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1:00 pm

Tech Revolutionaries for Social Justice

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How a Generation of Innovators uses Technology to Move the Needle on Social Justice

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2:00 pm

Remaking the Economy: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap and the Case for Reparations

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Remaking The Economy
NPQ’s latest webinar in our Remaking the Economy series looks at the racial wealth gap, focusing on Black Americans. In 2017, a report titled The Road to Zero Wealth noted that at current trends, by mid-century the median wealth of a Black family in the US would fall below zero (i.e., more than half of all Black Americans would be in a net debtor position).

As the movement against anti-Black racism has gained support, so too has the movement for reparations. Reparations would provide formal acknowledgement of the tremendous costs, economic and otherwise, of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and other racist policies. But how would the mechanics of reparations work and what does repair require?

Leading this discussion are our four expert panelists:

William A. (“Sandy”) Darity and Kirsten Mullen are the husband-and-wife team that authored the award-winning book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, published by University of North Carolina Press in 2020.

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad is Chief of Race, Wealth, and Community for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an economic justice nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, DC and was a coauthor of the 2017 Road to Zero Wealth study.

Gary Cunningham is CEO of Prosperity Now, a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC, whose focus is on building a fair and just economy that is free from structural inequity and racism.

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6:00 pm

Confronting White Nationalism in Schools

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Confronting White Nationalism in Schools
Webinar for Parents and Teachers
Thursday February 18, 3 – 5 pm PT
Register at for Zoom link
Free, donations encouraged
• What is White Nationalism? How is it the same and different from White Supremacy?
• How are White Nationalists recruiting? In schools? Decoding White Nationalist language.
• Resources for recognizing symbols and organizations
• Introduction of the toolkit “Confronting White Nationalism in Schools,” which was developed by Western States Center and walks people through responding to specific scenarios. You will receive a link to the tool kit.
• General proactive measures in schools: digital literacy and positive school climates
• Teaching youth to not be passive bystanders
• Resources for parents
Presented by Gabriele Ross who brings with her more than three decades of working as counselor and advocate with youth and families. She worked in women’s shelters and public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. For the past seven years she has worked as a Restorative Justice Trainer for Resolutions Northwest in Portland, OR and as such trained educators on restorative justice. She has been trained as and worked as a community organizer in Cleveland, OH. Gabriele has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She came to the US as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She is the owner of UpstreamLearningLLC.

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7:00 pm

The Time for Peace with Iran is Now, with Trita Parsi

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 18th
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Time is running out for the United States to rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal… The Iranian government has said that we have until February 21st. After that the Iranian government will withdraw permission for United Nations inspectors to monitor some nuclear facilities. We’ve been down this road before and know that the consequences of abandoning diplomacy can be dire. The president of Iran has been clear. If the United States returns to the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as it was negotiated, they will accept immediately. We must do everything we can to encourage the Biden Administration and the Congress to choose peace.

We’ll be joined again on Thursday by one of the preeminent experts on US-Iran relations, our friend Trita Parsi. Trita is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel.

His first book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), won the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. His second book, A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press) was released in early 2012 and was selected by Foreign Affairs journal as the Best Book of 2012 on the Middle East.

Parsi’s latest book – Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017) – reveals the behind the scenes story to the historic nuclear deal with Iran.

Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic who was jailed by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies where he received his Ph.D. under Francis Fukuyama and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

He is the co-founder and former President of the National Iranian American Council, and is now Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Parsi has followed Middle East politics through work in the field and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. He is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters. Parsi has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN, where he served in the Security Council, handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, and Western Sahara, and in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Iraq.

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8:00 pm

For Peace in Korea, No More War Drills!

February 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Webinar on the 60-plus year history of the costly and provocative annual US-ROK combined military exercises, and why it’s critical to end them to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula

Registration link:


Wooksik Cheong, Director of Peace Network (South Korea)

Catherine Killough, Advocacy and Leadership Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ (US)

Jovanni Reyes, Member Coordinator of About Face: Veterans Against War (US)


Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Former US Diplomat, and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Campaign of Veterans For Peace

Sponsoring organizations:

Civil Peace Forum; Korea Peace Campaign of Veterans for Peace; Korea Peace Network; Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network; Korean Women’s Movement for Peace; Peace Treaty Now; South Korean Committee on June 15th Joint Declaration; Women Cross DMZ; and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

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9:30 pm

Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy

February 18 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Copies of Rachel Rickett’s book Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy are available for purchase. Scroll down to see book purchase options during checkout.

Radical racial justice means daily, intentional, and informed action. It demands addressing the emotional violence we have perpetuated on ourselves and others—most notably toward Black and Indigenous women and femmes—as individuals and as a society. 

Heart-centered and spirit-based practices are often the missing but vital pieces to achieving racial justice. Racial justice educator and sought-after spiritual activist Rachel Ricketts provides these missing pieces to help others manifest practicable, sustainable solutions such as: identifying where we most get stuck, mitigating the harm we inflict on others, and mending our hearts from our most painful race and gender-based experiences.

In her work, Rachel has developed heart-centered and mindfulness-based practices to fight white supremacy from our personal lives to our communities, addressing anti-racism from a comprehensive, intersectional, and spiritually aligned perspective. Her latest book, Do Better, is an actionable guidebook and a loving, assertive call to do the deep—and often uncomfortable—inner work that precipitates much-needed external and global change.

Join Rachel in conversation as she offers mindful and practical steps for all of us to dismantle white supremacy on a personal and collective level.

Please note that this conversation will be hosted live online and includes an audience Q&A. Instructions on how to join the conversation will be included in your event confirmation email. If you need additional assistance finding or joining the event, please email

Rachel Ricketts  is a queer, multi-racial Black woman. As a global thought leader, racial justice educator, healer, speaker, and writer, she hosts intersectional racial justice workshops worldwide, including her renowned Spiritual Activism series. Rachel cultivates change by fusing her experiences as an attorney, trained anti-racism educator, and grief coach with her spiritual certifications in breathwork, yoga, mindfulness, and Reiki. She has helped numerous global brands with anti-racism efforts, including Google, WeWork and Lululemon. Rachel was named one of well+good’s 2020 Changemakers and has been featured in international media such as the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Goop, and The Atlantic. She loves donuts, dancing, disruption, and all things metaphysical (ideally all at once). Learn more about Rachel at and @iamrachelricketts.

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