- October 26, 2016
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In his most recent book, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, Jeff Chang provides a provocative and timely collection of essays built around the central exploration of the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. His highly relevant, powerful ruminations examine some of the most contentious issues in the current discussion of race and inequality.
As the country has been gripped by unrest fueled by racial tensions-from riots in Ferguson over the use of force in policing to the racially motivated shootings in Charleston, Dallas, and Baton Rogue-the push for change grows more insistent and less easy to ignore. Throughout his research, Chang introduces us to the stories of many leading activists as he charts how popular voices on the ground and in social media have catalyzed the push for protest and change.
Join Jeff Chang in conversation with Cat Brooks on race in America, how culture impacts our understanding of politics, and how activism and protest can play a powerful role in this polarized moment.
Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, and the arts. His second critically-acclaimed book was re-released in paperback earlier this year under the title Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America. He co-founded Culture Str/ke and ColorLines and serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. Chang was named by The Utne Reader one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" and in 2016, YBCA named him as one of its 100 list of those "shaping the future of American culture."
Cat Brooks is an artivist and mother who has spent her life working on many social justice issues. In 2009, Cat joined the fight for Oscar Grant and was instrumental in developing and organizing communications strategies and leading multiple demonstrations. In 2013, Cat co-founded the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), whose mission is to eradicate police terror in communities of color. For the last two years, APTP has successfully called for 96 hours of direct action over King weekend, culminating in the Reclaiming King's Radical Legacy March-bringing thousands into the streets.
At the age of 8, Brooks found her voice on the stage as an actress and in her journals as a writer. In her early 20's, she lived in Los Angeles working as an actress and communications professional. Since then, her life has been about impacting inequitable social dynamics through communications, organizing, advocacy, public speaking, and art. Cat is also a member of Black Lives Matter and one of the Black Friday 14, a group of Black activists who locked down the West Oakland BART station on Black Friday in 2014. She is currently writing a one-woman show about the in-custody death of Natasha McKenna. She lives in West Oakland.