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Left Forum 2015 PANEL: "CONCERNING VIOLENCE"

  • JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 524 W 59th St New York, NY 10019 (map)

Session 7, Room 1.87       

Concerning Violence is a 2014 documentary film written and directed by Göran Olsson and narrated by American singer and actress Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. The film explores the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon's essay, Concerning Violence, from his seminal 1961 book “The Wretched of the Earth”. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today and we will argue as well as the violence and reactions against it. It also arguably the most important analysis providing insight to understanding police brutality against black bodies, continued suppression and the incarceration of masses of young black people in the United States of America today.

Participants:

Facilitator: Maurice Carney - Friends of the Congo (FOTC). Maurice Carney is executive director of Friends of the Congo. 

Omowale Clay - Dec 12th Movement. Omowale Clay is a member, December 12th Movement and a key organizer of National Rally for Reparations and Black participation in international conferences on racism & women's rights. He has been the most consistent voice of opposition to the US embargo on Zimbabwe and the violence and suffering the embargo imposes on ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe. Omowale Clay created slogan "No Justice, No Peace".

Bruce Dixon - The Black Agenda Report. Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at the Black Agenda Report, and a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party. He lives and works near Marietta, Ga. He was rank and file member of the Black Panther Party in 1969-1970, a 1970s rank-and-file union activist in a string of factories, plants and workplaces, a 1980s community organizer in the nation's poorest neighborhoods. Dixon has built an impressive record of service in and to the cause of human liberation.

Benjamin Bowser - California State University East Bay. Benjamin Paul Bowser (PhD, Cornell University) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Services and former department chair at California State University East Bay. His previous publications include The Black Middle Class: Social Mobility--And Vulnerability, Against the Odds: Scholars Who Challenged Race in the Twentieth Century, Gangster Rap and Its Social Cost: Exploiting Hip Hop and Using Racial Stereotypes to Entertain America and Impacts of Racism on White Americans, amongst others. He has also published over fifty research journal articles and anthology chapters. Dr. Benjamin Bowser, co-editor of the new UNESCO-endorsed book, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New Directions in Teaching and Learning. He will be discussing “Contemporary Psychological Consequences of the African Slave Trade and Slavery.”

Kymone Tecumseh Freeman - We Act Radio. Kymone Freeman is a poet, an activist, an award winning playwright and director of the National Black LUV Festival (NBLF) largest annual AIDS mobilization for six years & WDC Mayor's Art Award Finalist for Excellence in Service to the Arts in 2006.  He is a founding board member for the non-profit Words Beats & Life and co-founder of Bum Rush the Boards the largest annual youth chess tournament in WDC. He is the subject of one chapter of the book Beat of A Different Drum: The Untold Stories of African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in Work and Life (Hyperion). He is a 2010 Green For ALL Fellow & is co-founder of We ACT Radio DC’s only independent radio station that provides media production services to the progressive community and operates a media arts summer training program. He is a founding member of #DCFerguson one of the leading group of activists that focuses on police lynchings. Currently his new play #ABMIT Whites Only after being performed at all Busboys and Poets locations is now in production. Freeman has appeared on CCTV, TV One, C-Span, Fox News, and Cuba's Centro de Prensa Intercacional Minrex.

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