Women's and Gender Studies to host Say Their Names discussion

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Women’s and Gender Studies to host Say Their Names discussion

Black Lives Matter rally in Los Angeles.
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The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host a “Say Their Names: Centering Black Women Activists in the Struggle for Justice” discussion from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 12 via Zoom.

The event will feature Jeannette Jones and Zakiya Luna who will examine the often-overlooked activism and leadership of women of color in the United States. This dialogue and discussion will allow us to hear from two outstanding scholars and then to ask questions and discuss together.

Jones, associate professor of history and ethnic studies, will spotlight women’s activism in Black Lives Matter. Her talk will focus on the Black women, queer, and transgender people, who are central to creating and leading resistance to violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. She will also address the need for movements like #SayHerName to foreground that women and girls are victims of police brutality.

Luna, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, will focus on activism in the reproductive justice movement. Her talk will foreground the history and successes of SisterSong who are largely responsible for creating what we now know as the modern-day reproductive justice movement. SisterSong is the largest national multi-ethnic Reproductive Justice collective, whose membership includes and represents Indigenous, African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latina women and LGBTQ people.

Join Zoom meeting via this link with the password 848011.

For questions, contact Shari Stenberg.

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