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February 11, 2000
RELEASE ON RECEIPT

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PRISON REFORM ACTIVISTS TO SPEAK FEBRUARY 26 AT OBERLIN COLLEGE

 

 

Ahmad Rahman

Panel discussion:
"Resistance Arrested"

4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26
King Building
10 N. Professor St.

 

Free & open to the public

For more information, contact
Eva Owens
440-776-0115

Sponsored by Oberlin Justice for Mumia Coalition & Oberlin Actions Against Prison

OBERLIN--Three of the country's leading advocates of prison reform will come to Oberlin College Feb. 26 to take part in "Resistance Arrested," a open discussion hosted by the Oberlin Justice for Mumia Coalition and Oberlin Actions Against Prison.

Activists Ahmad Rahman, Abdul Quahar, and Khalil Osiris will offer their perceptions on the status of Black political prisoners in the U.S., then open up the discussion for questions from the audience.

The program also will include a presentation by James Millette, Chair of Oberlin's African American Studies Department, on the history of Black criminalization in the US with specific reference to the penal system under slavery and directly after slavery in the American south.

Ahmad Rahman, a former political prisoner who spent 21 years in jail after being targeted for his involvement with the Black Panther Party, will address the history of Black radical and political dissidents in the United States and the criminalization of Black political dissidents. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in history at the University of Michigan with a focus on Pan-Africanism.

Abdul Quahar is midwest coordinator of the Jericho Movement, an organization dedicated to the release of all political prisoners in the U.S. He will discuss the specific case of Mumia Abu-Jamal as a po-litical prisoner as well as various political prisoners from the '60s and '70s imprisoned as a result of the FBI Counter Intelligence Program.

Khalil Osiris, who is a former Ohio prisoner, advocate of prisoners' rights and a member of the American Friends Service Committee Ex-Prisoners' Speaker's Bureau, will discuss race and the criminal justice system and the specific differences between political and other prisoners in the system.

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