As individuals in the Triangle experiencing homelessness navigate increased unemployment and widespread closures during the COVID-19 outbreak, the organizations that serve them are working to respond — all while following social distancing guidelines. These groups are grappling with how to provide housing and services to those who need it most, and they know need isn't going to slow down any time soon. “For many of us, this time is a matter of staying at home and missing out on certain activities,” Stephani Kilpatrick, residential services director at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, said. “But for IFC’s members, it could mean that basic needs are not met.”
Pine Knolls is a community that has struggled with self-preservation in the past, and today, that self-preservation is still uncertain.
At several colleges across North Carolina, antiwar sentiment has transformed the role of activism both on and off-campus and will continue to prompt student action in the future.
"Within three weeks of going fine-free, Chicago Public Library saw a 240 percent increase in returned materials and an increased number or new users," said Meeghan Rosen, the assistant director of Chapel Hill Public Library.
“Until women’s rights are enshrined in the constitution with an Equal Rights Amendment, everything that has been given to us by law, can conceivably be taken away.”
Last Thursday, voting rights advocates met at the Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss their opposition to voter ID and other issues.
Students who have benefitted from DACA are now facing uncertainty as a decision on the program's future rests in the hands of the Supreme Court. At the same time, colleges and universities across North Carolina are teetering the line between protecting students and complying with the law in a state that allows local law enforcement to collaborate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prohibits sanctuary cities. While several schools have declared themselves sanctuary campuses, others are relying on student activism. No matter what the method is, they say they're trying to help DACA recipients carry the weight.
After UNC-Charlotte's associate vice chancellor for safety and security, John Bogdan, was accused of overlooking human rights violations during his tenure at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, activists are listing their demands for future hirings.
As election day approaches, candidates for local office in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are entering the homestretch of campaigning. For the Next Action Fund and Chapel Hill Leadership Political Action Committee, this means the wait is almost over: in just a few days, they will know if the candidates they endorsed have secured seats.
Pine Knolls is a historically Black neighborhood just west of Merritt Mill Road, where UNC provided housing for some janitorial staff and subsidies for other Black workers facing postwar hardship.