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

Flush Voter Suppression

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defenderFeaturedImageIn 2013, Pat McCrory passed H.B. 589, putting into effect one of the worst voter suppression laws in the country. Measures such as the photo ID requirement at the polls, the elimination of pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and shortening the early voting period by a week aim to disenfranchise people of color, working people, immigrants,  and students. By suppressing these voices, those behind this law aim for a future without regard for education, healthcare, and other public services.

These efforts have caused a litany of problems related to voting across North Carolina since it has passed, including out-of-state students turned away for improper ID without being offered provisional ballots or impediment forms, lines of 3+ hours because of narrowed early voting hours and mass voter confusion.

In particular, students at North Carolina State University did not have access to any early voting sites within walking distance to their campus, because the Wake County Board of Elections failed to provide such a site. Ignite NC’s Vote Defender Project has mobilized hundreds of volunteers to protect the right to vote, and we must continue the effort to increase access to the polls. This summer, the Board of Elections will make decisions about the placement of early voting sites.

2016 has been a tumultuous year for voting rights. We must stand up to the BOE at their meetings in order to win accessible early voting sites for students in North Carolina. We must also continue to advocate for students, people of color, immigrants, older people, and working people.

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#BOEWakeUp Stop Voter Suppression in Wake County

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Stop Voter Suppression in Wake County

Ignite NC is calling on all people to stand up and fight against voter suppression that disproportionately impacts youth, people of color, and working class people across the state. In March’s primary Wake county residents experienced extremely long lines with 3 hour waits, and students in particular experienced transportation barriers due to the county’s failure to provide a single Early Voting site on or within walking distance of the largest campus, NC State. The new voter ID law and lack of information the county provided to its residents resulted in 8,000 provisional ballots being casted. However, despite the efforts to suppress turnout Wake County’s turnout of 41 percent exceeded the state’s 35 percent.

Now more than ever it’s important for us to continue to advocate for accessible voting sites and hours that include Sunday. These are necessary in order to increase the turnout of students and communities that have been historically discouraged from participating in democratic processes. We want to make sure that as many folk as possible are able to access the ballot box as we unite against voter suppression.

We are asking all concerned residents to come out and wake up the Board of Elections. We must awaken them to the needs of our communities and demand that we are adequately represented and have a voice in the decision making process. On June 30 at 5pm we will descend upon the Wake County Board of Elections, and advocate for a early voting plan that serves the people!

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Students Band Together Against Voter Suppression

We are at a critical moment in North Carolina. In 2013 our state passed the worst voter suppression law in the country which included an end to pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, elimination of same day registration, a week cut to early voting, and a voter id mandate that is being implemented in this year’s election cycle. The monster voter id law requires all eligible voters to produce one of six forms of Identification. College IDs are not acceptable forms identification creating an extra obstacle for college students, especially those who are out of state.

We’ve also received cuts to education, healthcare, and other public services which greatly impacts the lives of young people, students, people of color, women, immigrants, and working people. The people in power that are restricting voting rights are the same ones attacking reproductive justice and workers rights. All of these issues are interconnected to a larger power structure that has the goal of maintaining the status quo; one that does not adequately represent the vast majority of North Carolinians.

These attacks have not stopped dedicated residents of this state from banding together to elevate the people’s voice. In 2014 Ignite NC deployed 400 volunteers to monitor the polls on Election day and this year we are increasing our efforts. Election Protection volunteers will be trained to be the eyes and ears on the ground documenting and combating voter suppression. As this case moves through federal court the stories we collect about folks experiences at the polls will impact the ongoing litigation. We must ensure that every voter has the opportunity to vote, and every vote must count.

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Ignite NC Statement of Support for the Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices Bill

March 10, 2015

Ignite NC supports NC House Representative Rodney Moore’s Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices Bill and the push for the powers and duties of the Department of Public Safety to be under review with respect to criminal information. The Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices Bill will collect data to track police conduct, racial profiling, and the dissemination of information collected. The purpose of the change in law is to provide a fairer system that provides non-bias judgment before charging an individual with a crime.

The bill prohibits discriminatory profiling and will create independent citizen review boards to ensure that particular race, ethnic and gender groups are not being targeted. The community will form a commission that thoroughly evaluates the conduct and judgment of the local law enforcement with the permission of the General Assembly. Additionally, the bill will enforce training for standardized Local and State Police and Sheriff Deputy and Correction Officers on race equity, LGBTQ equality, religious freedom and domestic violence prevention including the revamping of Neighborhood Watch programs.

Ignite NC supports this bill because it will allow the community to have oversight on local law enforcement behavior and decisions.  The bill will also reduce racial discrimination within the Greensboro, Charlotte, Durham, and Fayetteville communities, with hopes of extending to the entire state of North Carolina.

Organizations and community stakeholders are encouraged to be integral members of the oversight commission, equity trainings, and citizen review boards. Passing the bill will educate officers about the diverse communities in the area to make sure they  are making decisions that are fair and beneficial to the city. Despite the advancements of this bill, Ignite NC believes this is only the beginning of an effort to be transparent and accountable. We strongly encourage more action to taken by the General Assembly, elected officials and community leaders.

Ignite NC recognizes and uplifts the important work being done by youth of color across the country over the past year to end police brutality and violence. This acknowledgement is significant because Black youth, youth of color, and LGBTQ youth are disproportionately targeted, prosecuted and incarcerated.

We remain committed to building community and genuine partnerships with young people most directly affected by police violence and the Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices Bill. While we support this bill we understand that this is not the end. Young people across North Carolina demand more and we stand firmly behind them.

Ignite NC is a statewide youth-led organizing and leadership development program committed to justice and equality.

Ignite NC supports organizing fellows across North Carolina who are working for economic justice through the Fight for $15 and and for police accountability. We support young people-led and centered efforts for justice and accountability across systems, whether they be fast food corporations, police agencies, prisons, or criminal justice system.

IGNITE NC VISION STATEMENT:
Solutions to the problems facing North Carolina and our global community lie within our ability to work together for the common good and to build the leadership and power of young people to create lasting change.  In order to create the kind of future we all deserve, we must understand our past, defend the gains made by those who came before us, and ignite and empower everyday people to lead efforts to build a fair and just future. When those most affected by injustice are the leaders who find and implement solutions, we will create a better world.

Ignite NC’s Valentine’s Day

A reflection piece by Communications Fellow Chelsea Moore 

This past Valentine’s day was a big weekend full of justice and love for Ignite NC fellows and essentially any and every activist across North Carolina.

The 9th annual HKonJ Moral March on Raleigh happened with the participation of thousands of activists, organizers, and organizations from across the state. Ignite NC Fellows were present along with our partners Youth Organizing Institute, and NC Student Power Union. Ignite NC Fellows along with our partners and other youth organizations from across the state marched at the forefront of HKonJ in the Black Lives Matter/Stop The War On Black America Contingent.

The march was overall a racially, gender, and religiously diverse setting for participants. And despite the chilly weather, Black Lives Matter was a loud and resonating message throughout the weekend. With so much taking place in the past few years regarding injustice for the African American community this was a great place to have their voices heard. There were also many other issues marchers were rallying for ranging from women’s health, to the fighting for $15 for minimum wage workers, to rights for immigrants, to education for our children and their future.

Later in the day Ignite NC Fellows participated in the first-ever statewide Black Lives Matter Youth Assembly hosted at Shaw University where SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) was founded in 1960. This youth assembly brought together nearly 200 youth to discuss issues in their communities and what kinds of solutions are needed.

This year we are looking forward to our fellows rooting themselves in the communities each of them attend school in and/or reside in. Our mission is to educate our very own as well as surrounding communities on issues that take place not far from us. Furthermore, this spring we plan to unite and defeat the unreasonably low pay for minimum waged workers, with a new wage of $15 per hour and right to a union. We will also fight to end all police brutality, holding each individual and every system guilty of racist violence accountable.

HKonJ weekend was very impactful for Ignite NC fellows and we made an impact as well: highlighting the important work and issues from our local communities and campuses while uplifting the work happening everywhere across North Carolina. As we incorporate both new and old fellows for the spring it was great to see fellows reunited in the same space and have our voices heard. Many of us took to HKonJ weekend to spend Valentine’s Day with those we are fighting with side-by-side for a more love-filled and justice-filled world. Look forward to hearing and seeing more from us.

For more information on HKonJ and about us visit our website! https://ncignite.org


 

chelsea moore ignite ncChelsea Moore is a sophomore at Bennett College for women. There she majors in Journalism and Media Studies with hopes of becoming a notable public relations specialist/marketing executive. She is most passionate about equality for all races and genders in corporate America. She looks forward to partnering with other fellows to have their voices heard about issues taking place in our nation.

Ignite NC Stands with #BlackLivesMatters

Young people across the country are building a movement against police violence in  our communities. The movment began as grand jury’s decided not to indict the officers involved in the murdering of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. People have taken to the streets to disrupt business as usual and demand that power holders take action and law enforcement be held accountable. Ignite NC stands with the #BlackLivesMatters movement. We have helped with actions, die-ins, rallies and protests throughout NC. Take a look at some of the pictures from actions.

 

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Ignite NC Stands With Fast Food Workers

December 4 – Workers across the country took to the streets going on strike. They are demanding $15hr and union rights for low-wage workers, in particular fast food workers. The protests led by the Fight for $15 movement was the largest of its kind. Over 180 cities took part in the strike. Community support played a vital role in standing in solidarity for these actions. Ignite NC and its fellows helped mobilize students for the strike. In North Carolina, protests took place in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, and Greenville.

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