Tema Okun

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Tema Okun


Tema Jon Okun is a North Carolina activist. She has spent many years working for and in the social justice community. For over 10 of those years she worked in partnership with the late and beloved Kenneth Jackson Jones as part of the ChangeWork training group and now facilitates long-term anti-racism, anti-oppression work as a member of the dRworks collaborative. She holds a BA from Oberlin College, a Masters in Adult Education from N.C. State University, and a doctorate from UNC-Greensboro. She is author of The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know; the book is written to capture the collective learning of both ChangeWork and dRworks after several decades of focused race equity work. [1]

"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.

Tema Okun of the UNC-Greensboro signed the statement.[2]

"The Cost of Privilege"

A Community Discussion on White Privilege, Patriarchy, and Strategies to Get Free

Join local organizers and activists at the historic Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, Saturday, March 31st 2008, for a night of art, performance, discussion, and community. We'll be talking about the barriers that prevent us from making the revolution that we all need, and share strategies with each other for how to tear them down. Here's just a few of the highlights:

Author and long-time community organizer and activist Chip Smith will be on hand to talk about his new book, The Cost of Privilege: Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism.

Performance from Dasan Ahanu's new album The Jim Crow Jackson Experiment.

A dynamic discussion including noted activists and organizers like Manju Rajendran, Tema Okun, Kai Barrow, and others.

This event is being sponsored by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/OSCL and the Cost of Privilege Outreach Committee.[3]

Men Against Rape Culture

Bryan Proffitt is a Hip-Hop-generation white man who belongs to Men Against Rape Culture, a Durham, NC-based organization committed to building the struggle to end sexual violence and Ubuntu, a women of color- and survivor-led coalition committed to ending sexual violence.

An essay he wrote on the subject for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization website was shaped and reworked and made infinitely better by the thoughtful support and critical editing of Nancy Wilson, Tema Okun, Aiden Graham, Sam Hummel, Serena Sebring, Bob Pleasants, Michelle Lanier, Kriti Sharma, Precious-Jewel Zabriskie and Manju Rajendran[4].

Friends of Kriti Sharma

Kriti Sharma wrote "Interdependence: Biology and Beyond". She credited several people with "shaping my mind and life" through the process, including Afiya Carter, Aiden Graham, AJ Vrieze, Alexis Gumbs, Atiya Hussain, Beth Bruch, Bryan Proffitt, Caitlin Breedlove, Dannette Sharpley, Emily Chavez, Glenys Verhulst, Jenn Vrieze, Jurina Vincent-Lee, Keagha Carscallen, Laurin Penland, Kai Barrow, Lynne Walter, Marjorie Scheer, Michelle O'Brien, Manju Rajendran, Sendolo Diaminah, Mikel Barton, Monica Leonardo, Nia Wilson, Nikki Brown, Noah Blose, Paulina Hernandez, Pavithra Vasudevan, Rachael Derello, Russell Herman, Sam Hummel, Sammy Truong, Serena Sebring, Shirlette Ammons, Tema Okun, Theo Luebke, Tim Stallman, Tony Macias, and Yolanda Carrington.[5]

Support for Laila Nur

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Freedom Road Socialist Organization leader Sendolo Diaminah wrote a support message on his Facebook page February 4, 2016, asking for support for Laila Nur through her health problems. He copied in several Freedom Road connected people.

Y'all, my GURL Laila needs some love. Please make a donation to keep our ferocious freedom fighter with her sexy-as-hell dimples healthy, happy, and living the freedom she works for for us all. Bryan Proffitt, Tema Jon Okun, Jadebroo KS, Aiden Riley Graham, Theo Luebke, Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott, Nia Wilson, Kaji Reyes, Alec Greenwald, Beth Bruch, Luke Hirst, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Rachel Alexis Storer..

DAM(N)

Friday, April 17, 2016, a pop up evening of visual and performance art by local artists engaged in creative and radical acts of love and justice in and with community.

Artists:

bam-bam (aka adébukola), Matthias Pressley, Catherine Edgerton, Tema Okun, Isley DeMattos, Kai Barrow, Erin Bree, Saba Taj, Claudia Corletto, Rafael Estrada, Beth Bruch, Gemynii, Courtney Sebring, Corina Dross, Nureena Faruqi.

DAM(N) is Durham Artist Movement.[6]

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Tema Okun.[7]

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