My Neighbor's Keeper: Who Is Responsible for My Safety?
Marginalized Communities and Systemic Racism: A Conversation with AMP - Amplifying Black, Indigenous
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Marginalized Communities and Systemic Racism: A Conversation with AMP - Amplifying Black, Indigenous, & POC Voices
Some of us take safety for granted, some have their safety threatened everyday, and still some feel they are safe until those feelings are shattered by an unanticipated act of violence. While we have a visual language for safety, usually embodying various orange objects and signs, it is our shared interpretation and internalization of these symbols that create the safety we take for granted. Join SPACES for monthly discussions on the right and expectation to safety and how we as a community can work together to expand safety to all as we speak with marginalized groups and youth activists, discuss power dynamics, and focus on how we can change and do better together. FREE and open to the public.
When it comes to Black liberation, safety is not limited to direct state violence. What does holistic safety look like for black people in the US? We will discuss the intersections of different avenues of safety, from health to financial, family and career, and even how these factors can risk physical endangerment.
MODERATOR Angelique Gates
Angelique is a local activist for anti-racist work as well as reproductive justice. She is one of the founding members of the local organization AMP NEO, and strives hard on inclusion and intersectionality. She works professionally in the financial industry. As a hobby she loves being outdoors exploring nature as well as traveling.
Jocelyn Hill (AMP NEO co-founder)
Jocelyn hill is a fat, black, nonbinary community caregiver with a biting wit. They assist with organizing AMP NEO and working independently with individuals to fulfill their needs to survive in our current social structure.
Dr. Shereen Naser is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Cleveland State University. Dr. Naser's work focuses on understanding how schools respond to student behavior, and specifically ways school culture and behavioral practices impact students of color.
Indigo Bishop, ioby's Cleveland Action Strategist, is a certified social justice mediator and a double graduate of Case Western Reserve University where she studied sociology, anthropology, and social work. She spends her days helping Clevelanders organize all kinds of capital-cash, social networks, in-kind donations, volunteers, advocacy- to build real, lasting change from the ground up.
Maria Smith is a long time activist and attorney on Cleveland's Westside. She is a member of the Cleveland Nonviolence Network and the Catholic Worker Community. Additionally, Maria
was a co-convener of the People's Justice and Peace Convention in 2016. The five practices of the PJPC express Maria's commitment to non-violence. Those practices are:
1. Radical Amazement
2. Radical Hospitality
3. Good stewardship to create shared abundance
4. Compassion for every sentient being and eco-system
5. Truth, Reparations and Reconciliation"