Dean Spade: Beyond Inclusion
How do activists and movements seeking to end harm and violence evaluate institutional frameworks that attest to include marginalized groups? How do we assess the reforms to determine what changes are actually transforming conditions and what are just legitimizing and expanding apparatuses of violence? These questions are facing contemporary movements with urgency, as political polarization increases, conditions of maldistribution intensify, and false claims of inclusion, representation, and victory over oppression abound. In this moment, building mutual practices of analysis and discernment to cut through misleading and demobilizing frameworks about race, gender, disability, policing, migration, and militarism is essential. Dean Spade will discuss some of the methods social movements are using to navigate these difficult dynamics and create concrete projects that address the material conditions of harm marginalized communities are facing.