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Racism robs Black youth of their dreams

Posted by raleighfist on April 6, 2012

By Larry Hales

Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black youth killed by racist vigilante George Zimmerman, was robbed of any opportunities that the future may have held for him. His parents were robbed of their son, his younger stepbrother a guiding hand, his girlfriend, other family members and friends a person who brought them immense joy, laughter, heartache — all the gifts and frustrations that a loved one brings.

And that he was killed by a man who by his own admission chased him because he was Black and wearing a hoodie, yet still walks free because of some dubiously written law, makes the tragedy that much greater.

Many wonder how Zimmerman remains free when the facts of the case are so clear. Trayvon had no weapon and was significantly lighter than Zimmerman, outweighed by nearly 100 pounds.

Trayvon was the one being stalked and then chased in fear for his life. This was validated by the young woman on the other end of the telephone call with Trayvon as the young man fled.

It would seem that the specific provisions of the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law would contravene the decision of the Sanford Police Department to allow Zimmerman to walk free, citing his right to self-defense.

However, this is U.S. society, where the seeds of white supremacy were first planted, a country built on the most extreme forms of oppression and repression. Therefore a law may be written in general, but the atmosphere is poisoned by racism and national oppression. The Florida statute may state that the person using deadly force has to reasonably believe that his or her life is in danger, Zimmerman may have outweighed Trayvon, and Trayvon’s only weapons may have been a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles, but apparently his Blackness was not only enough to draw suspicion but justified the use of deadly force.

The overwhelming evidence showing that a young Black man was executed by a vigilante and then again by a police force that is on record for covering up crimes, especially committed against people of color, begs the question — what is the value of a Black life?

Justice for Trayvon would mean that Zimmerman is arrested, tried and imprisoned; that the entire police department and the officers involved are fired and then tried for covering up the facts of this case; and that the SYG law, in a racist society like this one, is repealed. That would be merely the beginning.

Countless Trayvon Martins

What of Ramarley Graham, the young Black male shot in his bathroom in front of his grandmother and six-year-old brother in Bronx, N.Y., earlier this year?

What of Travis McNeal killed by Miami cops Feb. 11, 2011, when he and his cousin were stopped while driving, or of Decarlos Moore, Joel Lee Johnson and the four other unarmed Black men killed by Miami police last year?

What of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. shot in the back by police after a car chase in Del City, Okla., this year?

What about the many more unknown innocent Black men and women beaten, killed or humiliated by police all across the country, or the millions of Black women and men in jail, prison or on parole or probation? These are victims of the racist criminal justice system and of a society that cuts back on spending for schools and allows a greatly disproportionate number of people of color to be jobless, homeless and without hope of finding a well-paying job so they can care for themselves and their families.

The Black unemployment rate is still over 14 percent, and if that number alone isn’t enough to indicate how dire the situation is, a more accurate account reveals that only 56.6 percent of the Black population is employed. For Black youth the unemployment rate is over 40 percent, and the employment ratio is barely over 50 percent.

In his 1967 speech “Where Do We Go From Here,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Of the good things in life, the Negro has approximately one half those of whites. Of the bad things of life, he has twice those of whites.”

That remains so, in housing especially, considering that a large number of people being foreclosed are people of color, with a high number Black. Adjustable rate mortgages were forced on them where the payments quadrupled after four or five years. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, 11 percent of Black homeowners lost their homes from 2007 to the present.

The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness reports that Black families are seven times more likely to be homeless than whites and 38.8 percent of sheltered people in families are Black. A 2009 Regal Magazine article states that 49 percent of homeless people in total are Black.

Those who live in poverty or near poverty number are about 150 million. The official poverty threshold for a family of four is $24,343, and even a family with a household income of $49,000 struggles.

The average Black household income measured in 2011 was $32,000, a decline of 3.2 percent from the prior year.

Though the statistics appear stark enough, it is important to elucidate the reasons behind the conditions that Black people in the U.S. and all people of color really face.

What is the value of a Black life?

To repeat, what is the value of a Black life? All life is precious. But a system that places the profits of a few over the needs of the many turns the just mentioned mantra on its head. How can life be precious if the necessities of it are commodities to be sold for profit? How can life be precious if much of humanity is engaged in selling their labor to make wealth they will never see for a wage designed to ensure that the buyer of the labor gets their profit and becomes richer still?

It is people of color, Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, Arab and Asian who disproportionately live on the fringes, suffering from years of conquest, genocide, slavery, apartheid and racism — all symptoms of national oppression. Because of their conditions, they are the greatest impetus for change.

National oppression is a byproduct of the for-profit system, a weapon to keep working people and their families from seeing their commonness, to keep people fighting amongst one another over differences in culture, religion and other beliefs.

Trayvon Martin had his life to look forward to. He was just beginning to dream, to piece together what he wanted his adult self to be, but he was a victim of the racism that pervades U.S. society. He was no less than any other 17-year-old, and he may have gone on to do great things, become a leader or a scientist — one will never know.

But, what is sure, is that for any young person, especially an oppressed person, to be guaranteed to reach their full potential, the society that has created disproportionate suffering and hardship based on skin color must be thrown into the dustbin of history, and a new one must be born. Trayvon may have been the leader of such a struggle, but as it is, it will have to be waged in memory of him and all those young Black and other oppressed youth who were victimized until they were sent to an early grave.

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March 24: NC Defend Education Coalition statewide organizing conference

Posted by raleighfist on March 13, 2012

The future is ours! A fight back and organizing conference of the NC Defend Education Coalition
With a keynote address from Waldemiro Vélez Soto, a leader of the student movement in Puerto Rico

Saturday, March 24 // 9am – 6pm
NC A&T University, Greensboro

On February 10, hundreds of students from across NC marched against tuition hikes and budget cuts.
On March 24, we’ll be gathering again to chart out the next steps for our movement.
The NC Defend Education Coalition will be hosting a statewide student organizing conference called “The Future is Ours!” at NC A&T University. Students, young people, and community activists from across the state will be getting together to strategize about how we can continue to build the movement for justice, for education, for workers’ rights, and against budget cuts and attacks on our communities. There will also be organizing and skills workshops, and opportunities to network with student organizers from across NC.
We will also be joined by Waldemiro Vélez Soto, a leader of the student movement in Puerto Rico, who will be delivering the keynote address of the conference. Students in Puerto Rico have been leading an incredible struggle for the past several years against tuition hikes, budget cuts, and privatization, and have led a series of successful strikes that have shut down the university system there.
For a full schedule of the conference, please visit our website.
You won’t want to miss this! Register today!

Tuition is skyrocketing.
Class sizes are getting larger.
Public education at all levels is being privatized and resegregated.
The banks are pushing us deeper into student loan debt.
The legislature wants to make more budget cuts to education and public services.
SB 575 is yet another attack on workers’ rights.
What are we going to do? Stand up. Fight back!

NC DEFEND EDUCATION COALITION
ncdefendeducation@gmail.com | ncdefendeducation.org | @NCDefendEdu

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Stop Tuition Hikes! Students Occupy UNC Board of Governors Meeting

Posted by raleighfist on February 26, 2012

 

By Ben Carroll — Chapel Hill, NC

More than 200 students from across North Carolina poured into the town of Chapel Hill on Feb. 10 for a spirited demonstration against huge tuition hikes. The North Carolina Defend Education Coalition organized it. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, which oversees the 17-campus university system, met that day to vote on tuition hikes of more than 10 percent for most schools. After a march that clogged up rush-hour traffic, students brought the demonstration inside the main building’s lobby, drowning out board members with chants and twice interrupting the meeting with mic checks. Later, students took over the BOG’s meeting and convened a “People’s Board of Education.”

Students began gathering at 8 a.m. in the central part of UNC Chapel Hill’s campus. There, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, N.C. NAACP president, spoke to them as they prepared to march. The students aimed to connect the struggle against tuition hikes to the larger fight to stop the state from balancing the budget crisis on the backs of workers and students.

The march then set off for the BOG meeting, tying up traffic for more than 30 minutes as the demonstrators took over both of the eastbound lanes of the busy road. After they arrived at the main building, students packed the lobby. They went past the cops who tried to prevent them from entering the building while their chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, tuition hikes have got to go!” and “No cuts! No fees! Education must be free!” echoed through the halls.

Taken by the electrifying, militant spirit of the demonstrators, Rev. Barber addressed the rally in the lobby, in the “mic-check” style popularized by Occupy Wall Street. He said: “We are right to challenge these cuts by the General Assembly. We are the generation that refuses to accept going backwards. Let us be clear. This does not end here today. This is the beginning of a fresh, new, empowered student movement in North Carolina and in this nation.”

Throughout the rally, students kept up the thunderous chants and speeches. Both the demonstrators outside the doors and those mic checking inside the BOG’s meeting disrupted the board’s session several times.

Andrew Payne, a former N.C. State student body president and former Association of Student Governments president, was arrested after he left his seat inside the board’s meeting room and then tried to re-enter. Police threw him to the ground and dragged him across the floor before arresting him.

Students take over meeting, hold ‘People’s Board of Education’

In the lobby, student after student testified about the crippling impacts of student loan debt; the raising of tuition year after year while classes have been cut and professors laid off; the struggles of so many to afford school; and how the tuition hikes are part of the broader attack being waged on workers and students by the 1%.

“We’re not gonna turn our heads. We’re not gonna take this lying down. Education is a right!” Demonte Alford, a student at East Carolina University, told the crowd.

“The 9.9 percent tuition hike on our campus will burden already struggling students with having to find ways to pay for school. For some students at Winston Salem State University, the road to college was impossible at some point so to finally make it to college and then be faced with not being able to afford a quality education is unacceptable,” said Grace Anderson, a WSSU student.

After the BOG voted to raise tuition, students stormed into their meeting and took over the room, shutting down the board’s press conference. As hundreds of students flooded the room, BOG members scurried out the back door. Only Dr. Franklin McCain, a member of the Greensboro 4 and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, remained to support the students.

Students tossed the BOG members’ name tags on the floor, declared that a “People’s Board of Education” was now in session, and opened the floor for proposals. Resolutions were put forward calling for free education, undocumented students’ access to the university system, and full funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Others demanded an end to racism and war funding at the expense of human needs. A resounding call was made for students to take this fight back to their campuses and keep building the movement.

“Look at what we’ve done! This is how we start to get things done. However, when we leave here, we have to keep fighting!” said Jonathan Whitfield, a WSSU student

Unity, solidarity play important role

The N.C. Defend Education Coalition, a statewide coalition of student and youth organizations, helped to bring students from across the state. Some traveled as many as 300 miles to join the demonstration. Participants came from nearly each of the 17 schools that make up the UNC system. Many students mobilized to come from N.C. HBCU’s.

Anderson explained, “I came from Winston-Salem to the protest because I felt that the need of representation of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities was great. Of all the schools in the UNC system, Winston Salem State University is one of the schools that will suffer the most from the tuition hikes. Those who came before us fought too hard for us to let the right to have an education be made unobtainable.”

Importantly, not only did the N.C. NAACP mobilize, but so did campus-based NAACP chapters. Students built conscious ties with worker organizations, including United Electrical Workers Local 150, the N.C. Public Service Workers Union, and the N.C. AFL-CIO. This was a crucial ingredient in exposing the systematic attacks being carried out by the 1%, and for building multinational and class solidarity.

The N.C. Defend Education Coalition is planning to hold a statewide gathering very soon to continue building on this tremendous mobilization.

The BOG, and similar institutions of the 1%, want us to believe that they are the ones who make history. But all over the world, the actions by workers and young people who are taking their destiny into their own hands — fighting back against the bankers and the states’ brutal austerity programs, and opening a struggle to get rid of the 1% once and for all — are showing that quite the opposite is true.

The revolutionary fervor that is engulfing the world was in the air during the Feb. 10 action. All those who participated have vowed to continue to fight, to organize and to carry this struggle forward.

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All out for Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ)!

Posted by raleighfist on January 31, 2012

Gather at 9:30am at Shaw University on Raleigh! FIST will be marching with the youth and student contingent of the march behind the 14 point Peoples’ Agenda against racism, against bigotry and Amendment One, for workers rights and collective bargaining, for jobs, for better schools, to stop wars and incarceration, and to stop budget cuts being balanced on our backs! JOIN US!

More info here.

 

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Protest Tuition Hikes in UNC System! Fri, February 10 @ 8am

Posted by raleighfist on January 31, 2012

Protest massive tuition hikes in UNC System!
Education is a right!

Friday, February 10th:
8am: March from the Pit at UNC Chapel Hill’s campus
8:30am: Rally at the Board of Governors meeting (910 Raleigh Rd, Chapel Hill, NC)

(The Association of Student Government (ASG) will be providing transportation from every UNC system campus to bring students to Chapel Hill! Sign up for a bus from your campus here: http://edujusticealliance.org/feb10buses We are working to arrange housing for folks in Chapel Hill on Thurs, Feb 9 and Fri, Feb 10. Please contact us at ncdefendeducation@gmail.com for more info.)

On February 10, the Board of Governors will be meeting at the UNC General Administration building to vote on tuition and fee increases of up to 10% for UNC system schools. For graduate students and other programs, those increases are even larger in many cases. Tuition increases of any amount will place an undue burden on students who are already struggling to pay tuition, wil force us to take out more student loan debt, and will close the doors to higher education for many young people, especially low income students and students of color.

The Board of Governors panders to corporate interests at the expense of students and workers. For example, David Powers is the Vice President of State Government Relations at Reynolds American, a company known to overlook abuses of farmworkers on tobacco fields. 

Students have been shut out of the process and will no longer remain silent.

We will also be joining with thousands of people from across NC the following day, Saturday Feb 11, at 9:30am at Shaw University in Raleigh for Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ)We encourage folks to make plans to be out for HKonJ to continue to build the movement for justice.

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Emergency Demonstration: No War on Iran! Feb 3 @ 4:30pm in Raleigh

Posted by raleighfist on January 24, 2012

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION TO STOP

U.S. WAR AGAINST IRAN

 NO WAR!  NO SANCTIONS! NO INTERVENTION! NO ASSASSINATIONS!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 @ 4:30pm // Gather at the Federal Building in Raleigh (310 New Bern Ave)

A broad spectrum of U.S.-based anti-imperialist and anti-war organizations are calling for coordinated protests across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4. The demands will be: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.” We will be holding our demonstration in Raleigh one day earlier, on Friday, February 3.

The ad-hoc group that issued this call to action decided that although there are only two weeks to organize, it will invite anti-war forces around the world to join in to make this emergency protest a global day of action.

All agreed on the need to stop U.S. imperialism and/or Israel from launching a military attack on Iran. There was also a consensus that the new sanctions President Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 31 — with the goal of breaking the Iranian central bank — were themselves an act of war aimed at the Iranian people. The political activists that issued this call raised the danger of a wider war should fighting break out in or around Iran.

There was agreement to make “no assassinations” one of the demands to show solidarity with the Iranian population as well as to condemn the U.S. and its allies for criminal activities against Iran and its people.

As of Jan. 19, the organizations that called the actions or endorsed later included the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC), the International Action Center (IAC), SI! Solidarity with Iran, Refugee Apostolic Catholic Church, Workers World Party, World Can’t Wait, American Iranian Friendship Committee, ANSWER Coalition, Antiwar.com, Peace of the Action, ComeHomeAmerica.us, St. Pete for Peace, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality-Virginia, WESPAC Foundation, Peace Action Maine, Occupy Myrtle Beach, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Bail Out the People Movement (BOPM).

Individual endorsers include authors David Swanson, “When the World Outlawed War,” and Phil Wilayto, “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation’s Journey through the Islamic Republic”; and U.N. Human Rights Award winner Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. attorney general.

The list is expected to grow steadily as word spreads.

RSVP and spread the word on Facebook by clicking here!

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FIST Fundraiser Sat, Dec 3: Occupy the Dance Floor!

Posted by raleighfist on November 24, 2011

Occupy the Dance Floor: Dance, Dance REVOLUTION

Saturday December 3 // Doors at 9pm // @ The Pinhook in Durham (117 Main St)

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE CHOREOGRAPHED

We all know the crisis is raging, but why aren’t you? Dress to sweat off your capitalist blues, and join FIST in occupying the dance floor for a night of rock and hip hop. We’re raising funds the fun way for the court costs of some young comrades who have been arrested fighting for education, against the banks and for immigrant rights in NC and beyond.

Winter’s got us all worked up, exams coming your way, and occupying your city or school is cold and hard — warm up on the dance floor with our amazing list of boogy-enducing DJ’s & music acts:

TripKnight

Lucky Strikes

Beatnam Vets

And DJ Yammy !

$5 (21+)/$7 (under 21) admission

this is a fundraiser for FIST! be as generous as you can

RSVP on Facebook by clicking here!

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Protest Wells Fargo CEO in Raleigh on November 30!

Posted by raleighfist on November 24, 2011

On Wednesday, November 30, the President and CEO of Wells Fargo, John Stumpf, will be speaking on NCSU’s campus in Raleigh. With the growth of the Occupy movement across the country, fat cat bankers like Stumpf and other 1%ers have been confronted in many creative ways for their role in foreclosing on millions of working peoples’ homes, for sitting on trillions of dollars in bailouts and lining their pockets while more than 30 million people are unemployed, while people are hungry, or without healthcare, and while state governments carry out brutal austerity programs. Wells Fargo and other big banks also invest millions of dollars into the prison industrial complex, and in particular immigrant detention center, and are a primary engine behind the record number of raids and deportations of immigrant families — all in the name of profit. Raleigh FIST is circulating the following announcement from Occupy NCSU and Occupy Raleigh with important information about various actions that will take place on November 30. Please circulate this far and wide and come out to put some heat on Stumpf in Raleigh!

 

Make the banks and corporations pay for their crisis!

Tear down the prison industrial complex!

Stop the raids and deportations!

Expand the Occupy movement!


***********

Brothers and Sisters!

John G. Stumpf, President and CEO of bailout-recipient Wells Fargo is coming to NC State’s Campus next Wednesday, November 30th at 4:15pm. He’ll speak to students and the public about his career, leadership experiences, and perhaps the $19 million in taxpayer money he earned last year foreclosing on American homes. At the conclusion of his speech, he will take questions from the audience.

More info: http://www.poole.ncsu.edu/index-exp.php/events/entry/wells-fargo-executive-lecture-nov30/

Occupy NCSU is calling you, all local occupations, and all citizens concerned with economic injustice to action on November 30th. Together, we will voice the message of the 99%, the message of fairness and justice to the economic majority. Occupy Durham, Occupy Chapel Hill and Occupy Raleigh will all be participating! United we are strong. Together we are stronger!

Meet at 1:00pm in the Brickyard Plaza in front of DH Hill library for an Action Orientation. There will be MANY fun ways to participate. If you want to join us, but are not sure what you’d like to do, this will be the best time to figure it out! Location: http://goo.gl/9E4qP

Our Embargo Wells Fargo demonstration starts at 2:15pm on the sidewalk on the Hilsborough Street side of Nelson Hall. Bring your favorite 99% signs. Shout your favorite 99% slogans. Let’s be heard! Location: http://goo.gl/RTw3J

Planning to Go Inside?

Be sure to arrive between 3:30pm – 4:15pm to reserve your seat inside the Nelson 3400 Auditorium (3rd Floor). The auditorium holds 350 people and is open to the public. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Q&A session following the speech, so come prepared!

And afterwards…?

We’ve discussed several awesome ideas, but no consensus yet. Final plans will be made at next Tuesday’s Occupy NCSU meeting. More details as they become available.

Thoughts?

Discuss

See you soon!!!

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All out to Occupy Raleigh, Saturday 10/22 at 11am!

Posted by raleighfist on October 22, 2011

THE OCCU-PARTY

CELEBRATE ONE WEEK OF OCCUPY RALEIGH– ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT, ALL WEEK

NC CAPITOL- MORGAN ST SIDEWALK- RALEIGH, NC

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

RALLY AT 11AM

MARCH AT NOON

GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT 6:30 PM

DANCE PARTY AT 8:00 PM


For one week, through rain, shine, and bitter cold, Occupy Raleigh has remained strong. Despite being barred off the Capitol Grounds, protesters have maintained an occupation on the Capitol Sidewalk, on Morgan Street between Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets. Join Occupy Raleigh, as we celebrate a full week of occupation and gain more ground in the movement. There will be food, fun, and plenty of ways to get involved with Occupy Raleigh. At 11AM, we will meet at the Occupation, on the Morgan St. side of the Capitol Sidewalk (between Fayetteville and Salisbury Sts.).

Festivities will kick off at 11AM, and will continue through the night. Participants are encouraged to spend the night at the occupation if possible. Dress warmly for outdoor weather.

This is one of more than 150 ongoing occupations in cities across the U.S. that have been expanding since Occupy Wall Street began in the heart of the global financial system in New York City last month to demand that the banks pay for the economic crisis and the crimes that they are committing against our communities every single day. From every corner of the country, occupations have begun to demand jobs, healthcare, education, housing, an end to austerity, and to fight back against this political and economic system that serves the rich and corporations, not the people and the working class.

If you would like to help but can not make it, visit http://www.occupyraleigh.org, and/or follow @OccupyRaleigh and @OccupyRalNeeds on Twitter.

Also, please read and circulate this important Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Movement by clicking here.

All power to the people!

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Undocumented youth block intersection for college access

Posted by raleighfist on September 30, 2011

By Elisa Benitez-Hernandez
Charlotte, N.C.

Seven undocumented youths blocked traffic in front of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6. This civil disobedience was protesting the inaction of the Democratic Party, the harsh anti-immigrant agenda of the Republicans and Tea Party, and the outrageous out-of-state tuition imposed on undocumented students to attend community college.

The event started with a “coming-out” rally, with several youths sharing their stories and publicly announcing their undocumented status. Approximately 200 people, of all ages and backgrounds, gathered in support of their message and courageous actions. The rally proceeded to a march. Finally the youths sat in the middle of an intersection in uptown Charlotte, causing traffic to stall within minutes. At the top of their lungs they shouted, “Undocumented, unafraid! Undocumented, unashamed!”

Those arrested for civil disobedience include Alicia Torres, 25, of Carrboro, N.C.; Angelica Velazquillo, 25, of Charlotte; Manuel Vazquez, 21, of Raleigh, N.C.; Santiago Garcia, 20, of Asheville, N.C.; Cynthia Martinez, 20, of Sanford, N.C.; Martin Rodriguez, 20, of Hamptonville, N.C.; and Marco Saavedra, 21, of Cincinnati. However, the police also went on a rampage, arresting a total of 15 people that day. They included three more undocumented youths, two volunteer paramedics, a bystander and two Raleigh FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) members.

Those who were undocumented were taken and immediately processed at a Mecklenburg County, N.C., jail. Their cases were in the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and they awaited with uncertainty as to whether they would be released or deported. Fortunately, they were all released the next night and all deportation proceedings were dropped. “I even got my alien number — everything was set for me to go and why I didn’t go I don’t know,” said Garcia.

It was no coincidence that the date the youths held their action, Sept. 6, is also the kick-off date for the Democratic National Convention next year. The youths’ goal was for the Democratic Party to know they won’t stand by and be satisfied with empty words. NC DREAM Team ally Domenic Powell said, “This is what we have to do because these are young people whose lives are in limbo. If Democrats think we’re going to go with them, they need to remember they’re dealing with idealistic young people with nothing to lose.”

The arrested youths are frustrated that things have only gotten worse for them. They are now forced to pay out-of-state tuition and can only enroll in classes after all other U.S. residents have been enrolled.

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