For Ujima By Ujima: Troubling Voting, Citizenship, Democracy & Participation in 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

On September 30, 2020 6:30-8:30PM, in partnership with the Black Economic Council of MA (BECMA) and Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, join us for a lively panel and Q&A discussion on the past and current mechanisms of democracy, citizenship and voting in the United States.

What would it mean to look at the quality of our engagement with the United States, as if it were truly an experimental project? What would happen if we viewed our country as a continually evolving concept rather than a fixed model? How can we think through, and co-create new ways of engagement and participation? How do we understand power and governance through the ways it's enacted today, both in the Ujima Project and within the United States?

Together, Ujima staff will reflect on our experiences and use the Ujima Project and the American Project as the lens through which we can compare and contrast citizenship and the performance of citizenship in 2020. This conversation proposes liberation not as an end point, but as horizon, exercise, praxis.

“...[M]aking a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us” ― Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams


Johnny Charles, Reimagining Race and Equity: Restructuring the Conversation about Wealth and Voting

Nia Evans, Shape the Perameters We Fight and Live In / Let's Be the Government

Cierra Peters, Everyone's Work is Equally Important in a More Perfect Union

James Vamboi, Democracy is a Relationship

Moderated by

Yohana Beyene and Karl Kumodzi


About the Boston Ujima Project:

THE BOSTON UJIMA PROJECT is a democratic, member-run organization building cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem in Boston, with a mission to return wealth to working class communities of color. Ujima is bringing together neighbors, workers, business owners, investors, grassroots organizers, and culture-makers, to create a community-controlled economy in our city.

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