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Announcing Shifting the Lens Keynote Bree Newsome:

Community Organizer and Activist Who Removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House

Event Information:

  • Monday, November 2nd-Thursday, November 5th: 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with breaks
  • Survivors and students: $50 
  • Partnership Members: $100
  • Non Members: $150
  • Accessible online
  • Track A: Listening to Different Voices | Track B: Reimagining Policies and Practices | Track C: Harnessing the Power of Prevention | Track D: Addressing Gaps in the Field (workshops coming soon!)

Bree Newsome is a contemporary civil rights icon and an accomplished filmmaker & musician who embodies defying the status quo. 

She first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine Black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Bree climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

During a time when racist monuments are being taken down with people power, we honor the ways Bree has led the way and imparted wisdom that we must apply to our own work: “The problem is never when folks show up, but how they show up,” she said. “A system built on anti-blackness cannot be reformed. It must be radically transformed.”

How must our crisis responses be transformed? Our work policies and practices? Our community organizing to prevent domestic violence? 

To explore these questions together, register for our virtual event, Shifting the Lens—available in English and Spanish.


Michell Franklin
Capacity-Building Program Manager

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