Tufara Waller Muhammad

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Tufara Waller Muhammad

Template:TOCnestleft Tufara Waller Muhammad is a cultural organizer and strategist. She coordinated Cultural Programs at Highlander Research and Education Center from 2004 through May 2015. She also work regionally, nationally and internationally. Some of groups Muhammad have worked with are Arkansas Equality Network on their “Safe Schools Campaign,” ACORN (Arkansas Community Organization for Reform Now) on housing and Community Reinvestment Act issues, the Arkansas Women’s Project with the “Hate Free Arkansas Campaign. I lead the African American Women’s Institute and work throughout the African Diaspora with Youth and young adults.

While in college, she enthusiastically embraced radio as a medium of communication. As radio show producer/ DJ on on KABF 88.3 in Little Rock Arkansas, she hosted The Sankofa Sessions for multiple years, establishing a grassroots progressive alternative to commercial radio outlets. I was instrumental in bringing national celebrities to the Little Rock Metroplex, initiating collaborations with community organizations to support progressive policy and practice shifts lead by grassroots community leaders and connected to national campaigns.

Tufara Waller Muhammad was Project Director for Safe Haven Ministries, a youth and young adult program in Arkansas. She is a CDC certified HIV/AIDS counselor who has done youth trainings throughout the world. She performed with the Essie Neal Blues Band, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Guy Carawan and Candie Carawan, Elise Witt, Paula Larke, Carpetbag Theatre, Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble, Chris Aka (Zambia), Devon Evans (Drummer, Wailers), and others throughout the world. In 2011, was was blessed to perform as the only American-born African artist on the Africa Stage at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal.

Tufara Waller Muhammad a member of Alternate Roots and served on the Executive Committee. she am a founding member of Datule’ Artist Collective. She has also served on the National Steering Committee for the Gathering for Justice; on the Leadership Team of the Arkansas Women’s Project; and as an International Advisor for the New Season’s Youth Program which provides US educational opportunities for African and Caribbean students. She also worked with Creative Solutions Zanzibar, a program empowering women and children toward economic independence through education, micro-loans, and training in art making and merchandising.[1]

A Call to the Black Left

Back in June 2007 at the U.S. Social Forum, over 50 brothers and sisters gathered in Atlanta to discuss the state of the Black liberation movement and role of the Black Left. Most agreed that the Gulf Coast/Katrina disaster is a defining moment that requires that Black revolutionaries unite and work to build a National Black United Front. It’s initial focus being the development and support of a Gulf Coast Reconstruction Movement. This movement would be a part of a strategic flank of the wider National Black Liberation Movement.

We are inviting you to join this effort and would like to include your name on the Call as an official endorser and participant of a National Gathering of Black Leftist to be sent out to others inviting their participation. The Gathering will be held at the Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on the UNC Campus in Chapel Hill, NC on May 30 – June 1, 2008.

Endorsers included Tufara Waller MuhammadAfrican Youth Initiative Network, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Highlander connection

On June 11-13 2009, Highlander Research and Education Center brought together a team of 16 African American, immigrant and refugee organizers, community leaders, popular educators, artists and cultural organizers to develop three educational tools that help people understand globalization and migration in the context of race.

In 2008, Highlander organized a delegation of 12 activists, popular educators and artists to attend the International Conference of Racism and Globalization, a gathering for people of color organized by Agricultural Missions and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund and held in Chicago. Highlander drew from this delegation, as well as participants from our Southern Strategy sessions, and our immigration, cultural organizing and youth work to bring together a race and globalization working group to develop these tools.

The working session participants were: Tomas Aguilar from Colectivo Flatlander, Austin, TX, Malik Browne and Vassie Browne from Storytree, Etowah, AL Jona Kasoanga from Greensboro, NC, Roxanne Lawson from Washigton, DC, Ann Lennon from the American Friends Service Committee, Greensboro, NC, Ana Mercado, from Blocks Together, Chicago, Chioma Oruh from Washington, DC, Colin Rajah from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA, Tonio Verzone, from Washington, DC, Attica Scott from Kentucky Jobs with Justice, 13 year old Advocate Scott from Louisville, KY, and Jamil Smith from the United Methodist Church, New York.

The gathering was facilitated by staff members Tufara Waller Muhammad and Monica Hernandez and Board Chair Maurice Turner.

The group worked on developing three popular education tools that integrate art and culture as a way to bring communities together and to jumpstart a dialogue around race and globalization. They include:

A series of 3 workshops on the impact of globalization on food sovereignty around the world An Interactive Listening Party to challenge individuals to envision themselves a global actors and activists making change and to help generate community discussion about how to frame their organizing work within the global level. [2]

"Towards Collective Liberation" editorial crew

Chris Crass', 2013 book " was "Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy..." was edited by a team consisting of Chris and Molly, Rahula Janowski Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Nisha Anand, Sasha Vodnik, Cile Beatty, Danni Marilyn West, Amie Fishman, Jeff Giaquinto , Sharon Martinas, Gabriel Sayegh, Clare Bayard, Z. Lula Haukeness, Cindy Breunig, Jardana Peacock, Betty-Jeane Ruters-Ward, Betita Martinez, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Paul Kivel, Ingrid Chapman, Dan Berger, Josh Warren-White, Rachel Luft, Kerry Levenberg, Johnna Bossuot, Leah Jo Carnine, Berkley Carnine, Leah Close, Vivian Sanati, Dara Silverman, Helen Luu, Pauline Hwang Nrinder, N.K. Nann, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Max Elbaum, Keith McHenry, James Tracy, Alice Nuccio, Laura McNeill, Azedeh Ghafari, J.C. Callender, Nilou Mostoufi, April Sullivan-FitzHugh, Michelle O'Brien, Joe Tolbert, Tufara Waller Muhammad, Karly Safar, Jayanni Webster, Joshua Kahn Russell, prof. Laura Head, Andrew Cornell, Harjit Singh Gill, Emily Thuma, Rami Elamine, Chanelle Gallant, Charlie Frederick, Amar Shah, Alicia Garza, Elandria Williams, Carla Wallace, Ernesto Aguilar, Lisa Albrecht.[3]