No to KKK and Trump Agenda!



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:

  • Organizing a mass rally of several thousand on December 3 to counter Trump and the KKK, and to show our people’s power!
  • Building a genuine People’s Assembly across North Carolina to bring social movement organizations, and newly energized people together to build people’s institutions and people’s power.
  • Supporting campaigns of organizations lead by Black, immigrant, and Muslim people and workers.



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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:

Independent Weekly endorsements
People’s Alliance 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)

Read more here



“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.”

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.

Check out Charlotte Uprising’s demands on their website.


#CharLITUprising, Governor Education


The DSC mobilized to support the Charlotte Uprising

The Charlotte Uprising has uplifted the voice and power of the people to fight against police violence and oppression. The DSC supports the demands of the Charlotte Uprising. The Durham Solidarity Center has mobilized to support the Charlotte Uprising by acting as a resource hub for supply drop offs and critical bond funding support through our Freedom Fighter Bond Fund. Board members and DSC supporters have been in Charlotte since the beginning of the uprising, providing critical resource, jail, and legal solidarity support on the ground.

In addition, through the Charlotte Uprising network and other affiliated networks, the DSC Freedom Fighter Bond Fund has become a main source of bond solidarity. The Fund has been essential to freeing activists on the front lines of the Charlotte Uprising. Charlotte needs YOUR support. Please donate what you can to the Fund and circulate Fund information to your contacts:

-Alissa Ellis

If you know someone in Charlotte who needs legal support, our legal team can be reached at our jail support hotline: 704-769-0243

We still need more help on the ground from people trained in legal support and medics. Legal solidarity training is taking place daily at 11:30am at Mission Gathering. If you are available, please come get trained! 

Raise Up the People’s Voice at Governor Debates

As McCrory and Cooper debate, demand:

1. Stop Police Violence and Murders
2. End Cooperation with ICE
3. Welcome Syrian Refugees, End Islamophobia
4. $15/hr Minimum Wage and Collective Bargaining Rights for all Workers

Tues. Oct 11
UNCTV Station
10 TW Alexander Dr.
Durham, NC

The election process is disempowering for working people. No matter who is elected to President, or Governor or any office, the people must continue to organize and hold them accountable to our needs.

Join the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition efforts to build a genuine Peoples’ Assembly!

For More information contact Triangle Unity May Day Coalition at 919-539-2051

Stronger Together!

Triangle Unity May Day Coalition Forum to build a local People’s Assembly

Saturday, September 17, 1pm-4pm
Teamsters Union hall at 6217 Angus Dr., Raleigh
(off HWY 70 only 20 minutes away from Durham)
Join the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition as we continue our efforts to unite local progressive movements across the Triangle and across the state. This public forum will help to engage local activists to build a strategic vision for a broader People’s Assembly. How do we identify our common demands, and target pressure on our common enemies? Beyond just showing up at each others events, what does real solidarity and unity look like in our local movement? Some of these questions and more we hope to begin to start tackling.

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.

Hard Time Are Fighting Times Conference — Building the Movement for Liberation, Revolution, and Socialism in the South

Saturday, September 24 | 9am – 5pm

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

  • Ending the police war on Black & Brown people & defending the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Stopping the raids & deportations & disarming ICE & the police
  • Smashing HB2, defending queer and trans people, fighting for LGBTQ liberation now
  • Fighting imperialism, for a free Palestine, and building international solidarity
  • Abolishing capitalism and fighting for revolutionary socialism

Keep Fighting the Prison-Industrial Complex this August!

Photo by Inside-Outside Alliance

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.

Report Back from #DurhamBeyondPolicing Rally


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 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.”
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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.

Read more here…

NC At The R/DNC!


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


Shut Down TRUMP & the RNC


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


SHUT DOWN the DNC! Build the Movement to Smash Capitalism & Racism

CommonBound Conference, July 8-10, Buffalo, NY– 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:

  • Democratizing energy systems in the face of accelerating climate change
  • Racial justice, and building an economy where black lives and liberation matter
  • Game-changing pushes for policy and state power to achieve structural change
  • Developing vibrant local economies without displacing communities
  • Hacking emergent technologies in service of redistributive ends
  • Worker ownership and community enterprise as vehicles for democratizing the economy
  • …and much more!

When: July 8 -10
Where: Buffalo, New York

Report From March for MORE

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.

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Defend Our HBCUs!


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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.

We Demand:

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.

Additional Articles:

Charlotte Observer​



Photo and text provided by Nicholas Graber-Grace

March for MORE

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:

  • On June 14th, we’ll be gathering at 2 locations (one in Eastern Durham County and one in Eastern Wake County) to begin a march to the Governor’s office in Raleigh.  We’ll walk roughly 10 miles that day and spend the night at either a church or a supportive community organization.  We’ll ask friends and supporters to join us for a community dinner, and we’ll call on local, state, and national media to share our stories and our vision.
  • On June 15th, we’ll have breakfast, gather ourselves, and march the other half of the distance to Raleigh.  We’ll be inviting community supporters to gather with us at the Old Capitol building for a rally in support of the North Carolina that our students deserve.



*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
El Pueblo
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!

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Pre-May Day Cookout and Banner/Sign Making Party

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#BlackLivesMatter Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition Response to NC HB 2

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Photo by Bryan Perlmutter

#BlackLivesMatter Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition Response to NC HB 2

On the anniversary of the passing of Blake Brockington, a Black trans teen from Charlotte, North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly moved to attack working people and create dangerous conditions for women, LGBTQ people, black and brown people, and any workers who experience discrimination or who struggle to make ends meet.

The General Assembly and Governor McCrory chose to criminalize trans and gender nonconforming children and youth, and to scapegoat trans women and other trans people for rape by passing NC HB 2. House Bill 2 bars city and county governments from raising their municipal minimum wage, as well as prohibits anti-discrimination policies that account for gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. Lawmakers were given only 5 minutes to review the bill and it passed within a 12 hour period without a single trans person of color being allowed to speak.

This bill reinforces the school to prison pipeline that trans and gender non-conforming students of color already face by making their choice of toilet grounds for suspension or arrest.

This bill rolls back decades of hard-won progress, and will harm our whole state. It undermines municipal democratic control, advancements in anti-discrimination policy, and further prohibits wage increases. This is a direct assault on working families and particularly working women of color who are most likely to be paid poverty wages. LGBTQ folks of color are workers, and we are worth more!

This bill uses trans panic and the scapegoating of trans women to derail real conversations about safety and consent. Trans and queer people are survivors of sexual assault, too. Our safety matters and we don’t make our community safer by threatening others with the brute force of the murderous police or incarceration. If our state is truly concerned for survivors of sexual assault, it will make comprehensive consent and sex education mandatory. This law does nothing to prevent indecent exposure and sexual assault, which are already illegal, but instead prevents local governments from protecting the safety and livelihoods of queer and trans people.

We honor and fight for Blake by affirming that our lives matter. Anti-transgender bias and legislation and persistent structural racism directly impact the devastating rates of suicidality, unemployment, physical and sexual violence, poverty, incarceration and homelessness experienced by transgender people of color.

Trans and Queer people of color demand a living wage and freedom from criminalization and discrimination, in the workplace and in the bathroom.

Tonight, we are calling for a Special Session of the People outside of the Governor’s mansion. For Blake Brockington, for Angel Elisha Walker, for all Black and Brown trans and queer people in North Carolina who have been murdered, disappeared, or incarcerated, it is our duty to speak. It is our duty to demand freedom, to demand a living wage, to demand education, to demand comprehensive health care that is accessible and free of charge.

QPOCC, The Tribe, #BlackLivesMatter North Carolina, Sister Song, Ignite NC, Southern Vision Alliance, Youth Organizing Institute, #BlackLivesMatter Gate City, Workers World Party, SONG NC, Greensboro Mural Project, GenderBenders, Fight for $15, QORDS, Trans Pride in Action, Queer Youth Circus, House daLorde, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI-NC), SAFE Coalition NC, LGBTQ Center of Durham, Center for Family and Maternal Wellness

Urgent Appeal: Support Trans and Queer Activists Arrested Tonight in Raleigh!

Photo by Bryan Perlmutter

Photo by Bryan Perlmutter

As You Read This, Protesters Arrested in Raleigh Tonight Need Your Help!

Brave queer, trans and allied North Carolinians were arrested tonight for shutting down the street at the NC Governor’s mansion as part of the Black Lives Matter and Queer/Trans People of Color’s protests of HB2 in Raleigh.

HB2 is a bill that the NCGA and Pat McCrory have passed that rolls back protections for LGBTQ folks in a Charlotte city ordinance, enforcing a statewide standard that would make trans and queer people vulnerable to workplace discrimination, criminalization in the restroom, and block cities from raising the minimum wage.

Let NC legislators know that you stand with our state’s queer and trans population and that we take care of our own. Help these fighters get back to their lives and pay their legal fees!

To learn about Durham Solidarity Center’s Freedom Fighter Bond Fund, click here.

Donate Now to the Freedom Fighter Bond Fund!