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Media Mention July 2, 2020

How Black Lives Matter transformed the Fourth of July

LBJ's Peniel Joseph writes, "Racial justice protests around the nation make this Fourth of July perhaps the most important in American history. Independence Day 2020 is imbued with new meaning about what it means to be an American, rooted in a collective effort to squarely confront the bitter and beautiful struggles that shape our profoundly historic present."

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July 1, 2020

American While Black — Reaching the Policy Tipping Point

Dr. Niambi Carter, associate professor at Howard University, joined us to talk about institutional racism in this country both historically and today. Her recent book, "American While Black: African Americans, Immigration, and the Limits of Citizenship," is a timely analysis of how racial black identity, American heritage and notions of citizenship shape our contemporary political and policy landscape. In this moderated conversation with the LBJ School's Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, she discussed how public policies such as the "war on drugs" have entrenched inequitable systems and what policy change is necessary for Black Americans to not just survive but thrive in the United States.

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News June 25, 2020

LBJ School launches summer series 'LBJ In the Arena: Building on the Civil and Voting Rights Legacy of LBJ'

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will launch its summer series "LBJ In the Arena: Building on the Civil and Voting Rights Legacy of LBJ" on July 1. The virtual sessions will focus on topics including systemic racism, policing reform and fair elections, and will take place biweekly on Wednesdays via Zoom through Aug. 25. The series comes on the heels of the "LBJ In the Arena" spring series, which focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and featured policymakers, practitioners, scholars and creative thinkers leading coronavirus response and recovery.

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News June 25, 2020

Webinar: Building the Beloved Community: Allyship During Racial Crisis

LBJ's Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) and Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values, and panelists Lawton Cummings and Kelli Mason, partners at Notley, an Austin-based nonprofit social impact firm, discuss meaningful paths to allyship and fostering an inclusive and equitable society for all in a June 25, 2020 webinar. 

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Media Mention June 22, 2020

Latino voters worried about climate change could swing 2020 election

Latinos consistently vote in smaller numbers than other groups. The reasons are varied. Latinos often face structural barriers, like onerous voter ID laws or long lines at polling places. Many are immigrants or the children of immigrants and have never voted nor seen their parents vote. The biggest factor, however, may be that politicians are failing to reach Latinos or failing to speak to issues Latinos care about, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean for civic engagement at the University of Texas.

"There is a need to attack apathy," she said. "While structural barriers do have an impact, the problem is apathy and figuring out what policies connect most to people." Consistently, Latinos say they want policies that address climate change.

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Media Mention June 19, 2020

Juneteenth holiday would offer U.S. chance to move forward by confronting racial past, scholar says

Peniel Joseph, founding director of the LBJ School's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, said declaring Juneteenth a national holiday would give people the chance to explore the issues highlighted in the recent protests.

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Media Mention June 19, 2020

Can You Hear Us Now: Juneteenth

"Into America" host Trymaine Lee convened a special panel for NBC News Now called "Can You Hear Us Now: Juneteenth." He and his panelists, including LBJ's Peniel Joseph, wrestled with America’s core question of freedom, and whether this dream can and will ever be a reality for Black Americans. 

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Media Mention June 11, 2020

What does representative policy look like with Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

This episode of "Organize Your Butterflies" features a conversation with Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean of civic engagement, lecturer and faculty affiliate of Mexican-American and Latino Studies, and

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Media Mention June 10, 2020

Peniel Joseph on Black Power and the struggle for America's soul

On The National Podcast of Texas, recorded June 9 by phone, LBJ's Peniel Joseph weighs in on what he believes are the next steps for the movement, the difficult conversations that will have to happen first, and what role the young white crowds he’s seeing at protests might play in the movement. He also outlines what we can learn from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. and evaluates Texas’s historical role in previous civil rights struggles.

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The LBJ School's Dr. Peniel Joseph during the Kerner Commission event on March 5, 2018
Media Mention June 10, 2020

Unmasking the 'outside agitator'

Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that soon after, some public official will blame any violence, disruption or looting on "outside agitators" — mysterious outsiders who swoop in from out of town to stir up trouble. LBJ's Peniel Joseph

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Illustration of protests for NPR's "Code Switch" by LA Johnson

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