Join Cat Brooks and Alecia Harger for conversation and an artistic journey exploring the role trauma plays in the lives of Black people in America. In “In White Supremacy, Black Trauma and Healing Justice as a Liberatory Practice,” Cat and Alecia utilize research, art, performance, multi media, and Healing Justice modalities to examine the pathways North American Africans chart to surviving trauma, how that trauma interrupts the building of thriving lives and liberation movements, along with the healing modalities necessary for the transmutation of that trauma into healing and action. The session will include an excerpt of Cat Brooks’ one woman show ‘Tasha, about the in-custody murder of Natasha McKenna inside the Fairfax County Jail in Virginia.
Cat Brooks,Abolition Democracy Activist in Residence Fellow, Black Studies Collaboratory, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Cat Brooks is the KPFA co-host of UpFront and a long-time performer, organizer, and activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant, and spent the last decade working with impacted communities and families to rapidly respond to police violence and radically transform the ways our communities are policed and incarcerated. She is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) and the Executive Director of The Justice Teams Network. Cat was also the runner-up in Oakland’s 2018 mayoral election, facing incumbent Libby Schaaf.
Alecia Harger, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Black Studies Collaboratory, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Cedric Williams, Director of Photography
This event is free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation will be provided. If you need accommodations to fully participate, please contact Barbara Montano at email@example.com or 510-664-4324 with as much advance notice as possible. Please refrain from wearing any scented products, including essential oils.