Ferguson and Beyond: Race, State Violence, and Activist Agendas for the 21st Century

Police use of deadly force against unarmed African Americans across U.S. cities garnered national and international attention in the closing months of 2014, putting antiblack racism and state-sanctioned violence at the forefront of social justice agendas, and sparking the most sustained and broad-based antiracist movement since the 1960s. At this day-long teach-in, we will put these events in historical perspective, examined the challenges of talking about race in the 21st century, and explored the broader landscape of student and youth activists ­­working to challenge state violence, including those focused on disappeared students in Mexico, imperial wars, immigrant rights, the prison-industrial complex and violence against LGBTQ persons. We will also considered the importance of coalition building to ensure an activist agenda that pursues universal social justice both locally and globally.

Ferguson and Beyond Teach-in: Introduction

 

Ralina Joseph, Stephanie Smallwood and Ana Mari Cauce


The Past is Always Present: Contextualizing U.S. State Violence

Moderated by Terry Scott, Lecturer, American Ethnic Studies, UW Seattle

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Stephanie Smallwood, Associate Professor, History, UW Seattle
Moon-Ho Jung, Associate Professor, History, UW Seattle
Scott Kurashige, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
Dan Berger, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
Alexes Harris, Associate Professor, Sociology, UW Seattle


#Blacklivesmatter: A Universal Call for Social Justice

Moderated by Wadiya Udell, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

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Ralina Joseph, Associate Professor, Communication, UW Seattle
LaShawnDa Pittman, Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies, UW Seattle
LeiLani Nishime, Associate Professor, Communication, UW Seattle
Sareeta Amrute, Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies, UW Seattle


 Student/Youth Activists: Vanguards of 21st Century Social Justice

 

Moderated by Elizabeth Ramirez Arreola & Iris Viveros Avendaño, Graduate Students, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, UW Seattle

Panel Participants:
Beyond HB 1079
Alejandra Perez, Undergraduate Student, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
Eduardo Rojas, Undergraduate Student, UW Seattle

Purple Group
Graciela Nunez, Undergraduate Student, Political Science, UW Seattle

Garfield High School Black Student Union
Kristina Clark, Spanish Bilingual Instructional Assistant, BSW Co-Advisor
Ayanda Chisholm, Student
Zanele Chisholm, Student
Shedrick Johnson, Student
Zarea White, Student
Dayjha McMillan, Student


Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote in a post-event piece that “old tunes will keep playing in the background unless we pay attention and change the music. And as in the 1960s, people like the ones who put together the teach-in are taking their dissatisfaction with the status quo and turning it into positive action.” Read his full column here.

The event was sponsored by the University of Washington Office of the Provost, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, and Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE). Additional support provided by the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Speakers to include faculty from American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Communication, English, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (UW Bothell), History, and Sociology.

Filmed by Jonathan Lewis, Evan Swope and Scott Macklin

Ferguson-triptych

View more photos from the event here >>