Creative Resistance

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Our #JusticeIsEssential series will come to a close with adrienne maree brown and Toshi Reagon discussing creative resistance and the roles creatives play in reimagining our world anew. More information coming soon!

Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Time:  2-3:15 pm EST 
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adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown (she/they) is

a writer
– a pleasure activist
– a sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar
– a facilitator
– a speaker/singer (including wedding singer) and
– a doula
living in Detroit.

adrienne is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling GoodEmergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is the co-host of the How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

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Toshi Reagon

Toshi Reagon (she/her) is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. The New York Times described her blend as “…a love of mixing things up…[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Her live performances, in particular, aren’t just accessible; they’re irresistible. And Toshi Reagon loves her audiences. Leading her renowned band–BIGLovely, launched in 1996–she instantly connects, inspires and empowers.

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History tells us that ordinary folks coming together, organizing themselves at the grassroots level, and standing up and fighting for systemic change is the only way to create a better world.  Today we are living through a health and economic crisis. We are watching essential workers across the country put themselves and their health at risk to support us as we navigate this pandemic. We have also felt a collective sorrow as the pandemic disproportionately ravages through Black and brown communities.

We are also living through an uprising against white supremacy and police violence. We are witnessing people across this country, led by Black and brown communities, say not one more killing. People are putting an end to the police state we’ve lived in for too long. These community leaders, too, are essential.

Although we have long known that racist policies create inequitable health outcomes, COVID-19 and this mass uprising highlight the need to maintain justice as a central tenement of what is essential in this country. Resist grantees have always known this to be true and have been on the frontlines, responding to the communities forgotten by the national response to COVID-19 and brutalized by the police. This is why Resist in partnership with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation is hosting a #JusticeIsEssential series that will highlight the work of grantees, people, and organizations all across the country who are responding to this moment with rigor, creativity, and love.

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At Resist, we know that frontline leaders and groups that work for justice and liberation have the heart, knowledge, and tools needed to reimagine and co-create a better world for us all. In the midst of pandemic and uprisings, how do we get closer to this new world, what changes need to take root, and what strategies must be employed?  

Join this three-part conversation as movement leaders, creatives, and elders discuss what organizing for the new world looks like, the importance of healing justice and spiritual resistance, and the role creative resistance can play.


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