Durham for All

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'Durham for All launched in early 2016, but before then the founding team engaged in different issue-based organizing across Durham over the years. In 2014 and 2015, members of the founding team began experimenting with building political power through local elections, and "we helped win young, progressive, people of color into local offices".

Durham For All is made up of a four-person Coordinating Team to bottom-line daily operations and a larger Campaign Team that is leading our 10K Strong Campaign! Core leadership is primary people of color, and our entire team is a multiracial, cross-class alliance of Durham organizers and activists with a range of skill-sets and progressive movement experience.

Durham For All is an independent political organization, and a 501(c)(4).[1]

Leadership

Most members of our 2017 10K Strong Campaign Team, looking real cute after our year-end gathering.

2016 LAUNCH YEAR MISSION

Durham for All's mission is to develop and maintain a political vehicle rooted in and led by working class people of color that builds political power to win. To accomplish this, we will:

  • Use neighborhood, place-based organizing
  • Ungage in both electoral politics and issue-based campaigns
  • Explore solidarity economies, people's assemblies, and creative engagement
  • Develop and implement a broad progressive agenda, vision, and narrative for how Durham should be organized, in opposition to corporate & *Development power
  • Unite and cohere an array of multi-racial, progressive political forces in Durham so that we can collectively win![2]

OUR PURPOSE

It’s time to win back our government and put it to work for all of us. Corporations and right-wing politicians have rigged the political system, and we’ve had enough. Together, we are building a cross-class, multiracial movement in Durham that is 10,000 people strong.

This rigged system only works when the majority of people aren’t taking action together. When democratic participation is small and people are divided, the wealthy and powerful win. To be successful, our movement needs to be massive and stand up for all of us. Our goal is to bring 10,000 people into action, because 10,000 is the number of people we need to elect or un-elect local elected officials. With 10,000 people, we can create a new, powerful majority in Durham. 10,000 people gives us a mandate for change.

When this new majority unites at the ballot box and in the streets, we will defeat the politics of division and greed. Together, we will address our biggest problems — the need for affordable homes, quality education, good jobs, and real safety. Together, we will elect people that will use our tax dollars to meet each person’s basic needs and fight for a Durham where everyone can thrive. Together, we will demand that our local, state, and federal representatives serve all of our interests, not just the interests of the wealthy and powerful.

OUR PRINCIPLES

Our movement is guided by our deepest beliefs and a vision of the future we’re building together:

HOMES FOR ALL

Everyone has the right to live in a safe and affordable home. Right now in Durham, decent homes are a privilege of the wealthy rather than a right for all. We know that the rents are too high and that landlords have too much power over our lives. We know that many people — especially Black and Brown people, low-income people, and disabled people are being forced out of their homes and their neighborhoods. This makes it hard to build community and a stable life. We demand policies that support permanent affordable housing as well as food, clean energy, clean water, and internet that everyone can afford.

EDUCATION FOR ALL

Everyone has the right to a high-quality public education that fully develops their potential. This includes poor children, children of color, immigrant and refugee children, and children with disabilities. However, the reality is that our public schools are segregated and deeply unequal. Education has become more focused on test scores than supporting our children’s growth. Our schools don’t have the resources they need, and it is our kids who suffer. We oppose cutting the arts, physical education, recess, and services for children with special needs. We demand well-funded public schools that educate whole people from preschool to college/trade school and help children develop into happy, healthy and thriving adults.

ECONOMY FOR ALL

Everyone has the right to the resources they need to sustain themselves and their families and to live on a healthy planet. Big corporations make a lot of money in Durham, but many keep workers in poverty-wage jobs, harm the environment, and don’t pay their fair share of taxes. Our elders, disabled people, and people with criminal records are often left out of the economy. We need more access to safe, green, living-wage jobs with good benefits for our community to thrive. We want policies that spread wealth more equally by raising wages, creating job opportunities, and keeping money in our community. We want the right to organize unions and fight together for dignity and safety at work.

SANCTUARY FOR ALL

Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in their bodies, homes, and communities. Too many people in Durham live in fear of violence at the hands of law enforcement. Too many live in fear of laws and politicians who promote hate and discrimination. Too many live in fear of violence in their homes or neighborhoods. We want an end to police violence, surveillance of Muslims, ICE raids, and policies that harm women and LGBTQ people. We call for policies that promote real community safety by divesting from criminalization and mass incarceration and investing in jobs, housing, healthcare, education, and community-based justice solutions outside of the police & prison system.

DEMOCRACY FOR ALL

Durham belongs to all who live here: Native, refugee and migrant, Black, Brown, Latino/a, Muslim, white, and Jewish, documented and undocumented, and LGBTQ. We need all these voices at the table to create a Durham for All. Right-wing politicians in North Carolina have used voter suppression to limit whose voice counts, turned hate into law, and made policies that benefit only the wealthy. We must end this attack on the people of North Carolina, and Durham must be a leader in a revolution for real democracy in our state.

OUR PLAN

Power comes from thousands of people speaking up and deciding to take action. That’s why our plan is based on building people power from the ground up. The plan has three stages:

Stage 1: Build a Mandate (2017). We will train 100+ people to ask their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to sign our pledge and join the movement for a Durham for All. Our goal is to get 5,000 pledges in 2017. These signatures will be a mandate for a new political vision of the city rooted in the principles of a Durham for All. We will use these principles to elect a progressive majority to Durham’s City Council and hold them accountable.

Stage 2: Build a Model (2018). In the second stage, we will engage residents in a series of public forums. Our goal is to dive deeper into each issue, create a set of policy demands, and reach 10,000 pledges. We will hold neighborhood meetings, people’s assemblies, demonstrations, and other events to build support for our platform and take our demands to the streets. We will also train new leaders to expand the movement. Our focus will be on leaders who are working people, people of color, and women.

Stage 3: Build a Movement (2019-2020). In the third stage, we will pass the policies outlined in the platform. We will also bring fresh ideas, skilled leaders, and thousands of voters into the critical state and federal elections in 2020. Working with groups in rural areas, towns, and other cities, we will be part of unleashing millions of engaged residents and leaders in a movement to win back North Carolina.[3]

People

Manager is Salma Mirza.

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Durham For All November 3, 2016

Photo credit: Sufia Ikbal Doucet Studios — with Kaji Reyes, Ade Oh, Anthony Maglione, Michael Whyte, DeDreana Freeman, Mina Ezikpe, Melissa Norton, Anna Grant, Jillian Johnson, Jazmynne Williams, Courtney Sebring, Liz Ott, Eric Winston, Danielle Purifoy, Sendolo Diaminah and Nate Johnson.

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Sendolo Diaminah with Natalie Beyer and 13 others, Felicia Arriaga, Mikel Barton, Nadeen Bir, Leigh Bordley, Theo Luebke, Roxana Bendezu, Caitlin Elly Breedlove, Millie Beth, Laurel Ashton, Beth Bruch, Le'Andre Demond Blakeney, Dasan Ahanu, Tony Marimbondo Macias.

August 12 at 3:39pm ·

Our 4th mass meeting for #10kStrong. Proud to be part of Durham For All with Laila Nur & DeAnna.
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Durham For All November 3, 2016

Danielle Purifoy, Zaina Alsous, Saba Taj and Mina Ezikpe.

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