Template:TOCnestleft Zachary Robinson is a Greenville, North Carolina activist. He is active in the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism, NAACP, Pitt County Coalition Against Racism, North Carolina Hear Our Public Employees Coalition, American Association of University Professors.
- 1990, Graduated from Harvard University
- 1983, Graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- 1978, Graduated from Cleveland Heights High School
CoC training school
According to Georgia Wever the first Leadership Training School ever organized by the Committees of Correspondence took place during July 1998 , at a woodland location in upstate New York. For almost a week, the 24 participants - who came from Northern California, Chicago, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the New York metropolitan area - "talked, challenged, sang, learned, swam, disagreed, feasted, danced, camped, and asked questions."
The curriculum was planned by a committee composed of Mael Apollon, Robin Busch, Leslie Cagan, Pat Fry, Bobby Greenberg, Mel Pritchard, Roque Ristorucci and Zach Robinson. In the follow-up to the Leadership Training School, the curriculum planning committee became the National Education and Literature Committee. It is co-chaired by Bob Greenberg and Mel Pritchard.
Living Wage Campaign
In 1998 Zach Robinson, CoC NEC member and chair of the Living Wage Committee, summarized the work that has taken place to date in his report to the NCC. He noted that the living wage campaign was created to give the CofC a political direction by focusing on a single campaign. Initial work was centered in a few local chapters, and then expanded as possible. Robinson argued that it is time to expand the focus by helping to initiate a campaign for national legislation for a living wage. The committee has already drafted a letter to be sent to other organizations outlining our concept of such legislation, combined with some details of how it could be enacted. There has been some contact with a legislative aide who will work on putting the proposal into acceptable legislative language.
Committees of Correspondence
On February 26 1994 a Midwest Regional Meeting of Committees of Correspondence was held at West Lafayette Indiana.
In 1997 Zachary Robinson served on the National Co-Ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.
Committees of Correspondence conference
Zachary Robinson and Shafeah M'Balia reported on work in the South, and the special role played by democratic forces opposed to the right wing. They highlighted a multi-racial, grass roots people's charter movement initiated by the NAACP in North Carolina that parallels the "Democracy Charter" and mobilized thousands to march on the capital in Raleigh earlier this year.
2013 CCDS National Coordinating Committee
Zach Robinson, North Carolina was elected in 2013 to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism National Coordinating Committee;
"Progressive" leaders in North Carolina
In August Dr. Jack Rasmus invited guests from the "grass roots fight for democracy in North Carolina, where democratic and civil rights have come under intensifying attacks from its Republican governor and conservative state legislators". Continuing the theme of recent Alternative Visions radio shows on the growing assault on democratic and civil rights in the US and abroad,
Dr. Rasmus interviewed three "well known and highly respected community activists who have been deeply involved in the 'moral mondays' protests and other movements in that state. Jack welcomes Reverend Nelson Johnson, Ajamu Dillahunt, and Zach Robinson--all three located in different parts of the state and together involved in the fight to defend democratic, civil and labor rights in a state where recent attacks on democratic, civil and labor rights have been the most intense. What happens in North Carolina is a harbinger of things to come."
- Reverend Nelson Johnson is pastor of the Faith Community Church in Greensboro, Executive Director of the "Beloved Community" movement and center, and leads the Interfaith Workers Justice Center for workers, a 'workers center' group affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
- Ajamu Dillahunt is a founder of the Black Workers for Justice, which has resisted job offshoring and safety & health problems in that state for decades. He is a past president of the Postal Workers Union, a member of the Raleigh, North Carolina Central Labor Council, and a statewide coordinator for the Moral Mondays and other coalition protests.
- Zach Robinson is a long time member and officer of the American Professors Union, and a participant in many of the 'Moral Mondays' protests for the past year.
Task Force on the police and the state
Daniel Mejia, was in 2015, a member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism Task Force on the police and the state with Jim Grant, and Zach Robinson.
Four members of Faculty Forward—Randall Martoccia, fixed-term English; Daniel Mejia, chemistry graduate student in Chemistry; Zach Robinson, professor of mathematics; and John Dixon, assistant professor theater and dance—joined Bethel e in delivering the Faculty Forward open letter and petition signed by hundreds of faculty across the state. Zach followed up by reminding the audience that Article IX of the NC Constitution requires that to the extent practicable, NC public education, including higher education, should be provided free of charge.
2016 CCDS National Coordinating Committee
Zach Robinson, North Carolina, was elected in 2016 to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism National Coordinating Committee;
- Zach Robinson FB page, accessed December 25, 2012
- Zach Robinson FB page, accessed December 25, 2012
- COC Midwest Regional Meeting running sheet
- CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
- CCDS leadership, accessed March 2014
- alternativevisions, Alternative Visions - ‘Moral Mondays’ & the North Carolina Fight for Democracy - 08/28/13 Aug 28th, 2013
- Report on CCDS committees NCC Meeting July 19, 2015
- FFENC, Leadership to Restore NC’s Crown Jewel July 10, 2015 Contributed by Chris Bethel