Black Lives Matter, A Year After Ferguson (featuring john a. powell)
Director john a. powell is featured in this video produced by AJ+ one year after Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Introduction
Civic engagement today is less about preserving democracy than it is about re-founding it. Democracy in the United States has always been an incomplete and aspirational project. And as anywhere, it has always been subject to both expansions and...
Video: Identity and Activism in Diverse Democracies
On Sept. 29, OBI's Democracy and Belonging Forum hosted this conversation between Yascha Mounk, a writer and academic known for his work on the crisis of multiracial democracy, and with Uma Mishra-Newbery, a global social justice and women's rights...
Video: Rising Up For Reparations
On Thursday, Sept. 29 we hosted a conversation on the promise and practice of reparations being undertaken for Black Americans. Speakers included Trevor Smith, the Director of Narrative Change at Liberation Ventures; Donald K. Tamaki, an appointed...
Community Land Trusts as Stewards of Public Land
California’s affordability crisis has reached every corner of the state, and local governments are examining their assets to find ways to support the preservation and development of affordable housing. This guide documents how local governments can...
Video: When "just getting along" isn't enough
What if the very indigestibility of the other calls for new ways of framing identity and the promise of politics? Where are the thirst-quenching waters in a time of fire and fury? Is belonging possible in a world rooted in othering? These are some of...
Podcast: Building Bridges Over the Hills
In this episode, we speak with Sharon Dunn and Gwen Johnson — two members of Hands Across the Hills (HATH), a grassroots group working to build bridges between communities in rural Western Massachusetts and in the Eastern Kentucky coal country...
john a. powell presents before the World Health Organisation
Download OBI Director john a. powell's PPT here. A global webinar was held on 31 August 2022 to: Shed light on the injustices and systemic discrimination that people of African descent often face and its impact on health; Describe how processes of...
Taking Stock: Visioning Beyond the Refinery
Richmond, CA has been called a "refinery town" because of the widely-felt presence of Chevron's oil refinery in the city. But what is the actual web of relationships between the oil refinery and the Richmond community?
We Can't Have Climate Justice Without Global Justice
On August 16, 2022, US President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The IRA is the largest explicit investment for mitigating climate change in federal history, and a concerted effort to mitigate the pronounced economic pressures faced by Americans...
Affordable Housing as Local Reparations for Black Americans: Case Studies
This case study report seeks to illuminate the activism, parameters, and intended outcomes of city programs for property redress as a form of reparations.
Introducing our inaugural Global Senior Fellow
We are proud to announce that author, poet, and public intellectual Báyò Akómoláfé has joined the Democracy & Belonging Forum as its inaugural Global Senior Fellow. In this role, Bayo will act as the Forum’s “provocateur in residence”, guiding Forum...
Answering the Call to Build Equitable Housing
On August 11, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian participated on a panel organized by SPUR on the legacy of housing discrimination in the Bay Area, and discussing the new statewide policy to purge racially restrictive covenants from housing deeds.

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Black Lives Matter, A Year After Ferguson (featuring john a. powell)
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The 1982 landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Board of Education v. Rowley set a standard for the support public schools must provide to students with disabilities, but the legacy is complex. 
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Our animated explainer videos break down some of the key principles that guide our work at the Othering & Belonging Institute. Follow the links below to view the videos, to read transcripts of the audio, and to learn more about each concept.