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Fayetteville NOW, Quaker House, Fayetteville Chapter of the NAACP, and other organizations have been running a video series to open and facilitate discussions on racism. The video is shown and discussed in 3 parts, one part per session for 3 sessions. Each session is standalone and is also useful as part of the series. They have run this with documentary ‘Cracking the Codes: The System Of Racial Inequity‘ multiple times, and they have also used another documentary the same way.
We had a super successful Women’s March On Raleigh (WMOR). Original estimates we heard near the stage were 17,000 people at WMOR while the rally was in progress. An organization that helped us organize, Ready The Ground, had estimated 30,000 on the march route. People studying aerial view pictures after the march estimated over 40,000. As another gauge, it took almost over an hour and a half for the last people to leave City Plaza.
Raleigh NOW members Sarah Moncelle, Shana Becker and Gailya Paliga were a few of the organizers of the WMOR. We pulled in our friends to help, as did other organizers.
It’s hard to tell how many people are going to something. Earlier in the week, we were using 3000 people, and later we talked about 3000-5000 people. Some organizers speculated 5000-7000 since interest on our facebook event page started growing by 1000 a day! We had programs and pledge cards printed for 3000. Didn’t want to waste paper. Then 17,000-30,000 people showed up at City Plaza, many in their pink pussy hats!
- Dec. 3 Annual wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell – DV victim. Here is a link to an article about Fayetteville NOW’s 2015 memorial – “Not a bad father, daughter says, except ..“
- Dec. 5 Third Mirrors of Privilege, part of a series to open discussions on racism. This series follows the Cracking the Codes series discussed in the newsletter and at the NC NOW conference – read more at NC NOW Newsletter Oct-Nov 2016
- Dec. 6 Court Watch training
- Dec. 13, 6:00 pm, Holiday Party – Scrub Oaks Restaurant
- Dec. 14 – practice court watch training at court with Rakeem Jones assault victim at Trump event.
It has been my honor and my pleasure to introduce long time activist and my friend, Mandy Carter at past events. NC National Organization for Women (NOW) claims her, but her work and interests reach beyond women’s issues. Carter has spent her adult life as an activist working for women, on lesbians and gay issues, for African Americans. She works to better our lives and has founded organizations to continue and formalize work on these issues.
I am inspired by some of President Obama’s speeches, but appalled at his Operation Border Guardian which directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take children (18 years old) and throw them in jails, sometimes private jails (even worse). In implementation, ICE is grabbing these teenagers on their way to school, off school buses, and out of stairwells at school – cases of these known in Wake and Durham counties. Our state conference included a workshop on what it took a Durham school community to save (or at least give a chance to) teenager Wildin Acosta (also one on racism). Read about the community effort at “In Defense Of Wildin Acosta,“9/26/16, northcarolinanow.org.
We cover more about what is being done to these teens at “One saved, one lost of the NC 6 plus more,“9/26/16, northcarolinanow.org. The most heinous case I know came out of Durham County (probably because the Durham Community is fighting this). Here are some of the Durhamites fighting this!
Acosta’s Durham community managed to keep his case alive in the hearts and minds of his Durham school community, city community, and in the news. Their work gives him a chance to plead his asylum case, keeps the ICE raids and deportations in the news, and keeps attention on the terrible way that the United States is treating children, families and individuals.
Wildin David Guillen Acosta’s school community worked very hard to keep attention on his situation. One of the teachers who helped him sent NC NOW a list of articles that the Riverside High School students and teachers wrote.
The effort began in Durham. “As Acosta’s deportation looms, Riverside students ask for Durham’s help,” 3/18/16, by Riverside High School Student Morgan Whithaus, at http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article66949102.html. Whithaus includes the danger that Acosta is facing as well as other damage the immigrant raids and detainments are causing for the school.
Roberta Waddle from Fayetteville NOW/NC NOW and Lynn Newsom from Fayetteville’s Quaker House pictured with Ron McElrath and members of the Human Relations Commission at the Human Relations Awards “Recognition and Scholarship Banquet” on Mar 31, 2016. Quaker House and Fayetteville NOW received the Ronald McElrath Commission/Organization Award for their work on racial justice and working against violence.
Read about the event and the award at “Community Recognition Awards: Recognizing those improving quality of life in Cumberland County“
Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House’s next series of the 3 part “Cracking The Codes – a Search for Racial Justice” series begins 4/4/16, with one in April, one in May and one in June. You can go to individual sessions, you do not need to attend all 3. Each session includes a section of video, and discussion with facilitators.
More on the “Cracking the Code” series was posted on 2/27/16 at Fayetteville NOW hosts another round of “Cracking the Code” .