Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the US

UC Berkeley is hosting influential scholars and social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

Learn more about the symposium whose guests include:
Cat Brooks (Anti Police-Terror Project)
Ericka Huggins (Black Panther Party)
Vilma Reis (Movimento de Mulheres Negras)
Alicia Garza (Black Lives Matter)
Asha Ransby-Sporn (Black Youth Project 100)
Djamila Ribeiro (Movimento de Feministas Negras)
Andreia Beatriz & Hamilton Borges dos Santos (Reaja ou Será Mort@)
Christen Smith (UT Austin)
Tina Sacks, Leigh Raiford & john a. powell (UC Berkeley)
Camila de Moraes and more throughout this three-day symposium!

In 2019, a U.S. congressional session begins with more women and non-white members than ever before amid a contentious executive branch, and Brazil’s far-right president-elect begins his first term despite anti-Black, -LGBTQ, and -woman rhetoric. The symposium on “Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas” will facilitate transnational coalitions, engagement, and learning. Taking place over three days, scholars, scholar-activists, and organizers will discuss the intersecting challenges of addressing anti-black state violence through workshops on topics including: policing and democracy; historical foundations of Black struggle; wellness and healing; sustainability and social movements; cultural media production; education in today’s socio-cultural contexts; pathways to contesting racialized forms of violence, and, many others.

Join us on February 20th - 22nd, 2019 during this dynamic multi-disciplinary symposium as we illuminate cross-cultural understanding, bringing forward the sharp contrast and commonality between South and North America and generating anti-oppression community building across the Americas. All community members welcome!

RSVP for individuals events and workshops: ABSV2019Registration

Get up-to-date information and more details here:  (does not require a FB account). Our event page also has a link to the RSVP form.

This symposium is being organized by a multi-disciplinary coalition of graduate students from across campus, developed by Maria-Fátima Santos, co-directed with Jessica F. Compton, and with guidance from Professor Tianna S. Paschel. We give great thanks to the following university co-sponsors: Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society (HIFIS), Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Antonio Gramsci Fund, Center for Latin American Studies, Global Black Feminisms Project, Department of Sociology, Office of the Dean of Graduate School of Education, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Study of Law and Society, Latinx Research Center, HIFIS Diversity and Democracy Cluster, Institute for Governmental Studies, Institute for International Studies, Center for Social Change (ISSI), Department of Comparative Literature, Department of African American Studies, American Cultures Center, and Center for Race & Gender.