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A painting by Yashua Klos called Diagram of How She Hold it All Together.


White Supremacy: Black Trauma and Healing Justice as a Liberatory Practice

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

12:30 – 2:30 pm, PST

Osher Theater, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley (2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94720)

Join BSC Activist in Residence Cat Brooks and Alecia Harger for conversation and an artistic journey exploring the role trauma plays in the lives of Black people in America. Cat and Alecia utilize research, art, performance, and Healing Justice modalities to examine the pathways North American Africans chart to surviving trauma, consider how that trauma interrupts the building of thriving lives and liberation movements, and explore the healing modalities necessary for the transmutation of that trauma into healing and action. The event will include an excerpt of Cat Brooks’ one woman show ‘Tasha, about the in-custody murder of Natasha McKenna inside the Fairfax County Jail in Virginia.


Cat Brooks,Abolition Democracy Activist in Residence Fellow, Black Studies Collaboratory, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley 

Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks is the KPFA co-host of UpFront and a long-time performer, organizer, and activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant, and spent the last decade working with impacted communities and families to rapidly respond to police violence and radically transform the ways our communities are policed and incarcerated. She is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) and the Executive Director of The Justice Teams Network. Cat was also the runner-up in Oakland’s 2018 mayoral election, facing incumbent Libby Schaaf.

Alecia Harger, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Black Studies Collaboratory, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley 

Alecia Harger, courtesy of Alecia Harger.

Alecia Harger is an activist, student and musician who focuses their work on Black organizing, art and history as well as policing in the Bay Area. For almost a decade Alecia has been working to reduce and eliminate the footprint of policing in their community, at Berkeley High School, at UC Berkeley and in Berkeley at large.

Cedric O’Bannon, Media Consultant 

Cedric O’Bannon, courtesy of Cedric O’Bannon


This event is free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation will be provided. If you need accommodations to fully participate, please contact Barbara Montano at or 510-664-4324 with as much advance notice as possible. Please refrain from wearing any scented products, including essential oils.