Durham for All grew out of local organizers and activists who had been involved in various issue-based organizing across Durham for years. In 2014, members of our founding team began focusing on local elections as a way to build political power. After leading victories to elect young, progressive people of color into local offices, the team launched Durham for All in early 2016 as a 501(c)(4) organization. And we have been growing ever since!
2016: Fund Our Homes
In 2016, we kicked off our first campaign, Fund Our Homes, an advocacy campaign where we knocked on hundreds of doors to educate Northeast Central Durham residents on the impact of the Property Tax Revaluation and availability of existing tax relief resources for homeowners. We worked with residents and city officials to advocate for a revamp of Durham’s minor home repairs program as a way to provide tax relief for homeowners and to protect the cost of housing for renters.Learn more
2017: 10K Strong
In 2017, we launched the 10K Strong campaign, our first major campaign towards building a multiracial, cross-class progressive movement in Durham. Through our base-building work, we deepened our organizing and leadership development in working-class communities and communities of color. We ended the campaign with Durham entering a new chapter in our history with the most progressive city council Durham has ever had!Learn more
2018: Decriminalize Durham
In 2018 we launched a campaign to Decriminalize Durham. We fought to stop the criminalization of drugs, immigration, and poverty in our community – and we won powerful victories! Our base-building work invited hundreds of people to take new risks in organizing and developed leaders directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Together, we powered progressive D.A. and sheriff candidates to victory and secured commitments from them to end mass incarceration, stop deportations, and co-govern with directly impacted members of our community.Learn more