NC HEAT and the Youth Organizing Institute at Moral Mondays!
NC HEAT members and Youth Organizing Institute staff have been showing up big to Moral Mondays since the first one – April 29 – when two NC HEAT members were arrested alongside NC NAACP president Rev. Barber.
Ever since we’ve been helping to build and turn out youth and helping with jail support til late into the night.
Check out this joint statement NC HEAT signed in solidarity with LGBTQ organizations and leaders who have been participating in Moral Mondays
NC HEAT & the Youth Organizing Institute bring their message to Moral Mondays for the 4th week!
NC HEAT youth at fundraising party
On May 25 youth, community members, activists, friends, and family gathered to celebrate an amazing woman’s birthday, Bridgette Burge. Bridgette who is an advisory board member of the Youth Organizing Institute talked about her love for the program and for Youth Organizing. “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than protesting and organizing what is happening at the general assembly.” The birthday party allowed youth to connect with community members who are in the social justice movement in NC. This powerful event is just one of the many ways which we are building an inter-generational coalition of organizers in NC. The event also helped raise money for the summer program! Can you help us reach our fundraising goal and support the work of YOI? Make a donation today!
On May 4, high school students gathered for the Youth Organizing Institute Spring Training. Youth from Orange, Wake, and Durham Counties gathered at the Street Scene Teen Center in Chapel Hill. Popular education trainings were requested by the youth for this year’s spring training. Additionally, leaders in NC HEAT helped to facilitate the trainings, along with adult allies from the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the Counter Cartographies Collective.
The curriculum included a school to prison pipeline 101 workshop, followed by a facilitation training so that the attendees could bring the training back to their schools and communities. After lunch we had data, mapping, and cartography exercises to analyze data, then transform it into accessible and useful forms. This Spring’s Institute laid the groundwork for the 4th annual Summer Institute, which will take place in July.
EDUCATION UNDER ARREST!!
Calling all Youth!
Saturday May 4, come to the Youth Organizing Institute’s Spring Training Day and CONNECT with young people across the triangle who are passionate about social justice.
We will learn how to:
- FACILITATE your own workshop on the school to prison pipeline!
- TRANSFORM statistics into exciting visuals, maps, media, and spoken word!
Register and share today!
On April 1 NC HEAT spoke to students at UNC about the struggles youth face in High Schools. The School to Prison Pipeline was the main issues raised in coordination with the dignity in Schools day of action “You cant create peace with a piece.” High School students also spoke about how college students could be good allies in the struggle. NC HEAT is launching a campaign for a moratorium on out of schools suspensions and is getting support from communities in the triangle.
Youth from around the country developed a statement: An excerpt is below “In communities of color throughout the nation, students now experience a vicious school-to-jail track. Despite the fact that school shootings have overwhelmingly happened in white schools, youth of color have paid the price. We have been handcuffed and humiliated in front of other students and staff for “offenses” as small as being late to school; detained in police interrogation rooms at our school; expelled from school for carrying nail clippers, markers or baseball caps; and arrested – even in elementary schools – for fights that used to be solved in the principal’s office. With our backpacks searched and our lockers and cars tossed, at the end of a billy club or the butt of a gun, knees down-hands up, or face down on cold concrete or burning asphalt – we have experienced the true face of “public safety.” These policies haven’t protected us, helped us to graduate or taught us anything about preventing violence. They have taught us to fear a badge, to hate school and to give up on our education. We understand too well that guns in anyone’s hands are not the solution. You can’t build peace with a piece.”
Sign the petition and call the committee members: bit.ly/NOHB217
Today youth from NC HEAT joined community members to overflow a committee hearing on HB 217. There was a line outside of the inadaquate public meeting space and the youth presence was known. The bill people mobilized against would remove judicial discretion for certain felonies allegedly committed by juveniles 13 years or older. Currently under North Carolina law, judges must consider whether probable cause exists that the juvenile committed the offense, and weigh the protection of the public and the best interests of the juvenile in determining whether to transfer the case to adult court. Just by a written motion, Section 7 of HB 217 gives prosecutors the power to prosecute juveniles 13 years or older in the adult criminal court system and strips juvenile court judges’ discretion.
The youth and community response to this measure has just begun. Youth feel that we need to be raising the age at which they can be tried as adults and not the other way around.
On February 9th students from NC HEAT mobilized to participate in HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street). With over 9,000 people from across the state demanding a progressive agenda for NC students were in full force. NC HEAT members joined with other students demanding equality in schools and access to public services. In a time when the legislature in NC wants to take us backwards students are showing a way forward. NC HEAT will continue to demand changes that honor the voices of youth and create liberation for all.
Building Bridges Teen Convening at the Stone House
On Feb 1-2, teen activists and adult allies organizing to end the school-to-prison pipeline, fight racism, work for LGBTQ liberation, food justice, and other issues, held a gathering to chart out the next steps for the building bridges to create a stronger youth movement. High School students from across NC were able to talk about issues effecting them in their schools and communities. With time to make new friends and connections, students are coming together to create change in their communities. This was the first-ever retreat for high school students that was completely planned by the youth. While adults were charged with logistics and transportation, youth created their own program and activities. The student movement in NC is growing thanks to the amazing youth who are leading the way.
On December 1 over 15 high school students from across the triangle gathered for the Youth Organizing Institute Winter Training. Students participated in workshops about relevant political issues and ways to be creative activists. These included workshops about Art Pope and School Pushout policies, a media training, a drumming workshop and a workshop on creating oral histories.
The workshops for the training were developed by the requests of current participants in NC HEAT. The Youth Organizing Institute believes that youth must be at the center of any relevant political movement. The Winter training helped the youth become better organizers and they will put those skills to use in their schools and communities.