Tewkunzi Green

(Drawing by Tewkunzi Green, Displayed at 2017 No Perfect Victim Network Gathering)

Rest in Peace TEWKUNZI

We are heartbroken to share that Tewkunzi Green passed away on February 20, 2022. Tewkunzi taught us how to take leadership from organizers inside prison. She taught us to refuse to let anyone be erased or forgotten. She taught us to support survivors in their own resistance. She taught us that organizing must begin and end with love. If so moved, please donate to help Tewkunzi’s family cover funeral and other expenses during their time of grief: https://bit.ly/3plxKKG

Part of Tewkunzi’s Story
Tewkunzi Green is a Black mother from Peoria, Illinois. In 2007, she was attacked by her child’s father, who backed her up against the kitchen sink and choked her, while she held their infant son. Fearful she would faint and drop her son, Tewkunzi harmed her child’s father in an act of self-defense which later resulted in his death. At trial, she argued that she acted in self-defense but was found guilty and sentenced to 34 years. In November 2020, Tewkunzi was granted clemency by Governor Pritzker, and was able to come home in time to celebrate the holidays with her family.

(Portrait of Tewkunzi by Paul Callahan)