Last night I had the opportunity to address the County Commissioners regarding their 2015-16 budget. The commissioners’ chambers were full, with impressive turnout in support of increased funding for Durham Public Schools and in opposition to increased funding requests from the Durham County Prison Administration.
In light of the above, my plea for Preservation Durham’s importance seemed almost inappropriate. Who was I to ask for funding for our advocacy programs when DPS can’t pay a living wage to its support staff? When the prison administration is confining inmates to their cells for 22 hours per day?
And then I had to remind myself that, at its core, much of our advocacy work addresses some of the same systematic issues and injustices, but