The North Carolina BLM Cohort

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Photo Elainiel Baldwin. More at https://flic.kr/s/aHskSWSC8x The North Carolina Southerners On New Ground (SONG) BLM Cohort is a leadership project for Black queer, trans, and gender non-conforming identified organizers and emerging leaders within North Carolina. Through this new cohort, SONG seeks to develop, sharpen, and strengthen of a body of leaders across the state of North Carolina. Member leaders in the cohort will love on, support, and lift up Black leadership and fortify our connections to each other. We will work …

A MANTRA FOR PROTECTION ON INAUGURATION DAY

A MANTRA FOR PROTECTION ON INAUGURATION DAY In trying times, we lean on our traditions and practices, ones we have inherited and ones we have evolved, to better reflect who we are as people in the highest vision of ourselves, decolonized in mind, spirit, skin and love. The plagues of cynicism and despair hunt us in these moments looking for our vulnerabilities. They try to convince us that our lives are not worth fighting for, but our rituals and legacy …

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 …