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Heel Talk Season 4, Episode 1

Welcome to Heel Talk, The Daily Tar Heel’s podcast recapping the biggest local news of the week. Tune in every Thursday to hear from hosts Sierra Pfeifer and McKenzie Bulris and DTH journalists. This week, student experiences during the campus lockdown, mental health resources and added dorm safety measures. 


UNC students participate in first Redirect the Rage rally to protest overturning of Roe v. Wade

On Sunday, UNC students participated in Redirect the Rage, a rally hosted by the UNC Undergraduate Student Government and several other student organizations to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  Students made posters at the Old Well and marched down East Cameron Avenue and Raleigh Street to the Pit. Chants such as "My body, my choice," and "I've been mad for too many days, time to redirect the rage!" rang out through the streets.

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North Carolina Department of Justice says it will not move to reinforce the state's 20-week abortion ban

The North Carolina Department of Justice will not move to lift the injunction in Bryant v. Woodall.  According to North Carolina state law, pregnancies are banned after 20 weeks.  The case argues that the 20-week ban is unconstitutional, as it is several weeks prior to viability and would prevent healthcare providers from administering some pre-viability abortions.

City & State

'It's really powerful': Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit hires first peer support specialist

The Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit recently hired Laverne Burton as its first peer support specialist. She began in the role on June 13. The new position is designed to help those who need mental health support connect with someone with lived experience. Burton works mainly with unsheltered people and often meets them in the street to provide them with support and resources. 

City & State

Chapel Hill-Carrboro community protests end of constitutional right to abortion

Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP held a rally to protect women’s rights in downtown Chapel Hill just 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end nearly half a century of the constitutional right to an abortion. Chapel Hill Town Council member Camille Berry was one of several speakers to address the crowd, sharing the story of her pregnancy that had to be terminated in 1993. Others present at the event included Orange County Democratic Party Acting Chair Phyllis Portie-Ascott and UNC Student Body President  Taliajah "Teddy" Vann.

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Updates on Abortion Access and Monkeypox in North Carolina

Editor-in-Chief Guillermo Molero and Audio Editor Will Christensen talk to Liv Reilly, Emmy Martin, and Sarah Choi about UNC's settlement with Nikole Hannah-Jones, a court ruling that restricts abortions after 20 weeks in North Carolina, and a surge in Monkeypox cases nationwide.

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