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Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

The reentry into society following incarceration presents an array of challenges, but the most fundamental hurdle is housing – a key issue at this year’s Antioch Builds Community, Inc. annual meeting. “Right now housing is the biggest issue we are facing,” said Alesha Jones-Garrett, regional former offender specialist at the North Carolina Department of Commerce and guest speaker. “We’re losing… Read more →

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Caitlin Ball was one of the photographers participating in the Oct. 10 Project Homeless Connect Durham event in which VOICE photographers made portraits for 55 people attending the support event at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After spending the better part of the day meeting, talking to and photographing many Durham residents who wanted to improve their… Read more →

Block party unites Northeast Central Durham

Block party unites Northeast Central Durham

  Hundreds of people gathered Sept. 6 in Northeast Central Durham to support each other and shed a positive light on the community. What better way to do so than with a block party? The block party focused on children, engaging them in different activities such as Zumba, face painting, and bike riding. They also took turns jumping around in… Read more →

Rock & Shop Market supports local arts and crafts businesses

Rock & Shop Market supports local arts and crafts businesses

Food trucks, local bands and shopping sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The Rock & Shop Market, an event that brings together local makers and crafters, happened April 5th at the Durham Armory. But don’t worry, this event will be back this year in November or December. Michelle Smith, creator of the Rock & Shop, said… Read more →

Pauli Murray Project aims to involve local youth in activism through poetry contest

Pauli Murray Project aims to involve local youth in activism through poetry contest

  Activist. Priest. Lawyer. Hero. The Rev. Pauli Murray was all that and more, but she is also known for her poetry, which lives on with the Pauli Murray Project’s Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest. In its third year, the contest gives youths, who are between 12 and 19 years old as well as residents of Durham, a chance to express… Read more →

Durham Police Athletic League brings schools together for basketball

Durham Police Athletic League brings schools together for basketball

  The police officers visiting the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club were not investigating stolen jewelry on Saturday, March 1. They were interested in a different kind of stealing: the kind that involves snatching a basketball from an opponent’s hands and taking it to the hoop. Master Officer Erwin Baker serves as a referee for the Durham Police Athletic… Read more →

Durham Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

Durham Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

  Sally Grant spent three years of her life in New Orleans. So when she heard Durham musicians & artists held their own raucous downtown Mardi Gras parade each year on Fat Tuesday, she knew instantly she had to get involved. The organization known as Durham Mardi Gras was founded four years ago by a Durham-based, New Orleans-style parade and party… Read more →