Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Independent Weekly Vol. 24 Issue 47, November 2007
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El Futuro is the winner of a 2007 Indy Citizen Award. El Futuro is a nonprofit mental health center dedicated to treating the state’s underserved, and largely uninsured, Latino population. Founded by Luke Smith in Carrboro the group pooled the efforts of therapists and psychiatrists who spoke Spanish and were familiar with the culture of area Latinos. Staff members treat everything from immigration-related trauma and depression to sexual addiction and alcoholism through building relationships with their clients.
Al McSurley is the winner of a 2007 Indy Citizen Award. McSurely is the Legal Redress Chair of the NC NAACP and works to fight racism using the law. The Chapel Hill resident operated a civil rights law practice prior to his retirement and was known for taking cases that nobody wanted. McSurely is unusual as a white lawyer who works almost exclusively with the civil rights movement, but his work is his way of seeing justice and equality become a reality.
The Committee to Save the Lakewood Y in Durham is the winner of a 2007 Indy Citizen Award. When plans were announced that the branch of the YMCA would be closed due to financial problems, the neighborhood residents took action. The branch is an inclusive place where socio-economic status and race never mattered and has been a staple of the local community. The committee is concerned that losing the YMCA and its programs will have a negative effect of the neighborhood and could lead to a decline in this inner-city neighborhood.
The North Carolina Stop Torture Now coalition is the winner of a 2007 Indy Citizen Award. The group was created after learning of the Johnston County CIA contractors Aero Contractors’ involvement in the CIA’s torture program. The group believes torture is morally wrong as well as constitutionally forbidden and practically useless. The group has held several protests and is intent on convincing state and federal authorities that the charges against Aero Contractors warrant investigation and the CIA’s rendition program should be ended.
The Haw River Assembly is the winner of a 2007 Indy Citizen Award. The group was founded in 1982 to preserve and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake. The group organizes many educational programs, land conservation efforts, and a Stream Stewardship project. The group also monitors water quality and has had members appointed by Governor Mike Easley to positions in the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.