Join us in conversation with two women leaders to discuss the intersection of anti-Asian violence, misogyny and violence against women, and gun violence and homicides. We’ll discuss the recent killings in Atlanta and the broader context in which this occurred, the ways in which such acts are covered by the media and addressed by law enforcement and public leaders, and the role of civil society and social movements in building a more inclusive and just society.
- Margaret Huang | President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Poverty Law Center
- Shannon Watts | Founder of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
- Sushma Raman (Moderator) | Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Margaret Huang has been an advocate for human rights and racial justice for 25 years. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that works in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.
Throughout her career, Huang has championed social justice and human dignity, advocating against discrimination and oppression in all forms. Prior to her work with SPLC, Huang served as the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, where she led campaigns to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, torture survivors, gun violence victims, and activists and protestors across the globe.
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, a massive grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures to protect people from gun violence, which first began when Watts created a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence.
Moms Demand Action has now established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with over 6 million supporters. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.
Sushma Raman is the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She brings over two decades of global experience launching, scaling, and leading social justice and philanthropic programs and collaboratives, building capabilities of grassroots human rights organizations and their leaders.
Raman is the co-author, along with Bill Schulz, of the book The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights, which examines the coming changes to the human rights landscape and argues that rights must adapt to new technological and scientific realities or risk being consigned to irrelevance.
Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.