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Help the Folks Who Toppled the Confederate Statue in Durham, N.C., Pay Their Legal Bills

Donate to the legal fund of the folks who toppled the Confederate statue that was on public land in Durham, North Carolina.

On August 14, a group of protestors pulled down a Confederate statue that was on public land in Durham. It had been there since 1924. This happened two days after the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, which had their origins in the community’s attempt to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

For what it’s worth, the Durham statue was not dedicated to an individual. It was dedicated ‘in memory of the boys who wore gray,’ a reference to the color of the uniform of the Confederate soldiers, and sported the seal of ‘The Confederate States of America.’

Read about the toppling, and see it in the PBS link:

http://time.com/4900779/durham-north-carolina-confederate-statue-pulled-down-protesters/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/watch-protesters-pull-confederate-statue-north-carolina/

A few days after the statute was taken down, officials in Durham county began arresting those responsible on felony riot charges (despite there having been no actual riot) as well as some misdemeanors. As of August 20, when this post was written, the eight who were arrested had been bailed out, but they still have legal expenses. All are due in court on September 12, 2017.

 

You can help the eight pay their legal expenses through the Freedom Fighter Fund, set up by the Durham Solidarity Center:

http://durhamsolidaritycenter.org/bondfund/

 

You can read about the arrests and the charges against the eight here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/durham-arrests/537015/

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article167929017.html

 

Also read about the Durham residents who offered themselves in a heartening and novel protest of the arrests of the eight activists. Many locals–we can’t seem to find a count or even an estimate, but the photos show long line–turned themselves in at the city’s jail in an ‘I am Spartacus’-style solidarity move to show support for the eight who removed the statue:

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/08/17/residents-of-durham-showed-us-what-patriotism-looks-like/

 

Also? Check this map from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Is there at least one Confederate monument in your community? Is it on public land? It’s time to take it down and destroy it, or move it to a more appropriate location, such as a museum or a Confederate cemetery.

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/08/15/send-letter-its-time-take-down-confederate-monuments

The SPLC is recommending that you send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and ask for the monument’s removal, but we at OTYCD recommend you see if you can do more. Is there a local group that’s trying to get the monument removed? Join them and help them. Is there a local election coming up? Tell the candidates and incumbents that removing Confederate monuments on public land is important to you, and you won’t vote for anyone who won’t agree to take them away.