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Thursday, June 18


Black Lives Matter Network Gathering
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) Network Gathering will convene Black folks interested in developing new models of Black liberation by building upon the long and rich history of Black resistance and resilience in this country and across the diaspora. We will build concrete campaigns for BLM chapters across the country and connect with Black activists who have been doing powerful work for the BLM movement. The BLM movement started with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, which is an online call for unity and action in response to the threats against our everyday lives as Black individuals. Participants will walk away with new and strengthened relationships, tactics, and strategic plans. This network gathering is invite only.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Ballroom A
  • Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter #AMC2015


Brave Space: Reproductive Justice Network Gathering
In the Brave Space: Reproductive Justice Network Gathering, we will grow a vision for a reproductive justice movement that weaves together multiple voices and campaigns and generates ideas for collaborative media projects. The reproductive justice movement is rooted in the belief that real reproductive freedom comes when we have the power and resources to make decisions about our bodies. This means that reproductive justice is holistically interconnected with the struggles for rights of immigrants, workers, youth, and LGBTQ people; for economic, environmental, and racial justice; and for ending mass incarceration, for freedom from violence, and for access to health care and education that affirms our identities and our bodies. In this network gathering, participants will explore the intersections between these movements and walk away with a better understanding of how to incorporate reproductive justice into their advocacy and organizing. We will develop a list of campaigns and media projects we can support, co-create art and media that amplifies participants’ local work, and build new relationships and opportunities for cross-movement collaboration.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
State Hall: Room 312
  • Hashtag #ReproJusticeAMC #AMC2015


Community Technology Network Gathering
At the Community Technology Network Gathering we will convene practitioners and enthusiasts of community technology in all of its many forms to explore how technology can be used to address the needs of our communities and move us toward a more just and creative world. What are the shared values, priorities and goals that underpin the work of community technology? How does ownership of technology (or lack thereof) affect our movements and communities? How can technology help our communities grow, self-govern, and self-determine? What are our communities' most significant tech needs and challenges? How can we reduce redundancy in our work and create better solutions for our communities? How can we build relationships within a larger network of community tech practitioners around the world? We will form stronger relationships, new approaches to the problems we're trying to solve, and a shared sense of priorities and values that we can take back to our own projects and communities.

Please Note: This network gathering is at capacity and no longer accepting new participants. Please contact community.tech.ng@gmail.com with any questions. 

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
St. Andrew's Hall
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #commtech


Complex Movements Translocal Cohort Network Gathering
Detroit-based art collective Complex Movements has spent two years traveling to D.C., Dallas, Seattle, and Miami to share ideas on the intersection of art, science and social justice through a traveling multimedia performance installation called Beware of the Dandelions. In the process, we have learned about the incredible work happening to transform communities in each city and how touring performances can be an organizing and network-weaving process. The Complex Movements Translocal Cohort Network Gathering will bring together artists and organizers from our five host cities to explore the full potential of our performance-based organizing model. We will facilitate dialogue about the similarities, differences, challenges, and successes of local organizing to strengthen and evolve our strategies for arts-based social change.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Education Building: Room 169
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #ComplexMovements


Dismantling the Ivory Tower Network Gathering
The Dismantling the Ivory Tower Network Gathering is for people of color connected to colleges, universities, and academic centers who want to chart new strategies for social justice organizing. This gathering is coordinated by and welcomes participation from queer, trans and cisgender academics of color as an opportunity to create strategies to better engage these institutions. We will begin by outlining the challenges we face as academics invested in social justice, such as the separation between academic institutions and the communities in which they are located and how we can heal from traumatic experiences within academia. The rest of the day will be spent strategizing. We will set priority areas of engagement for institutional change by sharing skills we can use to dismantle the “Ivory Tower” and make organizing our guiding principle on and off campus.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
State Hall: Room 425
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #DismantlingIvoryTower


Get Yr Rights Network Gathering
What are LGBTQTS youth across the country doing to fight profiling, police abuse, and criminalization? The national LGBTQTS Know Your Rights Network, developed at the AMC in 2013 and officially launched in January 2014, has grown to include 30 network members. We are LGBTQ youth and youth-serving organizations from across the country who share resources, strategies and networks to reduce the harms of law enforcement interactions with LGBTQTS youth. The Get Yr Rights Network Gathering will orient members and any youth who want to get involved to our website, getyrrights.org, where LGBTQTS youth and youth organizers can find curriculum for Know Your Rights trainings, campaign toolkits, and other resources for making systemic changes to policies and practices that criminalize LGBTQTS youth. Together, we will envision and create new ways to share information critical to the safety of LGBTQTS youth!

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room C
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #GetYrRights


Groundswell: Oral History for Movement Building Network Gathering
At the Groundswell: Oral History for Movement Building Network Gathering, we will explore how the process and products of oral history can empower, mobilize, connect, educate, and inspire in our movements for justice. This two-day convening will bring together practitioners from diverse communities to share our experiences using oral history in a movement-building context. We will explore what is and is not working in our practices and explore why. We will also look at the ethical, technical, and practical concerns inherent to our work and consider what it means to apply an anti-oppression framework to oral history. Finally, we’ll map out how the growing Groundswell network can best support and encourage activist oral history work, with a focus on work that is happening in Detroit. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the transformative potential of oral history, concrete tools, ideas, and resources for their own work, and new relationships for ongoing learning and support. This network gathering takes place over two days, June 17th-18th.

Please note: this network gathering is at capacity and no longer accepting new participants. Please contactinfo@oralhistoryforsocialchange.org with any questions. 

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Keith Center 471 W Palmer
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #groundswell


Igniting a Model Minority Mutiny Network Gathering
The past year has seen an explosion in racial justice organizing in the U.S. as Black-led movements against police violence and racism have catalyzed communities in Ferguson and beyond. But where do Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities fit into the movement for racial justice? Following the murder of Michael Brown, activist Soya Jung called for a “Model Minority Mutiny,” inviting AAPI communities to examine how the model minority myth has been used to further the brutalization of Black and Brown communities. This network gathering is an opportunity for those with class, skin-color, or gender privilege to examine our complicity and acknowledge the marginalization of AAPI people who are the most vulnerable to state violence. We will explore what it means to be part of North American AAPI diasporas and the histories and realities facing our communities. We will share strategies and praxis around meaningful allyship between AAPI diasporas and other communities of color, particularly Black communities. We will deepen our understanding of our shared and varied heritage of resistance against and complicity in white supremacy and anti-blackness. We’ll also make a zine together! This is a closed network gathering for AAPI-identified organizers, artists, and media-makers.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cass Corridor Commons: McAllister
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #ModelMinorityMutiny


MAGNet Network Gathering
The MAGNet Network Gathering will convene our affiliate members in Detroit to develop new organizing skills, network strategies, and cross-sector relationships among network anchors and leading affiliates. The Media Action Grassroots Network, a project of the Center for Media Justice, is the largest multi-issue action network for communication rights, access, and representation in the United States, with 175+ affiliate members across the country. MAGNet’s convening will support connections within our network and expand leadership on issues related to digital security and media justice.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Education Building: Room 204
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #MAGNet


Rise Up: Black LGBTQ People Winning Network Gathering
At the Rise Up: Black LGBTQ People Winning Network Gathering, we will convene Black LGBTQ "winners who are helping others win" to advance our National Strategy for Black Gay Youth in America. We will share organizing values and strategies across our many different areas of expertise, create media together, and grow the connections we need to thrive as an LGBTQ people of color movement. The Rise Up Network Gathering will bring together the powerful network of Black LGBTQ community leaders who have been profiled through our online publication, Frankie Magazine. These individuals have been recognized for their constant work to lift up other Black LGBTQ people to transcend competition with one another and work towards our mutual advancement. This network gathering is open to our current network and those interested in joining the movement.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room F/G
  • Hashtag #riseup #AMC2015


Sundance Institute New Frontier Day Lab for Detroit Media-Makers
The New Frontier Day Lab will host presentations and panel discussions with independent artists and social justice activists who are pushing the boundaries of story and experimenting with the language, forms and tools that will become standards for future storytellers and change makers. Presenters include Bayeté Ross Smith (Question Bridge: Black Males), Yasmin Elayat (18 Days in Egypt), Jeremy Mendes (Bear71), Sasha Costanza-Chock, Author of Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! and Researcher at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Dept, Sarah Wolozin, Director of Open Documentary Lab at MIT, Wes Taylor and Carlos Garcia (Complex Movements), Adrienne Maree Brown (Octavia's Brood) and Evan Bissell (The Knotted Line). 

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

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
State Hall: Room 106
  • Hashtag #AMC2015 #SundanceDayLab
Friday, June 19


DET X JXN: New Afrikas in America
There are deep ancestral and political connections between the "birth of the civil rights movement" in Jackson, MS and the birth of the "Black Mecca" and justice frameworks and movements in Detroit, MI.
This session will explore the deep connections, past legacies, present circumstances, and futuristic solutions in Detroit and Jackson. We will draw connections that uplift our ancestral, spiritual, and political interconnectedness. Participants will walk away with clear ways to foster cultural connectivity across these two cities.


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 →

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 →

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 →

Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner is Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non-profit art organization supporting southern artists working at the intersection of arts & social justice. He is also co-founder and co-artistic director of M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early... Read More →

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


Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute
Learn tools to apply emergent strategy to your organization/group work. Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of relatively simple interactions. We will look at how to align our movement work with emergence principles. Participants will walk away with tools they can apply immediately to increase adaptation, resilience and possibility in their movement work!


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 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 204


Women of Color Resist Police Violence
The national conversation around police profiling and violence which erupted in the last year has featured an unprecedented explosion of media highlighting the experiences of Black women and women of color - queer and not queer, trans and not trans - with profiling and police brutality. Drawing on participants’ expertise, we will surface ways policing targets women of color, survey media that raises the visibility of our experiences, and collectively develop strategies to center Black women and women of color's stories, voices and analyses!


Andrea Ritchie

Soros Justice Fellow
Andrea Ritchie has been organizing around policing of women of color - queer & not queer, trans & not trans - for as long as she can remember.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 137


Strategies for Resisting Surveillance
How do we resist the seemingly limitless expansion of surveillance infrastructure and its effect on our privacy and intellectual freedom? This strategy session will bring together librarians, archivists, technologists, media activists, and social justice organizers to discuss how these issues have affected our work and our communities. We will brainstorm tools and tactics we can use to promote security culture and combat repression.


Nicole Martin

Human Rights Watch
Nicole is the Multimedia Archivist and Systems Manager at Human Rights Watch.

Friday June 19, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Education Building: Room 200


Collective Leadership for the People
Young community activists and organizers are redefining leadership outside of stereotypical norms. In this session we will examine how to leverage collective leadership. We will explore different ways collective leadership has helped movements in the past, and learn how we can use this strategy to build power in our respective communities.


Christina Brown

Christina is a twenty something social justice activist who hails from the great city of Columbus, Ohio. She enjoys blogging erratically, embarrassing her six nieces and nephews, looking for cheap ways to travel, and debating with her fellow readers of Top Shelf Book Club. Brown’s... Read More →

Adrianne Burke

Adrianne is a strategist and social change agent who empowers organizers and activist to develop as better leaders in their fields. Her background in communication studies focuses on how media uses fear evoking messages to suppress community voices and/or uplift them out of suffering... Read More →

Cassady Fendlay

Cassady is a problem solver, a risk taker and a serial founder of things. Originally from somewhere in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Cassady has lived in a number of cities east of the Mississippi and currently travels up and down the Northeast Corridor more frequently than... Read More →

Ekundayo Igeleke

Ekundayo is a revolutionary Pan Afrikanist who uses Hip Hop as a base for creating a new asset based youth leadership paradigm. Ekundayo really enjoys spending time with his partner, family, and traveling just to try out new foods! He is an anime and graphic novel fanatic and wishes... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Building: Room 200


Facilitating Community Driven Improvements in Parks
There is an increasing interest in bringing communities into planning public park spaces, but many efforts fail due to poor planning or a lack of true engagement. We will offer insight on how to use design to develop public parks rooted in social justice and inclusion and share best practices from our community-led program in Queens, New York. We will share activities used in our community design school. We will discuss how to facilitate bilingual working groups, and explore how our design-based process could be replicated in other urban parks.

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Sam Holleran

Participatory Design Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space
Sam Holleran is an artist, writer, and educator. He works at the intersection of visual art, graphic design, and civic engagement. He has helped to create, curate, and produce numerous artists books, print portfolios, installations, and public art projects.

José Serrano-McClain

Queens Museum, Design Trust for Public Space
José Serrano-McClain is an organizer, educator, and artist. As the community organizer for the Queens Museum, he forges partnerships that bring together artists, urban planners, civic leaders, elected officials, and city agencies to creatively address a range of complex urban is... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Building: Room 189


Making an Open Internet a Reality
The Internet is deeply embedded in society, reflecting both our potential and our injustices. Many online spaces were not built for us or by us, and don't allow for the full participation of people of color, new immigrant, LGBTQ and low-income communities, and youth. Join the Hive Learning Network, a global initiative of the Mozilla Foundation, to identify what the Open Web is and explore how existing biases play out in this technology. We will look at online resources and strategize to shift the web to an accessible place for all builders.


Simona Ramkisson

Mozilla Foundation
Simona is the project manager for Hive Learning Networks, a global community-building initiative of the Mozilla Foundation. She has worked as a youth facilitator and community builder with a Toronto-based social enterprise. She is commited to a community-defined open web.

Elsa Rodriguez

Hive Chicago Learning Network
Elsa is the Programs Manager for the Hive Chicago Learning Network, working to connect youth to interest-based pathways through digital media. Her belief in education as an agent of social change has led her to work across Chicago serving girls, low-income students and students of... Read More →

Armando Somoza

Urban Arts Partnership
Armando is the Program Manager leading the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at Urban Arts Partnership in New York City. As an artist, social entrepreneur, and educator, he has committed his life's work to the empowerment of young people through the fusion of education and the creative... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 219


Reimagining Healing and Healthcare in the U.S.
What if we could reimagine healing and healthcare in the U.S.? What if we could transform the oppressions and trauma that medical institutions have imposed on people of color into visions for healing justice and collective liberation? In this session, we will discuss the history and present day framework of the medical industrial complex. We will gather into groups, reflect on local/regional healing struggles, and dream up visions for transforming systems of care in our communities.

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Anjali Taneja

Executive Director, Casa de Salud
Anjali is a family physician and DJ who is passionate about innovative models of health/healing, decolonizing medicine, and collective liberation. She is the Executive Director of Casa de Salud — a culturally humble, anti-racist, and accessible nonprofit model of care that includes... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128


Movement Building & Collective Liberation
Dynamic and intersectional movement building requires that we collectivize our resources, including people, money and political power. We will focus on the following questions: How does the non-profit industrial complex, foundations, capitalism and white supremacy prevent us from working towards our collective liberation? What strategies of resistance are we using to challenge these systems? What models of resource sharing and collective liberation exist in the movement landscape and what can we learn from those models?


Ryan Li Dahlstrom

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 →

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz is the Vice President of Programs and Development for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She has worked in several movements for social justice with a particular emphasis on building grassroots political power across movements, issues, identities and... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 214
Saturday, June 20


Community Radio in the Middle East and North Africa
What's the status of "community radio" in the Middle East and North Africa? We will videochat with media-makers on the ground in Libya, Yemen, Palestine and Egypt to hear online radio and understand the fight for access in each place. We will strategize on how we can bring their voices into our media channels in the U.S. Come engage directly with activists in the Middle East and North Africa on the front lines of media policy and practice and be inspired towards further collaboration.


Tamar sharabi

International Media Action
Tamar Is a radio engineer and host working collaboratively with a radio collective in NYC, Global Movements Urban Struggles. She was based in the MENA region for 2 years and continues to build with artists and media makers on the ground to help break our global media blackout.

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


Mino Bimaadiziwin: Ojibwe Philosophy and Design
The notion of a tree with a spirit is a difficult concept to grasp. Yet, when we see a native speaking with a tree we see a designer engaged in research. We will introduce philosophies of the ojibwe, the anishinaabe of this land, as a means for design process. We aim to understand this sacred knowledge so that it may not be co-opted, but honored. Design geared for authentic decolonization has to account for the ways oppressive power and colonial rule interact with one another to sustain such behaviors. This workshop will provide perspective for that framework.


Christoher Yepez

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 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room F/G


Sometimes in DC You Win: Net Neutrality, A Case Study
In 2014 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed to let big companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T create fast lanes on the Internet for those that could afford them and leave the rest of us in the slow lane. In response, a large coalition pressured Washington D.C. to make strong rules to keep the Internet open and free. Join us to learn how we fought back against a corporate power grab and won. We will reflect on the organizing, coalition building, and creative tactics that can be applied to other struggles for justice.

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Candace Clement

Internet Campaign Director, Free Press
Internet policy, independent media, indie music, pop culture, etc.

Cayden Mak


Hannah Jane Sassaman

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/us-programs/grantees/hannah-sassaman, Media Mobilizing Project
Hannah is the policy director at Media Mobilizing Project (MMP). She's currently leading a local-to-national campaign to force Comcast to pay their fair share and expand the right to communicate. She came to MMP as a trainer in communications, legislative planning and strategy... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Education Building: Room 204


Odd Woman Out: Being a Female Hip Hop Artist & Promoter
We rap like girls and give birth to scenes. We will explore our multitasking and bridge-building skills as women to strengthen our scenes. We will discuss personal, gender-based experiences to identify barriers to artistic success. We will examine how our gender has impacted our perspective, and devise strategies for building artistic and promotional networks with other women to strengthen our presence. Participants will leave with strategies to (re)build their scenes, combat female artist stereotypes, and feel a sense of empowerment.

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Abiyah is an alternative hip hop artist/promoter and vinyl reggae DJ from Cincinnati. She recently rebuilt her city's alt-hip hop scene in three short years, and went on the First Ladies Tour in March 2014 with nu-R&B/hip hop singer Corina Corina, performing at the 5E Gallery on the... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128


Crowdfunding to Build Community (Not Tap it Out)
Crowdfunding can be a dangerous move for grassroots groups when it over-valorizes supporters and reduces authentic stories into promo material. This session introduces an "anti-desperate" approach to crowdfunding that invites people to join in collective action and bring a project to life. We will define a campaign as concept and engagement and review criteria for a launch, timeline, and key principles. By the end, we will see what it takes to prepare a campaign that builds community around a shared story and grows with your project.


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


Generating Shared Principles for Design Justice
Design mediates so much of our reality, yet few of us participate in the processes that shape design. Through conversation, we will generate shared principles for opening up and inverting design processes, centralizing people who are normally marginalized by design, and using collaborative creative practices to address the deepest challenges our communities face. Participants will come away with a draft set of design justice principles that they can adapt to their local realities. This session was co-shaped by Melissa Moore.

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Jenny Lee

Executive Director, Allied Media Projects
Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects, where she has worked in various capacities since 2006. Over this period she has led the healthy growth and evolution of the organization through facilitative leadership, innovative program design, and network cultivation... Read More →

Una Lee

And Also Too, Social Justice Open Studio
Una works with communities to co-design communication tools for social justice and collective transformation.

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


Dance with Care: Interactive Strategy Sesh
How do we create dance floors and parties that are able to hold our emotional needs as well as set us free? In this session we will explore our experiences at parties and dance floors to tap into the transformative nature these spaces hold. We will share personal stories, discuss promo and atmospheric tactics, consider identity and códigos, and design a #DanceWithCare campaign. Participants will walk away with a set of collectively-created strategies that they can use to further the #DanceWithCare concept in their own communities.

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Diana Nucera

Diana Nucera has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and develop visionary solutions to challenges. Diana is expanding community technology in Detroit through the Equitable Internet Initiative and in New York through the New America Foundation’s RISE: NYC Program. Her latest publications include the Opening Data Zine and the Teaching Community Technology Handbook. As a fan of joy and celebration, Diana is known for leading office wide rounds of applause when a friend walks into the AMP office., Detroit Community Technology Project
Diana has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that... Read More →

Kristy la rAt

Anthology of Booty / Maracuyeah
Kristy la rAt DJs & organizes dance spaces in DC w/ her crews Anthology of Booty & Maracuyeah. She co-leads queer-centered DJ workshops w/ a group of women & gender non-conforming people of color. rAt lives for the liberatory possibilities that radical love + mixed spaces + our own... Read More →

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


Expanding the Imagination in Research & Organizing
As academics and grassroots organizers in LA, NYC, and New Jersey, we will share the creative research, documentation, and communication practices used in our work, especially around policing, deportation, gentrification, and transformative justice. We will explore diverse ways of knowing and seeking knowledge which help us challenge interlocking systems of oppression. We will discuss traditional academic tools and processes and new practices for knowledge building and movement building.


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.

Francisco Hernández

Raza Youth Collective
I’m 21 yrs old and a part-time student at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. I was born and raised in NYC; my growing up around various cultures has taught me to appreciate diverse forms of art. I am a member of RYC, helping provide political education for Latin@ youth... Read More →

Brenda Leon

Raza Youth Collective
Young mother, dancer, student, activist, programmer, media producer, teacher, radio host & journalist lover of life. Using dancing, story sharing, media to build community is my passion. I thrive to leave a positive mark through cultural advocacy so that my son may grow in a uplifting... Read More →

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.

Sonia A. Sánchez

Graduate Center CUNY, Raza Youth Collective
I’m a sdq Chicana raised by a loving immigrant, farmworker community in California, now studying and organizing in NYC. I’m interested in substantive solidarity, matriarchal traditions, healing, and in ways of mobilizing, not for inclusion, but for dismantling systems meant to... Read More →

Tellisia Williams

Graduate Center CUNY
Tellisia Williams is a doctoral student that uses mix methods to study how college students complicate the narrative of diversity on campus. Through the lens of intergroup relations she is able to analyze the behavior of bridging students and to explore places of inclusion and ex... Read More →

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Education Building: Room 189


Inclusive Abundance: Fatness, Oppression and Us
Did we bring the patriarchy with us when we built fat activist communities? We will discuss how oppressive beauty standards, ableism, racism, homophobia and misogyny are carried forward in fat activism, as well as ways to reject that paradigm, embracing our intersectional identities and our grotesque. This will be a conversation about how fat activism can and should challenge “acceptable” fatness. We will audio record participants’ answers to questions like “What does access to fat activism look like?” Answers will be shared with permission.

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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.

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 208


With the #FreeMarichuy and #FreeNicoll campaigns, more attention is being paid to issues around immigration, mass incarceration, and violence against transgender folks. In this strategy session, we will be discussing the violence facing the transgender community, specifically transgender womyn, who have been caught up in the for-profit detention industrial complex. We will strategize how to stand up as and with undocumented trans/queer folks and fight back!


Bahar Akyurtlu

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), Black and Pink NYC
Bahar is a first-generation Turkish trans woman and QDEP organizer. In addition to her work with QDEP, Bahar is one of the coordinators of the New York chapter of Black & Pink, a national organization serving incarcerated queer and trans people

Jamila Hammami

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)
Jamila is a queer first- generation Tunisian- Arab woman of color community organizer & social worker from the south now based in NYC. She is a founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment project and an advocate for undocumented folks in and out of in immigration... Read More →

Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Room 285


From Open Data to Collective Action: Living Lots!
Want X-ray vision that lets you see through the vacant lots and abandoned houses in your city? We will look at how the combination of data, mapping and social networking has been used to build power and reclaim the commons in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Design your dream X-ray specs for viewing property in your city. Leave with concrete steps to start turning data into community power.


Paula Segal

596 Acres
Paula is the founding director of 596 Acres and a Brooklyn-based attorney and educator. Her work falls in the space where geography and law intersect to shape life in the city.

Sunday June 21, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Education Building: Room 204