Archive: Racial Justice
How COVID-19 and Police Brutality Protests Could Change America’s Criminal Justice System (Video)
The crises of America’s broken criminal justice system and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were on the minds of a distinguished panel during “Crises of the Common Good and Public Health,” a June 5 forum co-sponsored by the Kalmanovitz Initiative and Georgetown’s Prisons and Justice Initiative.
Our Statement on Police Brutality, Recent Unrest, and Racial Justice
The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer is yet another tragic chapter in the long, sad history of lethal violence meted out to African Americans. This act of police brutality, a contemporary manifestation of the historically unfair and racist treatment of Black people by law enforcement and the criminal justice system, has sent people to the streets once more in protest, demanding to right this systemic wrong.
Categories: In the News, Race and Economic Empowerment Project
KI Welcomes James C. Benton as Director of the Race and Economic Empowerment Project
The Kalmanovitz Initiative is thrilled to welcome Dr. James C. Benton as director of its new Race and Economic Empowerment Project. In his role, Dr. Benton will be conducting research, directing advoc
Categories: Our Staff, People, Race and Economic Empowerment Project
WCP: Everybody Knows About Alabama
The 1963 KKK bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham resulting in the death of four adolescent girls inspired Nina Simone to write protest songs. Decades later, Doug Jones made the successful prosecution of two of the bombers part of his Alabama U.S. Senate campaign against Roy Moore. In this week’s Working-Class Perspective, Sherry Linkon and John Russo discuss how history, politics, and culture are woven together in Christina Ham’s play with music, Nina Simone: Four Women.
Category: Visiting Scholars
WCP: #SaveTPS: A Working-Class Struggle
Congress must act by the end of this week to save DACA, but they also face a deadline on another program that has helped immigrants from countries struggling with war, disasters, and environmental emergencies – Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In this week’s Working-Class Perspective, KI’s Jessica F. Chilin-Hernández explains why TPS matters for workers and for her own family.
Categories: Our Staff, Visiting Scholars
WCP: Race AND Class, Then and Now
The events that took place in Charlottesville and the President’s refusal to denounce white supremacists has led many to interpret current political tensions as rooted in racism, particularly among the white working class. In this week’s Working-Class Perspective, KI affiliate faculty member Sherry Linkon discusses how the film Detroit, portraying the 1967 uprising in Motor City, and the white supremacist march in Charlottesville both reflect the intersection of race and class. Prof. Linkon insists that to make lasting social change, we must advance both economic justice and racial justice.
Category: Visiting Scholars
Kalmanovitz Initiative to Help Build New Generation of Women’s Labor Leadership
Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor will identify, nurture, train and convene a new generation of diverse, female labor leaders in a collaborative effort with Rutgers
Category: Our Staff
Community and Labor Organizers Plot to Bargain for Racial Justice
Attendees of the three-day conference converged at the old National Labor College, which has been renovated as the Tommy Douglas Conference Center. The gathering was hosted by a steering committee of representatives from labor and community organizations and convened by Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, the Rutgers School of Management Labor Relations’ Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, and the Action Center on Race and the Economy.
Categories: Bargaining for the Common Good, Events
ONE DC 10th Anniversary Celebration Event
Vincent DeLaurentis (SFS '17) is currently interning with ONE DC through the KI Summer Organizing program. Vincent is also a student leader for the 2017 Worker Justice DC alternative break program.
Categories: Organizing Internship, Student Leaders