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The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, January 03, 1981, Image 1

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ft lULumr u . uiiusrn !'. t , i : w.HPCn i , r . - ' ' UUHHAM, NOHTH CABDUNA - SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 19tf1 sSSSSSl TencMs; Housing TELEPHONE (91.9 j 682-2913 PRICE: 30 CENTS Authority aintenunce Martin lather King, Jr. Memorial Celebration Planned Phillip Rosser, prcsi-' dent of the North' Care na Central'Universi ty Ciupter of the National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored " People, has announced plans for a Dr. .Martin Memorial Birthday celebration- on Thursday, January 15 at 6 p.m. in . B.N. Duke Auditorium. t A march is nlanned for tne same day at 4:30 p.m REGISTRATION The Durham City Community Education Prd-; gram; will extend Winter Quarter registration' through January 16, 1981, k , 7 . January 5- 9-6-8 . . r "Xtil luui OU1UU1 ' -" iui itfiuicr iniormanon. acceptQ$ti.:.;,in.vit9tions tq participate." Ottier colleees and universities ; expected wall ; and FayK.HIe; Sir5'- "SS' streets and proceed to B.N. Duke Auditorium. Rosser confirmed that Durham ministers, cam pus fraternities, sororities,' ' social fellowships and! other organizations have: NCA&T, f Campbell. UNC-Chapel Hill Black Student Movement, Duke Black Student Alliance, and Fayetteville State.. ! Area high schools have ialso been invited. Rosser anticipates1 Overflow crowds and ex- : pects this to be one of the greatest . student movements since the Six ties based on response from Masonic, civic and'1 community leaders and ; organizations. Persons interested in joining the events may contact MV Nina Moore,"' P.O. Box 19361, NCCU, Durham, NC 27707. NEA Endorses Boycott Of NestleiProducts By Barbara Taylor Mrs. Lyon and her family at 2422 Bluefield Street could not go to church a re cent Sunday morning because there was no heat in their Apartment. The temperature had gone downto 15 degrees too cold to take a bath. f The Lyons' had been cold since 1 1 o'clock the night before. "I called central maintenance emergency number and I got a recording," said Mrs, Lyons, "and I woke up about something to three and I called again. It had gotten real cold." The 59-year-6!d grandmother has "five children here, two real small ones and the rest of them grown. I got them together so they could be warm. . .on a mattress in front of the cook stove... . .in the floor. . : .and turned on the oven and dropped the door." No one had come to service the heater at ,2422 Bluefield .,by mid-afternoon and Mrs. Lyons says she got tone of her sons to drive her to the Centra) Maintenance office of the Housing Authority where she found employees on duty but could not determine why the phone wasn't answered. ' Several '; families , reportedly experienced similar problems on Sunday, December 21, 1980. Mrs. Laverne Harris and a Mrs. Malone of Hoover Road oroiects had snpnt the night sweeping water from their apart ments. Two families at Few Gardens went through the night without heat. None of the families in difficulty could reach maintenance until mid-afternoon Sunday. Poor housing conditions, inefficient maintenance services, and lack of heat have been issues of hot- debate- between tenants and the Durham Housing Authority. Mrs. Pat jRogers, director of the Tenants Steering ,. : Committee,' jftells t'pf another issue which ; drove tenants to. seek help from the Housing Authority's BoardVof Comrnissinners. Mrs. Rosters savs 'Residents frnrn all TUecember U atMcDcuafd Terrace to vo ce .sentiments about the new maintenance u charge list that was being sent out by the .Housing Authority to the presidents of the neighborhood councils." She said the residents were not. informed of the list. "What really made them tenants maJ was the fact that the Housing Authc-.ty did not . give each of the tenants a copy of the list. They were the ones who were going to pay the high prices." Residents urged the Housing Authority's administration in the meeting to postpone, beyond "January '1; 1981, putting the new price list into effect. They suggested to the Authority that a survey be made to assess the condition of the housing units in order to fairly charge families for items which had to be replaced becaase of excessive wear and tear. Tenants said the administration turned a deaf ear to all suggestions. Tenants from all over the city crowded in to the small commissioners meeting room and angrily related conditions in which they lived with rats, lack of heat, unsafe wall cabinets and others which were going unad dressed. The top priority items seemed to have been the new maintenance charge list and lack of heat. Tenants tried to pressure the commissioners to direct James Taborn to survey allhousing units in the projects before implementing new charges. The debate ended with a Few Gardens resident offering his apartment keys and cab fare to any one of the commissioners willing to spend the night in the project. He got no takers. The board suggested that the Housing Authority arid the Durham Tenant Steering Committee set up meetings to establish lines of communication. Taborn . ( Comments In an interview, Taborn was asked why the' two administrations were having pro blems communicating? Tabrn said, 'I could equate it with the difficulties which traditionally characterize labor and management. They both want a good work situation. Yet one tends to be ex tremely cautious in terms of taking at face value what the Cher says. And sometimes that slows- iwp the ability qf those two en - tities to w ge,' for some common ends. Sometimes more so than it ought to be." Taborn says when he came to Durham, one of the problems he recognized v. as the weakness of the project councils. lEach public housing neighborhood has a council of leaders elected, by the community. In an . attempt td strengthen the councils, the ad- i ministration rWMwt tn tnlr ti OOrt.fvr unit fxQrnjjbe, i3Bexaikg-x?cnsefthe-DurJjaj T1 j . ." i I . . iciia'u oiccnng uommiuee ana aiveri n to the individual councils. Taborn says, "In the r. A, all of those monies had been going just to the steering committee. While I'm not go ing to say that was bad, I'm not going to say either that that was good. What I will say is that we found that a number of very in teresting beneficial programs begin to develop and occur in the various neighborhoods when the authority adopted the position of making funds available." Taborn says, "In addition to that funds, the Authority, with input from" various councils, arranged to have a community organization type of consultant come in and there had been several meetings with the various councils and those meetings were designed to assist them the councils in becoming more effective entities in their "reas. If we were not interested in havins more effective vehicles to" provide us with ideas, to critique whatever we do, we would not have initiated some of these moves." Asked if he felt the Steering Committee to be an ihef fective vehicle to voice resident concerns, Taborn said that because of a variety of needs in different developments, reeds are prioritized differently and "sometimes there has been a question as to whether cr not all those needs have been ful ly recognized, dealt with or what have you, by a single group." Taborn says he sees the Steering Committee as an advocacy type group. Steering Committee Official Voice The DHA board of commissioners voted to recognize the Durham Tenant Steering Committee as the official voice of public , housing residents in 1971. The tenants steering committee has been the official voice of the residents for almost ten years. Mrs. Ruth Markham, assistant to the council president of the Hoover Road pro ject, said in an interview Sunday morning, "fussing and fighting won't solve anything. Both tenants and Housing Authority can work together to make our communities bet ter." When asked if he is receptive to ideas and resources provided by tenants, referring to putting some skilled and trained tenants to work in the maintenance department, Taborn expressed positive support of any ef forts which, after being weighed and studied, "can be more effective than what we're now doing." Tpborn sees developing community strength through sponsoring community fairv scout organizations, community ap preciation dinners, etc. The Steering Committee has developed runaea oy the Campaign for Human Development diich would help the organization set up an exterminating com pany. They envision a maintenance co-op that would provide services such as plumb ing, electrical wiring, brick masonry and carpentry. With skilled manpower, the com mittee wants to be able to contract with the Housing Authority to provide the services the ' hority needs and employment the tcnaii desire. Mrs. Rogers says, "We foresee this as a way alleviate some of the maintenance prot that we have and also as an ecor.u ges ture to provide some jobs for unemployed tenants. . . .a chance to demonstrate some self-worth in our com uiuniiies. We also plan to develop two day care centers. . . .one to be run by public housing mothers. . . .These are positive things that tenants can identify with." WASHINGTON, DC . The National Educa tion Association announc ed last "week the endorse ment of the boycott of Nestle Company, ' Inc., products because of the firm's activities in connec tion with infant formula distribution in developing countries, f,. The action was taken by the board of directors of the 1.8 million-member organization at its . quarterly meeting at NEA Center here in mid December; . Board ('members also directed that the position be made known to NEAJs fifty state affiliates, as well as to its associations ' in the. District of Colum bia and Puerto Rico ''and ' to its overseas unit. The policy item had been under study by the NEA sinceJulyi In boyedtting Nestle, the educational organiza-. tion joins hundreds of other associations, church groups, .unions, social ac tion groups, women's organizations;; and con sumer interest associa tions, as well as individual political civic and church leaders., . Bpyeott efforts were in itiated in 1977 by the In fant Formula "Action Committee v (INFACT), based in Minneapolis, a ;; coalition of various organizations that con tends Nestle's infant for mula distribution and merchandising methods contribute to infant mof. tality in Third World countries. The Nestle firm denies that its activities are in jurious to infant health, i suing that the formula provides a vital food sup plement to breast milk for mothers whose milk is in adequate or who must work tohelp support the family. The NEA action in the matter is in line with its stated goals and policy positions on social issues. V1 a '! J --"t0t,.. . J- ft 4 I W ,1, ' J, - i 1 4. '1 Walter Crorikite ToReceive C hileiiansr HeriWedal A 40 NEW YORK CBS News Correspondent Walter Cronkite, who has been described by fne Magazine as the "single most convincing J and authoritative figure in television news," has been selected as the recipient of the 1 6th Charles Evans' Hughes Cold Medal of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the ' , organization's highest award, it was announced by Irving Mitchell Felt, national chairman v of NCCJ's Executive Board. The veteran journalist ; will be presented with the gold medal at the CJtarles Evans Hughes 'Gold Medal dinner on February 9, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. ' - Felt, who will chair .the dinner, said that the Hughes Gold Medal is given "for courageous leadership in governmen tal, civic and humanitarian affairs." It is named for Chief Justice ' Hughes, one of the founders. of the NCCJ in 1928 and it was first presented in 1965. Three Presidents of the United States, two Supreme Court Justices ' arid a Secretary of State are amohg the other distinguished Gold Medal recipients in its fifteen year history. ;J i s. -i . .v i " - . J f '.J:-:,-.'T ' .' , 4 ', , " . V , ' 1 - 1 '.0 0 1 I ' 1 1 uannoi ds uovea v . r' i v Join The NAACP In 1981 , mm. .miu huuiikuii, u dvdiuv, wt" nuKoi nor noma unaar an interstate . . VSH f BimHhamLAtabm. Pus? Tuesday at a barking . Jwed to move. City officials said they would not continue their afTcrta ta lot near her cardboard shelter after an Alabama judge ruled she could not be "oman committed for psychiatric testa. : larJ ' 4 '

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