Over 200 Turn Out to Support Wellington Park Press Conference
At least 210 Wellington Park residents, members of local ONE Wake institutions St. John's Episcopal Church and Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, and additional community allies came together last Saturday for a large press conference to highlight the threats that the neighborhood is facing due to a plan to rezone and redevelop their mobile home community. If the rezoning is granted, the current 40+ households would all be displaced, and many families who can't afford to relocate would face the real threat of homelessness.
With the support of ONE Wake, neighborhood leaders called on the Wake Forest Town Commissioners to vote NO on the rezoning of the property, which would allow residents to explore potential options including purchasing the property from the owner themselves.
Seven newspapers and television outlets were present. See below for media coverage of the press conference. Pictures from the event are available on ONE Wake's Facebook page here.
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Neighborhood Canvassing Starts Today
Today close to 20 ONE Wake leaders are kicking off our neighborhood canvassing campaign with a door knocking effort in East College Park where property values have risen by as much as 360%, far faster than in other parts of the county where the average increase was 20%.
Skyrocketing property valuations and the resulting hikes in property taxes are disproportionately impacting long time African American residents. ONE Wake member institution Southeast Raleigh Table has invited other ONE Wake members to join them in knocking on doors in the neighborhood today to understand how neighborhood residents feel about rising property taxes, and to invite all to attend a community meeting scheduled the following week.
The overall goal for all of ONE Wake's canvassing efforts is to help strengthen relationships between member institutions and outside communities where members already have an existing connection, and to build a large, powerful block of people behind our common sense agenda for change in Wake County.
Wake Voters, Residents Signing Up by the Hundreds for 10,000 STRONG
ONE Wake leaders are reporting good progress recruiting Wake County voters and residents to sign up in support of ONE Wake's platform for change. At least 1,000 members of our institutions and surrounding communities have already signed up.
ONE Wake has set a goal this summer and fall to recruit 10,000 Wake County residents and voters to support our issue platform and to promise to vote in their next municipal election. Our ability to demonstrate a large, broad base of support will be crucial as we begin public negotiations with local elected officials across the county to address the top pressures facing our communities.
We're calling this strategy 10,000 STRONG. You can learn more and get involved here.
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