Race, Gender & Class Journal
Dear RGC supporters and Activists,
We are very honored and proud asking you to be part of the 2011 RGC [“Race, Gender, Class“] Conference at New Orleans (see flyer attached). This conference is very important from a RGC approach, as we try to understand the way the Obama administration’s successes and failures affect the racialized, gendered, and classed experiences of those living in the United States and abroad.
Is a progressive RGC presidency possible in the US? Some of the legislation that has been passed since Obama’s inauguration include
the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wall Street Reform, the Affordable Care Act (health insurance reforms), the Small Business Jobs Act, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. He has also announced new strategies regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, education, sustainability and environmental efficiency, transparency and open government, middle class families, urban affairs, women and girls, etc. How might we analyze the effects of these policies from an intersectional perspective? How do they move us forward? How do they move us backwards?
Let’s talk about politics under Obama together at the 2011 RGC Conference. We all remember that Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s struggle
for civil rights radicalized him into a fighter for economic and social justice. President Obama had a landslide win, high popularity
and has been faced by a major economic crisis. The 2010 November elections, and the rise of radical Republican Tea Party movements, may give us new perspectives on Obama’s moving the country further forward or backward from a RGC perspective.
We look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans in March, and working together to identify new intellectual and political approaches to strengthening the possibilities for social justice for all.
Jean Belkhir and Christiane Charlemaine, Race, Gender & Class journal Editors