Freedom Interrupted

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Race, Gender, Nation and Policing

Freedom Interrupted: Race, Gender, Nation and Policing is a campus-wide, year-long collaboration at Cornell that will include symbolic, artistic and scholarly events, to create spaces for ongoing discussions of race and policing as well as raise awareness about victims of police violence who have not received much national attention. The collaboration will also serve as a “think tank” to forge ideas and tools with which to address these issues.

The interdisciplinary effort includes the Africana Studies and Research Center and the American Studies, Asian American Studies, Feminist Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS), Latina/o Studies (LSP) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT) Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIIP) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the ILR School. Faculty participating in the Crime, Prisons, Education and Justice minor are also partnering in the collaboration.

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Witness Project

The Witness Project/We See You is part of the Freedom Interrupted collaboration on race, gender, nation and policing. This portion of the collaboration foregrounds the humanizing texts, images and perspectives of artists who invite us to witness the unfolding of events relative to policing in our nation and to see how communities respond. Such images and pieces of art are an invitation to stop, see, and think more deeply about this moment, our relationship to it and what it says about who we are at the same time that they ask us to think about who we most want to be.

Posters

The posters of Dignidad Rebelde

The Latina/o Studies Program presents a selection of downloadable posters designed, made, and disseminated by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between Oakland-based artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes.

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Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness: Ferguson, Missouri

A series of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs by David Carson, Robert Cohen and Christian Gooden of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch chronicling the aftermath of Mike Brown's murder in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola

"No one hears the howling of a black girl ghost in the nighttime." Porsha Olayiwola, Reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion

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Pussy Riot video

"I Can't Breathe"

"I Can't Breathe" Pussy Riot's first song in English is dedicated to Eric Garner and all those who suffer from state sanctioned violence.

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The posters of Dignidad Rebelde

Solidarity with Ferguson

Solidarity with Ferguson

Break ICE's Hold

Break ICE's Hold

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

We are the 99%

The Richest 1% and Corporation Should Pay their Fair Share!

The Latina/o Studies Program presents a selection of downloadable posters designed, made, and disseminated by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between Oakland-based artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes. Dignidad Rebelde partners with grassroots organizations and allied institutions to empower communities in their fight for quality of life and political enfranchisement, to enact their dreams and shared visions. "Following principles of Xicanisma and Zapatismo," Dignidad Rebelde writes, "we create work that translates people's stories into art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it."

Another important aspect of Dignidad Rebelde's posters concerns their form, which is of the highest quality. As they write: "our art is for museums, collectors' exhibitions, community and cultural centers, individual homes, political rallies and more. We are committed to advancing the acceptance of people's art as quality art, and to nurturing a model of art-making grounded in collaboration with community organizations and other networks of artists." For more, see http://dignidadrebelde.com

"The 'Freedom Interrupted' events are meant to bring together various parts of our campus to raise awareness of the inequities and abuses facing so many in our country, while at the same time building up a 'think tank' to forge ideas and tools with which to tackle and eventually bring about important changes in society,"

Hector Velez, interim director of LSP

Bearing Witness: Ferguson, Missouri

Taking the flag from protesterThe Witness Project/We See You foregrounds the humanizing texts, images and perspectives of artists who invite us to witness the unfolding of events relative to policing in our nation. Such images are an invitation to stop, see, and think more deeply about this moment, our relationship to it and what it says about who we are at the same time that they ask us to think about who we most want to be.

Africana's contribution to this effort is a series of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs by David Carson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch chronicling the aftermath of Mike Brown's murder in Ferguson, Missouri. Mike Brown's death for many young people and the nation at large, marked the beginning of a renewed commitment to policing reform and a sustained movement declaring that Black Lives Matter.

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"No one hears the howling of a black girl ghost in the nighttime."

Porsha Olayiwola, Reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion

We See You: Too often cis and trans black female victims of police violence go unseen and unsung, giving rise to a false narrative that over-policing is a problem for cis black men only. Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Porsha O calls out that false narrative and urges us to #SayHerName. The African American Policy Forum launched the #SayHerName campaign to bring black women and girls' experience with police brutality to the fore.

FGSS and LGBT Studies will be bringing Porsha Olayiwola to campus for a performance and open mic in March 2017.

"I Can't Breathe" Pussy Riot's first song in English is dedicated to Eric Garner and all those who suffer from state sanctioned violence."

"This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror - killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds - for political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change. We stand in solidarity."

–Pussy Riot

Members of Pussy Riot participated in a panel discussion during Punkfest at Cornell on November 2, 2016.