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Friday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Stories Become Movements, Become Stories: Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence

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#MeToo has shown the power of stories to take down high profile perpetrators of sexual violence.  It has forced a large-scale public reckoning with the plague of patriarchy and toxic masculinity. And still, the work to end sexual and gender-based violence requires so much more. We need stories that reveal the connection between state violence and interpersonal violence and how these are intertwined with systemic racism. We need media-based organizing that centers the leadership of sex workers, incarcerated people, survivors of child sexual violence and others who are too often disregarded as victims or disposable. We need art that heals and transforms culture at the roots. This plenary will demonstrate that we have what we need and explore what it will take to wield our collective powers for a future free from domination.


Emi Kane

Emi Kane has a background as a community organizer, educator, media-maker, and editor. She has been involved with the AMC for the past 12 years, and collaborates on curriculum and trainings for activists about surveillance in the context of social movement histories. A former long-time... Read More →


The Free Siwatu Coalition

The Free Siwatu Coalition is comprised of individuals and organizations in Detroit working to free Siwatu Salama-Ra, support her family, abolish mandatory minimum sentencing, and fight for the health and dignity of all Michigan residents impacted by violence, unjust persecution and... Read More →

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

The creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international street art series that tackles gender based street harassment. The public art series can be found on walls across the globe, amassing international attention for tackling violence against women in public spaces. She is currently... Read More →

Emi Koyama

A multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. She is currently the Coordinatrix of... Read More →

Amita Swadhin

A Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow and the founder and director of Mirror Memoirs, a storytelling and organizing project centering the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI people of color who were raped or sexually assaulted as children. They are an educator, storyteller... Read More →

Friday June 15, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Community Arts Auditorium