Know Your Rights: Youth and Policing Forum

An event announcement from Orange/Chatham public defender James Williams:

  • Do you know how to respond to police during a traffic stop?
  • Did you know regardless of your citizenship status, you have constitutional rights?
  • Do you know you are not required to consent to a search of yourself?

Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Rodney Coleman

While everyone is welcome, it is being planned primarily by and on behalf of young people. It is really important to encourage our youth, particularly mid-teens to mid-twenties to attend. Representatives from the bench, bar, law enforcement, and community will be among the panelists. Refreshments will be provided.


Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

200 youth activists storm the North Carolina capitol, the Healthy Youth Act PASSES in committee!

**Originally posted on Amplify** (

Last Tuesday, March 10th, was Adolescent Health Advocacy Day in NC.  Over 200 youth activists and state officials gathered at the NC capitol to learn about effective advocacy and important issues like comprehensive sex education, teen pregnancy, mental health, and physical health.  The morning featured youth speakers and state senators and representatives speaking about why we needed to make our voices heard. 

Play: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Orange County:

Contact: Ginger Holler, Youth Services Librarian / Orange County Public Library, 245-2531

“The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Presented by Bright Star Children's Theater,  at the Orange County Public Library , 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated in this production, starting with the Civil Rights  movement and exploring the life and work of Dr. King.  The youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize for Peace, Dr. King changed the course of history through his work for justice, and equal rights in America.

A special after school program- FREE- no registration required, all ages welcome. Groups Welcome.



Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 11:00am


Orange County Public Library, 300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough

SURGE Youth Leadership Awards Ceremony

Via Facebook:

Only $15 for students! ($25 general public)

Thursday, September 18th, 6pm
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC

Come help us celebrate the achievements of young leaders from around North Carolina who have made significant contributions to the struggle for justice in our communities.

This year's finalists are :

• Chris Parker, Chapel Hill High School, is a leader of Chapel Hill High School SURGE and worked to develop the Celebration of Earth and Sky and campus biodiesel processor.

• Rosemary Johnson, Southern Guilford High School, founded a student group to encourage dialogue about gender, body image, and media representations of women.

• Student Action with Workers (SAW), at UNC-Chapel Hill, led a three-week long sit-in to demand that the UNC administration adopt a policy to ensure that university-licensed products are made in factories that respect workers rights.

• Feminist Students United (FSU), UNC-Chapel Hill, led a series of campus discussions about gender, heterosexism, and privilege.

• Andrew Zonderman, Duke University, led Duke Students against Sweatshops' efforts to convince Duke University to join the boycott of Smithfield Foods products.

• Rosie Rangel, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), led a coalition of rural Latino youth from migrant families in North Carolina.

• iNSIDE oUT 180 creates safe environments for LGBTQ youth by providing opportunities for them to express themselves and by educating the broader community about LGBTQ issues.

More information and tickets online at

Don't forget to join the SURGE Facebook Group!


Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 2:00pm


Century Center, Carrboro

NAACP's Youth Council proposal is a good thing

As printed in the Chapel Hill Herald on Saturday, April 14th:

My very first column last spring dealt with my concern about the lack of young black leadership in our community.

I'm still concerned but the good news is that help is on the way. Local NAACP leader Jesse Gibson has brought forward a great plan for a Youth Council that will help to engage teenagers of all races in serving their community. He and the rest of the organization's leadership have successfully seen the creation of such an organization through Chapel Hill's lengthy approval process, and it's now official.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP President Fred Battle, who has been a fierce advocate for young people as a long time activist and former school board member, says that frequently the reason they are reluctant to get involved in the community is that they don't feel adequate to the task. He sees a primary function of the Youth Council as helping these folks to build leadership and become confident in their abilities to help guide the community.


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