July 10th- National Briefing
Reclaiming Racial Justice for Us All:
Women of Color Speak Out on MBK
On June 17 a letter from over 1,400 Women of Color entitled “Why We Can’t Wait: Women of Color Urge Inclusion in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’” was sent to President Obama. The open letter questions how attempts to address the challenges facing males of color – without integrating a comparable focus on the complex lives of girls and women who live and struggle together in the same families, homes, schools, and neighborhoods – advances the interests of the community as a whole. The women who came together to lift up this issue come from all walks of life. They are activists, academics, artists, students, teachers, nurses, day laborers, business owners, community leaders, stakeholders, mothers of sons, and mothers of daughters. These women, identifying as straight, queer and transgender, all share a commitment to the expansion of “My Brothers Keeper” (MBK) and all other national youth interventions to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all youth of color.
Thursday July 10th @ 12 PM EST/ 9 AM PST
Please join some of the activists and thought leaders behind the open letter for a frank discussion on why we can't wait to include women and girls in the President's most significant racial justice initiative to date.
Moderated by GRITtv's Laura Flanders, the conversation will provide information about the content of ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ and will present a case for the inclusion of girls and women in this exclusively-male initiative.
Our Conversation Will Cover:
- What is the “endangered species” frame that informs MBK and how does it fail to serve all youth of color, boys as well as girls?
- Why are girls and women of color “hidden in plain sight” and what are the consequences to the community as a whole?
- What’s really behind the belief that including women and girls jeopardizes the interests of young men and boys?
- How are concerns about women and girls of color “outlawed” within our communities and what can we do to reverse these dynamics?
- What would a robust, inclusive and effective MBK really look like?
- Why must we not wait to reclaim a vision of racial justice that centers the concerns of the entire community, women as well as men, girls as well as boys?
Featured Speakers Include:
- Laura Flanders (Moderator) Host and Founder, GRITtv
- Kimberle Crenshaw Co-Founder, The African American Policy Forum
- Brittney Cooper Co-Founder, The Crunk Feminist Collective, Writer at Salon - "'Not Going to Lie Down and Take It': Black Women are Being Overlooked by this President" -"My Brother's Keeper and the Co-Optation of Intersectionality"
- Rosa Linda Fregoso Professor, Former Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Salamishah Tillet Co-Founder, A Long Walk Home - "Why Girls of Color Should Be Included in My Brother's Keeper"
- Joanne Smith Founder and Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity
- Kristie Dotson Professor of Philosophy,Michigan State University
- Nakisha Lewis Board Member, Resource Generation
- Rachel Gilmer Grassroots Organizer and Activist
This event is hosted by the African American Policy Forum.