Qasima Wideman

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Qasima Wideman


Qasima Wideman is a North Carolina activist. She is the partner of Eva Panjwani‎‎.

Youth Organizing Institute

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Rosa Saavedra, Toxic Free NC, Qasima Wideman and Elena Everett Youth Organizing Institute, 2015.

SURJ workshop

A workshop titled “Disrupting Islamophobia” was presented to the members of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Triangle. This workshop was facilitated by Qasima Wideman, Eva Panjwani and Manzoor Cheema, February 28, 2016.[1]

Left Forum 2016

On the Frontlines: Queer People of Color Fighting for Socialism in the US South

In the US South, a growing movement of queer people of color have been rising up against the reactionary, oppressive status quo. The recent struggles against North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ laws, as well as the struggle against racist police terror and the movement against Donald Trump's racist Presidential campaign, have all been flashpoints in the effort to shut down bigotry and oppression in the South. These activists have been on the frontline in the movements to fight back against oppression and to fight for a revolutionary solution, socialism. Loan Tran, Workers World Party Eva Panjwani, Queer Trans People of Color Coalition, Durham, NC

Sponsoring Journal: Workers World

Muslims for Social Justice

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In May 2016 Eva Panjwani and Qasima Wideman accepted an award on behalf of Muslims for Social Justice, from Black Workers for Justice.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Qasima Wideman.[3]

Confederate statue tear down

Workers World Party Durham Branch, August 15, 2017

Statement on arrest of our comrades: on the eve of the arrest of Takiyah Thompson.

Qasima Wideman, a member of Workers World Party who was present at the Durham action on August 14:

"Confederate statues aren't just hunks of metal and concrete. They represent the roots and history of a system of white supremacy that disenfranchises, murders, displaces and harms Black and Brown people up through today. If the people decide they want to remove such a statue, that should be their right. Love does not trump hate. It hasn't taken down any Confederate statues or stopped any of the racist and fascist violence that people in Charlottesville, Charlotte, Ferguson, Baltimore and every where face every day. Only organized people's power will take down white supremacy. Through racist drug laws and the prison industrial complex, cops do the paid work of white supremacy. The Trump regime has emboldened these racists."

Takiyah Thompson, member of Workers World Party and student at N.C. Central University, who climbed to the top of the statue to tie a rope around it's neck before the crowd tore it down:

"The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue. We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted."

We demand: 1. The Durham County Commissioners, the Durham Sheriff's office and District Attorney's office drop the charges and stop investigating anti-racist activists involved with August 14 action. 2. That the City of Charlottesville drop charges against anti-racist protesters from August 12. 3. Governor Roy Cooper expedite the removal of all Confederate statues across the state. 4. The Durham County Commissioners and City Council attend public forums to allow the community to speak-out about their concerns for public displays of the Confederacy. 5. Abolish the police, prisons, ICE and the Pentagon -- tear down all institutions of White Supremacy! Black Lives Matter![4]

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