Invisible No More: A Symposium on Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women & Women of Color

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union Building | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

The Center for Race & Gender presents…



Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

March 21-22, 2018

Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley

ASL Interpretation Provided *** Location is ADA Accessible

FEATURING: Screening of the Academy Award-nominated Film, Traffic Stop & the Berkeley premiere of the national art exhibit, No Selves to Defend

~ Books for sale by Eastwind Books ~





A roundtable of organizers and scholars will discuss why gendered analyses have often been marginalized in activism, policy, and research addressing police violence and how to shift the paradigm for a more expansive and transformative politics.

4:00: Welcome & Opening

4:45: Screening of Academy Award Nominated film, Traffic Stop

5:20: Reception

5:50: Honor Families

6:15: Shifting the Paradigm Panel


10 am: WELCOME 10:15 am IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT & GENDER VIOLENCE Moderated by Leti Volpp, UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender Martha D. Escobar, California State University, Northridge; Saira Hussain, Asian Law Caucus; Survived & Punished; Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Lee Ann Wang, University of Washington

11:30 am: POLICING GENDER, REPRODUCTION, SEX, & SEXUALITY Moderated by Xandra Ibarra Jill Adams, UC Berkeley, Center on Reproductive Rights & Justice; Monica Jones, OUTLAW Project ; Emi Koyama, Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade

12:45 pm: LUNCH (on your own) ~ Books on sale by Eastwind Books ~ 1:30 pm: #SurvivedAndPunished – POLICING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Moderated by Alisa Bierria, UC Berkeley; Survived & Punished Nan-Hui Jo, Survived & Punished; Stand With Nan-Hui; Mimi Kim, California State University, Long Beach; Creative Interventions; Romarilyn Ralston, California Coalition for Women Prisoners; California State University, Fullerton; Lidia Salazar, Community United Against Violence

2:45 pm: BREAK, SNACKS 3 pm: RESISTANCE ROUNDTABLE Melina Abdullah, California State University, Los Angeles; Black Lives Matter- Los Angeles; Cat Brooks, Anti-Police Terror Project; Aminah Colbert, California Coalition for Women Prisoners; Survived & Punished; Lisa Earl, Justice for Jackie; Rachel Herzing, Center for Political Education; Janetta Johnson, TGI Justice Project; Mia Mingus, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective; Ola Osaze, Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project; Connie Wun, Transformative Research


In the midst of intensified immigration enforcement, doubling down on discredited drug war tactics, initiatives flooding communities of color with police, continuing disrespect for Indigenous sovereignty, rampant Islamophobia, increased attacks on gender, sexual, and reproductive liberation, and ongoing criminalization and violations of people with disabilities, police violence is poised to escalate on every front. Simultaneously, we are in the midst of a national conversation about sexual violence that offers tremendous opportunities to shine a light on sexual violence committed by police officers, as well as criminalizing responses to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. In each of these contexts, the experiences of women of color — often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence — must fuel our resistance. 

To advance these critical conversations, this event convenes scholars, artists, survivors, organizers, and advocates living and working at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and criminalization to join us for a two day symposium examining and building on the themes, trends, and strategies explored in Andrea Ritchie’s recent book, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press, 2017). Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Kayla Moore, Charleena Lyles, Jessica Williams, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader frame of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.

Exploring racial profiling, police violence, criminalization, mass incarceration and immigration enforcement through the lens of the experiences of Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color, symposium participants will engage the crossroads between organizing, research, art, and policy strategies to transform conditions of state violence in this historic political moment.

Featuring speakers from:  UC Berkeley; Anti Police-Terror Project; California Coalition for Women Prisoners; Stand with Standing Rock; Center for Political Education; TGI Justice Project; CSU Los Angeles; Creative Interventions; Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade; Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf; Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective; Justice for Kayla Moore; Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project; Transgender Law Center; Asian Women’s Shelter; Survived and Punished; California Immigrant Policy Center; Transformative Research: An Institute for Research + Social Transformation; Communities United Against Violence

This event is made possible by the following generous co-sponsors: African American Studies; American Cultures; Barnard Center for Research on Women; Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice; Division of Equity and Inclusion; Ethnic Studies; Gender & Women’s Studies; Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society LGBTQ Cluster; Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Diversity and Health Disparity Cluster; Institute of Governmental Studies; Institute for the Study of Societal Issues; Multicultural Community Center; Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice; Third Wave Fund; The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Multicultural Community Center

MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley

(Location is ADA Accessible)

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