JUST(ice) DANCE – Post HKonJ Fundraiser

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Join the Durham Solidarity Center and the Carolina Abortion Fund for our Moral March on Raleigh AFTER-PARTY!!

We will be celebrating our collective struggle for justice and equality. This has been a hard year for North Carolina with countless laws passed that have slashed voting rights, economic and educational equality, health and other social justice issues. Through it all, though, our voice has grown stronger: we have joined arms for Moral Mondays and marches, we have protested and have been arrested– it is a new year and we fight on. Come feel the pulse of justice and dance your ass off for the struggle!!

*Cost: $5-$20 Sliding scale, give what you can all proceeds go to local organizing

*Doors open at 9 Music starts at 10!

RSVP on Facebook today and invite your friends!

All Roads Lead to Raleigh for the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ Peoples Assembly – February 8!

From the NC NAACP and the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Coalition:

On February 8, 2014, we will gather on Wilmington St. between South St. and MLK Jr. Blvd at 9:30 AM in downtown Raleigh. We will march to Fayetteville Street at 10:30 AM after which we will begin the mass people’s assembly on the doorstep of the State Capitol.

For the past seven years, a fusion movement has been growing in North Carolina. In 2006, the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition was formed under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the North Carolina NAACP. It has grown to include over 150 coalition partners. Each year this fusion movement comes together on the second Saturday in February to hold a mass people’s assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People’s Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina.

This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of a powerful push back to the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly during the 2013 Session. After 13 Moral Mondays in Raleigh leading to almost 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience and 23 local Moral Mondays spanning the entire state, the Forward Together Moral Movement and the HKonJ coalition will join together once again for the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People’s Assembly.

We are calling on all people of conscience and concern to join us as we stand against the extreme and regressive agenda being pushed in North Carolina. This agenda is a reflection of what is happening across the United States.

If you believe that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, if you understand that what happens in North Carolina has implications for the future of the nation, if you believe that we can build a moral movement together to save the soul of our state and country, then join us as we tell Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly, “Forward Together, Not One Step Back!”

For more information, visit the official HKonJ website and RSVP on Facebook.

Students fight the school to prison pipeline

n-SCHOOL-LUNCH-large570A coalition of organizations, including two that are part of the Durham Solidarity Center – NC HEAT and the Youth Organizing Institute – held a press conference on January 23 to announce a Federal Complaint relating to policing of Black and Brown students and students with disabilities in the Wake County Public School system.   Led by Advocates for Children’s Services’ Push-Out Prevention Project, the complaint is similar to one that was filed against the Durham Schools last year.
In Wake County nearly 45% of juvenile criminal proceedings originate from out of the schools – for things like cutting in line or a water balloon fight.
For more information on the complaint and the work that these organizations have been doing to challenge the school to prison pipeline in Triangle schools, see these articles here, here, here, here, and here.