It’s a new year and the Durham Living Wage Project, a
local employer certification program of The People's Alliance Fund,
designed to recognize “high road employers” who pay their employees a
living wage, is ready to get to work. We are fortunate to be able to
start 2016 with a solid foundation in funding, thanks to the Fund For Southern Communities.
Since launching in March 2015, 80 Durham employers have joined our
project and committed to a living wage for their employees. We are also
gaining significant community recognition (the Project was named one of
Durham’s top stories of 2015 by the
Raleigh News & Observer), but there’s so much more work to do!
Over the next year, our primary goal is to expand the
list of certified employers through strategic and targeted employer
outreach. The bigger the list grows, the more incentive employers have
to join and to raise wages in order to join. The Project will work with
partners to diversify the list of employers in terms of sector,
geography, and demographics to lift up models across industries and
throughout Durham. In addition, our team will continue to provide
support and to share best practices with our neighbors’ newly launched Orange County Living Wage Project and
other fledgling groups in the area, and will work alongside and in
partnership with Durham’s anti-poverty initiatives.
Learn more about the project and meet our certified
living wage employers here!
The People’s Alliance Fund supports
progressive educational and research activities in Durham and other
North Carolina communities. In addition to sponsoring the Durham Living
Wage Project, the Fund sponsors You Can Vote, a non-partisan voter
education project that works to inform citizens about the state’s
new and more restrictive voting law, assuring them that despite the
obstacles, “You can still vote” and showing them how. The
Fund also provides small Micro-grants to volunteer-led
progressive efforts in Durham and the greater Triangle area.
2016: 35 Years of Social
The Fund for Southern Communities is celebrating
its 35th birthday this year! Reflecting on this achievement,
we are so very fortunate in continuing our mission of supporting
social justice organizations in GA, NC & SC, as well as across the
If you haven't contributed to FSC in awhile or
would like to make an additional gift in 2016 in honor of our
upcoming 35th birthday, visit HERE or mail a check (made
payable to Fund for Southern Communities) to 4153-C Flat Shoals Pkwy.,
Suite 316, Decatur, GA 30034. Your gift will directly support
community organizations working across our region. Often
traditional charities and private foundations overlook these
organizations because their projects are considered too new, too small
or their objectives are too controversial. FSC is willing to make
grants to these groups and organizations because we believe that
communities working on their own behalf are powerful forces for change.
Thank you for continuing this important journey with us.
If you have any questions regarding our grant-making programs or other
ways to support FSC, please contact Rachel Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
Participate in Georgia Council on
Development Disabilities' (GCDD) 2016 Advocacy Days at the Capitol -
GCDD is holding a series of advocacy days along with our annual
Disability Day at the Capitol. Each advocacy day will have training,
visits with legislators and networking with others in our community.
The theme and date for each Advocacy Day is:
Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Day
Tuesday, February 2
(sponsored by GCDD, UNLOCK and the Georgia Inclusive
Post-Secondary Education Consortium)
Disability and the Death Penalty
Tuesday, February 9
(sponsored by GCDD, PAPE Coalition and GFADP)
Thursday, February 11
(sponsored by GCDD, UNLOCK and the Employment First Coalition)
(Achieving a Better Life) Act Coalition Day
Wednesday, February 24
(sponsored by GCDD, AADD and the Georgia ABLE Coalition)
Day! End-of-Session Advocacy
Tuesday, March 1
(sponsored by GCDD and UNLOCK)
to register to participate in GCDD's 2016 Advocacy Days at the Capitol!
Celebrate African American
Please join us in Atlanta, GA for "The Largest
Celebration of African-American History Month in the America"
Black History Month
Saturday, February 27, 2016
LUTHER KING JR. SWEET AUBURN DISTRICT DOWNTOWN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA
Festivities begin @
Parade begins at the King
Center National Park
Post Parade Ceremony in Woodruff
If you or your organization have Black History Month
events scheduled this month, please share with us! We will post these
dates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please email all the details
to Rachel Barber at email@example.com.
The dates to register to vote for the South Carolina
primary have passed, but if you live in Georgia or North Carolina, you
still have time!
GEORGIA: Presidential primary election: Feb. 1 (voter
NORTH CAROLINA: Presidential primary election: Feb. 19
(voter registration deadline)