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Rise Up for Justice: Activist-Athletes Elect Justice
August 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
RISE UP FOR JUSTICE: BLACK LIVES AND OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE
“Activist-Athletes Elect Justice”
A National Livestream Event – Thursday, Aug. 27 @ 12PM PST / 3PM EST
Watch live: riseup4justice.org
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In collaboration with Athletes for Impact, Elect Justice, and Vote.org, the second program in the Rise Up For Justice livestream series will explore the role of activist-athletes in ongoing struggles for social and racial justice.
From from Muhammad Ali to Maya Moore, from Colin Kaepernick to Megan Rapinoe, athletes have long cast their lot with oppressed peoples and have spoken out for justice. Today, athletes are still organizing and speaking out for Black lives, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, democratic rights, Native sovereignty, and immigrant rights. This is a panel of athletes who have stepped up and knelt down.
Akeishein Wells, Rapper, singer, actor
Michael Bennett, Three-time NFL Pro Bowl Defensive End, member of Athletes for Impact
Dave Zirin, Author, Sports and Politics Historian at The Nation
Rosalie Fish, Marathon runner, activist for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Member of Cowlitz Tribe
Andrea Hailey, CEO of Vote.org
Janelle Gary, Former member of the Garfield High School Soccer Team & Member of New Generation
Jesse Hagopian, Educator, Editor & Activist
Rafael Jesús González Poet Laureate, City of Berkeley
Watch the stream HERE on Facebook and ask questions LIVE!
ABOUT THE SERIES
A Black-led movement demanding police accountability and justice has galvanized anger, grief, and frustration over the repeated killings of Black men and women both historically and in the present day—but also hope for a future rooted in true belonging. People worldwide are participating in a pivotal uprising that will reshape not only our relationship with Black communities, but also our collective future. A new livestream series, “Rise Up For Justice: Black Lives and Our Collective Future,” from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, is providing space for cutting edge conversations among activists, scholars, journalists, and other thought leaders to provide context and analysis on this transformative moment and envision what comes next in the movement for racial justice.
ABOUT THE OTHERING & BELONGING INSTITUTE
The Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change. We are a diverse and vibrant hub generating work centered on realizing a world where all people belong, where belonging entails being respected at a level that includes the right to both contribute and make demands upon society and political and cultural institutions.
ABOUT ATHLETES FOR IMPACT
Athletes for Impact is a vehicle for athlete activism. Founded in 2016, Athletes for Impact has become a vital resource for athletes across all sports to become a part of a growing intersectional movement for justice.
ABOUT ELECT JUSTICE
Elect Justice is a new model for voter engagement and turnout that integrates sports, music, and culture with community organizing, research, and technology to reach voters most forgotten and impacted by violence.
Vote.org is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan voting registration and get out the vote technology platform in America. It has registered more than 3.3 million new voters, verified 8.2 million voters’ registration status, and has helped over 30 million website users by providing registration links and deadlines, polling location details, and other essential voting information for each state.
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