Raul Jimenez

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Raul Jimenez

Raul Mauro Arce Jimenez is a North Carolina activist. Born in Ecatepec de Morelos, México State, Mexico. He is the son of migrant farmworkers and a former farmworker himself. In 1997, at the age of six, he migrated to North Carolina with his family as an undocumented minor. After living in North Carolina for three years, he moved back to Mexico where he stayed for three years, and later returned to North Carolina where he has been living since 2003.

In 2010 Raul joined the Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) and Raleigh Fight Imperialism Stand Together (F.I.S.T.). While in the YOI, he organized students into what is known as NC Heroes Emerging Among Teens (HEAT). He now works as an organizer for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO in Dudley, NC. As a FLOC organizer he reaches out to farm workers all across North Carolina, working together to build union membership, improve living and working conditions, educate workers on labor rights, and ensure all farm workers a voice on the job.[1]

SVA Board of Directors

Southern Vision Alliance board of directors, September 2017;

Confederate statue tear down

Workers World Party Durham Branch, August 15, 2017

Statement on arrest of our comrades: on the eve of the arrest of Takiyah Thompson.

Qasima Wideman, a member of Workers World Party who was present at the Durham action on August 14:

"Confederate statues aren't just hunks of metal and concrete. They represent the roots and history of a system of white supremacy that disenfranchises, murders, displaces and harms Black and Brown people up through today. If the people decide they want to remove such a statue, that should be their right. Love does not trump hate. It hasn't taken down any Confederate statues or stopped any of the racist and fascist violence that people in Charlottesville, Charlotte, Ferguson, Baltimore and every where face every day. Only organized people's power will take down white supremacy. Through racist drug laws and the prison industrial complex, cops do the paid work of white supremacy. The Trump regime has emboldened these racists."

Takiyah Thompson, member of Workers World Party and student at N.C. Central University, who climbed to the top of the statue to tie a rope around it's neck before the crowd tore it down:

"The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue. We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted."[3]

Arrested at or soon after Thompson’s court appearance on Aug. 15 were Dante Strobino, Ngoc Loan Tran, and Peter Gilbert, also WWP members. By Friday, Aug. 18, Aaron Caldwell, Raul Jimenez, Elena Everett and Taylor Jun Cook had been arrested.[4]