Lynette Jackson

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Lynette Jackson is an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a longtime activist working on international human rights, refugee rights, advocacy for Africa, and feminist issues. She is author or a book on Zimbabwe and has recently traveled to East Africa and Cuba to do research on African women refugees. She is on the Board of Human Rights Watch and other progressive organizations. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in Zimbabwe, Denmark and New York City[1].

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Lynette Jackson, African-American Agenda 2000[2].

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement "Support Bill Ayers" in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

"We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers."

Lynette Jackson of the University of Illinois in Chicago signed the statement.[3]

In These Times

As of 2009 Lynette Jackson was a member of the Editorial Board of Chicago based socialist journal In These Times.[4]

Ella's Daughters

In 2009 Lynette Jackson was a member of Chicago based organization Ella's Daughters-A network of artists, scholars and writers working in the tradition of militant Civil rights activist Ella Baker[5].

We are a loose network of women who respect and admire Baker’s legacy, and are either interested in or already engaged in work that represents a continuation of her democratic, egalitarian humanistic tradition. We do not want to reinvent the wheel or duplicate or compete in any way with existing efforts. An argument can be made that the potential for a renewed progressive movement already exists and is embedded in the local trench work of organizers like Ella Baker.

Prominent members include Bernardine Dohrn, Tracye Matthews, Camille Odeh and Barbara Ransby.