Us or None; Sanctuary Beyond Walls; SpiritHouse; and Harm Free Zone.

Check out the 2019-2020 budget development process so far: https://durhamnc.gov/199/Budget-Management-Services


Monday, May 20 will be the release of the city manager’s proposed budget. We will have 9 days to read it and raise questions before the council work sessions on May 29-30. Then we get a chance to share our stories about how policing and the criminalization of poverty are hurting our communities at the June 3 Public Hearing on the Budget. See you on June 2nd! ♥