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Location: Durham, NC

Organization: SpiritHouse +

Contact: spirithousenc@gmail.com

SpiritHouse uses culture, art and media to support the empowerment and transformation of communities most impacted by poverty, racism, gender inequity, criminalization and mass incarceration; through grassroots programs, cultural organizing and community collaborations.
Pierce Freelon wants the City of Medicine to try a new remedy for the gun violence surging across Durham.

The activist and newly appointed City Council member proposes Durham spend $750,000 on “mutual aid centers” and grassroots organizations to support embattled Black and brown neighborhoods.

The proposal asks the city and county governments to each pay $250,000 from their respective COVID-19 relief funds.

The Cypress Fund and other partnering organizations would raise money to match the investment up to $250,000, the proposal states.

About $312,000 would pay for “mutual aid centers” and “wellness ambassadors.”

Three mutual aid centers would serve as drop-off spaces for food and clothing donations and host group therapy, meditation and other programs and violence interruption training, the proposal states.

Freelon and the other organizers have not yet identified which neighborhoods would get a center. SpiritHouse would recruit the wellness ambassadors to run them, the proposal states.

About $140,000 would cover administration costs, and nearly $98,000 would cover a relief fund designated for “emergency medical needs” or “unexpected funeral expenses,” the proposal states.

A total of $200,000 would fund micro-grants to Black and brown neighborhood organizations. The Cypress Fund would administer the grants, said Singletary, through a public application and community voting process.

[Nia] Wilson [SpiritHouse ED] said she had compiled a list of 50 potential organizations for grants.

Excerpted From: Freelon proposes mutual aid to fight Durham’s ‘double pandemic’ of COVID-19, violence, Charlie Innis, The News & Observer, November 19, 2020