Economic Justice: Building Movements in the United States


Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for its signature weekly series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color scholars, activists, and community leaders, and experts from the Global South. Hosted and facilitated by Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse, the series also aligns with a course they will co-teach this fall at the Harvard Kennedy School on Economic Justice: Theory and Practice.

This panel of distinguished changemakers will discuss economic justice concerns in the United States, particularly as they affect Black and Brown communities.


  • Margaret Huang | President, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Priscilla Ocen | Professor of Criminal Law, Loyola Law School
  • Sushma Raman (Moderator) | Executive Director, Carr Center 

Margaret HuangMargaret Huang is an advocate for human rights and racial justice for 25 years, is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Throughout her career, Huang has championed social justice and human dignity, advocating against discrimination and oppression in all of its forms. Prior to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Margaret served as the executive director of Amnesty International USA, where she was responsible for leading campaigns to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, torture survivors, gun violence victims, and activists and protestors across the globe. Under her leadership, the organization developed a number of new initiatives on innovation and learning; inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility; and monitoring and evaluation, while growing organizational financial resources by more than fifty percent over four years.

Priscilla OcenPriscilla Ocen is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where she teaches criminal law, family law and a seminar on race, gender and the law.  Her work explores the ways in which race, gender and class interact to render women of color vulnerable to various forms of violence and criminalization. Her writing has appeared in academic journals such as the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review and the Du Bois Review as well as popular media outlets such as the Atlantic Magazine, Los Angeles Daily JournalEbony and Al Jazeera.  Ocen received the inaugural PEN America Writing for Justice Literary Fellowship and served as a 2019-2020 Fulbright Fellow, based out of Makerere University School of Law in Kampala, Uganda, where she studied the relationship between gender-based violence and women’s incarceration.

Sushma Raman 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, and teaching graduate courses in the public policy schools at UCLA, USC, and Harvard   Kennedy School. Sushma has worked at the Ford Foundation, where she helped launch and scale   social justice and women’s funds around the world, and at the Open Society Foundation, where she   was a Program Officer on the founding staff for US Programs. Sushma is the co-author, along with Bill   Schulz (former executive director of Amnesty International USA and Carr Center Senior Fellow), of the book The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights, released by Harvard University Press in June 2020. This forward-looking book 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.


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