National Days of Solidarity with #DefendDurham

In Durham, Freedom Fighters Kintasha Hall and Takiyah Thompson (r) get ready for more struggle, as SNCC founder and Civil Rights icon Ella Baker watches over them.
Baker called the first Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee conference in 1960 at Shaw University, a historically Black college in Raleigh, N.C.

An uplifting Bull City Block Party was held on Sept. 9 to celebrate Durham’s continued resistance and tenacity against white supremacy, including the toppling of a Confederate statue on Aug. 14. Some 200 people showed up for the event, held in the parking lot of the Hayti Community Center in the heart of Durham’s Black community.

WWP organizer and 2016 vice-presidential candidate Lamont Lilly emphasized “Activism is going to the people. Activism is feeding the people and meeting the people where they are.”

Participants in the “block party for activism” were treated to delicious Southern food, music, speeches and bouncy houses for the children. The event was co-sponsored by WWP, the Durham Solidarity Center, the Youth Organizing Institute, Duke Grad Student Union, Fight for $15 and Alerta Migratoria.

The block party was just one event in the Sept. 11-17 National Days of Action called by a broad national coalition in solidarity with the Durham Freedom Fighters. The week continued with the court appearance of arrested Fighters on Sept. 12.

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