Make No Mistake: Resisting the North Carolina Coup

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Photo Zaina Alsous Last week in North Carolina, we witnessed the latest right wing Southern coup. During an emergency special session on “hurricane relief efforts” called for by outgoing Governor Pat McCrory, who was ousted by popular demand (cough, the election), right wing leaders of the NC General Assembly found a new low. They forced an extra special session to bulldoze through legislation — deliberately without warning or public input — that will dilute and neutralize the power of incoming …

Water Is Life: In Defense of Sovereignty at Standing Rock

  #OcetiSakowin #NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock #Resist Coya Hope White Hat-Artichoker Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed the growing movement and active resistance led by the Lakota/Dakota Nations, or the seven council fires that make up the Oceti Sakowin. Many more indigenous nations, brave and visionary elders and young people, women and two spirit warriors from around the world have joined them, because they know the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is part of the long-standing battle against colonization …

Election Day 2016 Poem

“We woke up this morning with our minds stayed on freedom.” – Woke Up This Morning by the Staple Singers We love you. We see you. We have always been each others salvation in times of uncertainty and crisis. We affirm our rightful place as Southern LGBTQ Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, working class and rural people who are even more committed to bring about liberation in our lifetime. We got questions about the path forward but we know together we will …

A Spiritual Mandate to Invest in Black Lives: Confronting Contradictions at the National Law Enforcement Retreat

Right now over 250 law enforcement officials from across the country are gathered at the Billy Graham Center, a right-wing Christian Evangelical institution in the South, at a retreat focused on addressing “the spiritual needs” of police officers. We, as SONG members and as queer people of conscience living in the South, have decided to gather outside of this retreat under a very different spiritual mandate: to say the names of Keith Lamont Scott, Jerry “Jai” Wiliams, Tanisha Anderson, Rekia …

We’re Hiring!: Part-Time Organizing Fellow, Atlanta

SONG’s Atlanta based Free From Fear Campaign is working to unify Black, working-class, immigrant and LGBTQ people to reform the City of Atlanta’s Municipal Court System through the: Traffic tickets and low level misdemeanors for Black and immigrant communities are part of the police and profiling dragnet. The City of Atlanta raises over 24 million in income annually off Black and working class communities – doing little to protect and serve Black and working class communities! The issue of fines …