(PART 3) UNDER THE BLACKLIGHT:
MAPPING COVID'S RACIAL GEOGRAPHY
Rosa Clemente is an organizer, political commentator and independent journalist. Rosa is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced seven major community activism tours and consults on issues such as hip-hop feminism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, United States political prisoners and the right of Puerto Rico to become an independent nation free of United States colonial domination. She is creator of PR (Puerto Rico) On The Map, an independent, unapologetic, Afro-Latinx centered media collective founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Rosa was the first ever Afro-Latina women to run for Vice-President of the United States in 2008 on the Green Party ticket. She and her running mate, Cynthia McKinney, were to this date the only women of color ticket in American history.
Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes is a mother, daughter, wife, educator, author, event producer and community developer. On January 1, 2020, Ms. Ecclesiastes took the reins of one of the city’s most important community development institutions and looks forward to ushering in a new era of culture, community, and commerce. For the past five years, as Director of Strategic Neighborhood Development for the New Orleans Business Alliance and Claiborne Corridor Program Manager for the Mayor’s Office of New Orleans, Asali designed equitable development strategies for high impact neighborhoods—empowering resident leaders and making bold commitments to address entrenched disparities. She advanced place-based projects and secured funding within six priority areas: economic opportunity, cultural preservation, affordable housing, transportation choice and access, environmental sustainability, and safe & healthy neighborhoods.
Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota & Dińe) leads the Keep It in the Ground Campaign of the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is the son of Tom B.K. Goldtooth, the globally recognized activist and founder of the Indigenous Environmental Network.He travels extensively across Turtle Island to help fossil fuel and hard rock mining impacted communities tell their stories through social media, video, and other forms of communication. Dallas is an Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) media team lead, working with IEN staff, board, and organizational partners from a diverse group of climate justice networks. Along with his many tasks and duties with IEN, he is also a Dakota cultural/language teacher, non-violent direct action trainer, and was one of the outstanding Water Protectors at Standing Rock/Oceti Sakowin Camp fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s, a poet, journalist, traditional artist, powwow emcee, and comedian. Dallas’s advocacy and work on issues like the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Los Angeles Times.
Daniel Martinez HoSang is an Associate Professor of Ethnicity, Race & Migration at Yale. His research and teaching explore the contradictory labor of race within U.S. political culture across a wide-range of sites, including electoral politics, social movements, and cultural formations. HoSang is the co-author (with Joseph Lowndes) of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity and the author of Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California which was awarded the 2011 James A Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians He is the co-editor of three volumes: Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines (with Kimberle Crenshaw, Luke Harris and George Lipsitz); Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method and Practice (co-edited with Ramon Gutiérrez and Natalia Molina); and Racial Formation in the 21st Century (with Oneka LaBennett and Laura Pulido).
Mari Matsuda is a professor at University of Hawaii Law School. She helped develop Critical Race Theory and one of its most powerful practitioners. She serves on national advisory boards of social justice organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian American Justice Center. By court appointment, she served as a member of the Texaco Task Force on Equality and Fairness, assisting in the implementation of the then-largest employment discrimination settlement in U.S. history. Matsuda is the author of We Won't Go Back: Making the Case for Affirmative Action (with Charles R. Lawrence III), Where Is Your Body? And Other Essays on Race, Gender and Law, Words That Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment (with Charles R. Lawrence III), and Called From Within: Early Women Lawyers of Hawaii. A Magazine recognized her in 1999 as one of the 100 most influential Asian Americans.
Rinku Sen is a writer and a political strategist. She is currently Senior Strategist at Race Forward, having formerly served as Executive Director and as Publisher of their award-winning news site Colorlines. She is also a James O. Gibson Innovation Fellow at PolicyLink. Under Sen’s leadership, Race Forward has generated some of the most impactful racial justice successes of recent years, including Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, and many more outlets changing their practice. Her books Stir it Up and The Accidental American theorize a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other systems.