Donate to the Fall Fundraising Drive!

This year, the recently elected anti-diversity caucus on the Wake County School Board thought that they could push their backwards agenda onto our community. What they found was a community determined to act to not only stop them from re-segregating education , but to work for more just and equitable schools for all children, from parents, members of the faith community, civil rights activists, and high school students. Students formed their own organization, NC HEAT, to amplify their voices in this struggle, and the work they did was an inspiration to all.

Now, we need your help to build off of the successes of this year and to be able to continue to do this important work in the new year. Can you help us meet our $4,000 Fall Fundraising goal?

Students and staff at the Institute this summer

This summer, 10 dynamic high school students from across Wake County who wanted to organize to save our schools and stop the re-segregation came together for the Wake Youth Organizing Institute. During the course of the nine week program, students gained the skills and tools to cultivate their leadership, organized several community outreach days, mobilized students and parents to the July 20 NAACP demonstration in Raleigh, and produced four video pieces documenting the struggle in Wake County.

Students formed their own organization, NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens), which now has active members at nearly ten high schools in Wake County. They partnered with NC Equals to increase youth voting, played a leading role in organizing the October 7 National Day of Action to Defend Education march in Raleigh, and have continued to engage their peers in the work to create more just and equitable schools. On November 20, the differentTwo members of NC HEAT speak from the main stage at July 20 rally chapters of NC HEAT convened at the YWCA for a Fall Training Institute to develop their organizing skills and lay out campaign plans for the spring semester.

In order to continue to be able to do this important organizing, we need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation that goes directly to support youth-led organizing in Wake County. Every donation, no matter the amount, will go a long way in helping to ensure that we have the resources necessary to continue this work.

You can make a donation one of two ways. Either click the “Donate” button on the side of this website, or you can write a check payable to “Action for Community in Raleigh” and write “Youth Organizing Institute” in the memo line, and mail to:

Action for Community in Raleigh
331 W. Main St, Ste 408
Durham, NC 27701

With your help, we can keep raising the temperature in the struggle for more just and equitable schools into 2011! Thank you for your continued support of youth-led organizing Wake County!

NC HEAT & the Youth Organizing Institute to Hold Fall Organizing Training for Wake High School Students on November 20

To continue to build youth leadership in to fight for just and equitable schools, NC HEAT and the Youth Organizing Institute will be holding a day-long Fall Training Institute at the YWCA in Raleigh on Saturday, November 20.

Throughout the school year NC HEAT has been working to build chapters at a number of Wake County high schools. There have been many students who have begun to work with NC HEAT and who participated in the October 7 Day of Action to Defend Education. Through the training day we hope to deepen our understanding and commitment to the work that we’re involved in and engage in a strategic planning session to lay out our campaigns for next semester.

The day-long training will be held at the YWCA in Raleigh. It will consist of four parts, beginning with an anti-oppression training to gain a better understanding of the broader social systems of power. We will learn more about the history of our movement and the legacy that we are carrying on with a workshop on the Civil Rights movement, specifically the role of young people in creating the historic change that was ushered in by the Civil Rights Movement. Building off the trainings from the summer and this fall, there will be a media training to equip students with the skills to talk to and work with the media. Finally, we’ll end the day with a strategic planning workshop to build creative and thoughtful organizing campaigns for the new year — to keep putting the HEAT on the school board and raise the temperature for more just and equitable schools.

A spine-chilling way to spook re-segregationists in Wake County! + other upcoming events

It’s Halloween and you know what that means? Throw on  your scariest costume and come boogey with NC HEAT and 2nd Round Boxing for the spookiest Halloween fundraising party in town!

Join us the night before Halloween for a smashingly fun time, a night filled with a costume contest, performances by some of the hottest artists from the Triangle including Eternal & Truth and Troop 41, and enough tunes to keep your feet moving all night long courtesy of a few local DJs.

It’s just $6 at the door and all the proceeds raised will go to support the organizing of NC HEAT and the work of 2nd Round Boxing, a program that challenges the school to prison pipeline by connecting young people with adult mentors where they learn boxing and are supported in making positive life decisions.

The fun starts at 7pm and goes until 11pm! So get dressed to the nines and put your dancing shoes on and join us for the freshest Halloween party around–and help raise money for a good cause at the same time!

“Ghoulish Glam” Halloween Party
Saturday, October 30, 7-11pm
YMCA(2235 Garner Rd. in Raleigh)

October 7 Action in Raleigh Raises the Heat for Education Justice!

The October 7 action in Raleigh, one of more than 80 that took place across the country as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Education, was a huge success! Many different organizations from across the Triangle participated–including NC HEAT, the NC DREAM Team, UNC Chapel Hill SDS, Raleigh FIST, and many more–and more than 100 young people turned out for the march to defend education!

But October 7 was only the beginning! We’ve got to carry that momentum created by the action that day and keep pushing forward to organize for education justice and build the struggles against the re-segregation of our schools, to stop the devastating cuts to education and tuition hikes at our universities, and to demand equal access for undocumented students to higher education. And we’ve got plans to do it!

There are many different ways to get involved and several important events coming up in the next few weeks for us to get more organized.

Serving up a plate-full of unity, with a side of trouble for the politicians and right-wing millionaires!   Education Justice Organizing Potluck!

Wednesday, October 27 @ 6pm
YWCA of the Greater Triangle(554 E Hargett St, Raleigh)

We had a really incredible action in Raleigh on October 7,but as so many folks raised at the demonstration, that wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning!

We’ll all be getting together again on Wednesday October 27 at 6pm at the YWCA in Raleigh to debrief from the action on October 7 and discuss ways that we can continue to work together to build a powerful, united education justice movement in the Triangle and throughout the state.

So please bring your favorite dish (if you can!) and your thoughts to share to this potluck discussion! Hope to see you then!

RSVP on Facebook by clicking here!

All out for October 7 March to Defend Education in Raleigh!

There’s only one day left until the October 7 National Day of Action to Defend Education!

Tomorrow, we join with tens of thousands of students, workers, teachers, and parents across the country who will be taking to the streets to stop the attacks on public education and demand that education is a right for everyone, not a privilege!

We’ll be gathering in Raleigh at 3pm at the State Capitol Building for a rally, and then marching to three locations in downtown Raleigh at 4pm. A number of different organizations will be present tomorrow and we will hear from these amazing speakers and more:

Rukiya Dillahunt, retired Wake County educator and member of Black Workers for Justice
Viridiana Martinez, NC DREAM Team
Nayely Irais, DREAMS, El Pueblo
Sanyu Gichie, NC HEAT
Monserrat Alvarez, NC HEAT
Kosta Harlan, Durham anti-war activist
Justin Flores, FLOC
Dante Strobino, Raleigh FIST
Jason Langberg, Advocates for Children Services
Omisade Burney-Scott, Wake Education Advocates & the YWCA
John Heuer, NC Peace Action
John Comer, NC Central student
Statement from Manzoor Cheema, Pakistan-American Coalition for Education
Rachel Holtzman, UNC Chapel Hill SDS
…and more!

So spread the word to friends, family, co-workers, folks you organize with, neighbors, the stranger sitting next to you on the bus, to come out on October 7 as we demand:

**Stop the cuts to education! No to tuition hikes! No furloughs or layoffs!

**Art Pope: Hands off Wake County Schools! No to re-segregation and privatization

**Pass the DREAM Act now! Full access to education for undocumented students!

**Money for education and jobs, not war!

WHAT: March to Defend Education

WHEN: Thursday, October 7

3pm – Rally at the State Capitol Building

4pm – March through downtown Raleigh

WHERE: State Capitol Building in Raleigh (1 East Edenton St.)

Education is a right, not a privilege! All out for October 7! See you in the streets!

March to Defend Education in Raleigh on October 7!

Young people, students, teachers, parents, and community members will be coming together in Raleigh on October 7, a National Day of Action to Defend Education.

March 4, the last national day of action, saw over 130 actions in 33 states to stop the attacks on education. October 7 will again see tens of thousands of students, workers, and teachers across the U.S. take to the streets to defend education.

In North Carolina, young people are fighting back. From the ongoing work on universities to stop budget cuts, tuition hikes, and layoffs, to the struggle in Wake County to stop re-segregation and privatization in the public schools, and the organizing to win access to higher education for undocumented youth and to pass the DREAM Act.

Join us in Raleigh at the State Capitol Building on October 7 at 3pm as we demand:

**Stop the cuts to education! No to tuition hikes! No furloughs or layoffs!

**Art Pope: Hands off Wake County Schools! No to re-segregation and privatization

**Pass the DREAM Act now! Full access to education for undocumented students!**Money for education and jobs, not war!

WHAT: March to Defend Education

WHEN: Thursday, October 7

3pm – Rally at the State Capitol Building

4pm – March through downtown Raleigh

WHERE: State Capitol Building in Raleigh (1 East Edenton St.)

How you can get involved and help build October 7!

Here are things you can do to get involved in the organizing for October 7:

1) Download and print out Oct 7 fliers! Pass them out to your friends and hang them up in places where lots of people will see them.

2) Come out to the Organizing Meeting Sunday, October 3! Folks from the different groups who have been organizing for October 7 will be getting together this Sunday, Oct 3, at 3pm at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh (1801 Hillsborough St) to paint a banner, make signs, leaflet around downtown, make phone calls to turn people out, and getting things together for the march later in the week

3) Join the Facebook event for the October 7 March to Defend Education and invite your friends! Click here to RSVP on Facebook

4) Make the October 7 flier your Facebook profile picture

5) Come out to the press conference at the Wake County School Board Meeting, Tuesday Oct 5, at 5pm! NC Heroes Emerging Among Teens (HEAT) is speaking out against the push towards re-segregation and announcing the plans for October 7 at the school board meeting (3600 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh)

6) Pass out leaflets for October 7 on the buses to the One Nation March in DC this Saturday, October 2! If you’re heading up to DC for the One Nation March this weekend, print out some fliers and talk to folks on your bus about October 7

7) Be there on October 7!

Learn to Register Voters! Build Youth Voice!

***Register for the training today by clicking here!

Join Wake Education Advocate partners: NC Equals, Great Schools in Wake, the Youth Organizing Institute, and NC HEAT for a Voter Registration Training on Saturday, September 11 from 10am-1pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh.

Participants will also learn about how to get involved in building power in our communities to improve our schools and work for justice immigration policies. If you care about good schools for ALL children and creating a community of tolerance, love, and respect, please come out to this training.

Don’t forget to register! Click here!

NC HEAT “End of Summer Media Showcase”

Join Wake County high school students for their “End of Summer Media Showcase!” This summer members of NC H.E.A.T. (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) explored the history of civil rights and social justice organizing in North Carolina. They will be sharing their experiences through are, music, video, dance, and public speaking.

Supporters of excellent and equitable public schools are invited to this event. Proceeds will go to support future youth-led endeavors for education justice.

Any students interested in joining NC H.E.A.T. are encouraged to attend.

Advance student tickets (age K-12 and college) are $2 and adult tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Ariel Whitman (919-961-1804), or at the door for $3 (students) and $7 (adults).

There will be a raffle, buttons, and t-shirts for sale and light refreshments!

RSVP on Facebook by clicking here!

NC HEAT keeps on moving forward!

Two members of NC HEAT open up the July 20 mass demonstration!

After taking part in last week’s incredible march and demonstration organized by the NAACP, we’re hitting the ground this week, working on our upcoming media showcase and making plans for this coming school year!

We’ve divided up into production teams and are working on making two short documentaries on different aspects of the struggle in Wake County to resist the attempts to re-segregate our schools. From interviewing different experts and community leaders to filming at the demonstration on July 20, we’ve been getting lots of footage are almost ready to start editing and getting the final products together! We’ll be hosting a community event to show our films as well as an NC HEAT orientation meeting for high school students interested in getting active on August 17 at 6:30pm at the Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh. Keep checking back here for more updates and details about that event as we get closer!

This week, Mark Dorosin, senior attorney from the UNC Center for Civil Rights, joined us and talked about the history of desegregation, how the re-segregation of Charlotte Mecklenberg schools relates to the current struggle in Wake County, and gave us a picture of what the diversity program did and how that could change if the Re-segregationist Five’s plans go forward. Historian and author Tim Tyson was also with us and did a workshop on the history of the Civil Rights movement and civil disobedience.

We’ve been talking a lot about how to continue to build the struggle to defend our schools during this upcoming school year. Some of the ideas that we’re working with are  starting HEAT chapters at our schools, organizing different educational events and organizing trainings throughout the year, as well as a number of other ideas about campaigns and how to get more students active that we’ll keep folks updated on as things become more concrete.

There are two weeks left in the Organizing Institute and we’re getting really excited to get things going this school hear! Forward ever, backwards never!

March against re-segregation Tues, July 20 at 10am!

NC HEAT will be joining with thousands of other students, young people, parents, civil rights activists, members of the faith community, and other community organizations this Tuesday, July 20 at 10am at the Raleigh Convention Center for the mass demonstration against re-segregation being organized by the NAACP. Two members of NC HEAT will speak from the main stage, and we’ll be out in full force to stop the plans to take our schools back to the days of Jim Crow segregation. Later that day, we’ll join with other folks at the school board meeting to make our voices against the Re-segregationist 5 heard loud and clear! The following is a message from Rev Barber, president of the NC NAACP, urging everyone to come out to the march! NO TO RESEGREGATION!


Why We Must Mass Mobilize Against Resegregation In Wake County NC-A Local, State, And National Issue

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Over the weekend I have spent some time reflecting on the moral philosophy contained in so much of our nations written ideals. Beautiful Words like “We The People….” Strong Commitments like, ‘indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Righteous hope for change, found in the words to our second national anthem, America the Beautiful, “America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law”.

I spent a moment with Justice Marshall’s writings. All last week, I watched the right wing Senators malign him during Ms. Kagan’s confirmation hearings. And I reflected on what Justice Marshall said at the U.S. Constitution’s 200th birth day, in 1987:

“The men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 could not have envisioned these changes. They could not have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court to which had been appointed a woman and the descendant of an African slave. “We the People” no longer enslave. But the credit does not belong to the Framers. It belongs to those who refused to acquiesce in outdated notions of “liberty,” “justice,” and “equality,” and who strived to better them”.

I considered how my own mother, who still works in the public education system and my father who is now deceased were apart of those who refused to acquiesce who worked to end segregation in this state.

And then I thought about the great call of my faith tradition in regards to community, as found in the King James Bible Galatians chapter 3: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

After this time of reflection, I felt a fresh sense of urgency as to why we must stand in unity and Mass Mobilize against what the anti- diversity, right-wing, tea-party sympathizing, resegregationist caucus is doing in Wake County. In the face of overwhelming opposition, these five people-I don’t care where they are from . . .I care about how they are hurting our children-are marching forward to the ideology of their right-wing sponsors. Tearing us apart; using our children as pawns in their cynical aim to destroy public education and socio-economic diversity. Our children are being used as tools of division.

We must see this as a state and national issue. They are trying to create a false dichotomy by suggesting, without an ounce of empirical research. . . without a drop of moral underpinnings. . . that Wake County’s commitment to socio-economic diversity is the enemy of school excellence. The truth, and the research both say the opposite: socio-economic diversity is the friend of school excellence.

Their concept of ‘Neighborhood’ is too narrow. They want private schools with public dollars for those who can afford to move to rich neighborhoods in the suburbs. And they want pools of misery in high-poverty, racially-identifiable schools for the poor, who have been jammed into certain sections of Raleigh by red-lining, discriminatory lending and zoning policies and practices, and other legacies which had their genesis in the profane rational for slavery and not-so-long ago racist practices in our society. Continue reading

Mass Meeting for Youth & Parents on July 15 at 6:30pm

NC H.E.A.T. would like to invite all Wake County students and parents to attend a mass meeting on Thursday, July 15 at 6:30pm at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (1800 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh. At the meeting, we’ll be discussing the Wake County School Board’s recent decisions to dismantle the busing program and put us on the road to resegregation, answering any questions about these decisions and what this means for our community,  and building for the mass mobilization being planned by the NC NAACP and others on July 20.

If you have any questions, want to learn more about how you can get involved in NC H.E.A.T. or the demonstration on July 20, please contact!

All out for July 20! No to re-segregation!