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National NOW’s Racial Justice Summit
February 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Please join National NOW for their annual Racial Justice Summit, and there’s an exciting slate of panels set for the event.
Reproductive rights have been under attack for decades. Seismic shifts in our political landscape and conservatives’ strategic efforts to overtake legislatures and villainize pro-choice members of Congress have resulted in detrimental rollbacks in the access to reproductive care. These efforts have exacerbated racial and economic inequities in the United States. The 2020 elections served as a glimmer of hope for advocates of reproductive justice, but the last year also saw an unnerving number of losses in key districts where pro-choice champions were serving.
During this panel, we will discuss with activists, practitioners, and policy advocates about the current polarized political landscape and what it means for the fight for reproductive justice. In addition, our speakers will provide insight and opportunities for how to get involved in the fight for reproductive justice.
In 2020, #DefundthePolice became a clarion call for racial justice activists across the country. The campaign’s aim was simple: to draw attention to the injustices within our criminal justice system that disproportionately impact Black, Brown, and TGNB communities, and advocate for jurisdictions to reapportion budgetary priorities to focus more on social services. However, disinformation campaigns by opponents led to widespread polarization on the issue of police reform, and even schisms within reform advocates’ own circles.
There is very little doubt that two justice systems exist in the United States. Historically marginalized communities receive far harsher punitive punishments relative to whites, even for the same crimes. Knowing this reality, this conversation seeks to unpack the history of our current criminal justice system and what we can do to implement reform using a racial justice framework.
Automated Inequality: Bias in Tech
It has been nearly forty years since the internet was first introduced to the public. Since then, it has become an essential part of our daily lives. We work, we shop, and we interact with our friends and family online and on various digital platforms. The current state of the global pandemic has only exacerbated this reality, and driven us more into a virtual space. Now more than ever, the internet is nearly inextricably linked with the access to basic needs, such as food, education, and our social interactions.
We are seeing social inequities and essentialized constructs that have plagued communities of color for years replicated online and in the technologies we utilize. The paradigm around race and racism has shifted to look at how digital spaces reinforce systems of oppression. Our panel on digital inequities will facilitate a discussion around the reasons why online oppression matters, how it is manifested in our daily lives, and the implications for more accountability and building ethnical technologies.
Democratic systems of government are essential in the protection of human rights; however, the strength of democracies everywhere is being tested and pushed to the limits. We know that when governments falter, communities of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, and immigrants are the most vulnerable and the first to suffer. When rights are threatened, social and political movements create spaces for collective impact and fighting back.
The fight for justice and equality, and the efforts to dismantle the structural barriers that hinder progress, require us to fundamentally shift the ways we think about systems of oppression, privilege, and the impact of discrimination.
With a new administration in the White House, the calls to return to a pre-Trump “normal” fall woefully short of the pressing need to rebuild a democracy that works for those who have been marginalized. Join our panel as we discuss ways to reframe our discourse to ensure that the voices of marginalized communities are amplified and elevated in our discussion of rebuilding democracy. In addition, this panel will discuss why it is critically important we listen to these voices, both in the U.S. and around the world.