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Hi y'all,

There's a magic that happens when you share stories.

On a recent evening, seven of us gathered at Transfer Company for a run-through for the upcoming Converging Stories live storytelling event.

The four storytellers (one who is also a coach) shared four very different stories of first love, but there were moments in each story that we could all relate to.


That's the power of storytelling, of listening, of empathy. In a time in our culture where those themes seem all too foreign, stories are what bring us together.

To stories,
Sarah Day


📸: Devin Desjarlais Photography

PS: See you Monday at Converging Stories? [buy tickets]
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City Council cancels Citizen Advisory Councils with no notice to public or mention on its agenda.

📰 The news: After the rest of the agenda during the Tuesday afternoon session, the Raleigh City Council voted to dismantle the 19 Citizen Advisory Councils or CACs, a decades-old city-funded institution for the city to receive feedback. 

The vote was split 6-2 but passed, with councilors David Cox and Corey Branch voting no.

The context: The CACs were meant to be a link between city government and Raleigh residents.

But critics of CACs, including Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and Councilor Saige Martin, say they're not representative of Raleighites and not reflective of what an actual community thinks. 


The News & Observer mentions that while CACs give residents a chance to talk about what's going on in their neighborhoods, they've become largely focused on development. 

This move also comes after this city council revised its rules of decorum for how Raleighites are permitted to address the city council, city staff and other elected officials during public comment.

On why the council didn't include it on the agenda: Councilor Martin told INDY Week “It could have been on the agenda, but at the end of the day, this fight has happened many times. We don’t need a fight.”

⏭️ What's next: Councilor Martin's vision for the future of community engagement “ensure(s) an inclusionary, participatory, democracy, in which residents have multiple opportunities to engage as partners and co-creators of the future of our city,” the News & Observer quotes.

The council plans to hire a consultant to create a better engagement process and eventually an office of community engagement.

Raleigh Convergence has asked the entire council for more details but has not received a response by this newsletter's send time.

Read more on the CACs: [INDY Week] + [News & Observer] + [WRAL]

+ A new committee aims to give Latinx people a voice in Raleigh city politics. [News & Observer]

+ Raleigh will have a police advisory board, but it doesn't have subpoena or disciplinary powers.
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If you want to vote on March 3, it's time to register.

🗳️ Register or change your info by this Friday at 5 p.m. if you're planning to vote in the primary on March 3. [REGISTER

🗳️ Check your address or party affiliation. [link]

🗳️ If you miss the Friday deadline to register, you can register and vote at the same time during early voting. Early voting begins Feb. 13. You can go to any of these sites. 

🗳️ Unaffiliated/independent voter? You're not alone. In fact, there are more voters who are unaffiliated in Wake County than belong to a party. You can choose one party's primary ballot when you go to vote.

[full guide at RaleighConvergence.com]

PLUS...

Kane Realty will expand North Hills development after JC Penney closes. [News & Observer]

NC State students are experiencing homelessness at higher rates than students at other universities, a new study says. [WUNC]

Wake Co. libraries have several Black History Month events, including kids-focused programming. [Wake Co.]


Learn about Work., a new bar of Fayetteville Street for LGBTQ folks and allies. [WRAL Out & About]

Vogue highlighted Chef Ashley Christensen and Kaitlyn Goalen's wedding, sharing details like the local food spread and a performance by Justin Vernon and Bruce Hornsby. [Vogue]

An Asian fusion restaurant is opening in the historic house on Academy Street in Downtown Cary and you can take a peek at the renovations for MC Friday. [News & Observer]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email raleighconvergence@gmail.com.
 
☑️ Your primary voting checklist: Make sure you're registered to vote by 5 p.m. this Friday if you want to vote on March 3. Learn more here in our guide. [Raleigh Convergence

☑️ Wake County's new public comment sign up page: Bookmark this page -- Sign up is available the day of an event with public comment beginning at 9 a.m. [register]
 
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