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Greetings from the Durham Solidarity Center!
This year will mark our three year anniversary (wow!) as a hub and resource center for grassroots, community organizing in the Triangle. We’ve come a long way since the space first opened in May 2010. Expanding the number of organizations and activists who regularly use the center for meetings, events, workshops, and more.
Check out our amazing list of people & organizations we’ve hosted & shared resources with this year! If your name or organization isn’t on that list – consider contacting us! We offer free meeting space, co-working space, and resources for groups working for justice in our community.
There’s no way that we could have grown without the regular support of people like you, who contribute what they can each month to help keep our doors open. As we move into the new year, we look forward to continuing to build with folks like you, forging new alliances, building bridges, and helping to provide resources and support for ongoing work to create a more just and equitable world.
Read below for a list of upcoming events, a rundown of what we were up to in 2012, and how you can help support the Durham Solidarity Center and organizing for justice in the Triangle!
FRIDAY DECEMBER 7
History of Durham Trivia Night!
Special Guest Trivia Caller Steve Schewel!
At 9th Street Bakery’s new expanded dining area
Begins at 5pm, trivia will start promptly at 5:30pm!
10% of all 9th Street Bakery proceeds throughout the day on Dec 7 go to support the Durham Solidarity Center
Address: 136 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham
Join us for an evening of spoken word, music, and Durham Trivia! Enjoy great locally sourced food, $3 local well drinks, and play trivia! There will be prizes!
RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
YEAR OF NO FEAR – Solidarity Dance Party at the Pinhook (117 West Main St, Durham)
Can you believe it is almost 2013?! It may look like the end is nigh, with the election of an ultra-conservative, hate-mongering majority in the NC General Assembly, BUT we can and will fight back!!
Come dance your booty off at the Pinhook to help the Durham Solidarity Center and the NC Student Power Union fight this conservative apocalypse! Durham’s very own DJ Yammy & DJ Play Play will be blasting the building with sweet tunes all night long!
Proceeds go to the Durham Solidarity Center & the NC Student Power Union.
Doors open at 9pm
Sliding scale cover. Suggested donation: $5-$25
RSVP on Facebook and invite all yr friendzz!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Winter Solstice Community Celebration at the People’s Plaza
Another world is possible, if we dare to dream big together! During this Winter Solstice celebration, we will honor the longest night and the return of the light. Through drumming, singing, and community connection, we will make space for releasing anything that holds us back as we prepare to step powerfully into the New Year.
Drumming will begin at 5pm, the potluck will begin at 6pm, and folks will be hanging out in the People’s Plaza (in the heart of downtown Durham, with the giant bull statue across from Blue Coffee), making music and coming together into the night.
Bring musical instruments, food, and friends!
RSVP on Facebook and invite friends to join us at the People’s Plaza on December 21 beginning at 5pm!
What have we been up to this year?
It’s been a busy year for the Durham Solidarity Center! Here are some of the things that we’ve done during this past year:
- Providing co-working space for student organizers of the NC Student Power Union, which is organizing UNC system campuses across NC to fight-back against tuition hikes, budget cuts, and the appointments of Art Pope & his cronies to this new “Blue Ribbon Commission” to chart out the next 5 year plan for the UNC system (pictured above),
- Co-working, meeting space & resources for BRICKS (Building Revolutionaries in Conscious Knowledge) – a new program created by 18-year-old recent Jordan High School Grad & spoken word artist Cameron Aviles (pictured right),
- Welcomed 2 New Advisory Board members: Cameron Aviles & Connie Leeper (field organizer for NC WARN),
- We were one of the featured non-profit’s at this year’s Marry Durham celebration,
- DSC is the homebase for theYouth Organizing Institute & NC HEAT, which continue to do amazing work with high school students around the Triangle – particularly around LGBTQ youth & school to prison pipeline issues (pictured below at Durham Pride),
- This summer we launched our first summer intern program and had three great interns – Cameron Aviles, Evan Kolosna (Durham native now organizing with an SDS chapter at UNC-Asheville), and Bryan Perlmutter, a junior at NCSU,
- Earlier this summer we had a dance party fundraiser at the Pinhook, organized entirely by a volunteer, UNC librarian Alex Chassanhoff (AKA DJ Analog Pancakes),
- Workers World hosts monthly Marxist discussion groups in the basement conference room,
- Hosted Jobs with Justice Executive Board meetings
- Hosted talk by Lisa Fithian “Professor of the Occupy Movement”,
- Hosted forum with the May 1 Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights from NYC,
- FINALLY – we provided mtg & organizing space for the March on Wall Street South this past Sept in Charlotte — Out of this work we helped to establish a sister location – the Charlotte Solidarity Center!!
Let’s focus on SOLIDARITY this season, support the Durham Solidarity Center!
BECOME A MONTHLY SUSTAINER IN 2013!
Three years ago, a group of young activists came together to create a community-supported space to nurture organizing in the Triangle; pooling resources, they started the Durham Solidarity Center. Over the years, the DSC has supported many endeavors and been home to many grassroots organizing projects.
This year, with the recent take-over of the Legislature & the Governors Mansion by right-wing, corporate interests, the need for the Durham Solidarity Center is even greater.
We’re asking YOU to become a part of this vision and support this shared resource. Take 2 minutes to become a monthly sustainer – pledging $5-$50/month to help support what the Solidarity Center has to offer.
The Durham Solidarity Center is co-working space & resource center that supports social justice efforts in the Triangle. The Solidarity Center is entirely supported by grassroots organizations and individual monthly contributions. It is run and supported by volunteers.
We currently offer:
- space for meetings, events, trainings, & gatherings,
- co-working areas, & computer work stations with Adobe design software,
- access to folding chairs, tables, bull-horns, PAs, button-makers, and other shared supplies.
By becoming a monthly sustainer you are helping to nourish and sustain grassroots community efforts, particularly small and independent efforts that don’t get funded by corporate giving or large foundations. You are supporting REAL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING to build People’s Power & create real change.
If you’ve ever attended a meeting or a workshop, heard a speaker, or come to an event at the Durham Solidarity Center – consider becoming a monthly sustainer.
(Click “I would like to make this a recurring donation deducted monthly” under Donation Preferences” – and put the “Durham Solidarity Center” in the designation line)
The Durham Solidarity Center is a project of ACRe – a 501c3 non-profit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Together Let’s Build a Better World
Big thanks to all our sustainers and supporters!
We wanted to take a minute to thank all the folks who make contributions on a regular basis to support the work of the Durham Solidarity Center, and many more who have work to make the space what it is today! THANK YOU!
Donald & Sandy Nonini