Tonight’s program will center on our experiences as Afrodescendant people and as workers in the United States. More specifically, in light of the United Nations Proclamation of 2015-2024 as a Decade of Afrodescendant Peoples, we want to focus on the urgency of continuing our struggles to respect, protect, and fulfill our Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. We will be talking about the human rights character of our historic efforts for social justice and freedom. Our on-air conversation will include the voices of several veteran activists–from Michigan, Georgia, and Colorado–who are currently working to build human rights movement(s) to address struggles for the right to water, immigration rights, an end to displacement of working-class communities as a consequence of local “development” agendas, and struggles for the human rights to housing.
We are very fortunate this evening to have with us Sister Marian Kramer, of Highland Park and Detroit, Michigan. Sister Marian is a veteran political activist who was one of the founders of the National Welfare Rights Organization as well as the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Marian is also very active in the current struggles in Michigan for the human right to water.
With us this evening we also have Brother Terence Courtney, a veteran organizer around labor rights and the rights of Black immigrants. Finally, we will also be joined shortly by Sister Felicia Griffin, who is the Executive Director of FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities.”