The Portal Project is a collaborative think tank that brings together scholars, artists and activists to address the urgent questions of racial and social justice. In 2020–2021, the U.S. and the world experienced multiple crises and confrontations that have forced us to interrogate basic assumptions and answer difficult questions about who we are as a nation, and where we are headed.

Over the next two years, through working groups, public programming and artistic offerings, we will engage a large community of thinkers and organizers in exploring the fundamental questions: How do we journey from injustice to justice? What do “just transitions,” a term borrowed from the climate justice movement, look like? How do we link movement, theory, history and practice in the service of creating a better world? We will use three critical areas of work as entry points for our discussions: abolition, economic democracy and climate justice.

As we build collaborative and critical dialogues, we are looking ahead to a virtual conference at the end of the year where many of these ideas will be shared and debated, and a publication will be released at the end of 2022.

View the Social Justice Portal Project video for a look inside the themes and participants of the think tan

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