Ashaki Binta

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Ashaki Binta

Ashaki Binta is a North Carolina activist.

Memorial March


Those present at the February 1992 planning meeting for the Imperial Food Workers memorial March and Rally included Ashaki Binta and Cassandra Smith (co-chairs), Cornell Locklear, Angaza Laughinghouse, Jim Grant, Gini Webb, Marcia Dean.

Black Radical Congress

In 2000 Ashaki Binta was the Atlanta contact for Black Radical Congress[1].

In 2000 Ashaki Binta served on the Coordinating Committee of the Black Radical Congress.[2]


At the 1998 Black Radical Congress in Chicago, a panel was convened on "Organizing the South"

This panel will discuss the historic role of the Black South in the larger history of Black exploitation and the struggle for Black freedom.

Panelists were Ashaki Binta, Chokwe Lumumba, Ajamu Dillahunt, (coordinator) Gary Grant, Latosha Brown[3]

Independent Progressive Politics Network

In 2009 Ashaki Binta served on the Advisory Committee of the Independent Progressive Politics Network[4].

Left Forum 2009

Black Workers and the Current Economic Crisis:

Black Left Unity Network

In 2010, Ashaki Binta was on the Cuban Working Group of the Black Left Unity Network.[5]

Emergency Labor Network Conference

Ashaki Binta of the Black Workers for Justice speaking at the Emergency Labor Network Conference, on organizing the South, June 24-26, 2011.[6]

Black Liberation Theoreticians

Circa 2012, a Black Left Unity Directory;

Ashaki Binta/NC, William Darity /NC, Ajamu Dillahunt /NC, Joyce Johnson /NC, Nelson Johnson /NC, Joseph Jordan, Julianne Malveaux / NC, Shafeah M'Balia, Naeema Muhammad /NC, Saladin Muhammad /NC, Mark Anthony Neal /NC, Ed Whitfield /NC, Leah Wise / NC.[7]

Black Left Unity December 2013


Group portrait at the conclusion of the December 21, 2013 Black Left Unity Network meeting. Seated, left to right: Ajamu Dillahunt, Saladin Muhammad, Abdul Alkalimat, Ashaki Binta, Kathy Knight. Standing, left to right: Roger Newell, J. R. Fleming, T. Menelik Van Der Meer, Dennis Orton, Kia Van Der Meer, Sam Anderson, Shafeah M'Balia, Rose Brewer, Anthony Monteiro, Toussaint Losier, Rukiya Dillahunt, Taliba Obua, Jonathan Stith, Carl Redwood, Tdka Kilimanjaro, Jamal Oliver, Akinjele Umoja.

Press conference with SDS

Chapel Hill, NC - Campus and city workers, union organizers and students held a press conference at the university here, Sept. 13 2007, to denounce University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill administration’s censorship of an article on collective bargaining. The North Carolina Public Sector Workers Union, UE Local 150, organized the press conference to demand the article be published.

Manzoor Cheema, a research technician at UNC and UE 150 member, said, “We need to put the pressure on Chancellor Moeser and the UNC Board of Governors. This censored article needs to be published immediately. Collective bargaining is a basic workers’ and human right and North Carolina is violating that right.”

UE 150, along with members of Chapel Hill SDS and Student Action with Workers, demanded that UNC publish the censored article, issue a formal apology, and adopt a policy of non-interference in union organizing on campus. SDS member Tamara Tal said, “We call on students to join in this struggle against the blatant denial of workers’ rights.”

Ashaki Binta, coordinator for UE’s International Worker Justice Campaign, explained at the press conference, “We have a bill pending, House Bill 1583, to repeal this statute. We call on UNC to support that and to sit down across the table with workers in Chapel Hill to negotiate on the basic issues affecting their lives.”

The North Carolina legislature will take up the bill to repeal G.S. 95-98 in the summer of 2008. UE 150, along with the North Carolina NAACP and many other progressive organizations, is leading a major state-wide campaign to raise public support and put pressure on the politicians to repeal the statute.

Cheema explained, “We know what it’s going to take. We need a grassroots movement to empower rank-and-file workers and build community support to abolish General Statute 95-98.”

He continued, “Here at UNC, outreach to students can help shift the balance of power in our favor. Students should understand the pain and troubles of workers. UNC is a good school and they have many classes on labor rights and poverty issues - but students need to go beyond textbooks and see the reality for workers on this campus.”[8]


  1. BRC Today Vol 1,Issue 4 p 11
  2. BRC Today, Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 2000-01, page 9
  3. [THE BLACK SCHOLAR VOLUME 28, NO. 3/4, page 45]
  5. The big lies against Cuba March 13, 2010
  7. Black Liberation Theoreticians A Black Left Unity Directory
  8. [1]
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