Grand opening of People’s Solidarity Hub in Durham, NC
If there’s one thing we continue to learn within our movements, it’s that we are an interconnected network that needs deep roots and mindful tending. We need more spaces to join, share resources, collaborate on mass actions, and build stronger relationships so that we can transform the current landscape and win together! This is where the newly created People’s Solidarity Hub (PSH), based in Durham, NC, comes in.

Formerly known to the community as the Durham Solidarity Center, which arose in 2010 amid the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movement, the People’s Solidarity Hub is a central physical hub for activists and organizers to build collective power, enhance shared strategies, dismantle oppressive systems, and build new paradigms. 

Through PSH, organizations, and people will be able to borrow physical assets like sound systems for social actions, facilitate mutual aid efforts, access political education and grassroots organizing trainings, hone resiliency practices, and host convenings, meetings, and participatory programming. Click here to read our previous blog as we interviewed Jen Skees, Coordinator of Solidarity and Resistance Hubs, for an in-depth breakdown of what PSH is all about.

On July 23, we invited our friends and supporters to join us for the open house of PSH! We were excited to welcome dozens of people to the space for the very first time. It was great to be in actual physical space with so many stellar folks engaging in radical justice work across the Triangle and beyond. Some even joined us from as far away as Charlotte, Robeson County, Greensboro, and Asheville. Visitors shared innovative ideas for the hub – think community murals, mutual aid efforts, community safety trainings, action mobilization support, and more. It was powerful to explore these visions together and build stronger relationships.

Since the open house, we have been able to connect with many community activists and organizers who are excited to use the space to advance their missions and visions. In the past few months alone, there have been gatherings from Durham Beyond Policing, Ready the Ground, Muslims for Social Justice, S.O.N.G, World Workers Party, Triangle Workers Assembly, NC Climate Justice Collective, Democratic Socialists of America NC Chapter, Black Families Network, NoCAP, Dangers of the Mind, and others. We can’t wait to see what future events and collaborations are held at PSH.

Testimonials from NC Organizations: 

Durham Beyond Policing & Ready The Ground 

“We had a fantastic time in the People’s Solidarity Hub space. Trainers and participants alike gushed about how wonderfully the space met our needs. You really thought of so many thoughtful details. Having political education and history books passed on from Internationalist Books in the space was such a lovely touch. The giggles spilling from the backyard and the childcare space suggested that our children too had a delightful time– the mulberry tree was an enormous source of joy. It was our first time facilitating a large day-long workshop in-person since the pandemic began. We can’t wait to return!”

Muslims for Social Justice

“People’s Solidarity Hub is a valuable resource for grassroots social justice organizations in the Triangle area. We had a wonderful teach-in and sign-making event at PSH. We particularly liked the big screen for audio/video presentations, wall projection for banner making, fluid kitchen-to-hall moving space, and other amenities. Moreover, PSH also houses a stock room for movement supplies, including amplification systems, blow horns, foldable tables/chairs, first aid kits, jackets for movement marshalls, and much more. Muslims for Social Justice look forward to a long-term partnership for social justice with PSH!” 

NC Climate Justice Collective 

“The PSH offered everything we needed for our meeting: it’s fully accessible, has a well-stocked kitchen, and plenty of moveable chairs and tables for maximum flexibility. But more than that, it’s a beautiful, newly renovated space that feels welcoming. We’re grateful that movement folks now have a place we can gather comfortably.”

If you’d like to reserve the PSH space, check out how to book here.

This space is unlike most in that we have a suggested solidarity sliding scale to make the People’s Solidarity Hub as accessible as possible. Monthly sustainers truly help us keep our doors open and allow for PSH to be an accessible space. Thank you!

We can’t wait to connect with each of you and the work you’re doing towards liberation.

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