What We Need to Know About What Happened, What's Coming and Why We Must Join Together Against Hate

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump became the President-Elect. Throughout his campaign he stoked the fears and anxieties of the entire nation. He promised to ban Muslims and build a wall to keep out undocumented Mexican workers. Together with a Vice President who has opposed marriage equality, Trump mocked people with disabilities, boasted about his own sexually assaultive behavior, and espoused narratives of widespread injustice perpetrated by minorities against white Americans, bringing white nativist rhetoric to the forefront. Already, there are reports of hate crimes and increased harassment of ethnic and religious minorities nationwide, constituting disturbing indicators of what is to come.

The social justice aspirations of hundreds of millions of people around the world rest on our collective capacity to reflect, recommit and resist. To that end, we will ask thought leaders to address these questions: How do we understand what has happened? What are the concrete threats to social justice that are imminent? How do we foreground intersectional learning and action to enhance social justice in the face the news realities?

On November 11th, concerned activists, academics, artists and thought leaders came together to discuss how we can move forward and incorporate intersectional learning and action into our next steps. 


Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has had a long and distinguished career in scholarship and public service.

Cherrell Brown is a community organizer and educator living in Greensboro, NC, involved in several grassroots organizations working towards ending police and economic violence, and teaches direct action trainings and community organizing 101.

Devon Carbado is Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He currently teaches classes on constitutional law, criminal law, and critical race theory.

Sumi Cho is Associate Dean for Non-JD Programs and Professor of Law at DePaul College of Law, where she employs a critical race feminist approach to her work on affirmative action, sexual harassment, legal history, and civil rights.

Kimberle Crenshaw is the co-founder and Executive Director for the African American Policy Forum. She is also a Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, where she teaches classes on critical race theory and civil rights.

Zillah Eisenstein is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence and former Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in New York, and a regular contributor to AlJazeera.com and FeministWire.com

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, and the author of The Vagina Monologues.

Alicia Garza is one of the co-creators of the Black Lives Matter movement, and activist and organizer based in Oakland. She also serves as Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Dallas Goldtooth is both a comedian and an activist. He is a Member of a Comedy Crew, the 1491s and organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Robin Kelley is Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. His research has explored the history of social movements in the U.S. and more.

Hiroshi Motomura is Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA and an influential scholar on citizenship and immigration law.

Tim Wise is an anti-racism activist and author. He has lectured across the country and internationally, authored several books, and been featured in multiple documentaries.

Ezra Young is the Impact Litigation Staff Attorney at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.