Thursday 4/30: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki on Political Prisoners


On Thursday 4/30: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki will give a guest lecture focused on the issue of political prisoners in the US, the movement to free them, and how we should think about this in our organizing. Class meets from 6-8:40 PM in room 317 of Lehman’s Carman Hall and guests are welcome.

(For students in the class), To prepare, please read the following:

  • The Black Panther Party 10-point program. Print it out and bring it with you to class. Choose one of the points that relates to the community service work you’re doing this semester and Write 1-2 pages on how you think the demand you chose is relevant to your work or might have a positive impact for the people you work with.
  • On the Jericho Movement website, read the “Who We Are” page.
  • Read the “About” page on political prisoner Sekou Odinga.
  • Bring the Amsterdam News with you. You don’t need to present a story, but we might want to discuss one in class.
  • Watch the documentary film COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War on Black America (embedded below).

    Think about the following: How did this program work to systematically disrupt social movements that might have brought about greater change? What does this tell you about the system that the current political prisoners were opposing?

    Speaker Bio:
    Sis. Dequi is co-host of Where We Live on WBAI Radio. Dequi has been active in the struggles against police violence, justice, tuition hikes and womyn’s reproductive rights. She is a former member of the Black Panther Collective, the NYC Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, and now serves as co-chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee of which Baba Herman Ferguson serves as Chairman Emeritus. Dequi is a graduate of CUNY at Medgar Evers College (where she currently teaches a course) and the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at Queens College. She served as national co-chair of the People of African Descent Caucus for the Washington, DC-based United States Student Association, and currently works with the NYC Jericho Movement in the campaign to free United States political prisoners and prisoners of war. Dequi is an artist, poet, public speaker, and educator for liberation.

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