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“We cannot achieve racial justice and create a secure and thriving democracy without also transforming our economic systems.”
—Scholar and lawyer Michelle Alexander in the New York Times
The movement for systemic and reparative justice for Black lives must address all aspects of life in the United States: social, legal, political, and, in particular, economic. In this conversation, panelists including Walis Johnson, Betsy MacLean, Kriston Alford McIntosh, Barika X. Williams, and moderator Prerana Reddy will think critically together about the ways capitalism uses race as an oppressive and divisive tool and imagine alternative economic solutions for a more just society.
In conjunction with the exhibition Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water, this series of online discussions brings together artists, activists, and thinkers to discuss creative, alternative solutions to policy issues like the wealth divide, the injustice of the justice system, and the current crisis of representation in cultural and political life that threatens our democracy.
Rope/Fire/Water offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the past and think critically about our current national climate. In doing so, we will be able to reimagine what the future can be and build new, collective paths forward to a radically different society with equity at its heart.
Kriston Alford McIntosh serves as a managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS). She joined HPS from the Brookings Institution, where she served as the managing director of the Hamilton Project. Immediately prior to joining the Brookings Institution, McIntosh served as a senior vice president of the Edelman Alliances practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Edelman Public Relations.
McIntosh previously served as the staff director of the US Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and as a senior policy advisor to Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). Earlier in her career, she held positions at the United Nations Foundation and in the Office of Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).
McIntosh has served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. Her commentary has been published in outlets including CNN Business, BBC News, the Hill, the Detroit Free Press, and Real Clear Markets. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Weeksville Heritage Center is an historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education, arts, and a social justice lens to preserve, document, and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, and the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses.