Welcome to the Allied Media Conference 2015! 
Saturday, June 20 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Economy of Liberation: Cultivating Black Feminist Lives

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Imagining Blackness into the future is our foundation for liberation. In this session we will explore how the process of building Black feminist collectives is a modality for living. We will explore Black women's history of alternative economies, and the practice of mutual aid and cultural survivalism. We are our own greatest resource and our stories are of value and are valued by our community. We will share our stories to support each other, to heal, and to enact regenerative practices of resource sharing, rooted in an economy of liberation.


Anneke Dunbar-Gronke

Anneke Dunbar-Gronke is a activist living in New Orleans. Her interests include demography, rehabilitative justice, housing rights, and reproductive justice.

Desiree Evans

Desiree Evans hails from the bayous of Southwest Louisiana. Activist, writer, and media-maker, she believes storytelling has the power to reimagine worlds and feed our movements. She works with several groups in New Orleans challenging mass incarceration and the erasure of communities... Read More →

Mwende Katwiwa

Mwende Katwiwa is a Kenyan black womyn poet, activist, and teaching artist in New Orleans. The daughter of two life-long educators, she has always believed in the power of art to educate and transform communities.

Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy

Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy is a queer mixed media artist. Her love of black womyn and families, African folklore, nature, Afrofuturism, comics/graphic novels and the African diaspora are centralized in her work as an organizer, mentor, counselor, doula, and Medical Anthropologist... Read More →

Spirit McIntyre

Cellist, vocalist, lyricist, and sound healer, Monica McIntyre is compelled to bring beautiful, authentic, healing music to the world.

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146