Ameer (Lead Speaker)
Ameer is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies. Ameer also holds a Masters in African American Studies from UC Berkeley and is currently working towards earning his doctorate in African Diaspora Studies. His research explores Reality Television as a social phenomena, and how its effects on the perception of Blackness outside of a televisual space. Ameer has conducted research for Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American research (The Hip-Hop Archive) and currently works with Harvard University’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice on a series of summer forums. Ameer also received the University of California Berkeley 2011 Graduate Council Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.
For nearly fifteen years, Silicon Valley De-Bug has been a platform for the least heard of Silicon Valley — youth, communities of color, families impacted by the criminal justice system — to impact the political, cultural, and social landscape of the region and state. The organization initiates and leads campaigns around police accountability, criminal justice reform, and economic justice. De-Bug also created a family organizing model called “participatory defense” – a methodology for families and communities to impact the outcome of court cases of their loved ones and change the landscape of power in the courts. They are training communities across the country to implement the model to make participatory defense a national practice to transform the criminal justice system and challenge mass incarceration.