Part One: Our guests are representatives of the Georgia Youth Justice Coalition
Alex Ames, GT Public Policy and Sociology graduating '24ish
Organizing Director at GA Youth Justice Coalition
Joseph Rodriguez, a Hispanic & queer student in Dekalb high schools who organizes with our Black Student Power Project & bringing students to the table in GA to demand better conditions in our schools.
Jordan Madden, a Black student organizer from Clayton County schools who organizes with our statewide coalition building efforts & lead much of the fight at the capitol this year! With a background in organizing since he was in middle school.
Yana Batra, an AAPI organizer in Decatur who organizes student storytelling among other efforts. She's been with their group for quite some time!
Their priority has been building a sustainable, supportive, and just community for youth changemaking. A better Georgia requires an organizing space that invites and incubates young Georgians to remain lifelong organizers. They build resources, run programs, and make space for the priorities of youth changemakers in the ecosystem of progressive organizing across Georgia. They build coalitions and build community. They pay our staff, train those younger than themselves, and make (strategic) noise. They stop bills meant to ban truth and steal school funds. They stand against policies meant to marginalize their trans siblings. They stand alongside parents, educators, and allies in the fight for education justice.
They are organizing for the world every child deserves. As fascism rears its ugly head, they are here to show a beautiful alternative. Their web site is a peek into this extraordinary, youth-led work. https://www.georgiayouthjustice.org
Part two: Race Class, episode 5
We talk with Prof. Jonathan Feingold of Boston Universtiy
#RaceClass Ep. 5 | Race as a “Social Construct”: Elites Create the Rules that Serve Elites
Race is a “social construct.” This means that humans created (a) racial categories, (b) the meanings we associate with those categories, and (c) the gatekeeping rules that determine who goes into which category. In #RaceClass Ep. 5, we explore the gatekeeping rules. Specifically, we ask why political elites in antebellum America adopted different gatekeeping rules for the category “Black” and the category “Indian.” Turns out, it’s all about property. And, as always, context matters.
We also remember Philando Castile – whose 2016 killing exposed that there are two Second Amendments in the United States. And race has long informed which Second Amendment a person can enjoy.
Reading Recommendation: The Second, by Carol Anderson