Rethinking Racial Justice in the Wake of Obama and the Era of Trump

With the election of the nation’s first African American president in 2008 the ultimate racial glass ceiling was broken, many argued. At the same time, the country witnessed the largest upsurge in Black protest in a half-century in the form of the Black Lives Matter movement. At the same time the demographics of the United States are rapidly moving toward a reality where the majority of the country will be populated by people of color. All of these shifts have created new racial politics, regimes, and demands. A growing body of engaged scholarship and research has emerged in an effort to make sense of the changes, create analytical frameworks to explain new developments and translate those research findings to a popular audience. Featuring panelists from Dream Defenders, Southerners on the Ground (SONG), Blackbird, GenForward, INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence, Movement of Black Lives, BYP100 and more, the gathering seeks to ponder how we might navigate this political moment.


Schedule is as follows:

SATURDAY, August 10th

3:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

3:30-5 p.m. Panel: Organizing for and beyond the 2020 election

This panel will discuss what organizing strategies and infrastructure are needed to leverage the approach up to and beyond leverage the 2020 election and the political context after the election.

Rachel Gilmer, Dream Defenders in Miami, young feminist organizer

Mary Hooks, Co-Director, Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

Thenjiwe McHarris, Co-Founder of Blackbird (NY based organizing team) and Movement for Black Lives (spent a lot of time on the ground in Ferguson)

Asha Ransby-Sporn, moderator, BYP100 director of organizing

5-6 p.m. Reception

SUNDAY, August 11th

10:00-10:30 a.m. Intro and Welcome

10:30– 12 p.m. Panel: Data for Liberation

This panel will highlight several pivotal new data projects that collect and analyze data relevant to racialized communities and explore the role of data in politics and movement building.

Cathy J. Cohen, Professor, GenForward Survey Project, Scholars for Social Justice

Yeshimabeit “Yeshi” Milner, Executive Director and founder of Data for Black Lives

Adrianne Shropshire, Executive Director of BlackPac

Tracye Matthews, moderator, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

12-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2:30p.m. The Sea Change in Racial Politics in Electoral Arena 2008 – 2020: Movements & Elections

This panel will explore the impact of elections on the politics and conditions of Black people and the ways the 2020 election might be leveraged to advance a more radical agenda in Black communities.

Moe Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party

Judith A. Browne Dianis, Executive Director of the Advancement Project

Regina Freer, moderator, Professor Occidental College, Los Angeles Black Worker Center

2.30-3 p.m. Break

3-4:30 p.m. Panel: Intersectional Feminism in the Age of #MeToo

This panel will explore the significance of analyses rooted in gender and sexuality at this political moment. What is the role of Black feminism and Black queer feminism in framing and shaping Black politics and Black movements today?

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Professor, author, and Director of Spelman Women’s Center

Beth Richie, Professor, author, and founding member of INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence, Scholars for Social Justice

Barbara Ransby, Professor, author, past president of National Women’s Studies Association, Social Justice Institute, Scholars for Social Justice

Charlene Carruthers, moderator, author and community organizer

4:30-6:00 p.m. Closing and Reception

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