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Desis rise up for Amadou Diallo, an immigrant shot by police

Compiled by Alice Itty Email Compiled by Alice Itty
April 2016
Desis rise up for Amadou Diallo, an immigrant shot by police


Snapshots from Indian-American history
this month, that year


April 2, 2000
– A photograph from DRUM’s first ever public action in Jackson Heights, Queens.

The acronym stands for Desis Rising Up and Moving, and the event was part of their ‘41 Days of Action,’ organized in response to the acquittals of four police officers who shot and killed Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old immigrant from Guinea. The event was cosponsored by numerous other South Asian organizations and included hip hop performances, poetry, and street theatre, a march, rally, and open-mic speakouts by youth, families of victims, and the community.

Alice Itty is a volunteer for the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). She currently works for the Alliance for Downtown New York. This column’s material is from SAADA. https://www.saada.org/.

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