ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE DURHAM FREEDOM FIGHTERS WERE DROPPED

On Wednesday, February 20th we received the wonderful news that remaining charges against the freedom fighters who toppled the Confederate statue on 200 E Main were dropped. While there are still activists fighting charges around the statue takedown and we pledge to continue fighting for them, the people’s political pressure enabled us to win a historic victory in the fight against white supremacy.

Walk-out Planning!: Youth Organizing Institute

Are you a middle or high school student planning a walk out at your school on March 14? Join us on this planning call! Hear , Get helpful tips regarding your rights and hear from other students who have planned actions at their schools by contacting YOI here!

SPEAK OUT! No More Violence in Our Schools: Youth Organizing Institute

On February 14, 2018, one of the largest school shootings in the US occurred in Florida, leaving 17 High School students and teachers dead at the hands of a 19 year-old white male shooter. We mourn for the lives lost, we hold the community of Parkland, Fl in our thoughts, and we stand in solidarity with the brave survivors fighting for safer schools. We support these students’ efforts in advocating for better gun control and putting an end to gun violence in schools.

We also believe it is important to broaden the conversation around what violence in schools looks like.

Read more from our solidarity statement: http://empoweryouthnc.org/2018/02/27/solidaritywithparkland/
Join youth, students, and their families for a speak out at the Wake County Public Schools Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 6 against violence in our schools — from mass shootings to armed School Resource officers, exclusionary curriculum to underfunded counselors, and more.

Sign-up for public comment happens at NOON the day of the board meeting. Follow here: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/3727

Defeating Islamophobia and Racism: MERI Workshops

From Movement to End Islamophobia and Racism:

“MERI offers workshops on Islamophobia to members of faith-based, peace and justice, educational and non-profit organizations. Our workshops on Islamophobia offer one-on-one interaction on how to defeat Islamophobia.  Our workshops have the following objectives:

– define Islamophobia
– place Islamophobia in a larger context of racialized oppression
– address common myths and assumptions about Islam and Muslims
– identify how we are unintentionally participating
– identify how we can interrupt our own and others’ participation
– intersectionality between Islamophobia, racism, homophobia, anti-immigrant bigotry, sexism, and attack on workers
– clarify action steps

We customize our workshops for particular organizational needs – education, social work, social justice activism, interfaith relations, etc. Our typical workshop is approximately three-hours in duration and is ideal for 30 – 50 participants (customizable based on size of organization and needs). This workshop utilizes pictures/graphs, short videos and interactive exercises. More than sharing information, MERI believes in taking practical actions to defeat Islamophobia and racism. We will identify practical steps to be taken to organize against these oppressions. We will provide examples of solidarity actions, information about upcoming events and other resources to allow long-term actions in defeating Islamophobia and racism.

MERI workshops on Islamophobia are facilitated by People of Color and Muslim presenters. These workshops offer interactive sessions to allow understanding about Islamophobia and learn from participants’ experience. Resources generated from these workshops support anti-Islamophobia work by grassroots organizers in People of Color and Muslim communities.

For more information about these workshops, your organization’s particular needs, pricing of our workshop or other questions, please contact us at info@MeriNC.org. We will welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter to learn about activities against Islamophobia and racism organized in North Carolina and beyond.”

The Let’s Talk Racism Conference

Let’s Talk Racism Conference is intended to give K-12 educators and pre-service teachers an opportunity to engage in sessions centered on the impact of systemic racism and ways of dismantling it in our schools. This year’s theme is “Moving From the Margins.”

Conference organizers are thrilled to announce that Dr. Nolan L. Cabrera, an award-winning scholar and Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, will be delivering the keynote address. Dr. Cabrera will be speaking on the Tucson Unified School District and the fight for Mexican American Studies. He is heavily involved with the case where the U.S. District Court ruled that school officials’ “racial animus” motivated shutting down the ethnic studies curriculum.

Come learn about how the courses positively impacted students’ educational experiences and how to fight for ethnic studies in your local district.

During the conference, breakout sessions will be facilitated on a number of topics, including but not limited to:

Advocating for ethnic studies

Dismantling systemic racism in education

Teacher activism

Advocacy for Black & Latinx students

Racial equity leadership at the district level

Experiences of LGBTQ youth

March 24, 9am-4pm
H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building
700 Cecil Street on North Carolina Central University

The conference registration fee is $40.00 and $20.00 for students.

This event is co-sponsored by we are (working to extend anti-racist education), North Carolina Central University’s School of Education, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and Ben & Jerry’s of Chapel Hill.

Visit we are’s website, www.weare-nc.org, for additional information.

IOA Monthly Letter Writing

Join Inside-Outside Alliance to write letters to our comrades on the inside. We invite everyone who hates prisons and loves prisoners to join us. We will have a letter writing list, stamps, envelopes, and copies of the “Feedback” newsletter to send in. Feedback is composed of writing, letters, stories, and poetry from detainees in the Durham County Jail.

We hope you can make it! Please feel free to bring your friends. Let us know if you have any questions

https://www.facebook.com/events/1610155199032315/

Latest Developments on the Struggle Against White Supremacy

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Head to DoItLikeDurham.Org for the most up to date news and information

On August 14, 2017 Durham residents took down the supremacist Confederate soldier statue in front of the Durham Courthouse. This occurred just two days after Nazi’s and KKK rallied in a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA to defend Confederate statues and killed an anti-racist protester, Heather Heyer. The Durham action was another powerful expression of people’s anger and disgust with how the system uses its power to remind Black, Brown and oppressed people of their “place” and ongoing oppression and exploitation.

If you’re looking for the latest news, action alerts, and information on the struggle against white supremacy and to drop the charges against anti-racists targeted in Durham – head over to DoItLikeDurham.org

Keep Marching to Justice!

February 10th- Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly

“The HKonJ Coalition holds an annual mobilization called the Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly. It has grown to approximately 80,000 in 2017! Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers flood downtown Raleigh, NC where the HKonJ People’s Assembly convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol. The HKonJ Coalition has continued to hold Moral Monday mass demonstrations at the state capitol while also fighting extremist laws and legislators in the courts and at the ballot box. We successfully won three voting rights lawsuits that overturned key aspects of the 2013 voter suppression law and found both the congressional and state districts in North Carolina to be racially gerrymandered and unconstitutional.”

Moral March & HkonJ Event Link

February 19th- Defend Durham Arrestees Trial

On August 14, 2017 Durham residents took down the supremacist Confederate soldier statue in front of the Durham Courthouse. This occurred just two days after Nazi’s and KKK rallied in a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA to defend Confederate statues and killed an anti-racist protester, Heather Heyer. The Durham action was another powerful expression of people’s anger and disgust with how the system uses its power to remind Black, Brown and oppressed people of their “place” and ongoing oppression and exploitation.

After Heather Heyer’s murder by white supremacists in Charlottesville in August, Confederate flag sales quadrupled. In Durham, people took the Confederate monument down themselves – demonstrating that many feel they should take matters into their own hands when governments attempt to stop progressive social change.

In 2015, the Republican-dominated NC State Legislature passed a bill that took away authority from local city and county governments to remove Confederate statues from their property, GS § 100-2.1. This is the same state Legislature that the US Supreme Court ruled gerrymandered voting districts based on race with “laser-like precision”. The state Legislature also passed similar legislation – HB2 — that eliminated local governments’ power to protect transgender people from hate crimes, or enact protections for workers from abusive employers, like raising the minimum wage and improving working conditions for contractors.

After countless court dates where Durham activist and community members showed up in front of the Durham County Courthouse to support the arrestees for their brave actions, the state has decided to take the 8 freedom fighters to trial. Supporters are demanding all charges be dropped and all confederate monuments be taken down immediately.

Defend Durham and the arrestees are asking for supporters to show up to the Durham County Courthouse, on February 19th, while they face charges for challenging white supremacy and toppling racist monuments.

#ISupportRemoval #DoItLikeDurham #DroptheCharges against anyone charged with removing the Durham Confederate statue!

Defend Durham Facebook Page

Elijah’s Fundraiser

Pictured above is Elijah’s family. He is one of the arrestees from the anti-Klan demonstration in Durham on August 18, 2017. Elijah’s landlord has refused to extend his lease because he was arrested in the Confederate statue toppling aftermath. He courageously showed up to protest in defense of the Durham community; let’s show up for his family with a massive show of solidarity and care. It’s so cold outside! Let’s make sure our neighbors are warm and safe.

Donate to Elijah’s Fund

 

Inside-Outside Alliance Monthly Letter Writing

Inside-Outside Alliance supports prisoners’ struggles on the inside and participates in struggles on the outside against our system of injustice that includes police, prisons, courts and immigration laws — the revolving door of incarceration.

“Join Inside-Outside Alliance to write letters to our comrades on the inside. We invite everyone who hates prisons and loves prisoners to join us. We will have a letter writing list, stamps, envelopes, and copies of the “Feedback” newsletter to send in. Feedback is composed of writing, letters, stories, and poetry from detainees in the Durham County Jail.” -IOA

Join Inside-Outside Alliance Monday, February 26th at the Durham Co-op from 7pm-9pm

IOA Monthly Letter Writing Event Link

ATTENTION ALL WORKERS IN DURHAM: SPEAK-OUT!

Newly-founded Durham Workers Assembly is calls on all Durham workers to speak out for better wages, job safety, an end to sexual harassment and discrimination, better job security and more union rights!

“We must organize and fight-back together — workers in all sectors — fast food workers, city/state workers, domestic workers, restaurant and hospitality workers, manufacturing workers, teachers, adjunct professors, laundry workers, bus drivers and more to build a better Durham. Durham is a #UnionTown” -DWA

Durham Workers Assembly Event 

“The purpose of the Durham Workers Assembly is to:

1.  Empower workers to organize on their jobs. Create a venue for workers from various employers to feel comfortable reporting on their working conditions and speaking out, and receiving assistance in building workplace organization on their job. This will include regular trainings and monthly workers assemblies (first Thursday every month).

2.  Establish standards and expectations for all employers, both public and private sector, inside the City of Durham such as a Workers Bill of Rights.

3.  Have broad community and labor participation so that organizing campaigns and demands made by workers on their employers are supported by independent power of the people and workers.

4.  The creation of a Workers Rights Commission which has a formal relationship with the City of Durham so as decisions made by the commission are followed up on by the City Manager, Mayor’s Office and City Council.” -DWA

Go to Unions4Durham.org to learn more.

Call-In Today: Drop the Charges on Durham Arrestees and Repeal Racist Law Take Action!

TAKE ACTION:

1. Call Durham County DA Roger Echols at 919-808-3010 to drop all charges against the Durham anti-racist activists for the events in Durham related to the toppling of the Confederate statue.

2. Call NC State Senate President Phil Berger at 919-733-5708 and urge the state legislature to repeal the 2015 law GS 100-2 that prohibits local governments from removing Confederate Statues and other vestigates of white supremacy

3. Tweet @DurhamCounty and @SenatorBerger for charges to be dropped and repeal of 2015 law

4. Text ‘Defend Durham’ to 64336 for updates and next steps

Show solidarity with the growing people’s movement that is challenging the racism that allows public monuments to white supremacist ideals and values in the form of Confederate statues to stand in our communities.

On August 14, Durham residents took down the supremacist Confederate soldier statue in front of the Durham Courthouse. This occurred just two days after Nazi’s and KKK rallied in a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA to defend Confederate statues and killed an anti-racist protester, Heather Heyer. The Durham action was another powerful expression of people’s anger and disgust with how the system uses its power to remind Black, Brown and oppressed people of their “place” and ongoing oppression and exploitation.

After Heather Heyer’s murder by white supremacists in Charlottesville in August, Conferderate flag sales quadrupled. In Durham, people took the Confederate monument down themselves – demonstrating that many feel they should take matters into their own hands when governments attempt to stop progressive social change.

In 2015, the Republican-dominated NC State Legislature passed a bill that took away authority from local city and county governments to remove Confederate statues from their property, GS § 100-2.1. This is the same state Legislature that the US Supreme Court ruled gerrymandered voting districts based on race with “laser-like precision”. The state Legislature also passed similar legislation – HB2 — that eliminated local governments’ power to protect trans-gendered people from hate crimes, or enact protections for workers from abusive employers, like raising the minimum wage and improving working conditions for contractors.

#ISupportRemoval #DoItLikeDurham #DroptheCharges against anyone charged with removing the Durham Confederate statue!

Upcoming Court Dates:
Nov 14 (9am court hearing, 10:30am press conference), Nov 16, and Dec 5 at the Durham County Courthouse 8:30-10 am!

Justice for Abdul

DONATE TODAY to Fight for Justice for Abdul Burnette and all Durham County Jail Inmates!  

Abdul Burnette, 20 years old was arrested on September 23 for three misdemeanor charges. Yet he was given a $10,000 bond, typical of felony charges. His father, also named Abdul, a leading fast food worker in the local Fight For $15 movement, attempted to post bond but was not allowed to bond him out. This is why we demand ABOLISH BOND!

Before being convicted of any crime, a judge sentenced him to a 60-day “Starr and Grad” drug rehab program inside the jail. This is why demand END CRIMINALIZATION OF PETTY MARIJUANA POSSESSION!

According to his family, he has mild autism and is not competent to stand trial. Due to his medical condition, he is required to take medication. The Durham County jail is now charging him $20 per pill that they administer to him. The family is not allowed to provide any medication they previously bought. This expense has been a burden on Abdul and his family while he is locked up. This is why we demand FULL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE and END CONTRACT WITH ABUSIVE, EXPLOITATIVE CORPORATIONS

Earlier this year, on April 24 young Abdul was also assaulted by a Durham police officer, Officer Offenburg, on the corner of Fleetwood St. and S. Alston St. in east Durham. His father has filed a complaint with internal affairs of the Durham Police Department and it is still under investigation. This is why we demand END RACIAL PROFILING AND POLICE BRUTALITY!

“The Durham County jail is violating my son’s constitutional rights. We are going to keep fighting until we get justice!” stated Abdul Burnette, the father.

This same jail is scheduled to begin video visitation this week (Oct. 15) for families of those locked up, denying them basic right to visit their loved ones in-person, rather they will be forced to only communicate through a screen ran by a private corporation. This is why we demand FULL IN-PERSON VISITATIONS!

This past weekend, young Abdul was being picked on and attacked by another inmate. In his self-defense he fought back. He is now placed on “lock-back” solitary confinement for the next 30 days and all family visitations have been cut-off. This is why we demand END LOCK-BACK and SOLITARY CONFINEMENT!

This is happening amidst many local struggles in the Durham County Jail including five deaths of inmates in recent years, including the death on March 23, 2017 of 17-year-old Uniece “Niecey” Fennel. This is why we demand NO MORE JAIL DEATHS!

Free Abdul Burnette now!

Abolish bond!

End Criminalization of marijuana possession!

Full access to affordable healthcare for all inmates!

End the contracts with the abusive, exploitative corporations!

End racial profiling and police brutality!

Full In-person jail visitation!

No more jail deaths!

DONATE TODAY to Fight for Justice for Abdul Burnette and all Durham County Jail Inmates!

CALL TO ACTION:

Join the weekly demonstrations at the Durham County jail  (219 S Mangum St., Durham) sponsored by Inside-Outside Alliance — 6:00pm, Friday October 13 (and every Friday)