He also participated in the March for Survival at the Thai-Cambodian border in 1980, and in 1982 founded the National Emergency Coalition for Haitian Rights.
But because he was openly gay, he was pushed out of the frontline.
He was willing to interact with and learn from lower-caste folks before many South Asians themselves were ever willing to acknowledge Dalit struggle. He understood that liberation is a global project.
...We're gonna skip over that for now.
Pictured is Quincy McEwan (left) supporting Twinkle Bissoon (right), a transwoman the Guyanese court turned away for appearing in gender-nonconforming clothing.
Ross continues to work in reproductive justice and has worked with South Asian organizations such as @JahajeeSisters (an organization centered on Indo-Caribbean women).
Purvi Patel is an Indian-American woman accused by the Indiana court of self-inducing a late-term abortion. She was convicted in 2015 for feticide and sentenced to 20 years incarcerated.
You can read Monica Simpson's statement in support of Purvi here: myemail.constantcontact.com/STATEMENT--Pur….
Support both her work and the work of Sister Song, please.
They had their 40th anniversary last year: shadowproof.com/2017/07/10/aut…
They highlighted the importance of identity politics to make visible the simultaneous experience of oppression that Black, Third-World, and working class women face.
For example: @AditiJuneja3's great analysis of what allegations against Aziz Ansari mean in the context of South Asian sexual culture:
Black CRM organizing provided a critical analysis of hypocrisies of US empire, leveraged to achieve local goals.
When we talk about empire, remember who spoke first - Black and Indigenous folks.
"Kaffir" is an offensive term in S. Africa, but is also the chosen name for a community of African Bantu and partially-Portuguese folks living in Sri Lanka for centuries.
Photo C/O Leah Worthington.
Ana Miseliya, a matriarch of the Sirambiyadiya community, recalls her ancestors as Bantu soldiers employed by the European colonists in the 19th C.
Baila, a genre of Sri Lankan pop that mixes Kaffir, Portuguese, & Sri Lankan elements, owes Kaffirs its inspiration.
Pictured is Sherine Alexander, a member of the Ceylon African Manja band. roar.media/english/report…
Also we're talking chutney soca later this week, just keeping it level.
But did you know about the solidarity he expressed to Kashmir?
He also pissed off Israel (in the same summit!) for criticizing their treatment of Palestinians.
Angela Davis has been an active Black Marxist lesbian feminist and abolitionist for decades since the Civil Rights Movement.
The lecture is viewable here:
Writing Caste/Writing Gender: books.google.com/books?id=p4-oD…
Davis argues caste, class & patriarchy are explicitly linked as oppressive systems by Dalit movements.
She wants US movements to provide the same simultaneous critique of sexual, class, and racial violence.
Black American & Dalit oppression are systems operating on multiple levels of violence. It's Black & Dalit non-cismen who made intersectional movements required to combat that violence.
Intersectionality is what Black women lived (and forms the basis of Davis' critiques of the BPP and SNCC).
Read this excerpt of Women, Race, and Class:
(Sorry in advance for the S. Asian connection. You'll see.)
The image below happened.
Basically, queer and GNC women and folks across the globe were published here.
According to the linked source, the Nov 1984 issue featured a piece called "...NO, WE NEVER GO OUT OF FASHION ... FOR EACH OTHER!", an "Interview with Audre Lorde, Dorothea, Jackie Kay and Uma."
It wasn't uncommon.
She wrote for queer women of color and forged bonds across the periphery.
Their history is also primarily an oral history.
They are primarily Sufi Muslim, with the rest of the population adhering to Catholicism and Hinduism.
See: Jamal ud-Din Yaqut of the Delhi Sultanate, believed to have been the lover of Delhi Sultan Raziya Sultana (~1200 AD). mukundsathe.com/tag/jamal-ud-d…
In spite of the long history of African peoples in India, systemic and interpersonal anti-Blackness is a feature of South Asia.
The most visible allocation in the 80s and early 90s was for sports programming for the Olympics (closed in 1993).
[Pic: Siddi youth from the athletics program.]
You can watch a 2012 performance of Goma by the Goma group. The Siddi Gomas of Bhuj, here:
We shouldn't need people to work with us to be for them, especially during #BlackHistoryMonth.
Remember how Mandela expressed solidarity w/ Kashmir at the 1998 Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit? The Bandung Conference was the precursor to the NAM.
And those endangered by both their colonialisms.
But we must recognize the Bandung Conference for the movement of global solidarity it hailed.
Folks, meet Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, founder of the British Guiana Labour Union (BGLU) and the modern Guyanese trade union movement.
Under Critchlow, the BGLU won rent reductions, built intl. worker solidarity, and fought for min wage increases.
We're also talking about a time where worker's strikes were heavily suppressed in the West.
Both became known as co-agitators for Guyana's working class.
[Pics: Critchlow, Jagan]
Critchlow is today hailed in Guyana as the father of the Caribbean union movement, and is honored annually on May 1st for Labor Day/Worker's Day/May Day.
[Pic of Bethune-Cookman University, C/O visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/d…]
As co-founder and leader of the NCNW, she fought against lynching, Jim Crow, poverty, etc. She later worked with President Truman as well.
Bethune criticized the racism of the U.S., while Pandit criticized both British colonialism and, later, her niece Indira Gandhi, who she (and many) saw as authoritarian.
Rmbr #BlackPowerYellowPeril? Critique by @writedarkmatter & @nubluz_nick asks us 2 check how we create anti-Black systems b4 seeking solidarity.
In the Caribbean, same attitudes brought over fueled anti-Blackness & ethnic tensions btwn. Indians/Indo-Caribbeans & Black Caribbeans.
S. Asians had agency, even in colonialism.
'Cause solidarity isn't about the promise of mutual benefit - it's about the mutual understanding of wrongness.
Pictured are the nine victims.
You can read more about that here: chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arling…
Dougla is a Caribbean (Trinidad & Guyana, mainly) racial category denoting folks of mixed African & Indian descent.
The term originally described inter-caste mixing, but has since been reclaimed by Dougla people (similarly to the Sri Lankan Kaffirs, or how "coolie" is used by Indo-Caribbeans).
The exclusion of Dougla folks from Indian communities was a result of casteism and colorism. guyana.hoop.la/topic/wow-chec…
However, it's important to also acknowledge South Asian agency and the cultural systems that pre-date colonialism.
However, the "cultural purity" logic is still used today by Indo-Caribbeans as a means to exclude Dougla folks: legacy.guardian.co.tt/archives/2005-…
In the 70s, Lord Shorty, a Black Caribbean, innovated soca (soca = SOul + CAlypso) with "Indrani" .
Ramdew Chaitoe, a chutney artist, released the first published chutney album in 1967:
Chutney Bacchanal by Chris Garcia:
Dougla: Afro Caribbean Patterns and Textures africandigitalart.com/2013/08/dougla…
Dougla identity is beyond phenotype and is by nature not monoracial either; not all Dougla folks might identify as Black, or East Indian; some might identify as neither. That conversation is for Dougla folks.
1) Indo-Caribbeans often fail to account for Dougla folks in their politics.
2) S. Asian thought needs to account for ALL of its diasporic interactions.
3) We can't pin everything on colonialism.
There's also a lot of diversity in how terms like "Dougla" and "coolie are applied, so be aware of that when reading.
Arawak Taino folks're the more populous Indigenous population in the wider Caribbean, but in Guyana, Suriname & Trinidad, Arawak Lokono folks are the main group.
Many Lokono folks are also Afro-Indigenous (descended from and culturally identified with African and Amerindian origins).
Effective action means solidarity and a unified, full acknowledgement of history.
That means learning the history and building upon it.
The history was visiblized in this thread, and can't be ignored.
We made a purposeful effort to center Blk folks as much as possible (because it's #BlackHistoryMonth, for one) instead of the S. Asian folks they came into contact with.
Diversity within S. Asian identity must be acknowledged too.
We discussed Angela Davis, Quincy McEwan, Audre Lorde, and other folks. Much of the history of multi-racial solidarity is initiated by women, queer folks, and trans folks.
That's why solidarity is necessary.