March 27: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki and Sekou Odinga on Political Prisoners

On Wednesday 3/27: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki and Sekou Odinga will discuss 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 331 of Lehman College’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. [EDIT: bad link fixed!] Print it out and bring it with you to class. [Note: try using the “reader view” in your browser window for cleaner printing.] Choose one of the points that relates to the community service work you’re doing this semester and write 1-2 paragraphs 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.

OPTIONAL: 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 Bios:

Sis. Dequi Kioni-Sadiki 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.

Sekou Odinga is a former Black Panther and political prisoner. Read his full bio here.

Announcements: (For class members)

  • For those of you just finalizing fieldwork placement, don’t forget to hand in your intro paper on the organization. See the assignments page for details.
  • The English Department has put together a handy reference for career skills. Download it: (MS Word file) ENGLISH CAREERS
  • SAVE THE DATE: The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) is having its annual conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College from April 18-21. (April 19-20 are the key days.) This is an important gathering for anyone interested in taking the next steps in Africana Studies or going to graduate school and will let you hear from some of the key people in our academic discipline and make some good possible connections for graduate school. I’ll be there presenting on one of the days. Full info here.

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