Campaigns and Direct Action

“We prioritize the leadership of people most impacted by systemic racism and oppression.“

The Harm Free Zone Project emphasizes independent and self directing community autonomy as a necessary step towards creating true accountability for our communities, that reduces our reliance on law enforcement. The project provides tools and trainings to both strengthen and develop our capacity to confront and transform harm. We believe that genuine security derives from strong relationships between community members, an understanding of power and inequity inside and outside our communities, and spaces for dialogue and growth. We support a vision of justice that comes from within the community without the need for law enforcement, the court system, or the prison industry.

 
 

Fostering Alternatives to Drug Enforcement (FADE)

In 2013 SpiritHouse began anchoring the “Fostering Alternatives to Drug Enforcement” (FADE) coalition.

For more than thirty years America’s “War on Drugs” has had a devastating impact on Black families and communities across the country. Durham, NC  is no exception. Recent studies found that Marijuana use is virtually the same across the board for all communities.Yet Durham’s drug crime, prison population is 6.4% white,  29.1% Latino and 65.1% black. Black people make up 41% of the Durham NC population. Of all motorist searches over the past 5 years the following % were Black

 


Public Transportation/Bull City Connector

Came out of Harm Free Zone Book Study of Mindy Fullilove's Urban Alchemy...

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Ban The Box

The Ban the Box campaign was started by All of Us or None, a national civil rights movement of formerly-incarcerated people and our families. We started the campaign in 2004, after a series of Peace and Justice Community Summits identified job and housing discrimination as huge barriers to our successfully returning to our communities after jail or prison. The campaign challenges the stereotypes of people with conviction histories by asking employers to choose their best candidates based on job skills and qualifications, not past convictions. Since 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has a conviction history, the impact of this discrimination is widespread and affects other aspects of life in addition to employment opportunity.