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How Can We Use This Moment To Create Systemic Change?

Demonstrators raise their fists at the Lincoln Memorial during a protest against police brutality and racism on June 6, 2020.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with john a. powell, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute. Professor powell is internationally recognized as a leading expert on civil rights and civil liberties.

We'll discuss the nationwide uprisings over the police killings of Black men and women and how the COVID pandemic is disproportionately impacting Black communities. What is the most effective way to use this moment to create systemic change?


john a. powell, professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, and author of several books including Racing to Justice: Transforming our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society

Web Resources: 

Berkeley Blog, john a. powell: We're in a moment of collective trauma. But there are glimmers of hope

Time, Katy Steinmetz: 'A War of Words.' Why Describing the George Floyd Protests as 'Riots' Is So Loaded

NPR, Scott Horsley: From Jobs To Homeownership, Protests Put Spotlight On Racial Economic Divide

Vox, Katelyn Burns: The unemployment rate improved in May, but left black workers behind

Vox, Anna North: What it means to be anti-racist

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.