Activist Alert--January 29, 2016

 

"Challenging Racism and Islamophobia"

The Durham People's Alliance February Progressive Issues Forum and speaker, Manzoor Cheema will address the surge of Islamophobia across the U.S. which has reached unprecedented new levels in recent months.

The presentation will provide an overview of Islam and Muslims, the roots of Islamophobia, the connections between Islamophobia, racism and other forms of oppression, and strategies to defeat these oppressions. The talk will also discuss the ongoing work of the "Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia" and their allies in the Triangle. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. 

Tuesday, February 16
6:30 PM
Location TBD
RSVP HERE

 

Manzoor Cheema has been a Triangle resident for the last sixteen years. He is an organizer against racism, Islamophobia and other forms of oppression, and is active in the Triangle's social justice and human rights movements. He produced a grassroots TV show, Independent Voices, that depicted local and global social justice movements. He is also is a founding member of North Carolina-based Muslims for Social Justice with a mission to pursue Muslim Liberation Theology.  In 2015, Manzoor launched a coalition called Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI) in order to address rising Islamophobia. Manzoor is a recipient of the 2014 Human Rights Award given by The Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina. He lives in Raleigh with his wife Linda and sons Javed and Najam.



Durham Human Relations Commission

The Commission will hear about the recent changes to the Bull City Connector’s route, such that it no longer serves the downtown Durham bus station or the Duke Clinics off Erwin Road.  

Since these changes are causing some hardship to Durham citizens who rely on bus service in this area, the Commission asked that they share their thoughts and concerns. We will hear from both GoTriangle, who manages the Bull City Connector, and from Spirit House about the impact of these changes on riders.  We invite the public to attend and hear the information.  

Tuesday, February 2
7:00 PM
Golden Belt, 806 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Note: There is always a time for brief public comment at the beginning of every Human Relations Commission meeting.   


Save the date for HKonJ!

Saturday February 13th join PA and progressive organizations from across the state as we march with the NAACP for the 10th annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ).

Bus will depart at 8:00am from Durham Farmer's Market, corner of Foster and Hunts Streets in Durham

Roundtrip fare = $10
Space is limited. Click here to sign up.

 



You Can Vote 2016 Kick Off: Learn about Changes to Voting in 2016

RESCHEDULED: 2016 KICK OFF!  

  • Special guest Anita Earls from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

We will train or re-train you on the new rules and teach you to engage effectively with voters. Ben and Jerry's ice cream will there for a free community ice cream social following training! 

You Can Vote 2016 Kick-Off
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Saturday, February 6
First Presbyterian Church
305 E. Main Street, Durham

 RSVP HERE

 

Ben & Jerry’s Community Ice Cream Social
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday, February 6
Durham County Library
300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham

You Can Vote Training - Orange County
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, January 31
Chapel Hill Library
100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

RSVP HERE



Download The Big "G"!

Many of you have asked about the presentation given by Mel Norton on gentrification at a recent Progressive Issues Forum. "The Big G: Gentrification and the Dynamics of Neighborhood Change" is now available online.

 


Support Faculty Forward: Order Your Duke Union Yard Sign



We support Duke Faculty Forward! Visit ourduke.org

Click here to order your yard sign to show your support.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events


EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE
Topic: Supporting GLBTQ Students and Staff in Public Schools.

February 2nd
6PM-7:30PM
Bull McCabe's
427 W. Main Street

RSVP HERE  


DURHAM CAN DOWNTOWN SUBSIDY TOUR
Learn about the role of public subsidies in support of high-end development downtown, and what is being planned to help keep downtown affordable and diverse for families and small businesses.


Saturday, Jan. 30

10:00-12:30PM
Center for Responsible Lending,
302 W. Main St.
RSVP to Lorisa Seibel


ECONOMIC INEQUALITY ACTION TEAM MEETING & PLANNING SESSION
This will be an important gathering to plan our priorities for the year, so bring your best ideas -- living wages, tax fairness, tax incentives giveaways, Duke faculty organizing campaign, job creation, etc.

Saturday, Feb. 23
7:00PM
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (305 E. Main St.)
[Please note that this meeting has been rescheduled from Feb. 2 due to scheduling challenges.]

RSVP HERE
 


CAN METRO COUNCIL MEETING
At this meeting we will debate a proposal for the CAN Spring Public Delegates Assembly that will take place on Sunday March 13, 2016.


Thursday, Feb. 11
6:00-7:30PM
Watts St. Baptist Church
800 Watts St.



NEXT SPIRIT HOUSE READING

Spirit House is training volunteers to lead study groups of the new book, Collective Courage, A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought.  If anyone is interested in getting trained (to take place on Saturday, Feb. 6) and leading a reading group in March/April, please contact Sara Terry.


VOLUNTEER NEED
PA has several VHS tapes with historical content that we need converted. Can you help transfer these? If you can help, please contact L'Tanya.

TIME TO RENEW FOR 2016!
Your membership and feedback fuels PA! Not yet a member? Now is a great time to join us and be part of the progressive voice for our community! JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!


 



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