Sunday, March 16th, 4:00pm
Yuri Kochiyama & Assata Shakur: Revolutionary Womyn Warriors Together Again In Harlem
Co-Sponsored by The Guillermo Morales-Assata Shakur Center, Universal Zulu Nation, Sisters Circle Collective, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and Peoples Survival Program
In Celebration of Women’s History Month
Lost Interview With Assata Shakur
Eyes On the Rainbow: The Story Of Assata Shakur
Gloria Ronaldo, 1997, 45 min.
Eyes on the Rainbow deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years. This film also covers Afro-Cuban beliefs and culture, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow.
Yuri Kochiyama: Passion For Justice
Pat Saunders and Rea Tajiri, 1994, 57 min
Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American woman who has lived in Harlem for more than 40 years with a long history of activism on a wide range of issues. Through extensive interviews with family and friends, archival footage, music and photographs, Yuri Kochiyama chronicles this remarkable woman’s contribution to social change through some of the most significant events of the 20th century, including the Black Liberation movement, the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, and the Japanese American Redress movement. In an era of divided communities and racial conflict, Kochiyama offers an outstanding example of an equitable and compassionate multiculturalist vision.
Panel Discussion with Meejin Richart, Pamela Hanna and Cleo Silvers.
Meejin Richart is a Member of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, CAAAV representative to the Peoples' Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability coalition, co-coordinator of Poongmul Movement Builders, member of the Bushwick CopWatch team, and works at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her work is committed to building power in queer, trans, and people of color communities to achieve racial and economic justice through community engagement. She works toward peace in Korea and anti U.S. militarism around the world.
Pamela Hanna is a former member of The New York State Chapter Of The Black Panther Party who has personally worked together with both Assata Shakur & Yuri Kochiyama. A Co-Host for WBAI's internationally acclaimed "Where We Live" radio show; She continues to advocate and organize as a supporter and personal advisor for the many forgotten parents, children, grandchildren & family members of U.S. government held Political Prisoners, POW's & Political exiles from the Black Liberation movement of the 60's, 70's & 80's. Pam also serves as the Co-Chairperson for the Campaign To Free BPP/BLA Political Prisoner Kamau Sadiki.
Cleo Silvers is a former member of both the Young Lords Party and the New York State Chapter of the Black Panther Party who worked with their medical cadre as a Community Mental Health Worker at Lincoln Hospital and served as co-chairperson of the Health Revolutionary Unity Movement (HRUM). She helped organize two militant takeovers of Lincoln Hospital which led to the formation of the Lincoln Detox Center (a non-methadone based treatment) and an increase of the quality of healthcare available to the South Bronx & Harlem communities. Cleo currently works as the Director of Outreach for The Mount Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Center For Occupational And Environmental Medicine and states that the focus of her life .. "continues to be the improvement of conditions for working people in every aspect of their lives including housing, healthcare, education, culture, integrity, peace, justice, criminalization of youth in communities of color."