Brittany Packnett

Activist. Educator. Thinker. Writer. Speaker. Change Agent.

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Amanpour & Company
11/08/2018
Activist Brittany Packnett

The fight for truth accountability and justice is fuel for our next guests' fire. President Obama described Brittany Packnett as a voice to make a difference for years to come. Pushing for police reform, she cofounded Campaign Zero, was a key face in the Black Lives Matter movement and established Teach for America's first civil rights agenda.

Blindfold Zine
12/14/2018
Leading with Love & Power: Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett is a leader in social justice and empowerment. Her work with Campaign Zero, Teach for America and Pod Save the People has influenced thousands of individuals to improve policies that affect human rights and education. Brittany Packnett encourages others to use their power and privilege to demand social change.

Nytimes
09/30/2018
The Effect of Intersectionality in the Workplace

The concept of intersectionality - referring to the complex and cumulative way different forms of discrimination like racism, sexism and classism overlap and affect people - seems have popped up relatively recently.

ELLE
09/12/2018
You Owe Me an Apology

Serena Williams is the GOAT by all athletic standards. LeBron James has proclaimed it. Colin Kaepernick declared it. I'm very sure her daughter Olympia believes it. There is no modern athlete as awarded and credentialed as her, and if she never stepped foot on a court again, her status as the greatest of all time is, for many of us, set in stone, cast in gold, and permanently irrefutable.

Black Enterprise
11/23/2017
The NationSwell Summit Focuses on Solutions

Dynamic, inspiring speakers like Brittany Packnett of Teach for America and John King of the Education Trust; as well as Anu Partanen (author of The Nordic Theory of Everything), Lux Narayan (co-founder and CEO of Unmetric), and Kamili Wilson (vice president of Enterprise Initiatives at AARP) spoke hope into the room.

Teen Vogue
02/16/2018
6 Feminists Take On Call-Out Culture

Thigh-High Politics is an op-ed column by Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca that breaks down the news, provides resources for the resistance, and just generally refuses to accept toxic nonsense. At the start of 2018, I was reflecting on resolutions for progressivism and feminism, specifically: How do we create a movement that is both inclusive and accessible for those still learning?

Mic
01/14/2018
What most Americans get wrong about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy

You probably know civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. from his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech - but if that's all you know of him, you aren't getting the full story. "People don't know the true legacy of Dr. King because the truth would cause real disorder, " Brittany Packnett, an activist for racial justice, told Mic.

The Cut
05/23/2018
Stacey Abrams's Win Is Just the Beginning

When Stacey Abrams made history last night, she took me to church. As she stood at her victory party in Atlanta, Georgia, she invoked the words of Queen Esther, a Biblical figure often referenced in black church sermons as an exemplar of courage under fire.

Mic
06/19/2018
Brittany Packnett: "Separating families of color is as American as apple pie."

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration for undocumented adults who cross the border. And since the Department of Justice can't prosecute the children who try to enter the United States with their parents, they are separated for days and sometimes months.

The Cut
02/13/2018
Michelle Obama's Portrait Is for All of Us Black Girls

I am not an expert on art. I cannot distinguish a painting by its artistic era, nor can I expound on the significance of a brush stroke or dramatic use of light. I know the great works of black artists because my parents made sure I did, and I know art's most famous names because that was my teachers' job.

Salon
01/12/2018
The 15 #MeToo Twitter accounts you need to follow

The odious figure of Harvey Weinstein will always be central to the #MeToo movement. It's the expansive accusations levied against him that broke the floodgates. But, as the creation of Time's Up has demonstrated, Weinstein and Hollywood are just the beginning the entry points for a larger, previously existing and growing movement.

Mic
03/06/2018
Brittany Packnett: This is how we talk about the black victims of gun violence in America

Every time there's a national conversation about gun violence in America, we hear the same racist dog whistles: What about black-on-black crime? What about what's happening in Baltimore? What about what's happening in Chicago? In an exclusive video op-ed for Mic, activist Brittany Packnett is crying foul on all those disingenuous shows of concern for black lives.

Mic
01/14/2018
What most Americans get wrong about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy

You probably know civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. from his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech - but if that's all you know of him, you aren't getting the full story. "People don't know the true legacy of Dr. King because the truth would cause real disorder, " Brittany Packnett, an activist for racial justice, told Mic.

Rollingout
06/12/2018
Influential women share their superpowers at Blavity's Summit 21

June 8-9, the Atlanta Convention Center was packed with young professionals and notable women from various industries who united to celebrate changes in habits and creating a new lifestyle. These phenomenal women of color included Brittany Packnett, Natasha Murphy, and Ashley Blaine Featherson. They discussed their superpowers and purpose in life while at Summit 21...

KSDK
06/25/2018
Brittany Packnett honored at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES - A woman from St. Louis was honored in Los Angeles at the BET Awards for her leadership in social justice. Brittany Packnett was recognized for social justice advocacy during Sunday night's BET Awards. Packnett serves as Teach For America's Vice President of National Community Alliances where she leads partnerships and civil rights work with communities of color, according to BET.

Rewire.News
'We Can Stop Him': Reproductive Health Advocates Urge Action to Stop Brett Kavanaugh's...

Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court is not inevitable. That was the overriding message made to hundreds of people at the latest installment of the #RiseUpforRoe tour stop in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The nationwide tour, a project created by Demand Justice Initiative, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, features panel discussions about Kavanaugh's nomination to the Court.

Essence
05/06/2018
The United State Of Women 2018 Moments - Essence

Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images Over 6,000 women have descended on the Los Angeles to attend this year's United State of Women summit. What once started as a day-long event held at the Obama White House in 2016, has now evolved into a massive two-day extravaganza that will explore the current state of women in 2018.

The Cut
04/24/2018
If You're Not Angry About Chikesia Clemons, You're Not Paying Attention

While watching the video of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama, I realized Chikesia could have easily been me, my friends, or my cousins. The clip, which circulated on social media yesterday, shows Chikesia sitting in a chair clutching her purse, while three white male police officers surround her, yelling and leaning over her before she's wrestled to the ground with her breasts exposed.

The Cut
08/01/2018
How to Spend Your Privilege

My mother had strict rules. In high school, my curfews were earlier than all of my classmates'. Sleepovers were rare. Road trips were a nonstarter. It wasn't until I got older that I realized she wasn't punishing me; she was protecting me. She knew the world isn't safe for black girls.

Vogue
08/06/2018
Inspired by Beyoncé, 11 Women's Notes to Their 20-Something Selves

In Vogue's September issue, Beyoncé says, "I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her." We asked 11 more women what they wish they could tell their 20-something selves.

Diverse
10/22/2018
Educators and Activists Discuss Civic and Political Engagement

The interconnection between the roles of educators and activists in today's political climate were evident Monday during a roundtable discussion at Howard University that featured students, former U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King, Jr. and social justice activist Brittany Packnett.

EBONY
10/12/2018
Black Activist Gives Powerful Speech on Intersectionality * EBONY

Activist, educator and writer Brittany Packnett delivered a riveting break down of intersectionality during the New Rules Summit: Women, Leadership and a Playbook for Change in September. During the conference hosted in Brooklyn by The New York Times, Packnett explained the interplay of racism and sexism and how it forces women of color to navigate in the workplace and through the world.

Salon
01/12/2018
The 15 #MeToo Twitter accounts you need to follow

The odious figure of Harvey Weinstein will always be central to the #MeToo movement. It's the expansive accusations levied against him that broke the floodgates. But, as the creation of Time's Up has demonstrated, Weinstein and Hollywood are just the beginning the entry points for a larger, previously existing and growing movement.

NPR.org
Combating Racism After Charlottesville

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with educator and activist Brittany Packnett about how people can help fight racism and white supremacy in their daily lives. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: One day after President Trump condemned the white supremacist groups who marched on Charlottesville, he changed course again and spread the blame for the violence on the counterprotesters.

Vibe
02/05/2018
Black Celebrities Call For The Creation Of Black Monuments

Mic teamed up with 54 celebrities in an interactive project to call for monuments of Colin Kaepernick, Ida B. Wells and more. Over 50 actors, artists and creatives have teamed up with with a warm suggestion to honor black history makers in a creative and inspiring initiative.

Essence.com
04/11/2017
ESSENCE Unveils List Of 100 Woke Women For The May 2017 Issue

ESSENCE's 47th anniversary cover features a dozen women who are pushing the movement forward. For the first time ever, ESSENCE honors 12 women on its cover who are blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America.

TechCrunch
08/15/2017
Using tech to uproot systemic racism

Rejecting the backlash against hashtag activism, Brittany Packnett defended the work of the armchair activists on Twitter and other social media who have brought needed attention to social justice issues.

SELF
I'm an Activist, and Joy Is My Resistance

As a woman, a person of color, and someone who has chosen to pursue both love and power in the name of justice, self-care is the fuel I need to persist. For me, self-care can consist of many things-personal pampering in the form of my weekly nail appointments, Game of Thrones marathons, or vacations.

PBS NewsHour
06/22/2017
Why do so few deadly police shootings end in police convictions?

Why do so few trials of police officers charged in on-duty shootings end in convictions? Most recently, the officers who shot and killed Philando Castile and Sylville Smith were acquitted by juries who saw video of the fatal encounters. John Yang discusses issues of race and deadly force with David Klinger of the University of Missouri-St.

The Cut
04/04/2017
Why White Women Must Make the Equal-Pay Fight More Inclusive

Last week, after watching two powerful black women be publicly berated by white men, it occurred to me that many unknowing Americans had just witnessed the slights that black women endure in the workplace daily and often in silence. So I asked other women like me to share their stories of being #BlackWomenAtWork.

Vimeo
08/11/2016
"Race And..." Summit 2016 Mainstage

Moderator Jim Wallis President, Sojourners Featured Participants Peggy Flanagan Minnesota State Representative Taina McField Program Officer, The Nathan Cummings Foundation Brittany Packnett Teach For America M. Daniel Carroll R. Wheaton College Bryan Stevenson Equal Justice Initiative

Vimeo
04/26/2017
SECON 2017 Brittany Packnett Keynote

Brittany Packnett is a protester, activist and educator who is vice president of national community alliances for Teach for America, a co-founder of Campaign Zero (a comprehensive policy proposal to reduce police violence in the US based on community and activist input, research and rigorous data), and a member of the President's 21st Century Policing Task Force.

Vimeo
06/05/2017
(P1) Brittany Packnett: The causes of inequity in the USA

Brittany Packnett is the Vice President, National Community Alliances, Teach For America. Protestor and organizer in Ferguson and beyond, co-founder of We The Protestors and Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence in America.

The Cut
07/18/2017
R. Kelly Targets Women No One Cares to Defend

Last summer, on the late singer Aaliyah's birthday, I made a stomach-churning discovery. As I cranked up her classic debut album Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, I looked closely at the cover. The album's producer, Robert Sylvester Kelly, lurks in the background, watching her, far away but never out of sight.

TechCrunch
12/05/2016
Social justice activism takes center stage at White House's SXSL

From obtaining civil rights for black people to the freedom to marry for LGBTQ people, social justice activists have been paramount in changing our country's discriminatory ways. At the White House's South by South Lawn today, Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader and one of the organizers of the March on Washington, kicked off the "How We Make Change" panel with some words of advice.

The White House Blog @ Medium
10/03/2016
Fear won't change the world: We will.

I couldn't agree more with Anil, one of my favorite Twitter friendships that will hopefully become a real-life one after we share space at today's South By South Lawn, the White House's turn on convening art, ideas and action for change.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
05/07/2016
Obama commends local activist Brittany Packnett during speech at Howard University

President Barack Obama gave a shout out to local activist Brittany Packnett Saturday in his commencement address at Howard University in Washington. In the 45-minute long speech, Obama urged the Class of 2016 to remain aware of injustice, unfairness and struggle as they move through their lives, and to take action to correct them.

Vox
11/14/2016
White people: what is your plan for the Trump presidency?

My question was not a call to wage war on white people. It was me interrogating whether they were ready to join in the war against white supremacy, a system that benefits few and destroys many. Understand: White supremacy is as much about mindless habits of white privilege as it is about active beliefs. It is about impact, not simply intent.

The White House Blog @ Medium
06/10/2016
The Most Powerful Leader I Know Is My Mother

My mother turned 60 on May 31. It was a typically celebratory occasion for our family - several of her sisters, nieces and nephews were present, along with her fiancée, my only brother, and myself.

ELLE
10/21/2016
Black Lives Matter Activist Brittany Packnett on Why She's Finally #WithHer

Less than two months ago, Brittany Packnett featured prominently in The New York Times'reporting about Hillary Clinton's continued inability to solidify black millennial voters. Packnett, 31, first came to national attention during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting death of Michael Brown.

Medium
08/05/2016
We Can Live In a World Where the Police Don't Kill People

After meeting through protest, DeRay, Johnetta, Samuel and I launched Campaign Zero nearly a year ago - a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence. Each of us believes in a simple, but radical idea: that someday, we can live in a world where the police don't kill people.

Leading Educators
11/03/2016
Champion Spotlight - Brittany Packnett

It's always a delight to celebrate members of our community who tirelessly elevate the work, particularly when that member is one of the brightest voices of the next generation of educators. Leading Educators is excited to see Brittany Packnett recognized as one of LinkedIn's Next Wave - Top Professionals 35 and Under.

The Root
11/04/2016
Show Up on Nov. 9, Too

We have a choice to make Nov. 8. But our engagement must outlast Election Day.

the Guardian
05/23/2016
There's no justice for Freddie Gray in the Edward Nero verdict | Brittany Packnett

I've grown to hate the phrase "community-police relations." Often, this phrase is used to describe the current public conversation about policing. But there are more accurate terms with which to describe what citizens - especially those of us of color - actually face too often at the hands of those meant to serve and protect.

the Guardian
07/27/2016
The Freddie Gray decision signals black people are to blame for their own deaths | Brittany Packnett

Last night, I stood in a jam-packed arena as a multiracial crowd chanted "Black Lives Matter," following an on-stage appearance by Mothers of the Movement at the Democratic national convention. Irrespective of political affiliation, no one can deny the power of these women, all mothers to the fallen sons and daughters who founded this movement for black lives and human dignity.

The Huffington Post
05/28/2015
Paving the Path to Our Children's Future

I was raised to honor my roots. I am rooted in the community of St. Louis, MO where I was reared. My home is a few miles away from Ferguson - where I work with so many exceptional partners to empower our youth through educational opportunities and have been engaging in collective activism since the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was one day away from attending college.

The Huffington Post
11/18/2014
An Open Letter From Ferguson Protestors and Allies

The Ferguson Protester community is home to many voices and experiences. Informed by many voices, this letter serves as a statement of purpose for those who may not yet understand the movement in #Ferguson or why protests still continue, 102 days later.

Stlpublicradio
Goals, Vision For New Teach For America St. Louis Director

Brittany Packnett is an alumna of Teach for America and, four months ago, started a new job as executive director of Teach For America - St. Louis. Packnett was born and raised in St. Louis and returned to the city after spending five years in Washington D.C.

NPR.org
05/12/2015
A #BlackLivesMatter Leader At Teach For America

"We, the Committee of Public Safety, find Jean Valjean guilty. The sentence is death by guillotine!" Molly McPherson, a redhead with glasses, is dressed in a blue bathrobe - in costume as Robespierre. Her seventh-graders are re-enacting the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, with a little assist from Les Miserables.

PUBLIC ALLIES
09/17/2016
Brittany Packnett: Fight injustice, choose solidarity

Brittany Packnett delivered a powerful keynote address at Public Allies' August 2016 National Leadership Institute, where she was presented with the Living Our Values award for her dedication to equity, social justice, and education. "Listen intently to those who have most been affected by social injustice, and there is no way that you will not...

The Huffington Post
11/19/2014
Meet The Teach For America Official Charged With Bringing Change To Ferguson And Beyond

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Tuesday announced the 16 members of the Ferguson Commission, which was established to address issues of racial and economic inequality in the St. Louis region following the shooting of Michael Brown. One of the commission's members is the top Teach For America official in St.

Stlpublicradio
Brittany Packnett: It's 'critical' to listen to young voices

Teachers are typically well informed. They know how and where to track down data, they brainstorm ideas and they work with people. So when Brittany Packnett, Teach for America-St. Louis' executive director, was named to the president's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, she was in for a few surprises.

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