They were invited to be a part of Blackness in Britain: Beyond the Black Atlantic's conference entitled "Re-engaging Pan Africanism" that will be held at Birmingham City University, UK from December 6-8, 2018. They need your help to get there!
What We Need: Their travel expenses (the most expensive part of the trip) were not covered by any institutional funding. The essence of what they do is grassroots and community-centered. Community support is the only way this trip will become a reality. You can read their accepted abstract below:
Presentation Title: "Methods or Mythology: Two Black Activists’ Reflections on Community Organizing in the Deep South"
Abstract: Birmingham, Alabama (USA) is a historic and contemporary site of critical civil rights and racial justice work. In decades past, Black citizens in Birmingham struggled to illuminate and dismantle legal segregation, economic insecurity, and other white supremacist Jim Crow policies that lay at the root of their marginality and oppression. Today, mass incarceration, police violence, economic injustice, environmental injustice, denial of access to education and health services, and other tenacious remnants of Jim Crow and coloniality continue to harm, threaten, and kill countless people on the margins. In response, local Black activists have developed diverse strategies to challenge these destructive systems and to counter the relentless disruption of past gains as political policies have shifted toward the right.
Two Alabama Black Lives Matter activists will reflect on obstacles to organizing and movement building in the modern deep South and discuss how they apply Pan-African principles to their work. Topics addressed in this presentation include: the consequences of individualism and hypervisibility, class consciousness and the exploitation of working-class Black citizens, challenges to popular and political education, intergenerational and intersectional movement building, mental health and capacity, financial obstacles to movement work, the struggle against gentrification and other forms of neocolonialism, the poisoning of Birmingham citizens through pollution and corruption, comments on “progressive politicians” in the era of resistance, and transparent discussions about the commodification and branding of movement work.
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