Scot Nakagawa, Senior Partner at Change Lab, and Tarso Luis Ramos, Executive Director of Political Research Associates will join Mab Segrest of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC for a discussion about the rise of Donald Trump, the mainstreaming of the Right and white supremacy, and how white people can show up to disrupt racism in the context of a Trump presidency.
All proceeds from ticket sales at the event will be donated to Political Research Associates and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund. The tickets are a sliding scale $0-$20 so please contribute as you feel able in support of these organizing efforts. There will also be cash and Venmo donation options at the event.
6:00-7:00 Mab facilitates a conversation with Scot and Tarso
7:00-7:45 Q&A with the audience
8:00-8:30 (optional) SURJ NYC Orientation for interested attendees
Scot Nakagawa is a Senior Partner at Change Lab, a grassroots political lab that explores how U.S. demographic change is affecting racial justice politics, with a strategic focus on Asian American identity. Scot is a community organizer, activist, and public intellectual. He has spent the last four decades exploring cultural production and hegemony, racial injustice and racial formation through community campaigns, cultural organizing, popular education, writing, and direct political advocacy. Scot’s primary contribution has been to the fight against vigilante white supremacist groups, white nationalism, Nativism, and authoritarian evangelical political movements. In this work, he has served as a strategist, organizer, and social movement analyst. Scot is busy at work on a number of projects, including writing a playbook for anti-fascists, and a primer on race and power. His writings have been included in Race, Gender, and Class in the United States: An Integrated Study, 9th Edition; Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence; and Eyes Right!: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash.
Tarso Luis Ramos is the Executive Director of Political Research Associates. He has been researching the U.S. Right for over two decades, contributing numerous articles and reports on Christian Right, anti-immigrant, anti-labor and anti-environmental movements and campaigns. Ramos previously served as founding director of Western States Center's racial justice program. Through the 1990s, Tarso worked in various western states to counteract anti-gay campaigns, right-wing militias, and other organized threats to social justice. As director of the Wise Use Public Exposure Project in the mid-90s, he monitoried the Right's anti-union and anti-environmental campaigns.
Mab Segrest Mab Segrest is a writer, organizer and teacher now living in Brooklyn. Mab has worked for over thirty-five years in social justice movements, organizing and teaching against white supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia. Much of that work was from North Carolina, with Feminary: A Lesbian-Feminist Journal for the South in the late 1970s, North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence (NCARRV) in the 1980s and the Urban-Rural Mission of the World Council of Churches in the 1990s. With five other lesbians, she helped to found Southerners on New Ground (SONG) in 1992. Her influential autobiography Memoir of a Race Traitor, has inspired generations. (She is now working on a 2nd edition to be published by the New Press). Mab was Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at Connecticut College from 2002-2014. She now lives in Brooklyn and was one of the founding members of Showing Up for Racial Justice NYC. Learn more about Mab from Standing on the Side of Love Fortification Podcast.
ABOUT SURJ NYC
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC is a chapter of a national network organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. Learn more about SURJ values here and contact email@example.com for more info and to get connected with the NYC chapter.