*This is the final post in our blog series on Women, Gender and Pan-Africanism edited by Keisha N. Blain. Blog posts in this series examine how women and gender have shaped Pan-Africanist movements and discourses in the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this post, Sandy Placido places Dr. Ana Livia Cordero at the nexus of Puerto Rican and African American solidarity.
In June of 2008, a week after graduating from college, I began a job as a community organizer in Washington Heights, New York. I was working with people impacted by the racialized mass incarceration, immigrant detention, and deportation systems. Faced with several challenges as I facilitated connections between criminalized Dominican and African American community members, I visited the archives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. I was hoping to find something in Malcolm X’s papers that…
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Today Swift Justice received information that Kinetik Justice (Robert Earl Council), co-founder of the Free Alabama Movement, was assaulted by two correctional officers at Limestone Correctional Facility last week. Swift Justice asked us to pass these words along:
“I know it’s been a while since I have addressed the many issues that transpire throughout the prison systems. The problems we have are not isolated problems; they are nationwide, and they are issues of humanity.
“But today after I found out what happened to my brother Kinetik, it saddens me because I knew this would take place. I should have called on all the soldiers in Queens before now. I accept responsibility and I hold myself accountable for my lethargic ways.
“I ask that all who consider yourselves a friend, supporter or member of this movement here in Alabama and across the nation to prepare to go to war on the…
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