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for Independent Weekly Vol. 29 Issue 20, May 2012
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It is estimated that between 700,000 and one million state citizens live below the poverty line. Economic recession and repeal of policy that aids the impoverished has increased hardship on individuals and those organizations who attempt to help (NC Justice Center, AARP, the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at N.C. Central, etc.). Examples of those living in dire conditions include Afghanistan and Iraqi veterans living under a bridge in Fayetteville.
With passage of Amendment 1, lawmakers and local government officials are now left to sort out the measure's legal impact. One main concern is the loss of health and domestic partner benefits offered by local governments in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Greensboro, and Asheville and in Orange, Durham, and Mecklenburg counties for those in homosexual relationships and even heterosexual couples in domestic partnerships.
On a parcel of the Triangle Land Conservancy's property outside of Carrboro, refugees from Burma have found space to practice traditional agriculture. Currently 25 families participate in the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm program in which they grow fresh fruit and vegetables on 2.5 acres in Orange County.