The Black Mama's Bail Out Action is an annual event designed to bail Black mothers and caregivers out of jail. Southerners on New Ground Durham has raised over $60,000 to fund this year’s Bail Out, which takes place on Thursday.
With less than a week until Election Day, 3.8 million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots, a state in which young voters have turned out at a rate almost four times higher than at this point in 2016. An index from CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, ranked North Carolina as the second state in the nation where the youth vote can have a significant impact on the presidential election. From reports of apocalyptic wildfires on the West Coast and ongoing protests against systemic racism, to the pandemic that has gone unchecked since March, the youth of America have come face-to-face with the intersection of politics and daily life, and as a result are hyper-aware of what's going on in their country.
In the seventh episode, City & State Editor Sonia Rao talks to N.C. Board of Elections Director Karen Brinson-Bell and UNC political science professor Marc Hetherington about election security during the pandemic.
Elizabeth Tilson, North Carolina's state health director and chief medical officer, said North Carolina likely won't have enough COVID-19 doses available for widespread distribution until later in 2021.
This year is a presidential election year, but there are many other statewide and local races on the ballot. The Daily Tar Heel broke down candidates’ platforms down the ballot, from the U.S. Senate to the Board of County Commissioners, so you don’t have to. We surveyed students to hear what issues mattered most to them. Then, we asked each candidate their stances on these issues.
UNC seniors in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media class initiated a real-life project allowing students to reconnect while bringing campus alive once more.
While walking to class is no longer a part of students’ daily routines, many who remain in Chapel Hill are still finding ways to get some light exercise outside. Whether you’re making your way past the Bell Tower on South Road or strolling through the Bolin Creek Trail, students find no shortage of scenic surroundings.
After a brief closure, Chapel Hill staple Linda's has reopened, with new hours and an expanded menu.
Groups like Save Hillsborough believes the approval of Research Triangle Logistics Park will harm the environment and safety of Orange County.
Voter turnout in the medical field is historically low. VotER, an organization that engages medical professionals in civic participation, aims to change that. In a two-week competition between UNC and Duke medical students by VotER, over 1,000 students were able to register to vote or vote by mail in the upcoming election.
Local food hub program Carrboro United was created to help restaurants in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area survive during the pandemic — and it just reached $1 million in sales.
Elmo's Diner stood as a pillar for the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro for 29 years, a place where families and college students alike devoured plates of waffles and huevos rancheros from early morning till night. But no more.
“The sense of normalcy is comforting, but a little different,” one vendor said. “Given what this year has brought us — maybe it’s not normal, but it’s appropriate for 2020.”
Rachel Raper, the director of elections for Orange County, said poll workers are critical to elections and complete a variety of roles during early voting and Election Day. “Poll workers are on the front line of democracy, and the experience voters have with poll workers shapes their opinions of elections and going to vote” she said. Because of the virus, the polling sites throughout Orange County are following safety protocols by maintaining social distancing, enforcing masks, limiting the number of people inside the polling site, disinfecting the voting sites between each use, not reusing sample ballots and putting up plastic barriers between voting stands.
UNC professor Sharon Holland, along with two community organizers, spearheaded a mutual aid fund designed to help queer, trans and Indigenous people of color weather the pandemic.
Carrboro will place a "truth plaque" at the site of the former Freedmen's school to acknowledge the several hundred Black children and adults who were freed from slavery and educated in the schoolhouse.
Chapel Hill pastor and local civil rights advocate Rev. Robert Seymour died Oct. 11. Seymour spent the majority of his 95 years pastoring churches, founding organizations, serving on boards, penning editorial columns and integrating Chapel Hill – always in his trademark suit and tie. He left behind a community he was fundamental in building.
The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Barbara Foushee is a Carrboro Town Council member.