Inner & Outer Spaces: Community Organizing and Social Justice
Octavia’s Brood, adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha
Ferguson Activists, Johnetta Elzie, Brittney Packnett, and DeRay McKesson
Scholar-Artists, Nettrice Gaskins, John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson
Facilitated by Daniel Jose Older
Professor Joshua Guild and the activist Malik Rahim discuss the environment, race, class, justice, history, and the New Orleans community post-Hurricane Katrina.
Malik Rahim was raised in New Orleans’ Algiers neighborhood. He has spent many years studying and organizing around housing and prison issues. He was a founding member of the Black Panthers’ Louisiana Chapter, the anti-death penalty campaign Pilgrimage for Life (with Sister Helen Prejean and others) and the successful National Coalition to Free the Angola Three. Malik was also a founder and operator of Algiers Development Center and Invest Transitional Housing, an ex-offenders program which housed over 1,000 men, women and children. He is co-founder and outreach organizer of Housing is a Human Right, an affordable housing non-profit organization in San Francisco.
In 1973 a young woman by the name of Joanne Chesimard was involved in the fatal shooting of a police officer in New Jersey.
Chesimard, who was a member of the Black Panther Party claimed her innocence, but was convicted to a life sentence a few years later.
But she escaped and made her way into Cuba, where she has lived ever since. Since then she changed her name to Assata Shakur and became a kind of vigilante folk hero of sorts.
But with the thawing of diplomatic tensions between the US and Cuba, New Jersey officials, including governor Chris Christie, have called for her capture and return.
We talk about her story with Joshua Guild, Associate professor of History and African American Studies at Princeton.
Listen to the interview.
This public conversation, Colorblindness and the Myth of Post-Racialism, took place in the Carl A. Fields Center at Princeton University on February 10th, 2014. Photos are courtesy of Sameer Kahn, the audio is courtesy of Tim Wise. Tim Wise was invited to campus by a student group to give a lecture. Following the lecture, Professor Imani Perry joined Wise on stage to lead a brief conversation, and then open the floor up for questions.