Written by: Cammie Bellamy

SEEDS celebrates new growth with Durham community

By Cammie Bellamy

April 11, 2013

Manhattan’s Central Park shares little with Durham’s SEEDS garden in size or appearance. But Tom Kenan encouraged attendees at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony to embrace the comparison – at least when it comes to impact on their respective communities. “When we first came out here 20 years ago, the neighborhood looked sort of tired,” said Kenan, […]

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Durham Solidarity Center offers haven for activist groups

By Cammie Bellamy

April 10, 2013

On a bright Sunday afternoon, most of the offices on the fourth floor of downtown Durham’s historic Snow Building are dark. But the stillness at 331 W. Main St. is interrupted by energetic voices and warm light spilling from a door at the end of the hall: activists at the Durham Solidarity Center finalizing plans for […]

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Durham community counters violence against women

By Cammie Bellamy

February 20, 2013

Phone operators at the Durham Crisis Response Center estimate it takes an average of seven calls for a battered woman to leave her abuser. That’s seven calls for help to the center’s crisis hotline, seven different times, generally triggered by seven acts of violence. To the staff of the DCRC, which provides services to victims […]

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Gay-Straight Alliances fostering tolerance in Durham high schools

By Cammie Bellamy

February 6, 2013

In a classroom in Jordan High School, a drawing of a large, purple eggplant is plastered across the door. The sign advises readers: “You can hate eggplant, but you can’t hate people. Hate-Free Zone.” Members of the Jordan Gay-Straight Alliance, or GSA, created the sign in line with the club’s dedication to providing lesbian, gay, […]

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