Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Student Meeting with Justice Gaines on Careers in Community Activism

Monday, April 9, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Kim Koo Library

This event is for students only. Registration is required. Please register here.

Justice Gaines ’16 is an activist and poet in Providence, RI. Xe is an organizer at RI Jobs With Justice fighting for worker's rights as part of a holistic social justice movement. In the role, xe has worked with several other organizations to pass and implement the police accountability ordinance in Providence known as the Community Safety Act or CSA. Xe also facilitates a statewide Racial Justice Coalition that helped draft the Economic Progress Institute’s “The State of Black Families in Rhode Island” report.

Recently, Justice was named the new coordinator of the Queer Justice Program at Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) as the program develops its campaign to confront housing instability for queer people of color.

As a spoken word artist, Justice has competed at several national slams and featured at venues across the Northeast. Xe was the 2017 Providence Grand Slam Champion and a co-champion of the 2017 FEM Slam competition.

Moderated by Uchechukwu Onwunaka '19. Concentrating in Public Policy and Africana Studies, she's looking forward to talking to Justice and everyone present about the nature of activism at Universities and whether institutional change as a result of this activism is truly possible. 

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