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Friday, July 3 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Evening Plenary: Black Lives Matter

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The West Indian socialist C.L.R. James once wrote that the “independent Negro movement is able to intervene with terrific force upon the general social and political life of the nation.” The Black Lives Matter movement—the most significant sustained struggle against racial injustice in the US in many decades—shows how much this is still true today. The panelists of activists and leaders, family members of police violence victims, and writers will draw a balance sheet of the movement and discuss ways forward for this crucial struggle.

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Brian Jones

A teacher, actor, and activist in New York City, and the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. He taught elementary grades for almost a decade in New York City’s public schools, and is now a doctoral student in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United... Read More →

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Phillip Agnew

Phillip Agnew is the executive director and cofounder of the Dream Defenders, an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing.. A native of Chicago, IL, he is a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Business and Industry.  While there he served as Student Body President, a member of the University Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate.  His life was changed when he became... Read More →
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Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford is the Co-Director of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice and the Co-Founder of the Alan Blueford Foundation. | | The Alan Blueford Center for Justice and The Alan Blueford Foundation, were born out of the tragic death of Jeralynn’s youngest son, Alan. Jeralyn's endeavor now is to be instrumental in healing those who have suffered injustices, to help bring about change, and to stop the police brutality.  
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Michael Hassell

Michael Hassell is a St. Louis based activist who has been on the ground in Ferguson organizing with Black Lives Matter. He video-recorded the murder of Kijieme Powell by St Louis Police and has been involved with that case and the murder of Mike Brown. He has been traveling around the country from Cleveland to D.C. fighting to see the change we need.
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Bridzette Lane

Bridzette M. Lane, community activist and founder of the Ralphael T. Briscoe Memorial Foundation. After the tragic loss of her son as a result of excessive force by a member of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Bridzette Lane established the Ralphael T. Briscoe Memorial Foundation to assist individuals who have been victims of excessive force by members of law enforcement as well as their families. The foundation... Read More →
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Donna Murch

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press).
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Martinez Sutton

Martinez Sutton is anti-police brutality activist from Chicago, Illinois. He is the brother of Rekia Boyd who was murdered by the the Chicago Police Department in 2012. Since her murder he has tirelessly organized and fought for justice. While the off-duty officer who killed her was brought to trial—the first CPD officer to have to do so in decades—he was cleared of all charges in a bizarre technicality by the judge. Martinez... Read More →
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Ms., and other publications. Her first book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, will be published in... Read More →
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Ebony Williams

Ebony Williams is a #BlackLivesMatter activist in Ferguson

Friday July 3, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Regency Ballroom

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