Friday, July 8th, 2005

Don’t Miss These Events

This weekend in Chicago…


July 9, 1pm @ Betty Shabazz School
7823 South Ellis, Chi-City

with authors and activists
Raquel Z. Rivera: New York Ricans From the Hip-Hop Zone
William ‘Upski’ Wimsatt :Bomb The Suburbs, No More Prisons.
Oliver Wang: Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide
Ernie Paniccioli: Who Shot Ya?
Bakari Kitwana: Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas,
Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America

Moderated by Amina Norman Hawkins, Chi Hip Hop Initiative
and poetry by Kevin Coval

For Further information call 773-651-0700.

And next month in Philadelphia…


Tuesday, August 2 from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Complete info is here.

AFSC Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street/Philadelphia (Rufus Jones Room)

In April of 1955, 29 African and Asian nations came together in Bandung, Indonesia for the Asian-African Conference to promote economic and cultural cooperation and oppose colonialism. More popularly referred to as “Bandung,” this gathering was historic because it brought together newly independent colored nations and posed a challenge to western and white dominance. It is believed that the notion of the “third world” emerged from Bandung to demonstrate a rejection of both the west and ideologies associated with it. Bandung has been celebrated and referenced by many activists and intellectuals including W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Yuri Kochiyama, Vijay Prashad, Robin Kelley, and Makani Themba-Nixon.

Today, calls for coalition between Blacks and Asian American are common and therefore rarely interrogated. But since Bandung, the world has changed somewhat, with the Asian population in the US growing rapidly through immigration. Today, Asian Americans have more wealth and education than Blacks and are also less residentially segregated. Since the 1992 LA Riot, the call to “go beyond Black and white” has gained more political momentum among both the left and right. Blacks have been charged with anti-Asian racism, including the murders of Chinese food delivery workers, Shaq versus Yao and the Hot 97 “Tsunami Song.” Today we also have Asian Americans opposing affirmative action, generating wealth from owning businesses in Black neighborhoods, creating the board game “Ghettopoly” and using Black cultural and political expressions to critique African Americans.

Thus, fifty years later, we seek to explore the possibilities and reality of Black-Asian relations in the US. Join us in Philly as Black and Asian American activists come together to discuss tensions between Blacks and Asians, what we see as the roots of conflicts, how this informs our activist projects, and whether coalition is viable between our communities. Panelists will draw from their activist experiences, which includes international solidarity work, educational justice, immigrant rights organizing, non-profit funding analysis, anti-gentrification projects, queer justice, and anti-police violence work. We hope you join us as we convene a panel and community dialogue that honestly explores the state of Black-Asian relations today and whether solidarity is really possible.

Sponsored by the Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee

Free and open to the public

Panelists will include:

Rodney Camarce
Nijmie Dzurinko
Kenyon Farrow
Helen Gym
Tiffany King
Tamara K. Nopper
Ewuare Osayande

Moderated by Darryl Jordan, Director of the Third World Coalition of AFSC

For further information, please contact Tamara K. Nopper at

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One Response to “Don’t Miss These Events”

  1. ronnie brown says:

    i hope a summary of both events will be posted.

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