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With calls for “defunding police” on the rise, invisible, tech-mediated surveillance continues to penetrate every area of our lives – workplaces, schools, hospitals, and of course policing itself.
How does this relate to a longer history of surveilling Black life and how are people mobilizing against this New Jim Code?
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era.
In this conversation, Dorothy Roberts and Ruha Benjamin explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. They take us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provide conceptual tools to resist the New Jim Code with historically and sociologically-informed skepticism. In doing so, they challenge us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.
In this Facebook Live discussion, Bill Rodgers, Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development; Adriana Abizadeh, NJPP Board Member and Executive Director of the Kensington Corridor Trust; and Amol Sinha, Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ will explore how New Jersey can begin to dismantle long-standing structural racism and inequality through this year’s budget and beyond. Brandon McKoy, President of New Jersey Policy Perspective, will moderate the conversation. Click here to register for this free event.
The March for Equality will reflect different organizations, poets, speakers, and others to help give them an opportunity to voice their opinions on racial inequities and police reform. All genders, races, ages, and religious groups are welcome to join and walk. The march will continue from 2PM until 5PM; all those who want to be a part of this peaceful demonstration will assemble at the Princeton YMCA at 1:30PM. The route of the march will start at the Princeton YMCA going down Paul Robeson Place and crossing over onto Chambers Street, then onto Hulfish Street staying on the sidewalk and proceeding to Hinds Plaza, where there will be different speakers.
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. In his Nobel Peace Prize speech in December that year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called this legislation a “…second Emancipation Proclamation.” We are determined to strengthen our resolve to work for justice until we get all people free! On this July 2nd, please enjoy this re-broadcast of Juneteenth Now: Get Us Free, a commemoration of Black resistance, resilience, healing and joy.
Produced by Charles Randolph-Wright, the evening will feature performances from a wide variety of artists and activists: Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf), Nicole Ari Parker (Empire), Keith David (Greenleaf), Aunjanue Ellis (The Clark Sisters), Rosario Dawson (Rent), Christina Elmore (Insecure), Sarayu Blue (I Feel Bad), Angela Birchett (The Clark Sisters), Kelly AuCoin (Billions), Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces). The evening includes a special appearance from the descendants of Frederick Douglass—Kenneth B. Morris, Jr and Nettie Washington Douglass.
Musical performers include Soul icon Nona Hendryx, Gospel legend BeBe Winans, Aly Palmer (BETTY), Kendall Ramseur (Sons of Serendip), award winning theatre artists L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), Antwayn Hopper (A Strange Loop), Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill), The Broadway Husbands Bret Shuford (Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Hanna (The Phantom of the Opera). Grammy Award Winning artist Marcus Hummon will also perform with the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir.
As our nation remains gripped in protests against police violence, this program will amplify calls for justice while simultaneously highlighting the joy, virtuosity and excellence that are too-often absent in media portrayals of Black culture. And—against the President’s white nationalism—the show will offer a vision of a beautiful, justice-oriented, multicultural America in striking contrast.
Proceeds from Juneteenth Now: Get Us Free! benefit the shared, intersectional work of The Middle Project and Middle Church to train thousands of anti-racist, ethical leaders and to make sure every vote counts.