Poster for event named "Achieving Our Country: An Academy of Citizen Activism", being held virtually on May 21 and 22, 2021. Poster shows four of the speakers, Sandra Susan Smith, Piper Perabo, Reginald Hudlin, and Karen Finney.

May 20-21, 2021

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Achieving Our Country

Trotter Collaborative

Event Type: Remote

A two-day virtual convening for activists, advocates, academics, and artists who work at the grassroots level, to teach advocacy skills and create a national coalition of social justice collaborators. Conversations will focus on three critical concerns: democracy, criminal legal system transformation, and COVID-19 pandemic resilience.

Thursday, May 20th

6:00 p.m. Welcome: Cornell William Brooks
6:20 p.m. Opening Keynote: Tiffany Loftin
6:45 p.m. Activist Breakdown: Juliet Pesner and Nialah Edari
6:55 p.m. From Voting Rights to A Right to Democracy: LaTosha Brown, Roberto Lopez-Irizarry, Nsé Ufot, and Karen Finney (moderator)
8:20 p.m. Keynote Conversation: Reggie Hudlin and Cornell William Brooks

Friday, May 21st

12:00 p.m. Welcome: Devon Jerome Crawford
12:10 p.m. Activist Breakdown: Piper Perabo
12:20 p.m. From Healthcare Disparities to a Healthy Democracy: Marcella Alsan, Alden McDonald, James E.K. Hildreth, Allie Young, and David Williams (moderator)
1:55 p.m. Introduction of the Criminal Legal Reform Panel: Letitia James
2:05 p.m. Abolishing the Carceral State and Building the Nation: Sara Sidner, Ron Sullivan, Yanilda Gonzalez, and Sandra Susan Smith (moderator)
3:30 p.m. Immersive Teaching Experience: Cornell William Brooks, Stephen A. Green, and HKS students
5:00 p.m. Art and Justice: W. Kamau Bell, Cornell William Brooks, and “The Story of Venus: Suzannah Omunuk”
6:00 p.m. Closing remarks and commencement: Cornell William Brooks

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