NYC EVENT: Undoing Borders Tour 9/21

20.09.2011 § Leave a comment

hey buddies,

Come to the Undoing Borders tour, organized by some queer folks out of SF who have been doing migrant justice work. these folks are also sometimes known as HAVOQ or SF Pride at Work. here’s the website for the tour:
9/21  at 8pm, nyu kimmel, room 903 (60 washington sq west) jackie vimo is speaking, along with HAVOQ.

EVENT: Scott Sisters Speak in Brooklyn!

20.04.2011 § Leave a comment


Malcolm X Grassroots Movement &
National Conference of Black Lawyers

To Host Forum featuring Jamie & Gladys Scott
and Chokwe Lumumba,

with panelists Michael Tarif Warren
Marc Lamont Hill
, and Rukia Lumumba,

moderated by April R. Silver:

April 23 at Restoration Plaza, 1:00pm

WHO: Featured Guests: Jamie and Gladys Scott (aka the Scott Sisters) will be featured guests via teleconference.


Panelists: Chokwe Lumumba (legal counsel to the Scott Sisters); Michael Tarif Warren (lawyer activist), Marc Lamont Hill (activist, author, scholar), and Rukia Lumumba (activist); April R. Silver (activist, writer), moderator.


Organizers: The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.


WHAT:  Mississippi, Goddam! The Scott Sisters Speak in Brooklyn – a community forum regarding the case of the Scott Sisters (see background note below). Attorney Chokwe Lumumba will give updates about the current state of affairs of this case and will provide information about the campaign for their full release. Jamie and Gladys Scott will be teleconferenced in live to share their experiences as well as their ongoing commitment to help others with similar cases. This forum is free and open to the public.


WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 p

WHERE: Restoration Plaza, First Floor –
Multi-Purpose Room

Located at 1368 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11216


 CONTACT:  For more information, contact Lalit Clarkson at 917.468.7348 or



In 1993 in Mississippi two young Black women, Jamie and Gladys Scott were each sentenced to double life sentences for an $11 robbery. The trail and conviction of the then 19 and 22 year old women wreaks of the blatant race, gender and class oppression that is rampant throughout the criminal justice system in America. Their defense attorney, who was later disbarred for unrelated incompetency, never called a single witness in the sister’s defense. One of the witnesses who testified against them has since recanted his testimony saying he was threatened by police. Ultimately, two of the three men who indeed committed the robbery served 2 years in prison in exchange for testifying against the Scott sisters. Jamie and Gladys maintain their innocence

While in prison, Jamie and Gladys suffered all of the usually physical and psychological abuses of incarceration. The lack of decent health care and nutrition put Jamie Scott in critical need of a kidney transplant. Support for their release grew over the decade and a half of their incarceration, ultimately leading to a suspension of sentence in January of this year – conditional on Gladys donating a kidney to her ailing sister.

Today, the Scott family and their supports urge the governor of Mississippi for a full pardon. Under the suspended sentence they must pay $52 a month for parole, abide by a strict curfew, and live with the constant fear of a parole violation – which would land them back in prison to serve their double-life sentences. Furthermore, without a full pardon, they still live with the stigma of being convicted felons. As felons, they are unable to get jobs, decent housing, and other critical services.


05.03.2011 § Leave a comment


A forum to engage scholars, policy advocates, activists, & allies about the situation of immigrant women domestic workers with the Philippines as a case study

6:30-8:30 PM
College 3009 Broadway,J
Room 4th Flr, Barnard Hall

[gate is at equivalent of 117th St. & Broadway; campus map <>]

1 train to 116 St / Columbia University” FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Refreshments will be served.

Guest speakers:

NEFERTI TADIAR, Professor & Chair Women’s Studies, Barnard College
Globalization, migration & domestic work
GRACE CHANG (Via Skype), Associate Professor Feminist Studies, University of California, Sta. Barbara
Gender & domestic work
TERRI NILLIASCA, Student and Activist  CUNY
Law Center
Power dynamics at the domestic workplace: Intersections of race, class, gender & immigration

ALEXA KASDAN, Director of Research & Policy
Communitiy Development Project, Urban Justice Center Community participatory research & organizing work

CECILLE VENZON, Member, Board of Directors DAMAYAN
Worker’s testimonial

LINDA OALICAN, Program Coordinator, DAMAYAN
Building a comprehensive migrant domestic workers movement

Please also visit the Facebook invite (you’ll need to log in to Facebook to view it).
Organized by Damayan Migrant Workers Association and co-sponsored by Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), Barnard Women’s Studies & the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
For more information, please contact Leah or Riya at |  212.564.6057  |

EVENT: Nawal El Saadawi, Fawzia Afzal Khan on struggles in Egypt&Pakistan 3/11

18.02.2011 § Leave a comment

Friday March 11th, 2011 7:30 PM

Revolutionary Women
Dissident Voices from Egypt & Pakistan.
Fawzia Afzal Khan, Nawal El Saadawi & Kathleen Foster

An Evening with Nawal el Saadawi and Fawzia Afzal-Khan reading from her controversial memoir of Pakistan: Lahore With Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani Style. Followed by clips from Kathleen Foster’s award-winning documentary Afghan Women: A History of Struggle.

Fawzia Afzal-Khan will read/perform from her controversial memoir: Lahore With Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani Style.The memoir has come under fire in Pakistan, and Syracuse University Press has withdrawn it from circulation after publishing it.

Nawal el Saadawi, internationally renowned Egyptian dissident writer and human and women’s rights activist.  Fresh from protesting in Tahrir Square, Nawal el Saadawi will be bringing us her revolutionary analysis of recent events in Egypt.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

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