Town Council Ends Chokeholds and Low-Level Traffic Regulatory Stops

Among the immediate and long-term next steps passed by the Chapel Hill Town Council was a prohibition on chokeholds and low-level traffic regulatory stops - which research has shown to have significant racial disparities. Read more on the next steps the Town has committed to here.

Town Recognizes Juneteenth, Funds Multiple Affordable Housing Projects

Read here about noteworthy actions the Town took on June 17, 2019, recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth and approving funding for multiple affordable housing projects on Homestead Road, Johnson Street and Merritt Mill Road.

Complete Your Census!

In a message from Council member Allen Buansi, he reminds folks to complete their Census for their household, if they have not done so already!

Chapel Hill's First Poet Laureate

Chapel Hill appoints its first poet laureate, C.J. Suitt, a Chapel Hill native and community advocate. 

Buansi and former Council member Rachel Schaevitz started an effort to create the position. Read more about Mr. Suitt and his vision as the first poet laureate here.

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New Criminal Justice Debt Fund Will Fight Poverty

The Chapel Hill Town Council passed a resolution introduced by Council members Karen Stegman and Allen Buansi creating a pilot program to cover court costs and fees for people unable to afford them. Failure to pay court costs such as traffic and parking violations disproportionately harm low-income people when penalties, including suspended driver’s licenses, and user fees lead to lost jobs, evictions from homes and other hardships. Read more here.