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    Rahwa Neguse, MSGH, MPA


    With nearly 15 years of experience as a leader in both the public and nonprofit sector, Rahwa shines demonstrating experience in the areas of organization management, engagement, youth development and quantitative and qualitative research. She served as the Former Chair of the “School-to-Prison- Pipeline” Working Group of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission Equity Advisory Committee and is guiding Healthy Black Families Inc’s expansion into Birth Equity and Fatherhood Engagement.

    James King

    James King is the State Campaigner for the Ella Baker Center. Prior to joining the organization, James worked to build recognition of the value of people who are being held in carceral spaces. James is a writer and organizer, having written numerous op-eds, and a weekly blog that gave a first person perspective of the true impact of mass criminalization and living within the prison industrial complex. As an organizer, he founded a think tank of incarcerated people who were passionate about criminal justice policy and built relationships with multiple California criminal justice reform organizations.

    Axel Fuentes


    Axel Fuentes is the Executive Director of RCWA organizing in the rural midwest to protect rthe rights of the most vulnerable demographic grous in the area beginning in Milan, Missouri. RCWA joined a nationwide coalition to file a civil rights complaint with the USDA alleging that two major meat processing corporations have engaged in racial discrimination through their workplace policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, they made headlines when they sued a local Smithfield Foods pork plant for protections for workers against coronavirus.

    Ann Keller, Ph.D.

    Keller is Associate Professor of Health Politics and Policy exploring the nature and use of scientific and technical expertise in public decision making. She studies the politics of science and expertise in public policy, focusing on environmental, health, and technological innovation. Publications focus on how politics shape the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is currently studying public sector responses to CRISPR/Cas-9 and automated vehicle innovations. She is also researching the effects of hyperpolarization on executive branch agency capacity and studies the management challenges involved in responding to infectious disease outbreaks.

    Dr. Hector P. Rodríguez

    Dr. Hector P. Rodriguez is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He directs the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA), a statewide research translation center that disseminates UC and CSU faculty evidence to advance health equity through policy and institutional change. Dr. Rodriguez is an expert in organizational analysis and performance management in health care organizations and public health systems.

  • About this event

    Our fourth Livestream event brings together public health experts, political scientists and social justice activists exploring the current and historical trends in US political life that have led the country to this moment of reckoning.


    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the underlying forces and the overarching narratives of race, gender and class inequality that have been the bedrock of the US experience since Day One. Instead of providing the public with reliable information about the pandemic and a credible plan to defeat it, the pronouncements from the White House have engendered distrust in government and in science.


    This event is being organized by the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley in collaboration with UC Berkeley School of Public Health

  • About this series

    This Livestream series, “Rise Up For Justice: Black Lives and Our Collective Future,” from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, is providing space for cutting edge conversations among activists, scholars, journalists, and other thought leaders to provide context and analysis on this transformative moment and envision what comes next in the movement for racial justice.


    A Black-led movement demanding police accountability and justice has galvanized anger, grief, and frustration over the repeated killings of Black men and women both historically and in the present day—but also hope for a future rooted in true belonging. People worldwide are participating in a pivotal uprising that will reshape not only our relationship with Black communities but also our collective future. Launched in June 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd.


    Check out our previous events:




    ATHLETE-ACTIVISTS ELECT JUSTICE with Revolve Impact, Athletes for Impact, Vote.org, Elect Justice


    BLACK LIVES & OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE with Community Action Partnership, International SEIU, and Race Forward


  • Produced By

    Othering and Belonging Institute


    Healthy Black Families, Inc., Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rural Community Workers Alliance,

    Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Texas Organizing Project, Advancement Project, Africans Rising, Athletes for Impact, APALA NV, California Calls, Center for Knowledge Equity, Community Action Partnership, Elect Justice, Family Action Network Movement, GARE, Greater Good Science Center, Health Impact Partners, I'm Making a Difference, International SEIU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Make it Work NV, Make the Road NV, More in Common, MOSES MI, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New Florida Majority, Policylink, Community Change Action, Race Forward, Revolve Impact, SEIU NV, Texas Organizing Project, University of California at Berkeley, Visíon y Compromiso, Vote.org, Wayne State University (Detroit Equity Lab) and the Workers Center for Racial Justice.


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