I hope you recognize the name because Malik Rahim is a noted peace activist, community organizer, and a moving speaker on environmental issues. In 2008, Rahim was honored as a recipient of the Thomas Merton Award.
Malik Rahim will be coming to Oregon soon. At this time Malik is scheduled to be interviewed at KBOO Community Radio
Malik is scheduled to speak at the First Unitarian Church in the Eliot Chapel on Tuesday, October 18th from 7 to 9 p.m.
There are a number of videos on the Internet which feature Malik - I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch one. Here's a link to one:
Wikipedia has an entry for Malik which includes this information:
'Malik Rahim (born Donald Guyton in 1948) is a former Black Panther, and a long-time housing and prison activist in the U.S. state of Louisiana. He gained publicity as a community organizer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2002, Rahim became involved in electoral politics for the first time, running for the New Orleans City Council on the Green Party ticket, receiving 3,654 votes (2%). Rahim ran on a platform of a "living wage," improved conditions at public housing, and reform of youth programs and the juvenile justice system.
Ignoring evacuation orders, Rahim remained in the city of New Orleans through Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the chaotic days after the hurricane, he wrote an article about conditions in the city, titled "This is criminal." Out of the ad hoc relief distribution center set up at his late mother's house in this period, he co-founded the Common Ground Collective with two organizers from Texas (Scott Crow and Brandon Darby), which distributed aid and ran a community health clinic with the help of volunteers from across the United States. In the next few months, he traveled across the country speaking about his observations and encouraging volunteers to travel to New Orleans to work on the group's behalf. Immediately after Katrina, he was featured in the documentary "Welcome to New Orleans."
In 2006, Rahim announced plans to run for mayor of New Orleans, but did not appear on the ballot.
In July 2008, Rahim filed to run for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district seat of the U.S. House of Representatives as a Green Party candidate. He ran against Democratic incumbent William J. Jefferson, Republican candidate Joseph Cao, and Libertarian Party candidate Gregory Kahn. Cao won; Rahim finished third in the four candidate field receiving 2.8% of the vote.'