A New Civil Rights Agenda: Racism, Multiracial Coalitions and Pathways for Solidarity

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Location: Geddes Hall Coffee House

Over the last year, it seems that we experienced a more explicit, expansive attempt to revive explicit racism in our politics, our media, and our interpersonal relations than we’ve seen in decades. The reality of racism in America and its pernicious effects have been revealed once again. African-Americans, Muslim Americans, Latinos, Immigrants, Jewish Americans and many others have found themselves directly under attack interpersonally, institutionally, and sometimes violently.

However, this expansive effort at renewed exclusion may have a silver lining: solidarity. From the Women’s March, to the rise in local social movements, to interfaith solidarity efforts like Moral Mondays in North Carolina, coalitional organizations like the Stand As One Alabama Coalition in Birmingham, and resistance efforts by progressive mayors and city councils against political attacks on their residents, many Americans are coming to see their fates as tied like never before. Drawing from her own research on the rise of multiracial coalitions and activism in the South in a context of renewed anti-immigrant politics, Jennifer A Jones (Department of Sociology and Institute for Latino Studies) discusses the importance of political race and minority linked fate, the promise of a new civil rights agenda, the effectiveness of intersectional activism among the youth, and new pathways to peace and progress emerging at the local and state level.

Sponsored by Center for Social Concerns, part  "Living the Challenges of Peace" theme for 2017-18 academic year.  Simple lunch provided.