Welcoming Ignite NC’s New Co-director Holden Cession

Dear beloved community in the South and beyond,

Over the past two years I have come to know Ignite NC as an organization, a movement family, and a political home. From turning up against HB2, fighting for a living wage, advocating for voter rights, holding elected officials accountable, to demanding affordable and accessible education, Ignite has informed a movement. In our approach to organizing, leadership development, and community building we are doing work that is part of a larger inherited legacy of change.

As a Southerner born and raised in North Carolina It’s been a beautiful experience to unite in resistance on land that has been home for me and my family for centuries. I’ve been able to invest myself in my community, and in an organization that has invested in me.

I’m thankful to be moving into this role alongside D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson. It’s been a pleasure to be in community and camaraderie with the young ella, assata, Ida that is Dee Dee. Her passion calls me to push harder and speak louder. The out-going director Bryan Perlmutter has offered his guidance, care, and leadership over the past three years and it has been crucial in positioning Ignite for the next leg of this journey. As we transition into a political climate that is becoming increasingly regressive we can’t forget as Bayard Rustin said our power to make systems unworkable.

This is a time to say no to repression, no to silence, and yes to building a liberated future for transgender, black and brown, poor and queer people. This is not a time to back down, but to tighten up and plant ourselves firmly in the work of liberation. 

I’m blessed to be in this with folks who are building for the long haul and keeping NC #Lit4Liberation

Welcoming Ignite NC’s New Co-Director D’atra Jackson

 To my family (chosen and given),

With my heartfelt gratitude, I would like to thank Ignite NC and the Southern Visions Alliance family for this opportunity. When I think about my journey that brought me here, growing up as a poor, black, miseducated, mouthy little girl raised by a single mother in the middle of Philadelphia’s most violent years. It astounds me the conditioning and craving I inherited to build community. Ignite NC, SVA, Durham, and North Carolina has served as my community since moving to my Granma’s House in Durham, directly after finishing grad school. This community has granted permission for this non-Southern native to join you in turning up on the state. To join you in building black futures. To join you in fighting white supremacy, anti blackness, capitalism, xenophobia, transphobia, and so many of the systems of oppression that penetrate our everyday lives. And now to join you in getting free by becoming the Co-Director of Ignite NC alongside the irreplaceable, revolutionary, mystifying, human Holden Cession. I’ve been blessed to learn and build with Holden for a little over a year, and couldn’t be more ecstatic and ready.

We ask that our community continues to support us, and care for us, as we carry on impacting this state in old ways and new ways. Constantly evolving and reflecting. Constantly resisting and developing. Ignite NC is rooted in revolutionary work, which makes us inherently black, inherently queer, inherently Southern. We do this in the name of Pauli Murray, Ella Baker, Zora Neale Hurston, Nina Simone, Afeni Shakur, Maya Angelou, and all of the freedom fighting spirits held in North Carolina.

Resist Regression and Hatred! Let’s Take Back Our Future!

Dear Movement family,

The political climate is rapidly changing—and we will remain on the front lines of resistance. We are quickly being ushered into a world of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and xenophobic federal policy, of brazen white supremacy, and of deep systemic regression. We must stand together and do all we can to continue supporting our communities in North Carolina, and across the country who will be most affected by the looming policy changes. Will you stand with us?

We cannot and will not stop! This work was never about one election. We need to build a movement that creates collective liberation for our people. We need your help to put 40 youth fellows on the ground on over 15 different campuses and 5 cities starting in January! Are you in?

Ignite North Carolina is a youth-led organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of young people to create lasting and sustainable change. We are doubling down on our commitment to supporting youth of color and queer and trans youth as we build a new future. Ignite North Carolina is rooted in our mission of uplifting the voices and leadership of those most affected by injustice, and seeking to implement solutions for a more a more fair and just future.

Help us raise $10,000 as we mobilize and take back our future! This money will enable us to train and put 40 organizers across the state to respond and be proactive in ways most necessary and productive to the needs of our North Carolina community. We will continue to organizer around higher education, black lives matter, and demand full equality to lgbtq community.

As people rise up in unrest and dignified rage, help us ensure the capacity to respond fast and strategically to bigotry and hatred, and build visions of a more inclusive and equitable future.

Now is always the time!

-Ignite North Carolina