[act-ma] 6/18 TODAY: Inequities & Policing // Tulsa & the Long History of Dispossession

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu Jun 18 07:06:15 PDT 2020

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice writes

TODAY: Inequities & Policing // Tulsa & the Long History of 
Dispossession Plus upcoming webinars, action items, and more

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/The word “racism” is everywhere. It’s used to explain all the things 
that cause African-Americans’ suffering and death: inadequate access to 
health care, food, housing and jobs, or a police bullet, baton or knee. 
But “racism” fails to fully capture what black people in this country 
are facing.

The right term is “anti-blackness.” . . .

Anti-blackness is one way some black scholars have articulated what it 
means to be marked as black in an anti-black world. It’s more than just 
“racism against black people.” That oversimplifies and defangs it. It’s 
a theoretical framework that illuminates society’s inability to 
recognize our humanity — the disdain, disregard and disgust for our 

- kihana miraya ross, "Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness 

*Join Us*


*Racism and COVID-19: Inequities and Policing 
Thursday, June 18 at 12:00 PM EDT*

Tune in to a Facebook Live Q&A with David Harris, Managing Director, 
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law 
School. Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School 
of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH. If you have questions 
for the Q&A, email them to theforum at hsph.harvard.edu 
<mailto:%20theforum at hsph.harvard.edu> or post them to Facebook 
or @pritheworld 
<https://charleshamiltonhouston.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ccb9414b9b5a2c3c56a68591f&id=64c786702b&e=3bf35d12fe>. This 
Q&A will stream on Facebook 
and on The Forum website 


*Webinar: “A Conversation on Tulsa and the Long History of Dispossession 
of African Americans: What We Don’t Know”* 
*Thursday, June 18 at 6:00 PM EDT*

This two-hour webinar event will begin with an introduction by athlete 
and activist Malcolm Jenkins on his developing documentary project on 
Tulsa, and how learning about the massacre has affected his view of 
racism today. An interdisciplinary panel of four prominent academics 
will link the legacy of Tulsa to the systemic racism that African 
Americans still face. Local Tulsa activists will share their call for 
reparations, and finally a session with athletes will look at how they 
can use their platform to make little known history more visible.

*Pre-registration required. Register here: 

/*Opening remarks*/
Malcolm Jenkins, WIGH Visiting Fellow; New Orleans Saints; Founder, 
Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

/*Academic Panel*/

  * Elizabeth Hinton, Associate Professor of History and African and
    African American Studies, Harvard University
  * David J. Harris, Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston
    Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School
  * Nathan Nunn, Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  * Heather Ann Thompson, Collegiate Professor of History and African
    American Studies, the University of Michigan
  * Moderator: Caleb Gayle, Tulsa-raised journalist

/*Local Voices*/

  * Damario Solomon-Simmons, Tulsa attorney, leader in effort for
  * Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Founder of Terence Crutcher Foundation & Black
    Wall Street Memorial, Social Justice Activist, Change Agent.
  * Moderator: Stephen Ortega, WIGH Fellow, Global Sports Initiative;
    Associate Professor of History, Simmons College

/*Sports Professionals*/

  * Sarah Delgado
  * Ray Farmer, NFL General Manager
  * Denise Kwok, Director of USC Student-Athlete Academic Services
  * James Kirkland, Director of Recruiting, University of Illinois
  * Ferran Prieto, Manager of Professional Athletes.
  * Moderator: Khary Darlington, Writer, Public Speaker, and former
    scout for the Carolina Panthers


Police Unions in the House of Labor 
*Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 PM EDT*

Join a discussion on police unions in the labor movement, moderated by 
activist and scholar Bill Fletcher Jr. Panelists include:

  * Katie Garrow, Deputy Executive Secretary MLK Labor
  * Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns for
    Color Of Change
  * Tiffany Dena Loftin, National Director for Youth & College Division
    at NAACP

*Registration is required:*

Sponsored by: UMass Lowell Labor Education Program; Labor Resource 
Center; Labor Center at UMass Amherst; UMass Dartmouth Labor Ed Center

Building a Movement : A Virtual Town Hall with Minneapolis Organizers 
*Thursday, June 18 at 5:00 PM EDT*

Join Race Forward, the largest multiracial racial justice organization, 
in solidarity with the Black and brown leaders and folks in Minneapolis, 
who have been organizing for and with the Black Lives Matter movement 
for years. It is their organizing that has brought to the fore the 
abolitionist strategy of defunding police. It is their organizing that 
has moved educational institutions and corporations in Minneapolis, and 
now across the country, to publicly declare their divestment from 
police. In this Town Hall, long-time Minneapolis organizers will tell 
the story of what’s been happening on the ground themselves.


*Reconstruction and Juneteenth 
Friday, June 19 at 2:00 PM EDT*

*Prof. Greg Carr*, associate professor of Africana Studies, chair of the 
Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, and Adjunct 
Faculty at the Howard School of Law, in conversation with *Jessica 
Rucker*,**electives teacher and department chair at Euphemia Lofton 
Haynes Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C.,**on Juneteenth 
and Reconstruction. Part of the Zinn Education Project's summer series: 
/People's Historians Online: Black Freedom Struggle from Reconstruction 
to the Civil Rights Movement. /Register for the 75-minute session here 
There are breakout rooms for 12 minutes about half-way through the 
session to allow participants (in small groups of five or six) to meet 
each other, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We’ve 
designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff.


*Juneteenth: MFA Community Celebration 
Friday, June 19 at 4:00 PM EDT*

The Museum of Fine Arts' eighth annual Juneteenth community celebration 
will be held online to honor the contributions of Black creatives, 
scholars, and artists to the City of Boston. Juneteenth is the oldest 
nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. We 
wish to commemorate this day with joy and resolve as we strive for 
justice and liberty in the continued fight for equity. The event will be 
streamed online and on Facebook and YouTube.


*PSB Presents Jabari Asim with Porsha Olayiwola, Stop & Frisk:
A Juneteenth Poetry Reading 
Friday, June 19 at 7:00 PM EDT*

Porter Square Books welcomes you to join a virtual Juneteenth poetry 
reading to celebrate the release of Jabari Asim's newest poetry 
collection, /Stop & Frisk: American Poems/, with Porsha Olayiwola (i 
shimmer sometimes, too), hosted on Crowdcast. This event is free and 
open to all.

Register to join the event on Crowdcast here:


*Poetry as Protest: Dr. Malcolm Tariq 
*Friday, June 19 at 7:00 PM*

Join the Royall House and Slave Quarters for a night of poetry and 
conversation on Juneteenth with Dr. Malcolm Tariq. Malcolm will read 
from his stunning debut "Heed the Hollow," the inaugural poetry reading 
in a new Poetry As Protest series from the Royall House and Slave 
Quarters. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Shaw 54th 
Memorial Restoration committee partners: Museum of African American 
History - Boston and Nantucket 
Boston African American National Historic Site 
Friends of the Public Garden 
and Boston Parks and Recreation Department 

Attendance is free, but registration is required:


*Juneteenth, COVID 19 & The Killings of Black People 
Friday, June 19 at 7:00 PM EDT*

Join this urgent forum that will highlight the case for H.R. 40 and the 
path forward. H.R. 40 would establish a commission to examine the 
institution of slavery, its legacy, and make recommendations to Congress 
for reparations, beginning a process of repairing and restoring after 
centuries of enslavement, violent repression and exploitation under Jim 
Crow laws, black codes in the South, and de facto segregation across the 
nation — long after Juneteenth.


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the lead Sponsor for HR-40
Rev. William Barber, Co-Founder of the Poor People’s Campaign
Joy Reid, Host of AM JOY on MSNBC
Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU
Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Evanston, Illinois
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Political Economist, President Emeritus, Bennett 
College for Women
Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of the National African American Reparations 
Kamm Howard, National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition for Reparations 
for African Americans (N’COBRA)
Rev. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain Podcast
Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Human Rights Attorney, and more.


*Louis D. Brown Peace Institute: 2020 Reset 
Saturday, June 20 at 9:00 AM EDT*

A healing dialogue for men impacted by murder, trauma, grief and loss. 
The event will be streamed live on Facebook @ldbpeaceinstitute 
or at mothersdaywalk4peace.org 


*Cambridge, MA Defend Black Lives Event* 
*Saturday, June 20 at 1:00 PM EDT*

Juneteenth, celebrated on June nineteenth, is a day that honors Black 
freedom and Black resistance. This Juneteenth join the nationwide Day of 
Action by attending this local event! The march will begin at Cambridge 
Common Park in Harvard Square and end at the Charles River near Kendall 
Square. We will go along Mass Ave., stop at City Hall, then move to the 
Cambridge Police Station.


*Defund The Police: A Webinar on Police, Race and Universities 
Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 AM CT*

With the largest protest movement against police violence this country 
has seen, this Scholars for Social Justice webinar will examine the 
roots of the demand to defund police by focusing on the relationship of 
police to universities and the often problematic and racist relationship 
of many colleges and universities to Black and marginalized communities.

Moderated by:
- Adom Getachew, University of Chicago

With Panelists:
- Michelle Yang and Kosi Achife, UChicago #CareNotCops Student Activists
- Robin D. G. Kelley, University of California-Los Angeles
- Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College

This webinar is co-sponsored by R3 Coalition, BYP100 and is a part of 
M4BL Juneteenth Weekend of Action. There is a 500 participant capacity, 
but this webinar will also be live-streamed and recorded at BYP 100's 
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/blackyouthproject 


*Juneteenth Protest and March in Honor of Rayshard Brooks:
'Till We All Free' 
Monday, June 22 at 2:00 PM*

We said #NotOneMore 
but we seem to be here again. Rayshard Brooks slept in his car in a 
Wendy's parking lot and was awakened to officers and shortly after was 
shot twice in his back as he ran away. Juneteenth is supposed to be a 
celebration of freedom but Black people in this country are experiencing 
modern day lynching at the hands of police officers. Join Violence In 
Boston Inc. & Black Lives Matter Boston as we march from the Reggie 
Lewis Track and Athletic Center to the State House demanding Governor 
Charlie Baker allocate adequate finding away from police and towards 
social justice and violence prevention.

*Take Action*


*Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH) demands systemic change to 
policing in Boston, toward the long-term goal of removing police from 
our communities. Police are the first point of contact with the criminal 
legal system for FJAH members, and the reason women and their family 
members wind up on jail and prison bunks. While organizing against the 
most harmful policing practices and fighting to shift resources from 
policing into communities, FJAH is also doing the work to create ways of 
preventing, responding to, and healing from harm without police and 
prisons. Sign their petition to make concrete systems change to policing 
in Boston. 


*Sign this petition 
to demand that Mark Culliton and College Bound Dorchester leadership 
immediately reinstate the eight workers who were terminated and 
voluntarily recognize the Uncornered United union.*


*Sign this petition 
calling on Mayor Marty Walsh to defund the police and invest in Black 
and Brown communities.*


*The Formerly Incarcerated Small Business Rescue Fund is a mutual aid 
project to raise money for formerly incarcerated business owners 
excluded from coronavirus relief funding because of their criminal 
record. Give to the fund 

  *What We're Reading*

  * Dismantling Structural Racism in the Commonwealth’s Criminal Courts
    - Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  * Abolishing Policing Also Means Abolishing Family Regulation
    - Dorothy Roberts, /Chronicle of Social Change/
  * If You Ask The Black Church, Some Black Lives Matter and Others Are
    - Don Abram, /Medium/
  * Racism Is Terrible. Blackness Is Not.
    - Imani Perry, /The Atlantic/
  * The Trayvon Generation
    - Elizabeth Alexander, /The New Yorker/
  * The Problem of Police Powers for People Living While Black
    - Annette Gordon-Reed, /The New York Review of Books/
  * California prosecutors routinely strike Black and Latino people from
    juries, report says
    - Maura Dolan, /Los Angeles Times/
  * A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American
    Mothers From Their Newborns
    - Bryant Furlow, /ProPublica/
  * How Defund and Disband Became the Demands
    - Amna A. Akbar, /The New York Review of Books/
  * Police Reform Won’t Fix a System That Was Built to Abuse Power
    - Stuart Schrader,/The Nation/
  * How Would Prison Abolition Actually Work?
    - Gabriella Paiella, /GQ Magazine/
  * The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls
    - Tamara Winfrey-Harris, /The Atlantic/
  * Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19
    - Claudia Wallis, /Scientific American/
  * How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality
    - John Fram,/The New York Times/
  * What Black America Means to Europe
    - Gary Younge, /The New York Review of Books/
  * Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop
    - /Medium/
  * Time for Medford to stand up and show its true colors
    - Divya Anand, /WickedLocal Medford/
  * It’s time to raise the age
    - Jay Blitzman, /CommonWealth Magazine/
  * Cops Don't Care About Violence Against Women
    - Esther Wang, /Jezebel/

  *What We're Listening To*

🎧 Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom - Power to the People 
🎧 A historic crossroads for systemic racism and policing in America 
(HKS PolicyCast)
🎧 Poet Eve Ewing Connects 1919 Chicago To Today's Racial Unrest 
(NPR's Fresh Air)

  *What We're Watching*

📺 For The People Boston Youth-Led Town Hall with the Boston City 
📺 Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. How Is It Different From PTSD? 
<https://charleshamiltonhouston.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ccb9414b9b5a2c3c56a68591f&id=56a2695229&e=3bf35d12fe> (Youtube) 

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