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Thursday, June 18
 

10:00am

Healing Justice Practice Space Strategy Session Day
Healing Justice is a practice and to grow that we will be sharing skills and exploring embodiment. Join us throughout the hours of the Network Gatherings to learn, explore, chat and prepare for ways to experience the HJPS through the weekend. Open to all.


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room L/M
 
Friday, June 19
 

9:00am

Can You See Me Now? Visibility & the Digital Space
How can we wield social media to increase visibility around larger bodies? Going as far back as the early aughts of Livejournal and moving into today's thriving social networks, we will discuss specific movements that put fat visibility at the forefront. We will delve into the digital landscape to share examples of fat activism through videos, tweets, and vines, and we will share best practices for using social media for fat activism.

Presenters

Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 204

9:00am

Creative Peacebuilding in the Streets
How can system-impacted youth use direct action and guerrilla media for intervention and peacebuilding? We will examine three examples of creative peacebuilding led by Black and Brown youth. These include a flashmob to fight gang injunctions, movies projected onto LAPD HQ, and a “People’s World Cup” on Skid Row. We will show how we use youth-led media to organize, teach Peacebuilding 101, and envision creative action from a prison abolitionist standpoint.

Presenters
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Nancy Flores

Youth Justice Coalition
My names Nancy Flores, I'm a senior at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory High School. Im a youth organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition, I work on the youth justice coalitions media team and also run my school newspaper The Wolfpack at my high school.
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Jose Gallegos

Youth Justice Coalition
Jose is an organizer & peacebuilder at the YJC. He has organized in LA for over 5 years to challenge mass incarceration. He gives testimony to elected officials in CA & works with street involved youth. Currently, he works with families who lost loved ones to street & system viol... Read More →
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Emilio Lacques-Zapein

Youth Justice Coalition
Emilio is the Media Coordinator at the YJC and has organized there for three years. He works to develop YJC social media outlets, websites, images, and messaging. His organizing is focused on working with family members who lost loved ones to police brutality in L.A. County.
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Whitney Richards-Calathes

CUNY-Graduate Center
Whitney works with the YJC coordinating action-based research and supporting organizing work. She is a student that studies alternatives to mass incarceration at The Graduate Center in NYC. She is from the Bronx.
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Diwaine Smith

Youth Justice Coalition
Diwaine Smith is a LOBO (Leading Our Brothers and Sisters Out the System) with the Youth Justice Coalition. As a youth organizer he works to organize direct actions against mass incarceration. He works on peace building during rallies, as well as leading chants and giving speeche... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 137

9:00am

Defining Yourself: Collage as Self Portrait
In this workshop, we will explore self-affirming identity formation by creating a visual self-portrait of who we are as creative workers, what we want to be, and/or how we see ourselves. We will reference the art of Frida and Ana Mendieta as examples of the power of self-portrait as a political, emotional and spiritual tool of self-representation. Participants will create a self-portrait, mixed-media collage through paper and/or photography mediums.

Presenters
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Itzel Alejandra

Cósmica, Mujeres en Medio
Itzel Alejandra is a multimedia journalist born in El Paso, TX raised in Juarez, Chih. She is a founding member of Mujeres En Medio, a transnational collective that utilizes visual media as the means for storytelling, and Cósmica, an art collective. Itzel is currently based in New... Read More →
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Maribel Falcon

Cósmica
Maribel Falcon is an artist, originally from West Tejas, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a collective member of Cósmica, an all girl art collective seeking to encourage creativity in a feminine spirits.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room J

9:00am

Earned Media: Writing an Effective Press Release
For immediate release! How do you craft a press release that will entice reporters to cover your story or issue? This workshop will guide participants through the best practices for writing and structuring succinct press releases that get noticed. From the lede, to quotes, to distribution, each participant will leave with basic knowledge on how to generate press for your organization, project or event.

Presenters
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Joey Grant

TransTech Social
Joey Grant is the Director of Communications at TransTech Social. Their experience lies in fundraising graphic design and marketing. Joey’s love for social justice, art and design, fuels his passion for creating content and being part of the Chicago LGBTQIA community.
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Erik Roldan

Lambda Legal
Erik Roldan is a Guatemalan queer activist native to Chicago. He is currently a Senior Public Information Officer for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal and a board member for TransTech Social Enterprises. Past lives include being a DJ, radio show host, social worker and... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 300

9:00am

Healing Sessions
Tarot/Divination, Energy, Yoga, Herbal, Doula, Massage, Acupuncture, and Somatic/Body Work. To learn more please visit the Healing Justice Space in McGregor L/M.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room L/M

9:00am

Librarians on the Frontlines
Librarians are often the first resource for people looking for employment, housing and other vital resources – whether or not locating such things is in our official purview. In this workshop and skillshare, participants will learn best practices for conducting reference interviews with patrons in crisis. We will also create a resource list of services that we can offer to patrons by region.

Presenters
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Megan Threats

The AIDS Library, DigITal Girls
Megan Threats is the Public Services and Reference Librarian at the AIDS Library of Philadelphia FIGHT. She loves the range of questions and inquiries that come her way, and enjoys developing new resources based on the needs of the community.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 214

9:00am

Make Your Own Video PSA!
Interested in learning how to spread a message through video? We will introduce a process for developing a short script and interview questions as well as some basic techniques in shooting. Gain an overview of strategic communications, get hands-on experience with a DSLR camera and professional audio equipment, and shoot a video to share with the world. Please note: this is a two-part, three hour session.

Presenters
avatar for Erick Boustead

Erick Boustead

Co-Founder / Worker Owner, Line Break Media
Erick Boustead is a member and co-founder of Line Break, a worker-owned media cooperative that partners with fellow worker cooperatives, organizations, and artists to co-create content that propels efforts for transformative social change.--Erick Boustead es un miembro y cofundador... Read More →
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Nolan Morice

Nolan is a Co-Director at Line Break Media where he focuses onthe production and technical side of operations, working tirelessly to makesure we’re making the best use of available technology to build a betterworld with our partners.
avatar for Eleonore Wesserle

Eleonore Wesserle

Line Break Media
Storytelling for social justice, digital storytelling, video production, media justice, communications strategy for social justice -- those are all what I do for work, my life's work, my livelihood, my teaching, my art. So you could definitely talk to me about that stuff. You could... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 169

9:00am

Moving Grief Through the Body
Grief lives in our bodies, long after what we grieve has moved on. It shapes us. This session will draw on tools including Octavia Butler's Earthseed, theater, dance, and somatics. We will learn more about how grief works in our bodies and how we can reshape our grief. Participants will build more space inside of ourselves for embracing our feelings and transforming our grief into gratitude, possibility, and wisdom.

Presenters
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adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit., How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
adrienne is a writer, facilitator, healer and pleasure activist living in Detroit. she is Co-editor of Octavia's Brood and author of the forthcoming Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (AK Press).


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Community Arts Auditorium

9:00am

Online Identity Health Checkup for Your Organization
As we communicate more and more online, our digital security is becoming even more important to consider. During this workshop, we will walk through how to protect the virtual side of your movement or organization. From safeguarding data, to building relationships, we will discuss how to manage your online identity as a social justice organization. Participants will walk away with a checklist designed to help them chart a course to sustainable care of their online presence.

Presenters
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Misty Maria Avila

Aspiration
With her background in both social justice groundwork and online advocacy, Misty works with rural and urban organizations across the globe to leverage technology in their work.
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Javier Kordi

Aspiration Tech
Javier coordinates Aspiration's online presence and storytelling. A writer at heart, he works to amplify voices and facilitate the sharing of technology practices and strategies between nonprofits and organizers. In his spare time, he is either reading poetry or teaching yoga.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 189

9:00am

RRRTV Documentation Team Training & Orientation
Join the team, hone your skills, be the media. The Really Rad Radio & TV Takeover space will be training a team of people to capture all the magic of AMC2015 by documenting it through audio and video. Attendees of all skill levels will learn to operate our equipment, as well as the basics of shooting, interviewing, and archiving media. Participants will then be eligible to check out equipment throughout the weekend. They will also walk away with unique pieces of digital media that will be distributed to them after the conference.

Presenters
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Michelle Alimoradi

WABI - Global Movements, Urban Struggles, Alliance for Community Media
Michelle is a self-proclaimed workaholic and media justice junkie. She has been a long time radio host/producer, has taught many youth production classes, worked as a web editor and outreach coordinator, and harbors much love for cats and original costumes.
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Antoine Haywood

Membership & Outreach Director, Philadelphia Community Access Media
Antoine is the Membership & Outreach Director at PhillyCAM in Philadelphia, PA. He has a long history as a community media producer and instructor, though in his spare time, you will often find him digging through crates at the local record store and spinning his finds on Cratebeats... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room E

9:00am

Two-Spirit Self-Determination, Land & Body Sovereignty
Together let’s create multimedia art pieces to honor body self-determination, respect land sovereignties and resist settler-colonialism and queer/trans-nationalism. We embody cultural resurgence and reclaim our responsibilities as 2Spirits: designers, caregivers, sex workers, knowledge keepers, artists, and more. This session is open to people who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island. Please note: this is a two-part, three hour session.

Presenters
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Fallon Andy

Couchiching First Nation
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Louis Esmé Cruz

Mi'kmaq-Acadian
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Joce Tremblay

Mohawk-Métis


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room C

9:00am

Visions of a Post-Capitalist Future
Time travel to a post-capitalist future! Throughout history, movements have tapped into the power of building alternatives to meet people's needs and reduce dependency on repressive systems. Unfortunately, these stories have often gone untold or been erased from our popular understanding of how change happens. This workshop intends to bring to light these stories, past and present, and to connect participants to the vast array of strategies for creating the other world that’s possible.

Presenters
avatar for Eli Feghali

Eli Feghali

Communications Director, New Economy Coalition
Eli Feghali is Communications Director at the New Economy Coalition and Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Eli immigrated to the US with his parents when he was one-year-old to escape the civil war. Through NEC and Beautiful Solutions, Eli works to tell the... Read More →
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Rachel Plattus

New Economy Coalition, Beautiful Solutions
Rachel is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and Programs Director at the New Economy Coalition. She works to build broad community, movement and organizational engagement in creating an alternative system that is restorative to people, place & planet. Someday she would like to be a... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 200

9:00am

Waging Love in Action
This session will explore the "Wage Love" call-to-action in three ways. First, we will honor the life and legacy of Charity Mahouna Hicks, including her Water Warrior work. Second, we will share creative expressions developed in honor of her work, including music by Bryce Detroit, Rocket Mcfly, Complex Movements, and video by Halima Cassells, ill Weaver, Lottie Spady, and Kate Levy. Finally, we will uplift community led work that embodies the call to Wage Love.

Presenters
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Halima Cassells

artist, lifelong Detroiter, continual learner, Oakland Ave Artists Coalition
Outreach Coordinator, Center for Community-Based Enterprise; OAAC; ONE Mile; Incite Focus; North End Soup; Free Market of Detroit
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William Copeland

EMEAC, Detroit Recordings Company
Will See is an MC, environmental justice activist, and educator from Detroit. He works for East Michigan Environmental Action Council as Climate Justice Director. He was a member of the US-Canada Free Palestine Delegation for Joint Struggle and local organizer for 2015 Word & World... Read More →
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Bryce Detroit

founder, Detroit Recordings Company
BRYCE DETROIT is the afrofuturist music producer, pioneer of entertainment justice, and critically-acclaimed storyteller. He grows communities and new economies as president of Detroit Recordings Company, member of Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition, and Director of Culture for Center... Read More →
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ill Weaver

Complex Movements/Emergence Media
ill weaver/invincible lives in Detroit. They are a member of Complex Movements and Emergence Media.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room F/G

9:00am

Wonderful Welcome Games
Many of us will be spending the next three days together! Let’s play games that help us learn about each other and decide how to share our space. We will also craft group agreements and prepare for all the fun workshops taking place over the weekend. You will be sure to laugh a lot and feel ready for a wonderful time of making media.

Presenters
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Sam Affholter

Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Sam Affholter was an organizer and childcare provider with Kelli's Childcare Collective of Atlanta before moving to Columbus, OH to pursue graduate work in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They now work in a preschool and organize with the Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare... Read More →
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Rebecca Behlen

Chicago Childcare Collective
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JACOB KLIPPENSTEIN

Chicago Childcare Collective
Jacob Klippenstein is pro-active organizer, dedicated childcare provider, and a budding gardener. Jay currently works with the Chicago Childcare Collective, AREA Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and the Trans Oral History Project.
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Debbie Southorn

Ri has been a professional childcare provider for over fifteen years and has been making up songs since they were very very little. They were a core organizer with the Bay Area Radical Childcare Collective for four years and continue to center families and kids in their organizing work in rural Ohio with SURJ Greater Dayton., Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Debbie Southorn is an organizer and a childcare provider with the Chicago childcare collective, ChiChiCo.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room H

11:00am

Activist Video Archiving and Preservation
Have you ever lost valuable footage or hours of work due to failed hardware, chaotic file organization, insecure storage, or file corruption? Properly archiving your videos can make the difference. In this session, radical archivists will share tips and best practices for managing and preserving media with easily accessible tools. Participants will leave with new knowledge and skills that will enable them to make best use of their video collections.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 219

11:00am

Belly Flop!
Usually we are taught to hide, suck in and shrink our stomachs. In this workshop, we will use theatre games and writing exercises to explore our relationships to our bellies. Participants will also have the opportunity to create and submit work for "Belly Flop!", an upcoming zine about big tummies and fat acceptance.

Presenters
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JD Stokely

A Collective Apparition
JD Stokely is a trickster-in-training hailing from Philly. They devise performances that draw from their love of TO games, 90s nostalgia & Blackness. They make space and work with A Collective Apparition, a group whose art is "rooted in the past, but poised on the crux of the present... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 214

11:00am

Choreographed Resistance: Movement for the Movement
Do you ever find yourself bored at protests? Are you ready to make the protest space your stage? From demonstration inspired theater to dancing in the streets, we will explore the uses of movement in social movements. Participants will experience live burlesque performances, learn song and dance phrases, and create their own choreography for the streets! Come get glitterated and liberated!

Presenters
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Michi Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Michi Ilona Osato aka sister selva’s germinated & sprouted in the concrete of NYC. Co-founder of brASS Burlesque, 2015 Queen of the Texas Burlesque Festival & Audience Choice Award winner. She’s spread her seedlings from Joe's Pub, to Sesame Street, to impassioned dance floors... Read More →
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Una Aya Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Una Aya Osato aka exHOTic other was born&raised in NYC, where she works as a performer, writer, & educator. Since graduating Wesleyan University, she’s written award winning shows that she tours nationally&internationally at theaters, festivals, community organizations, & universities... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium

11:00am

Courage > Conflict: Communicating Accountably
Ever confront an oppressive comment only to be met with an even more hurtful response? Minimizing conflict goes beyond how to give better feedback to how to accountably respond to difficult feedback, especially in the face of power dynamics and trauma. We will share a mapping tool to illuminate communication "detours" (defensiveness, etc) and practice responses that help you stay on the path to liberation. You will leave with the tools to support having hard conversations in your personal life and/or in workshop spaces.

Presenters
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Matice Moore

Serpentine Sunrise, U of Arizona
Matice Moore is a Black queer artist, buddhist educator and activist. Matice’ s interest in liberatory work and practice is expressed through her art with Serpentine Sunrise, and by developing workshops for groups, schools, and other organizations.
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shreya shah

SALTWATER Training+Healing+Art
Shreya is a South Asian femme facilitator, healer, artist, & activist. She facilitates social justice workshops & organizational development processes with SALTWATER Training & Consulting and makes art & clothing via Serpentine Sunrise. She loves big laughs & good stories.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Art Education: Room 158

11:00am

Femme of Color Altar-making Healing Space
When was the last time you made a community altar with other Black and Indigenous Femmes and Femmes of color? Please join if you are interested in sharing and creating space where we can come together to celebrate and worship our collective brilliance! Bring any items you want to place on our communal altar to be blessed with our collective energy. We will hold sacred space and trust where the process takes us. In this session each participant will have the chance to create something to take home to place on their own personal altars.

Presenters
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gina kathleen

gina kathleen is a gemini femme witch who dreams of the moon, oceans, whales, & femme4femmelandia.
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Lettie Laughter

Tarot: For the past 10 years, Lettie has been utilizing their keen intuition & embracing their lineage as a healer through reading tarot cards. Their tarot readings are based on connecting with Spirit & the consensual connection with your Spirit Guides & Ancestors. Tarot readings... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

11:00am

Fundraising Your Stories
This workshop will explore grassroots fundraising and storytelling practices. These practices make the work we do more immediate and accessible and promote powerful and purposeful relationships between donors, organizers and community members. We will learn strategies to fund our creative projects and how to utilize storytelling in any fundraising context to nurture shared purpose and commitment. Participants will build skills that will allow them to make storytelling an essential element of their fundraising and organizing work.

Presenters
avatar for Tanya Mote

Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better grassroots fundraiser, facilitator, and cultural organizer. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues... Read More →
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Nick Szuberla

Working Narratives - Nation Inside
Nick Szuberla, Executive Director of Working Narratives. Nick has helped design and lead national public information campaigns on issues ranging from sentencing reform to U.S. energy policy. He has produced award winning documentary films, radio series, and multimedia productions... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

11:00am

Healing Sessions
Yin Yoga (Passive Practice), Full-spectrum Doula & Healing with plants & Wellness Coaching, and NADA.  

Presenters
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Carmen Mendoza King

*Full-spectrum Doula support: compassionate support addressing reproductive and sexual health issues. *Healing with plant allies/medicines: combining what you know or want to know, with what I have learned about healing plants, we can talk about ways to connect with specific plants... Read More →
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Nina

NADA Acupuncture is non-verbal healing approach using gentle ear acupuncture within a community-based and harm reduction framework. Anyone can benefit, but NADA may be useful for those experiencing substance use, anxiety, grief, disaster and trauma. Practice is centered on consensual... Read More →
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shay

ARC Retreat Center
shay(den) has been an organizer, facilitator, healing practitioner and non-profiteer for most of his adult life. His paid work has often been centered around youth/intergenerational organizing and organizational development with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. Recently, he's... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

11:00am

Make Your Own Video PSA! Part 2
Interested in learning how to spread a message through video? We will introduce a process for developing a short script and interview questions as well as some basic techniques in shooting. Gain an overview of strategic communications, get hands-on experience with a DSLR camera and professional audio equipment, and shoot a video to share with the world.

Presenters
avatar for Erick Boustead

Erick Boustead

Co-Founder / Worker Owner, Line Break Media
Erick Boustead is a member and co-founder of Line Break, a worker-owned media cooperative that partners with fellow worker cooperatives, organizations, and artists to co-create content that propels efforts for transformative social change.--Erick Boustead es un miembro y cofundador... Read More →
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Nolan Morice

Nolan is a Co-Director at Line Break Media where he focuses onthe production and technical side of operations, working tirelessly to makesure we’re making the best use of available technology to build a betterworld with our partners.
avatar for Eleonore Wesserle

Eleonore Wesserle

Line Break Media
Storytelling for social justice, digital storytelling, video production, media justice, communications strategy for social justice -- those are all what I do for work, my life's work, my livelihood, my teaching, my art. So you could definitely talk to me about that stuff. You could... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 169

11:00am

Our Big Book of Beautiful Bodies
Our bodies are wondrous! Some are fat, some are short, some are brown and all are worthy of celebration. In this workshop we will dive into all that difference and embrace who we are. Through talking and drawing about our bodies we will make a collective coloring and activity book that allows us to explore, connect with, and share the wondrous ways our bodies can be.

Presenters
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Najee H.F.

A Collective Apparition
Najee is a black fat femme multi-disciplinary artist. She is a sometimes costumer, comic artist, painter,mask-maker and fashion lover. She currently makes space and work with "a collective apparition," a group of black queer philly based artists.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room H

11:00am

Produce and Host Community Radio with CKUT Montreal
Have you ever dreamed of producing and hosting radio? Here is your chance to be a community news anchor! CKUT-FM Radio Montreal is bringing our amazing team of grassroots and independent radio news volunteers to the AMC, and we want to share our skills with you. We will be hosting our award-winning news program, Off the Hour, from the AMC, and you get to be the producer. Participants will learn to plan a radio show, conduct interviews, and walk away with new skills for hosting live radio.

Presenters
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Hera Chan

CKUT Radio
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Carolin Huang

CKUT Radio


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room E

11:00am

Putting the T in Tech: TransTech Social Enterprises
How do you start a social enterprise that includes programming and billable services? This workshop will offer an inside look into Trans Tech Social Enterprises, a new Chicago-based organization focused on addressing the unemployment and under-employment of transgender people through technology education and leadership development. We will learn how to use technology to build new work in our communities. We will show how apprenticeship and a commitment to learn can uplift any community.

Presenters
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Joey Grant

TransTech Social
Joey Grant is the Director of Communications at TransTech Social. Their experience lies in fundraising graphic design and marketing. Joey’s love for social justice, art and design, fuels his passion for creating content and being part of the Chicago LGBTQIA community.
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Angelica Ross

TransTech Social
At the intersections of gender, class, race, & religion, Angelica Ross has made a career out of helping others navigate the challenges that come with being a member of more than one minority. She is the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, which aims to empower, educate & employ the... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

11:00am

Question Bridge: Dialogue & Identity Mapping
Question Bridge is an art project that facilitates a dialogue between Black men from diverse backgrounds and creates a mapping platform for them to represent Black male identity in America. The project deconstructs views of Black men and exposes a complex, dynamic, and multi-faceted view of their identity. The workshop uses the project’s curriculum to expose attendees to its methodology and empowers them to create a dialogue and map for one of their own identity groups.

Presenters
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Kamal Sinclair

Sundance Institute
Kamal Sinclair is a producer, director and multi-disciplinary artist. She is Co-Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program and an artist on the Question Bridge art project.
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Bayete Ross Smith

Question Bridge LLC; ICP
Bayeté Ross Smith is an artist, photographer, and educator. He has exhibited widely with such institutions as the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Sundance Film Festival.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

11:00am

Tandas (Savings Circles) as a Step to Economic Autonomy
Democratic ownership strategies are all the rage these days. There is increasing excitement around land trusts, worker cooperatives, and other forms of community-supported business. However, for many of us doing grassroots work in communities, these projects can seem impossibly out of reach due to lack of adequate start-up funds. In this session, we will explore the creation of tandas/savings circles and ways that savings circles can help us get some of the start-up cash our communities need.

Presenters
NM

Nicole Marin Baena

Mijente
I grew up in an immigrant family in the South. My parents were textile workers, and when the factories started to close (after NAFTA), my family would move to wherever there was a mill still open; from town to town all across Appalachia. I experienced firsthand how companies can extract... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 200

11:00am

Two-Spirit Self-Determination, Land & Body Sovereignty Part 2
Together let’s create multimedia art pieces to honor body self-determination, respect land sovereignties and resist settler-colonialism and queer/trans-nationalism. We embody cultural resurgence and reclaim our responsibilities as 2Spirits: designers, caregivers, sex workers, knowledge keepers, artists, and more. This session is open to people who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island.

Presenters
FA

Fallon Andy

Couchiching First Nation
LE

Louis Esmé Cruz

Mi'kmaq-Acadian
JT

Joce Tremblay

Mohawk-Métis


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room C

2:00pm

A People's Oral History of Detroit in Pictures
What is happening in Detroit and how did we get here? The Beehive is working on a graphic poster that explores Detroit's rich history and draws connections between large scale land grabs, the sweeping privatizations of public resources, and the resilience and brilliance of long time residents in the face of these challenges. The Beehive will share our process as we seek to represent Detroit in an accountable and loving way. We will preview images from the poster to get your feedback and end with some challenging questions.

Presenters
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Juan Martinez

Juan is a dynamically adorned builder of bicycle sculptures., none
Juan Martinez is a co-founder of the Beehive Design Collective and a proud five year member of Detroit's beloved community.
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Antonio Rafael

Antonio Cosme is an xicana boricua writer, public speaker, entrepreneur, educator, artist, bee keeper and farmer from Southwest, Detroit. Having graduated Eastern Michigan University with double major in Political Science and Economics at a time when the State took over the city of Detroit through Emergency Management, a great deal of his work has been dedicated to lecturing, writing, and acting in opposition to the neoliberal assault on his city and attacks on water. His viral street art has been featured in movies, articles and research papers. Antonio cofounded the Raiz Up art collective in 2012, a xicano and indigenous hiphop collective using art as way to create consciousness and support movement #Raizup. More than just resisting the abuse of public goods, land, water and people, Antonio is working to transform his community through organizing, artistic endeavors and ecological community development through his farm #swgrows and the #SWBeetroit a new cooperative honey beekeeping business., The Raiz Up
Antonio Rafael, Xicano Boricua educator, farmer, artist and community organizer/activist from Southwest, Detroit cofounded the Raiz Up art collective focused on decolonial edutainment and supporting movement in 2012. He fights against watershutoffs/neoliberal policies with the People’s... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room J

2:00pm

Collective Intergalactic Space Travel
How do we travel through space(s) together without leaving anyone behind? We will explore how we can move in ways that are good for everybody, while celebrating creativity and expression. In this workshop, participants will build spaceships using cardboard boxes and found materials, then play movement-based games that emphasize solidarity and collectivity. Participants will travel through a space portal together, prepared to visit all the different galaxies of the AMC.

Presenters
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Sam Affholter

Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Sam Affholter was an organizer and childcare provider with Kelli's Childcare Collective of Atlanta before moving to Columbus, OH to pursue graduate work in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They now work in a preschool and organize with the Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare... Read More →
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Debbie Southorn

Ri has been a professional childcare provider for over fifteen years and has been making up songs since they were very very little. They were a core organizer with the Bay Area Radical Childcare Collective for four years and continue to center families and kids in their organizing work in rural Ohio with SURJ Greater Dayton., Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Debbie Southorn is an organizer and a childcare provider with the Chicago childcare collective, ChiChiCo.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room H

2:00pm

Deploying and Customizing a Wordpress Theme
Building a website can often be expensive and time consuming. We will explore the world of Wordpress themes and choosing the right one for personal or organizational use. We will learn how to install and deploy a Wordpress theme, including domain name installation. We will provide tips and tricks for creating the best website following accessibility standards. Participants will walk away with vital tools on how to enhance their personal web presence or organizational presence. Bring your laptop to the session if you have one!

Presenters
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Nasma Ahmed

Freelancer
Nasma is a freelance web developer and community organizer based in Toronto. She is interested in non-profit technology and supporting community organizing with technology. She is an avid reader and consumer of all things films.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Building: Room 169

2:00pm

DIY Audio Cables
Have you ever spent $20 on a microphone cable or an audio cable for your stereo? As a media maker, you probably work with audio cables regularly, but do you know how they work? In this workshop we will demystify the basics of audio signals and cabling. Each participant will learn the process and build their own microphone or instrument cable.

Presenters
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Will Floyd

Technical Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Will started working in community radio at WOBC-FM in Oberlin, Ohio. Since joining Prometheus in October 2012, Will has collaborated with dozens of community groups across the US to apply for and build their own Low Power FM radio stations.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room E

2:00pm

Domestic Worker Disco
Shake, shimmy, shuffle and sweep with us as we dance the CareForce Disco! Energizing and irresistible, this dance is for all body types/abilities and is collectively choreographed and performed by workers and allies. Think stroller figure 8’s and mop waltzing – weaving stories from those whose work makes all other work possible. We will co-create a special #AMC2015 CareForce Disco that emphasizes diversity and difference as its unifying factor. You’ll walk away with new grooves, tips, and storytelling tools to invigorate the movement.

Presenters
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Anjum Asharia

Studio REV
Anjum is a media maker, artist, educator & member of the team at Studio REV-.
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Marisa Jahn

An artist and immersive media producer of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa is currently an MIT Research Affiliate. Her work has been presented in museums and public spaces internationally and has received acclaim in major media outlets., Studio REV-
A non-profit art organization, Studio REV- (as in, to "rev" an engine) combines bold ideas and sound research to produce creative media that impacts the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and women. We create opportunities and meet the information needs of specific communities... Read More →
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Anya Krawcheck

Anya is a professionally trained actor, domestic worker, and hilariously gifted voicing talent.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium

2:00pm

Envisioning and Modeling Our Future Cities
What (or who) is left out of renderings of an ideal “Detroit” (or New York, or any city)? How do we change the pattern of the past to envision a more just and inclusive future? We will explore the role graphic visualizations can have in displacement and gentrification. We will decode renderings to see what they are trying to say about our cities’ future. We will build 3-D dioramas, demostrating our visions for a more just city. We will share skills to model the future cities that workshop participants wish to see.

Presenters
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Nina Bianchi

The Work Department
Nina is a founding partner at The Work Department, a communication design and development studio. She is also co-founder of Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) and OmniCorpDetroit, and co-organizer of the AMC Media Lab since 2011.
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Greta Byrum

Co-Director, Digital Equity Laboratory, The New School
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and distribute communications systems.
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Wes Taylor

Design Justice Network
Wes is a Detroit based graphic designer, fine artist, musician, and curator. His collective, Complex Movements, creates immersive interactive performances deeply rooted in social justice and movement building. He is co-founder of Emergence Media. He is co-founder of Talking Dolls... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room C

2:00pm

Get Yr Rights: LGBTQTS Youth Working to End Police Violence
Do you want to learn practical ways you can help end police violence? Do you want to connect with other LGBTQTS youth who are working to keep our communities safe? Join us! Over the last year and a half, BreakOUT and Streetwise and Safe (SAS) have been working to create the first national network for LGBTQTS youth who are engaged with 'Know Your Rights' work around interactions with law enforcement. Join us to learn about what the Get Yr Rights Network has done so far and see how you can get involved.

Presenters
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Shaena Johnson

BreakOUT!
I don't have access to Shaena's bio right now but it won't be an issue to get it! Sorry!
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Derwin Wilright Jr.

BreakOUT!
Derwin Wilright, Jr., Youth Organizer at BreakOUT!, has spoken out about police violence and profiling of LGBTQ youth before the New Orleans City Council, spearheaded an educational 'Know Your Rights' social media campaign, and was instrumental in creating Get Yr Rights.
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Mitchyll Mora

Streetwise and Safe (SAS)
Mitchyll Mora, Researcher and Campaign Staff at Streetwise and Safe (SAS), works to end violence faced by young people who are homeless and involved in survival economies. To learn more about some of Mitchyll's recent work go to www.getyrrights.org.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

2:00pm

Healing Sessions
Full-spectrum Doula & Healing with plants & Wellness Coaching, Reiki, "Couples" Therapy for Collaborators, and Iyengar Yoga for Specific Needs.

Presenters
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Carmen Mendoza King

*Full-spectrum Doula support: compassionate support addressing reproductive and sexual health issues. *Healing with plant allies/medicines: combining what you know or want to know, with what I have learned about healing plants, we can talk about ways to connect with specific plants... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

2:00pm

New Frontier Native Forum
The New Frontier Native Forum will provide a space for indigenous artists, youth, activists and innovative media makers to have conversations and participate in working sessions around leveraging transmedia storytelling for social and environmental justice. The Forum will allow artists to share ideas, talk about works-in-progress ad envision new projects and campaigns. Presenters include Bird Runningwater, Director of the Sundance Institute Native and Indigenous Program, Skawennati Fragnito (CyberPowWow, Time Traveler) and Eve-Lauryn LaFountain (Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song, NAWADINIWE). Additionally, presenters from the New Frontier Day Lab will participate in working sessions at the Native Forum. This is part one of a two part session. 

RSVP for free before June 10th: http://2015-newfrontierdaylabnativeforum.splashthat.com/ 


Presenters
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Bird Runningwater

Sundance Institute
Runningwater oversees the Native Lab of the Sundance Institute. Previously, he served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions; and as program associate for the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

2:00pm

Our Bodies Our Sounds: Creation to Recording
What does a community building process look like when using sound as a tool for justice and trust building? We will begin by forming a sound circle in which we create music together using our voices, bodies and everyday objects. Then we will collectively decide on a theme we want to explore and break into groups to create poetry or spoken word pieces, while learning to trust each other and ourselves. Participants will walk away with an mp3 of our collective sound piece and lessons to take back to their organizing work.

Presenters
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quinto zimmerman

quinto zimmerman is a queer, disabled and chronically ill, gender-fluid dancer, photographer, and activist, whose work is centred around the experiences of queer and disabled urban youth.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 214

2:00pm

Performative and Collaborative Writing with The Dining Room
What can writing do? The Dining Room seeks to remove formality and hierarchy from writing. This is a workshop of performative and collaborative writing prompts followed by an open-mic. We offer a comfortable space and community as a resource for anyone to play with and challenge writing conventions, while working with movement and play. The Dining Room will also be distributing a zine of prompts as a takeaway.

Presenters
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Andie Meadows

The Dining Room
Andie Meadows is an administrator and conceptual artists studying photography, writing and performance at SAIC. Andie also founded and manages a long term writing workshop series The Dining Room in addition to working as marketing assistant to photographer Patty Carroll.
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Hannah Jane Park

The Dining Room
Hannah Jane is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Chicago. Her artistic practice investigates identity and social politics. Her films focus on the interior lives of people who suffer from existential crises. Currently, she is candidate of the SAIC’s BFA... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

2:00pm

Visionary Resistance & Resilience-Based Organizing
How are people in Detroit building people power for the long-term? This session will uplift social change work in Detroit in a way that that connects to ideas of Visionary Resistance and Resilience-Based Organizing. We will learn about important work happening in Detroit, and explore how to strengthen our organizing for long-tern resilience.

Presenters
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Carla M. Perez

Movement Generation Jutice & Ecology Project
CARLA M. PEREZ is a mother and community organizer residing in Oakland, California. Carla joined Movement Generation in 2007 as a co-founder of the Justice & Ecology Project and leads MG’s Resiliency and Permaculture work, including the Earth Skills Training Program.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

4:00pm

Be the True Wheel
True wheel, true community! We will show the connections between truing (adjusting) a bicycle wheel and having balance within yourself and your community. As we are learning to true a bicycle wheel, we will have a conversation around how to keep our communities balanced and healthy. Participants will walk away with a true community mandala.

Presenters
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Kezia Curtis

Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center
Kezia Curtis, a life-long Detroit resident, enthused bicycle mechanic and urban farmer, is passionate about conflict reconciliation.
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Sarah Sidelko

Healing Justice Track
While Detroit is home for Sarah, currently she's attending a year-long bodywork program in Albuquerque, NM. She is committed to co-creating accessible body awareness and movement spaces through an intersectional healing justice framework. She firmly practices anti-racist organizing... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

4:00pm

Data Visualization for the Movement
Data visualization can be a tool for communicating, mobilizing, and organizing within movements. We will explore the challenges of working with data on intersectional issues, identify open data sources, and walk through some examples of tools and strategies that can be used to visualize data. We will learn how to build powerful maps and charts using free tools. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how data visualization can aid their movement work as well as basic skills that can be used to produce visualizations.

Presenters
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Tara Adiseshan

Tara is programmer, designer, and digital security trainer.
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New Inc Public Science

Knight-Mozilla Fellow, OpenNews
Francis Tseng is a programmer and interaction designer interested in natural language processing, internet socializing, and demystifying technology. He is currently teaching at the New School's Design + Journalism program and designing and building software with friends at Public... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room J

4:00pm

Fixit Friday: Community, Self-Reliance, and Repair
"Fixit Friday" is a staple in the New Mexico maker movement, offering a space for community members to come together and repair broken items that might otherwise end up in the garbage. This hands-on workshop addresses the need for economically and environmentally sustainable practices in the maker and digital justice movement. Whether or not participants leave with a fixed object, they will experience a community hacking event that empowers and equips them with new skills for anti-capitalist organizing. Bring your broken items to fix!

Presenters
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Katia Perez

OLE, Working Classroom
Katia is a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a community activist, painter and muralista. Katia, originally from Chihuahua, MX, grew up in Albuquerque where she was a mentor and painter at Working Classroom and is passionate about empowering communities with art.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 189

4:00pm

Healing Sessions
Reiki/Energy Healing, Tarot, Custom Potion Session, and "Couples" Therapy for Collaborators.

Presenters
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shay

ARC Retreat Center
shay(den) has been an organizer, facilitator, healing practitioner and non-profiteer for most of his adult life. His paid work has often been centered around youth/intergenerational organizing and organizational development with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. Recently, he's... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

4:00pm

Holding Space: Anti-Oppressive Facilitation
How can facilitators hold space for gatherings that are truly anti-oppressive? Join us as we explore strategies for facilitation that center the needs of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, survivors, and other marginalized communities. Drawing on knowledge in the room, we will explore how words, structures, technologies, and activities can build solidarity and safety in group settings. We will deepen our existing skills and leave with shiny, effective new tools for liberatory facilitation.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

Autumn works as a facilitator, political educator, trainer and consultant in service of movement building and social change. Over the years, she has facilitated with community and movement organizations in a wide variety of fields, including reproductive justice, education, urban planning, food and environmental justice, anti-violence, green entrepreneurship, alternative transportation, radical social change, and independent media. Her focus as a facilitator is community and organizational transformation through the implementation of egalitarian decision-making practices and anti-racist, anti-oppressive analyses. Her motivating principle is that we cannot create sustainable and transformative social change without using transformative models for doing the work. Autumn utilizes a popular education and emergent design methodology in her client work, while also rooting in black, brown, and indigenous traditions and histories., AORTA
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, science fiction author, singer, and facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression. Autumn formerly served as the Executive Director of both RECLAIM!, and of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. She is now a... Read More →
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Maryse Mitchell-Brody

Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and consultant striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class white Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC over 2 decades. They’ve been lucky to work with groups like The Icarus Project, Third Wave Fund, and the Rock Dove Collective as a part of broader struggles for racial justice, queer and trans liberation, sex worker self-determination, and harm reduction., self
Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and social justice coach striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC for 2 decades, including The Icarus Project, where they are the Development... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 208

4:00pm

How to be a Street Medic: Skills for Actions & Beyond
Learn practical skills to respond to emergencies, including police violence, during actions, marches, and everyday life. Through discussion and hands-on practice we will explore how to respond to things that can typically occur during actions, from dehydration to chemical warfare. We will blend natural medicine, body/mind healing tools, and community medic tactics to provide a variety of skills for participants to leave with.

Presenters
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micah hobbes frazier

the living room project
micah hobbes is a black queer boi healer, facilitator/trainer, doula, dj, and magic maker; living, loving, laughing, and building community in Oakland, CA. he is the founder/director of the living room project, a healing justice & community space serving black & brown queer and trans... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

4:00pm

If You Dream It, It Will Come
What if you could paint the future? What would it look like? Let's give it a go! We will be working on a mural throughout the conference based on our hopes and dreams for the future. At the end of the conference we will unveil our mural for all to see. Participants will experience hands-on painting and banner dropping!

Presenters
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Eli Feghali

Communications Director, New Economy Coalition
Eli Feghali is Communications Director at the New Economy Coalition and Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Eli immigrated to the US with his parents when he was one-year-old to escape the civil war. Through NEC and Beautiful Solutions, Eli works to tell the... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room H

4:00pm

Love on Our Own Terms: Relationships, Zines and Change
Do you feel empowered by your relationships? This interactive session is an open dialogue exploring healthy/unhealthy relationship dynamics. Topics will include community, allyship and the movement to break the cycle of relationship violence. Participants will walk away having created their own zine on what a healthy relationship means to them. They will also have gained insight on the importance of a healthy relationship and how to apply it to their own lives.

Presenters
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Jose Delgado

Project PAVE
Jose is a graduating senior from the Denver School of Science and Technology and a badass Youth Educator for Project PAVE's Youth Community Educators Program. When Jose isn't busy changing the world he is playing soccer, making art and jumping off cliffs.
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Emma Griffin-Derr

Project PAVE
Emma is a graduating senior at the Denver School of the Arts and a badass Educator for Project PAVE's Youth Community Educators Program. Emma is passionate about sexual health and promoting healthy relationships among youth and plans to study Women and Gender Studies in college at... Read More →
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Eneri Rodriguez

Project PAVE, Colorado Anti-Violence Program
Eneri is a Violence Prevention Specialist for Project PAVE, and an Affiliate Faculty in Women's Studies at MSU Denver. When Eneri isn't challenging her students to think outside the box, she is making pie, making mixed tapes and watching horror movies.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

4:00pm

Making Meaningful Media
Learn how to make meaningful media in this hands-on, youth-led workshop! Participants will learn how to create documentary videos that can shape their communities. We will run through a basic documentary production cycle and participants will learn a process that they can take with them and apply to their own work. Collaborate, interview AMC attendees, and have fun in this interactive workshop led by youth from the St. Paul Neighborhood Network!

Presenters

Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room E

4:00pm

New Frontier Native Forum Part 2
The New Frontier Native Forum will provide a space for indigenous artists, youth, activists and innovative media makers to have conversations and participate in working sessions around leveraging transmedia storytelling for social and environmental justice. The Forum will allow artists to share ideas, talk about works-in-progress ad envision new projects and campaigns. Presenters include Bird Runningwater, Director of the Sundance Institute Native and Indigenous Program, Skawennati Fragnito (CyberPowWowTime Traveler) and Eve-Lauryn LaFountain (Conversation Pieces: A Swan SongNAWADINIWE). Additionally, presenters from the New Frontier Day Lab will participate in working sessions at the Native Forum.

RSVP for free before June 10th: http://2015-newfrontierdaylabnativeforum.splashthat.com/  

Presenters
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Bird Runningwater

Sundance Institute
Runningwater oversees the Native Lab of the Sundance Institute. Previously, he served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions; and as program associate for the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

4:00pm

Performing Wireless: Making a Human Mesh
Mesh networks can empower communities to build open networks across diverse geographies and resist the capitalist-consumer model of private Internet service provision. We will explore this potential through a performance workshop in which everyone co-designs a network and problem solves around its implementation. Participants will play the roles of geographical, technological, and human actors involved in establishing and maintaining a community wireless network.

Presenters
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Curtis McCord

Critical Making Lab
Curtis McCord studies at the Faculty of Information and the University of Toronto, where he did his undergrad in philosophy and political science. His research interests include infrastructure theory, speculative futurism, philosophy and 3D printing.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room C

4:00pm

Reflections on B&P National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey
In 2014 Black and Pink began the largest ever survey of LGBTQ prisoners across the U.S. We will share how we created a community-based research project with LGBTQ prisoners and what we are learning from the data collected from the survey. During the workshop we will engage with the data using visual and audio aides to uncover the stories hidden inside prisons. Participants will leave with new information about LGBTQ prisoner realities and concrete steps for taking action.

Presenters
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Jason Lydon

Black and Pink
Rev. Jason Lydon is the National Director of Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and 'free world' allies who support each other. Black and Pink, now a nationwide volunteer organization that reaches over 7,500 prisoners, was started in 2005 by Jason after his own inc... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

4:00pm

Sidewalk Science: Knowledge Sharing in the Streets!
Research and the production and dissemination of knowledge is too often seen as an exclusively academic exercise, leaving out community-based engagements for social justice. This session, designed by the Public Science Project and the Morris Justice Project, will introduce a radical departure from conventional research in the form of “Sidewalk Science,” a community-based methodology. Participants will leave with strategies for using Sidewalk Science to develop and deepen collective community knowledge.

Presenters
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Andrew Greene

Healing Justice Organizer
Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated co founder and organizer with How Our Lives link Altogether! Cory is currently invested in developing and supporting the development of an inter-generational youth led city-wide Healing Justice Movement.
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Prakriti Hassan

The Public Science Project
Prakriti has worked as one of the co-researchers for a multi-year Participatory Action Research (PAR) Project known as the Morris Justice Project in the South Bronx.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 200

4:00pm

Technological Empowerment 101 for Femmes of Color
Femmes of color are important creators of online media content, but are too often excluded from technology circles which can feel alienating, or otherwise discouraging. During this session we will introduce resources for learning anything from HTML and CSS to privacy or copyright law. Participants will hopefully walk away with relieved anxiety and a better sense of where and how to keep learning!

Presenters
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Lynn Cyrin

CollectQT
Lynn Cyrin is a computer science student and Dean’s Scholar at Mills College. She is also an African American transwoman, and is constantly looking for more ways to help transwomen of color, homeless women, and trauma survivors.
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Kẏra

Empowermentors
Kẏra is an activist within—and critic of—the free software and free culture movements. As a 1ˢᵗ generation hapa and trans femme cyborg, Kẏra is committed to the reappropriation of digital technology for trans, femme, and POC liberation.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 169
 
Saturday, June 20
 

9:00am

Collecting Ourselves: Organizing a Youth-led Summit
As youth, we often have little input in the decisions made for us. But we believe that together we have a voice and power. We will share what we learned from organizing our own youth-led summit focusing on language rights in schools. Together, we will figure out what strengths individuals bring to the table and how to use those strengths to organize a summit about a community issue. Participants will walk away with a step-by-step guide for how to organize their own community summit.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 213

9:00am

Cooperative, 3D, Immersive, Interactive Storytelling
Are you interested in the intersection of design, gaming, and storytelling? In this workshop, participants will create an immersive generative narrative inside the Complex Movements' "Mini Pod". With the assistance of facilitators, participants will co-create a virtual world appropriating and animating predetermined 3D assets. This workshop is geared towards youth and the young at heart. No prior knowledge of coding needed.

Presenters
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Carlos L05

Artist, Complex Movements
L05 (CARLOS GARCIA) is an artist, performer, designer, and engineer. He has performed and exhibited work individually and as part of award winning Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements. L05 is a vocalist and producer in hip hop/electronic duo Celsius Electronics and a... Read More →
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Wes Taylor

Design Justice Network
Wes is a Detroit based graphic designer, fine artist, musician, and curator. His collective, Complex Movements, creates immersive interactive performances deeply rooted in social justice and movement building. He is co-founder of Emergence Media. He is co-founder of Talking Dolls... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room B

9:00am

Guerilla Projection and Public Art Intervention
What does it mean to reclaim public space? The NYC-based Illuminator Collective will share their experience using projection technology in public spaces. Participants will learn about the strategies and skills needed, as well as the possibilities of using guerrilla projection for social justice. The Illuminator will also teach participants how to build a "People's Pad," a webcam-based projection device. Workshop attendees will have fun with other activists planning for art interventions to take place on Saturday night in Detroit.

Presenters
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Todd Anderson

The Illuminator Collective
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Rachel Brown

The Illuminator Collective
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Chris Rogy

The Illuminator Collective


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Room 285

9:00am

Healing Sessions
Spiritual insight and energy healing with Free Woman, Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation with Carrie Leilam Love, Classical Homeopathy with David Kim

Presenters
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Zoe Hayes

NADA Acupuncture: NADA is a specific set of 5 acupuncture points on the surface of the ear. NADA is used to support people dealing with trauma, anxiety and as a harm reduction tool helpful in managing withdrawal. Among the benefits reported from NADA are improved sleep, and mood and... Read More →
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David Kim

Classical Homeopathy: providing acute homeopathic care for headaches, nausea, fever, flu, hangovers, and other terrible things. Interactive session in which counseling will be integrated to identify concerns and recommend a holistic homeopathic remedy.
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Carrie Leilam Love

Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation: Science recently discovered what many of us have known for generations: we carry our ancestors trauma in our bodies. Before coming to a session, please have as much information as possible about your known ancestors born before 1940, including... Read More →
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Free Woman

Spiritual insight and energy healing, Heal the Healers - Time to Receive: Do you have the energy for 10 more years of activism? You have taken care of planet earth, the people and the causes you care about. Now come take care of yourself! Free Woman is offering 20 minute insight and... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room L/M

9:00am

How to Build Decentralized, Smart Movement Networks
How do the mass popular social movements of our time, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter, create new opportunities for decision-makers, organizations, and political parties to make political and economic change possible? What do these movements all have in common, and how do we build them? In this session, Movement Netlab, a think tank created by and for activists, will share a theory of how decentralized social movements function, how organizations interact with them, and how our entire movement ecosystem can become more effective.

Presenters
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Allen Kwabena Frimpong

Black Lives Matter NYC
Allen Kwabena Frimpong is one of the lead organizers of Black Lives Matter in New York City, and is a philanthropic strategist and capacity-builder. Much of his work has been developing transformative ways to support and fund organizations and individuals in building social movem... Read More →
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Tamara Shapiro

Movement Netlab, Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives (WORCs)
Tamara Shapiro was one of the lead strategists, facilitators and coordinators of the InterOccupy network, Occupy Sandy and Rockaway Wildfire and Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives that emerged from it. She also created and implemented a networked hub structure for the Peoples Climate... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 218

9:00am

Jewelry Making with Found Materials
How do we express our interior self through what we choose to wear? This session will focus on jewelry making as a form of self-expression. We will demonstrate how to use found objects such as styrofoam and magazine cut-outs to make necklaces. Participants will learn about the potential of materials that can be found in our everyday lives. We encourage participants to make something that represents who they are and empowers them to embrace new forms of self-expression.

Presenters
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Florencia Escudero

Multimedia artist from Argentina. Attended School of Visual Arts for Bachelor in Fine Arts and Yale university for a Master in sculpture.Lives and works in New york city.
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Karen Tepaz

Karen Tepaz is a Brooklyn based artist from Los Angeles, CA. Received her BFA in Ceramics from the California State University of Long Beach, and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room J

9:00am

Keep Healthcare Cute: Multi-series Program for Zine Making
In what ways can we build a world in which queer/trans youth can better understand their bodies and voice their experiences using art and media? The Broadway Youth Center is affirming the knowledge of queer/ trans youth through the production of zines. Our workshop's goals are: 1. Provide participants with a skeleton curriculum for creating their own multi-series program for zine making. 2. Educate participants about our structure for programming with young people. 3. Help participants understand the challenges of making zines to explore complex topics in young people's lives.

Presenters
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Femmily Blake Robison

Broadway Youth Center
Femmily Blake is a Chicagoan and a hippo. He is pursuing a nursing degree and wants to provide health care to queer and trans people that is affirming, based in harm reduction, and resists as much of the medical industry as possible. He works at the Broadway Youth Center as a health... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 189

9:00am

Kids Collage Studio
Collaging is for everybody, everywhere! Stop by to explore collage-making using unexpected art materials. We will demonstrate the joy and creativity of an open, informal, and intergenerational art practice. Centered around families with young children, this space is open to people of all ages and abilities. Please note: this is a two-part, three hour session.

Presenters
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Rebecca Behlen

Chicago Childcare Collective
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Maribel Falcon

Cósmica
Maribel Falcon is an artist, originally from West Tejas, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a collective member of Cósmica, an all girl art collective seeking to encourage creativity in a feminine spirits.
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JACOB KLIPPENSTEIN

Chicago Childcare Collective
Jacob Klippenstein is pro-active organizer, dedicated childcare provider, and a budding gardener. Jay currently works with the Chicago Childcare Collective, AREA Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and the Trans Oral History Project.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room H

9:00am

Making the Web for Kids
Kids are constantly consuming technology - now it is time for them to become the makers! We will explore the web through Mozilla Webmaker tools and create content with youth that reflects their lived experiences. Participants will create web pages and mixed media. Kids will learn how to use web tools that are free and accessible with the goal of becoming creators rather than consumers of technology.

Presenters
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Nasma Ahmed

Freelancer
Nasma is a freelance web developer and community organizer based in Toronto. She is interested in non-profit technology and supporting community organizing with technology. She is an avid reader and consumer of all things films.
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Saima Islam

Girls Crack the Code
Saima Islam is a ten year old girls who loves unicorns, and is teaching herself to build a robot and dreams of a future where she is one of many girls of colour creating tech for Apple.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room C

9:00am

Nonprofit Trauma: Transforming Harm
After experiencing work-related trauma, we are told that we cannot tell our stories for fear of becoming “unhirable.” How do we find healing when our traumas are ignored? In this workshop we explore storytelling as survival, and how strategic story-sharing enables us to change the way nonprofits function and the way harms are handled. Utilizing drama therapy, participants will have the opportunity to embody their stories and collectively generate strategies for turning their stories into resources for transformation.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

Autumn works as a facilitator, political educator, trainer and consultant in service of movement building and social change. Over the years, she has facilitated with community and movement organizations in a wide variety of fields, including reproductive justice, education, urban planning, food and environmental justice, anti-violence, green entrepreneurship, alternative transportation, radical social change, and independent media. Her focus as a facilitator is community and organizational transformation through the implementation of egalitarian decision-making practices and anti-racist, anti-oppressive analyses. Her motivating principle is that we cannot create sustainable and transformative social change without using transformative models for doing the work. Autumn utilizes a popular education and emergent design methodology in her client work, while also rooting in black, brown, and indigenous traditions and histories., AORTA
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, science fiction author, singer, and facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression. Autumn formerly served as the Executive Director of both RECLAIM!, and of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. She is now a... Read More →
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Alexis Powell

Alexis Powell, LCAT-permit, currently facilitates drama therapy groups with trauma-affected youth in public schools in NYC, and is a longtime believer in the correspondence of creativity and health. Alexis is a performer, musician, and video artist working under the moniker Hearsay... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Education Building: Room 204

9:00am

QTPOC Youth Healing Oppression through Storytelling
QTPOC youth are often silenced by oppression, but through storytelling we can resist colonization and reclaim our communities. In this workshop, QTPOC youth will come together, share stories, and heal from the violence of oppression. Participants should come ready to explore their own life stories and the stories of their community through interactive dialogue. We will then share those stories through either video or photography.

Presenters
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Marcos D. Carrillo

Detroit REPRESENT!
Marcos is a community organizer from Southwest Detroit. Since high school, he has been active in supporting queer and trans youth, as well as immigrants and immigrant families in his local community, and across the region. In his free time, Marcos loves to play video games and cuddle... Read More →
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Lance Hicks

Lance is a biracial/Black trans femme organizer, writer, and healer. These days, Lance works as social worker and therapist with queer and trans youth of color and trauma survivors. Lance loves dandelions, dogs, and hiding out in libraries., Detroit REPRESENT!
Lance is a mixed race trans organizer born and raised in Detroit. He started organizing when he was fifteen, but has been telling stories his whole life. Lance believes that oppressed people reclaiming their own stories is the most powerful kind of magic.
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Emani Love

Ruth Ellis Center
Emani is a Detroit based Activist and community organizer.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Art Education: Room 158

9:00am

Reimagining Neighborhoods with Board Game Making
Game designers are experts at understanding, imagining and reimagining systems. In this workshop, game making will be used as a lens to examine the systems at work in our communities. Participants will learn the basics of game design, represent their own neighborhoods in DIY board games, and use these games to understand to the systems at play close to their own homes. By the end of the workshop, participants will have their own board games to share, along with insights on how game making can be used as a tool for social justice.

Presenters
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Heather Logas

UC Santa Cruz
Heather Logas is a game maker and artist with a passion for teaching game making as a tool for social justice. She has over 10 years experience creating games professionally, and currently works as an experimental game design researcher and lecturer at the University of California... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Ballroom A

9:00am

Rituals for Spatial Change
We have rituals for birth, death, marriage and divorce, yet we lack rituals for when spaces change. This session will look at the series, "The Future is Changing : Rituals for Spatial Change", and then explore the impact of the experimental documentary, "Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother" – both works by local filmmaker Oren Goldenberg. We will begin by showing excerpts from the documentary and go on to highlight collaborations in Harlem, talkback sessions at the Charles Wright Museum and the interactive installation created for the MOCAD.

Presenters
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Oren Goldenberg

Cass Corridor Films
Oren Goldenberg is a producer and video artist living and working in the Cass Corridor of Detroit where he uses video as a primary tool to explore the dismantlement of the public sector, subvert the assumed and create catharsis.
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Sterling Toles

The Cosmos


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

9:00am

Story Stitching: Create Your Own Radio Story
How can radio stories change the narrative about workers? In this workshop, we will share audio stories from Los Angeles’ garment district, which demonstrate storytelling as a powerful tool to demystify complex issues, represent data, break down assumptions, and build understanding. Together we will explore components of a strong story, learn the basics of audio recording and stitch together our own stories. Participants will develop a 3-5 minute radio story related to their work.

Presenters
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Mar Martinez

Garment Worker Center
Mar is the organizing coordinator for the Los Angeles Garment Worker Center. The daughter of garment workers, Mar witnessed firsthand the harm of through low wages and unsafe working conditions. She has worked with Student Labor Alliance and United Students Against Sweatshops.
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Stefanie Ritoper

Re:Work Radio, a project of the UCLA Labor Center
Stefanie is the communications director for the UCLA Labor Center and co-producer of the weekly storytelling radio show, Re:Work. She is obsessed with stories and dedicated to finding creative ways to change the story about working people.
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Saba Waheed

Research Director, UCLA Labor Center
Saba is the research director at the UCLA Labor Center, co-producer of the radio shows Re:Work and Flip the Script. She has a decade of experience conducting participatory research. She strongly believes that research and media are powerful tools for community storytelling.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room E

9:00am

Tools for Power Part 1: Introduction to Power Analysis
Join Resource Alliance for Social Justice for the first of a two part workshop for groups building grassroots community power. Part 1 introduces "power analysis" as a tool for campaign development and strategy. Power analysis is a visual and interactive process that is used to map and understand power relationships in our communities. Envision how the strategic use of power analysis can strengthen your work. Share skills and knowledge that builds capacity for collective action.


Presenters
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Gloria Medina

SCOPE
Gloria Medina has lead training and capacity building efforts for SCOPE for seven years. She oversees the process of developing and conducting training designed to increase the capacity of organizations and coalitions building a powerful social justice movement.
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Laura Muraida

SCOPE-LA
Laura is the lead researcher at SCOPE. Previous to that, she worked at Southwest Workers Union to bring together media, policy, and engagement strategies to advance to promote accountable community governance processes.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 131

9:00am

Weaving Community: Transforming Trauma with Textile Art
Throughout history people have used available materials to decide where home is, creating sites of resistance to dislocation and dominating narratives. Textile arts are one way to map memories, document family history, and locate ourselves. Through discussion and hands-on activities, we will explore various forms of textile art including weaving, crochet, quilting, and embroidery. We will discuss how individuals and communities can use textiles to heal from displacement, trauma, and marginalization.

Presenters
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Indira Allegra

Indira Allegra is a writer, visual artist, and winner of the Jackson Literary Award and Oakland Individual Artist grant. Her work has been published and screened internationally.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Art Education: Room 156

11:00am

A Documentary Film Production Survival Guide
Whether the campaign you are working on needs a video, you want to make queer porn, or you want to share your grandmother's story, come to this workshop! This session will give participants the opportunity, skills and confidence to produce nonfiction video. Through hands-on experience with low-budget or shared production equipment, participants will learn essential aspects of filmmaking such as getting good sound, holding a steady shot and proper exposure.

Presenters
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Marcelitte Failla

Critical Projections
Filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist Marcelitte Failla was raised in Gresham, Oregon. After growing up in a mixed race family and experiencing the racism of conservative America, Marcelitte is committed to producing work that examines and complicates conversations around gender... Read More →
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Claudia O'Brien

Critical Projections
Claudia O'Brien Moscoso is an organizer, filmmaker & community health worker from Peru currently growing roots in Brooklyn. An undocuqueer, Claudia is currently working on a documentary titled Entre Dos exploring her experiences navigating the immigration (il)legal system and colonial... Read More →
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S.O. O'Brien

Critical Projections
S.O. O’brien is an interdisciplinary artist that works primarily through sound and video. They currently work as Digital Projects Manager for CultureHub and hold an MA from the New School in Media Studies.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 218

11:00am

Broken Time, Fractured Space, & Collective Memory
We will explore the arts and sciences of sampling technology in order to become culturally competent in hip hop music and make intersections of cultural resistance in the hip hop arts. Participants will defy time and space, learn the origins and progression of sampling, interpret the frequencies of sound waves, visit emerging historical moments of beats, grasp digital audio workstations and functions, and develop a social justice and hip hop praxis for their communities.

Presenters
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Christoher Yepez

Ojibwe
Knoxx is an entrepreneur, with a heart of a healer, mind of a scientist rooted with Ojibwe/Anishinaabe & Xicano ancestry as a lyricist, musician, motion picture artist, graphic designer, organizer & community cultural worker based in Southwest Detroit, Turtle Island.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Art Education: Room 158

11:00am

Contemplative Design: Unpacking White Supremacy
White supremacy is an omnipresent structure with deep historical roots. What is it really? How does it move from structures to systems to relationships? How does it show up in all of us? How do we dismantle it from the inside out? Using 2-D speculative object design/modeling, individual and collective mind-mapping, mindfulness practices, and insight meditation, we will journey through a healing process of unpacking internalized white supremacy for ourselves.

Presenters
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Melissa Moore

Youth Learning Lab of Education and Applied Design, Baltimore Black Coops, Future Design Lab, Healing Justice Network, Independent Community Worker
Melissa Moore is an interdisciplinary community worker, designer, and mindfulness-insight meditation practitioner who is inspired by the intersections of healing/spirituality, relational anti-racism work, solidarity economics, food justice, traditional medicines, and alternative learning... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room C

11:00am

Drug War Survivors: Coping, Telling, Loving Ourselves
The "War on Drugs" left a legacy of immeasurable harm that has yet to be fully documented. If you grew up with parents impacted by the war you may still be coping with the trauma. In this session, we will explore mindfulness, somatic practices, and creative writing to inhabit our woundedness, deepen compassion, and let go of survival mechanisms that no longer support our well being. Participants will explore how they have been impacted by the war and what it has meant for their families, communities, and ways of being in the world.

Presenters
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Piper Anderson

Create Forward
PIPER ANDERSON is a writer, educator, and healing practitioner. She has spent the last 15 years cultivating a creative practice at the intersections arts, healing justice, and social change. This year she co-created spreadmasslove.com, a critical dialogue on love in the era of mass... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom C

11:00am

Grieving through Humor: The Black Body Survival Guide
Comedy and satire have often been used as tools for oppressed people to process their experiences in a racist environment. Through looking at satirical survival tips in the Black Body Survival Guide, we will acknowledge and process our collective trauma and normalize our healing. Participants will walk away with a background on Black humor/satire, survival tips and a different way of contextualizing their Black experience.

Presenters
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Terry Marshall

Intelligent Mischief
Terry Marshall has been involved in social justice movements for over 20 years and founded Intelligent Mischief in 2013. Born in Boston, his feet are firmly planted in Barbados where his family is from. Terry's work has spanned a range of intersecting creative and social justice endeavors... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

11:00am

Healing Sessions
Spiritual insight and energy healing with Free Woman, Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation with Carrie Leilam Love, Classical Homeopathy with David Kim, Custom Potion Session Flower and Gem Essences with KellyAnne Mifflin, Somatics with Micah Hobbes Fraizer

Presenters
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micah hobbes frazier

the living room project
micah hobbes is a black queer boi healer, facilitator/trainer, doula, dj, and magic maker; living, loving, laughing, and building community in Oakland, CA. he is the founder/director of the living room project, a healing justice & community space serving black & brown queer and trans... Read More →
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David Kim

Classical Homeopathy: providing acute homeopathic care for headaches, nausea, fever, flu, hangovers, and other terrible things. Interactive session in which counseling will be integrated to identify concerns and recommend a holistic homeopathic remedy.
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Carrie Leilam Love

Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation: Science recently discovered what many of us have known for generations: we carry our ancestors trauma in our bodies. Before coming to a session, please have as much information as possible about your known ancestors born before 1940, including... Read More →
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Free Woman

Spiritual insight and energy healing, Heal the Healers - Time to Receive: Do you have the energy for 10 more years of activism? You have taken care of planet earth, the people and the causes you care about. Now come take care of yourself! Free Woman is offering 20 minute insight and... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

11:00am

Heart Memories: Memorializing Lost Loved Ones
Our hearts hold our memories of the people we love, even after they die. We will explore the rituals and ways in which we can remember and reconnect to lost loved ones. Using collage techniques, we will create a special "heart memories" box that represents our special person or people. Participants will walk away with new strategies to memorialize loved ones and a personalized keepsake box to bring home and fill with pictures, notes and trinkets.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Mae

Stephanie Mae

Stephanie Mae is a teaching artist and organizer in the Detroit community work centers around art, healing and resistance, fueled by love and magick., LivingArts, MIRA, DRCC
Stephanie is a visual artist, educator and curator that believes art is an essential tool of resistance and resilience.
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Sicily McRaven

Radically Art Infused Detroit
Sicily is an artist living in Detroit spreading the good news of radical consent


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 214

11:00am

Kids Collage Studio Part 2
Collaging is for everybody, everywhere! Stop by to explore collage-making using unexpected art materials. We will demonstrate the joy and creativity of an open, informal, and intergenerational art practice. Centered around families with young children, this space is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Presenters
RB

Rebecca Behlen

Chicago Childcare Collective
MF

Maribel Falcon

Cósmica
Maribel Falcon is an artist, originally from West Tejas, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a collective member of Cósmica, an all girl art collective seeking to encourage creativity in a feminine spirits.
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JACOB KLIPPENSTEIN

Chicago Childcare Collective
Jacob Klippenstein is pro-active organizer, dedicated childcare provider, and a budding gardener. Jay currently works with the Chicago Childcare Collective, AREA Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and the Trans Oral History Project.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room H

11:00am

Let's Dance Some More: A Bgirl/Bboy Workshop
Lets dance some more! The main objective of this workshop is to get participants to understand that anyone can learn the big moves such as spinning on your head and back. However, being able to translate the spiritual high of a song to physical movement is something that most people overlook and is the hardest thing to learn and feel. We will practice through cipher exercises and drills. This workshop benefits all levels of breakers and is open to all body types.

Presenters
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BGIRL MACCA (USA)

Dancer
Bgirl Macca is dedicated to representing women at the forefront of the culture on a high level through internationally recognized competition. At a young age Macca’s family relocated to Germany, where she began learning to breakdance in 2004 and had her first experiences with international... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom B

11:00am

Social Justice and Collage
Collage is one of the most accessible art mediums and has played an important historical role in political/social movements. This practice space block will work with participants to begin creating their own collage art piece. We will explore themes of social justice and use iconography from historical social movements. Participants will walk away with an original collage art piece.

Presenters
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Maribel Falcon

Cósmica
Maribel Falcon is an artist, originally from West Tejas, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a collective member of Cósmica, an all girl art collective seeking to encourage creativity in a feminine spirits.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room J

11:00am

The Revolution Will Not Be in English
In what language do you dream? In what language do you express your feelings of love, anger, or passion? Creating multilingual spaces where folks can express themselves in the language they are most comfortable in is critical when doing social justice work. This workshop will focus on the politics and principles of language justice and multilingual organizing by sharing our experiences and best practices as interpreters and community organizers.

Presenters
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Salem Acuña

Mijente
Salem is a latino,queer organizer with SONG,a multi-racial LGBTQ organization working in the U.S. South.Through his work with SONG he's been part of social change efforts on a local & regional level & has worked on issues of anti-violence,immigrant rights,LGBT rights,language justice... Read More →
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Catalina Nieto

Catalina is an organizer, popular educator, artist & interpreter. She is actively involved in the Latin American and immigrant rights movement, co-facilitates Interpreting for Social Justice workshops & supports with coordination of multilingual spaces for social justice organiza... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 218

11:00am

Tools for Power Part 2: Research Methods
Join Resource Alliance for Social Justice and Little Sis in Tools for Power 2. In part 1, we learned how to do power analysis. In part 2 we will learn research methods to build power and have impact. This hands-on workshop explores power analysis, participatory research, mapping, and digital storytelling to strengthen your work. In group sessions, participants will make community maps, collect stories, conduct surveys and create power maps using the Little Sis data visualization tool.

Presenters
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Gin Armstrong

Public Accountability Initiative, LittleSis
Gin Armstrong is a research analyst for the Public Accountability Initiative, the organization behind LittleSis. Before joining PAI Gin lived in Washington, DC and worked as a researcher at Media Matters for America and GMU’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
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Lori Thompson Holmes

Advancement Project Healthy City
Lori manages the Digital Initiatives at Advancement Project’s Healthy City program in Los Angeles. As manager she oversees development & implementation of capacity-building community-based research tools, curriculum, and training including mapping technology like the free, mapping... Read More →
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Laura Muraida

SCOPE-LA
Laura is the lead researcher at SCOPE. Previous to that, she worked at Southwest Workers Union to bring together media, policy, and engagement strategies to advance to promote accountable community governance processes.
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Victor Narro

UCLA Labor Center
Victor is a project director at the UCLA Labor Center where he has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for many years. His new book “Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality With Your Work for Justice” explores labor activism and spirituality.
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Saba Waheed

Research Director, UCLA Labor Center
Saba is the research director at the UCLA Labor Center, co-producer of the radio shows Re:Work and Flip the Script. She has a decade of experience conducting participatory research. She strongly believes that research and media are powerful tools for community storytelling.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

11:00am

VJ Basics & Live Video Performance
This is an intro to live video performance and VJing using Modul8 software and VDMX. We will cover the basics of Modul8 and VDMX programs including selecting footage for your VJ set, controller layout, manipulating/live editing videos during your set, connecting a MIDI controller, connecting an iPad or cell phone using TouchOSC software, and utilizing multiple screens and/or inputs for your VJ set. Participants will walk away with intro-level knowledge to get them started building their own VJ sets with Modul8 and/or VDMX software.

Presenters
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Anna Barsan

Signified, Filmmaking & Beyond Track
Anna Barsan is an NYC-based artist and media educator working in film, installation, and live video performance. Her work explores concepts of identity, social control, and artistic intervention.
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The Illuminator Collective

The Illuminator Collective
The Illuminator Collective utilizes a modified commercial vehicle and high­ powered projector to reclaim public space for the 99% of us who cannot afford to purchase billboards.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room E

11:00am

With Wing and Roots
In this workshop participants will explore a transmedia project that re-imagines the idea of "belonging" beyond borders. With media as a means for dialogue and engagement, this workshop will include an introduction by filmmaker Christina Antonakos-Wallace, who will share insight on challenges and opportunities in critical and inclusive, independent media-making. Participants will engage in a discussion about global migration through the project's interactive timeline and story collection.

Presenters
avatar for Christina Antonakos-Wallace

Christina Antonakos-Wallace

Filmmaker, Wings & Roots
Christina is a filmmaker and activist working in the intersection of documentary, new media and education. Her short films have screened internationally and won awards. She manages the transmedia project Wings & Roots with collaborators across the US and Europe, producing media and... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium

2:00pm

Collecting Sacred Stories from the Community
Youth researchers in social justice movements have a responsibility to share the stories of the unheard. This workshop explores ways youth can ethically collect stories from their community to understand the problems they hope to address through research. Youth researchers will help participants understand how to conduct qualitative interviews and use storytelling and music as ways to examine issues. Participants will leave with skills to locate and collect sacred stories by connecting with other youth, adults, and elders in their communities.

Presenters
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Brian Lozenski

Macalester College
This session will be facilitated by youth in the Uhuru Youth Scholars program in St. Paul, MN. The presenters have been conducting community action research throughout the 2014-15 school year.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 214

2:00pm

Design for Decentralized Communications
In the global economy, we have enjoyed more connectedness than ever before; but have paid a price in privacy and autonomy. Governments can suppress communication; phone systems are not able to survive natural disasters. We must learn to use what is at hand to be prepared for disruptions. In this session, we will brainstorm, design, and prototype new communication devices that could replace current systems: our phones, our televisions, our computers. We will consider waste as a viable materials source; and focus on community over profits.

Presenters
avatar for Amelia Marzec

Amelia Marzec

Artist, Artist
Amelia Marzec is an American artist focused on rebuilding local communications infrastructure to prepare for an uncertain future. Her work has been exhibited at ISEA, SIGGRAPH, MIT, the ONCE Foundation Contemporary Art Biennial in Madrid, and is part of the Rhizome ArtBase. She has... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 208

2:00pm

Digital Game Basics for Free!
Digital game development is a field that isn't open to everyone, but new, free tools are breaking down many of the barriers to this form of expression. This session is a hands-on demonstration of Stencyl, a digital game development tool to create your own games on a Mac or Windows operating system! By the end of the demonstration, participants will walk away with a simple game we have created together, and the basic foundation to continue making their own games.

Presenters
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Ben Norskov

Antidote Games, Parsons the New School for Design
Ben is a teacher and game maker based out of Brooklyn. He co-founded Antidote Games with Mohini Dutta, and attempts to make the world a bit more understandable through play. He also teaches interaction design at Parsons.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room B

2:00pm

Fat Hacks: Alterations Against Fashion Size Bias
The fashion industry has worked very hard to take all bodies out of the clothing making process. Fat bodies are given clear messages by ill fitting, sack-like clothing that is often not even available in stores. This session will acknowledge that what we put on our bodies is media and a valid form of expression. Come and learn very simple clothing hacks for adjusting clothing to fit your fabulous body. All bodies are welcome, especially fabulous fatties.

Presenters
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Najee Haynes-Follins III

Najee is one fabulous designer.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

2:00pm

GIFs Are the Future: A New Art Form
There is something about GIFs that capture our attention. They are the virtual flip-book of our time. Artists are using this medium as a way to showcase their animations, cinematography, and even journalistic skills. We will learn how to create a GIF from beginning to end and discover how to use the GIF as a method of self-expression and collage. We will create an online exhibition of our finished art pieces.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room J

2:00pm

Healing Sessions
Presenters
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Gahiji Barrow

Reiki: Utilizing plant, crystal, animal and spirit medicines to conjure certain vibrations, Gahiji is a Reiki master that tunes into and amplifies healing frequencies. He intuitively practices clairsentience and integrates stones for balancing Chakras and performing psychic surgeries... Read More →
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micah hobbes frazier

the living room project
micah hobbes is a black queer boi healer, facilitator/trainer, doula, dj, and magic maker; living, loving, laughing, and building community in Oakland, CA. he is the founder/director of the living room project, a healing justice & community space serving black & brown queer and trans... Read More →
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Zoe Hayes

NADA Acupuncture: NADA is a specific set of 5 acupuncture points on the surface of the ear. NADA is used to support people dealing with trauma, anxiety and as a harm reduction tool helpful in managing withdrawal. Among the benefits reported from NADA are improved sleep, and mood and... Read More →
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Lettie Laughter

Tarot: For the past 10 years, Lettie has been utilizing their keen intuition & embracing their lineage as a healer through reading tarot cards. Their tarot readings are based on connecting with Spirit & the consensual connection with your Spirit Guides & Ancestors. Tarot readings... Read More →
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Divination For Liberation

Are you a tarot reader, shell reader, psychic, intuitive or someone who uses any kind of divination to heal? This skillshare will be a much needed place for us to share our experiences and challenges using our skills to support our communities! Come to talk shop, share skills and... Read More →
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Carrie Leilam Love

Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation: Science recently discovered what many of us have known for generations: we carry our ancestors trauma in our bodies. Before coming to a session, please have as much information as possible about your known ancestors born before 1940, including... Read More →
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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lan
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/ Roma ascent. The Lambda Award winning author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake and Consensual Genocide... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

2:00pm

Honoring Aadisookanwag [Spirits] as they Travel
What happens when life in this reality ends? The purpose of this space is to gather knowledge via Zhaawendaagoziyaang [that which is given lovingly to us by the spirits]. It will be a culture share with an Anishinaabekwe [Ojibwe Woman] on traditional teachings about that journey to the spirit world. This workshop will give way to a decolonial framework and practical tools that can contribute to healing processes when faced with loss and trauma. Methods will be based in movement, media-based storytelling, and sacred sound frequencies.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Art Education: Room 158

2:00pm

How to Do Online Communications as an Organizer
Online communications are often used like a megaphone to broadcast messages down to audiences, rather than with audiences. In this workshop we will discuss alternative ways to use online communications as a tool for community organizing. We will explore templates and work flows that facilitate collaboration and transparency, combined with engagement tactics to sustain conversations once messages have been distributed.

Presenters
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Javier Kordi

Aspiration Tech
Javier coordinates Aspiration's online presence and storytelling. A writer at heart, he works to amplify voices and facilitate the sharing of technology practices and strategies between nonprofits and organizers. In his spare time, he is either reading poetry or teaching yoga.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Building: Room 189

2:00pm

How to Talk About Race with the Media
Nearly every social justice issue intersects with race in some way, resulting in people of color being uniquely impacted. However, many activists find it hard to talk about race. Race Forward, publisher of Colorlines, will share strategies and some "do’s and don’ts" for discussing race with the media. Participants will be introduced to a newly-developed “Racial Justice Media Reference Guide” designed to help activists who interact with the media more effectively communicate key racial justice issues.

Presenters
JD

Jyarland Daniels

Race Forward
Jyarland Daniels is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Race Forward. She is a skilled marketing and branding professional with corporate and non-profit experience. Jyarland holds an MBA from The University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University Law S... Read More →
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Rebekah Spicuglia

Race Forward, Women's Media Center
Rebekah Spicuglia is a media and communications strategist with an emphasis on LGBT, feminist, racial justice, and cultural issues. As Senior Communications Manager for Race Forward, Spicuglia has dedicated herself to solutions-focused media advocacy that lifts up under-represented... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom A

2:00pm

Media History Timeline: an Interactive Tool for the Movement
Global Action Project (GAP), Project South, and Research Action Design (RAD) present this codesign workshop about the online Media History Timeline tool developed by GAP youth and RAD. Users will explore a prototype of the tool focused on the role of media in supporting and challenging power in society. This version highlights histories of policing of young people of color and people’s movements that have been fighting back. Users will playtest the features and give feedback to make the tool more useful in their organizing work. Please note: this is a two-part, three hour session.

Presenters
TB

Teresa Basilio

Global Action Project
Teresa is Co-Executive Director at Global Action Project in NYC. GAP works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change
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Sasha Constanza Chock

Research Action Design
Sasha is a worker/owner at RAD. RAD uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, & collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.Projects are grounded in the needs & leadership of communities in the struggle for justice... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room C

2:00pm

Move It! Dance Class for All
Are you unsure about joining movement classes but want to try anyways? This dance class experiment strives for openness to all regardless of size, gender, sexuality, race, or ability; moving chair choreography will be offered along with cane-friendly standing options. We will stretch and move, small and large, slow and fast, and work together to build choreography. Participants will leave with some killer moves and hopefully a smile. Please email with accessibility questions in advance – the goal is to make this class friendly and safe.

Presenters

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium

2:00pm

Movement Memory Mapping and Story Seed Saving
Movement Memory Mapping and Story Seed Saving are forms of oral history collection. Through audio and video we can document and pass on stories of community resistance and resilience. This session is an opportunity to define the purpose and value of collecting community stories. We will explore how story collecting connects with creative strategies for social justice movement building. We will learn about some examples of creative oral history collection and we will practice some ourselves.

Presenters
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ill Weaver

Complex Movements/Emergence Media
ill weaver/invincible lives in Detroit. They are a member of Complex Movements and Emergence Media.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

2:00pm

Prison Abolition for and with Kids!
Prisons impact kids too! We will use games and other activities to talk about prisons and the roles they play in people's lives. We will explore ideas for alternatives to prisons, including community-based strategies for dealing with violence and justice. Participants will have an opportunity to work on producing short audio segments to be podcast or aired on the radio!

Presenters
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Kayle Towsley

Montreal Childcare Collective
The Childcare Collective offers strategic childcare in response to the fact that childcare is often overlooked & underappreciated. We aim to support parents, caregivers, youth & children, including but not limited to low-income, non-status & immigrant, racialized, and queer & trans... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room H

2:00pm

Reclamation of Culture: Using Art to Rebuild Community
Are you afraid your community's culture is dying? Don't worry. The DeanwoodxDesign team are your fairy placekeepers on a mission to preserve art and culture in underserved communities. In our workshop we will guide you in creating an artistic rendering of a community project that fuses audio, found objects and other materials. Bring the tools in your cultural arsenal and we will prepare you for the journey of reclamation. Bring your own stories, your community’s history and a vision. Leave empowered with a fresh approach to culture keeping. Participants will need to utilize their smartphones in this session.

Presenters
avatar for Kimberly Gaines

Kimberly Gaines

Content Producer, sondai expressions creative
A persistent pearl spreading opportunity through enriching arts and cultural programs, Kimberly C. Gaines is the CEO of sondai expressions creative, llc. She has facilitated projects and workshops for youth with various arts organizations and works to create spaces for under-served... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

2:00pm

The Art of Alternative Media Personality
Almost anyone can make a web video, but it takes a different type of skill set to make an impact while in the spotlight. We will explore some tricks of the trade for becoming a compelling video personality in the challenging and varied landscape of alternative media. We will discuss tips for success with experienced media makers and workshop some of our new techniques with hands-on exercises. Participants will gain confidence and enthusiasm for front-of-the-camera work!

Presenters

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room E

2:00pm

We Flawless! Journey to Gender Balance
We didn’t all wake up like dis. While we are perfectly imperfect people and therefore flawless, most of us have experienced challenges and incredible vulnerabilities in affirming our multi-faceted, gendered selves. This practice space will be a gender gym of rotating stations that include a dressing room, gender mapping, a flirting lab, and open discussion/creativity space. Facilitated by queer and trans people of color, it will maintain a QTPOC lens, but is open to all.

Presenters
CJ

Che J Long

Femmes are from the Future
Che J. Long is a Queer Black Femme, and Beyonce lover. As the former program coordinator of the Safe Outside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project and member of the Solutions Not Punishment Coalition, Che develops political education and campaign strategies for safety and... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

2:00pm

We Reminisce Over You: The Black Death Mixtape
Music is a collection of cosmic vibrations that allows us to transcend the idea that death is fixed in time or place. We will create and speculate about how music and art has been used historically to cope with death and trauma in the African Diaspora. We will produce digital or “ghost” platforms to honor our dead through multimedia mixtapes. This space is open to people of African descent only.

Presenters
CL

Carrie Leilam Love

Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation: Science recently discovered what many of us have known for generations: we carry our ancestors trauma in our bodies. Before coming to a session, please have as much information as possible about your known ancestors born before 1940, including... Read More →
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Jova Lynne

Black Surival Mixtape
Jova Lynne is a multimedia artist, activist & educator. Originally from Brooklyn, Jova's work is rooted in capturing/exploring genealogies of Blackness. Jova currently lives in Detroit.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom C

4:00pm

Branding The Future of Women in Hip-Hop Culture
This session explores the concepts of media and branding as 21st century languages of communication. Participants will examine the power of media on the brain, the psychology of branding, and the digital age. We will analyze the branding success of women who changed the face of hip-hop culture. Gain a greater breadth of knowledge of how to decode media messages and develop a strategic view of your personal brand and the value it brings to the future of women in hip-hop culture.

Presenters
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Aisha Karimah

Women On Deck: DJ Collective
Aisha Karimah is a DJ and hip-hop producer among many titles. She is the founder of Women On Deck: DJ Collective, an exclusive coalition providing opportunities for women to emerge as leaders in the art forms of deejaying and music production.


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 208

4:00pm

Dream Pillows, Flower Potions & Plant Power Popsicles!
Plants can help us heal! Learn how to use plants to help yourself feel better, whether you have a sore throat or a bad mood. Participants will learn about the medicinal properties of plants and make herbal remedies to take home. Everyone will have the opportunity to taste tea and popsicles, make a dream pillow filled with relaxing herbs, and create a potion of flower essences.

Presenters
avatar for Robin Markle

Robin Markle

Robin Markle is an artist, organizer and revolutionary witch practicing their crafts in West Philadelphia. They often collaborate with local organizations on art pieces to aid in the group`s political work, namely Decarcerate PA and the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration. When they`re not in a meeting, Robin can be found cooking up a scheme, a spell or a meal and selling queer altar candles at FlamingIdols.com., Philly Childcare Collective
Robin Markle is an artist, organizer and revolutionary witch practicing their crafts in West Philadelphia. They are a coordinator of the Philly Childcare Collective, a member of Decarcerate PA, and an instigator in their housing co-op, the Life Center Association. When they're not... Read More →
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Adela Nieves

Homemade Healing
Adela Nieves is a new mama who needs more sleep. She is also a Traditional Health and Healing Arts Practitioner, who is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots. Adela supports people in their journeys to tell their own story and define health, healing... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room H

4:00pm

Groundswell: Oral History for Movement Building
Oral history can be a powerful practice and tool in our movements for justice. We will offer a basic intro to the practice of oral history, and offer an anti-oppression framework for oral history work. Through role-playing exercises we will explore opportunities and challenges that may be encountered during an oral history interview. Participants will find tools, resources, and a network for continuing to build their interviewing skills and incorporating oral history into their work for social justice.

Presenters
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Emily Lawsin

Detroit Asian Youth (DAY) Project
Emily P. Lawsin of "SHE-attle", WA, is co-author of Filipino Women in Detroit, 1945-1955. For 20 years, she taught Asian American Studies at UCLA, CSUN, & Univ. of Michigan. An oral historian & spoken word poet since 1990, she has performed throughout the U.S. & Manila. www.emily... Read More →
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Sarah Loose

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, Rural Organizing Project
Sarah is an oral historian, popular educator & grassroots community organizer. She uses the practice & products of oral history to document and support movements for justice. She is coordinating a project to explore the impacts of migration on breastfeeding practices among immigrant... Read More →
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Amaka Okechukwu

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change
Amaka Okechukwu is a scholar-activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her scholarly and teaching interests include social movements, Black politics, intersectionality, and public humanities. She has engaged in community-based work with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Brooklyn Movement Center... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 219

4:00pm

Healing Justice for Black Lives Matter: How We Did It
In December 2015, three people created a North America-wide healing justice fundraiser to raise money for Black Lives Matter. In this skillshare, come learn about how we did it and share your experiences if you participated. We will build skills for continuing to create healing justice fundraisers in the future.

Presenters
avatar for Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lan
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/ Roma ascent. The Lambda Award winning author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake and Consensual Genocide... Read More →
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Adaku Utah

Founder and Director, Harriet's Apothecary


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

4:00pm

Healing Sessions
Presenters
CM

Carmen Mendoza King

*Full-spectrum Doula support: compassionate support addressing reproductive and sexual health issues. *Healing with plant allies/medicines: combining what you know or want to know, with what I have learned about healing plants, we can talk about ways to connect with specific plants... Read More →
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Setareh Mohammadi

Reiki/mamanjoon Energy Healing with a sprinkle of Shiatsu body-work: The energy and bodywork I do is rooted in my ancestral medicine knowledge and that of Japanese traditions of Reiki (Usui & Tibetan Reiki Ryoho - Level 2) and Shiatsu(Masunaga Shiatsu/Zen Shiatsu with techniques from... Read More →
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I am a Universe

I am a Universe - Loreto Paz Ansaldo & Pampi - Community Healing Arts Workshop - How might we apply art-making tools to make visible, hold space for, and transform embodied experiences of police brutality and systemic racism? We will explore, through drawing, song and movement, the... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

4:00pm

Home-creation, Home-embodiment and Future-making
Home can be experienced in many ways. Where and how do you feel home? Where do you feel a loss of home? How do structures and relational systems of oppression impact your sense of home? Using mindfulness-awareness, movement, and design practices, we will create a container rooted in grieving and healing home. We will draw connections between home-creation, home-embodiment and future-making. We will center race/racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy frameworks and create space to explore the integration of place and body.

Presenters
CM

corina m. fadel

Creative Coping & Grieving Arts Track, Healing Justice Network
Corina M. Fadel is a Detroit-based, Boston-bred queer writer, dancer, and bodyworker.
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Melissa Moore

Youth Learning Lab of Education and Applied Design, Baltimore Black Coops, Future Design Lab, Healing Justice Network, Independent Community Worker
Melissa Moore is an interdisciplinary community worker, designer, and mindfulness-insight meditation practitioner who is inspired by the intersections of healing/spirituality, relational anti-racism work, solidarity economics, food justice, traditional medicines, and alternative learning... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room B

4:00pm

Mapping Fat Bodies: Arts-based Storytelling
Have you ever wondered what a map of yourself would look like? Body mapping is an arts-based way for people to tell their stories. In our session, we will be creating life-sized body maps for people to explore fatness through representing themselves, their bodies, and the world they live in. Body maps mean different things to different people and can be used for therapy, advocacy, team-building, dialogue, and biography. Participants will walk away with a piece of personal art and insight into the practice of body mapping.


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

4:00pm

Media History Timeline: an Interactive Tool for the Movement Part 2
Global Action Project (GAP), Project South, and Research Action Design (RAD) present this codesign workshop about the online Media History Timeline tool developed by GAP youth and RAD. Users will explore a prototype of the tool focused on the role of media in supporting and challenging power in society. This version highlights histories of policing of young people of color and people’s movements that have been fighting back. Users will playtest the features and give feedback to make the tool more useful in their organizing work.

Presenters
TB

Teresa Basilio

Global Action Project
Teresa is Co-Executive Director at Global Action Project in NYC. GAP works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change
SC

Sasha Constanza Chock

Research Action Design
Sasha is a worker/owner at RAD. RAD uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, & collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.Projects are grounded in the needs & leadership of communities in the struggle for justice... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room C

4:00pm

Old Gold: Do-it-yourself Music Production
This is a hands-on learning experience for those seeking to heighten or begin their musical productions in an evolving age. Using the common access provided to us through smartphones, computers, and the Internet, we will utilize free and inexpensive tools to teach the basics of contemporary songwriting and electronic music production. The experience culminates with participants receiving educational audio assets to use in their own daily creative practice.

Presenters
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David Giles

The Paxtons, Gold Standard Creative, OLDGOLD, Essence Magazine
Dave, a Chicago born nomad currently living in Brooklyn, is passionate about creating significant user experiences, via his daily endeavors as a husband, father, graphic designer, and musician. He places great emphasis on accountability, passion and craftsmanship.
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Nelson Nance

NorvisJr, OLDGOLD, MVMT, MoCADA, TopCats, Brownswood Recordings
NorvisJr is an artist of multiple disciplines doing his best to get to know himself through the various things he makes. Over the past 2 years NorvisJr has released 7 EPs and been featured on multiple online publications including Brownswood recording (UK) and Pigeons and Planes... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

4:00pm

Open Air Space
Join the Really Rad Radio/TV Practice Space for Open Radio Broadcasting throughout the AMC! 

Presenters
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Michelle Alimoradi

WABI - Global Movements, Urban Struggles, Alliance for Community Media
Michelle is a self-proclaimed workaholic and media justice junkie. She has been a long time radio host/producer, has taught many youth production classes, worked as a web editor and outreach coordinator, and harbors much love for cats and original costumes.


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room E

4:00pm

Speculative Cities: Becoming Place
We are dreaming future memories of the city. This will be a hands-on workshop where we experiment with portals and use speculative fiction as a lens on gentrification. We will build strategies for disruption and the fantastical resistance of placekeeping and placemaking. Participants will walk away with a toolkit of tactics for remembering, preserving, and transforming our cities to places of possibility, autonomy, and interdependence.

Presenters
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Jenna Peters-Golden

Aorta Collective, Philly Stands Up
Jenna Peters-Golden is an organizer, trainer, anti-Zionist Jewish rabble-rouser and artist with an inexhaustible amount of energy for exploring, taking things apart, and putting them back together. Firmly planted in West Philadelphia, Jenna was raised in southeastern Michigan.
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Ash Richards

Art Factory, Spatial Justice Lab
Ash Richards is a multi-media artist, story-teller, and urban planner. Their work has included using graphic design and mapping to re-imagine vacant land with youth, facilitating a farm cooperative in the South Bronx, and resisting development dystopia through sci-fi and performa... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 204

4:00pm

The People's Encyclopedia 2070
How do we keep track of our vision for the better world we are working towards? The People's Encyclopedia 2070 is a web-based tool to build our collective vision for what today means for tomorrow. Participants will get to work independently and in groups to write their own entries, engage in collective visioning and contribute to the growing People's Encyclopedia of 2070.

Presenters
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Walidah Imarisha

Octavia's Brood
A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, organizer and spoken word artist. She is a co-editor of the upcoming Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements.
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Morrigan Phillips

Beautiful Trouble, Octavia's Brood
Morrigan is a social worker, writer and trainer living in Boston, MA. As a trainer Morrigan with groups fighting for economic justice. As a writer she has contributed to a book here and there, most recently to Octavia's Brood: Science fiction stories from social justice movements... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 189
 
Sunday, June 21
 

10:00am

Dance It Out, Shake It Off
Can dancing stop a war? Good news – it already has! This workshop will explore the role dance has had in de-escalating conflict throughout history. Then, the dancing begins! We will learn moves from different revolutionary dance forms like flamenco and breakdancing and then use those moves to convey a story or a feeling. Hop, skip, or jump away with a good feeling in your heart and a new way to communicate with the world. Geared toward kids ages 4-12, this dance workshop and history lesson will have you spinning on your head!

Presenters
RM

Ri Molnar

Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Ri dances first and asks questions later! They have studied varies types of movement and create their own work all over the place.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room H

10:00am

Glitter and Goddesses: Mujeres Making Magic
Mujeres use art to heal ourselves and our communities. We will talk about how mujeres use cultura and goddess imagery to connect with each other and ourselves. Through art-making practices, we will engage in a magic making lab where we will honor goddess spirits and earth mothers and learn how to better connect with our traditions to create work. We will provide lots of creative materials to help you create your original art piece.

Presenters
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Barbara Calderon-Douglass

Art Librarian, School of Visual Arts
Barbara Calderón is a Tejana writer and artist interested in the power of artistic creation as a cosmic path toward healing.http://www.colectivacosmica.com/
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Tk Karakashian Tunchez

Mujeres Mercado is committed to creating market places and cultural spaces that support the growth of women-led alternative economies. We do this two ways. First, through our local mercados, and secondly, through our handmade store-front artisan space, and (w)holistic cultural... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room J

10:00am

Harnessing the Power of Community Media Centers
Video is a powerful tool for sharing your message. While it has become significantly more accessible, cost, skill, and distribution barriers are still present. We will watch creative and progressive videos from community media centers and talk about partnerships that create change. We will discuss how to utilize resources like professional equipment and cable channels that reach thousands in your area. Participants will have a chance to create a PSA on the topic of their choice, which they will learn how to submit to their local media center.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room E

10:00am

Healing Sessions
Presenters
MH

micah hobbes frazier

the living room project
micah hobbes is a black queer boi healer, facilitator/trainer, doula, dj, and magic maker; living, loving, laughing, and building community in Oakland, CA. he is the founder/director of the living room project, a healing justice & community space serving black & brown queer and trans... Read More →
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How to be a Street Medic, Part II

with Micah Hobbes Frazier: this skillshare is an extension of the workshop offered Friday June 19th, it will include a full scenario. Learn practical skills to respond to emergencies, including police violence, during actions, marches, and everyday life. Through discussion and hands-on... Read More →
SM

Setareh Mohammadi

Reiki/mamanjoon Energy Healing with a sprinkle of Shiatsu body-work: The energy and bodywork I do is rooted in my ancestral medicine knowledge and that of Japanese traditions of Reiki (Usui & Tibetan Reiki Ryoho - Level 2) and Shiatsu(Masunaga Shiatsu/Zen Shiatsu with techniques from... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room L/M

10:00am

How to Start a Major Donor Program
Learn to take your fundraising program to the next level. We will share information on how to start a major donor program and how to keep it going. Participants will identify major donor prospects and discover how to nurture relationships with donors at every level of commitment. We will discuss how to get the visit and make the ask to a donor. Participants will leave feeling empowered to build a dynamic and responsive donor program and ready to embrace cooperation rather than competition in vying for the attention of major donors.

Presenters
avatar for Tanya Mote

Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better grassroots fundraiser, facilitator, and cultural organizer. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Education Building: Room 189

10:00am

I Live for Trans Education: Train the Trainer
The Trans Oral History Project has recorded video interviews with scores of transgender people across the country. Out of this material we completed an educator's toolkit to explore the issues that trans people were actually talking about. Our toolkit contains four short documentaries paired with four lesson plans. In this interactive workshop we will delve into one of these hour-long lesson plans and prepare participants to take this material back to their own communities.

Presenters
DD

Dominica Deal

Trans Oral History Project
Dominica is an independent filmmaker and Trans Oral History Collective member. She spends her time working on her own films, directing a public access TV show, and volunteering with Sisterly L.O.V.E. She uses her filmmaking skills to assist the TOHP in gathering powerful stories... Read More →
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Jessica Oros

Trans Oral History Project
Jessica is a Trans Oral History Collective member and a web developer who believes in the power of information as a tool for social, political, and economic change. She is always thinking of ways to use the internet and other media as a means to educate, inspire and make the world... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 219

10:00am

It Ain't About the Money: Currency as Resistance
People of color (POC) have always had economic models that supported and sustained their vision of community. In this session, we will focus on traditional currency models as well as contemporary models of economic resistance used by POC around the world. We will examine a currency developed by the presenters and circulated through ritual and performing arts. We will also design our own currencies. Participants will leave with new tools for engaging and creating local economy that supports cooperative economics, community and relationship.

Presenters
JK

Joy KMT

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Joy is self taught&queer&black&femme&hood&poet&mother&lover. She works from the possibility of the personal to be collectively transformational. Her work often blends the magical with the reality of living at the crossroads of multiplicities.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Education Building: Room 169

10:00am

Methods and Jokes of The Ladydrawers Comics Collective
The Ladydrawers conduct original research around questions of gender, race, economics, and media, and create entertaining nonfiction comics to share our findings. We will present and guide you through our methods for creating an original, hand-drawn, collaborative non-fiction comic with other participants. Participants will walk away with a new approach to creating media and, possibly, their first work of comics journalism. Drawing and writing skills not required.

Presenters

Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Art Education: Room 156

10:00am

Our Ancient Future Storytelling
Calling all queer and trans people of color storytellers. How can ancestral knowledge heal our past, shape our present and help us re-write our collective future? This workshop will explore time travel, memory, and visions for the future. Individual writing exercises and communal sharing will connect us to our ancestral memory bank and help us answer questions such as: Which myths are guiding our lives? How can we use this knowledge to spark our storytelling?

Presenters
avatar for Monely Soltani (Moni)

Monely Soltani (Moni)

CeMo productions
Moni Soltani is a sci-fi writer/filmmaker and visionary activist. As a post revolutionary war child from Iran, Moni loves exploring sci-fi as a form of time-travel and a portal to healing our traumas by envisioning other worlds for ourselves and future generations.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 218
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10:00am

Outdoor Games for Love & Liberation
Join us for some playground games that are life-alteringly fun! These games are for all ages and ability levels, with emphasis on the young and young at heart. Practice the ways we want to care for each other and have fun together. We will pick games through a democratic process and after playing them we will reflect on how they can be played differently. This workshop will also be an opportunity for those interested in learning to facilitate these games in other spaces.

Presenters
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Sam Affholter

Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Sam Affholter was an organizer and childcare provider with Kelli's Childcare Collective of Atlanta before moving to Columbus, OH to pursue graduate work in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They now work in a preschool and organize with the Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare... Read More →
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Rebecca Behlen

Chicago Childcare Collective
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Ari Mejia

Chicago Childcare Collective


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room H

10:00am

Personal Therapy: Holistic Healing from Sexual Assault
In this interactive workshop we will share holistic tools for healing ourselves and our communities from violence and sexual assault. We will practice yoga, guided meditation, creative expression and multiple healing modalities together. Participants will walk away with the tools, knowledge, support and faith necessary to begin healing themselves, their families and their communities in times of crisis.

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Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 213

10:00am

Queer Black Sunday School: Mobile Homecoming Choir
What of those resources that sustained our ancestors can still sustain us today? This session creates an intergenerational safe space to practice critical analysis with gospel music as the text. We will learn vocal warm-ups, songs, share experiences and discuss what the words mean to us. Finally, we will create a song for AMC2015 in gospel style. Queer Black Sunday School uses art, music and tradition as a tool for communicating across difference and salvaging traditions. It is a safe space for consideration, healing and re-discovery.

Presenters
avatar for Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Alexis lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is also currently engaged in a collaboration in the Twin Cities as the Winton Chair at University of Minnesota., Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker and a black feminist love evangelist based in Durham, NC. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines and poet in residence at Make/Shift Magaz... Read More →
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Julia Wallace

Sangodare Akinwale (Julia Roxanne Wallace) is the co-founder of Black Feminist Film School and the writer and director of the ceremonial film "When We Free." Inventor of the form "ritual screening," Sangodare creates interactive digital and analog sonic (vibrational) and visual (aural) media in order to activate their purpose as a safe space for transformation. She is currently an artist in residence at University of Minnesota., Black Feminist Film School
Julia Roxanne Wallace (Sangodare) is a safe space for transformation and the queer result of generations of Black baptist preachers and singers in the Carolinas. Julia is the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming project, Black Feminist Film School and the writer and director of the... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Room 285

10:00am

Stop Saving Youth
Tryna get real and be direct? Tired of being a young person directed by the ideas of adults “supporting you”? In this session will explore the Trans Youth Support Network's strategies for combatting adultism, queer/transphobia, racism and the structures that uphold them. Together we will identify the differences between working for youth and working with youth. We will develop hard skills and the commitment necessary for youth empowerment. Participants are encouraged to come with youth or adults they’d like to build with.

Presenters
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Tayvon Caples

Tayvon is a black/queer/trans. In 2012 he joined TYSN’s 1st Leadership Academy and was quickly involved with other community organizations and groups. Soon he became the program coordinator. While organizing w/ others to help TYSN become youth led and taking on his new role as program... Read More →
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shay

ARC Retreat Center
shay(den) has been an organizer, facilitator, healing practitioner and non-profiteer for most of his adult life. His paid work has often been centered around youth/intergenerational organizing and organizational development with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. Recently, he's... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 214

10:00am

StoryCircles: Sparking Interdependence with USDAC
How can we listen deeply and be together better? During this session we will learn how to facilitate and take part in story circles – a democratic and time-honored mode of building connective tissue and surfacing group wisdom. Gain new connections and hands-on experience with this simple facilitation tool. Learn about opportunities in the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s next national action. The USDAC is a people-powered department dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination.

Presenters
avatar for Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz

Chief Instigator, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
Adam Horowitz is an artist, instigator, cultural organizer, and founder of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). He’s also a co-convener of Nuns & Nones, bringing Women Religious and Millennials together in new communities of contemplation and social action. Adam wa... Read More →
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Jess Solomon

Art in Praxis, USDAC
Jessica Solomon develops strategies and programming that brings creativity to the work of social change and sustainability. She is Chief Alchemist of Arts in Praxis, a founding Cultural Agent with the USDAC, and serves on the Executive Committee of Alternate Roots


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 208

10:00am

The Watershed Game: Great Lakes
The Watershed Game is a board game about the interconnected relationships between people and the Great Lakes. Each player is a character in the Great Lakes watershed, with different goals and different relationships to the lakes. Players move through the board trying to achieve their goals – but each move affects the lakes (and the other players) in different ways. The trick is to find ways to survive together. We hope the game will spark conversations about our water as a commons and our responsibility as citizens of the Great Lakes.

Presenters
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Meredith Hackleman

Metabolic Studio
Meredith Hackleman is a member of the Metabolic Studio.
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DeRainer Holland

Metabolic Studio
DeRainer Holland is a member of the Metabolic Studio.
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Emily Kutil

Metabolic Studio
Emily Kutil is a member of the Metabolic Studio.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 128

10:00am

Vincent Chin: Lessons of Being the 'Other' in America
Do you know the story of Vincent Chin in Detroit? His violent death in 1982 sparked a national Asian American movement. As we examine his story, what can we learn about current events? This interactive workshop will engage participants in popular education, artistic expression, and small group collaboration to reveal the many intersections of being the "other" in America.

Presenters
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Merly Chang

DAY Project
Merly Chang has been an active member of DAY Project for several years.
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Amit Das

DAY Project
Amit Das has been an active member of DAY Project for several years.
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Hong Gwi-Seok

Gwi-Seok is a mother, grandmother, activist, and poet., Advocates for Baba Baxter, Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective
Hong Gwi-Seok is a mother and grandmother, caregiver, and disability and healing justice organizer. Gwi-Seok helps run Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective, a community-based, POC-centered place for healing. She is also a poet, essayist, music-maker, organizer, and DIY enthusiast.
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Mohammed Rezaul Ashraf Opu

DAY Project
Mohammed Rezaul Ashraf Opu has been an active member of DAY Project for several years.
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Jasmine Vang

DAY Project
Jasmine Vang has been an active member of DAY Project for several years.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Education Building: Room 300

1:00pm

Action Dome! Role Playing Game for Direct Action
What happens when you combine a role playing game with direct action training? Action Dome is a role playing game played in small groups based on interlocking imagined worlds. Action Dome explores the tools to develop successful and engaging direct actions, form action relationships and build strategy through playful visioning. Participants will practice using CDA building tools to design campaigns toward a collective goal and explore how our imaginations can help vision the more awesome world we want to live in.

Presenters
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Walidah Imarisha

Octavia's Brood
A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, organizer and spoken word artist. She is a co-editor of the upcoming Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements.
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Morrigan Phillips

Beautiful Trouble, Octavia's Brood
Morrigan is a social worker, writer and trainer living in Boston, MA. As a trainer Morrigan with groups fighting for economic justice. As a writer she has contributed to a book here and there, most recently to Octavia's Brood: Science fiction stories from social justice movements... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

1:00pm

Build a Digital Security Culture in Your Work
With increased online organizing and data sharing, activists have new things to consider around digital security and surveillance. From mundane things like website hosting and online accounts, to storing data online, to collaborating virtually, we will discuss why digital security matters, and focus on the unique challenges of grassroots organizations. Folks will walk away with resources and tactics to help understand the cost of surveillance to their critical work.

Presenters
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Misty Maria Avila

Aspiration
With her background in both social justice groundwork and online advocacy, Misty works with rural and urban organizations across the globe to leverage technology in their work.


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Education Building: Room 204

1:00pm

Co-Design Across Borders: Learning from Contratados.org
Learn to build tools that remove borders – geographic, cultural, and technological – as barriers to communication. This session will be led by a team of migrant workers, advocates, and designers who co-designed Contratados.org, a transmedia project to help migrant workers defend their rights in the transnational labor recruitment and employment process. The team will share experiences and lead participants through hands-on, co-design activities. You will go home with new strategies to address challenges facing your community.

Presenters
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Alissa Escarce

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM)
Alissa is the Communications Coordinator at CDM, a binational workers’ rights organization based in Mexico. She creates content for Contratados.org, works with migrant communities to disseminate the tool, and collaborates with Radio Bilingüe on the series “Voy Contratado: Migrant... Read More →
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Adarely Ponce Hernandez

Migrant Defense Committee
Adarely is a leader of the Migrant Defense Committee, a group of Mexican migrant workers who organize in their communities to defend their U.S. labor rights. She has worked in the U.S. with H-2B temporary work visas and has testified about her experiences before members of Congress... Read More →
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Marisa Jahn

An artist and immersive media producer of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa is currently an MIT Research Affiliate. Her work has been presented in museums and public spaces internationally and has received acclaim in major media outlets., Studio REV-
A non-profit art organization, Studio REV- (as in, to "rev" an engine) combines bold ideas and sound research to produce creative media that impacts the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and women. We create opportunities and meet the information needs of specific communities... Read More →
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Aylwin Lo

Research Action Design (RAD)
Aylwin is a designer and developer who collaborates with political parties, unions, non-profits and businesses working for a more just world. A longtime labor rights advocate, he has worked and organized alongside migrant farmworkers and mobilized against abuses in sweatshops around... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room B

1:00pm

Collage of Words: Creating Meaning through Found Poetry
Poems are composed of recycled words and ideas. Found poetry is an intentional collage of words – a form of writing that allows for radical repurposing, remixing, chopping, deleting, and mending. Through found poetry, we can deconstruct texts and media that are problematic, while creating new media and making new connections. Using different texts and exploring found poetry techniques, participants will create visual poem collages. Participants will express their ideas by examining and deconstructing the words of others.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Mitchell

Sassafras Tech Collective
Elizabeth Mitchell grew up in Detroit and resides in Southeast Michigan. She builds websites for a living. She also enjoys writing poetry.


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room J

1:00pm

Counter Mapping
Mapping has always been a political act. Today, it is ubiquitous, embedded into phones and computers, crafting custom routes to happy hours, metro stops and forlorn lovers. But as the map has become more commonplace, reaching a wider audience, so has the power to create maps. With this new power, what potential does the map hold to see the unseen, build new knowledges, and embolden political movements? This session explores counter-mapping as a tool for research, for representing the politics of space, and for organizing and building power.

Presenters
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Anne Duquennois

Anne Duquennois is a film maker, designer, and urban researcher with MS in Design and Urban Ecology from Parsons The New School for Design. She works to bring rigorous and creative research in urban contexts into current decision making processes and in shaping collaborative syst... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Education Building: Room 169

1:00pm

Creating Safer Spaces through Zine Libraries
From community collectives to universities, zines collections play an important role in creating safer spaces for community members from marginalized identities. We will explore a range of zine libraries, discussing the strengths and problems of each. We will work together to draft guidelines for how zine libraries and collections can be designed as safer spaces. Participants will leave with ideas for starting their own zine library, or for strengthening the community around an existing collection.

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Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Education Building: Room 200

1:00pm

Femme Futures: Devising Multimedia Fem(me)ifestos
Femmes are from space; glitches in the heteropatriarchy forged from delicious stardust. Join us as we traverse the galaxy, exploring the intricacies of femme existence, resistance, and potentials using creative writing and small group performance to create a mixed-media fem(me)ifesto – a set of principles and ideas to work by in processes of creating art, building community, and acts of loving. Our fem(me)ifesto will embody the shape of a collaborative altar, an offering to our femme futures. For femmes of color and mixed femmes.

Presenters
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Jesse Graves

Cancer Rising, Global Action Project
Jesse Graves, is a hard femme mixed Colombian genderqueer alchemist from Queens, NY (718 GET THE MONEY). Their interests include low-key brunches, decadent healing, and scheming up pathways/portals to new worlds.
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Devyn Mañibo

Cancer Rising
Devyn Mañibo is a mixed Pinay femme, and diasporic interdisciplinary artist. She creates and collaborates as a means of cultivating space for resistance, survival, and love for and by her communities. She can usually be found averting your settler colonial gaze with a resting glare... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom A

1:00pm

Healing Sessions
Presenters
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Qui D. Alexander

Yoga: One-on-one accessible yoga to help with connecting with body and spirit. Options for physical movement or just breathing and guided meditation.
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LL Gimeno

Counseling: Lucia Leandro is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, he focused on clinical therapeutic practice within an anti-oppression framework. His work is rooted in deep listening and pulling from the innate magic and truth of people he is working with... Read More →
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Setareh Mohammadi

Reiki/mamanjoon Energy Healing with a sprinkle of Shiatsu body-work: The energy and bodywork I do is rooted in my ancestral medicine knowledge and that of Japanese traditions of Reiki (Usui & Tibetan Reiki Ryoho - Level 2) and Shiatsu(Masunaga Shiatsu/Zen Shiatsu with techniques from... Read More →
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Nina

NADA Acupuncture is non-verbal healing approach using gentle ear acupuncture within a community-based and harm reduction framework. Anyone can benefit, but NADA may be useful for those experiencing substance use, anxiety, grief, disaster and trauma. Practice is centered on consensual... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

1:00pm

Intergenerational Story-sharing
Who are the storytellers in our lives? How do their stories help us remember the past and imagine a just future? In this workshop we will be teaming up to practice basic listening, story-sharing and digital recording skills. We will share in the act of intergenerational remembrance and allow our stories to take root together so we can hold each other up.

Presenters
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Michelle Alimoradi

WABI - Global Movements, Urban Struggles, Alliance for Community Media
Michelle is a self-proclaimed workaholic and media justice junkie. She has been a long time radio host/producer, has taught many youth production classes, worked as a web editor and outreach coordinator, and harbors much love for cats and original costumes.
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JACOB KLIPPENSTEIN

Chicago Childcare Collective
Jacob Klippenstein is pro-active organizer, dedicated childcare provider, and a budding gardener. Jay currently works with the Chicago Childcare Collective, AREA Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and the Trans Oral History Project.
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Debbie Southorn

Ri has been a professional childcare provider for over fifteen years and has been making up songs since they were very very little. They were a core organizer with the Bay Area Radical Childcare Collective for four years and continue to center families and kids in their organizing work in rural Ohio with SURJ Greater Dayton., Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Debbie Southorn is an organizer and a childcare provider with the Chicago childcare collective, ChiChiCo.


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room H

1:00pm

Open Air Space
Join the Really Rad Radio/TV Practice Space for Open Radio Broadcasting throughout the AMC! 

Presenters
MA

Michelle Alimoradi

WABI - Global Movements, Urban Struggles, Alliance for Community Media
Michelle is a self-proclaimed workaholic and media justice junkie. She has been a long time radio host/producer, has taught many youth production classes, worked as a web editor and outreach coordinator, and harbors much love for cats and original costumes.


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room E

1:00pm

queenSpeak: Forging Identity through Poetry
If you don’t write your story, someone else will. Who is writing yours? In this session, the queenSpeak poetry group will share our experiences as young women of color finding our way in the world of slam poetry. We will discuss the power of poetry as a means of expression, exploring identity, and building critical communities. We will conclude with a performance. Participants will then take writing into their own hands and leave empowered to create their own stories.

Presenters
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Nazifa Chowdhury

queenSpeak, Detroit International Academy, DPS
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Jessica Hogan

queenSpeak, Detroit International Academy, DPS
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Sakila Islam

queenSpeak, Detroit International Academy, DPS
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Hawa Rahman

queenSpeak, Detroit International Academy, DPS
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Olivia Scheidler

queenSpeak, Detroit International Academy, DPS
Spanish Teacher at DIA, and Slam Poetry enthusiast. Worked with students to begin the Slam poetry club at our school. Facilitator, coach, and information spreader.


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

1:00pm

Salve of Sankofa: Healing Intergenerational Trauma
Science recently discovered what many of us have known for generations: we carry our ancestors trauma in our bodies. This session will explore genealogy as a healing modality for intergenerational trauma. We will map our biological and chosen families with the goal of connecting our known experiences with the stories of those who came before us. Participants will walk away with tools for discovering the lives and identities of their ancestors, and for leveraging that knowledge towards healing present and future generations.

Presenters
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Carrie Leilam Love

Individual Spiritual Genealogy Consultation: Science recently discovered what many of us have known for generations: we carry our ancestors trauma in our bodies. Before coming to a session, please have as much information as possible about your known ancestors born before 1940, including... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

1:00pm

Silkscreen Design and Printing
Learn digital imaging and tools to generate and print designs for silkscreen. This two-part session with Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, Radical Design School, and Ocelot Print Shop covers silkscreen design basics including half-toning photographs, hand drawing, and stencils. Participants will design their own individual or group designs which we will then print at Ocelot Print Shop. Participants will come away with an understanding of both design and printing practices, as well as prints of their own work.

Presenters
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Jesse Purcell

Justseeds Artists' Cooperative
Jesse Purcell is a socially engaged artist and printmaker based in Toronto. He is the founder of Repetitive Press Screen Printing and Design studio, which focuses on producing graphic materials for progressive cultural and social movements and a member of Justseeds Artists Cooper... Read More →
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Mary Tremonte

Justseeds Artists' Cooperative
Mary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh, PA. A founding member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, she works with "printmaking in the expanded field," including printstallation, interactive silkscreen printing in public space, and wearable artist... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room C

1:00pm

Speaking Our Chakras: Using the Body as Speech
Voice and speech is only one part of language and communication. Using the seven chakras of Hindi culture as our grounding, this session explores the rest of the body as energy portals of communication. What does the spine say? How does the heart move? What does the womb know? In seven easy exercises of writing and performance, we will learn how to draw energy from each portal and transform them into our language. By tapping into all of the body's energy, we are able to transcend intentionality in the many different ways we communicate.

Presenters
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Tu Phan

Spoken Movement
Tu Anh Phan is a spoken word artist from Dorchester, Boston, who has competed at the Brave New Voices poetry slam festival. At home, Tu is the coordinator for Dorchester Organizing Training Initiative, a program that trains Vietnamese-Americans in grassroots community organizing... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 214

1:00pm

There is Always Movement
In this session folks will be guided through integrated dance/movement with energy, breath, spirit and emotional awareness to prompt discovery of new pathways to move and interact with themselves. Under the belief that even when we feel stuck there is always movement and that everybody has the right to dance, we encourage self-direction knowing we have all the things we need and all bodies are amazing. No prior movement experience necessary.



Presenters
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Kumari Giles

ILL NANA/DCDC, Unapologetic Burlesque
kumari giles is a queer, mixed, South Asian multidisciplinary artist, movement storyteller, facilitator and performer. they believe in movement as a tool for empowerment, healing and change
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Sze-Yang Lam

ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company
Sze-Yang is a queer east Asian dance artist and educator who does not identify with society’s confining definitions of what it means to be a man or woman. He is a proud co-founder, and collective member of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium

1:00pm

Transformative Approaches to Ending Police Violence
The authority and power that police assert in Detroit has not led to safety for the people. As we take back power in our communities, we must work to hold the government and police accountable. We will decode nonviolent/restorative justice terms for our communities. We will use zines as a method of community-building and explore strategies for observing and recording police as a deterrent to state violence. We will leave with an online database of language and media tools and the ability to live-stream "copwatch" video. Please note: this is a two-part, three hour session.

Presenters
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Kezia Curtis

Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center
Kezia Curtis, a life-long Detroit resident, enthused bicycle mechanic and urban farmer, is passionate about conflict reconciliation.
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Marcia

Healing by Choice
Marcia Lee has teaching Tai Chi for 7 years. She co-founded the Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center in 2011 and holds a masters degree in Dispute Resolution. She also leads Courage and Renewal retreats; supports the Capuchin Franciscans in living out their charism in their ministries... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

3:00pm

Building Our Movements Without Losing Ourselves
Are you a martyr for the movement? Are you sick of leaving parts of yourself at the door? This workshop will push back on the idea of “trauma informed care” in order to name how we physically and emotionally resource movements. We will build analysis around how trauma plays out in activist spaces and organizations, and share wellness practices. Participants will leave having developed cultural and structural strategies for healing individual and collective traumas so that we stop replicating the harm we are fighting and truly thrive in our movements.

Presenters
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shreya shah

SALTWATER Training+Healing+Art
Shreya is a South Asian femme facilitator, healer, artist, & activist. She facilitates social justice workshops & organizational development processes with SALTWATER Training & Consulting and makes art & clothing via Serpentine Sunrise. She loves big laughs & good stories.
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shay

ARC Retreat Center
shay(den) has been an organizer, facilitator, healing practitioner and non-profiteer for most of his adult life. His paid work has often been centered around youth/intergenerational organizing and organizational development with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. Recently, he's... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 214

3:00pm

Fat Femmes Write: Expanding Media for Fat Femmes
When fatness and femmeness are depicted in media, what are the expectations placed upon our community? We will hold a collaborative media-making workshop that centers fat femmes. We will cultivate writing using prompts we've gathered about how our bodies color our experiences. We will also explore alternative forms of media and share our own truths from our zine. Lastly, we will investigate how our proximities to oppression shape the media we create. Participants will foster a greater sense of self through vulnerable conversations. 

Presenters
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Nicole Kau Arteaga

LGBTQ Programs Coordinator, SF Public Schools
Nicole Kau Arteaga is a biracial, brown, fat cis femme. Originally from the Midwest, she has roots in Tejas and Mexico. Currently, Nicole is an educator working with queer and trans youth of color in San Francisco. She’s a deep feeler and a good eater.
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Caleb Luna

Plump
Caleb Luna has been described as a "gay grandpa here to tell all the children about how everything sucks and everything is awful."


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Education Building: Room 169

3:00pm

Glitch in the System: Green Screen for Imagined Utopias
We want to embrace being the glitch in the system with you! Using a camera, the Internet, and a green screen we will utilize our collective imaginations to make a video that explores hopes, desires and ideas for what the future can hold. This is an opportunity for a cathartic experience in which we address the ways our bodies are mediated and actively break boundaries with ourselves and others through glitch as queer aesthetics.

Presenters
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Nabeela Vega

Resident Artist, HUME Chicago
Nabeela Vega is a South Asian genderqueer artist. Their expressions explore post 9/11 narratives that intersect w diasporic experiences.Their work has been exhibited nationally, internationally & in publications like The Boston Globe, The Washington Post & The Aerogram.


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom A

3:00pm

Healing Sessions
Presenters
QD

Qui D. Alexander

Yoga: One-on-one accessible yoga to help with connecting with body and spirit. Options for physical movement or just breathing and guided meditation.
LG

LL Gimeno

Counseling: Lucia Leandro is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, he focused on clinical therapeutic practice within an anti-oppression framework. His work is rooted in deep listening and pulling from the innate magic and truth of people he is working with... Read More →
avatar for Nina

Nina

NADA Acupuncture is non-verbal healing approach using gentle ear acupuncture within a community-based and harm reduction framework. Anyone can benefit, but NADA may be useful for those experiencing substance use, anxiety, grief, disaster and trauma. Practice is centered on consensual... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

3:00pm

Open Air Space
Join the Really Rad Radio/TV Practice Space for Open Radio Broadcasting throughout the AMC! 

Presenters
MA

Michelle Alimoradi

WABI - Global Movements, Urban Struggles, Alliance for Community Media
Michelle is a self-proclaimed workaholic and media justice junkie. She has been a long time radio host/producer, has taught many youth production classes, worked as a web editor and outreach coordinator, and harbors much love for cats and original costumes.


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room E

3:00pm

Social Justice Co-ops Building New Economies
Cooperative businesses that are accountable to our movements and one another are where it's at! This is a conversation about co-ops working for social change. We will explore what relationships between worker co-ops and grassroots movements look like. We will share ideas and tools for co-ops that serve our movements and build equity among their members. Participants will discuss how to leverage power as co-ops of people of color, women, immigrants, queer and trans folks within the co-op world and beyond.

Presenters
avatar for Sabiha Basrai

Sabiha Basrai

Design Action Collective is a worker-owned cooperative based in Oakland, CA committed to serving social justice movement, Design Action Collective
Sabiha Basrai is a graphic designer and co-owner of Design Action Collective — a worker owned cooperative serving social justice movements with visual communication tools. Sabiha is also a coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA).
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Jenna Peters-Golden

Aorta Collective, Philly Stands Up
Jenna Peters-Golden is an organizer, trainer, anti-Zionist Jewish rabble-rouser and artist with an inexhaustible amount of energy for exploring, taking things apart, and putting them back together. Firmly planted in West Philadelphia, Jenna was raised in southeastern Michigan.
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Sarah Reilly

Design Action Collective
Sarah Reilly is a web developer, project manager and co-owner of Design Action Collective — a worker owned cooperative serving social justice movements with visual communication tools.


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Education Building: Room 189

3:00pm

Tech Strategy for Community Organizing in Detroit & Beyond
How are communities leveraging technology for organizing and resilience in the face of disaster -- whether natural disasters like hurricanes, or human rights disasters like water shut-offs and home foreclosures? Using the Detroit Peoples' Water Board as a case study, we will assess a variety of media, technology, and other communications tactics to understand what works, what doesn't work, and what tools are out there for community organizers to tap into. We will share principles and organizing models developed by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and research and assessment tools created by the Wise City for participants to take home and adapt to their own contexts. 

Presenters
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Daniel Latorre

Founder, Director, The Wise City
Founder & Director, The Wise City. Daniel Latorre started the digital placemaking practice while at Project for Public Spaces in 2010 where he is a Senior Fellow. He co-founded the Digital Placemaking Institute, founded The Wise City, rebooted community ideation mapping product strategy... Read More →
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Sylvia Orduño

Coordinator, People's Water Board
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization / Detroit Peoples' Water Board
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Monica Patrick

We the People Detroit / Detroit Peoples' Water Board
Monica Lewis Patrick, M.A.L.S.  is a mother, educator, entrepreneur, and humanist/ activist.  She is a co-founder of We the People of Detroit and serves as Director of Community Outreach & Engagement; a member of Detroiters- Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM); and a coalition... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room B

3:00pm

Transformative Approaches to Ending Police Violence Part 2
The authority and power that police assert in Detroit has not led to safety for the people. As we take back power in our communities, we must work to hold the government and police accountable. We will decode nonviolent/restorative justice terms for our communities. We will use zines as a method of community-building and explore strategies for observing and recording police as a deterrent to state violence. We will leave with an online database of language and media tools and the ability to live-stream "copwatch" video.

Presenters
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Kezia Curtis

Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center
Kezia Curtis, a life-long Detroit resident, enthused bicycle mechanic and urban farmer, is passionate about conflict reconciliation.
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Marcia

Healing by Choice
Marcia Lee has teaching Tai Chi for 7 years. She co-founded the Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center in 2011 and holds a masters degree in Dispute Resolution. She also leads Courage and Renewal retreats; supports the Capuchin Franciscans in living out their charism in their ministries... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

3:00pm

Where’s the H2O?! Intergalactic Design and Play
Water is a magical resource, from its beautiful structure, to its life affirming properties. The balance of water in our bodies and on the planet is what makes Earth a special place to live. The lack of access to it is also what causes barriers to health and well-being for many people in the world. In this exploratory learning space, we will use toy design, illustration, and play to address the water access issue in Detroit.

Presenters
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JACOB KLIPPENSTEIN

Chicago Childcare Collective
Jacob Klippenstein is pro-active organizer, dedicated childcare provider, and a budding gardener. Jay currently works with the Chicago Childcare Collective, AREA Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and the Trans Oral History Project.
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Melissa Moore

Youth Learning Lab of Education and Applied Design, Baltimore Black Coops, Future Design Lab, Healing Justice Network, Independent Community Worker
Melissa Moore is an interdisciplinary community worker, designer, and mindfulness-insight meditation practitioner who is inspired by the intersections of healing/spirituality, relational anti-racism work, solidarity economics, food justice, traditional medicines, and alternative learning... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room H