Durham Freedom Fighters in Court to Fight White Supremacy

Trial begins today for eight defendants in the Confederate statue toppling case. Check out the pre-trial press conference for more!
#DefendDurham #DoItLikeDurham #TakeEmDown

CALL OFFICIALS
Durham County DA Roger Echols: 919.808.3010
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel: 919.560.4333
Durham County Commissioners: 919.560.0025
N.C. Governor Roy Cooper: 919.814.2000
Remember that workers (the class we defend) are answering the phone, so please be empathetic to their situation.
All you have to say is, “Hi, I’m calling from (CITY, STATE). I demand all remaining charges against our anti-racist heroes on trial today in Durham be dropped.”
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MAKE US GO VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Thousands of people around the world have already seen our posts and watched our livestreams and videos, which has prompted solidarity messages from organizations around the world, phone calls jamming up the phone lines of people in power, as well as a flood of financial contributions.
This is what you can do to keep up the momentum:
  1. ​FACEBOOK + TWITTER: ​

    Please share graphics that we will post on the Defend Durham Facebook page and the WWP Twitter accountPlease “like” and “follow” these accounts.

  2. FACEBOOK: ​

    Tomorrow, we will be livestreaming

    ​ from 8:15 a.m. ET until about 9 p.m. ET

    on ​both the Defend Durham Facebook page and the WWP Facebook pagePlease ​”like” these pages

    ​. You will then receive Facebook notifications when we go “live.” Share the livestreams tomorrow onto your personal timeline and into Facebook groups to spread the word.​
  3. ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: ​

    Remember to tweet and post

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    from your personal accounts using the hashtag #DefendDurham. You can use #DoItLikeDurham if you have space.

    ​ You can ask people to support the defendants by including doitlikedurham.org in your posts.
  4. TWITTER: Click on the hyperlinked hashtags (#DefendDurham and #DoItLikeDurham) and retweet posts you see today and will see tomorrow.

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@ Durham County Courthouse, Durham, N.C. 2/19/18 / Photos: WI BOPM

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Detroit, March 24, 2018: Organizing the National Conference to Defeat Austerity

Organizing the National Conference to Defeat Austerity

Follow @defeatausterity on Twitter and join the movement! #defeatausterity

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We invite progressive activists and organizations to the National Conference to Fight Austerity in Detroit on Saturday March 24. The purpose is to map a strategy to defeat the war by the banks, corporations and government against workers and oppressed.

Stop the war by the banks, corporations and government on the workers and poor

Date: Saturday March 24, 2018 in Detroit

Location: Historic St. Matthews-St. Joseph’s Church, 8850 Woodward Avenue (between Holbrook and King ), Detroit, MI 48202

Time: 10 am-5 pm

We want to extend an invitation to all progressive activists and organizations to participate in the National Conference to Fight Austerity in Detroit on Saturday March 24. The purpose of the national conference is to map out a strategy for defeating the war being waged by the banks, corporations and government against the workers and oppressed. Capitalism cannot continue unchallenged while our very lives are being jeopardized by the ruling elites who are determined to grow richer and more powerful at our expense, whipping up white supremacy, an anti-immigrant offensive attacks on women and anti-LGBTQ bigotry to keep our class divided.

Detroit along with colonized Puerto Rico has been at the epicenter of bank imposed austerity against the workers and oppressed in this hemisphere. But every U.S. city from Chicago to Baltimore to Cleveland to Milwaukee, from New York City to Oakland and Seattle, has felt the brunt of this attack in the form of cutbacks, school closings, mass transit cuts, water shutoffs, gentrification and destruction of public service unions.

The Trump tax plan and Pentagon War build-up continues the massive transfer of wealth to the rich at the expense of the poor. This war by the banks and on the workers and poor is an international phenomenon spanning every continent. On March 24, we will hammer out a program on how to fight back against the war by the corporations, the banks and their lackeys in government at all levels on the workers and poor.

The conference will take up topics such as:

The Destruction of our Communities by the Banks.

Tax giveaways to Dan Gilbert and the Ilitch business empire and gentrifiers everywhere.

The Trump Tax plan — A declaration of war by and for the rich on the workers and the poor.

The Pentagon War Buildup — funded by destruction of social services.

Continuing Water Shutoffs and Mass foreclosures.

The Destruction of public educations through defunding and privatization.

Mass layoffs at retail stores, restaurants, business offices and plant closings.

Fighting for a real living wage for all workers.

Challenging racism, sexism and LGBTQ oppression.

Defending Immigrant Rights.

Challenging mass incarceration and prison slave labor.

Defending Puerto Rico where much the population remains without electricity because of mass robbery by the banks.

The need for a universal healthcare program

Public transportation and accessibility for all within the urban and rural areas.

The growth in extreme poverty and homelessness.

Environmental Justice and the end to the poisoning of the poor.

Full rights for persons with disabilities.

The Conference will discuss these issues in depth from the perspective of how they all are products of a capitalist system where profits are everything and people mean nothing. We will mobilize support for making May Day 2018 an anti-Austerity Day, as well as lending solidarity to the Poor Peoples Campaign.

We will outline a program of action in solidarity with all movements working for social change and transformation.

Initiated by the Moratorium Now! Coalition. For information or to endorse: 313-680-5508 – moratorium-mi.org – moratorium@moratorium-mi.org

Durham, NC, Feb. 19: Pack the Courts to Defend Durham!

Hosted by Defend Durham

510 S Dillard Street, Durham, North Carolina, Durham County Courthouse, 8:30 A.M.

Join us Feb 19th to support Takiyah Thompson + 7 other anti-racist freedom fighters returning to court for trial! Come pack the courts and demand that all the charges be dropped. Community support has won us victories thus far, let’s keep the pressure on!

If you’re not able to make it to pack the court, come out for the Solidarity Demo Against White Supremacy at 6pm.

The defendants are likely to be in court all day, so come a little early to hear a press statement from the defendants. Text DefendDurham to 64336 for other updates and actions you can take.

Co-sponsors of February 19 #DefendDurham actions include:
Durham Solidarity Center
Youth Organizing Institute
Durham Beyond Policing
People’s Alliance
RedneckRevolt
Resource Generation – North Carolina Chapter
Workers World Party
…with more pending!

Get in touch if your organization would like to sign on as a co-sponsor!

 

 

Durham, NC, Feb. 19, 2018: Solidarity Demo Against White Supremacy

Defend Durham

200 E Main Street, Durham, North Carolina, 6 P.M. 

On February 19, Takiyah Thompson + 7 other anti-racist freedom fighters are going to trial to face charges connected to the toppling of a confederate monument in Durham. We’ll be packing the court all day in support of our folks — Pack the Courts to Defend Durham!

We invite the community to come out and join us in the evening for a solidarity march and rally to greet the defendants as they leave trial (it’ll be a long day!).

Local activists and community members will speak out against the real crimes of this society: gentrification and displacement, police killings and brutality, jail deaths and incarceration, deportations, and all of the countless attacks on people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and all working class people.

Join us in demanding that all charges against Takiyah Thompson and the 7 anti-racist defendants be DROPPED!

FIGHTING WHITE SUPREMACY IS NOT A CRIME!
DROP THE CHARGES!

Co-sponsors of February 19 #DefendDurham actions include:
Durham Solidarity Center
Youth Organizing Institute
Durham Beyond Policing
People’s Alliance
RedneckRevolt
Resource Generation – North Carolina Chapter
Workers World Party
…with more pending!

Get in touch if your organization would like to sign on as a co-sponsor!

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