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.
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.
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:
THIS STATE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE, NOT TRUMP AND THE KKK!
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:
-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)
“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.” -charlotteuprising.com
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.