Thank you!

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We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our end-of-year fundraising efforts. We were able to surpass our goal of $2500 by raising $2790! Most zines and YOI swag went out in the mail before the end of the year so we hope that folks are enjoying their copy! We will have updates soon about a digital copy of the soundtrack for folks who received them.

THANK YOU…

Abby Hylton
Elizabeth Wagoner
Isela Gutierrez
Manzoor Cheema
Ha Tran
Angélica De Jesus
Ted Lewis
Evan Koloshna
Jade Brooks
Carolina Velez
Tanya Tran
Sarah Campbell
Jeff Winder
Barbara Lau
Jess St. Louis
Bex Orton
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Sanyu Gichie
Kathryn Kevin
Martha Matehuala
Jane Stein
Daniel Wideman
Jessica Sandford
Dane Summers
Bryan Perlmutter
Q Wideman
Chris Toenes
Jean Shepard
Monserrat Matehuala
Nadeen Bir
James Cersonsky
Cara Isher-Witt
Mandy Carter
Molly Shannon
Steve Gillis
DeeYonce Jackson
Karen Crowell
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Lena Almick
Meredith Gray
Carissa Morrison
Rachel Cotterman
Eli Longnecker
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP)
Jen Story
Kirin Kanakkanatt
Tim Stallman
And various anonymous donors!

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!

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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.