Imani Henry

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Imani Henry


Imani Henry is a "Caribbean transsexual male living in the Republic of Brooklyn, NY." Imani Henry started the anti-gentrification group Equality for Flatbush[1] and is a member of the Workers World Party.[2]

Al Jazeera described Imani Henry as a "social worker."[3]

Background

"Since 1993, Imani has been a Staff Organizer at the International Action Center (IAC), where his work has focused on national organizing of communities of color and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement toward broader social justice and anti-war campaigns. Over the years, Imani has worked behind the scenes to coordinate marches, rallies, demonstrations, direct actions, encampments, teach-ins, conferences and forums around the country.

"His anti-war activism has ranged from opposing US-backed military inventions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iran, Iraq, Haiti, Korea, Palestine, Somalia, Venezuela and Yugoslavia to fighting to end the economic blockade of Cuba. Imani has organized to stop the gentrification of working class neighborhoods and to gain access to affordable housing, healthcare, education and jobs in the US. He has worked in solidarity to demand the right of return for Gulf Coast Hurricane survivors and to stop the racist attacks on immigrant communities. Since 1995, Imani has been part of the national anti-police brutality and anti-death penalty movements in the United States. Henry is the co-founder of Rainbow Flags for Mumia, a coalition of LGBTST people who demand the freedom of African- American political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu Jamal. As a staff member of The Audre Lorde Project, Imani was the program coordinator of TransJustice, the 1st political group of NYC created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. He also serves as the administrator for two national lists for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of Color – TGPOC and TPOCX.

"His writing has appeared in several publications including the lambda award winning Does Your Mama Know (Red Bone Press) and the newly released Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing (Other Countries 2007) and Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle, (World View Forum Publishing). Imani is also a journalist for the progressive weekly, Workers World newspaper.

"In July 2007, Imani had the great honor of being a speaker on Liberating Gender & Sexuality Plenary at United States Social Forum, which featuring Betita Martinez, Mia Mingus, Suzanne Pharr, Loretta Ross, and Andrea Smith. 2008 marks 6 years of touring his multi-media theatre performance, B4T (before testosterone), at colleges, conferences and theatres across the US and Canada.[4]

Speaks at Workers World Party Conference

Imani Henry:"We have no faith in the capitalist system, and we want to see it gone!"

Imani Henry spoke at a Workers World Party Conference in the wake of the 2016 election.

Rally Against Racism

The Jan. 19 1998, Rally Against Racism, Plymouth, Massachusetts, was organized by the United American Indians of New England in response to an "unprovoked police assault on peaceful Native demonstrators and their supporters on Nov. 27". That was "Thanksgiving"- better known to Native people as the National Day of Mourning.

Imani Henry of the National People's Campaign, a poet and actor from the lesbian/gay/bi/trans community, co-chaired the rally. One of the two Black women arrested at the National Day of Mourning, Henry spoke of the long history of solidarity between the African American and Native struggles, from the Seminole War to the government repression of the Black Panthers and the American Indian Movement.

Henry said of the media: "It is almost laughable to mention Dr. King's legacy of non-violence without mentioning the racist violence with which he was constantly met, including his finally being gunned down. Racism as systemic and systematic oppression is itself an act of violence."[5]

Thousands say: "Shut down the Death Debate'"

The target was the presidential candidates' debate on Oct. 3, 2000, in Boston. For a week before the event, Boston police, state troopers, and secret service agents put out the word in the corporate media that no marches would be legally permitted.

The cops complained in the Oct. 3 morning press that death penalty protest organizers were refusing to return their agents' calls. They threatened that "illegal attempts to march will not stop the flow of traffic." They spoke of herding people into "protest pens."

But Kazi Toure, a former political prisoner and leader of the Boston Coalition for Mumia Abu-Jamal, told Workers World, "The people don't need any permit, and we never asked for one." As he spoke, activists pushed aside cop barricades in front of the Dudley Square police/court complex to make way for a sound stage to address the thousands of protesters pouring into the square.

Cops scrambled to move their vehicles as Imani Henry of Rainbow Flags for Mumia fired up the multinational crowd with chants of "Money for health care and housing, not for prisons." Henry drew cheers and raised fists from the rush-hour crowd of workers in this hub of Boston's Black community.

"Victory to Palestine!" waved a green, black, white and red Workers World Party banner. A two-story-tall puppet of Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier, carried by members of his local defense committee, filled the sky.

When chant leaders Justice Williams, Shirlynn Jones, Eve Williams and Imani Henry called out "Death Debates," "the Pentagon," "the death penalty," "the IMF" and "capitalism," the marchers roared in response, "Shut it down!"[6]

Right to the City connection

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Right to the City Alliance January 25, 2013 ·

The city never sleeps. — with Marvin Mitchell, Jessica Klonsky, Ilana Berger, Sofia Quintero, Monse Santana, Max Uhlenbeck, Carmen Pineiro, Luz Schreiber, Carlos J. Serrano, Stuart Ewen, Priscilla Grim, Kelly Anderson, Anna Ortega-Williams, Sonny Singh Brooklynwala, Doyle Canning, Laurie Davidson, Kassia Ringell, Janvieve Williams Comrie, Sasa Garcia, Hank Williams, Rachel LaForest, Yasmeen Perez, Amaka Okechukwu, Christopher Gunderson, Valery Jean, Alexandra Lopez Reitzes, Doug Cunningham, Imani Henry, Kazembe Balagun, Irini Neofotistos, Evan Siegel, Mark Swier, Karen Oh, Heidi Easton Chua Schwa, Lisa Asedillo Pratt, Gilda Haas, Chepe Nangara, Maribel Cordero-Garcia, Crecensio Morales, Taleigh Bicicleta, Jatnna Ramirez, Orlando Morales, Ismael Nunez, Tania Romero, Vicente Alba-Panama and Fanshen Wong.

FUREE

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Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), July 19, 2013;

With Rusia Mohiuddin, Betty Yu, Numi Dee, Krysten Brown-Green, Jumaane D. Williams, Hasan Salaam, Eric Valentin, Jr., Jessica Alfreds, Carrie Gleason, John M. Blasco, Laurie Cumbo, Wanda Imasuen, Irini Neofotistos, Bryan K. Echols, Lynn Lewis, Fahd Ahmed, Joan Gibbs, Andrea Nelson, Lucas Shapiro, Tenelle Breukelen, Peter Hardie, Mo Meazy George, Marquis Jenkins, Imani Henry, Jack Aponte, Tamara Czyzyk, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Lumumba Bandele, Pamela Hamilton-Brown, Colleen Vincent, Tony Herbert, Cyril Innis, Jr., Jelani Likeitis Mashariki, Fernando Carlo, Lisa Ortega, Shawne Lee, Nathalie Alegre Velarde, Lyrik Tehuti, Fly Guy Yoshi, Kazembe Balagun, Eman Rimawi, Mw Payne, Orlando Green, Nichi Floetic Valentino, Ilana Berger, Byron Hurt and Malik Abu Khalid.

"$15/hr for all! Social Service Workers Speak Out!"

Monday 27 October 2014, Tiffany Paul organized an event "$15/hr for all! Social Service Workers Speak Out!" at the NYU Kimmel Center.

The struggle to raise the minimum wage is a lively and dynamic movement developing across the US. The fight for a minimum wage of $15 dollars is one step forward in the fight for a living wage, and fast food workers have been at the forefront of this struggle.

Speakers: Stephanie Luce - Murphy Institute for Worker Education, author of Fighting for a Living Wage, Kimberley Thomas - Dental Assistant, Harlem Hospital, DC37 local 768, Muata Greene - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists NYC and Left Labor Project, Sooyoung Lee - Substance Abuse Counselor, 1199SEIU & Power for Rank-and File Employees in the Social Services.

Those indicating willingness to attend on Wherevent included Katie Ebbitt, Elana Mae, Michelle O'Brien, Emma Rose, Andrea Shapiro, Bruce Newell Haskin, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, Jake Streich-Kest, Monica M. Garcia, Michelle Esi, Marcelo Maia, David Klassen, Ian Williams, Narbada Chhetri, Johnny Channels, Sara Duvisac, Jonah Birch, Isabella Decker, Adaner Usmani, Eric Odell, Jessica Jensen, Caitlin Knapp, Imani Henry, Lizzie Busch, Juan Ignacio Rosa, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Lizzie Kirshenbaum, Sara Hyler, Goutami Sanyal, Christy Thornton, Gavi Lankin, Padma Thapa, Juliet Ucelli, Lucretia John, Jamila Hammami, Rachel V. Isreeli , Eman Abdelhadi, Jessica Lopez, Sooyoung Lee, Marie Kerrin, Emily Weinrebe, Ceema Luu, Sarah Dh.[7]

Hangin' with the WWP

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Steve Kirschbaum, May 10, 2015;

With Osagyefo Sekou, Larry Holmes, Imani Henry and Monica Moorehead.

FRSO event

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References