Haverhill’s Hobbs-Everett Joins ‘A Frank Conversation About Racial Justice’ Tonight

Katrina Hobbs-Everett, CEO of Power of Self Education. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Haverhill’s Katrina Hobbs-Everett, CEO of Power of Self Education, joins Mass Alliance Executive Director Jordan Berg Powers and local activist and entrepreneur Laura Mackenzie, for an online talk tonight entitled, “A Frank Conversation About Racial Justice.”

Organized by Christina Eckert, candidate for Second Essex state representative, the panel discussion is described as “frank, but friendly.” It is co-hosted by Doug Edison of Haverhill and Ken Thompson of Boxford. The Zoom-based conference takes place at 7 p.m.

“After the recent deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of law enforcement, millions of people across the country have been mobilized to take a stand against systemic racism,” Eckert said a statement, adding, there will be an “open floor for questions and free flowing conversation.”

Eckert said she supports Rep. Liz Miranda’s bill, “An Act Relative to Saving Black Lives and Transforming Public Safety,” which “advocates for uniform reporting for officer-involved injuries or deaths, de-escalation tactics required before use of force, deadly force used only as a last resort against imminent threat to human life and a ban on choke holds and other controversial techniques.”

In his more than a decade at Mass Alliance, Powers has helped elect new progressive leaders across the state, recruited progressive candidates to run and trained hundreds of grassroots organizers. In 2015, he was recognized for his work in politics as an inaugural inductee into the 40 under 40 Poly Award. He conducts trainings across the state on campaign strategy and management, candidate recruitment, progressive messaging and issue organizing. Jordan has a master’s in International Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies as well as a bachelor’s in International Development and bachelor’s in Economics from American University.

Hobbs-Everett is an educator, social justice advocate, writer and senior level executive with more than 22 years of experience in the human/social services field. She has 10 years of diversity/equity/inclusion education experience cultivating and working with cross-sector teams locally, nationally and globally; extensive community engagement and relationship development experience; and skilled in innovative approaches and transformative interdisciplinary pedagogy.

Laura Mackenzie is an activist and artist who spoke at the recent Merrimac Black Lives Matter event.

Registration is required here.

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