Check out this new video by Rahee celebrating 6 years of the Durham Solidarity Center and support us as we move into a new and larger space! DONATE TODAY!
Donations to the DSC support collaborative grassroots social justice efforts in the Triangle. As a monthly sustainer, your continued donations would support our bond fund, which provides relief for brave freedom fighters, and a co-working space/resource-sharing hub to enhance cooperation among our partner organizations. Your donations will also go towards creating our movement home in our new offices where we will be able to host larger community meetings and provide more co-working space for local groups. Please donate today!
Here’s some of the organizations and projects the Durham Solidarity Center has supported, hosted, or and partnered with over the years!
• Triangle Unity May Day Coalition
• Occupy Durham and its many work groups
• The Southern Vision Alliance
• Ignite NC
• Youth Organizing Institute
• NC Student Power Union
• the Coalition to March on Wall Street South
• NC Raise Up
• BlackLivesMatter protests and legal defense
• Ad hoc committee for May 1 Solidarity with Baltimore
• Ad hoc committee for Solidarity with Charleston
• #SayHerName Durham
• Black Workers for Justice
• the NC Coalition to End Corporate Power
• Interpreting for Social Justice
• NC Queer Youth Power Coalition
• Muslims for Social Justice
• HB318 protests for immigrant rights
• “Building Revolutionaries,” Workers World classes
• The Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing National Youth Convening
• Talks & presentations by Lisa Fithian, the May 1 Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights, Raleigh FIST, and the Charlotte Solidarity Center.
The Durham Solidarity Center and our co-working organizations (Ignite NC, Workers World Party, Youth Organizing Institute, Southern Vision Alliance) are moving out of the Hayti Heritage Center and into a larger office around the corner in Durham. We can’t move alone! Do you have boxes? Bring em! Do you have a truck or van you can lend? We’ll need it! Can you help move items? We need you! We will provide light snacks and drinks for all helpers! Sign up with the link below.
Saturday, December 3 | 12pm | Moore Square Park, 200 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC
Sunday, December 4 | 2pm | 700 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
Donate today to support People-of-color and worker-led organizing in North Carolina to defeat Trump and the KKK
THIS STATE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE, NOT TRUMP AND THE KKK! No white supremacy and state violence! We won’t go back!
On December 3, the terrorist Ku Klux Klan, are scheduled to hold a “victory” parade in North Carolina to celebrate the electoral win of Donald Trump. Following the 2016 presidential election of the notoriously bigoted Donald Trump, the country has witnessed a resurgence of hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at immigrants, Muslims, Black people, LGBTQ people, women, disabled people and all oppressed people. Many important public services that provide basic human rights are also on the chopping block.
The Triangle Unity May Day coalition includes many groups and individuals united to counter overt and systemic oppression. We are a people-of-color and worker-lead coalition that is doing deep organizing in our communities. As Trump and his followers, including the KKK, plans to demonstrate their unabashed hate for marginalized groups, we will demonstrate our unity with an unrelenting fight for justice. Our campaigns for justice, dignity and power will go forward no matter who is the White House!
We are building a united movement for people’s power to lift up the struggles of immigrants, Muslims, Black people, women, LGBTQ people and all of the working class. Trump, the wealthy and Wall Street continue to perpetuate violence, hatred, racism, bigotry and war. We unite in our struggles against these forces and work towards dismantling systems and structures that oppress while building towards equitable and just alternatives, and building people’s institutions, such as the People’s Assembly.
All money donated will go towards the work of the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition that will include:
THIS STATE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE, NOT TRUMP AND THE KKK!
Voting alone isn’t going to change the world, but that doesn’t mean you can skip it! Get registered and spend a few minutes to vote for your favorite team at these times and locations and, if you need some guidance, here’s links to a couple of local endorsements:
-Early voting (with same day registration) in Durham until 11/5
-“Regular” voting on November 8
Graphic by PB Project
Advocate for Participatory Budgeting at City Hall!
Participatory Budgeting is a process wherein residents vote on how to spend part of a city’s budget. The Durham City Council will be holding a presentation and discussion on PB at their work session on November 10th at 1pm. Members of the public can sign up to speak about PB at this time as well. This is a great opportunity for us to learn where the city is in this process and to advocate for the council to bring PB to Durham. Come make your voice heard! more info here
Report from Protest Against Anti-Muslim Talk in Chapel Hill
We had a powerful protest against ICON and Diana West’s hate speech at Extraordinary Ventures venue hall in Chapel Hill on Tuesday [10/18]. About 15 participants from different organizations joined the protest yesterday. We had a great diversity of different faiths (or not faith), ethnicities, ages. ICON lecture invited about 50-100 almost all white and predominantly wealthy attendees judging from expensive cars. We were met with few fans from ICON (Diana West and ICON staff took our pictures without our permission) who indulged in name-calling and stereotyping us (calling us leftist lemming/communist).
Miriam Thompson from AIME (Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East) and I briefly met manager of EV, Paige, before the protest. She said that EV will re-consider their contract with ICON. We hope they will seriously follow on that. We also read the following statement from EV in Herald-Sun article (read more excerpts below) which seems we had significant impact on EV administration.
“The people of Extraordinary Ventures do apologize and promise to do a better job in the future vetting (of) potential customers.”
ICON has brought many speakers in the last 2-3 years, many even more virulent than Diana West. Tuesday’s protest was the strongest reaction from Triangle community members against ICON lecture series.
–Manzoor Cheema, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI)
“Charlotte Uprising is a coalition of community members, local and state organizers committed to ensuring the safety of their communities, and advocating for police accountability, transparency and social and economic equity.” -charlotteuprising.com
The Durham Solidarity Center’s Freedom Fighter Bond Fund supports the release of political prisoners taken during the Charlotte Uprising. To date, the fund has helped release over 60.
Organizations coming together are working around a broad list of issues including: Immigrants Rights/stop deportations, Black Lives Matter/racist police repression, low wage worker/union organizing, fighting Islamophobia, ending wars, boycott, divestment and sanctions to support free Palestine, funding for public education and all public services, pushing back against HB2 and attacks on LGBTQ people and all struggles for justice.
Join Workers World Party in Durham, North Carolina for a fightback conference on the resistance against racism and capitalism, and the struggle for socialism where we’ll discuss
Keep Fighting the Prison-Industrial Complex this August!
There are a number of great opportunities to educate yourself and support local and national victims of our nation’s corrupt and unjust prison industrial complex this month:
1) A fundraising concert by What Cheer? Brigade on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 pm at the Pinhook. This concert supports local efforts to join the call for a national prison strike on the 45th anniversary of Attica, September 9th.
2) A forum on the history of prison uprisings on Thursday, August 4 held by Inside-Outside Alliance featuring Cynthia Fox and Rafiq Zaidi. Discussion will center on black power activism in prisons from the 1970s to the present. The event will be at 7:00 pm at the downtown Durham public library.
3) A solidarity protest on Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30 pm outside the Durham County Detention Facility at 219 S Mangum St.
BY D’ATRA JACKSON
On Thursday, July 21st around 6pm, hundreds of Durham residents gathered in front of the Durham Police Department to protest against the construction of a $71 million dollar police headquarters set to be built in East Durham, and the ongoing police violence in this country. The demonstration was held by the #DurhamBeyondPolicing, a campaign comprised of Southerners On New Ground, Black Youth Project 100: Durham Chapter, #SayHer Name Durham Collective, and UE 150: City Workers Union. The campaign is fighting for the immediate termination of the $71 million dollar police HQ, and reinvestment into the Durham community. This investment includes more affordable housing, food access, funding for public schools, alternatives to policing programs, jobs, and livable wage.
The demonstration was comprised of drumming from Batala Durham, a new music project of international samba reggae music, a political theater performance by members of Southerners On New Ground, and speakers from UE150, Black Workers for Justice, Workers World Party, Durham Solidarity Center, #DurhamBeyondPolicing, BYP100: Durham Chapter, Raise Up: Fast Food Workers Union, Spirithouse, Standing Up Against Racial Justice and SONG. During this monumental programming, seven demonstrators chained themselves to the gate of the Durham Police Department for over 5 hours, while seven white allies blocked the street chained together, demanding an end to police violence. These protesters held their ground and created space for community to embrace and support them. Eventually, the Durham PD evacuated the scene and the demonstrators considered this to be a win! Next thing for the campaign will be a #DurhamBeyondPolicing Assembly taking place Wednesday, August 17th. Please look out for more details.
NC Voter ID Law Overturned!
The following is from July 29, 2016 newsobserver.com by Anne Blythe:
RALEIGH Federal appellate judges on Friday struck down a 2013 law limiting voting options and requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, declaring in an unsparing opinion that the restrictions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
The three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law was adopted with “discriminatory intent” despite lawmakers’ claims that the ID provision and other changes were designed to prevent voter fraud.
The ruling – which could have implications for voting laws in other states and possibly for the outcome of close races in the swing state of North Carolina – sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, who in April issued a 485-page decision dismissing all claims in the legal challenge.
“In holding that the legislature did not enact the challenged provisions with discriminatory intent, the court seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees,” the ruling states. “This failure of perspective led the court to ignore critical facts bearing on legislative intent, including the inextricable link between race and politics in North Carolina.”
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article92593512.html#storylink=cpy
NLRB Upholds Union’s Right to Support Israel Boycott
The following press release was sent out by the the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE).
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its dismissal of an unfair labor practice charge brought by an Israeli law firm against a U.S. union, the United Electrical Workers, over its support of protests against Israeli policies including the union’s endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) movement.
At its national convention in Baltimore August 16-20, 2015, the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) adopted a resolution endorsing the BDS movement to pressure Israel to negotiate peace with the Palestinians and end the occupation. UE is the first national U.S. union to endorse BDS. The full resolution is attached.
On October 23, the Israeli law firm Shurat Hadin filed a charge with the NLRB alleging that UE’s resolution violated the prohibition in U.S. labor law against “secondary boycotts.” The union disputed the charge, arguing that Shurat Hadin’s action was an attempt to interfere with the First Amendment rights of the union and its members to express opinions on political and international issues, and also that the Israeli firm’s allegation were factually untrue. OnJanuary 12, Region 6 of the NLRB dismissed the charge. Shurat HaDin then appealed to the Office of the General Counsel of the NLRB, and on May 26 that office denied the appeal.
Solidarity Center NYC– Trump’s candidacy is drawing the most reactionary elements of the capitalist class to Cleveland for the RNC July 18 to 21. Their agenda is war, racism, raids and austerity.
In mid July thousands of activists from across the country who have mobilized to shut down Trump’s vicious agenda will join hands with people of Cleveland who are determined to resist the right-wing RNC extravaganza.
We urge support and unity for all the actions protesting Trump and the RNC – from the weekend People’s Convention to the Monday Dump Trump protest as the RNC opens, to all resistance through out the week.
Cleveland is notorious for racist police murders. Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams are only the latest Black people murdered by the Cleveland Police Dept. Cleveland police will gain a vast new arsenal to be goons for Trump and the RNC and will continue to use these mega-weapons in their war on the Black community. This too we will protest.
But we must go beyond protest. We need fundamental change! We need organization, unity and fightback against this whole criminal capitalist system, independent of the two big capitalist parties.
When: July 17-21
Where: Cleveland, Ohio
RIDESHARE INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worker’s World Party and International Action Center, Philadelphia– Progressives, socialists, peace activists, feminists, environmentalists: Let’s build a united front to take on the racist, capitalist Democratic war machine!
The Presidential elections that take place every four years bring about only cosmetic changes: different faces running the government while the same billionaire masters still call all the shots. Whether it’s Clinton or Trump, Democrat or Republican, police will still terrorize us and low wages will keep us in or near poverty. That is, unless we fight back!
WE’VE HAD ENOUGH! No more fake “democracy” in our city!
NOT while racist cops run wild.
NOT while our public schools go criminally underfunded.
NOT while our people suffer some of the highest poverty levels in the country.
We demand self-government, not super rich capitalists. Free Mumia and all political prisoners! Reparations now! Women’s and LGBTQ liberation now! Abolish capitalism and oppression NOW! It’ll only happen if we FIGHT FOR IT!
When: July 25-28
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
RIDESHARE INFO: email@example.com
CommonBound.org– CommonBound will bring together hundreds of leaders and organizations from across North America for an international conference on visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change. Participants will share insights and stories, build relationships, highlight achievements, and chart a shared path toward a society that puts people and planet first. Participants will include a cross-section of community leaders, thinkers, and practitioners from around the world, including the New Economy Coalition’s 140-plus member organizations from throughout the US and Canada.
The conference will feature more than 20 workshop tracks and day-long gatherings exploring a range of topics, including:
When: July 8 -10
Where: Buffalo, New York
Elizabeth Simpson– On June 14 and 15, over 50 parents, educators, and students marched for 23 miles over the course of two hot days in order to meet with Governor McCrory. They called for McCrory to use a $300 million budget “surplus” as an increase in per-student spending in the form of more teachers, more teaching assistants, more counselors, and more resources for the classroom. They also called on McCrory to support an immediate expansion of Medicaid. Though he was given a week to clear his schedule for the meeting, the Governor refused to meet with them and locked the doors to the Old Capitol before the close of business hours. At that point, 14 teachers and teaching assistants took to the street, leading to their arrest.
Stop Obliterating NC Black History: Protect Our Schools, Build Black University
North Carolina Senate Bill 873 is designed to destroy the long standing history of 5 NC public universities serving black and minority students. The bill would force Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State, UNC Pembroke, Winston-Salem State, and Western Carolina to lower their tuition to $500 a semester, damaging their ability to provide the necessary services and education to their students. This bill would effectively defund and make institutions with a history of providing quality education for Black, minority, and rural populations unable to provide a four year education.
We are not fooled by the NCGA’s attempt to blame our universities for lack of “success” when they have been systematically cutting funds to higher education, specifically HBCUs. We call on our legislators, the Board of Governors, and Gov. McCrory to end the war on HBCU’s and the UNC system. We demand that those in power uplift our communities by providing the necessary resources that prioritizes our students and communities. We will not be idle as our state destroys our education.
Senate Bill 873 be immediately withdrawn as proposed legislation;
Full funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, allowing black students to have opportunities that are currently limited to predominantly white institutions;
Increased funding for all public universities, creating a debt free UNC system;
ALL workers on campus, including part time and contract workers are paid livable wages, and job security for our adjunct professors;
The North Carolina General Assembly and Board of Governors not sell our University by running it as a business, but instead upholds an institution of learning and critical thinking;
Transparency from all decision making institutions regarding higher education;
Public input process that values the voices of students, professors, community and particularly the voices of HBCUs.
Dear Fellow Educator/Freedom Fighter,
For the better part of the last 10 years, North Carolina’s schools have been under attack. You know this as well as anybody. The politicians that control our state have cut our budgets, frozen our pay, made us pay more for health insurance, overfilled and underresourced our classrooms, infiltrated our communities with private and charter schools, taken away our rights, shamed our schools, and made it clear that they have a destructive vision for the future of schooling in North Carolina—segregation, inequality, and privatization.* Our kids deserve MORE.
The same politicians, during the same period, have also limited our students’ families’ access to health care, kept many of their parents in economic crisis, made it easier for companies to pollute the air they breathe and water they drink, and criminalized their bodies and communities through the school-to-prison pipeline, ICE raids, and HB2. Our kids deserve MORE.
Many of us have been fighting for MORE. We’ve rallied. We’ve petitioned. We’ve written well-argued letters to the editor. We’ve called and lobbied our legislators. We’ve done everything we knew how to do, and yet, the onslaught has continued.
The Governor has recently called for another pay raise for teachers, in an election year ploy designed to focus our attention solely on pay and not on the crisis that 25% of our state’s young people living in poverty represents. Our kids deserve MORE.
Some of us, then, coming out of the Schools Our Students Deserve campaign, are calling for committed students, parents, educators, and community allies to try new tactics aimed at refocusing statewide and national attention on our state’s Governor and the harm he has done to our schools, our communities, and our students. Here’s the plan:
*Editor’s note: in-state tuition for undocumented students is another important issue facing our schools
Marked around the globe as a day of workers’ and people’s struggles, May Day is an opportunity for our many movements to stand united in solidarity, build our collective power, and express radical alternatives for the world. On May Day we champion a vision of a world of dignity, justice, and liberation for all people.
Join us at the People’s Plaza at Corcoran St. & Chapel Hill St. at 4:30 for a rally and march around downtown, then join the People’s Budget Rally at City Hall.
Triangle May Day 2016 is sponsored by:
Durham Solidarity Center
Durham for All
Black Workers for Justice
UE 150 Public Sector Workers Union
Durham Beyond Policing
Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity
Raise Up for $15
Muslims for Social Justice
Si a las licensias
Southern Vision Alliance
Faculty Forward Network
Triangle Green Party
Jewish Voices for Peace
ICE Out of NC
Witness for Peace – SE Chapter
Southeast Immigrants Rights Network
Triangle SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice)
Workers World Party
Become a co-sponsor! http://durhamsolidaritycenter.org/mayday2016/cosponsor/
Read our call to action at http://durhamsolidaritycenter.org/mayday2016
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681360655449609/
Pre-May Day Cookout and Banner/Sign Making Party https://www.facebook.com/events/971165409598755/