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This edition is sponsored by Raleigh Convergence. 
Support art that amplifies Black artists' work on boarded-up Downtown Raleigh storefronts



The Raleigh Murals Project, Royale chef Jeffrey Seizer and the Visual Art Exchange are partnering to bring murals to the boarded-up storefronts in Downtown Raleigh.

"The Raleigh Murals Project believes that Black Lives Matter and value protests where voices of unity and justice can be heard. We want to amplify black voices in our community," their VAE website says.  

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We will do this by uplifting the voices of those affected by systemic racism, prioritizing black artists and artists of color, and offering a platform to express those experiences and truths."

Through monetary donations, materials or talents, you can help the Public Art Response effort. [learn more + donate]

Donations that go above what will be used for paying the materials and artists' work will go to the NAACP NC. 
Message from Raleigh Convergence:
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Here’s what’s happening now:

#RaleighDemandsJustice:

Raleigh Convergence is compiling resources around creating a more just and equitable Raleigh.

This list will focus on Raleigh and Wake County-specific ways to fight systematic racism and support Black neighbors.

This list is just a start. If you have additional input or resources to share, please respond to this email. [read more]



Happening today: 

#BlackDollarNC’s Rebounding from COVID-19 webinar:
 “Our loudest, most tangible “protest” is going to consist of us daily carrying out our work in support of African-American Business Owners in North Carolina. Along with Downtown Raleigh Alliance, we’ve organized a webinar... to put information and resources on the table for area business owners, to help them get past COVID.” 
Happening at 10 a.m. today, free but register: [
website]

Give feedback to Raleigh City Council members: The Raleigh City Police take policy direction from the Raleigh City Council. Councilmembers Nicole Stewart, Saige Martin and Jonathan Melton organized a special session for community input tonight, but you can contact city council members to share your thoughts other times. 
Happening at 7 p.m. tonight, a call-in number will be provided for those who wish to speak. More info will be posted here when available. Watch here.

Read more:
▪️ This timeline of Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Raleigh gives more context. [INDY Week]
▪️ Raleigh City Council will have race equity training, will ask for report from police about their use of force during protests. [News & Observer]
▪️ Wake County Sheriff's deputies used force for "riot-related crime control" on Ruby Deluxe owner who was walking back toward the LGBTQ+ bar. [News & Observer]
▪️ Peaceful protests continued last night [WRAL]
▪️ After a vendor's racist social media comments, Morgan Street Food Hall canceled their lease. [News & Observer]

COVID-19 in Wake County:

📊 New Raleigh Convergence data analysis by ZIP code: A data point of note this week is the growth of COVID-19 lab-confirmed cases in ZIP code 27606 in Raleigh, which increased 58% week over week, nearly twice the growth of any other ZIP codes. [read more and see week over week changes]

➡️ Read more in-depth: [What to know about COVID-19 in Wake County]

➡️ Updated regularly: [how to help] + more resources at revive919.com


🎙️ We want to hear your stories of Coming Home! Converging Stories, a live storytelling series by Raleigh Convergence in partnership with Transfer Company, is seeking storytellers for our Aug. 10 event.

Anyone in the Raleigh and Wake County area can submit a story around the theme of Coming Home. All storytellers will be coached to share their true, first-person story.
  • How to submit: In 150 words or less, share what your story is about in an email to raleighconvergence@gmail.com. It doesn't have to be polished, just true.
  • These are stories shared for insight. What was a time your perspective changed or you learned something you take with you now?
  • Story pitches are due by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14.
❤️ Add messages of love and support in Downtown Raleigh in sidewalk chalk. Pick up chalk at Downtown Raleigh Alliance's booth at Fayetteville and Davie streets from 9 a.m. to noon today.
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