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Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the United States

Conference/Symposium | February 21 – 22, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (#220)


Ericka Huggins; Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, National Organizing Co-Chair, BYP 100; Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Tianna Paschel, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Antonio Gramsci Fund, Center for Latin American Studies, Global Black Feminisms Project, Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Education, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Latinx Research Center, Diversity and Democracy Cluster (HIFIS), Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of International Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Geography, Department of African American Studies, Center for Race and Gender, American Cultures


The University of California, Berkeley, will host influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa. In 2019, a U.S. congressional session begins with more women and non-white members than ever before amid a contentious executive branch, and Brazil’s far-right president-elect begins his first term despite anti-Black, -LGBTQ, and -woman rhetoric. The symposium on “Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas” will facilitate transnational coalitions, engagement, and learning. Over several days, scholars, scholar-activists, and organizers will discuss the intersecting challenges of addressing anti-black state violence through workshops on topics including: policing and democracy; historical foundations of Black struggle; wellness and healing; sustainability and social movements; cultural media production; education in today’s socio-cultural contexts; pathways to contesting racialized forms of violence, and, many others.

The symposium will keynote address from john a. powell, scholars and activists from Brazil’s Black Movement (Movimento Negro) and Black Women’s Movement (Movimento de Mulheres Negras), Black Lives Matter, the Black Panther Party, Black Youth Project 100 and more!, US-documentary film premiere including Q&A with film-maker, art exhibition, and plenary event with special guests.

Join us during this dynamic multi-disciplinary symposium as we illuminate cross-cultural understanding, bringing forward the sharp contrast and commonality between South and North America and generating anti-oppression community building across the Americas. All community members welcome!


Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

 $0 Donation

Registration opens January 15. Register by February 19 .

coffee/tea, fruit, lunch (w/vegetarian and vegan options)


antiblackstateviolence2019@gmail.com

Public Agenda for Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the United States