A day of reflection - hosted by USCMS

Lothar Bauerdick (FERMILAB), Meenakshi Narain (Brown University (US)), Sarah Eno (University of Maryland (US))

In support for "A STRIKE  FOR BLACK LIVES"  https://www.particlesforjustice.org/

A letter by Brian Nord, Co-signed and Co-edited by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein


Times for the meeting are FNAL times. (central US).

This is a VIRTUAL meeting, please connect via Zoom Meeting: direct link

on cern.zoom.us Meeting ID: 914 9291 8012 Password: 061020


    • 10:00 AM 10:05 AM
      Gathering on zoom 5m
    • 10:05 AM 10:10 AM
      A day of reflection 5m
      Speaker: Meenakshi Narain (Brown University (US))
    • 10:10 AM 10:35 AM
      History of Racism in America 25m

      Bradley Graupner (Linguistic Anthropologist) will discuss how we can understand the contemporary context from a brief overview of the history relevant to this moment. That will include early colonialism, the emergence of whiteness as a concept and for what reasons, the colonial era developments and rebellions in how they shaped institutionalization of racial supremacy, the American colonies, the formation of the United States, and Slavery through Jim Crow. This will touch on the intersection of race and racism with class and inequality, ethnicity and nationalism, all vis-à-vis power and politics as the latter is generally considered. He will emphasize how historical structures and resistance adapts and changes vis-à-vis institutionalization to maintain power dynamics.

      Graupner's training is in anti-colonial struggles via racism, land rights, civil rights, gender rights, sexual orientation rights, axiological and epistemological rights vis-à-vis history of the Black Liberation Movement, and Native American Religious Traditions. He has been engaged in anti-racism and anti-colonial struggles since 2003. Graupner is on the board of directors fo the Chicago SNCC History Project which established the first Civil Rights archive in the world that is open to the public at the Carter G. Woodson regional library in the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of African American History. He assists with creating and curating an ongoing collection of oral histories from Civil Rights organizers for the archive. In 2016, he also created the decolonizing library at the Oceti Sakowin camp for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe when participating in their uprising against the violation of their treaty rights related to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

      Speaker: Bradley Graupner
    • 10:40 AM 11:05 AM
      Addressing Structural Racism Underlying Protests 25m

      Laura Pitter is deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s US Program. Her bio is available at: https://www.hrw.org/about/people/laura-pitter

      Links to some of her prior work on the topic of her presentation are listed below:

      US: Address Structural Racism Underlying Protests
      Prosecute Officers in Floyd Death; End Police Violence Against Protesters: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/06/02/us-address-structural-racism-underlying-protests

      The Case for Reparations in Tulsa, Oklahoma
      A Human Rights Argument: Report: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/29/case-reparations-tulsa-oklahoma#_Toc41573959; Shorter press release which provides a summary: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/29/us-provide-reparations-1921-tulsa-race-massacre

      The above report on reparations stemmed from an in depth, two year investigation we did into policing, poverty and racial inequality in Tulsa that is somewhat of a microcosm for these issues in the US. Here is a link to the 216 page report, “‘Get on the Ground!’: Policing, Poverty, and Racial Inequality in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/09/12/get-ground-policing-poverty-and-racial-inequality-tulsa-oklahoma/case-study-us; Shorter press release which provides a summary:https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/12/us-how-abusive-biased-policing-destroys-lives

      Speaker: Laura Pitter
    • 11:10 AM 12:10 PM
      A Conversation on Awareness and Change - "How can we do better?" 1h

      Moderators: Anadi Canepa, Savanna Starko

      Speakers: Anadi Canepa (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US)), Bo Jayatilaka (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US)), Indara Suarez (Boston University (US)), Prof. Kevin Black (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Meenakshi Narain (Brown University (US)), Salvatore Rappoccio (The State University of New York SUNY (US)), Sarah Eno (University of Maryland (US)), Sarah Marie Demers Konezny (Yale University (US)), Savanna Rae Starko (Vanderbilt University (US)), Wren Vetens (University of Wisconsin Madison (US))