Congratulations on making history, Durham!

The Durham Solidarity Center stands in solidarity with Charlottesville and those who took down the Durham Confederate Statue. We congratulate the people of Durham for their victory in tearing down one of the more visible manifestations of white supremacy.
 
On August 14, 2017, in the aftermath of a weekend of white supremacist terrorism unleashed in Charlottesville, the community of Durham united to express their solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, and honor those who were injured or lost their lives standing against racism.  The Durham community then took matters into their own hands, tearing down the Confederate monument outside the old Durham County Court House.
 
The Durham Solidarity Center supports the right of Durham and all people to tear down symbols of hate!
 
Onwards in the fight to tear them all down and fight back against white supremacy!

Celebrating Black August!

 

Black August History

The above image of George Jackson by Santiago Armengod and the following text are from criticalresistance.org

For many of us fighting the ravages of the prison industrial complex, George Jackson is a source of inspiration and discipline. Over forty years ago, George Jackson pleaded: Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will die or live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love of Revolution. Pass on the torch. Join us, give your life for the people.  On August 21,1971, Jackson was assassinated by guards at San Quentin Prison during a prison rebellion.

The month of August bursts at the seams with histories of Black resistance–from the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion, from the Fugitive Slave Law Convention and the foundation of the Underground Railroad to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, from the March on Washington to the Watts Uprising, from the births of Marcus GarveyRussell Maroon Shoatz, and Fred Hampton to the deaths of W.E.B du Bois and George Jackson’s own younger brother Jonathan killed while attempting to free the Soledad Brothers from prison.  We celebrate Black August, commemorating the anniversary of George Jackson’s death while understanding his life as a revolutionary in a long and unbroken line of resistance and sacrifice of Black people throughout history.

Black August In The Park

From BAITP:

Black Families, Black Food, Black Music. Black Community, Black Movements, Black Liberation.

Come celebrate and commemorate Black August with us at Durham Central Park. We will have music, activities for the whole familiy, feature organizations doing local, regional and national work to get us free. Black August in the Park is a space created specifically for people of the African Diaspora–their joy and healing. Whatever your Black looks like we want you to bring it to our space and be free!

VEND . VOLUNTEER . DONATE . LEARN MORE
BlackAugustinthePark.com

Act With Immigrants in July!

Week of Calls: Free Mosa Hamadeesa!

FROM MERI: Mosa Hamadeesa has been a Raleigh resident for the last ten years and is an applicant of asylum. He was detained by ICE on Wednesday, May 31st. He is a father of four children and sole breadwinner for the family. One of his daughters has a rare form of cancer and is being treated at Duke Hospital. Mosa is an auto mechanic and serves the community through his hard work. Currently Mosa is being held at the Atlanta Detention Center and being refused adequate medical care and treatment.

Please make a call today to demand his immediate release so he can return home to his family!

Contact:
Congressman David Price’s Office: 202-225-1784 | 919-859-5999

Sentator Thom Tillis’s Office: (202) 224-6342 | (919) 856-4630

ICE Field Office: 202-732-3000

Sample Script:

Hello my name is ________ and I’m calling on behalf of Mosa Hamadeesa, a Raleigh resident for the last ten years and applicant of asylum. He was detained by ICE on Wednesday, May 31st. He is a father of four children and sole breadwinner for the family. One of his daughters has a rare form of cancer and is being treated at Duke Hospital. Mosa is an auto mechanic and serves the community through his hard work. Currently Mosa is being held at the Atlanta Detention Center and being refused adequate medical care and treatment. We urge (ICE, Congressman Price, or Senator Tillis) to intervene immediately, and ask for the release of Mosa from ICE detention, his family and community need him at home in Raleigh.

Week of Calls facebook page

Stop the Attacks On Farmworkers!

FROM FLOC: [Espanol abajo] On July 12, 2017, Governor Cooper signed S615, rejecting requests from labor and immigrant rights organizations and other social justice NGOs for a veto. The bill was sponsored by farmers elected to the General Assembly and aimed at stopping migrant farmworkers from joining FLOC, the state’s only agricultural union, and winning improved working conditions through union agreements.

On Tuesday, July 18, Farmworkers will be joined by supporters from the Labor, Religious, and Faith leaders to publicize this disgraceful act of the NC government. Please show your support for farmworkers by joining us for a press conference and petition delivery to Gov. Cooper’s office.
**We will be meeting outside the Old State Capitol on Morgan St! facebook event

El 12 de julio de 2017, el gobernado Cooper firmo S615, negando peticiones de organizaciones laborales y en defensa de inmigrantes y otras organizaciones de justicia social para un paro. La ley fue patrocinada por rancheros elegidos a la Asamblea General y fue dirigida a detener la afiliacion a FLOC de lxs trabajadores del campo, el unico sindical agricola, y el logro de mejores condiciones laborales por acuerdos sindicales.

El martes, 18 de julio, trabajadores del campo se van a juntar con lideres del movimiento laboral y de la comunidad de fe para publicar la verguenza de esta ley hecha por del gobierno de NC. Por favor, muestra su solidaridad con lxs trabajadores del campo y unense con nosotros para una conferencia de prensa y entrega de peticion a la oficina del gobernador Cooper.
**Nos vamos a juntar fuera del Old State Capitol en la calle Morgan! evento en facebook

Summer Raleigh Movement Builders School | Construyendo Movimentos: Escuela de Raleigh

FROM PACT: Este mensaje se repetira en espanol abajo.

Gain valuable skills to become a leader in your neighborhood for truly affordable & sustainable housing, police accountability, fair jobs, healthy food options and everything in between. Childcare, spanish interpretation, and snacks provided with registration one week prior to each training!

If you are able, please make the recommended donation to help support the costs of the summer series! We recommend $10/training or $50 for any 5 or more.

For questions or more information, email info@raleighpact.org or call 919-636-9857.

Movement Builders’ School on facebook

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Desarolla tus habilidades para ser un lider en tu vecindario para vivienda economica y sostenible, la impunidad policial, trabajos justos, opciones de comida saludable, y mucho mas. Tendremos disponible cuidado de nino, interpretacion al espanol, y algo para picar si te registras con una semana de anticipacion.

Si es posible, porfavor contribuye la donacion recomendad para apoyar los costos de la serie! Recomendamos $10/sesion o $50 por 5 sesion o mas.

Para preguntas o mas informacion, contacte info@raleighpact.org o llame al 919-636-9857. Hablamos espanol!

Escuela de Construyendo Movimentos en facebook

All Out for May Day, International Workers Day – May 1, 2017!

Art by Q Wideman

DEFEND IMMIGRANT, UNDOCUMENTED, BLACK, MUSLIM & ALL WORKERS!

President Trump’s regime has shown in its first 100 days what they are all about: attacks on working people’s healthcare, raids and deportations, and the Muslim ban. In the first 100 days of 2017 we’ve seen increased attacks on women, LGBTQ people, workers, Muslims, Black and Latinx people.

• An end raids and deportations! Stop all check-points!
• ICE out of everywhere – Sanctuary cities, schools, neighborhoods!
• An end to racist police murders and brutality – Police out of our neighborhoods and schools! End excessive funding for police and prisons! Police accountability and community oversight!
• $15/hr, a union and collective bargaining rights for all workers
• An end to Islamophobia and the racist travel ban
• Independent People’s Investigation into the Durham Co. jail.
• An end to wars abroad! Cut funding for Pentagon and NATO to fund the people’s needs!
• Full repeal of House Bill 2 – No compromise with hate! No to Homophobia and transphobia
• Fully funded public jobs program and all public services! NO budget cuts!
• An end to rape culture & violence against women and LGBTQ people
• Environments free from all pollutants such as dumpsites, hog farms and destructive pipelines.
• Free and appropriate healthcare including reproductive and mental healthcare for all.
• Fully funded public schools including full-time teacher assistants, nurses and social workers as well as specialized art, music, world language and P.E. educators
• An end to the school to prison pipeline and a funded implementation of restorative discipline practices
• The right to build political & people’s power in the streets and at the ballot box

Rally: 10am Moore Square Park, 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh
March: 12noon to General Assembly, 16 W. Jones St.
Reunión/Rally: 1pm, Halifax Mall behind General Assembly, Raleigh

Lunch: 1:30pm at NCAE building (700 S Salisbury St, Raleigh)

EVENING ACTIONS IN DURHAM:
2-4pm Forum on Islamphobia: 2pm at Ar-Razzaq Mosque, 1009 W Chapel Hill St, Durham (lunch provided)
5pm – Rally @ Site of new Durham Police Headquarters
6pm – Rally in front of Jail
7pm – Turn up at City Hill
https://www.facebook.com/events/1321551734631018/

DON’T FORGET THE PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY, Saturday, 4/29
https://www.facebook.com/events/435751420109804/

More information: www.trianglemayday.org

To add your organization’s name to the list of endorsers for this action, email TrianglePeoplesAssembly@gmail.com

ENDORSERS: Action NC | Beloved Community Center | Black Workers for Justice | BYP100 Durham | Comite Accion Popular | Comite Popular de Asheville por la Justicia Social | Comite Popular Somos Raleigh | Coalition for Health Care of North Carolina | C.P.U.S.A. | Durham Beyond Policing | Durham Solidarity Center | El Pueblo, Inc. | Hendfact Henderson Fuerza Activa | NARAL | N.C. Environmental Justice Network | NC Women United | Movement to End Racism & Islamophobia | Muslims for Social Justice | Raleigh PACT | Raise Up for $15 | Resource Generation | Si A Las Licencias N.C. | Southeastern Immigrant Rights Network | Southern Vision Alliance | Student Action with Farmworkers | Students for Democratic Society at N.C.S.U. | Triangle Showing Up for Racial Justice | UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union | William Peace University Spectrum Alliance | Workers World Party | Youth Organizing Institute

#MayDay #PrimeroMayo #TriangleStrike #May1 #NiUnaMas #Not1More #BlackLivesMatter #Fightfor15 #ShutitDown #GlobalMayDayStrike #Huelga #Diasininmigrante #daywithoutimmigrants #Daywithoutworkers

May Day/International Worker’s Day

Art by Q Wideman

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!