In the wake of the Trayvon Martin controversy, this event engaged the issues that have sparked nationwide protests and fueled an ongoing dialogue on racial bias, social justice activism, and the criminal justice system. This event brought together one of the most prominent public intellectuals and a long-time anti-police brutality activist to discuss the crippling problems of unemployment, police harassment, and mass incarceration. This dialogue has been held at sites like Harlem’s Aaron Davis Hall and on the UC Berkeley campus, and it has engaged thousands in robust discussion of both societal problems and potential solutions in collective action and public policy.

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