Building from the Left: Strategies to Dismantle the Right

Date & Time

156 days ago


Morningside Heights


How can the left develop more robust strategies to undermine and disrupt the powerful ascendance of the U.S. Right, and build a transformative intersectional social justice agenda that encompasses reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, racial and immigrant justice, civil liberties, and economic justice?

Cara Page (Activist-in-Residence 2016-2018), Tarso Luís Ramos (Executive Director of Political Research Associates and Activist-in-Residence 2016-2018), and Andrea J. Ritchie (Activist-in-Residence 2016-2020) will present research and strategies, pose ongoing critical questions, and facilitate a discussion with leading organizers and scholars in these fields. The conversation with be moderated by Janet Jakobsen. 

About the Speakers For the past 20-plus years, Cara Page has fought for LGBTQGNC and People of Color liberation, through her organizing and cultural work in the reproductive, racial & transformative justice movements with organizers of the Audre Lorde Project, SONG, Project South, the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective, INCITE!  and the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative. As a Black queer feminist cultural worker, organizer and healer she continues to build community led collective safety and wellness strategies to interrupt and intervene on generational trauma; the cooptation and stealing of our practices and traditions; policing and surveillance; to transform interpersonal, communal and state control. As an Activist in Residence at BCRW, she is deepening her study to curate public discourse and installations that seek to rabble rouse, confront, and dismantle the historical and contemporary uses of eugenic practices and experimentation by the US government on our bodies through the Medical Industrial Complex. Through research, writing, legal services, and organizing, Andrea J. Ritchie has dedicated the past two decades to challenging abusive and discriminatory policing against women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press 2017) and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women(2015), A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations For Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV (2014), and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011). Prior to her appointment as an SJI Researcher-in-Residence, Ritchie was a Soros Justice Fellow at the Open Society Foundations, where she documented policy reforms and litigation strategies that address the specific ways in which discriminatory policing impacts women of color. Tarso Luís Ramos is Executive Director of Political Research Associates. Under his leadership, PRA has expanded existing lines of research documenting right wing attacks on reproductive, gender and racial justice by launching several new initiatives on subjects that include the export of U.S.-style homophobic campaigns abroad, the spread of Islamophobia, and the Right’s investment in redefining religious liberty toward discriminatory ends. Before joining PRA, Ramos served as founding director of Western States Center’s Racial Justice Program, which works to oppose racist public policy initiatives and support progressive people of color-led organizations. As director of the Wise Use Public Exposure Project in the mid-’90s, he tracked the Right’s anti-union and anti-environmental campaigns. Details and Accessibility This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is preferred but not required. The venue is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact BCRW for additional accessibility needs. Co-sponsored by Political Research Associates and the Department of Political Science at Barnard College.

tags: activism, socialjustice, lgbtq, civics, civillliberties