Some of us take safety for granted, some have their safety threatened every day, and still, some feel they are safe until those feelings are shattered by an unanticipated act of violence. While we have a visual language for safety, usually embodying various orange objects and signs, it is our shared interpretation and internalization of these symbols that create the safety we take for granted. Join SPACES for monthly discussions on the right and expectation to safety and how we as a community can work together to expand safety to all as we speak with marginalized groups and youth activists, discuss power dynamics, and focus on how we can change and do better together. FREE and open to the public as part of FRONT International and "A Color Removed."
When it comes to Black liberation, safety is not limited to direct state violence. What does holistic safety look like for black people in the US? We will discuss the intersections of different avenues of safety, from health to financial, family and career, and even how these factors can risk physical endangerment.
Jocelyn Hill (AMP NEO co-founder)
Jocelyn hill is a fat, black, nonbinary community caregiver with a biting wit. They assist with organizing AMP NEO and working independently with individuals to fulfill their needs to survive in our current social structure.
Dr. Shereen Naser is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Cleveland State University. Dr. Naser's work focuses on understanding how schools respond to student behavior, and specifically ways school culture and behavioral practices impact students of color.
Indigo Bishop, ioby's Cleveland Action Strategist, is a certified social justice mediator and a double graduate of Case Western Reserve University where she studied sociology, anthropology, and social work. She spends her days helping Clevelanders organize all kinds of capital-cash, social networks, in-kind donations, volunteers, advocacy- to build real, lasting change from the ground up.
MODERATOR: Angelique Gates
Angelique is a local activist for anti-racist work as well as reproductive justice. she is one of the founding members of the local organization AMP NEO, and strives hard on inclusion and intersectionality. She works professionally in the financial industry. As a hobby she loves being outdoors exploring nature as well as traveling.