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Saturday, June 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shifting Power with Participatory Video

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Mothers of the movement for police accountability becoming their own media resource. In November 2017- 3 mothers gathered in Northern California for a Participatory Video retreat with Activate Labs. Together they designed, filmed and edited a 30 min. video sharing their stories about their Path from Pain to Resilience. The video explores the 12 hours before and after police killed their loved ones. The session will screen the video and follow with a discussion/question and answer.

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Monica Curca

Activate Labs
Monica Curca is a recovering refugee, a peacebuilder and a strategist working at the intersection of social transformation and storytelling. Monica has designed and led strategy for immersive storytelling and social engagement campaigns with Palestinian Youth Movement at Standing... Read More →
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Rhanda Dormeus

Rhanda P. Dormeus is a retired registered nurse. She is a mother of one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. She was employed as an RN and practiced in the areas of psyche, adult orthopedics, and medical surgical nursing care until 2014 when she suffered a life altering cerebral vascular accident. After a lengthy recovery she dedicated her time to her family, especially her grandchildren. But on Monday, August 1st, 2016 her life of retirement as she knew it changed forever when her second oldest daughter, 23 year- old Korryn Gaines, was murdered by Baltimore County Tactical Force Officer 1st Class Royce Ruby. Unfortunately, there was no indictment for excessive force handed down, despite the fact that Korryn`s five year-old son was shot not once, but twice. Now, Rhanda’s plans have been altered. She is now an active member of the organization, “Coalition of Concerned Mothers”, a group dedicated to offering support, encouragement, and enlightenment to the experienced and inexperienced enduring the sen, Coalition of Concerned Mothers
Rhanda P. Dormeus is a retired registered nurse. She is a mother of one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. She was employed as an RN and practiced in the areas of psyche, adult orthopedics, and medical surgical nursing care until 2014 when she suffered a life altering cerebral... Read More →
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Thor Morales

Activate Labs
Thor has 4 years experience facilitating Participatory Video projects in northern Mexico. He's also facilitated participatory photography workshops. Thor has a background in Biology and is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He's worked with local and international organizations... Read More →
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Theresa Smith

Theresa Smith, the mother of Caesar Cruz, never chose the life of an activist, but this path chose her. Born and raised in Southern California, Theresa’s parents met in the Orange Groves as migrant workers from the Philippines and Mexico. Life was never easy for Theresa but when Anaheim Police killed her son, Caesar Cruz, her life was never the same. On December 11, 2009 Caesar Cruz was fatally shot by officers of the Anaheim Police Department on the basis of a false tip from a police informant. He was shot 15 times in the back by five officers while he was still strapped in his seatbelt. Cruz was a husband and a father of five. The city of Anaheim eventually settled with Caesar`s family after a lengthy court battle, but failed to acknowledge any wrongdoing on behalf of the city or the officers. Theresa Smith knew a settlement was not enough to make up for her son’s loss. She participated in local rallies and vigils, connected with other mothers and families grieving their own loved ones, began speaking at lo, Law Enforcement Accountability Network
Theresa Smith, the mother of Caesar Cruz, never chose the life of an activist, but this path chose her. Born and raised in Southern California, Theresa's parents met in the Orange Groves as migrant workers from the Philippines and Mexico. Life was never easy for Theresa but when Anaheim... Read More →
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Lauri Valdez

Laurie Valdez is many things: a single mom, a great friend, an activist, an advocate and a tenacious warrior for justice. She is also the founder of Justice4Josiah.org., which was created after the murder of Antonio Guzman Lopez by SJSU PD on February 21, 2014. Named after her 4 year old son, who lost a father that day and was sentenced to a lifetime of pain and emotional and mental suffering. Laurie has been a strong voice for her children and ALL youth being exposed to police violence in schools and their communities. Laurie has dedicated her life to raising awareness and educating the community and society on a myriad of social justice issues. She works to fight against policy that criminalize our youth, incite violence, and cause more harm than good to the children. She has been on various panels on policing and the community divide, she has presented at workshops for youth and know your rights trainings. She organizes and unites families in the Bay Area in California to share their journeys towards justi, Justice for Josiah
Laurie Valdez is many things: a single mom, a great friend, an activist, an advocate and a tenacious warrior for justice. She is also the founder of Justice4Josiah.org., which was created after the murder of Antonio Guzman Lopez by SJSU PD on February 21, 2014. Named after her 4 year... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

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