"Black Lives Matter & the Politics of Survival"

 "Black Lives Matter & the Politics of Survival," a screening of Emmy Award-winning short documentary “Traffic Stop” and a panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement, which was organized by the students and professor of Philosophy 090: Black Lives Matter and the Future of Race (Fall, 2016), took place Monday, November 14, 2016. Linderman 200 was filled to overflowing with Lehigh students, faculty, and administrators, and members of thee Bethlehem community.

Speakers included Alex Landau, a community organizer with the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and subject of the film "Traffic Stop," Mrs. Esther Lee, the President of the Bethlehem Chapter of the NAACP, and KaLisa Moore, a Black Lives Matter organizer in New York City.

                                                                                     

The documentary “Traffic Stop,” which can be viewed here, features Alex Landau, who is a father, student, and co-founder of the Denver Justice Project. He works as a community organizer with the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition towards ending racial injustice and mass incarceration, as well as transforming law enforcement.   In 2009, Alex was brutally beaten by officers from the Denver Police Department and in 2011 was awarded a settlement by the City of Denver. Two of the officers involved in the assault have since been fired for use of excessive force in unrelated incidents. Alex’s encounter with police brutality became the catalyst for his movement work in Colorado.

KaLisa Moore is a student, Kansas native, and lives in New York City. She became an important political organizer in multiple Black Lives Matter organizations in NYC after the police killed Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014. She fights for Black Liberation and against mass incarceration, educational injustice, police brutality, poverty, and patriarchy. She refuses to be silent until all black women and femmes are free.

Esther M. Lee is President of the Bethlehem Chapter of the NAACP and a South Side Bethlehem native, mother, and grandmother. She strives to make the community aware of the ongoing and increased injustice to African Americans, including the disproportionate incarceration of African American youth. Through the Bethlehem NAACP, she has organized community forums, led the “Ban the Box” campaign in Bethlehem, and organized candlelight and prayer vigils for the families who have lost loved ones to police violence.

Facebook events page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1103121466462241/. A flyer for the event can be found here.

The event was sponsored by Lehigh University’s Department of Philosophy and supported with a generous grant from the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative at Lehigh University. Co-sponsored by Lehigh University’s Africana Studies Program, Black Student Union, English Department, and Humanities Center.

End Date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 17:45