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Forum focuses on state budget impacts on kids, families

Posted October 8, 2012 7:53 p.m. EDT

Several groups are working together to host a public forum this week that's focused on how the state budget impacts children and families in Durham.

"Our Community, Our Priorities: A Conversation on How N.C. 's Budget Impacts Durham's Children and Families" is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Durham School of the Arts, 400 N. Duke St. The evening begins with a resource fair at 6 p.m. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

A coalition of Durham organizations, Together NC, and the N.C. Budget & Tax Center, are sponsoring the event. Speakers will include staff of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and the Together NC coalition as well as local leaders, parents, and residents sharing their stories of how recent changes have affected Durham families. There also will be discussion about what to expect in the year ahead and how people can work together to make sure next year’s budget reflects the priorities of Durham’s community.

The forum will be followed by several one-hour workshops on how people can make their voice heard in next year's budget debate including how to be an effective parent advocate, understanding funding for education, how your organization can get involved, and how to talk about the budget to your friends and neighbors. There will also be an opportunity to share your own story of how the budget is impacting your family and community.

Snacks will be provided. Child care isn't offered, but kids are welcome.

Questions? Contact Nancy Cox at or (919) 419-6369 or Beth Messersmith at or 919-323-6179