May Day/International Worker’s Day

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Triangle May Day

May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, is fast approaching! First observed in the late 1800s by an international coalition of socialist organizations, May Day marks the anniversary of the Haymarket affair (Wikipedia).

In solidarity with workers everywhere, the Triangle will join communities around the world on May 1st to celebrate people power and to demand justice for all, particularly our Black, Muslim, immigrant and LGBTQ brothers and sisters that are under attack right now!

Plans for this year’s May Day actions are still forming. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page if you would like to help plan May Day events. You can also find more information here.

Don’t miss the many events leading up to International Worker’s Day featured below.

Defend Full In-Person Visitation at the Durham Jail!

From Inside-Outside Alliance (IOA) Durham, NC

The Durham County Sheriff’s Department is threatening to take away in-person jail visitation and replace it with a glorified phone call. Families would no longer be allowed to visit loved ones on the inside.

Detainees in the Durham jail do not want this system implemented. As is, families are required to show up 30 minutes in advance for a 20 minute visit with plexiglass between them and their loved ones. The visits are cumbersome to schedule, especially for those who do not have internet access. The video system will require visitors to be physically present in the jail, and if/when external visits are permitted, it will cost visitors 20 cents to a dollar per minute – contributing to both the isolation and financial exploitation of detainees and their families.

Video visitation is dehumanizing and further isolates those on the inside from family, loved ones, clergy, and mentors. It negatively impacts mental health and makes it even more difficult for families to evaluate the status and well-being of detainees. 74 percent of jails using video-visitation have eliminated in-person visits, and the Durham jail is likely to follow suit (Prison Policy Initiative, 2015).

The county commissioners funds the jail, and the county approved a contract with GlobalTel the commissioners did not read. We the undersigned demand that the Sheriff and Durham County Commission do all that is necessary to ensure:

  1. That there is no reduction in in-person visitation for any trial of video-”visitation”.
  2. That glorified video-calls do not come to replace in any way in-person visitation.
  3. That all video visitation equipment currently installed in the lobby be removed and no new equipment added.

Sign the Petition

Photo by Alissa Ellis

Open House Success

Thank you for coming out and making our open house a smash hit with all ages! Not only did we have a lot of fun and get to know each other, we also got 50 new subscribers to our newsletter, 6 new monthly sustainers, and raised $160 in donations!

Special thanks to the amazing crew who helped plan, publicize, set up, DJ, cook, play, present and break down: Kristen Cox, Alissa Ellis, Elena Everett, D’Atra Jackson, Jillian Johnson, Connie Leeper, Marc Lee, Jess Jude, Eli Longnecker, Meghan Watts, Adam Pyburn, Dante Strobino, Loan Tran and Josh Zaslow!

Open House at the NEW Durham Solidarity Center location and 7th Anniversary!

Help us celebrate 7 years of freedom fighting and see our new digs! We’ve got some fun activities, presentations and surprises for all ages in the works! If you would like to help us plan, get the word out, decorate, and throw an amazing party, email to join our Open House Planning Team!

DSC Conference Room Reservations

Our new space has a small conference room that is available for rental on a sliding scale. The room seats up to 50 people and has a bathroom, small kitchenette, and wall for projection.

Visit to make a reservation!

Fight Back Fridays:
Volunteering & Co-Working

We are opening up Fridays at the Durham Solidarity Center for folks who want to help us set up, beautify, and organize, our new, larger space. We also want to provide space for folks to come together to work throughout the day on Friday.
Join us each Friday between 10 am – 4 pm!

Organizing for May Day: the third People’s Assembly

Over 100 community members came out to the third People’s Assembly on Saturday, February 25th, in Durham to begin planning for a monumental May Day this May 2017! Representatives from many of the local struggles for Black, immigrant, Muslim, worker, woman, environmental, and electoral rights and power showed up.

The People’s Assembly has established multiple working groups to continue the important work of building people’s power across the Triangle-area. The DSC is excited to join community members and many organizations as we build towards May Day 2017.

Email or call (919) 539-2051 to get involved or check us out on Facebook.

Loan on why they support the Durham Solidarity Center:
The Durham Solidarity Center’s commitment to the movement shines through with every crisis that breaks out, at every action, and wherever the frontlines take our people. The DSC helps us stay ready to take the streets, put our bodies on the line, and convene under a banner of unity, solidarity, and so much more. I am grateful for how DSC holds our community up and enables us to stay focused on the long battles ahead!

Fighting Trumpism In February

Only 19 days into his presidency, Durham has already held two rallies to protest Trump. On January 20th, we gathered downtown to voice our outrage at Trump’s inauguration and stand in solidarity with those protesting at J20 in Washington D.C. and around the world. On January 27th, NC United for Refugees and Immigrants convened the public and media to speak out against the impending bans on travelers, immigrants, and refugees. Stay tuned for more actions like these. We’re just getting started!

We Moved!

The Durham Solidarity Center has moved out of the Hayti Heritage Center and into a larger space at 1803 Chapel Hill Rd. (Suite C) in Durham. We are very excited about our new home! We will be offering meeting space and equipment rental once we get settled into our new space.

Of course, we couldn’t have made it this far without the awesome facility and staff at the Hayti Heritage Center! Please take a moment to check them out here.

You can come visit our new office on Sunday, April 2nd when we have our Open House!


Workers World Party- Durham Branch Presents:
Black Marxism: From Reparations to Du Bois to Black Lives Matter
Sunday, February 12 | 4pm
1803 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite C | Durham, NC

Join us for an engaging political discussion on W.E.B. Du Bois’ masterpiece, Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880.

In 1935 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois published Black Reconstruction, a sweeping analysis of the Civil War and Reconstruction period. Using a Marxist analysis, his work responded to a trend in historical analysis that, at best, completely ignored the role of enslaved and free Black people in the two events, or, at worst, framed them in racist stereotypes. On the contrary, Du Bois asserted, the outcome of the Civil War was entirely dependent on the role of Black people in it. Further, the demise of Reconstruction was the counterrevolutionary destruction of a move towards a labor dictatorship in the U.S.

We will discuss:
—> Du Bois’s Marxist analysis of the Civil War and Reconstruction period
—> Why and how Du Bois – the leading Black intellectual of his time – turned to Marxism
—> The centrality of the Black liberation struggle to all other struggles – then and now

The discussion will be led by LeiLani Dowell, a managing editor of Workers World newspaper.
RSVP and Share on Facebook

New Space, New Opportunities

Alissa Ellis will be joining Josh to provide office and administrative support for our new space, helping coordinate space and equipment reservations. We are excited to share our space and equipment with folks doing the great work of fighting for justice in our community. Look out for an update on our online reservation systems once they go live!


Triangle Unity May Day Coalition People’s Assembly

From Coalition Member Ben Carroll:
We had a powerful gathering this past weekend with over 100 people from many different struggles and organizations for our second Triangle People’s Assembly. Thanks to all of you who came up and contributed to the rich discussion about how to build the fightback in this period of Trump.

Get On the Bus to J20!


Buy a bus ticket!

Make an urgently needed donation to support the NC to #J20 delegation!



On January 20th, hundreds of thousands of people will be taking to the streets across the US against Trump’s accelerated assault on migrants, LGBTQ people, women, unions, people of color, and the entire working class.

Buses are leaving from across NC to bring people to join the massive demonstrations at Trump’s inauguration. See the list of cities below where transportation is being organized – or contact us if you are planning to organize a bus or carpool from your city so we can list it! Tickets are selling fast — don’t wait to reserve your seat!

Stay tuned for more info coming soon and be sure to check the NC 2 #J20 website for updates!

Buses to #J20Resist Counter-Inaugural Protests in DC

Charlotte |  Departs 11pm // Thursday, January 19 // Location TBA
More info:

Winston Salem | Departure info TBA
More info:

Greensboro | Deparature info TBA
More info:

Durham | Departs 1am // Friday, January 20 // 2220 N Roxboro St
More info:


Raleigh, 5:30pm, Friday, Jan 20, Northwest Corner of State Capital Building (corner of Edenton and Salisbury St.)

Durham, 5:30pm, Friday, Jan 20, downtown CCB Plaza, 201 Corcoran St.

If your part of the state does not have an action planned, contact the Durham Solidarity Center at for help organizing one!

Remember, an action can be as simple as stopping whatever you’re doing for 15-30 minutes, gathering others, and doing a prayer or raising a fist!

** Interested in volunteering to be a bus captain, help with other coordination, or outreach? Contact us at the email addresses listed above! **

New Video, Big Move!

Watch and Donate!

Check out this new video by Rahee celebrating 6 years of the Durham Solidarity Center and support us as we move into a new and larger space! DONATE TODAY!

Donations to the DSC support collaborative grassroots social justice efforts in the Triangle. As a monthly sustainer, your continued donations would support our bond fund,  which provides relief for brave freedom fighters, and a co-working space/resource-sharing hub to enhance cooperation among our partner organizations. Your donations will also go towards creating our movement home in our new offices where we will be able to host larger community meetings and provide more co-working space for local groups. Please donate today!

Here’s some of the organizations and projects the Durham Solidarity Center has supported, hosted, or and partnered with over the years!

• Triangle Unity May Day Coalition
• Occupy Durham and its many work groups
• The Southern Vision Alliance
• Ignite NC
• Youth Organizing Institute
• NC Student Power Union
• the Coalition to March on Wall Street South
• NC Raise Up
• BlackLivesMatter protests and legal defense
• Ad hoc committee for May 1 Solidarity with Baltimore
• Ad hoc committee for Solidarity with Charleston
• #SayHerName Durham
• Black Workers for Justice
• the NC Coalition to End Corporate Power
• Interpreting for Social Justice
• NC Queer Youth Power Coalition
• Muslims for Social Justice
• HB318 protests for immigrant rights
• “Building Revolutionaries,” Workers World classes
• The Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing National Youth Convening
• Talks & presentations by Lisa Fithian, the May 1 Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights, Raleigh FIST, and the Charlotte Solidarity Center.


We’re Moving!

The Durham Solidarity Center and our co-working organizations (Ignite NC, Workers World Party, Youth Organizing Institute, Southern Vision Alliance) are moving out of the Hayti Heritage Center and into a larger office around the corner in Durham. We can’t move alone! Do you have boxes? Bring em! Do you have a truck or van you can lend? We’ll need it! Can you help move items? We need you! We will provide light snacks and drinks for all helpers! Sign up with the link below.

Help Us Move On Saturday, Dec. 17th!

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.



Make A Donation Now!



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.”
Read more here:

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…