547 members of Justice United institutions and the communities that surround them participated in listening sessions over the summer of 2017, surfacing ten broad categories of concerns.
On September 10, 88 JU leaders voted to prioritize three of the ten concerns: affordable housing, immigration, and jobs. Three teams of leaders were formed to develop these concerns into concrete, winnable issues. Additionally, JU has formed a money team to increase individual donations in 2018.
On February 1, over 85 JU leaders gathered and voted to approve initial proposals for action made by each Team.
51 Justice United leaders heard reports from the Housing, Immigration, and Jobs Action Teams at the the recent Countywide Leaders Meeting on November 9. See below for brief summaries.
Teams will bring specific proposals for action to the next Justice United leaders meeting on February 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (102 W Tyron St).
Justice United has a new agenda! Over 80 leaders met at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Hurdle Mills on Sunday to prioritize top community concerns for action.
Leaders voted to focus on broad categories of concerns related to Housing, Jobs, and Immigration that were surfaced by the listening campaign this summer. Leaders formed three new research action teams and committed to develop specific issue campaign proposals within 60 days.
Teams are open for any interested individual who belongs to a Justice United member institution, or institution discerning membership. See the initial Team meeting dates here.
Attend the next Countywide Leaders Meeting to evaluate issue campaign proposals on Thursday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, in Hillsborough (location TBD). Save the date!
Leaders affirmed Lattisville Grove Pastor George Crews III’s vision of a truly broad based organization: one capable of making change not only in Southern Orange, but in the often neglected North; a multi-racial organization where the interests of African American leaders would not be lost (especially Northern Orange leaders); where leaders of all races could learn how to build reciprocal, relational power, and make change on issues rooted in historic injustice.
The potential of this vision was on display Sunday. The diverse audience represented the broad base that was engaged by Justice United’s listening campaign this summer. At least 30% of attendees came from Hillsborough and Northern Orange Institutions. They were joined by faith and secular leaders from Chapel Hill / Carrboro, which included a strong contingent of IFC shelter residents and returning citizens.
Justice United is on the move. Join an action team and get involved. There’s work to be done!
It's amazing what we've accomplished together in the last 100 days of 2016! Record levels of support from our dues paying member institutions drove major campaign victories and allowed Justice United to develop a new cohort of leaders who are ready to organize power and win on the top issues in their communities.
Join us at our first Countywide Leaders Meeting on Thursday, January 26 (7:00 pm, United Church of Chapel Hill) to pick up a copy of our 2016 annual report. In the meantime below is a list of our accomplishments from fourth quarter 2016.
[4/17/2017 update: The bylaws revision has been paused to allow for broader comment from leaders of JU member institutions. No revisions will be made without a minimum 2/3 vote at a Countywide Leaders Meeting publicized with at least one month warning.]
Over the course of 2016 the Justice United Board formed an ad hoc subcommittee consisting of Board Co-chair Molly De Marco and Board Members Joann Mitchell and Rev. Thomas Nixon to review and update the Justice United bylaws. The current bylaws and proposed bylaws are listed below for review.
Will you spend one hour to help Justice United pass the affordable housing bond?
The vote will be close. We need your help to ensure that Orange County voters pass the bond and secure $5 million in much needed funding for affordable housing.
Justice United volunteers are conducting bond advocacy outreach at the Chapel of the Cross early voting site. With your help they can reach thousands of early voters and make sure that they all vote YES for affordable housing!
We ask that you consider signing up for a one hour shift between now and November 4. Please review your schedule and use the link below to sign up for as many shifts as your time allows: