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Humorless Queers speaks to Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture), organizer, educator and curator. We discuss the #FreeBresha campaign, the fight for reparations in Chicago, the #Medicare4all campaign, art in social movements, and “social movements as a form of collective art making.”
Kaba has worked with young people for over two decades in various capacities (as a teacher, mentor and organizer). In 2009, she founded Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a long term vision of ending youth incarceration. Her work has extended from the classroom, to community-based settings, and to the streets. She currently organizes with Survived and Punished.
MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:
- Kaba’s piece for the Poetry Foundation, “Imagining Freedom,” where she writes “ poetry can’t end state violence but it can lift our spirits so that we might live another day to fight for more justice.”
- Lifted Voices – an action oriented organization aimed at defending the lives and rights of women and non binary people of color.
- Creative Interventions – a space to re/envision solutions to interpersonal violence.
- Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology
- Medicare4all on Twitter and Facebook
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Credit where due:
The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com.