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[[Zaina Alsous]] September 26, 2015.
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#BlackLivesMatter contingent marching at [[NC Pride]] in [[Durham]] (before a white Pride official aggressively snatched the mic out of [[Laila Nur]]'s hand while she was reading a statement, they mad huh) #WeCantBreathe #WhatsGood — with [[Saba Taj]], [[Jacjac Starr]], [[Serena Sebring]], [[Laurel Ashton]], [[Joie Lou Shakur]], [[Carter Hodge]], [[Myx Hsueh]], [[Saif Wideman]], [[Christina Perkins]], [[Cosima Hernandez]], [[Leah Osae]], [[El Tee]], [[Jess Jud]]e, [[Manju Rajendran]] and [[Roshan Panjwani]].
 
#BlackLivesMatter contingent marching at [[NC Pride]] in [[Durham]] (before a white Pride official aggressively snatched the mic out of [[Laila Nur]]'s hand while she was reading a statement, they mad huh) #WeCantBreathe #WhatsGood — with [[Saba Taj]], [[Jacjac Starr]], [[Serena Sebring]], [[Laurel Ashton]], [[Joie Lou Shakur]], [[Carter Hodge]], [[Myx Hsueh]], [[Saif Wideman]], [[Christina Perkins]], [[Cosima Hernandez]], [[Leah Osae]], [[El Tee]], [[Jess Jud]]e, [[Manju Rajendran]] and [[Roshan Panjwani]].
  

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Zaina Alsous


Zaina Alsous is a Durham North Carolina activist.

WWP member

In 2012 Zaina Alsous was part of the NC Student Power Union and Workers World Party in Durham North Carolina. [1]

Scalawag

Zaina Alsous is an editor for Scalawag and MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Miami. Born and raised by immigrants in North Carolina, most of her writing and community work focuses on labor, Arab diaspora, and decarceration.

"Abundance squad"

Zaina Alsous March 13, 2016 ·

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abundance squad — with Myx Hsueh, Karan Ahluwalia, Jessica Tommy White, Jesse Huddleston, Rahi Hasan, Jess Jude, Holden Cession, Olufemi Jenai Shittu, Destiny Hemphill, El Tee, Heeva Kadivar, Jonathan Hill-Rorie, Ade Oh, Sufia Ikbal-Doucet, Wutang McDougal, Nureena Faruqi, Manju Rajendran and Rose Butch.

Anti-police

Zaina Alsous March 14, 2016 ·

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My people my people ✊🏾 No new police headquarters on our watch! #DurhamBeyondPolicing — with Serena Sebring, Destiny Hemphill, Chanelle Croxton, Ade Toyesi Ibijoke, D'atra Jackson, Jade Brooks and Danielle Purifoy in Durham, North Carolina.

"Organizing the South"

After the UAW’s bid to represent workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee was narrowly defeated last winter, mainstream pundits wrote off the AFL-CIO’s much-vaunted commitment “to develop a Southern organizing strategy.” But the obituaries are premature. Just days after the vote, panelists at a crowded forum in Durham, North Carolina October 2014 , rejected the pessimistic conclusion that organizing unions in the South remains futile and pointed to areas of potential growth. Their common message was that unions can win in the South through a variety of tactics, such as reaching out to new constituencies, cultivating and mobilizing community support, running innovative campaigns, recruiting and retaining public sector workers, and political action.

Chris Kromm, director of the Institute for Southern Studies, pointed out that the South has the lowest rates of union membership and the worst concentration of poverty in the United States

MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina AFL-CIO, believes that the changing demographics of the South, with people moving from elsewhere in the United States, along with substantial immigration from other countries, mean growth in segments of the population—particularly African Americans and Latinos—that are more likely to support unions. These trends represent an opportunity for labor and for the broader progressive movement.

Justin Flores, vice president of FLOC, noted that farm workers lack any protection under federal labor law, and many are also vulnerable as undocumented immigrants. Despite these challenges, FLOC was able to follow a successful strike against the Mt. Olive Pickle Company with a ground-breaking collective bargaining agreement between the union and the North Carolina Growers Association... Zaina Alsous, an organizer with NC Raise Up, discussed the ways that retail and fast-food workers have departed from the traditional union organizing script of seeking formal certification through National Labor Relations Board elections...In North Carolina, commented Angaza Laughinghouse, president of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150, collective bargaining agreements between unions and public employers are illegal, as are strikes by public service workers. Despite these obstacles, UE 150 has succeeded in organizing and winning improvements in wages and working conditions for its members. It has done so through rank-and-file workplace action, including wildcat strikes in some instances.[2]

Donors and monthly sustainers Durham Solidarity Center

Supporters of Durham Solidarity Center.

People’s Durham, Vision 2.0 Tech, Workers World Party, Youth Organizing Institute.

Zaina Alsous, Felicia Arriaga, Ben Carroll, Ben Crawford, Jason Cross, Alissa Ellis, Elena Everett, Peter Gilbert, Susie Goodman, Luke Hirst, Jillian Johnson, Andy Koch, Roxane Kolar, Jonathan Kotch, Jodi Lasseter, Connie Leeper, Fernando Martinez, Eva Panjwani, Josh Reynolds, Cathey Stanley, Dante Strobino, E. Swan, Tamara Tal, Rachel Valentine.[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...

Forum: Challenging Islamophobia and Racism

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November 16, 2015 Public Forum: Challenging racism and Islamophobia. Where: Cumberland County Public Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, NC.

Speeches/presentations by: Manzoor Cheema, Zaina Alsous, Beth Bruch, Eva Panjwani and Ahmad Jitan.

Background: We are witnessing an increase in Islamophobia (a hatred of Islam, Muslims and people who appear as Muslims) and attacks on people of color in North Carolina and around the country. North Carolina-based organization Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI) will organize a forum to discuss how to challenge Islamophobia and racism.

Sponsored by: Quaker House, North Carolina Conference United Methodist Missions Team, Cumberland County Library, Cumberland County Progressives, NAACP, Democracy NC, Fayetteville and Cumberland County Black Leadership Conference, NC League of Conservation Voters, Human Relations Commission, Masjid Omar Ibn Sayyid, and Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, Muslims for Social Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace – NC, Black Workers for Justice, NC Justice Center, Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME), Methodist Federation for Social Action – NC Chapter, Peace Committee of Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Balance and Accuracy in Journalism.

Contact: Lynn Newsom, Manzoor Cheema.

"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 Cersonsky, 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]

"Supporting "progressive county commissioners"

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Sendolo Diaminah wrote on his Facebook page February 24 2016;

Kaji is so hyped to phone bank for progressive county commissioners that he came a week early--even tho there was a tornado warning! Y'all better get on his level!!… Durham we have a chance to elect commissioners who can use local office to defend our communities from all the attacks coming from the republican New Confederacy. Let's use our power! You know what I mean Nia, Zaina, Alec, Santos, Seamus, Ann, Ajamu, D'atra, Cheema, Mandy, Ade, Aiden, Lorisa, Bro Ray, Melissa...

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.

Those indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Zaina Alsous .[5]

Durham For All

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Durham For All November 3, 2016

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

Zaina Alsous September 26, 2015.

#BlackLivesMatter

Zaina Alsous September 26, 2015.

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  1. BlackLivesMatter contingent marching at NC Pride in Durham (before a white Pride official aggressively snatched the mic out of Laila Nur's hand while she was reading a statement, they mad huh) #WeCantBreathe #WhatsGood — with Saba Taj, Jacjac Starr, Serena Sebring, Laurel Ashton, Joie Lou Shakur, Carter Hodge, Myx Hsueh, Saif Wideman, Christina Perkins, Cosima Hernandez, Leah Osae, El Tee, Jess Jude, Manju Rajendran and Roshan Panjwani.

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