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
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Winston Salem | Departure info TBA
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Greensboro | Deparature info TBA
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Durham | Departs 1am // Friday, January 20 // 2220 N Roxboro St
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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!