2020 Uprisings: What made them possible; What strategies for the future - A Black Lives/Black Liberation Dialogue

Image of a fist and words saying Uprising
September 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Zoom webinar

Resistance Studies Initiative Speaker Series: 
Distinguished researchers and activists share critical reflections on resistance issues.

Please join us in our first Zoom Webinar Featuring:

Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter/LA; Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies at California State University L.A.
Melina Abdullah is Professor and former Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering.

Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist – understanding the role that she plays in the academy as intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people. Professor Abdullah is a leader in the fight for Ethnic Studies in the K-12 and university systems and was a part of the historic victory that made Ethnic Studies a requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter and continues to serve as a Los Angeles chapter lead and contributes to the national leadership. She is co-host and co-producer of the weekly radio program Beautiful Struggle which airs on KPFK, part of the Pacifica radio network. Dr. Abdullah also serves on boards for the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), California Faculty Association-Los Angeles, Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN), National Association for Ethnic Studies, Reverence-Wellness Salon, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE). Melina is the recipient of many awards and is a single “soccer mama” of three children residing in Mid-City Los Angeles.

Rose Brewer, People's Strike coalition; University of Minnesota Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American and African Studies
Rose M. Brewer, Ph.D. is an activist scholar. She is a sociologist and The Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She writes extensively on gender, race, class, Black radicalism and political change, publishing over 80 articles, book chapters and essays as well as several books and edited volumes. She was a founding board member of Project South:  Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, a founding member of the Black Radical Congress, organizer of U.S. Social Forums in 2007, 2010 and 2015 and is a member of the People’s Strike network. She has a long history of fighting for Black lives and radical political change in Minneapolis, MN and beyond.  

Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice-President
Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. 

She holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelors Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2018 she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.       

dequi kioni-sadiki, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee Chair; co-editor of Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions (PM Press, 2017)
déqui kioni-sadiki is a Black feminist, educator for Liberation, artist, poet and activist working on behalf of/with U.S. held Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War (PPOWs)who led the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee campaign to win the November 2014 release of her husband, a former POW and member of the Black Panther Party/Black Liberation Army. She has organized with the Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition (NEPPC), the NYC chapter of the National Jericho Movement for Amnesty & Recognition of U.S., held PPOWs and is a former member of the National Council of Formerly Incarcerated Girls & Women. dequi is the co-host/producer of Where We Live, a weekly public affairs show and has had essays, interviews and articles published in the Amsterdam Newspaper, San Francisco Bayview, Huffington Post and The Journal of the Research Group on Socialism and Democracy.  

With a Introductory Libation from Akinyele Umoja (NCBS National Board Member and New African People's Organization); Co-Moderated by Mandy Carter (Southerners on New Ground) and Matt Meyer (International Peace Research Association)--both Resistance Studies associates and co-editors of We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press, 2012) 

Co-sponsored by Amilcar Shabazz of the UMass Amherst WEB Du Bois Dept. of Afro-American Studies and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)

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