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Ethnic Identity & Political Power in the U.S.

A Panel Discussion with:

  • Elaine Brown
  • Aaron Dixon
  • José "Cha Cha" Jiménez
  • Carlos Muñoz
  • Thursday, May 9, 2013
    Kane Hall 225 (Walker Ames Room)
    University of Washington
    7:00 pm

    A former leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown is author of A Taste of Power (1992) and The Condemnation of Little B (2002). She is also the editor of Messages to Our Brothers and Sisters on the Other Side of the Wall, a collection of autobiographical essays by black prisoners in New Mexico (2007). Brown is the Executive Director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee, organizer of the nonprofit education corporation Fields of Flowers, and, co-founder of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform.

    Co-founder and Captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, Aaron Dixon has remained engaged in politics for the last four decades. As an untiring activist, he founded the Central House, a nonprofit agency that provides transitional housing for youth, and was one of the cofounders of the Cannon House, a senior assisted-living facility. In 2006 he ran for the United States Senate as a Green Party candidate. His book, My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain (2012), was recently published by Haymarket Books.

    Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, José (Cha-Cha) Jiménez is a community organizer, researcher, and founder of the Young Lords Organization. Under his leadership, the Young Lords joined with the Black Panther Party and Young Patriots to form the original Rainbow Coalition. In 1976, Mr. Jiménez ran for alderman of Chicago's 46th ward, becoming the first Latino to run and oppose Mayor Richard J. Daley's political machine. Today, Mr. Jiménez co-directs the "Young Lords in Lincoln Park" project at Grand Valley State University, an effort focused on documenting and preserving the history and legacy of the organization.

    Dr. Carlos Muñoz was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department in the nation in 1968 at the California State University at Los Angeles, and the founding chair of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Among his publications he counts Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement, recipient of the Gustavus Myers Book Award for “outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the U.S.” A long-time activist, in 1996 he received the University of Michigan’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez, and Rosa Parks Award.

    Event sponsored by UW American Ethnic Studies

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