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People’s Victory in Charlotte as March on Wall Street South Wins Permits

Posted by raleighfist on June 2, 2012

The Coalition to March on Wall Street South announced a major victory on May 29. The city of Charlotte granted conditional approval for permits for the Sept. 2 March on Wall Street South — after more than eight months of march and parks permit requests, a national petition campaign and threats of legal action. The march will take place one day prior to the Democratic National Convention.

While coalition organizers must still meet and negotiate with officials, the march route passes the major targets in uptown Charlotte: Bank of America’s world headquarters, Wells Fargo’s eastern headquarters, the Bank of America Stadium and the Time Warner Cable Arena, site of the DNC.

With permits won, the stage is now set for the Sept. 2 demonstration. Thousands of activists are expected to flood the streets of Charlotte to raise a people’s agenda to the big banks and Democratic Party delegates. Their program calls for jobs, human needs, workers’ rights, justice and equality for Black, Latino/a and Native peoples, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The Call to Action also raises the need to fight for economic and environmental justice, while opposing wars, anti-immigrant repression, racial and political profiling, incarcerations and foreclosures.

Mass campaign key to victory

The coalition launched a national petition campaign in May, after numerous delays and administrative runarounds, unreturned phone calls and being put through bureaucratic hoops. Petitions demanded that the city grant the permits, repeal newly passed repressive protest ordinances and immediately make public the permitting process for actions during the DNC.

More than 1,500 people across the country signed the petition, including prominent leaders from unions and community organizations. Every signature triggered emails to city, county and national officials.

Coalition organizers planned to deliver the petitions to the May 29 Charlotte City Council meeting. Just two hours before the meeting was to start, officials called coalition organizers to inform them that the permits had been granted. Even with this major victory, plans to pack the meeting and speak out moved forward. More than three dozen activists from Occupy Charlotte; Occupy Winston-Salem; United Electrical Workers Local 150; Raleigh Fight Imperialism, Stand Together; Students for a Democratic Society; and other organizations turned out.

“This is a huge victory for democracy,” said Scottie Wingfield, of Occupy Charlotte. “We want to thank the more than 1,500 people from across the country who signed the petition. The eyes of the world are on Charlotte and on how the city will treat those who do not have lobbyists to represent their interests. Our work goes on, and we will continue to call on the city of Charlotte to repeal the repressive protest ordinances they passed earlier this year that grant police extreme power and endanger people’s rights to freely demonstrate.”

The coalition was also preparing to take legal action to secure the permits for the right to demonstrate in Charlotte. Affidavits had been collected from nearly two dozen leaders of organizations from across the U.S., including Marilyn Levin, co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition; John Parker of the Southern California Immigration Coalition; George Friday of Move to Amend; the Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Baltimore chapter; Steve Gillis, vice president of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union; and Sara Flounders, International Action Center co-director.

Alissa Elliss of Occupy Durham stressed: “This is a great success. We want to thank the legal team for the amount of work they put in, not only in preparation for the petitions, but also all the preparation that went into facing likely litigation. It was only through the legal team’s hard work and the mass support of petition signers that we were finally able to make the city and county of Charlotte recognize the power of the 99% and give us our right to protest.”

Stage set for March on Wall Street South

March organizers have issued an all-out call for this major demonstration and others during the DNC:

“We welcome all working people who have suffered during this economic crisis to come down to Charlotte on Sunday, September 2,” said Matt Hickson of University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill Students for a Democratic Society. He emphasized: “Bank of America and Wells Fargo are responsible for kicking people out of their homes, plunging students and families deep into debt, funding the prison-industrial complex and destroying the environment.

“The Democrats and the Republicans have not addressed the dire situation faced by working people and families in this country. We need jobs, an end to deportations and money for housing, education, health care and people’s needs, not for wars and jails. These are some of the issues we’ll be raising at the March on Wall Street South on September 2 and throughout the week of actions during the DNC.”

For information, see wallstsouth.org, Twitter: @wallstsouth or call 1-704-266-0362.

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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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The Ides of Love: March against the proposed Amendment One // Thurs, March 15 @ 11am

Posted by raleighfist on March 13, 2012

The Ides of Love: March against proposed Amendment One
Thursday, March 15 @ 11am
Gather at the NCSU Bell Tower

On Thursday, March 15th, we will march from the N.C. State Bell Tower to the General Assembly Building AGAINST Amendment One! 

We want to show our State and our Nation that the people of North Carolina do not support amending our Constitution with this ban, and that we will virulently defend the right for a union to be recognized by the state. In the past, we have codified language that excluded both women and minority races; let us learn from our history and not repeat those same mistakes on May 8, 2012. The motto for the fine state of North Carolina has always rung with heraldic clarity: we are a state that lives according to principle and truth; to be rather than to seem. Sadly, the stable foundations of our state have been put to the test, and we stand in the face of those who would restrict base civil rights. We honor the primary statement of the original document of our governance with its assurance of equal rights for all, regardless of creed or orientation.

If you are against amending the North Carolina State Constitution with discrimination, come join us on March 15th, 2012. If you are proud to live in the state that launched civil rights to the forefront of our national discussion, join with us for the march. We believe that only through an expression of solidarity can we give a voice to the voiceless, to those the state would seek to exclude from the civil right of marriage.

“A vote on the same sex marriage amendment has nothing to do with your personal and religious opinion on same sex marriage but everything to do with whether or not you believe discrimination should be codified and legalized constitutionally. We should never seek to codify discrimination into the very heart and framework of our Constitution.”
-Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

All faiths, all religions, all races, and all people are welcome.

For more information, and further updates on the day of action and change, please visit honestnc.org.


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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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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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North Carolina youths protest attack on Libya

Posted by raleighfist on April 23, 2011

By Andy Koch

Youth activists and community members gathered in front of North Carolina’s Federal Building in Raleigh on March 23 to denounce the war on Washington’s newest target of aggression: the North African state of Libya.

North Carolina, home to the enormous U.S. army base at Fort Bragg, is often touted by state officials as “the most military-friendly state.” The slogan is part of a public relations push to expand existing bases and make North Carolina even more dependent on military money.

Despite this dependence, supportive motorists sent continual honks and shout-outs to the demonstrators. Those North Carolina residents were no doubt disturbed by the strong feeling of militaristic deja-vu brought on by the news of the 118 U.S. cruise missiles unleashed on Libya only days before. It wasn’t mentioned much on CNN or Fox News, but the recent blitz of firepower on the African nation came on the eighth anniversary of the start of the United States’ war on Iraq, another oil-rich former colony.

Members of Raleigh FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) held handmade signs and chanted “No justice, no peace! U.S. out of the Middle East!” Addressing the group, activist Kosta Harlan highlighted the connection between endless war abroad and poverty and repression at home. “How can they tell us that there’s no money for people’s needs, that we need to cut back,” Harlan said, “when each of the missiles they are pounding Libya with right now costs over $1 million? It’s insane!”

As a local organizer for the Committe to Stop FBI Repression, Harlan reminded the demonstrators that in the past year the government has stepped up its efforts to jail and silence anti-war activists with raids, subpoenas and the Federal Grand Jury system. “We need a strong anti-war movement now more than ever,” Harlan said, “and we aren’t going to let the FBI stop us.”

Students for a Democratic Society at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill endorsed and sent people, as did NC HEAT, the group fighting against resegregation of the schools, and Raleigh Fruit Cakes, an lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer organization.

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Raise your voice! March to Defend our education!

Posted by raleighfist on February 10, 2011

Raise Your Voice! March to Defend Our EDUCATION!

Friday, February 11 at UNC Chapel Hill

–>9:30am: Gather in the Pit in central part of UNC CH’s campus
–>10am: March to the Board of Governor’s meeting

RSVP HERE

**No tuition hikes!

**No cuts or layoffs!

**Full access to education for undocumented students — Defeat HB 11!

**Tax corporations and the rich!


RAISE YOUR VOICE

The UNC system is facing significant budget cuts–15% for the system, which means fewer and bigger classes, layoffs of faculty and campus workers, the elimination of entire programs and departments, and they’ve even talked of closing a UNC system school altogether.

In addition to this, the Board of Governors is considering another 6.5% tuition hike (the highest they can) on top of the 23% tuition hike we faced last year. These hikes affect the entire student body throughout the entire UNC system. For many people it means foregoing their opportunity to attend college, for others it means having to take out more loans.

Last week the North Carolina Legislature introduced House Bill 11, which would ban all undocumented immigrants from attending any public university or community college. The UNC system is the second largest lobbying power in the State. They should take a strong stance against HB 11 and use this lobbying power to defeat it.

On February 11th, the Board of Governors will meet here in Chapel Hill to decide on another tuition increase and talk about budget cuts. Students for a Democratic Society is making a call to action and organizing a march on the Board of Governors. We as students must say enough is enough! We will not be burdened with the costs of this economic crisis and we will not stand by and let undocumented immigrants be treated inhumanely.

Take action! Lets march to their meeting and tell them we have a right to education!


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North Carolina day of action demands end to attacks on education

Posted by raleighfist on February 10, 2011

By Ben Carroll

Young people from across the state confronted the North Carolina General Assembly when they convened their opening session on Jan. 26. The youth demanded, “Education is a right, not a privilege!”

The “Day of Action to Defend Education” was organized by a coalition of youth-led groups who are involved in education struggles around the state, from fighting back against budget cuts and tuition hikes to winning full and meaningful access to higher education for undocumented students and pushing back the growing tide of resegregation in the state’s public school systems.
Despite the cold and rainy weather, nearly 100 young people, including many high school students and immigrant youth, came out for the day, which began with a press conference and lobbying in the morning, followed by a march and rally in the afternoon.

The spirited march through downtown Raleigh filled the air with chants of “No cuts, no fees, education should be free!” and “Education, not deportation!” as it hit three targets: the governor’s mansion, the Department of Public Instruction and the NC Community Colleges offices. At each stop, speakers raised the connections between these education struggles and the need for young people in the state to fight back to stop the slew of cuts and reactionary bills being proposed by the new, Republican-led legislature.

Monse Alvarez, of NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens), stressed: “This day of action was important because we can’t just let this new legislature come in without making some noise about it. … They want to take us back to a time of Jim Crow segregation where immigrants and people of color are treated like less than human. They want to push through their anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-education, anti-everything-that-people-need agenda, unless we do something about it.”

Education on the chopping block

Like many state governments across the country facing budget shortfalls, politicians have placed every public service on the chopping block to deal with the state’s nearly $4 billion hole. The Republican majority, which recently took over both houses in the legislature for the first time in 112 years, has promised to manage this with spending cuts alone. Thousands of state workers could be laid off. The university system is facing a 15 percent cut as public school systems around the state are facing cuts of nearly $100 million. Entire health programs face elimination, and every social good is under attack.

The GOP wasted no time in proposing reactionary pieces of legislation. On their session’s second day, they introduced an anti-immigrant bill modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070, a bill that would ban undocumented students from community colleges and the university system (HB 11), a bill requiring voters to show IDs, and more.

“We made our voices heard that day, and it was important to be there and speak out about issues in our community like education. They were afraid of us being there. They sent out cops to try to stop us. Unfortunately, they introduced HB 11 the next day, but this was only the beginning, and we are going to keep fighting around this,” said Raul Arce of Raleigh FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together).

Groups across the state are mobilizing to fight back against the legislature’s proposed, massive cuts and to stop the growing racist attacks on the immigrant community. Activists plan many different actions and demonstrations for the coming weeks.

Workers and students all over the world — from Egypt to Tunisia, from Yemen to Jordan, from Britain to Puerto Rico — are showing the only way forward out of this crisis, which is to take their destiny into their own hands and fight back. Continued, determined action is exactly what is necessary to stop the attacks on education and the public sector and to push back the reactionary forces that have risen in this period.

With a national Month of Actions to Defend Public Education set for March, youth and students can only expect to see more of these types of actions throughout the country.

The writer is an activist in Raleigh FIST.

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

Posted by raleighfist on October 6, 2010


On October 7, 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!

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Raleigh Youth Take a Stand Against The War

Posted by raleighfist on March 31, 2008

By Larkin Coffey and Zac Morgan

The 5th anniversary of the war in Iraq did not pass quietly in Raleigh. On March 20th, students from Enloe, Broughton, Southeast Raleigh, and Cary High walked out of school to demand an end to the war in Iraq. Building on the walkout demonstrations of 2007, student organizers from all over the country worked hard to ensure success this year. In Raleigh, over 150 students picketed and chanted on the sidewalk along Hillsborough Street, near the NC State bell tower.

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