Webinar: Racism, Violence and Capitalism
The webinar will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English.
The recent outrage sparked by the killings of Black people in the US have forced a global conversation on systemic racism and state violence. Across different regions, systemic racism and state violence are intimately linked with the history and evolution of capitalism. Thus, when examining and critiquing systemic racist violence, it is essential to also examine and critique the structural causes for poverty and dispossession. It is essential to examine the dominant economic system and who it serves.
In this webinar we will explore the intertwined nature of racism, state violence and capitalism; the political economy of violence. Understanding the political economy of violence means understanding how our dominant economic and political systems originated in the violence of dispossession and genocide, rely on police and military violence to sustain massive inequalities and ongoing imperialism, and ultimately generate violence globally at all levels.
- Cristina “Tinay” Palabay (Philippines) is Secretary General of Karapatan Alliance for the advancement of people’s rights. She is also a Regional Council Member of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.
- Francisco Mateo Rocael Morales (Guatemala) is general coordinator of Consejo de Pueblos Wuxhtaj and of Consejo de Dirección del Consejo del Pueblo Maya. He was chair of the international board of ESCR-Net. He is member of the provisional coordination of Movimiento de los Afectados por Represas en Latinoamérica.
- S’bu Zikode (South Africa) is the founding president of Abahlali baseMjondolo - a grassroots democratic social movement of shack-dwellers in South Africa, campaigning both against evictions and for public housing.
Respondent: Dr. Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Moderator: Ruben Kondrup, Coordinator of ESCR-Net System of Solidarity