WHO WE ARE


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The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham (RCND) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization comprised of individuals who as an expression of their faith and goodwill actively seek an end to the violence that is plaguing Durham neighborhoods. The coalition was founded by Mr. Leslie Dunbar and Rev. Mel Williams in 1992, and incorporated in 2004.

We are an interfaith and inter-racial organization whose purpose and success depend on inclusiveness. We are pleased to share a pictorial account of our activities with you. We hope these images convey our steadfast commitment to affirm the sanctity of life and to rectify and prevent the injustice of violence.

Marcia Owen directs the coalition with administrator, Judi Vos. Religious Coalition activities are conducted by individual volunteers and community partners from across Durham.

We are governed by a Board of Directors. Their leadership exemplifies how sharing imagination, resources, and respect create effective peacemaking. Directors are not compensated for their service.

The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham Board of Directors currently are:
Effie Steele, Mother/Grandmother of homicide victims, chairwoman
Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, UNC-CH
Rev. Susan Dunlap, Duke Divinity School
Deborah Byrson, Bryson Montesorri School
Maggie Chotas, Management Training Consultant, The Mulberry Partners, LLC
Melvin Williams, Pastor Emeritus Watts Street Baptist Church
Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church

We are grateful for the generosity and support of local individuals and congregations, and to Durham Congregations In Action, Parents of Murdered Children, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership Program “Doing Good In the Neighborhood,” Triangle United Way, AJ Fletcher Foundation, Delta Foundation, NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ Peace & Witness Committee, Durham County, and The City of Durham.

The coalition’s 2016 budget is $70,000. In 2015 we received $66,100 in local donations – the majority from individuals living in Durham. We spent $62,100 on ministries, including $8,360 on emergency needs of our neighbors. All RCND activities are open to all and provided at no charge.

Emergency needs included assistance with groceries, bus passes to jobs and schools, diapers and household items, prescription drug co-pays, subsidies for water, gas, and electrical deposits and bills, fees for replacing public documents, rent deposits, automobile parts and repairs, gasoline cards for families to travel to hospital, prayer vigil, or trial, clothing, cell phone service for job seekers, funeral urns, burial markers, and materials about traumatic grief. Coalition partners also donated vehicles, mattresses & box springs, and computers for our community partners. The coalition also co-sponsors with the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center a clothing closet for our neighbors on probation or returning from jail or prison and their families.

We invite your participation. Please contact Ruthy Jones at 919-698-9092 or nonviolentdurham@gmail.com.