Sister Cities of Durham is deeply
committed to a peaceful world developed through mutual respect, understanding
and cooperation. As such, we join in
support of the peaceful demonstrations, here and across the nation, that in
recent days have sought to call attention to racial injustice and social
inequality sadly deeply rooted in our society.
As an organization devoted to promoting citizen-to-citizen diplomacy and international understanding, we profoundly regret the image of our country conveyed in the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. We share the abhorrence Durham Mayor Steve Schewel and more than 70 other North Carolina mayors expressed at that “act of unspeakable violence, cold inhumanity, and racism.” At the same time, we know that millions are likewise appalled, and that is a source of hope for the future.
We acknowledge, also, that too many of
our brothers and sisters are abused or discriminated against because of the
color of their skin or place of origin.
All minority groups have the rights as human beings to be free from violence against them.
We are proud of our city’s largely
peaceful but forceful response to
Mr. Floyd’s death, a reflection of Durham’s open commitment to -- and acknowledged need of far more progress toward -- social equity. That, we hope, stands as a beacon to our nine international Sister Cities and others around the nation and the world.
The beautiful Guanacaste Tree is prominent in the Tilaran area, and is Costa Rica's national tree.
Below, Lake Arenal, in the Tilaran area, is a 65 mile long man made lake that produces 60% of the electricity for the country of Costa Rica
We enjoyed being a part of Durham's 2019 Holiday Parade. We had 9 nations with flags, banners, and dancers.
Our Celaya, Mexico group was colorful in the Parade, with their flag and car decorations. Their group included 4 dancers.
Our Mission: To promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Durham and global cities, to encourage world peace.
Pictured is our sign and the Sister Cities Peace Grove of Trees at Durham Central Park. The Grove of Trees will eventually include trees representing all our Sister Cities.
Durham students welcome visiting students from our Sister Cities at RDU airport.
We invite you to join us in Sister Cities of Durham to promote a greater understanding of Durham's international connections.
Annual Membership Dues:
-- Family Membership $35
-- Individual Membership $20
-- Student Membership $10
Also Life Time Membership $300
Payment can be made:
-- on our PayPal button on this page;
-- or Mail checks to:
Sister Cities of Durham
PO Box 767; Durham, NC 27702
Thanks for supporting Sister Cities of Durham
Each year Sister Cities recognizes individuals and organizations with the Mayor's Award for "Promoting International Understanding". Pictured are some of the recipients of this annual award at our Annual Meeting in Oct.