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Durham CAN

Durham CAN

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
news observer
Hundreds stand up to protect families from the effect of market forces
Nearly five hundred Durham CAN leaders met with 24 elected leaders representing city, county, schools and state government.

What is at stake: Ensuring elected leaders sided with families in their fight against market forces to secure affordable housing and job training. A proposed light rail project has significantly increased property values and rent.

CAN leaders demanded and won support from the Mayor, City Council and County Commissioners for the use of two publicly-owned parcels of land for the construction of affordable housing. Leaders celebrated victory on living wages for thousands of future transit related jobs.

During the action, CAN leaders gained commitments from the Durham Police Chief and the Director of the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development on the implementation of policies to reduce police profiling and the creation of a job training program for thousands of transit related jobs respectively.