How to Create a Thriving Multiracial Democracy

“When you think about Black Lives Matter, when you think about the movement that has been created over the last five years, remember that our movement is about imagining a world where black folks are actually free. Imagining a world where the word poverty is a past tense, imagining a world where we don’t need handcuffs or shackles any longer, imagining a world that we all deserve to live in.” —Patrisse Cullors, co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter

In this week’s The Pulse newsletter, just days ahead of Juneteenth, we share voices from the Bioneers community — Angela Glover Blackwell, john a. powell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patrisse Cullors and Heather McGhee — discussing the movement for racial justice, how it has progressed, and its potential powerful future.

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Angela Glover Blackwell – Transformative Solidarity for a Thriving Multiracial Democracy

True solidarity requires stitching together what appears separate into a powerful, magnificent whole. The honed, deliberate, transformative practice of solidarity produces an exhilarating recognition of our interconnectedness and interdependence—essentials for thriving democracy. Angela Glover Blackwell is a renowned civil rights and public interest attorney, longtime leading racial equity advocate, and founder of PolicyLink, the extraordinarily effective and influential national research and action institute that advances racial and economic equity by “Lifting Up What Works.” In this talk, Angela Glover Blackwell discusses transformative solidarity and why it’s necessary for a thriving multiracial democracy.

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From Othering to Belonging

How can we, as a society, move from “othering” to belonging? What and whom does othering actually benefit? How can we expand the circle of human concern and concern for nature? How can we live into our innate interconnection to create true inclusivity and wholeness? How do we build the structures, institutions, policies, cultures and stories that will support that inclusivity? Angela Glover Blackwell and john a. powell, renowned law professor, activist, and founder of the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley discuss these critically important, existential questions.

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Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patrisse Cullors and Heather McGhee: In Conversation with 3 Racial Justice Movement Leaders

We continue to witness a national and international uprising, demanding an end to the systemic racism that has enabled the unforgivable police murder of countless black men and women. In support of this movement for change, we’re sharing a trio of short podcast episodes that address racial injustice, intersectionality, #BlackLivesMatter and more.

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Introducing the Democracy & Belonging Forum

This week, the Othering & Belonging Institute launched its first-ever transatlantic initiative, the Democracy and Belonging Forum, a space for civic leaders in Europe and the U.S. who are committed to countering pernicious polarization by bridging across lines of difference while centering the needs and concerns of marginalized groups.

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NOW AVAILABLE! Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership, 2nd Ed.

We are excited to announce that the second edition of Nina Simons’ book, Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership, is now on sale! Nature, Culture & the Sacred offers practical guidance and inspiration for anyone who aspires to grow into their own unique form of leadership on behalf of positive change. Join Nina on an inspiring journey to shed self-limiting beliefs, lead from the heart and discover beloved community as you cultivate your own flourishing and liberation.

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