Miski Noor

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Miski Noor is an organizer and writer based in Minneapolis, MN, where she works as a Communications Strategist for the Black Lives Matter Global Network and is a leader with the local Black Lives Matter — Minneapolis chapter. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota whereshe studied Political Science and African and African-American Studies, and also serves as a Lead Trainer and a core team member of Momentum, a civil resistance training program for radical organizers.

As a Black, African, immigrant queer person, Miski is committed to working to create a world in which Black life is protected and our collective liberation is realized.[1]

Ilhan Omar connection

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Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar was organized by Movement for Black Lives to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar.

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Dozens of women from the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of African-American advocates, gathered April 30 2019 in support of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who has been a target of hate-speech and trolling by right-wing politicians and their supporters.

The women gathered in front of Washington’s Capitol building chanting, “We love you” to Omar in the event named “Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar.”

"The thing that upsets the occupant of the White House, his goons in the Republican Party (and) many of our colleagues in the Democratic Party," Omar told the crowd, "is that they can't stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she's equal to them."

Miski Noor told Middle East Eye that Omar is facing such criticisms because of her identity. She is a Muslim woman and was a Somalian refugee when she arrived in the U.S.

"There are people, because of their white supremacist and racist views of the world, (who) hate her because of her identities and based on fear," she said.

"At the same time, we know Ilhan is being attacked because of the content of what she's saying,"added Noor.

Ayanna Pressley, Omar’s fellow U.S. Congresswoman, shouted, "Hands off Ilhan,” while criticizing politicians from her own Democratic Party, for failing to stand with the legislator.

She added, "silencing of Black women" won’t be acceptable anymore.

"This is a reckoning. This is us assuming our rightful place, as the table-shakers, as the truth-tellers, as the justice-seekers, as the preservers of democracy," said Pressley.

"We are demanding that you trust black women, that you see black women, that you believe black women and honor us for the role that we have played as healers and preservers of this democracy and this nation," emphasized Pressley.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib also criticized the attempt of silencing Black women.

"They continue to police our words; they continue to police our positions," she said. "But I say 'hands off; hands off the women of color who serve in the United States Congress,” Tlaib said.

Omar in her speech said that Islamophobia and anti-Jewish hatred are "two sides of the same coin of bigotry.”

"The occupant of the White House and [his] allies are doing everything that they can to distance themselves … from the monster that they've created that is terrorizing the Jewish community and the Muslim community," the Congresswoman said.

"We collectively must make sure that we are dismantling all systems of oppression," added Omar.[2]

Organizing Upgrade

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In Defense of Black Lives: National Week of Action Call

"In Defense of Black Lives: National Week of Action Call" was a Zoom call organized by the Movement for Black Lives May 30 2020.

Moderators were Karissa Lewis of Movement for Black Lives and Lumumba Bandele MBL strategist.

Participants included Miski Noor Black Visions Collective. Chanelle Helm Black Lives Matter Louisville, Kayla Reed Action St. Louis, Chinyere Tutashinda The BlackOUT Collective, Phillip Agnew Dream Defenders.[3]

Black Visions Collective

The Black Visions Collective sprang up December 2017, dedicated to creating a brighter future for black communities.

It’s still small, but it’s spry. Its leaders began their activism in Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, protesting the killings of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man killed by Minneapolis police, and Mike Brown, a black teenager who suffered the same fate at the hands of Missouri police.

Fellow organizer Miski Noor (who uses the pronouns they/them) likes to say they were a “legal drug dealer” before Black Lives picked up steam—working at a pharmacy, recovering from activism burnout. They were a community representative for Rep. Keith Ellison. That’s when roommate Kandace Montgomery started holding burgeoning Black Lives meetings in their living room.

Noor and 3,000 others showed up at the Mall of America to protest police shootings. It was like someone had pressed the “go” button on fighting for black lives.

The Collective is an expansion of that movement, about abolishing police, prisons, and cash money bail.

“And calling out Jacob Frey,” organizer Puma Saballos adds. Other members sitting in a Powderhorn apartment nod and share a rueful laugh. The Minneapolis mayor has been interested in bulking up police presence.

Working for Ellison

Miski Noor worked for Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL – MN) for three years on foreign affairs, immigration, and outreach to the Muslim community.[4]

She was working for Ellison in 2009.

4th Precinct protest

In December 2015 police broke up the occupation around the Fourth Precinct police station in North Minneapolis.

The Fourth Precinct protest is often presented as a standoff between law enforcement and a small segment of millennial blacks in North Minneapolis. There’s something of an unspoken agreement in the mainstream media that it’s the protesters on trial, not the police. With descriptors like ‘chaotic scene,’ and ‘shouting and taunting bystanders,’ protesters are presented as a frightening horde to readers. This misses the humanity and individuality of the people involved. Even more, it misses the cause, a structural inequality that’s on the mind of many across the country.

Protestors included Miski Noor Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer, Reverend Dewayne Davis Pastor at All God’s Children MCC, Loretta VanPelt, Collin Robinson (age 15), Kandace Montgomery Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer.[5]

Black Ideological Struggle Webinar

Black Ideological Struggle: Radical, Liberal, Conservative Public · Hosted by Sendolo Diaminah and Cazembe Jackson

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group

Join Sendolo Diaminah for a conversation about why Black radicals can and must learn how to effectively engage liberal and conservative ideologies among our people.
September 2, 2017. Hey family! Here is the final recording from the Black August webinars! Sendolo Diaminah took lots of patience and creativity breaking down Black Ideological Struggle for us.[6]

Those expressing interesting on Facebook included Miski Noor.

Momentum team

Momentum team leaders, as of April 2 2018 included;[7]

BLM comrades

Nikita Mitchell September 18, 2017 ·

Yawl. Look at how cute our BLM squad is. Black folks from around the U.S and Canada is planning for victory yawl, in the Lumumba Center of all places (super critical piece).

Deep love to the folks in Cooperation Jackson, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Sendolo Diaminah and Adrienne Maree Brown for teaching us, holding us down and to our principles.

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To learn more about the orgs I mentioned:... See More — with Cazembe Jackson, Sendolo Diaminah, Melina Abdullah, Miski Noor, Kandace Montgomery and Adrienne Maree Brown.

Momentum trainers

Momentum trainers, as of April 2, 2018 included Miski Noor;[8]

Comrades

Nikita Mitchell December 8, 2017 ·

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Kandace Montgomery, Rodney Diverlus, Miski Noor.

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