Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Azza Altiraifi

Senior Policy Manager | Liberation in a Generation
Pronouns: she/they

Azza is a senior policy manager at Liberation in a Generation, a national movement support organization building the power of people of color to transform the economy. Previously, Azza worked as a senior program manager at the Groundwork Collaborative, and a research and advocacy manager for the Center for American Progress' disability policy project. Currently, Azza remains active in local community organizing formations. She is also an advisor to the Center for Democracy and Technology’s project on algorithmic fairness and disability rights, and an advisor to “Raising the Bar: Health Care’s Transforming Role,” a multi-year health equity project.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Black Women Best in Action: Demonstrating the Power of our Voices & Vision

Join us to learn about the Black Women Best framework, a roadmap that centers Black women in policy as a precondition to make Black women’s economic liberation—and therefore all economic liberation—possible. We’ll explore the various dimensions of applying BWB to policy development, implementation, and evaluation processes.

Specifically, we’ll explore long-term care, one of the fastest-growing occupational sectors in the US in which Black women make up 23% of the caregiving workforce (in comparison to 7% of the overall U.S. workforce). The structural oppression that determines these gaps also drive the field as one of the lowest-paid and most-dangerous jobs in the nation. In service of building an equitable caregiving infrastructure where Black women caregivers and recipients—and all caregivers and recipients—can thrive, we’ll demonstrate how BWB is being applied to confront the links between systemic racism, sexism, and ableism and diminished worker power in long-term care.

Workshop highlights include:
- Exploring how intersectional race/gender/(dis)ability/worker-centric analysis can be applied to policy development and analysis.
- Unveiling the false dichotomy between caregivers and those receiving care, and the compounding oppression that institutionalizes harm, poverty, and other unjust outcomes.
- Elevating practical tools including the BWB Seal of Approval Scorecard, which evaluates the transformative potential of a policy proposal in reducing disparities and achieving equity.
- Sharing the design and implementation of worker-centric participatory research that recognizes Black women as true experts.

Speakers: Azza Altiraifi, Breanna Betts