REGISTER NOW TO BE A YOUNG ORGANIZERS FELLOW!

The Young Organizers training fellowship is a mentorship program that emerged from Hero Emerging Amongst Teens (HEAT) which was founded in 2010. NC HEAT was a youth-led organization which utilized peer education and organizing campaigns to advocate for organize towards youth liberation. The training fellowship aims to continue nurturing that mission by investing in the leadership development of high school aged youth.

The training fellowship is committed to providing approximately 100 hours of leadership development over the course of approximately six months through a popular education model entailing interactive workshops, luncheons, enrichment field trips, book readings, cinema, somatics, “artivism” etc.

The curriculum is broken into seven sessions with the fellows spending about one month on each session with the last session entailing reflection and application in order to cultivate everything they have learned into a framework to continue their organizing and activist goals after the fellowship has ended. For the first six sessions, the curriculum is split between enrichment and self-study. That is, each session focuses on a specific organizing method paired with a theme revolving around self-evaluation to work on being the best forms of ourselves we can be. The fellows will participate in two or three engagements that compliment the topic of each session(readings, movies, trainings, art etc.)

***DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 6TH***

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION: PLANNING COMMITTEE

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Education is a Human Right!

National Week of Action (Oct 21-29) is almost here!

The Youth Organizing Institute is a member of the national coalition,
Dignity In Schools Campaign. The DCS is made up of many organizations all over the
country that working towards school safety for students of color, LGBTQ students, immigrant students, disabled students, and low-income and homeless students. National Week of Action is an annual event in October for
communities to create national attention to issues like the School-To-Prison Pipeline, ICE/Cops in schools, accessibility, and more.

We Will Not Give Up the Fight!

YOI always want to support the work of young people
and make their voices heard! We want to start a planning team to start
planning events to happen during the week. In the past, as a partner with Dignity in Schools Campaign, we’ve held protests, forums, screenings, workshops, actions, and more! This year, we want to hear what YOU want to plan for your school and our community.


SIGN UP NOW FOR THE PLANNING COMMITTEE!

Our 2017 National Week of Action Demands! DSC members and allies call on the federal government, states, districts, and schools to:

Shift funding from school police to counselors, peace builders, and positive discipline.
Fund and use transformative and restorative justice, mediation, and positive interventions.
Stop arresting and pushing out students of color, LGBTQ youth, students that are homeless,
and students with disabilities at higher rates. *Black students are pushed out at the highest
rates nationally.)
Make sure states and districts focus on school climate under the new federal law —
the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
End paddling and physical punishment in all schools.
Invest in public education, not privatization and charter schools.

Read more about 2017 National Week of Action.
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(Pay) Labor(ers) Day!

LABOR DAY!

Today, we honor unpaid and unprotected workers, teachers and childcare workers, farm workers and garment workers, blue and pink collars alike. We fight for safe work environments, union rights, $15/hr living wage, and universal healthcare. Whether or not you striked on May Day, whether or not you’re working today, resistance is not a one-time event or pre-designated holiday. Workers’ rights are people’s rights, immigrant rights, queer rights, women’s rights, and student rights. It is our individual resistance that fuels collective power and that makes a group of people into a community. This Labor Day, take some time for yourself so you can win again tomorrow. As we approach the new school year, we will offer many opportunities to stand with workers, teachers, students, and caregivers because #ItIsOurDutyToFight!

DEFEND DURHAM

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On August 14th, following Charlottesville, Durham activists took back the city and tore down the confederate statue in front of the old courthouse. Days later, the KKK infiltrated our city to terrorize and immobilize those who are resisting white supremacy. But Durham showed up regardless with a thousand counter-protesters that kept the Klan at bay. These actions inspired countless other acts of resistance. To double the impact, keep up with #DefendDurham on Facebook.

THIRD WAVE FUND CONFERENCE

Thank you to TWF for hosting this eye-opening, imaginative conference for grant recipients! Third Wave Fund is an activist fund supporting “youth-led gender justice” and has consistently funded ground-breaking work in North Carolina. One of our organizers was able to connect with other grantees to talk about funding, and had this to say, “Third wave is a feminist, activist fund led by women of color and queer and trans people. Folks had time to talk and hear about what kind of work folks are doing, along with their wins and challenges. We were able to build with one another and get deep about the funding world!”

S E P T E M B E R E V E N T S:

September 5th, 2017. Documenting Movements: a Conversation on Walking the Line. “North Carolina activists are making history. We see the demonstrations go viral. The world is watching. Who’s holding the camera? What are the concerns for the safety of people in front of the lens and for those behind the camera? How do we tell different stories than the in-and-out mainstream media that descend for their soundbite? Can we show the backstory behind bold actions – the history, context and organizing that led to this moment? Is this journalism, alliance or something else altogether? How do storytellers build trust in these times?” 7pm at Beyu Cafe in Durham.

September 6th, 2017. Pack the Court in Solidarity with Dwayne: #DefendDurham. “Dwayne’s first trial appearance is Wednesday, September 6 at 9am. Let’s keep the pressure on and deliver a strong show of love and solidarity.

In a cascade of arrests of anti-racist organizers in Durham, North Carolina since the Confederate statue in Durham was toppled, Dwayne is the latest to be targeted. Please try to arrive by 8:45 so we can be present in the courtroom when his trial begins at 9am.” 8:45am at Durham County Courthouse on Dillard.

September 9th, 2017. Outdoor Documentary: The Rise and The Fall of Liberty. “*Food and drink begin at 7PM, screening begins at 8:15PM when the sun goes down! When developers in Durham, NC, demolish an iconic tobacco auction house in the name of revitalization, they not only displace a community of artists, they also threaten the soul of the community. “The Rise and Fall of Liberty” examines the ebb and flow of Liberty Warehouse’s 80-year lifespan, draws parallels with the evolution of downtown Durham, and reveals the often touching, interdependent relationship between the two. It also raises key questions about the tension between the drive for progress and the character of the city. RT: 52 minutes.” 7pm at Durham Athletic Park.

September 15th, 2017. NC Trans Pride. “This year’s theme is “Centering Care and Unlearning Oppression”. Trans organizers from across the state are teaming up with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Caucus at UNCC to bring you this year’s NC Trans Pride!

We invite you to join us for a day of amazing vendors, speakers, workshops and skillshares centering trans resiliency and resistance!” UNC Charlotte Center City.

September 21st, 2017. Tejana Por Vida (supporting Durham Prison Books). “Mamis & the Papis is a collective of womxn, femmes and tender hearted folx who are excited to share with you the music of our hearts and people. We welcome everyone–queer, trans, gnc folx– to come revel in the music and sip on some delicious beverages.

$5 door fee goes to a rotating community, grass roots organization. This month’s door proceeds will go toward Durham Prison Books.” 8pm in Arcana in Durham.

September 29th, 2017. Rainbow Bull Bash (a party for queer youth ages 13-19). “A party for queer youth ages 13-19. Come join us in dancing the night away to live music, crafting, snacking, and playing board games.” 6pm at the LGBTQ Center of Durham.

WE DID IT! FREEDOM SCHOOLS 2017

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution.”

We danced, we learned, we created.

Gemynii's Art as Resistance to Gentrification Workshop // Durham

Gemynii’s Art as Resistance to Gentrification Workshop // Durham

Since our start seven years ago, we have cultivated a space to empower youth to create their own safe spaces and organizations, to learn from each other, and to find many different ways to connect with the topics we cover. In the process, we learn as much as from them about we from them. We learn about their school climates, how education policies affect them day-to-day, and the injustices they see in their own schools and communities. From that, we are always reshaping our curriculums to meet the needs of the group. We learn over and over again that young people will surpass any expectation you set. Their vibrancy, their ideas, their knowledge are invaluable.

Carly's History of Education Injustice Workshop // Raleigh

Carly’s History of Education Injustice Workshop // Raleigh

Freedom School is a two-week program that brings together high school-aged youth around the Triangle area and beyond to organizing skills, political analysis, restorative justice, and young people’s movement history. Every summer, Freedom School is transformative for both the staff and participants. In our Durham and Raleigh tracks this year, we covered topics ranging from reproductive justice, disability justice, and migrant justice, to the impacts map making, canvassing, and media training can have. From the histories of education, prisons, and colonialism, to gender expression and drag culture, art as a way to fight gentrification, and guerrilla theater.

Greensboro Field trip to International Civil Rights Museum // Raleigh

Greensboro Field trip to International Civil Rights Museum // Raleigh

How did we make it through the EIGHTH ANNUAL Freedom Schools? With the help of numerous volunteers, workshop leaders, and parents.

In Bull City, thank you to Chris and Joanna for providing rides to students. Thank you to Kristen for gathering lunch donations. Thank you CORE Catering, Pompieri Pizza, and the Durham Co-Op. Thanks also to Nicholas from Community Alliance for Public Education for bringing us great lunch. Thank you to Elena for coordinating a magical field day to Wheels. Happy Birthday to Eden. Happy Birthday to Assata Shakur. Thank you to Durham Friends Meeting allowing us to use this space, especially the DFM Peace & Social Concerns Committee.

In Raleigh, we have many thanks to give as well! Thank you to Jhari, Reed, and Chris for transportation. Thank you to Chris, Fernando, Jill, Butler’s Catering, Noodles & Co, Elena for feeding us. Thank you Seth for coming through with logistics. Thank you to Elena for coordinating a fantastic cookout. Thank you Pullen Memorial Baptist Church letting us use their space, year after year.

Thank you to the International Civil Right Museum, Beloved Community Center, Stephanie’s Catering, and Greenway Transits for the Greensboro field trip. Thank you so much to Benjamin, Pavithra, Snehal, Theo, Altha, Alex, Jeff, Kathryn, Sidney, and Jonathan for donating to our $5,000 for goal for this year’s Freedom School!!! Thank you to all staff, parents, workshop leaders, and volunteers who showed up and showed out: you made this happen.

Loan's Anti-Oppression 101 + Timeline Workshop // Durham

Loan’s Anti-Oppression 101 + Timeline Workshop // Durham

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Durham Public Schools: Kick Out Cops, Not Kids!

foxy coxyKick Out Cops, Not Kids: Youth Organizing Institute Opposes Placement of Police Officers in 5 DPS Middle Schools

Durham Public Schools’ decision to place police officers (as “school resource officers”) in 5 middle schools is irresponsible to the young people and the communities our education system is meant to serve. We know the role that police play in our schools: to perpetuate the criminalization of youth of color, queer youth, undocumented youth, disabled youth, and more.

There is little evidence that having police officers in schools improves student safety or the safety of the school environment. These officers function within and uphold a “school-to-prison-pipeline” which punishes students for conflicts that could be resolved with transformative and restorative tools; paints Black and Brown youth as inherently defiant and less than human; and creates a school environment where youth cannot learn and be supported to reach their fullest potential.

We call on the Durham Public Schools System to take the side of its young people who are learning in an increasingly violently racist and oppressive world. Cops in our schools is not the answer when they routinely escalate conflicts and treat youth as subjects who need to be neutralized and forced to comply to intimidation and scare tactics.

In the past several months we have witnessed the harm that police officers cause in our school environments. On January 3rd, 2017, a Rolesville High School (Wake County) student Jasmine Darwin was picked up and slammed to the ground by School Resource Officer Ruben De Los Santos while attempting to break up a fight. She was diagnosed with a concussion later that day. De Los Santos was placed on administrative leave. A former SRO from Hillside High School (Durham County) is currently facing charges for sexual misconduct and exploitation of a minor. This SRO began targeting this student in middle school.

These are only the stories we know of but we can gather from the racist role that police officers play in the broader society that there are hundreds more, if not thousands, of youth who have been targeted and criminalized by police officers in their schools.

Since 2010, the Youth Organizing Institute has supported high school students in fighting to end racism and re-segregation, to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and to make schools safer for LGBTQ youth.

We defend and are in solidarity with all young people who fight for schools where police officers are not the arbitrators of conflict, harm, and justice; who fight for schools where youth are able to be their full selves, are supported by their educators, school counselors, and the broader community; who fight for schools where issues of white supremacy, homophobia and transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, islamophobia, and more can be addressed on the basis of shared humanity, dignity, and a vision for a liberated world for young people and all people.

Join us and others at the Durham City Council work session this Thursday, July 27 to share your thoughts on DPS’s recent decision to place police officers as SROs in 5 middle schools this year.

1 p.m. in the Council’s Committee Room, 2nd floor City Hall

APPLY NOW FOR FREEDOM SCHOOL 2017!

CALLING ALL RABBLE ROUSERS! APPLY TODAY!

Join us for a summer of learning people’s history, protest skills, and political analysis!
The Youth Organizing Institute is a popular and political education leadership development program committed to DISMANTLING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON-PIPELINE, ENDING RACISM & RESEGREGATION, AND MAKE SCHOOLS SAFE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH.

For the past 7 years, our Summer Freedom School has been a space for high school students who are passionate about changing the world to convene, share stories, and learn the skills necessary for creating the world we deserve. There will be art, workshops, dancing, talent shows, field trips, and so much more!

Raleigh Freedom School: June 20th – June 30th
=> DEADLINE: June 8th

Durham Freedom School: July 11th – 21st
=> DEADLINE: June 10th

Freedom School tracks are 2 weeks long: Tuesdays – Fridays. 9am-4:30pm; Friday programming may run later.

YOI FREEDOM SCHOOL IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AGED YOUTH, AGES 12-18 (8th-12th grade).

Interested? Fill out this application! SPACE IS LIMITED. If you are accepted into the program, you will be eligible to receive a $100 stipend for completing your Freedom School track. Meals provided and transportation available.

Been to Freedom School before and want to help shape this one and lead the new cohort? APPLY TO BE AN INTERN. There is a $500 stipend for the position.
=> INTERN DEADLINE: May 29th (all tracks)

MAY DAY 2017: CALL TO ACTION!

WE SUPPORT STUDENT STRIKES ON MAY DAY!

The Youth Organizing Institute has endorsed the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition and Triangle People’s Assembly’s call to action for May Day (International Workers Day)!

Here’s an excerpt from that call:

WE STRIKE FOR:

  • 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

We invite others to join this call!
We call on our community to organize resistance in your workplace, school, or neighborhood and encourage a multitude of actions! In these 100 days we’ve also seen massive resistance – from the 3.5 million strong Women’s arch in January to the powerful Day Without an Immigrant/Un Dia Sin Inmigrante — and now May Day can be the next day of resistance – both in the US and around the world!
The Youth Organizing Institute AMPLIFIES the call to students — particularly high school students — to take action on May Day: to walk out, to disrupt, to fight back against the injustices that show up in our classrooms, neighborhoods, cities, and communities.

We know school buildings to be tremendous sites of power and resistance where students resist through queer-straight alliances, student activist clubs, and other organizing tactics the oppressive powers that be. School buildings can also be terrifying sites of violence and harm where the presence of law enforcement officials like school resource officers make students fear for their safety. We recognize that schools are not immune from the injustices of the world and that often, issues students are facing outside of the school become amplified in classrooms.

On May Day, people across the United States and globe are taking action against racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-immigrant bigotry, islamophobia, sexism, and more. Students, workers, families, parents, and educators are going on strike for living wages and unions, healthcare, public education, housing, freedom from fear, and so much more.

The Youth Organizing Institute encourages and supports high school students who are taking action. We are in solidarity with you and will defend you as we build the youth and student movement together across the Triangle, North Carolina, and the country.

If Only HB 142 Was An April Fool’s Joke

One day prior to International Trans Day of Visibility, Governor Roy Cooper signed HB 142, which although touted as a “compromise” to the anti-trans House Bill 2, still fails to protect trans and gender non-conforming citizens. It actively barrs cities from creating their own non-discrimination ordinances, whether it be for public bathrooms, schools, or the workplace. Read the (short) bill here.

YOI in March: SVA All-Member Gathering

A few members of staff represented YOI at the first annual Southern Vision Alliance (SVA) All-Member Gathering at Haw River State Park! SVA supports 16 member organizations, including YOI, Ignite NC, and Muslims for Social Justice. We were able to learn from some of these amazing organizers doing necessary work across the state and think about ways we can plug in, as well. #LessEgoMoreImpact.

“SVA is committed to building the capacity and power of youth-led and youth-centered organizations and movements knowing that often, young people are not given the space and resources to facilitate change.”

Upcoming Community Events

April 2nd, 2017. Durham Solidarity Center Open House & 7th Anniversary! “Come out for the Durham Solidarity Center’s 7th anniversary celebration and open house at our new space on April 2! We’ll have a DJ, food, art, and more – plus the chance to meet and learn about the work that many local organizations are doing in our community.” 2:00pm at the Durham Solidarity Center. Find more information here.

April 4th, 2017. Pack the Courthouse for Rahrah! “RahRah is facing 12 years in prison for being a Black Trans Womxn! we must show up for our sister.let’s PACK the courthouse to show these pigs that the entire community supports RahRah and will fight for her freedom.“ 1:30pm at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse! Find more information here.

April 7th, 2017. First Friday Potluck & Game Night. “Join us for the first of many First Friday Potluck & Game Nights at the NEW Durham Solidarity Center! We’ve got lots of games, including co-operative and kids games, but feel free to bring more! If you can, please bring a dish to share. BYOB.“ 6:00pm at the Durham Solidarity Center. Find more information here.

April 7th, 2017. Blackspace Presents: The GRAND Slam Finals! “It’s here! Durham’s youth slam season ends on April 7th with the creation of the FIRST slam team out of the Bull City to apply to Brave New Voices! All of our slams throughout the season have doubled as fundraisers to get to Brave New Voices in the Bay Area, California. This one is no different. Instead of passing the hat, we’re selling tickets. Every single ticket sold will go to the transportation, lodging and meals to the team members (and their coaches).” 7:00pm at Hayti Heritage Center. Find more information here.

April 10th, 2017. Polyphony: a poetry reading by Destiny Hemphill. “Join local poet Destiny Hemphill in celebrating her admission to Callaloo’s Writing Workshop in Barbados! She will be reading from newer works as well as from her retrospective chapbook polyphony, which will be available as a gift with purchase of a ticket. To purchase, click on the link at the Beyu Caffe website. “ 6:30pm at Beyu Cafe. Find more information here.

April 14th, 2017. Movies N’ Cornbread. “This month at BLACKSPACE CHAPEL HILL, (179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC) we’re watching The Wiz. As you know, in the original Wizard of Oz there are no Black actors and actresses whatsoever. The Wiz corrects this with an all Black cast. Movies and Cornbread is a monthly fundraiser for Blackspace Poetry. All donations support our weekly after school programs and help send our first poetry team to Brave New Voices, the largest youth poetry competition in the world.” 6:30pm at Blackspace Chapel Hill. Find more information here.

April 15th, 2017. Trans & GNC Closet. “CELEBRATING trans, intersex, gender non-conforming, gender variant, and agender folx, we are creating an affirming space to build our wardrobes and community. This is a monthly program hosted by the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Transgender, intersex, agender, gender variant, and non-conforming people of all ages are invited to attend, grab free clothes, and hang out at the Center. Light refreshments will be provided.” Find more information here.

April 15th, 2017. Bilingual Nonviolent Direct Action Training. “To help us prepare to be even more powerful and adaptive in the present moment, our next day-long workshop will be a nonviolent direct action​ ​training​ ​intensive on Saturday, April 15th. This participatory workshop will include reflection on current direct action work, and a whole lot of practice with our bodies. / Para ayudar a prepararnos para ser aún más poderosxs y adaptables en el momento actual, nuestro próximo taller de un día entero será un entrenamiento de acción directa sin violencia el sábado 15 de abril. Este taller participativo incluirá una reflexión sobre el trabajo actual de acción directa, y mucha práctica utilizando nuestros propios cuerpos.” 10am in Durham (register for location). Find more information here.

Sundays in April. Weekly Queer Beginning Aerials. Queer adults can support queer & trans youth by coming out to Queer Youth Circus’s adult beginner classes. Drop-in any day and you’ll learn at your own pace beginner partner acrobatics or moves on the trapeze, aerial silks, and lyra. 12pm at Triangle Circus Arts. Find more information here.

What Happened to Jasmine Darwin?

What Happened to Jasmine Darwin?

State investigators are still looking into the case of a police officer who slammed a Rolesville High School student to the floor. While National attention has been placed on school policing since a nine-second video was posted on Twitter on Jan. 3 showing a Rolesville Police Officer picking up student Jasmine Darwin and dropping her to the floor. The Police Officer has been placed on PAID leave.

In response to the video, Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes organized a community meeting on the school-to-prison pipeline. She is interested in starting a conversation whether we should have school resource officers in our schools and, if we do, what should be their role.

Questions still exist about what happened at Rolesville High School.
An attorney for Darwin’s family says the student had been trying to break up a fight between two other girls when she was “slammed on the ground like a rag doll” and suffered a concussion.

The presence of police in schools has escalated dramatically in the last several decades, and the figures on arrests and referrals to law enforcement show disproportionate targeting of Black and Latino students. This is just one aspect of the school-to-prison pipeline, where some students are denied an opportunity to succeed, and instead are pushed out of school and into the juvenile or criminal justice system.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed a set of policy recommendations for schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers to end the regular presence of law enforcement in schools.

SUMMARY OF COUNSELORS NOT COPS POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed the following recommendations for schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers:

1. End the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools
We are calling for removal of any law enforcement personnel assigned to be present on a regular basis in schools, including sworn officers (and unsworn if they are armed security), municipal police officers, school police officers, school resource officers (SROs), sheriff’s deputies, parole and probation officers, tribal officers, truancy officers, ICE officers or other immigration officials and armed security guards.

2. Create Safe Schools through Positive Safety and Discipline Measures
Instead, school staff trained to ensure safe and positive school climates, such as community intervention workers, peacebuilders, behavior interventionists, transformative or restorative justice coordinators, school aides, counselors and other support staff, can and do prevent and address safety concerns and conflicts. These staff monitor school entrances and ensure a welcoming environment, respond to the root causes of conflict and disruptive behaviors, prevent and intervene to stop intergroup and interethnic tension, and address students’ needs.

3. Restrict the Role of Law Enforcement that are Called in to Schools

On those rare occasions when it is appropriate for law enforcement to enter a school building, there should be agreements with police departments that limit the cases when law enforcement can be called in to a school, with particular safeguards in place to ensure students’ rights to education and dignity are protected, in addition to their constitutional rights to counsel and due process.

The Solutions Not Suspensions team is looking to bring visibility and credibility to these recommendations. If you have any suggestions or want to get involved, contact as at Campaign@empoweryouthnc.org.

Post-HKonJ Youth Power Assembly + What’s New

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Happy Black History Month!

First off, we’re hosting a Post-HKonJ Youth Power Assembly with IgniteNC! Open for all young people wanting to build a collective platform powered by the fight for liberation for all. We’re up against a lot under a new presidency so we’ll be building our toolkits with skills and strategies crucial to maintaining our momentum.

There were a lot of amazing ideas, connections, and collaborations made there last year. Let’s continue, and envision this year with youth organizers from all across NC!

Pizza provided.

11am to 4pm at Shaw University, Raleigh, NC. Room TBA.

    YOI In January

Beyond organizing the Assembly, over the past month YOI has been working to support the youth of Wake County with our Press Conference with EJA regarding the police officer assault on a black student at Rolesville High. We (along with many of you!) contacted various officials about the matter on Twitter. Check out the response: #CounselorsNotCops.

Towards the end of the month, we spoke at Center for School Improvement’s Leadership Institute to discuss the importance of restorative justice practices in schools. We will be continuing this work with a workshop on the #Rolesville High incident. More information soon! Keep on the lookout.

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January was also the month we settled into our new office! We’re very lucky to share this space with many other radical community organizations. We’re enormously grateful for our years at the Hayti Heritage Center and everything we’ve been able to create there! Contact Anthony at anthony@empoweryouthnc.org if you’d like to stop by our new location.

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Thank you to everyone who showed up in January amongst an onslaught of new attacks against Muslim immigrants and refugees, Black and Brown youth, women, and LGBTQ folks, and many intersections thereof. We’re grateful to have you fighting alongside us.

    More Upcoming Events

February 5th, 2017. Speak Out In Solidarity with Immigrant Youth. Come out to iNSIDE oUT’s Youth March for #JessieHernadez, a Latina youth murdered by police and whose killer was not indicted. 4:30pm at the LGBT Center of Durham. Find more information here.

February 5th, 2017. The Black Girls and Women Matter Town Hall Planning Committee will host a Town Hall in order to elevate the voices and experiences of black girls and women in Greensboro. 12pm at James B. Dudley High School. Find more information here.

Sundays in February. Queer Adult Aerials & Acro Class. Queer adults can support queer & trans youth by coming out to Queer Youth Circus’s adult beginner classes. Drop-in any day and you’ll learn at your own pace beginner partner acrobatics or moves on the trapeze, aerial silks, and lyra. Acro at 11am or Aerials 12pm at Triangle Circus Arts. Find more information here.