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Friday, June 19
 

9:00am

A Skid Row PAR Initiative: Alternatives to Homelessness and Policing
In this session we will discuss the Skid Row street participatory action research (PAR) initiative conducted by, with and for Black communities. Street PAR is a place-based investigation of community issues relating to street life including local community bonding and engagement in legal and illegal activities towards survival. Street PAR situates its lens and outcomes towards curtailing the conditions of structural violence. We will focus on research taking place in the Skid Row Black Men and Boys PAR Initiative that focuses on alternatives to reentry and solutions to the conditions of poverty and homelessness. 

Presenters
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Deshonay Dozier

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Deshonay Dozier is a member of the Black Men and Boys Street PAR collective with the Los Angeles Community Action Network. Her research and activism is on policing, gentrification, and shared equity housing.
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Pete White

Los Angeles Community Action Network
Founder and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network, also known as (LA CAN), which helps people dealing with poverty create & discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure we have voice, power & opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting u... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 131

9:00am

Art in Exile
How do you create works of art that critique a community, government, or country from which you have been ostracized while also rejecting colonial stereotypes forced on you by those that have provided asylum/allyship? This session will explore the meanings of exile, refugee, displacement and what it means to create art amidst these internally and externally imposed labels. We will examine current projects by Iranian and Iranian-American artists and discuss challenges of agency, loyalty, and identity while actively creating art in exile.

Presenters
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Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

ZananTV
Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh is an Iranian women’s rights activist, researcher and filmmaker. She is Founder and Director of ZananTV & NGO Training Center, an active member of the Iranian Women’s Charter movement, and was editor-in-chief of the women’s studies journal Farzeneh... Read More →
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Baseera Khan

Baseera Khan is a New York-based artist born in Texas and raised within an Indo-Pakistani community. Khan’s research-based practice engages with auto/biographies as a medium. Through site-specific public engagement, drawing, and video installations, she both produces and organizes... Read More →
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Farideh Sakhaeifar

Farideh Sakhaeifar (b. 1985) is a New York-based artist born in Tehran, Iran. Sakhaeifar's work ranges from photography to installation and sculpture, and is usually related to her life experiences. Her work seeks to produce a translational understanding of the social and political... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 219

9:00am

Beyond the Research Report: How to Shift the Narrative
As data geeks we may love research reports, but they are seldom the best tools for communicating with decision-makers or communities. Using examples from health impact assessment research on immigration and incarceration, we will explore how to use infographics, short videos, and websites to share out the results of research. We will explore how the research process itself can be a powerful tool for engaging communities. Participants will learn how to communicate research to shift narratives and influence policy.

Presenters
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Dawn Haney

Human Impact Partners, Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Dawn Haney brings together passions for social justice, health equity, and good nonprofit management as Operations Director at Human Impact Partners. Since earning a Master’s in Health Promotion & Behavior, she’s been organizing for justice with spiritual activists and trauma... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 128

9:00am

Club 100: Detroit Youth Build A Car!
Have you ever dreamed of building your own high-efficiency automobile? In this youth-led session we will explore the process that Detroit youth have undertaken to do just that through the Incite Focus Fab Lab. Participants will learn how this team self-organized and used advanced project management to build a car from scratch. Participants will also discuss aspects of design and will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to make anything possible.

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


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Art Education: Room 156

9:00am

Rainbow Warriors: Queer & Trans Youth Resiliency
We are tired of only hearing about queer and trans youth as victims, so we put together a playlist of resources and stories about our resilience. Learn how we are shifting the narrative around queer and trans youth through videos, music, poetry and visual art. Create your own resiliency project. You will leave with a new perspective on queer and trans youth identity.

Presenters
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Zon Moua

Freedom Inc.
Zon Moua runs the Nkauj Hmoob youth program for Hmong teens at Freedom Inc. Freedom, Inc. engages low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, WI. They work to end violence against wimmin folks, gender non-conforming folks, and young folks, to promote healthier living.
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Quita Tinsley

SPARK Reproductive Justice Now
Quita Tinsley is a femme, feminist, woman of color, who believes in the power of storytelling and validation of lived experiences. She is the Youth Activist Network Organizer at SPARK in ATL, where she fights oppression and uplifts the voices of silenced and marginalized young queer... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Art Education: Room 158

9:00am

The Art of Being An Active Listener & Learner
This session will explore how the arts can be used to build resilient communities while addressing relevant neighborhood issues. We will learn about community responsive art projects and asset-based community mapping strategies. Through creative prompts, participants will walk away with tools to develop their own site-specific work.

Presenters
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Alison Kibbe

The Laundromat Project
Alison is a cultural organizer, producer, and multidisciplinary artist working at the intersections of social justice, community building, education and cross-cultural dialogue. She is interested in how the art and culture of the everyday leads us towards justice.
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Yvette Ramirez

The Laundromat Project
Yvette Ramirez is a community organizer, multi-media artist and the program associate at The Laundromat Project. She is inspired by the arts as a social agent that can build and empower communities as well as bring about transformative justice and healing.


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 213

9:00am

Ye Olde Femmes: Histories of Queer Femme Art and Ideas
What if we knew more about queer femmes of the past? Would we start to see them as agents and creators of queer culture and history? In this session, four contemporary queer femme artists will each introduce the life and work of one femme artist or thinker from the past. Each 15 minute multimedia presentation will be a reclamation of femme lineage and power, and a way of tying current femme politics, art, and aesthetics to queer femmes who have come before us. At the end we will create portraits of femmes – ourselves and others.

Presenters
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Ivette Gonzalez-Ale

La Joteria / Azucar
Ivette Alé is a Mexican-Cuban entrepreneur, fashion designer, and party producer originally from Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of La Joteria, the Brooklyn-based production team behind Azucar, New York's internationally recognized queer global bass dance party.
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Cassie Wagler

Cassie Wagler is an arts and technology teacher who has taught at universities and community spaces in New York City for the last eight years. She developed a podcasting and activism program for teens at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and also the youth arts education program at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She has presented three times at the Allied Media Conference and has an M.F.A. from the Integrated Media Arts program at CUNY Hunter. She is currently editing a podcast for the NYC Transgender Oral History Project., NYC Transgender Oral History Project
Cassie Wagler is a queer femme artist from the midwest. She teaches multimedia production and media justice at universities and community organizations. She also produces radio and sound work and works as a freelance media producer. She loves dogs!


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 208

11:00am

Best Practices for Making Direct Actions Accessible for People with Disabilities
For people with disabilities (PWD), direct actions by community groups can be difficult to attend. PWDs are limited in access to modes of resistance such as marches, die-ins, and confrontations. This workshop will present insights on how to center sustainable and accessible involvement in practice. Participants will learn how to structure direct actions as expressions of self-care and self-love that benefits others, direct actions that are energizing in their collaborative spirit, and that improve the general understanding of the needs of PWDs.

Presenters
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Matthew F. Gilboy

MFGINK
Matthew Gilboy is the principal artist of MFGINK; he creates work centering his experience living with disabilities & is involved with a variety of social justice organizations in Chicago. Currently he's engaged in a collaboration called "Identity Workers" exploring issues of disability... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 189

11:00am

Groundswell: Oral History, Research Justice, & Activism
Is oral history a cultural practice? A movement-building tool? A challenge to Eurocentric/Colonial research methods? A catalyst for action? Or all of the above? We will explore the role of oral history in movement-relevant scholarship and movements for justice. We will learn how projects use oral history to support grassroots organizing in rural communities, facilitate movements for housing justice, and address institutional betrayal in higher education. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges of oral history for research and activism.

Presenters
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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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Cynthia Tobar

Artist/Oral historian/Archivist, Bronx Community College (BCC), CUNY
As an oral historian, artist, and archivist, I am passionate about making public history freely accessible to the community. I seek to capture stories that highlight the meaningful connections between people, communities and public policy.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 208

11:00am

Humanizing Schooling in Detroit
Come learn how Detroit Future Schools (DFS) is humanizing schooling in Detroit. In this session educators, students, and media artists from the DFS network will share their lessons and experiences working in schools in Detroit. We will start off with a lively debate and then dive into practices from our media projects including the Out-of-School Documentary Project and our work with The Boggs School. Participants will leave the session with replicable practices and resources for thinking about community issues in their classrooms.

Presenters
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Alondra Castañeda

Detroit Future Schools
Alondra is an 8th grader at Friends School Detroit and is one of the first students to participate in Detroit Future Schools' Out of School Project. Where she worked with a team of youth and artists to create media about Detroit's school system
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Alicia Casteñeda-Lopez

Detroit Future Schools
Alicia was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. Her affinity for language led her to study poetry while earning a B.A. from the University of Montana.
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Wayne Bussey II

Detroit Future Schools
Wayne is a film studies major at Wayne State University. A graduate from Cass Tech High School in Detroit and is one of the first students to participate in Detroit Future Schools' Out of School Project. Where he worked with a team of youth and artists to create media about Detroit's... Read More →
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Issra Killawi

Detroit Future Schools
Issra is a fashion design major at Wayne State University and is one of the first students to participate in Detroit Future Schools' Out of School Project. Where she worked with a team of youth and artists to create media about Detroit's school system
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Nate Mullen

Nathaniel Mullen is the director of Detroit Future Schools (DFS), a sponsored project of AMP. He joined the AMP team in 2011, as part of the founding team of DFS. Nate’s work thrives at the intersection of art, education and people. For eight years, Nate has worked in classrooms, leading student media investigations which have included everything from stop motion videos about Newton`s Laws to infographics on the complexities of global economics. He has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools. Lastly, Nate is a lover of bad jokes, cheesy graphics and Krista Tippett., People In Education
Nathaniel Mullen is the director of People in Education (formerly Detroit Future Schools), a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects (AMP). He joined the AMP team in 2011, as part of the founding team of Detroit Future School. Nate’s work thrives at the intersection of art, education... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 300

11:00am

Place-Making at the Edge of the Salton Sea
We will share and discuss the asset and resource generation and community building strategies currently being developed in Nuestro Lugar, the first resident-designed, culture-driven, community development project in the rural, migrant community of North Shore, California. The project co-locates physical improvements (community-designed 5-acre public space and bike-share program) and economic activities (small business training program and monthly marketplace) alongside a multifaceted arts and culture program.

Presenters
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Jessica Bremner

Kounkuey Design Initiative
J. Bremner is Program Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative. She coordinates and supervises community development programs aimed at empowering and educating communities around the world. Before joining KDI, she worked with the Inter-American Foundation’s Brazil and Ecuador grant... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

2:00pm

Kickstarting & Sustaining TQPOC Artists
Without art, there can be no movement. This session will make space for folks to develop long-term strategies on how to sustain a life as a working trans/queer, person-of-color artist. Let's make sure our stories get told and allow us to make a living wage while doing it. Participants interested in a career in the arts and arts administration should come to this session. We’ll cover everything from financial stability, to crowdfunding, to networking, and more.

Presenters
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Jade Foster

The Revival Movie
Jade Foster's The Revival poetry tour reached thousands of queer women during it's five year run. The writer and producer is releasing her first film, The Revival Movie in fall, 2015.
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J Mase III

awQward Talent LLC
J Mase III is a black/trans poet & educator that has toured the US, UK & Canada. He’s the founder of awQward, the first talent agency specifically dedicated to uplifting the work of trans & queer folks of color. Check out awQward at www.awQwardtalent.com as well as on Facebook... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

2:00pm

Public Libraries & Food Justice: Plant Seeds of Success
Libraries should join the fight for food justice and sustainable agriculture! We will explore how to use library skills of collecting, organizing, and sharing information to start a seed library and build creative opportunities for involvement in the local food system. We will explore the examples of the Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange and the Community Food Hive. Participants will leave knowing how to connect with community partners, work with library administration, and find funding to address these issues.

Presenters
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Katherine Bryant

Nashville Public Library
Katherine is a Branch Manager at Nashville Public Library and founder of the NPL Seed Exchange. She received her MLIS from Wayne State University and has volunteered with food justice organizations in MI and TN. Her favorite things include cats, homegrown tomatoes, travel, and dystopian... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Art Education: Room 158

2:00pm

We Don’t Even Know Who They’re Trying to Kill
How often are Latino victims of interpersonal and state violence named? The answer is that we don’t know. Because of a lack of accurate data, it’s hard to know how to meaningfully advocate for their lives. In this session, we will take a critical look at how Latino organizations have failed this vulnerable population, as well as how advocates are navigating around the data obstacle. Participants will walk away with strategies and tangible connections to efforts that are working for change.

Presenters
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Aura Bogado

Race Forward/Colorlines Magazine
Aura Bogado writes about race in the United States. She’s the news editor for Colorlines, and her writing has been published in Mother Jones, The Guardian, Salon, and The Nation. Follow her on Twitter at @aurabogado
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Lex Steppling

Equal Justice USA
Lex Steppling is a National Organizer with Equal Justice USA. He has a background in grassroots organizing, criminal justice, and public health advocacy.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Building: Room 204

2:00pm

What Does Justice Look Like?
What does justice look like? A panel will discuss the history of Chicago police torture, which will include testimony by torture survivor Darrell Cannon. Panelists will recall the decades-long struggle demanding justice for survivors who were tortured by former Police Commander Jon Burge and share lessons from the recent campaign for reparations. We will question dominant narratives surrounding the notion of justice and offer possibilities for re-imagining what justice looks like.

Presenters
AK

Alice Kim

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Alice Kim is an activist, cultural organizer, and writer. She is the Editor of Praxis Center, an online social justice resource center for scholars and activists. She is a founding member of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and a long-time anti-death penalty activist and prison... Read More →
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Joey Mogul

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, People's Law Office
Joey Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office and a co-founder of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials. Mogul has represented Chicago Police torture survivors for the last 15 years and directs the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law.


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

Creator Kinship: Building Your Music Career
The music industry as we know it is breaking down, which means more opportunity for women and people of color who are struggling to be heard. In this workshop, we will envision the transition from consumerism to creator-kinship, a business model tied to strong and healthy relationships. We will share models of success for emerging and established independent artists, and those who support them. We will learn how to become financially autonomous and build our music careers in ways that are sustainable.

Presenters
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Erica Castello

Patreon, Hip-Hop.com
Erica is a writer-evangelist practicing in San Francisco, CA. She connects creators to capital, cross-pollinates high tech + hip-hop, and encourages people to do their thing.
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Kiran Gandhi

Harvard Business School
Kiran drums for artist M.I.A. while pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School full time. She combines intellectual and musical talents to re-imagine a music industry that is healthier for women and girls around the world.
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Natalia Linares

Nati creates platforms, bridges and translations for global pop culture & arts in the digital era. She splits time between Oakland & Sacramento, the center and the edge, where she connects hearts to minds with her big mouth + open eyes. A diosa with a decade in the music biz, Nati... Read More →
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Tina Hanae Miller

t-h currently lives in montréal, where she is an experience designer and works on expressing visions of an ecofuturist reality through music, writing, magazines, media, + permaculture.


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Art Education: Room 158

4:00pm

Health Instead of Punishment: Research Shifts the Frame
Can talking about health instead of punishment change the conversation about incarceration policies? We will share health impact assessment (HIA) as a research tool that has successfully shifted the frame and contributed to policy wins like California’s Proposition 47. Participants will be introduced to the six step HIA process, with a focus on community engagement and communication tools. Through discussion with researchers and community organizers, we will explore how HIA can contribute to specific campaigns for justice.

Presenters
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Dawn Haney

Human Impact Partners, Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Dawn Haney brings together passions for social justice, health equity, and good nonprofit management as Operations Director at Human Impact Partners. Since earning a Master’s in Health Promotion & Behavior, she’s been organizing for justice with spiritual activists and trauma... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

Hear Me Now: All Media Open Mic
We all want to be heard, supported and affirmed. HEAR: Heal, Evolve and Re-energize. Share your raw, polished or works-in-progress at an all-media open mic. Participants can expect a non-judgmental space and 5-10 minutes to preview, share or showcase music, poetry, videos or any media they created. Come be heard with us!

Presenters
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Victor Billione Walker

Affirmations
A singer, poet and author, Victor Billione Walker (pronounced bil-LEE-yon) is one of Detroit's emerging artists and activists. He is the author of several books of poetry that touch on black experiences, queer identities, men and masculinities, and ending sexual assault against w... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Community Arts Auditorium

4:00pm

Legacy, Love, Liberation: Mangos with Chili's Final Bow
For nine years, Mangos with Chili has dreamed liberatory QTPOC performance art into life. As we prepare to transition our organization, join us to hear stories about lessons learned along the way – about power, leadership, art, grief, conflict, culture-making and liberation song. Through video presentation, conversation with Cherry and Leah, and a fishbowl discussion, participants will explore the nitty gritty learnings and grief work of QTPOC performance making and cultural organization building.

Presenters
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Cherry Galette

Mangos With Chili, NOLA Wildseeds
MWC Co-Founder and Co-Director, Cherry Galette, is a queer Mexican Moroccan burlesque star, belly dancer, and movement artist. She is a displaced Oaklander making home in New Orleans, and is a core member of NOLA Wildseeds.
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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 →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Education Building: Room 204

4:00pm

Preserving the Power: A Community-Based Archive
Community archives provide powerful ways to address the erasure of local movements. Our web archive, “Inequality in Higher Education," extends this concept to online coverage of and participation in radical grassroots events such as the #BBUM and #ITooAmHarvard protests. We will speak to curation decisions that structure our web archive and how to use Archive-It or open-source alternatives to preserve impactful movements. Attendees will leave with an understanding of potential workflows and be empowered to explore community archival projects.

Presenters
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Jennifer Brown

University of Michigan Library
Jennifer Brown is an MSI candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information and a University Library Associate for the MLibrary system. Her academic focus is progressive and radical academic librarianship.
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Jharina Pascual

University of Michigan School of Information
Jharina Pascual is an MSI from the University of Michigan's School of Information. Her areas of interest include resource discovery and e-resources management. In Summer 2015, she will be on a fellowship to assist in collection management at a small institutional library in Trivandrum... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

4:00pm

Storysharing for Culture & Policy Shift
Advocacy messaging can be muddled with talking points and statistics, and doesn’t always create space for the lived experiences of those most affected by the issue at hand. We can change that through story-sharing. By sharing our personal stories we can and do shift culture. We will hear from panelists who have used their stories for advocacy and change. Participants will learn how to identify issues within their own lives, how to frame their stories, and how to support others who want to speak out.

Presenters
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Amber Phillips

BLACK, llc and Advocates for Youth
Amber J. Phillips is a writer, organizer, and digital strategist working to advance the rights of all Black people and people of color in general. In addition to being the Senior Manager of Youth Leadership and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, Amber is the Co-Director of the digital... Read More →
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Quita Tinsley

SPARK Reproductive Justice Now
Quita Tinsley is a femme, feminist, woman of color, who believes in the power of storytelling and validation of lived experiences. She is the Youth Activist Network Organizer at SPARK in ATL, where she fights oppression and uplifts the voices of silenced and marginalized young queer... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room B
 
Saturday, June 20
 

9:00am

Migritudes: Digital Music, Identity, and Place
Shailja Patel describes Migritude as "a generation of migrants who don't feel the need to be silent to protect themselves.” Digital music breaks silence by equipping a generation of migrants with a dynamic global platform. We will discuss the roots of popular sounds and examine how they relate to mass globalization by exploring the intersections of music, identity and migration as related to technology. Participants will leave better informed for their event production, music making, and engagement with cultural practices.

Presenters
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Thanu Yakupitiyage

Dutty Artz, iBomba
Thanu is an activist and dj. She hails from Sri Lanka via Thailand, and lives in Brooklyn. By day, she's a media/policy expert at New York Immigration Coalition. By night, she djs as Ushka, known for her genre-blending style. Her interest in immigration connects her activism, politics... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 219

9:00am

Nourishing Our Spirits: Desi Kitchen Stories of Healing
What do beef biryani, slit green chilies, kitchens in Jackson, New Orleans, Chapel Hill and healing have to do with each other? We will share stories of radical dalit, muslim, and queer desi women living in the south, cooking up beloved friendships that nurture us and open up portals to ancestors. We will share our ways of healing and strengthening appetites for difference and community building through culinary art. Folks will walk away identifying the potential of such work to build and grow across race, caste, sexuality, class, and faith.

Presenters
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Noel Didla

Matti Collective, Cooperation Jackson
Noel teaches freshmen at Jackson State University in MS. She believes in humanizing/radicalizing/democratizing learning processes. Her philosophy is rooted in her Dalit feminism, Friere's pedagogical approach & Baker's vision. As a Dalit woman, she believes in sharing my culture... Read More →
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Sumi Dutta

Matti Collective; Southerners on New Ground
I'm a pisces-rising leo born in Durham, NC, now living in Atlanta, GA. I'm in grad school working on a pedagogy rooted in being so free that your presence wields energy that'll make the current social order collapse. Healing 4 me: singing, swimming, #dopemealsonabudget, & cackling... Read More →
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Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

Matti Collective
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Manju Rajendran

Matti Collective
Manju's work w/ her mama's food justice experiment, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, informs her hunch that nourishing movements with delicious food is transformative work. Loves include Jackson Center 4 Saving + Making History, Fusion Youth Radio, Ready the Ground Training Team, & War... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 208

9:00am

Organizing and Winning Against Mass Incarceration Locally
We are taking it to the streets to assert Black Lives Matter and resist over 30 years of mass incarceration. How can we make lasting change? Combining research, community organizing, and storytelling, we can transform policy and culture. Panelists from Champaign, IL will discuss campaigns against surveillance and racial profiling, police militarization, and jail expansion. Participants will be invited to share issues their community is facing, develop strategies to take action, and leave with tools to confront mass incarceration.

Presenters
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Danielle Chynoweth

Center for Media Justice, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Danielle is the Organizing Director at the Center for the Media Justice and co-founder of UCIMC. As a city council member, she helped establish a civilian review board of police. As a national organizer, she helped win net neutrality rules and pass the Local Community Radio Act.
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Brian Dolinar

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, Coalition for Police De-militarization
For over 10 years, Brian's investigative reporting at UCIMC transformed local policing and policies. He currently co-coordinates the Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice and Coalition for Police De-militarization. He is a published author and teacher of African American cultural... Read More →
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James Kilgore

First Followers Reentry, Build Programs Not Jails, Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice
After 6.5 years in prison, James has become a published expert on mass incarceration and electronic monitoring. He co-coordinates the Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, Build Programs Not Jails campaign, and First Followers Reentry. He works at the Center for African Studies... Read More →
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Rachel Storm

UI Women's Center, Outta the Mouths of Babes Radio Show, UCIMC
Rachel is Assistant Director of Women's Resources Center and PhD Student at UIUC. Rachel works at the intersection of feminism, racism and classism. She coordinates Outta the Mouths of Babes, a youth media program, and is a trained advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 137

9:00am

Trans Media: A Platform for Change
How do we create a storytelling platform that portrays the intersections of identities, communities, and cultures while centering the stories of marginalized communities? We will present a multi-pronged strategy for moving forward politics of representation in the transgender community and beyond. America in Transition will unveil a new web series focusing on unheard stories, discuss plans for an interactive multimedia map, and brainstorm stories that need to be told. Participants will learn from and contribute to this case study.

Presenters
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André Pérez

Founder/ Director, Transgender Oral History Project
André founded the Trans Oral History Project in 2007. He's since created numerous multimedia historical exhibits, installations, and curriculum about trans community. Since 2012, he's recorded over 500 interviews at StoryCorps, broadcasting 50 segments on NPR and WBEZ. He is currently... Read More →
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Melvin Whitehead

Black Trans Man Inc. and Joliet Community College
Melvin is a librarian and educator who speaks publicly on race, gender identity, and diversity. He works to improve campus climate for community college students by developing the Safe Zone Ally program, advising an LGBTQ+ student group, spearheading a speakers bureau, and facilitating... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 128

11:00am

Detroit Grown
Detroit is not a food desert. We are being denied access to fresh, non-chemically treated food by a racist food system. Come hear the stories of the women urban farmers of Detroit. Participants will engage in conversation with the women of Detroit agriculture, cook a meal together using Detroit grown produce, and assemble cookbooks.

Presenters
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Winnie Imbuchi

Winnie is a new bride and mother, all the way from kenya, a college graduate of MSU and is an urban farmer/gardener. she is proud of her has front yard edible garden and raises chickens with her life partner/husband.
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Michelle Jackson

Smallville Learning Farms
Michelle Jackson, is a fourth genenrational farmer living in detroit as well as the Program Director and Founder of Smallville Farms, activist and organizer on behalf a healthy vibrant Detroit.
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Roxane Moore

A Detroiter and new mommy! Roxanne Moore is a Urban Farmer and a small business owner. She is involved in farmers market sales and creating policy on behalf of urban agriculture.
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Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

Director, Feedom Freedom Growers
Myrtle Curtis is a lifelong Detroiter, Boggs board member, and co-founder of Feedom Freedom Growers. Mama Myrtle stays busy growing gardens and community.


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

11:00am

Fat 101 - Fatness as a Political Issue
Due to the rhetoric surrounding the "obesity epidemic," deconstructing narratives around fatness has become vital to humanizing fat people. We will explore how discourse around health and fatness has been challenged by media created in fat positive community. We will learn how to think about fatness by focusing discussions on social justice and body autonomy. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of fatness as a political issue and be better equipped to challenge fat phobia in their daily lives.

Presenters
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Kytara Epps

Kytara is a 26 yr old Detroiter. She's worked with Planned Parenthood and other community organizations. She will be attending Tulane University's school of public health in the fall. Her passion is making health accessible & culturally competent for all. She also likes naps, wine... Read More →
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Amanda Levitt

Fat Body Politics
Amanda Levitt is the writer and self defined unapologetic fat lady behind Fat Body Politics. She has been working with fat positive community for over a decade where she critiques and challenges mainstream narratives about fatness and fat people.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

11:00am

Ferguson and Beyond: The Role of Independent Media
Cameras save lives. Especially when we are protesting oppression. We will explore the role of independent media in portraying our movements, goals and values. We will examine best practices for documenting to maximize our impact, such as collaborative media-making, consent, and self-care. We will screen videos and listen to journal entries from the front lines of Ferguson, and engage in a Q&A about indy media production and distribution. Participants will walk away with safety guidelines and access points for documenting protests.

Presenters
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Damon Davis

Millennial Activists United
Damon Davis is a St. Louis-based artist and filmmaking. During the days before the Grand Jury announcement, he was responsible for the #AllHandsOnDeck installation. Davis is presently making a film "Whose Streets?" about the Ferguson movement.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

11:00am

How to Start Your Own Culture Podcast
We are in the "golden years of podcasting” yet most of the celebrated podcasts lack social justice content. This presentation is for social justice oriented people who are interested in starting a podcast but have little or no knowledge of what this would involve. This presentation will cover podcasting basics: equipment, software, graphics, music, how to get on itunes etc. Participants will walk away with the confidence to start production on their very own podcast.

Presenters
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Ellie Gordon-Moershel

Ellie Gordon-Moershel co-hosted a feminist podcast in Vancouver called the F Word from 2008 - 2012. Since then she has completed audio projects for Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and PrideHouseTO among others. She’s also an avid podcast listener and subscribes to 300... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 189

11:00am

I See You: Creating Femmes of Color Visibility & Community
The work and narrative of Black Femmes and Femmes of color have long been erased by every facet of colonialist-framed history. Our session will discuss Black and Femmes of color visibility and how we create outlets that prioritize us and our resilience. From films to collectives to online movements and hashtags, participants will walk away with strategies to amplify visibility both online and off. This session is a closed space for Black folks and People of Color while centering our narratives around Black Femmes and Femmes of Color.

Presenters
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Jo de la Torre (LA Femmes of Color Collective)

Jo is a stylishly dreamy brown femme healer mami who braids (self)healing strategies, communal care, adornment, poetry, majestic tender lovin', ancestral magic and artistry into the spaces they encompass. They are a committed radical cheerleader for their loved ones/chosen familia... Read More →
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Vanessa Durand (LA Femmes of Color Collective)

V has been a social justice activist and community organizer for the past 8 years. They have worked with numerous progressive organizations in L.A. and Washington D.C. advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive reproductive justice legislation and access to healthcare services for queer, trans... Read More →
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Alyssa Hernandez (LA Femmes of Color Collective)

Alyssa is a xicana queer fat femme librarian. Born and raised in Southern California, she has worked in libraries for 20 years and believes in equal access to information for all and the power of preserving QPOC stories. Not afraid to be visible on all forms of social media and take... Read More →
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Kandace Creel Falcón

Kandace is a Chicana femme feminist academic. She is the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. KCF curates her Chicana experience in the Midwest through an Anzaldúan framework of autoethnography via Instagram. Creator of #ReimagineFemm... Read More →
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Dulce Garcia

Empowering With Conviction Consulting
Dulce is a fierce queer Chicana femme loving/living life in Oakland. As a sexual health educator she advocates for self-empowerment through education that is fun and accessible. Her film "With Conviction" won the Audience Choice Award at the QWOC Film Festival & recently screened... Read More →
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Laura Luna Placencia

Los Angeles Femmes of Color Collective
Laura Luna is a chola bon vivant, & self-identifying queer fat femme who has been curating safer spaces for LGBTQ & gender variant communities with her work in LA & on the Internet for over a decade. Co-founder of the LA Femmes of Color Collective & the #FemmesofColorVisibility hashtag... Read More →
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Andrea Quijada

Media Literacy Project
Andrea Quijada is a queer xicana femme executive director in New Mexico. With more than 10 yrs of experience as a media literacy trainer, and 20 years as a community organizer, she has a deep passion for media justice. She has co-founded various orgs in Albuquerque, including Young... Read More →
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Danielle Stevens

Danielle is a radically compassionate warrior womyn & afro-futurist healer with a gentle and sharp unapologetic tongue. A dreamer in all senses of the word, Danielle is enchanted by the variability of life. As a gender-nonconfirming femme person and lover engaged in work related to... Read More →


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

11:00am

Mentoring it Forward: Youth Leadership
In what ways can youth contribute to their communities? Youth from Mentoring it Forward will share their experience and how it is shaping them into the leaders of tomorrow. We will screen a short student-made documentary illustrating our knowledge and experiences. Participants will experience a youth-led game and activity that demonstrates the skills they learned in the program. Participants will also be involved in a team-building exercise.

Presenters
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Dakarai Carter

Mentor it Forward
Program youth coordinator.
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Ashley lee

Mentoring it Forward
Mentoring it forward youth program coordinator.


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 219

11:00am

Out in the System: LGBTQ Youth and CPS
LGBTQ youth of color are disproportionately impacted by child welfare agencies, yet their voices are often silenced and minimized. The Ruth Ellis Center and participants will explore the experiences of LGBTQ youth of color within Wayne County Michigan’s Child Protective Services. We will discuss the results of a youth-led participatory action research project and a short video. REC youth and staff will provide participants with examples and best practices on how to center youth voices and experiences through research and advocacy.

Presenters
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Bria Brown

Ruth Ellis Center
Tom Molina-Duarte is the youth advocacy & leadership coordinator at the Ruth Ellis Center, a LGBTQ Youth Services Agency based in Highland Park, Detroit. He coordinates the Out in the System Project at the Ruth Ellis Center.
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Brion Edwards

Ruth Ellis Center
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LaMontez Tanner

Ruth Ellis Center


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

11:00am

People-Powered Movements: Individual Donor Programs
Within the current funding and political climate, many groups are struggling to fund and resource their work in a sustainable way. In this session, we will look at the history and principles of grassroots fundraising within social justice movements and share lessons and stories of building individual donor work and programs, including a case study of a successful sustainer program. Participants will walk away with theory, skills, strategies and next steps for building sustainable individual donor work.

Presenters
avatar for Allison Budschalow

Allison Budschalow

Allison hails from Philly where she was born and raised as part of the Kalmyk Mongol diaspora. She is a mama of color with a history of working on movement building in the U.S. Most recently, she focuses on how grassroots fundraising can support radical organizing and community building... Read More →
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Ryan Li Dahlstrom

GIFT
Ryan Li Dahlstrom has worked at the intersections of LGBTQ, youth, and anti-violence movements for over a decade as a fundraiser, organizer, and facilitator. He's currently a collective staff member at GIFT. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, doing Crossfit, and being an Uncle... Read More →
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Crystal Middlestadt

Crystal lives in Denver, CO and has several years experience as a grassroots fundraiser within anti-violence and social justice movements. Crystal has developed successful grassroots fundraising campaigns and contributed to the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.
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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 →


Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 208

2:00pm

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Data Viz & Storytelling
This panel by the Bay Area's Anti Eviction Mapping Project, will focus on how data visualization, digital storytelling, and collective participatory research makes visible what gentrification obscures. Participants will learn how to map out the forces and effects of gentrification. We will discuss how real estate and big tech have colluded to create policies of displacement, and we will discuss our mutual aid oral history project, which places neighborhood and eviction stories on an interactive map.

Presenters
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Manissa Maharawal

Anti-Eviction Mapping project, CUNY
Manissa Maharawal is the Oral History Project CoDirector of the AEMP. She is also a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department at the CUNY Graduate Center and a trained oral historian, focusing on community resistance to gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area and New... Read More →
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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, UC Santa Cruz
Erin McElroy directs the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and organizes mutual aid direct actions with Eviction Free San Francisco. As a doctoral student in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, Erin engages decolonial method and queer critique to study the postsocialist dispossession of... Read More →
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Manon Vergerio

Community Organizer, Carroll Gardens Association
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Carla Wojczuk

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Carla is an educator, artist, and cultural organizer, and believes oral histories can make visible narratives that resist domination. She paints and organizes community mural and theater projects, facilitates dialogues, organizes creative actions, and struggles for a world characterized... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

2:00pm

Cake Is Not A Moral Issue: Rejecting Fatphobic Moralism
Have you ever been in a group of people when they start talking about how "bad" they are for eating cake? Heard someone talk about fat as if it was a moral failure? We will explore the foundations of fatphobic moralizing, how they play out in our day to day lives, and how they intersect with other forms of popular morality. We will develop strategies for resisting these messages in ourselves and our communities.

Presenters
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KC Slack

KC is a Unitarian Universalist seminarian and demi-theologian who has been fat forever. She is working on a masters degree, running a religious education program, dancing her heart out, and rocking her super-femme fatness in the Bay on the daily.


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

2:00pm

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

Presenters
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Anneke Dunbar-Gronke

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

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

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

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

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


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

2:00pm

Green Hair, Grey Hair: Bridging Race, Class, and Age
How can music build community across lines of race, class, culture, and age? How can music facilitate movements for economic and racial justice? By exploring the longstanding collaboration between punk activist collective Positive Force DC and inner city senior outreach network We Are Family, this session will tease out lessons that are broadly applicable in many contexts. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how relationships are key to radical change, and walk away armed with tools to nurture transformative community.

Presenters
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Mark Andersen

We Are Family Senior Outreach Network and Positive Force DC
Mark has done outreach, advocacy, and organizing in inner-city DC since the mid-1980s. He is the co-director of We Are Family, a co-founder of Positive Force DC, author of All The Power: Revolution Without illusion and co-author of Dance Of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Building: Room 204

2:00pm

Is the Library the Settlement House of Today?
The library is the cultural center of the community beyond the provision of book materials. This presentation explores the origins of social work and social justice with a discussion of the settlement house movement and the role of the library as a change agent in the community today. Learn how the origins of social work translate into the current mission of many libraries in the present. Affirm our commitment to change in the community by making the connection to historical social justice efforts.

Presenters

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 218

2:00pm

The Hijab: Through the Eyes of Muslims
We will explore how the religious tradition of the hijab is viewed within as well as outside Arabic culture. We are using candid interviews, music, news, and media sources to discuss and explore the beliefs, misconceptions, burdens, and responsibilities attached to wearing a hijab in today's society. This interactive presentation will allow everyone to share their point of view. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how Arabs are dealing with international disagreements concerning the hijab.

Presenters
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Rawan Eid

Journalism Student
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April Kincaid

McCollough-Unis School
I have been teaching in the Dearborn Public School district for 18 years. I am a middle school social studies and journalism teacher. Our journalism students have a digital news blog.
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Daniah Nuseibeh

Journalism Student
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Ali Osman

Journalism student
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Sarah Qaddoumi

Journalism Student


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 219

2:00pm

What We Say We Need: Youth in the Sex Trades
What are youth in the sex trades saying they need? What are they naming as the sources of violence in their lives? Earlier this year the Urban Institute, in partnership with Streetwise and Safe (SAS), released the first report from a federally funded study looking at LGBTQ youth, YMSM, and YWSW with experiences engaging in survival sex. Come learn about the needs of these young people and hear from youth researchers about some of the challenges they experienced.

Presenters
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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.


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

Arab Feminist Organizing in Detroit and Chicago
Participants will engage in hands-on panel presentation on intersectional organizing in Arab women's spaces in both Chicago and Detroit. This panel will explore how art has been used to support mobilization for issues ranging from Arab-Black solidarity, to The Rasmea Odeh Defense Network. The Z Collective of Greater Detroit, Chicago-based Palestinian artist and activist, Leila Abdelrazeq, who recently had her first graphic novel, "Baddawi", published, as well as pioneering Arab-American feminist scholar Nadine Naber who has organized extensively in both Chicago and Detroit, will present on the power of writing and art in reclaiming the narratives of their communities.


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

4:00pm

Defending Blogs Against Legal Attack
Bloggers often face legal challenges from those unhappy about being criticized. A nationally known free speech litigator will discuss practical issues that arise when such lawsuits are enacted or threatened. We will discuss how accused bloggers can manage to afford a legal defense, and how they can respond in order to minimize the impact of possible litigation. We will look at several examples and best practices from real life cases. Although there will be discussion of specific legal issues, the focus will be on practical considerations.

Presenters
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Paul Levy

Attorney, Public Citizen
Senior attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group specializing in defending online speech. "The Web Bully's Worst Enemy" http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/paul-levy-the-web-bullys-worst-enemy/


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

4:00pm

Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan
The Feathers of Hope (FOH) movement demonstrates the power of youth leadership in advocacy to confront issues directly affecting the lives of First Nations (FN) youth. Our session will share the knowledge gained from the FOH process. During our session we will explain what FOH is, how we used a youth-led model, the creative process that led to the branding, and the role of government. We will also show our documentary. The intended outcome is to grow the FOH movement, share knowledge about FN in Canada, and encourage youth-led initiatives.

Presenters
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Uko Abara

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth was created to provide an independent voice for Ontario’s children and youth and to partner with them to address systemic issues through advocacy, advice, education and communication.
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Dahlia Sherif

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth was created to provide an independent voice for Ontario’s children and youth and to partner with them to address systemic issues through advocacy, advice, education and communication.


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

MakerSpace(less): Creating with Space You Already Have
How do you create a makerspace when you do not have a dedicated space, equipment or a large budget? We will discuss a variety of maker programs that can be delivered to an audience with a wide range of ages and abilities. We will also discuss ways to collaborate with the maker community to create dynamic programming. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how to create a makerspace within their existing space as well as knowledge about programming.

Presenters
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Allison Frick

The Glenside Free Library, The Hacktory
Allison is a Youth Services Librarian by day and the Director of Outreach and Education at a Philadelphia makerspace by night. In her spare time Allison is pickling, sewing, making art out of old maps and working on an overly ambitious vegetable garden. She has a BFA from Moore... Read More →
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Georgia Guthrie

Director, The Hacktory
Georgia Guthrie is a designer, maker, and artist. As the Director of The Hacktory she works to create opportunities for anyone to creatively tinker. Currently Georgia is focused on expanding The Hacktory’s strengths in hands-on learning, creative coding, and in addressing the gender... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

4:00pm

Surviving the Mic: Making Safe Creative Space
The consequences of trauma can echo throughout the lifetime of a survivor. Creativity captures that echo, helping survivor artists shape the sound of their healing. We will explore our experience with Surviving the Mic, a collaborative organization creating safe and affirming creative spaces for survivors of trauma. Participants will learn how we have impacted the way that other creative spaces now welcome the voices and vision of survivor artists. Participants will walk away with a model for how to build their own safe creative spaces.

Presenters
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Nikki Patin

Surviving the Mic
Nikki Patin is the founder of Surviving the Mic (www.survivingthemic.org), a collaborative organization of survivors who are dedicated to creating safe and affirming creative spaces for survivors of trauma.
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Stephanie Lane Sutton

Surviving the Mic
STEPHANIE LANE SUTTON is a poet, performer, and educator. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Radius, THRUSH, elimae, and Button Poetry, among others. She is the author of a chapbook, Blood Dowry. She holds a degree in Poetry from Columbia College.


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

4:00pm

Trans/Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Solidarity Panel
2015 began with deaths of Trans Women of Color and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) youth at an unprecedented rate. It is our responsibility to organize, sustain and revolutionize. This Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Solidarity Panel will discuss the importance and the need for harmony throughout the community. We will examine shared strategies for Trans and GNC organizers with four focus points: policing, visibility, media, and resiliency. Participants should leave with shared strategies on resiliency and solidarity.

Presenters
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Ja'Leah Shavers

BreakOUT!
My name is Ja'Leah Shavers, I am the Outreach and Development Coordinator at BreakOUT! As a Gender Non Conforming Person of Color I have witnessed the gap of solidarity among the Trans/GNC community and I am making it a priority to encourage solidarity between Trans and GNC people... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Ballroom C
 
Sunday, June 21
 

10:00am

Design and Web Strategies for Fundraising
Design Action Collective will present case studies of successful design and web development collaborations (newsletters, brochures, online donation pages, etc). We will share lessons learned and best practices for communications strategies that keep people engaged and wanting to know more. Participants are invited to bring their questions and will leave with new ideas for connecting with their organization's members.

Presenters
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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).


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Ballroom B

10:00am

Facilitating Youth-led Participatory Action Research
The practice of youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) asserts that youth have a right to research the conditions that shape our lives. This workshop will be led by a group of youth who are doing YPAR to collect and share the stories of undocumented immigrant youth. We will explain our YPAR process step-by-step, from deciding on a research focus, to collaboratively collecting and analyzing data, to using this information to create social change. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to use YPAR in their own activist efforts.

Presenters
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Krista Craven

Guilford College, Jòvenes Unidos por un Mejor Presente, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Krista is interested in how participatory action research can be used as tool for pursuing social justice and informing social movements. She has been collaborating with JUMP for the past 2 years on a research project that documents the stories of undocumented youth activists in... Read More →
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Brenda Hernandez

Fisk University, Jóvenes Unidos por un Mejor Presente, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Brenda has been an activist with JUMP for over a year. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Fisk University.
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Diana Montero

Fisk University, Jóvenes Unidos por un Mejor Presente, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Diana has been a youth activist for 4 years. She has been involved in actions and meeting with Tennessee Senators and Representatives, as well as gaining experience working with other youth by collecting stories all over in Tennessee.
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Rodrigo Robles

Fisk University, Jóvenes Unidos por un Mejor Presente, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Rodrigo has been involved in youth activism for 5 years and is highly interested in pursuing many forms of activism. Currently, Rodrigo is learning from other undocumented youth through the organizing and planning of diverse activist groups who are working for the common goal of social... Read More →
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Maria Robles

McGavock Comprehensive High School, Jòvenes Unidos por un Mejor Presente, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Maria has been involved in JUMP as an activist for 2 years. Maria is interested in participatory action research because of the skills she is developing in it, how it can help her be more involved in her community, and how it helps inform the public of important social activist e... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Education Building: Room 200

10:00am

Organizing & Collaborating Inside & Outside of Prison
How do we coordinate and communicate with imprisoned organizers who are far away, behind razor wire and walls? We will share how we have used media to support mass actions inside Pennsylvania prisons, held art and theatre workshops in jails, fought alongside imprisoned loved ones, and created coalitions involving the participation and leadership of people who can’t be physically present at events. Participants will learn how to use culture-based strategies to make media-based organizing accessible to those most marginalized.

Presenters
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Emily Abendroth

Address This!
Emily is an organizer with Decarcerate PA and a coordinator of the Address This! correspondence course program and the LifeLines Project.
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etta cetera

Let's Get Free
etta has been working collaboratively with people in prison for 15 years. Together we founded organizations like the FedUp! Chapter of the Human Rights Coalition, created the Prison Poster Project, and co-wrote 2 plays including Chin to the Sky: The Life Sentence of Avis Lee.
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Bret Grote

Human Rights Coalition Fed Up!
Bret is an organizer with the Human Rights Coalition Fed Up! and Let's Get Free: the Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee. Bret is the Legal Director of the Abolitionist Law Center.
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Kris Henderson

Amistad Law Project
Kris is an organizer with the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration and the Legal Director of Amistad Law Project. They love baking, making soap, and calligraphy.
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Donna Hill

Fight For Lifers - West
Donna is the President of Fight For Lifers - West and the Chairperson of its Female Lifers Committee. Her daughter, Charmaine Pfender, was sentenced to Life Without Parole for shooting and killing a man who was trying to rape her. Donna has been fighting for Charmaine's freedom for... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 131

10:00am

View Source: Code and Collaboration in Journalism
Code and journalism have a long and rich history of informing one another, and the web at large. At hack days and workshops, on GitHub and in explanatory articles on Source, this community is sharing its knowledge and strengthening its connection with each other and the broader tech community. We will talk about both the people behind these projects – how and where they connect and why you should join them – as well as discuss some exciting and important open source journalism projects.

Presenters
avatar for Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela Rodriguez

Software Developer / Organizer, DATA
Gabriela is a software developer with passion for free software, independent media and open knowledge. She co-founded the Uruguayan nonprofit DATA that works with open data and transparency in South America.


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 137

1:00pm

Reparations for Democratic New Economic Development
How can we expand the discussion on reparations in a way that is moral, historically rooted, economically centered and forward looking? Can we argue for expanding productive opportunities rather than simply facilitating additional consumption? We will draw connections between the history of genocide and slavery and the current inequalities in wealth and opportunity. We will learn why reparations should be linked to access to wealth and capital for building cooperative economies in oppressed communities.

Presenters

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Education Building: Room 300

1:00pm

Social Justice and Suzuki Violin in Detroit
Detroit Youth Volume is a free Suzuki violin program for youth from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. The pedagogy was first developed to bring beauty and joy into the lives of Japanese children who endured WWII. We will explore current-day similarities and nuances of low-income Detroit youth learning with the Suzuki education method, which too often is only accessible to economically privileged families. This session will include a performance, a presentation, and discussion.

Presenters
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ashley ardis

Detroit Youth Volume, Strong&Beautiful, Detroit Future Youth
Ashley Ardis is the sole Detroit Youth Volume violist. To open AMC 2012, she read work by Dream Hampton with her girls' group, Strong&Beautiful, and co-facilitated a workshop around alternatives to violence. Ashley enjoys promoting on Twitter. She is a Junior at Cristo Ray High S... Read More →
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Peggie Cook

Peggie Cook is mother to many, not just those born to her. Two of her children and two nieces are violinists in Detroit Youth Volume, which makes her a “home violin teacher”, according to the Suzuki method. She is a member of a mothers support group, Capuchin Choir and Detroit... Read More →
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Clara Hardie

Detroit Youth Volume, Strong&Beautiful girls group, Detroit Music Teachers Collective, Trumbullplex
Founding Director and Lead Teacher of Detroit Youth Volume


Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 213

3:00pm

DIY: A Tutorial from the Black & Brown Punk Show
Now in its fifth year, the Black and Brown Punk Show is one of the biggest annual festivals for queer and trans (QT) punks of color in the Midwest – and you've probably never heard of it. Two of the show's main organizers will discuss QT punks of color, stories about the Black and Brown Punk Show, and methods for using music to fund community, create connections and promote self-sustainability. Bring or make a mixtape to swap at the end of the session.

Presenters
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Monika Estrella Negra

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Monika is a youth worker, community activist/organizer, musician, zine writer, punk show promoter and founding member of Black and Brown Punk Show Collective. She is an active participant in the Chicago DIY scene and currently resides in Chicago.
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Donté Oxun

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Donté Oxun is a sexual health educator, community organizer, music promoter, deejay & founding member of the Black & Brown Punk Show Collective, currently living in New Orleans, LA.


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Art Education: Room 156

3:00pm

Organizing with Families Affected by Police Violence
The Forced Trajectory Project is a documentary project following various families who have lost their loved ones to police violence. In the first part of this session, we will show documentary shorts featuring family members' narratives of what happened to their loved ones and how their paths in life have changed. Afterwards, the audience will engage with a panel including the family members featured in the documentaries. Through the collective wisdom of the group we will develop our vision for how to achieve real communal justice.

Presenters
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Oja (o-jah)

Organizer & Producer, ACD Media
Oja has been traveling back and forth to Haiti since 2010. In 2013 he attended the Earthship Academy and learned how to build fully-sustainable off-grid structures. The structures solve many climate issues offering water catchment methods, alternative energy sources, and indoor and... Read More →
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Vanissa W. Chan

Co-Founder, ACD Media, Justice for Kenny Coalition, Families United 4 Justice
Vanissa W. Chan is a media artist, educator and organizer. She has been working with families affected by police violence for 8 years, documenting their stories and organizing with them. She co-founded Families United 4 Justice in 2014 with Cynthia Howell, niece of police brutality... Read More →
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Jennifer Gonzalez

Justice for Kenny Coalition
Jennifer Gonzalez is the partner of Police Brutality victim Kenny Lazo who was killed in 2008. Jennifer co-founded the Justice for Kenny Coalition, a grassroots anti-police brutality collective that utilizes the arts as a beacon for awareness of the police violence in the LI comm... Read More →
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Cynthia Howell

Families United 4 Justice
Cynthia Howell is the niece of Alberta Spruill, who died from a botched drug raid in 2003. Cynthia is the point of contact for Families United 4 Justice, an organization calling for unity amongst all the families affected by police violence in New York State.
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Cephus Johnson

Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson is the CEO of the Love Not Blood Campaign, and the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed on New Year's Day, 2009, by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Uncle Bobby has played an integral role in galvanizing the Oakland community to demand justice for... Read More →
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Nicholas Heyward Sr.

Nicholas Naquan Heyward, Jr. Memorial Foundation
Nicholas Heyward, Sr. is the father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. who was 13 when he was killed by NYPD Officer Brian George while playing in the stairwell of the Gowanus Houses in 1994. Nicholas has fought tirelessly for the last 20 years to reopen his son's case while advocating for... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

3:00pm

Radical Print Media in the Digital Age
Is print media still relevant? How can we sustain our movements by documenting them and vice versa? Members of Upping the Anti, Shameless Magazine, and MARG will share practical tools of collective participation, radical research, editing, and sustaining a print publication for over 10 years. We will learn about budgeting, maintaining long-term interest, and how to set up group structures that divide labor fairly. Participants will walk away knowing how to start and sustain a radical publication in print and online.

Presenters
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Ronak Ghorbani

Ronak has worked with different alternative media for the past 8 years. Her PhD research focus is on Media and Environmental Justice. Ronak was the Arts Editor for Shameless Magazine from 2010 to 2013 and is currently a web editor for the magazine's website.
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Jasmine

Social Justice Warrior Collective
The Social Justice Warrior Collective consists of a storytelling and illustrating duo, Simon and Jasmine, whose aim is to create a collaborative comic book series of unconventional social justice superheroes. We have four core characters who each face intersecting forms of oppression... Read More →
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Sharmeen Khan

Upping the Anti, MARG
Sharmeen has been active in activist print media since 1993. She has worked with Prairie Dog Alternative Newspaper Magazine, ThirdSpace, and Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Practice. She is a research assistant with the Media Action Research Group through Lakehead Univer... Read More →
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Lauren Pragg

Shameless Magazine
Lauren is a daughter of Trinidadian immigrants who was born and raised on the land of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and Haudenosaunee peoples (aka Toronto). She’s a student, educator and editor. Lauren likes colouring books, beaches and pressing the buttons in elevators.
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Sheila Sampath

Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist. She is the principal and creative director of The Public, editorial and art director of Shameless magazine and on the board at The South Asian Visual Arts Centre. She also teaches in the faculty of design at OCAD University.


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

3:00pm

The Free Black Woman's Library
The Free Black Woman's Library offers access and honor to Black women's stories/words, while engaging community with performance and conversation. This session contains a performance followed by a dialogue around the brilliance, importance, and resilience in Black women's narratives. The goal is a deeper understanding, respect and appreciation of our stories. Participants are welcome to bring a book to exchange and/or donate to the library.

Presenters
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OlaRonke Akinmowo

Creator + Director, The Free Black Women's Library
olaronke akinmowo is an interdisciplinary artist, set decorator, yoga teacher, cultural worker, and mom from Brooklyn, New York. She is also the Creator & Director of The Free Black Women's Library, a public art project that centers and celebrates the voices of Black women in literature... Read More →
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emerald carter

minister, writer, comedian
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Robyn Rodgers

DJ, Sound Designer


Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Education Building: Room 200