Give the Gift of Voice & Song//Voz y Canto!!!

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GIFT THE GIFT OF VOICE & SONG // VOZ Y CANTO!

This holiday season, the Youth Organizing Institute is releasing “Voice and Song//Voz y Canto,” a bilingual compilation of songs, chants, and icebreakers for youth liberation! “Voice and Song//Voz y Canto” is a celebration of the ways that we resist oppression when we sing together, chant together, and get silly together. It was created to honor the voices of our spirits and the languages they speak in the hopes of building more spaces to raise our voices together.  Gift a copy to yourself and your loved ones and help support the ongoing work of the Youth Organizing Institute.

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In 2015 we will:

None of our work is possible without the consistent support from our community of allies and co-conspirators for collective liberation.

Grassroots contributors like you have always sustained YOI, which has enabled us to expand and enrich our program areas– even on a shoestring budget.  We have been vibrant and active leaders in the education justice movement in North Carolina for five years.  This year we gained significant ground at the local and Federal level, by working with the community to generate revisions to the Memorandum of Understanding between Wake County School Board and police departments, and by sending teens to DC to speak at Congressional and White House Hearings on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

Help sustain and enrich our work by giving the gift of “Voice and Song//Voz y Canto” to a revolutionary in your life this winter!

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Your comrades and friends at the Youth Organizing Institute.

Andrea, Bryan, Carly, Elena, Jillian, Loan, Monse, Q, Sanyu, and Tavon

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November 16-30: Media Round-Up

YOI Solidarity Statement with Youth of Color of Ferguson

We know that there are anti-black, anti-migrant policies that criminalize Black and Brown youth from the cradle to the classroom to our workplaces to the streets. We know that a lack of jobs, opportunities, and the school-to-prison-pipeline are stealing a generation of Black and Brown young people from our communities.

Even so, we know that from Ferguson to North Carolina, Black, Brown, poor, and working class communities are fighting back.  We have nothing but unrelenting solidarity for whatever ways that criminalized, dehumanized, occupied, and oppressed communities choose to do to respond. We believe in the power of Black, Brown, poor, and working class communities to shut down and transform the systems that harm, exploit, and divide us.

We see those we’ve loved and lost living on in the resistance of youth of color in Ferguson, in Durham, in Raleigh, in Cleveland. Chuy Huerta lives. Mike Brown lives. Tamir Rice lives. Renisha McBride lives.

Read more here

From North Carolina to Ferguson

nationwide protests

 

people over profit

Among some of the protestors were our friends and comrades. We are sending love to SONG Durham, Matthias Pressley, Serena Sebring and others who were a part of this action.

 

Youth spit truth!


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Congrats to NC Queer Youth Power Coalition on their first ever spoken word poetry slam! The event was hosted at The Regulator book shop in Durham, NC!

eja training

Education Justice Alliance in partnership with YOI, NC Heat and Advocates for Children and Family Services held a workshop on the rights of students and parents in Wake County Public Schools.

Upcoming

2014 ella baker gala

Come join us for our second annual Ella Baker Gala! We will be celebrating a year of youth activists and allies. The facebook event page is here and you can RSVP here.

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We are so super excited to share that we will be releasing Voice & Song/Voz Y Canto, a collection of a bilingual collection of songs, chants, and icebreakers for youth liberation. Want a copy (or a few) for this holiday season? Give to our crowdfunding campaign to help support another amazing year of amazing YOI work!!!!

Youth Organizing Institute Solidarity Statement with Youth of Color in Ferguson

Late Monday, Nov 24, 2014 it was announced that the grand jury in Missouri would not indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the racist killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black youth.

We know that for many in our communities, our families, for our peers and the young people we work with, this comes without much surprise. Still, even the most unsurprising things can hurt deeply.

The injustice system tells us our hurt is imaginary and outrage not justified but we know that we live in a system that relies on the mass denial of the harm caused by the historic scars and existing structures of colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, sexism, and heteronormativity. We hold the ghosts of loved ones, ancestors, and heroes who have been assassinated by racist police, state tolerated vigilantes, and other repressive state entities.

We know that there are anti-black, anti-migrant policies that criminalize Black and Brown youth from the cradle to the classroom to our workplaces to the streets. We know that a lack of jobs, opportunities, and the school-to-prison-pipeline are stealing a generation of Black and Brown young people from our communities.

Even so, we know that from Ferguson to North Carolina, Black, Brown, poor, and working class communities are fighting back.  We have nothing but unrelenting solidarity for whatever ways that criminalized, dehumanized, occupied, and oppressed communities choose to do to respond. We believe in the power of Black, Brown, poor, and working class communities to shut down and transform the systems that harm, exploit, and divide us.

We see those we’ve loved and lost living on in the resistance of youth of color in Ferguson, in Durham, in Raleigh, in Cleveland. Chuy Huerta lives. Mike Brown lives. Tamir Rice lives. Renisha McBride lives.

We have witnessed unrest, resistance, and rebellion in Ferguson and all over the country since August. Over 100 consecutive days of protesting, marching, and taking to the streets has built tremendous power that has radiated from Ferguson to communities across the nation.  As we look to y’all over there we are continuously reminded about the possibility of transformation and justice we define for ourselves.

From North Carolina to Ferguson, from Youth Organizing Institute to Ferguson, we say without hesitation that Black Lives Matter and we are fighting for this to be our lived reality in the classrooms, in the courtrooms, in the streets, in our workplaces, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in this country, in this world.

We are witnesses to y(our) grief, y(our) anger, y(our) undeniable power. We are with you.

November 1-15th: Media Round Up

Feeling some post-election blues? We hope that the stories, actions and updates below will keep our fire lit and help us continue our good fights.

Get Yr Rights Network!

BREAKOUT! (NEW ORLEANS, LA) AND STREETWISE AND SAFE (NEW YORK, NY) HAVE PARTNERED ON A PROJECT TO CREATE A NATIONAL LGBTQ YOUTH “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” NETWORK OVER A ONE YEAR PERIOD.

Born out of conversations, workshops, surveys, and general kiki with LGBTQ youth organizations across the country, young people consistently identified the need for media, materials, and strategies in doing Know Your Rights (KYR) work.

Young people also identified needing more capacity to engage in KYR work – we believe that one way to build the capacity of organizations and groups to do this work is through having a network of support that folks can use as little or as much as they want to enhance their work.

– See more at: http://getyrrights.org/about-the-network/#sthash.yFryLVfJ.dpuf

Youth Organizing Institute and  NC HEAT are happy to be a member of the Get Yr Rights network! You can check out our profile here along with other resources and members across the country.

What do we have to say about the elections?

Check out Ignite NC’s election day coverage and their election day #emix!

Irving Allen, organizer and field director with Ignite NC: “This is your time to have your voice heard.”


We know that this election season, like many that came before them, have had millions of dollars poured into campaigns and candidates that have the interests of big money in their minds. Take this pledge if you believe we should put people over money.

“THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF MONEY. RATHER, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF WILL TO SPEND MONEY ON THE CORE ACADEMIC MISSION.”

Check out this open letter regarding tuition increases, from UNCG Professor Elizabeth Keathley to Chancellor Linda Brady.

The argument that UNCG is in dire financial straits is not supported by our own audited financial statements, which, placed in the context of IPEDS and other data, make it clear that, even as enrollment has decreased, UNCG’s endowment and reserves have grown (Bunsis, 32, 35); UNCG enjoys large excess cash flows (Bunsis, 38); and UNCG spends a grossly disproportionate amount of money from student fees and the general fund on our unsustainable athletics program (Bunsis,94, 97; on the futility of pursuing the “Gonzaga effect,” see Robert Malekoff, “Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education: A Sometimes Uneasy Alliance,” 29 January 2014)[…]

Want to know more about what the NC Student Power Union has been up to lately? You can check out their weekly update here.

#PuebloPower

We want to welcome the new youth who are joining the work of El Pueblo, Inc.

Students Documenting the School-to-Prison-Pipeline

Students working with Critical Exposure are taking photos of their Washington D.C. public school experience.


“Everyday students have to enter through the auditorium doors and place their backpacks on the X-Ray machine. Then they walk through the metal detector to meet their bag on the other side and then must wait for the bags to be searched by a security guard. This makes students feel as if we’re going inside a jail to meet someone, or as if the staff sees us as criminals. Statistics show that 70 percent of students [who are] involved in ‘in-school’ arrests or are referred to law enforcement are black or Latino. If DCPS [D.C. Public Schools] wants to lower these numbers then why do we have the same procedures of entering a jail [instead of] a comforting environment of being welcomed to school?” – Mike

 

Student Dispatch: From California to Ferguson to Connecticut

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2. The Ferguson Repeal

On October 27, Miami’s Power U Center for Social Change joined Dream Defenders, the Ohio Student Association and the Organization for Black Struggle for #Ferguson2Orlando to demand a fundamental shift in the way police relate to our community away from programs like Department of Defense program 1033, which provides police departments surplus military weapons to govern our community and schools. Together, we demonstrated outside the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual convening demanding the demilitarization of police departments and repeal of the 1033 program. Moving forward, alongside the Miami Committee on State Violence, we seek restorative solutions for justice.

—Keno Walker

Mike Brown! ¡Presente!


Check out this #DigitalAltar for Mike Brown via presente.org

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A recent fire in Broadmoor, New Orleans took the lives of a youth that worked with Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools and her family members. We are sending the family condolences and are boosting this fundraiser  put on by her school, Andrew H. Wilson, to help cover funeral costs.