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Jade Brooks


Jade Meadow Brooks is a "queer, anti-zionist Jew who lives in Durham, North Carolina, inspired daily by the bravery of the people in the South. She is an aspiring revolutionary publisher and does editing work for make/shift magazine and Duke University Press". She is originally from Oregon.[1]

All Of Us North Carolina

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Members of All Of Us North Carolina, from left, Manju Rajendran, Holly Hardin, Patty Adams and Jade Brooks discuss the results of the state-wide vote of support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments, Durham, North Carolina, Thursday, May 10, 2012. All of Us North Carolina is a grassroots organizing group created to raise opposition to constitutional amendment vote.

Jade Brooks: Islamophobia must end

From a letter to the News & Observer January 27, 2015;

As members of the Durham chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, we were extremely dismayed by recent acts of Islamophobia in our community. Duke University made the decision – apparently caving to Christian extremist threats to withdraw alumni funding – to cancel the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) scheduled to be called from Duke’s bell tower.

We’ve also learned that Imam Khalid Griggs, co-founder of the local Muslims for Social Justice organization, is facing similar Islamophobic attacks by a donor urging Wake Forest University alumni to withhold funding in order to terminate Griggs’ position as Muslim chaplain there.

We understand these extremist pressures in the context of a wave of Islamophobic ideological and financial threats targeting our nation’s institutions of higher learning. Because we believe strongly that people of conscience must speak out to challenge bigotry in all its forms, we support the Muslim students, faculty and staff in the Duke community, the Wake Forest University community and in all communities in North Carolina facing these threats.
Jade Brooks Jewish Voice for Peace.

“Free From Fear”

Serena Sebring, Southerners On New Ground Campaign Organizer, Jade Brooks, Southerners On New Ground Member Leader, Caitlin Breedlove, Southerners On New Ground Co-Director.

January 17, 2015
Durham, NC – On Saturday, January 17 at 5:00pm, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) will host a launch event announcing the “Free From Fear” campaign, at The Pinhook (117 W Main St, Durham, North Carolina 27701). Free From Fear seeks to pass an ordinance to prevent discriminatory policing and police profiling of LGBTQ people and people of color, and to address the harmful effects of these patterns on the local community. The campaign’s central goal is the passage of a local anti-profiling ordinance, “The Durham Community Safety Act,” which would ban police profiling and discrimination based on race, immigration status, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Southerners on New Ground is a regional LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, + queer) organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town people in the South.

The event was free and open to the public, and featured a program of live music by local musicians, and speakers: Caitlin Breedlove (SONG, Co-Director), Serena Sebring (SONG, Campaign Organizer), Jade Brooks (SONG, Member Leader), Sendolo Diaminah (Durham Public Schools Board Member), among others.[2]

Durham Drop G4S Coalition

In early 2015, Durham County in North Carolina voted to drop the British security firm G4S over its role in prisons across the US, at Guantanamo Bay and its ongoing contracts with the Israeli military and Israel’s prison systems, where Palestinian women, children and men are routinely detained and tortured.

In Durham County, G4S provided security services at libraries and civic buildings.

Jade Brooks, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace - North Carolina and part of a broad coalition of local groups that have long campaigned against G4S, told The Electronic Intifada that it was a welcomed “second win.”

In November 2014, after a year-long campaign by the Durham Drop G4S coalition]], “county commissioners voted to end their [$1 million private police services] contract with G4S which they had had for about thirteen years, and open it up again for bidding,” Brooks said.

Jewish Voice for Peace stated in a November press release that “Durham reconsidered its security contract after residents protested the role of the privatized police force in the community and the company’s involvement in Israeli institutions that detain and discriminate against Palestinians.”

Last week, in deciding between several different companies — including G4S, which had re-applied for the contract — the Durham County board of commissioners chose a local company “that has agreed to pay its workers a living wage and consider rehiring the G4S workers,” Brooks added. “Shaping our community”

Brooks said that Durham-area human rights and civil rights activists had galvanized around the Durham Drop G4S campaign, responding to the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to hold Israel accountable for its violations of Palestinians’ rights.

“We started a campaign very much as a coalition of people interested in BDS … we’re responding to the call from Palestinian political prisoners,” Brooks said. “But we also wanted the opportunity to say, why are we spending our county money — which could go toward all sorts of things — on [private] security?”

She explained that activists also used the campaign as a way to bring attention to the private security and prison industry “and how it was shaping our community.”

Kay-Robert Volkwijn, a retired South African Presbyterian minister and member of the Durham Drop G4S campaign, told The Electronic Intifada that he was very involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s and wanted to be involved in the current BDS campaigns against Israeli apartheid.

“I saw it as an opportunity to add my voice and my experience to this group,” he said.

Brooks said that Durham County had joined the boycott of South African goods during the apartheid era, and current campaigners were able to “use that as precedent for them taking action on G4S. We were building on the work that had been done in the ’80s.”[3]

Supporting the Kurds

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December 28, 2015, Sendolo Diaminah posted on his FaceBook page supporting the Kurds;

The Kurdish people have been engaged in an inspiring struggle to carve out freedom and autonomy for themselves, both from the corrupt states of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria AND from ISIS. Now the Turkish government is ramping up its repression of the Kurdish freedom movement. The first step in solidarity must be educating ourselves about this powerful struggle for freedom and rallying to its defense. Anthony Maglione, Manzoor Cheema, Hiram Rivera Marcano, Bryan Proffitt, Aaron Bryant, Thomas Wayne Walker, Jadebroo KS, Hashim Benford, Melissa Norton, Sijal Nasralla, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Gary Broderick, Aiden Riley Graham, Rufus Firefly, Zaina Alsous, Laila Nur, Sabeen Shaiq, Theo Luebke, Caitlin Breedlove...

"We Demand Access to the Durham Jail! Rally & Press Conference"

Thursday 10 December 2015, Zaina Alsous organized a "We Demand Access to the Durham Jail! Rally & Press Conference " outside the Durham County Jail.

Join us as we announce our newly formed Jail Investigation Team and our plans to hold the Durham County Jail accountable.

Since November 2012, Inside-Outside Alliance, a Durham based organization that organizes against the prison system, has published letters from inmates and their families detailing the inhumane conditions many experience at the Durham County Detention Facility.

Those indicating their intention to attend on Wherevent included Jillian Johnson, Cat Crowe, Maiz Criollo, Alex Biggers, Mitch Xia, Sendolo Diaminah, Mindy Isser, Sarah Pederson, Eli Meyerhoff, Liz Rose, Molly Hastings, Alice Sievers, Justine Lam, Elisa Benitez, Nikhil Umesh, Patricia Bass, Phillip Marschall, Matt Whitt, Xander Collins, Leah Block, Joe Stapleton, Holden Cession, James Cerson, D’atra Jackson, Arbor Quist, Stanley Yuan, Blanche Amelia S. Brown, Michael Becker, Sydney Roberts, Archer Wang, Eli Viszk, Danielle Roachie, Amy Godfrey, Ryan Stokes, Michael Dennis, Gregory Williams, Jade Brooks, Jojo Moto, Abby Hylton, Chanelle Croxton, David Theurer, Ben Carroll, Dante Strobino, Destiny Hemphill, Shilpi Misra, Nikki Mintz, Heeva Kadivar, Sandra Korn, Naomi Baumann. [4]

"Durham Beyond Policing Town Hall"

1104 Broad St, Durham, Tuesday 9 February 2016 "Durham Beyond Policing Town Hall" organized by Jade Brooks.

We are calling all freedom-fighters, all justice-lovers, all truth-tellers, all who can't wait to please join Southerners On New Ground and the #SayHerName crew for a community forum and visioning session. Let's speak our truths and sow the seeds of a new way forward for all our people, with those most impacted, most criminalized, at the center: black and brown people, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks, working class and poor people, undocumented people ... Let's dream and scheme together and find out ways to throw down for campaigns and direct action that holds the cops accountable

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Jillian Johnson, Dante Strobino, James Cersonsky, Nikhil Umesh, Ben Wilkins, Jade Brooks, Marcus R. Bass, Joe Stapleton, Kristen Cox, Hannah Spector, Jose Romero, Nancy Caamano, China Medel, Scott Michael, Alex Biggers, Destiny Hemphill, Cat Crowe, Monique Laborde, Tobi Lippin, Amy Wang, Mitch Xia, Xander Stewart, Smiley Boyd, Mina Ezikpe, Ethan Tyler, Jess Dilday, Jonathan Henderson, Alex Chassanoff, Jacky Chan, Margaret A. Brunson, Alissa Ellis, Magdalene Slerlisk, Saba Taj, Le'Andre Demond Blakeney, Doneatha Green, Kaylan Baxter, Destiny Hemphill, D’atra Jackson, Amy Glaser, Eliza Meredith, Gregory Williams, Victoria Bouloubasis, Umar Salute Muhammad, Patricia Bass, Gen Na, Regan Downey Buchanan, Chanelle Croxton, Ben Carroll, Patrick Snipes, Jess Issacharoff, Mariah Monsanto, Alex Biggers, Jojo Moto, Zachary Faircloth, Sarah Pederson, Stef Bernal-Martinez, Bro Beasley, Ben Wilkins, Jessica Pierce, Isa Bee, Jessica Jude, Tony Hood, Mindy Isser, Rachel Alexis Storer, Moses Ochola, Ade Oh, Lisa Sorg, Blanche Amelia S. Brown, Shilpi Misra, Scott Michael, Afi Apefa Bello, Mary Alta, Anastasia Karkliņa, Lizzie Lindsey, Holly Hardin, Matilda Wormwood, Eli Viszk, Wutang McDougal, Andrew Heil, Fern Hickey, Philip Marschall, Catherine Berman, Bex Kolins, Jen Przewoznik, Equashia Mumin, Eva Panjwani, India Pierce, Sandra Korn, Risa Foster, Ngọc Loan Tran, Eli Meyerhoff, Shanna Ochola, Serena Sebring, Ajamu Dillahunt, Jr., Nagwa Nukuna, Jina Valentine.[5]

Support for Laila Nur

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Freedom Road Socialist Organization leader Sendolo Diaminah wrote a support message on his Facebook page February 4, 2016, asking for support for Laila Nur through her health problems. He copied in several Freedom Road connected people.

Y'all, my GURL Laila needs some love. Please make a donation to keep our ferocious freedom fighter with her sexy-as-hell dimples healthy, happy, and living the freedom she works for for us all. Bryan Proffitt, Tema Jon Okun, Jadebroo KS, Aiden Riley Graham, Theo Luebke, Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott, Nia Wilson, Kaji Reyes, Alec Greenwald, Beth Bruch, Luke Hirst, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Rachel Alexis Storer..

Duke-Durham occupation

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Sendolo Diaminah backed the Duke-Durham occupation April 8 at 6:40pm, 2016. ·

Come celebrate the struggle as it moves from occupation to the next stage! Bryan Proffitt, Kaji Reyes, Laila Nur, Rufus Firefly, Anca Stefan, Alec Greenwald, Manzoor Cheema, Monica Huerta, James Hill, Elena Everett, Chanelle Croxton, D’atra Jackson, Ajamu Dillahunt, Jr., Jadebroo KS, Nia Wilson, Anthony Maglione, Sijal Nasralla, Gary B Durham, Alec Greenwald, Aiden Graham, Melissa Norton, Bro Ray, Saba Taj, Ade Oh.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Anna Masson Those indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Jade Brooks.[6]

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