Protests demanding an end to police discrimination and brutality have led City leaders to remove two prominent statues—of Stephen Foster, and more recently, Christopher Columbus—from public spaces in Oakland. These steps are just a small part of the work needed to address the legacies of genocide and displacement and promote racial healing. As we recognize International Human Rights Day, we invite everyone to join us for a panel and discussion on the role of such steps in advancing racial justice and human rights. Learn about the efforts of residents to have the Columbus statue removed and hear from community leaders about its impacts on human rights in our region. Consider what further steps we can take to further the historical truth-telling that can help advance racial healing and reverse the extreme political polarization we face today.
Panel participants: Prem Rajagopal, organizing fellow with the Center for Coalfield Justice; Eva Brady, Student Human Rights Task Force; Benjamin Gutschow, Casa San Jose; anupama jain, Executive Director, City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission.