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Chicago Teachers Union honors Rev. Sekou of Ferguson, Sekou honors Rasmea Odeh

By Joe Iosbaker and Tom Burke |
January 20, 2016
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 Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Rasmea Odeh.
Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Rasmea Odeh. (Fight Back! News/Mike Siviwe Elliott)

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union invited Rev. Osagyefo Sekou as their guest of honor and keynote speaker for a Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast on Friday, Jan. 15. Reverend Sekou became well known across the country when he travelled to Ferguson during the rebellion in August 2014, after the murder of Mike Brown. He defended the movement, and especially the youth, in their opposition to the militarized police repression.

A pastor with the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, he gave greetings to the union leaders, to the Black Lives Matter activists and other Black youth in the audience. Then Reverend Sekou introduced his own special guest: Rasmea Odeh, the prominent Palestinian activist targeted for political repression by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sekou spoke about his visit to Palestine several years ago, and his recognition that Palestinians and African American people in the U.S. are both oppressed by militarized forces. He asked Rasmea to stand, and then asked the large Chicago crowd for a standing ovation as she fights against the threat of imprisonment and deportation.

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