Tag Archive: Raleigh

NC Hunger Strikers Call for Boycott and Solidarity Actions Against Canteen Profiteers

Prisoners in North Carolina who began a hunger strike on Monday, July 16th, at three different facilities, are now calling for a boycott and actions against specific prison profiteers in solidarity with their strike. They are hoping that the boycott can spread on the outside as well as the inside. (more…)

Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike at Three Facilities In NC

On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor, Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met. (more…)

Protest At the Governor’s Mansion: Tell Her to VETO the Fracking Bill SB820

From Croatan Earth First!

SB 820, the fracking bill, passed in the general assembly this week, which means now only the governor needs to sign it for fracking to begin in 2014.  Governor Perdue has already flipped sides once.  She had vetoed an earlier bill, the 709 Energy Jobs Act, which would have fast tracked fracking and offshore drilling.  However, soon after she was flown to Pennsylvania on our tax money to schmooze with Shell Oil and returned pro-fracking.  Just this past week the U.S. Geological Survey released a study finding that there is only 2 years worth of gas in our state, and that only half of that could possibly be collected.  In other words, we are risking our water supply and clean air, and trading that for only one year’s worth of natural gas to profit oil companies, and they can even export that gas to other places.  Property law in North Carolina even states that private land can be taken by eminent domain for these companies to use.  A few democrats and republicans who had previously supported fracking voted against the bill this, but it was not enough to stop the rest of the general assembly who are solidly in the pockets of corporations.  We cannot let this happen without putting up a fight! Occupy is organizing a response to the seizing of our communities air and water this Monday at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh Monday June 18th at 6 p.m. located at 200 N. Blount St.  Help spread the word!

March Against Fracking Downtown Raleigh, Saturday, May 19th

From Don’t Frack NC

Join us in the capital to march through downtown Raleigh and raise awareness about the resistance to fracking in North Carolina.  We’ll be assembling near Nash Square around 11:30 a.m. and  around 12 noon marching to the Legislative Building at 16 West Jones Street.

We encourage folks to bring musical instruments: drums, violins, trumpets, colorful banners and signs, puppets… anything that will make this fun.  The march is family friendly and fully permitted.

If your group would like to officially sign onto the march as a co-sponsor contact us at dontfracknc@riseup.net or call 919-200-0061 for more details.  We encourage everyone to share this event on their facebook or on listserves they are on.  This date is within the legislative session that begins in May where legislators plan on disregarding public outcry by legalizing fracking and wastewater injection in our state.

It’s time to let them know we won’t let this happen here.  See you in the streets!

This event is also co-sponsored by Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League & Cumnock Preservation Association.

Raleigh, NC: Seven Arrested in Major Take Back the Land Action

From Earth First Newswire

On Monday, April 9th, over 30 community participants entered the house of a Raleigh, NC, family that has been illegally foreclosed on, and refused to leave as an act of civil disobedience.

The family has bravely chosen to fight eviction and foreclosure and is requesting community support. Evidence of robo-signing by the bank, which is a fraud, has been uncovered and the entire foreclosure process is under attorney review.

A coalition coordinating with Max Rameau of Take Back the Land and including; Mortgage Fraud NC, Occupy Raleigh, Save Our Homes and Occupy Greensboro participated in yesterday’s public protest and home defense. The objectives of this action were: to demand that Nicole and her family be allowed to reclaim possession of their home; to call for a NATIONAL MORATORIUM on all foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut-offs; to demand that banks negotiate loan modifications that include principal reduction; to call for the creation of a community land trust.

Another 10 families in this predominantly African-American neighborhood are facing similarly illegal foreclosure and eviction. This foreclosure eviction protest is one of a growing movement across the country. (more…)

Write to One of the Strong 8 in Support!

Friends, Comrades, and Supporters of the Strong 8!

We just received word that one of the Strong 8, eight prisoners sentenced to I Con after going on strike in the kitchens at Central Prison, has asked for his address and name to be made public so as to receive letters of support, etc. Please write to him and let him know that word is spreading about their situation. His address is:

Chris McBride 0644099

Central Prison

1300 Western Blvd.

Raleigh, NC 27606

Mad love to prison rebels everywhere//Until Every Cage is Empty.


Raleigh: Protesters Support the Strong 8

(from NBC17)
RALEIGH, N.C. — A number of people staged a protest Sunday at Central Prison in Raleigh.

The protesters say eight prisoners have been in solitary confinement since December when they staged a sit-down strike over work conditions in the prison kitchen.

The men inside are known as the “Strong 8.” (more…)

Uriel Alberto Has Been Released From Wake County Jail

From NC Dream Team

Major victory for fight against deportations; new phase of fight begins

 RALEIGH—Uriel Alberto has been released from Wake County Jail. His release marks an incredible victory for the immigrant community, activists, and people of conscience as they mobilize to fight against deportations.

At the time of this release, 2,558 people have signed the online petition for his release. The petitions, a calling campaign, a solidarity hunger strike, multiple vigils, and donations from the public to his bond fund were able to secure his release.

Alberto will continue to be in deportation proceedings, but bringing him home is an important first step and an important first victory. The campaign for his release will now shift toward fighting his deportation.

The NC DREAM Team and El Cambio are grateful for everyone who aided in the campaign to secure his release.

Call-In Day This Wednesday! Support Striking Raleigh Prisoners!

Hello friends and comrades,

This Wednesday there is a national call in day to the warden of Central Prison in Raleigh and also the NC Director of Prisons about there cruel and unusual treatment of 8 prisoners who engaged in a sit down strike against atrocious working conditions. Their numbers as well as a script for some talking points are below. Pressure campaigns like this let the people in charge of prisons know that their indifference and cruelty are not invisible and they can’t destroy people with impunity. Your call will make a difference.

For more details and background on the case please go here.

“Hi My name is ____ and I’m calling to express deep concern about the treatment of 8 prisoners sentenced to I-Con for their role in a peaceful sit-down strike in the kitchen at Central Prison in Raleigh on December 16th.

These prisoners were expressing their deep frustration at the forced, long hours of their work; rather than even acknowledge their grievance, they were threatened with violence and are now effectively in solitary.

It is absolutely unacceptable to use solitary confinement or segregation as a form of political intimidation. I demand that you free these 8 prisoners back into general population, and address their labor grievances immediately, and I’ll continue to support them and spread news of their struggle however possible.”

Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter

ph:(919) 733- 0800

fax: (919) 715-2645

NC Director of Prisons Robert C. Lewis

ph: (919) 838-4000

fax: (919) 733-8272

Uriel Alberto on Hunger Strike Since March 2nd- Tell ICE Not To Deport This Activist

From NC Dream Team

Call DC ICE Now! Tell ICE to drop the hold on Uriel Alberto (A# 089-828-718).

Washington DC ICE: (202) 732-3000

Sample script: ”Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE drop the hold on Uriel Alberto (A#089-828-718). According to president Obama, he should not be facing deportation because he is Dream Act eligible. He is the father of a US citizen child and sole caretaker of his sisters. He stood up for his community and should be back home with his family. Please drop the ICE hold NOW!” (more…)