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Thursday, June 14 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Past, Present, Futurism: Resilient Infrastructure

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Disaster is in the past, the present, and the future, all at once. But so too is the work of our communities to create resilient infrastructure rooted in beloved community. This infrastructure is both social and physical. It spans water, food security, communications, and energy.  It heals the damage of disasters past and present, while preparing us for the future. This opening plenary of AMC2018 will offer evidence of the resilient infrastructure that can emerge from disaster. It will highlight the ongoing exchange of ideas and resources between Detroit and two other disaster-impacted places: Puerto Rico and New York City. Together we will explore how the relationships we form here, at the AMC, can become the resilient infrastructure that we need to shape the future.  


Jenny Lee

Executive Director of Allied Media Projects. She has been leading and supporting efforts to create community-controlled, equitable infrastructure in Detroit, in the areas of media production, Internet, and funding since 2009.


Tara Rodríguez Besosa

El Departamento de la Comida
The product of a colony that has been extracted, abused and made completely dependent on external resources. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, they are an architect building a world where agro-ecological concepts and queer practices are used to create resilience through food sovereignty... Read More →

Monica Lewis-Patrick

We The People of Detroit
Deeply disturbed by the water crisis in her home state of Michigan, set out to provide daily essentials to those in need. She has helped low-income families and the elderly, from Detroit to Flint, gain access to clean water—something many of us take for granted. Through her work... Read More →

Diana Nucera

Detroit Community Technology Project
The director of the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-founder of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Her work for the past 12 years has focused on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and... Read More →

Maya Wiley

A nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity who currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Social Justice and co-director of the Digital Equity Lab at the New School in New York City. Prior to that, Maya served as Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York from... Read More →

Thursday June 14, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Community Arts Auditorium