Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Independent Weekly Vol. 26 Issue 47, November 2009
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Michelle Cotton Laws is the winner of a 2009 Indy Citizen Award for improving her community. Laws is the president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACAP chapter. Through her work, she has exposed the strained race relations in the primarily white, progressive Chapel Hill. Example of her activism and her standing in the community and state are detailed.
Chase Foster is the winner of a 2009 Indy Citizen Award for improving his community. The Raleigh resident uses theater and political satire to convince his audience to support progressive causes. Foster is currently advocating for health care reform through his Billionaires for Wealth Care sketch. The sketch and his group have been featured on national tv as they make fun of billionaires afraid of losing their wealth through taxes to support health care reform.
Judy Kincaid is the winner of a 2009 Indy Citizen Award for improving her community. As executive director of Clean Energy Durham, Kincaid is helping people of all income levels save energy and money. Kincaid goes door-to-door in Durham’s educating residents on how they can improve sustainability and energy conservation in their homes.
Ray Eurquhart is the winner of a 2009 Indy Citizen Award for improving his community. Eurquhart is a Durham resident and community activist who is working to clean up crime, replenish affordable housing, and restore life to the Rolling Hills and Southside neighborhoods of Durham. Known as “Brother Ray,” Eurquhart helped found the Southside Community Outreach Center, applies for grants for the neighborhood association, created summer programs for schoolchildren in the neighborhood, and more to help the struggling community.
Robert Dowling is the winner of a 2009 Indy Citizen Award for improving his community. Dowling is director of the nonprofit housing program Community Home Trust which works to provide affordable housing for lower income residents in Orange County. His knowledge of finance, real estate development, negotiation skills, and management skills have helped make the once failing group a vital part of the community.