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Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines

October 8, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Poster for the event Resisting Police Violence with Speakers names and details as in event over blurred image of Resist sign

Join us for the first event of the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series: a conversation with mothers from across the Americas who, after losing children to police and state violence, have become powerful activists fighting for justice and institutional changes to end state violence affecting Black, indigenous, and low-income youth. Speakers include:

  • Dorothy Holmes, Ronnieman Foundation and Justice for Families, Chicago, US
  • Débora Maria da Silva, Mothers of May, Brazil
  • Rute Fiuza, Mothers of May of the Northeast, Brazil
  • Jacqueline Castillo, Mothers of False Positives of Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia
  • Cristina Bautista Salvador, Mothers and Fathers of the 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico
  • Yanilda María González (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

This event is sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Weiner Center for Social Policy.


Virtual Event Details  

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. This event will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent out afterward to all who register.

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time.

Questions? Email the Ash Center events team at info@ash.harvard.edu.

About the ‘What Justice Looks Like’ Series 

Recent uprisings in cities throughout the US against racialized police violence, along with mass protest movements from Chile to Colombia to Haiti against long-running structural inequality and exclusion, have demonstrated that policymakers and political leaders routinely remain disconnected from, or actively ignore and silence, the experiences of communities directly harmed by their policies.

Convened by Assistant Professor Yanilda González, “What Justice Looks Like” takes a perspective of “public policy from below” by centering the voices of those on the ground level of struggles for justice, but traditionally excluded from the halls of power.  This year-long discussion series centers the voices and experiences of activists and communities directly affected by state violence and mass incarceration in trauma-informed conversations about (in)justice, power, resistance, and pathways to racial justice, equity and meaningful change.


Via Zoom, Registration Required
MA United States


Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center