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 …

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

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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 …

Join us in Welcoming Jade Brooks to the SONG Staff Team!

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We know that this “bathroom bill” moment calls for us to be bolder and reach farther than ever before as conservative state legislators go after our people all across the South. We’re working to counter the Confederate Spring we saw rise up these past few months from Mississippi to North Carolina, and, as always, we’re looking for the people who are looking for us. This summer we want to dance with all of you we have met (and our long …

Free From Fear: From The Community Safety Act to Standard Operating Procedures in Bull City

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Photo Credit Elainiel Baldwin SONG’s first Free From Fear campaign was officially launched in Durham, North Carolina, on January 17, 2015 by SONG members, member leaders and staff. We set out to build local and regional power and capacity in order to make needed political interventions in a time of much urgency and possibility.  By fortifying the skills and spirits of LGBTQ people who are struggling and organizing in our hometowns, downtowns, and countryside, we knew we could begin to …

Calls for Procedures Gain Traction as HB2 Debate Heats Up-Durham Herald Sun

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SONG’s Free From Fear campaign in Durham launched in January 2015 as part of a regional campaign effort to demand an end to profiling and state violence against people of color and LGBTQ people in southern towns and cities. The Durham Free From Fear campaign has been working on the implementation of standard operating procedures within the police department to address police interactions with LGBTQ communities. By implementing standard operating procedures, the city can, “actively speak out against these attacks …