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The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) is extremely pleased to present Ajamu Baraka: Building People Power in the Time of Trump—The Path to Real Democracy.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the NCGP are encouraged at our Donate Page.
Ajamu Baraka—the Green Party 2016 vice presidential nominee, human rights activist, and national organizer of Black Alliance for Peace—will be speaking 6-8pm Friday, June 9, at the Vault in Durham (1104 Broad St.). NCGP co-chair Tony Ndege will be opening the talk for Mr. Baraka. We'll wrap up with a Q&A.
Baraka's talk will kick off the NCGP's Spring Gathering, our statewide meeting of NCGP members and allied people, which is slated for the next day (Saturday, June 10) at the Seedbed in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. Friday evening, immediately following Baraka's talk in Durham, the NCGP is holding a potluck dinner, also at the Seedbed venue in Mebane. RSVP for the NCGP Spring Gathering here.
Subject of the talk: Baraka will address the urgent need for an independent party of the left to challenge the right and provide a true progressive electoral alternative, accountable to its voters and membership base, which is something the mainstream corporate-funded parties have repeatedly failed to do. The 2016 elections revealed more than ever the deep crisis that America and humanity are facing, which has been decades in the making. It's become clear that the institutional levers of political and social power that are being offered to Americans as the only way to express their demands and grievances are under the complete corporate control. More and more people are realizing that the parties and organizations that serve the oligarchy, in an age when a tiny handful of people own a majority of the global wealth, are incapable of being reformed. The only way forward is to build our own institutions and political organizations of alternative power, overturning the present system and forging a path toward a global society that puts people, planet, and peace over profit. The time to build that people power is now.
This event is also on Facebook here.
ABOUT AJAMU BARAKA
A human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism, Ajamu Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles.
Baraka is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. As such, he has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists across the country, briefings on human rights to the U.S. Congress, and appeared before and provided statements to various United Nations agencies, including the UN Human Rights Commission (precursor to the current UN Human Rights Council).
As a co-convener with Jaribu Hill of the Mississippi Worker Center for Human Rights, Baraka played an instrumental role in developing the series of bi-annual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ conferences (SHROC) that began in 1996. These gatherings represented some of the first post-Cold War human rights training opportunities for grassroots activists in the country. (>> Read more about Baraka at www.ajamubaraka.com/about/.)
On Saturday, June 10, the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) will hold its seventeenth statewide Spring Gathering at the Seedbed in Mebane, just outside Durham and Chapel Hill. NCGP members and nonmember supporters are both encouraged to attend.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the NCGP are welcome at our Donate Page to help cover expenses.
This year, we're holding our meeting at the beautiful Seedbed venue in rural Mebane. The Seedbed is the former location of the Stone House retreat and is now home to an allied organization working on social, racial, and environmental justice initiatives.
Note: We'll be kicking off our Spring Gathering with a talk the prior evening by Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka in Durham. The event, titled "Building People Power in the Time of Trump: The Path to Real Democracy," is at 6-8pm Friday, June 9, at the Vault. RSVP for the Ajamu Baraka event here. Immediately after Ajamu's talk, please join us for a potluck supper and some fun at the Seedbed in Mebane (directions from the Vault in Durham to the Seedbed in Mebane).
Limited lodging is available at the Seedbed for those who wish to stay the night Friday to attend Saturday's Spring Gathering. Beds are $25 and are first come, first serve, but priority will be given to members traveling from the mountains and coast. To book yourself a bed, please contact NCGP secretary Tommie James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE SPRING GATHERING
In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, we meet in a time of awakening among US citizens. The stark reality of the failure of the two-party system is on display for the world to see, and the need for alternative political views has never been as widely recognized as now. The Green Party is bustling—we're building locally and statewide and are uniquely positioned to challenge the status quo parties in North Carolina and across the country. Come to celebrate, join, and plan with us to move North Carolina toward a lasting social and economic system that respects humanity, abhors war, and understands our fundamental relationship to the natural word in which we all live.
We'll begin the meeting at 9:00 a.m. with a meet & greet and light breakfast provided by the NCGP. People are welcome to arrive and set up prior to 9:00. We'll begin party business at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will last from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the NCGP will provide lunch.
Donations to the NCGP are welcome at our Donate Page to help cover such expenses.
A detailed agenda will be sent to NCGP membership in the week before the meeting—members may notify the NCGP co-chairs (email@example.com) of issues they need addressed. Primary topics on the meeting agenda will include NCGP budget and membership, deepening NCGP involvement in activism and grassroots community-building, changes to NCGP bylaws and platform, and building concrete strategies to grow the NCGP.
As always, members and nonmember supporters alike are welcome to attend the meeting, though only members may vote on party business. Nonmembers are encouraged to attend as observers to learn more about the Green Party. You can become an NCGP member at our Membership Page.
This event is also on Facebook here.
DIRECTIONS TO THE SEEDBED IN MEBANE
Here is a map of the location. Look for "Green Party" signs directing your way as you approach Nicks Rd. Though the address is technically Nicks Rd, the Seedbed venue is down a small dirt road off Nicks. A simple green gate and a "Green Party" sign will mark the entrance to the dirt road. Turn onto this private road ("Hurston Rd.") and proceed till you see the parked cars. The Seedbed is on the left.
If coming from Hwy 85 South: the most straightforward exit to get off is exit 153, Mebane Oaks Road / Tanger Outlets exit. It's a left onto Mebane Oaks Rd from the exit, and then ultimately a left onto Nicks Rd.
POTLUCK 🍏🧀🌮 🍏🧀🌮Are you planning to bring something to the potluck Friday (June 9) evening at the Seedbed after Ajamu Baraka's talk in Durham? To sign up to contribute to the potluck the evening of Friday, June 9, in Mebane at the Seedbed, and to find out what others are bringing, please contact Jan Martell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 286-2056.
See you at the gathering!