Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas Symposium

As many of you know, our department is one of the co-sponsors of this amazing 3-day symposium. Our graduate students are also part of the collective that organized it. We hope to see as many of you there as possible! 


Asha Ransby-Sporn (Black Youth Project 100,), Ericka Huggins, Cat Brooks, Alicia Garza, Yetunde Olagbaju, Christen Smith, Hamilton Borges, Andreia Beatriz Silva dos Santos, Camila de Morães, Djamila Ribeiro, our very own Leigh Raiford, Ula Taylor, Tina Sacks, john a. powell, me, and many more will be speaking, offering introductory remarks and facilitating dialogue. 

Please see schedule attached. RSVP for specific events, or for the entire symposium here!   ABSV2019Registration



Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas:

Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.*

February 20th– 22nd

University of California, Berkeley


2/20 @ David Brower Center (4:15 – 8:30pm)

2/21 @ Multicultural Community Center, MLK Building (9am – 6pm)

2/22 @ Multicultural Community Center, MLK Building (9am –  4pm)

2/22 Plenary Event @ Berkeley Law, Room 105 (5-7pm)

RSVP for individuals events and workshops: ABSV2019Registration




At a pivotal historical moment, the University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa. Join

Cat Brooks (Anti Police-Terror Project)
Ericka Huggins (Black Panther Party)
Vilma Reis (Movimento de Mulheres Negras)
Alicia Garza (Black Lives Matter)
Asha Ransby-Sporn (Black Youth Project 100)
Djamila Ribeiro (Movimento de Feministas Negras)
Andreia Beatriz & Hamilton Borges dos Santos (Reaja ou Será Mort@)
Christen Smith (UT Austin)
Michael Mascarenhas, Tianna S. Paschel, john a. powell, Leigh Raiford,

Tina Sacks, Ula Y. Taylor &  (UC Berkeley)

Camila de Moraes and more throughout this three-day symposium!

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. Taking place over three 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. 

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!

RSVP for individuals events and workshops: ABSV2019Registration

Get up-to-date information and more details here:  (does not require a FB account). Our event page also has a link to the RSVP form.

*This event is organized by: The LUTA Initiative, developed by Maria Fátima Santos, co-directed with Jessica F. Compton, and with guidance from Tianna S. Paschel. 

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We give great thanks to the following university co-sponsors: Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society (HIFIS), Multicultural Community Center, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Antonio Gramsci Fund, Student Technology Fund, Center for Latin American Studies, Global Black Feminisms Project, Department of Sociology, Office of the Dean of Graduate School of Education, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Latinx Research Center, HIFIS Diversity and Democracy Cluster, Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of International Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of African American Studies, Department of Geography, American Cultures Center, and Center for Race & Gender.

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