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Race Forward Announces Workshops

September 3, 2014

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NEW YORK, Sept. 2 -- Race Forward: The Center For Racial Justice Innovation will present more than 60 workshops at its national conference in Dallas in November, the organization announced Tuesday.

Programs and workshops at Facing Race: A National Conference will address the economy, housing, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, education, health care, immigration, criminal justice, faith communities and media.

"To fully realize our racial justice vision as a community we must be multi-racial, multi-disciplinary, multi-issue, intergenerational, and we are creating a space for that work at Facing Race," Rinku Sen, Race Forward president, said in a news release.

Three generations of activists -- Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, her daughter Toshi Reagon and granddaughter Tashawn Reagon -- will keynote this year's conference. The Reagons will tell a story of how art and activism help us transcend barriers and move the country toward justice.

Workshops and panels include "Designing Interactive Web Tools to Fight Racial Discrimination at Work," "Queering Racial Justice Organizing in the South" and "Why Tribal Sovereignty Matters."

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity will also present workshops, including "Implicit Bias: State of the Science and Moving From Research to Action" and "The Pipeline from School to Economic Opportunity."

"Collaborations such as this can only strengthen the racial justice field to ensure all people and communities have opportunity to succeed," said Sharon Davies, Kirwan Institute president.

More than 40 national and grassroots organizations are represented in Facing Race's program offerings.

Workshop highlights

"The End of the Open Internet and The Silencing of Racial Justice Movements," sponsored by Center for Media Justice will be presented by Steven Renderos.
"Poison Crossroads -- Interventions at the Intersection of Disaster Capitalism and Environmental Racism," sponsored by Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, T.E.J.A.S. and presented by Monique Harden, Dr. Robert Bullard, Yudith Nieto
"Opportunities under Obamacare to Tackle Racial Disparities in Health: Bringing the Fight for Access and Care to Your Home State," sponsored by Alliance for a Just Society and presented by LeeAnn Hall

Facing Race local funders include the Embrey Family Foundation, The Boone Family Foundation and the Dallas Women's Foundation. National funders include the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The conference takes place Nov. 13-15 in Dallas. The full program and registration information can be found at

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