Just Films - Whose Streets?
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Whose Streets? examines how the Black Lives Matter movement grew in the wake of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. In the aftermath of the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, activists poured into the streets to demand justice and shake America into awareness about the exhausting, violent reality of racism. You will leave the theater filled with a renewed hunger for justice.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A session.
Nia Simone Arrington, Community Organizer and Co-Founder of Youth Power Collective
Nia Arrington is a Young Black Woman and Community Organizer working to build the world we all deserve to live in. She is the Co-Founder of the Youth Power Collective, a youth-led grassroots organization that focuses on educational justice and the school-to-prison pipeline. Since February, 2017, Nia has worked as a Youth Community Organizer for One Pennsylvania, a State-wide, multi-issue grassroots organization. As a student at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA), she led a walkout over the nomination of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and helped organize a local youth-led march against gun violence as part of the Never Again movement.
She is a former member of City Councilman Corey O'Connor’s Youth Participatory Budget Council, Hillombo’s Transformative Arts Process Advisory Board. As part of The Andy Warhol Museum’s Youth Advisory Council, she and other young people from eight area high schools spent a year connecting with the museum, art, and one another. They curated a youth art exhibition exploring contemporary social justice issues.. Nia has been featured in the 2018 Summer Edition of Dazed Magazine and interviewed for the Fall 2018 Carnegie Magazine’s Facetime article. She has been quoted and interviewed for several news publications including The New York Times, The Nation and Vice News. Nia plans to study Political Theory next fall after a gap year working as a Community Organizer.
Njaimeh Njie, Multimedia Producer and Founder of Eleven Stanley Productions
Njaimeh Njie is a Pittsburgh based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Working across photo, video, writing, and curating, her work is rooted in social justice and cultural enrichment. Njaimeh is the Founder/Lead Producer of Eleven Stanley Productions—a nonfiction storytelling company. As the creator of the multimedia series Power(ed) by Grace, her work has earned coverage from outlets such as the Huffington Post, the Carnegie Museum of Art blog, and Blavity, and has exhibited in cities including Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and New Orleans.
Njaimeh’s work expanded into the public sphere with the Temporary Placemaking and Public Art Commission through the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies, where she is developing a neighborhood wide public art project in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. She has also gained international experience through documenting black Muslim life in Paris. In 2016 Njaimeh was named to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 40 Under 40 List, and in 2018 she was named a Creator of the Year by the Creative Industries Network. A Pittsburgh native, Njaimeh earned a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Barbara Johnson, Senior Director of Race and Gender Equity of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Race and Gender Equity
Barbara has an undergraduate degree in Performing Arts/Dance, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and is now completing the final manuscript of essays on race to finish a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She was raised by her mother in a single parent household with four brothers and then raised two sons with her husband, Ted. When asked about her position as Senior Director of Race and Gender Equity, she responds, “I am confident that my years of experience as a diversity and inclusion professional in higher education have prepared me well for this exciting role with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. My own experience of being empowered as a woman, and facing racism personally, fuels my passion for this important work. I am eager to think out of the box and bring new energy into this position.”
Susquehanna University, one of the top five employers of Snyder County, hired Barbara to lead their new Office of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion as an integral member of their Human Resources Department. There she developed local partnerships and established a professional development initiative for university employees. Prior to that she worked at Carlow University and created and developed their first multicultural office, which later grew into the office of diversity and inclusion. At Carlow, she was housed in the Student Affairs Department and developed long standing
This event is free and open to the public.
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Parking is free in the Library Parking Lot which you can only enter off of Murray Hill Avenue (not to be confused with Murray Avenue).
Murray Hill Avenue can be reached from both Wilkins and Fifth Avenue and is a cobblestone street. From Fifth Ave, it is located between Maryland Ave and S. Negley Ave. From Wilkins, it is located between Murray Ave and S. Negley Ave.
The Women's Institute
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