Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Bloggers Review Princeton Panel

We are proud to report that last week's panel discussion "Intolerance, Injustice and Intersectional Identity" was a huge success. We extend special thanks to our panelists Kim Pearson, Clarence Patton, Rashad Robinson and Kwame Anthony Appiah as well as the Black Graduate Caucus of Princeton University, who organized the event.

For details about Wednesday's discussion, visit Steven G. Fullwood, founder of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive and manuscripts librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Kim Pearson, magazine writer and Assistant Professor of journalism at The College of New Jersey.

Friday, February 10, 2006

"Injustice, Intolerance and Intersectional Identity"

The RBMF is proud to support Princeton University's upcoming panel discussion, "Injustice, Intolerance and Intersectional Identity". The panel will address, amongst other things, the circumstances surrounding the murder of Rashawn Brazell.

"Drawing upon political philosophy, black feminist thought and queer theory, this panel discussion will bring together prominent activists and academicians to examine the ways in which our society enables and normalizes violence against individuals that stand at the intersection of marginal identities. To do so, we turn to the unsolved murder of 19 year-old Rashawn Brazell."

Invited panelists include:
• Clarence Patton, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
• Rashad Robinson, Director of Regional Media for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
• Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
• Desire Brazell, Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund Scholar Selections Advisor

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at McCormick 101 on the Princeton University campus, Wednesday, February 22, 2006 from 6pm - 7:30pm. For additional details contact the Black Graduate Caucus at BGC@princeton.edu.