Greetings from the Durham Solidarity Center
Looking back at 2013
- We provided bullhorns, meeting space, and other support to the OUR Walmart campaign actions on Black Friday and the NC Raise Up fast food worker walk-outs,
- NC HEAT, youth-led organization, used sound equipment and other materials from the Solidarity Center for a march on Central Prison to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Welcomed Rafael Mendiola to our family! Rafael is currently serving as the Durham Solidarity Center intern. He is a graduate of the Youth Organizing Institute, a former youth board member of iNSIDEoUT, and a student at Jordan High. Raffy keeps the office functioning by inventorying supplies and keeping the space organized and clean so that it can be used to it’s fullest potential by all the amazing groups!
- People’s Durham moved into the Durham Solidarity Center!! People’s Durham opened office space with us in June!
- Hollaback! 919, a chapter of a national organization fighting street harassment of women and LGBTQ people, has held several organizing meetings.
- Youth-led Organizing: NC HEAT, the Youth Organizing Institute, and NC Student Power Union use the space regularly to mobilize young people to Moral Mondays and the fight back against the right wing legislature.
- UE 150, the NC Public Service Workers Union, used the DSC as a staging ground for their November organizing blitz.
- Hosted a 2-day training by the NC Vote Defenders, pulling together young people across NC to defend the right to vote after the devastating anti-voting rights legislation passed earlier this year.
A HUGE THANKS FROM OUR ADVISORY BOARD
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS & MONTHLY SUSTAINERS
Peoples Durham, Vision 2.0 Tech, Workers World, Youth Organizing Institute
Zaina Alsous, Felicia Arriaga, Ben Carroll, Ben Crawford, Jason Cross, Alissa Ellis, Elena Everett, Peter Gilbert, Susie Goodman, Luke Hirst, Jillian Johnson, Andy Koch, Roxane Kolar, Jonathan Kotch, Jodi Lasseter, Connie Leeper, Fernando Martinez, Eva Panjwani, Josh Reynolds, Cathey Stanley, Dante Strobino, E. Swan, Tamara Tal, Rachel Valentine
Build Solidarity in 2014!
Four 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. Since then, the DSC has supported many endeavors and been home to many many meetings, forums, assemblies, classes, workshops, sign-making sessions, and housed many grassroots organizing projects, including Occupy Durham, the Youth Organizing Institute, and now People’s Durham, F.I.S.T., and the NC Vote Defenders.
This year, with the unabated police brutality in Durham, and the growing fightback among young people and workers to demand better schools, good wages, and a better future, the need for the Durham Solidarity Center is even greater.
The Durham Solidarity Center is completely funded by grassroots support.
Your donations are entirely tax-deductible — and, if you contribute before January 1, every donation – up to $5,000 – will be matched dollar for dollar!
This spring the Durham Solidarity Center will also house a new youth organizing fellowship program called Ignite NC. This program will equip fellows with organizing skills, analysis and tools needed to harness the power of community organizing to become effective catalysts for change. Deadline for fellowship applications is Dec 31. If there’s a young person in your life (age 18-30) who might be interested in this (paid) fellowship, please share the info, located at the websitewww.ncignite.org.
More than ever, we need YOU to become a part of this vision and support this shared resource. Take 2 minutes to make a donation to 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. It is entirely supported by grassroots organizations and individual monthly contributions. It is run and supported by volunteers.
- 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 donating to the Durham Solidarity Center, 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.
If you’ve ever attended a meeting or a workshop, heard a speaker, or come to an event at the Durham Solidarity Center – consider making a donation.
The Durham Solidarity Center is a project of ACRe – a 501c3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Together Let’s Build a Better World
Get Involved Durham! A Calendar of Events Not to Be Missed!
Wed, January 8, 11am – Caravan to Winston Salem for Carlos Riley Jr. sentencing hearing. Meet at Hayti Center at 11am. Call 919-322-9970 if you are interested or want to ride with us.
Tues, Jan. 14, 6pm – City of Durham, Human Relations Commission public hearings on police brutality and racial profiling. 6pm at Stanford Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St, 27707. Rally outside
Sun, Jan 19, 7pm – Justice for Jesus Huerta vigil and demonstration, People’s Plaza (CCB Plaza) in Durham
Wed., Jan. 22, 6pm – City of Durham, Human Relations Commission public hearings on police brutality and racial profiling. City Hall committee chambers. Rally outside before hand
Tues., Jan. 28, 6pm – City of Durham, Human Relations Commission public hearings on police brutality and racial profiling. City Hall committee chambers. Rally outside before hand.
Tues., Feb. 4, 7pm – City of Durham, Human Relations Commission public hearings on police brutality and racial profiling. City Hall committee chambers. PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SPEAK. Let’s pack the house! If you know someone that has survived police brutality or racial profiling, please consider testifying. To learn more, contact 919-322-9970
Saturday, Feb 8, 9am – Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People’s Assembly; Gather at Shaw University, more info on Facebook here