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Thursday, June 14
 

8:00am

FoodLab Detroit at Cass Cafe
Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am (counter service)
Lunch: 11 am - 4:30 pm (table service)
Featuring menu collaborations between two FoodLab member businesses: Ryan Salter of Salt + Koand Reniel Billups of Irie Occasions Catering

Thursday June 14, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave

9:00am

AMC Work Room
We know that while you are here, your work doesn’t stop. Drop into this work room to check emails, have low-level conversations and keep up with your inbox through the weekend. (Please bring your own laptop or device.)



Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:45pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 358

9:00am

Breastfeeding/Changing Room
In addition to childcare, we are offering a quiet space where we invite parents who are breastfeeding, feeding, or changing their small ones to have a room away from the activities of the conference.


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:45pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 279

9:00am

Child Care
Childcare is provided for all children who attend the AMC. A parent or adult in care of a child can enroll any child for the duration of the conference. Childcare provides fun, creative and educational activities as well as healthy snacks twice daily. All parents or guardians bringing children must complete an entrance form for their child. Childcare is closed during lunchtime; parents are responsible for providing lunch for their children. Available: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:45pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry F

10:00am

Bodies in Resistance Network Gathering (open)
Our fight for transfeminist spaces and platforms are a continuum of our struggles in the physical and digital territories that we inhabit as Black, Brown, Indigenous ppl and communities from the diaspora. We are bodies in resistance. In this network gathering, we'll explore strategies to disrupt capitalism and technologies shaped by privatisation, profit, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. What would a transfeminist internet, cooperative economy, and infrastructures built from the pleasure and joy of liberated bodies and collective care look like? Come plot with us and practice hackfeminist self-defense to short circuit oppressive systems.

It will be a day of shared play, experimentation, and wisdom. This bilingual Spanish and English space is for womyn and gender nonconforming POC and their allies. Email us to attend: bodiesinresistance@riseup.net 

Coordinators of this network gathering are Ana Martina, Nasma Ahmed, Lili_Anaz, and Erika Smith.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

10:00am

Cultivating Independent Mission-Driven Media Makers (invite only)
The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) Network Gathering will connect, build dialogue, and incite independent changemakers to utilize media as a tool to create stories for and by the people. For a decade, AIR's New Voice Scholars and Localore producers have harnessed their voices and passion to bring fresh perspectives into public media and beyond. Invited producers and partners from the AIR network will provide models and actionable techniques for cultivating mission-driven media, community storytelling, and forwarding diversity in media through showcases, workshops, and networking. 

At this time, our network gathering is for AIR members and invited producers only. Please do reach out to us during AMC if you have any questions and we will have more programming available!

Coordinators of this network gathering are Tran Vu, An Uong, Ava Fields.
Come learn more about AIR on our website: www.airmedia.org. For info on AIR and/or how you can become a member, please contact Tran Vu, Program Director, at tran@airmedia.org.


Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry C

10:00am

Detroit Housing Justice Network (invite only)
At a critical moment in Detroit’s evolution as the nation’s largest majority Black city, the Detroit Housing Justice Network Gathering seeks to build cohesion and capacity among organizers and activists. Against the backdrop of one of the most segregated metropolitan regions in the nation, the network gathering will offer a space for critical dialogue and analysis, along with the voices of those most impacted. Discussions will center around the history of race and class struggles in Detroit’s housing landscape and how those patterns are repeating themselves in today’s hyper and privatized development activities.
Goals of this Network Gathering include:
  • Centering Race, Class, Intersectionality of Housing Justice Issues (ex: water shut-offs, transit, etc)
  • Centering the history of Race and Class in Housing Justice struggles in Detroit
  • Centering the work being done on Housing Justice issues led by long-time Detroit Residents
  • Exploring Detroit as Contested Space- Trends of Inequitable Development and Racial Injustice in Revitalization Efforts that Threaten Neighborhood Survival.
  • Sharing Best Practices and strategies: Walking through a model Comprehensive Housing Plan


This network gathering is invite-only.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Amina Kirk, Tristan Taylor, Tewonia Edwards, Akua Hill, Julie Pedtke, and Jordan Millwood.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

10:00am

Facilitation for Liberation Network Gathering (invite only)
This moment of political upheaval and climate crisis requires that we build collective capacity to hold space for creating new futures. The Facilitation for Liberation Network Gathering will build upon years of facilitation skill-building at the AMC, exploring how facilitation rooted in anti-oppression principles and practice can build pathways to liberation. During the gathering, we will explore the skills we facilitators need to co-create in order to support movement building in this political landscape. We will practice facilitation for collective self-governance and conflict resolution, and examine strategies for integrating healing and trauma-informed practices into facilitation. Participants will bring resources and insights to deepen each other's work, will create shared commitments to facilitation for liberation, and will leave the gathering connected to facilitators from across North America working towards collective transformation. 


Attendance at this Network Gathering is by invitation only.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Autumn Brown, Maryse Mitchell-Brody, and Manju Rajendran.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

10:00am

Fat Lovin' Media Futures Network Gathering
How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? This track will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, to name fatphobia in our organizing and activism, and to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of Indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. Through workshops, panels, and skillshares we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities, media, and art centered around abundant bodies!
Coordinators of this network gathering are Linda Dianne, Amanda Levitt, KC Slack, Jose Sagastume, and Kytara Epps.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

10:00am

FemTechNet Network Gathering (at capacity)
FemTechNet is a D.I.O. (Do It Ourselves) network founded in 2012 by feminist organizers, educators, artists, activists, and scholars working on technology, justice, transformation, digital media praxis and theory. This is our second year at AMC and we are excited to have found our spiritual and intellectual home. We are an open multigenerational network, and we welcome new members who want to work together, smash the patriarchy, create new intersectional feminist theory, prototype projects, and transform education, action, and theory for the digital age. FemTechNet brings together several interest groups, including a critical race and media group, a digital archiving expert group, a feminist pedagogy group, and is open to your ideas for new ones! Come and get to know us in person in Detroit, and add yourself to our mailing list for our online meeting schedule and more.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Naomi Silver, George Hoagland, Lisa Nakamura, Veronica Paredes, Anne Cong-Huyen, and Stephanie Rosen.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

10:00am

Immigrant Food Stories Network Gathering (at capacity)
The Immigrant Food Stories Network Gathering will bring new journalistic tools and networking opportunities to journalists and culinary professionals, allowing them to tell important food stories from the perspective of new Americans. Food journalism is an especially effective means to highlight important issues within immigrant communities and to portray immigrants as the fully-dimensional people that they are to audiences that may have lost contact with their own immigrant roots or are hostile to the needs of today’s immigrants. Designed to be immersive and intensive, the Network Gathering will focus on developing story ideas for presentation to a panel of editors from national and local media outlets. We will make special efforts to encourage participation by people who work and live in Detroit. Based on similar workshops Feet in 2 Worlds has organized in New York City, the curriculum focuses on ethical issues in food journalism and reporting on immigrants and immigrant communities, and a multimedia approach to telling stories about critical issues in food in immigrant communities such as child nutrition and education, labor and employment, anti-hunger efforts, sustainability, climate change, and federal, state and/or local food policies, as well as stories about immigrant culture and culinary traditions.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Stephanie Rodriguez, Adela Nieves, Martina Guzman, and John Rudolph .

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Baltimore Gallery 314 E Baltimore Ave

10:00am

Interlocking Roots for Food Justice Network Gathering (at capacity)
What would food justice look like if we achieved collective liberation for Queer and Trans Black and Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPoC)? In this gathering, we will share collective strategies that center food and earthwork as tools for decolonization to combat issues of isolation, trauma, and accountability within our movement spaces. Our network gathering will be a chill space for fellow QTBIPoC to connect, affirm queer and trans identities through our own and our plant ancestor stories, talk about queer ecology, strategize and eat together! This network gathering will also serve as a space for us to collect stories from QTBIPoC farmers for an upcoming podcast. Our intention is to honor our multifaceted strategies for liberation as sacred rituals that will transcend volatile political times and nourish our collective spirit. This is an open network gathering to all Queer and Trans Black and Indigenous People of Color. Please register at InterlockingRoots2018@gmail.com so we can prepare enough food, and support travel/lodging needs.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Cris Izaguirre, Audrey Kuo, kumari giles, Glenda Ullauri, Ceci Pineda, and Ashleigh Eubanks.


Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
CASS COMMONS: Memorial Hall

10:00am

MAG-Net Membership Assembly Network Gathering (invite only)
The Media Action Grassroots Network, also known as MAG-Net, is a movement-building network of 100 organizations from across the country representing a diverse set of social justice, media, and arts organizations. To achieve our vision of media justice, we organize and mobilize with people that work with and on behalf of marginalized communities. We believe that the right to communicate belongs to everyone and together we leverage our collective power for digital rights, media & technology access, and fair media representation.
During our MAG-Net network gathering, we will convene member organizations to develop new organizing skills, network strategies, and deepen cross-sector relationships. Together, we will connect current social justice issues with media justice strategies in order to win digital rights, access, and representation for our communities. This network gathering is invite-only.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Angella Bellota, Carlos Pareja, and Shilo McCabe.


Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

10:00am

Media Consortium Re-Launch Network Gathering (invite only)
This closed network gathering will relaunch the Media Consortium (www.themediaconsortium.org) as a network of independent and community journalism outlets that are eager to partner with culturally specific communities, with social justice movements, and with each other to build a better world. Along with staff at current Media Consortium outlets, we particularly welcome and invite staff from outlets serving geographically and culturally specific communities; journalists who see social justice movements as valuable partners, and allies in the media policy, philanthropic, educational and social justice work. A form will be available by March 1 at https://themediaconsortium.org for those who wish to apply to join the gathering.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Manolia Charlotin, and Anna Simonton.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
St. Andrews 918 Ludington Mall, Detroit MI, 48202

10:00am

Mobilizing Our Resources Network Gathering (at capacity)
We all have our own issues around money, and it’s time to drop our baggage. We need to be comfortable with money in order to transform how we use it.
What happens when we resolve our money issues? What does a transformative, sexy, abundant resource mobilizing culture look like, feel like, and sound like? How could changing our stories about money collectively change our movements? And most importantly: if we burnt it all down and started over again, what would we build?
We will share storytelling, case studies, and interactive discussions. We will generate ideas, swap fundraising practices, and strengthen our evolving network of resource mobilizers. Participants will walk away with new relationships, concrete strategies to transform our resource mobilization practices, and ongoing mantras to transform ourselves. Together, we will lay the groundwork for a strong network of radical resource mobilizers dedicated to building our collective power and strengthening our movements.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Crystal Middlestadt, Leah E. Olm, Wazi Maret, Tanya Mote, Mario Lugay, and Allen Kwabena Frimpong.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

10:00am

Movement Lawyering Network Gathering (invite only)
How can we infuse our legal work with more creativity, joy, and imagination as we support communities organizing for social change? The Movement Lawyering Network Gathering will bring radical lawyers and legal workers together for a day of skill-building to help them incorporate media, art, and technology into their practice. We will explore ways that lawyers can use tools—such as short films, design, graphic novels, and podcasts—to tell compelling client stories, democratize the law, and build deeper relationships with organizers and culture workers. Participants will walk away with new media skills and a network of legal workers practicing at the intersection of law and culture. This Network Gathering is hosted by the Detroit Justice Center, Law for Black Lives, and Movement Law Lab--organizations committed to creating powerful, innovative legal networks to support social justice movements across the country.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Amanda Alexander, Purvi Shah, Krystina Francois, and Marbre Stahly-Butts.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Charles H. Wright Museum - Multipurpose Room 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

10:00am

NQTTCN @ AMC Network Gathering (invite only)
What is the role of queer and trans mental health practitioners of color in our social justice movements? How do we create communities and movements rooted in healing justice? The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is coming together during the Allied Media Conference to explore these questions, and will use this network gathering to delve deeper into this work. We will bring together healers and movement leaders to build relationship and trust, map healing justice resources and needs for queer and trans people of color across the country, and strategize for a larger QTPoC healing justice convening in 2020. Participants will walk away with more alignment around our healing justice values and practice, deeper connections to practitioners across the country, and strategies to promote healing justice in the field of mental health and the broader movement for social justice.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Erica Woodland, Tavia Benjamin, and Bianca Blakesley.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

10:00am

SPEAK: A Decade of Women of Color Media Makers Network Gathering (invite only)
What about that network of dreamers that met at the AMC in 2007 and never let each other go? This gathering is a reunion for SPEAK, a network of women of color who have created an album together, gone to battle for each other online, raised each other's children in their hearts, lit candles, sent money and kept each other alive. In this Network Gathering, we will celebrate, we will strategize about how to tell the story of our love in relationship to women of color collaborators before us and those to come. We will leave with a plan to share SPEAK as a model and to share our lessons learned. Participants will leave the gathering renewed and more empowered to support each other's current adventures and to collaborate forever.
Coordinators of this network gathering are Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Adela Nieves, LaGuana Gray, Rosa Cabrera, and Meagan Ortiz.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

10:00am

SWANA Creators Network Gathering (invite only)
How do artists and media makers of the Southwest Asian & North African (SWANA) diaspora use art and media as a tool to work towards more inclusive, intersectional, and just diasporic communities?
This network gathering will bring together SWANA artists and media makers to share skills, strategies, and experiences using art and media as tools for building more just communities within the diaspora, and as bridges to building and healing across communities. Through sharing space and skills, we hope to build a stronger sense of community of SWANA artists and creators using media as tools for movement making, organizing, and influencing and how media-making moves our communities forward. Attendees will walk away with new strategies, approaches, and connections to other SWANA artists and media-makers, as well as have helped to craft a national collaborative network of SWANA artists and media-makers long-term. This network gathering will be hosted by HAFLA Detroit.

Attendance at this network gathering required pre-registration.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Ananas Khogali-Mustafa , Noura Ballout, Kamelya Youssef, Leyya Mona Tawil, and Leila Abdelrazaq.

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
CASS COMMONS: McAllister 4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

10:00am

Two-spirit and QTBIPOC Practice Space
Two-Spirit and queer, trans, black, indigenous people of color: there is a multilingual space away from cissexism and white supremacy at Allied Media Conference.  This is a community-created space where two-spirit and queer, trans, black, indigenous people of color can heal, learn, and be in community with other two spirit and QTBIPOC folks. Our practice space will feature workshops on performance, sex positive education, survivor support, asking for what you need, consensual ways to break the ice, a Black trans Healing space, a two spirit Healing space, an Asian and Pacific Islander Healing space, transcestor futures, medicine harvesting, and a healing circle, among other things. The space will exist all weekend, with workshops on Saturday and a safe space on Sunday - food, water, and community provided. Come to McGregor 202 (E).

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room E

10:00am

Healing Justice Resource Space
We acknowledge and uphold that AMC is happening on Anishinaabe land in a predominantly Black city. Our Resource Space centers Indigenous, People of Color, queer, trans/ gnc and disabled voices and experiences, and affirm that this work is rooted in the lineage of those communities.

We see Healing Justice as the practice of movement towards abundance at the intersection of intergenerational trauma, current structures of oppression, and a generative and co-created future. We hold that joy and pleasure create possibility to be in right relationship with ourselves, each other, our land, and our spirits.

We strive to demystify medicine and healing and to make them accessible to everyone. We believe that each person is an expert of their own experience, body, and needs and that, ultimately, it is necessary to address the roots of trauma and injustice for individual and collective transformation.

Available: Thursday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM;  Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM;  Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM




Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 010

11:00am

AMC2018 Homeroom
Welcome to AMC2018! In this 90-minute "Homeroom" session, the AMC Advisory Board will introduce first-time and returning AMCers to AMC history, participant agreements, as well as some tools and tips to navigating the AMC's various media-based organizing spaces, healthy spacial tensions, resources, and challenges. Expect some media-sharing, group activities and opportunity to ask lots of questions about the weekend.

Presenters
avatar for Tawana Petty

Tawana Petty

Detroit Community Technology Project/Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the Data Justice Coordinator and Communications Assistant for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

2:00pm

Press Conference and Celebration with the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosure
The Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosure invites Allied Media Conference to join us for a press conference and celebration, as we demonstrate what reparations for victims of illegal tax foreclosure can look like.

Thursday, June 14 at 2:00 pm, Sonja Bonnet and her family will be officially celebrating the move to their new home. Wayne County took their previous home in an illegal foreclosure. Bonnet her family and the other anti-foreclosure activists who worked to get the new home see the move as an example of reparations that are owed other families who have lost their homes because of unconstitutional property tax assessments and poor advertisement of the Poverty Tax Exemption.
 
Thousands of families in Detroit have had their property assessed at values higher than legally allowed by the Michigan Constitution and to add insult to injury were never informed that they could apply for the Poverty Tax Exemption. Because of this double whammy, from 2011 to 2015, the Wayne County treasurer foreclosed upon about one in four Detroit properties for nonpayment of property taxes. Over 100,000 working families have lost their homes, and many Detroit neighborhoods have been devastated. Bonnet and her family consider themselves fortunate but believe the thousands of other families across Detroit also deserve compensation for the illegal seizure of their homes.

Come learn more about the movement to end illegal foreclosures and how you can support it.  

This event takes place at the intersection of Beaverland and Majestic in Detroit, 48239. For those interested in joining a car pool to get to the event, please meet at the Anthony Wayne and Kirby shuttle stop by no later than 1:30pm. After the event, AMC attendees will carpool back by no later than 3:30pm. 

Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
OFFSITE

2:00pm

Tour to Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum
Olayami Dabls came to the corner of Grand River and West Grand Blvd with a vision to create a space for his community to understand the immense power of their African heritage. 
Occupying almost an entire city block, the MBAD African Bead Museum houses 18 outdoor installations as well as the African Bead Gallery, N'kisi House and African Language Wall. Born of his own visual cosmology, Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum is a quiet revolution that sparks a vital conversation with global and local audiences.
Sign up for the tour at the Info Desk in the Student Center

Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

5:30pm

3Leches x Liberation Cuisine at Cass Cafe
New York’s favorite downtown, collaborative, all-you-can-eat buffet dinner slash queer-centering dance party comes to the AMC! Led by chefs Gerardo Gonzalez (Lalito) and Gabriela Alvarez (Liberation Cuisine) and their amazing crews.

This is a set menu, walk-ins only.

Thursday June 14, 2018 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave

7:00pm

Past, Present, Futurism: Resilient Infrastructure
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.  

Moderators
JL

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.

Presenters
TR

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 →
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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 →
DN

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 →
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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
Community Arts Auditorium

8:00pm

Welcome to AMC2018! A FireHouse Music Series Celebration
The FireHouse Music Series is an intimate performance and multimedia platform for showcasing emerging Detroit artists. In this special event for the AMC, join us on the north lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts for a picnic style, mini-concert. Produced and hosted by Stephanie Blair, the event will feature music by Monica Blaire, OneFreq, Trey P., Detroit Che, DJ Stacye J and DJ Bleak G. There will be refreshments, some screen printing of Firehouse x AMC merch, and the opportunity to register for the AMC weekend. This event is free and open to the public.


Thursday June 14, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Detroit Institute of Arts (North Lawn) 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

10:00pm

Dream Cafe Kick-off Party with djs Whodat + LadyMonix
A kick-off dance party as the AMC transforms the Cass Cafe into the “Dream Cafe.”

Sets by djs Whodat + LadyMonix



Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00pm - Friday June 15, 2018 2:00am
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave
 
Friday, June 15
 

8:00am

FoodLab Detroit at Cass Cafe
Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am (counter service)
Lunch: 11 am - 6:30 pm (table service)

Featuring menu collaborations between two FoodLab member businesses: Lamont Mitchell & Viana Rickett of Simple Goodness Detroit and Le'Genevieve Squires & Brittiany Peeler of Relish Catering

Friday June 15, 2018 8:00am - 6:30pm
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave

9:00am

Stories Become Movements, Become Stories: Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence
#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.

Moderators
EK

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 →

Presenters
TF

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 →
TF

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 →
EK

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 →
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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
Community Arts Auditorium

9:00am

Deep Relaxation Room
The Relaxation Room is a space for AMC attendees to chill out, take a nap, and recharge. The space provides resources for self-soothing through the senses: soft lights, ambient music, pillows and sheets, warm tea, essential oils, and art supplies. The space will host different lunchtime meet-ups each day, offering live ambient music performance, group meditation, and other activities.
The Relaxation Room is curated by Spectral Slumber. Spectral Slumber is an organization that creates immersive environments for quiet noticing and stillness, provides a refuge in a culture of sensory overload, and seeks to normalize sober and safer space.

Friday June 15, 2018 9:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:45pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

11:00am

Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story Film Screening
Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The audience will leave the screening with in-depth historical knowledge of what happened at Standing Rock and what protesters and independent journalists can expect during similar situations in the future.

Presenters
AB

Alex Binder

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member
CS

Christopher Schiano

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member
JS

Jenn Schreiter

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member
LS

Lorenzo Serna

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

11:00am

Clark Park: A Documentary Screening & Discussion
A Screening of Clark Park, a documentary about Detroit`s last outdoor ice rink and a discussion on measuring the impact of Non-Profits through storytelling and filmmaking.

Presenters
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Troy Anderson

Troy has been documenting Detroit’s community development happenings through photography and video production since 2014. With a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and a passion for storytelling, Troy’s work has been featured in film festivals, local and statewide publications, and commercial advertising campaigns., Clark Park Coalition / Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Troy has been documenting Detroit's community development happenings through photography and video production since 2014. With a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and a passion for storytelling, Troy's work has been featured in film festivals, local... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

11:00am

Black Touch
Black people need the medicine of our bodies. In a society that demonizes and hypersexualizes Black bodies touching we create a container for liberatory physical dialogue to bring connection, unity, and transformation. Participants will explore somatic techniques rooted in compassion and shared presence, releasing tension and recalling our innate worth and value as beings. Together we share the wisdom of our bodies to organize and heal, to affirm that we are not alone.

Presenters
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Angela Davis Johnson

WonderRoot
Angela Davis Johnson comes from generations of healers and creators. Informed by their wisdom, she creates paintings, sculptures, public art installations, and ritual performances to examine the technologies of black people. Merging art into a contemplative practice she embodies Live... Read More →
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nyx zierhut

Alternate Roots / Institute for Somatics & Social Justice
nyx zierhut is a mixed black genderqueer performance artist, dancer, and poet. an edgewalker and creator of visceral aesthetic and political interventions, they practice at the crossroads of somatic healing and contemplative movement traditions. nyx believes in embodied creativity... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

11:00am

Community Tech in Practice: Building Community Wifi Networks
How can learning to build our own internet infrastructure build a culture of consent and self determination?We`ll share lessons from building community wireless networks in NYC & Detroit, and the steps to make it happen. We’ll share activities from our upcoming Digital Stewards workbook (October publication) that guide groups in starting local networks, and offer how-to tech and organizing skills. Participants will have the opportunity to pre-order the workbook for a special AMC discounted rate!

Presenters
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Teresa Basilio Gaztambide

Teresa Basilio Gaztambide is the deputy director of New America’s Resilient Communities program., Resilient Just Technologies/Resilient Networks NYC
Teresa Basilio Gaztambide is the Director of Resilient Just Networks working in collaboration with five flood-prone communities in NYC to co-design, build and maintain weather-resistant and locally controlled wifi networks and to work with local partners to bring critical communications... Read More →
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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 →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

11:00am

Decolonizing Family History through Storytelling
How can we reframe history to include the indigenous narrative? Through a hand-on session with a multitude of interactive possibilities, (ex. Making use of family pictures and different questions) the participant will be able to share their memories, encourage learning through listening and connect further. We will learn how to share stories to build a stronger community and use storytelling as a form of resistance by encouraging participants to share their stories through podcasts, social media, or events.

Presenters
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Chantal Shaffer

Growing up in a military family and becoming aware of her Third Culture Kid identity, Chantal has overcome personal struggles that cultivated an ambition to express her voice through visual and written language. Her heritage as a Canadian Inuk and German citizen has shaped her ideas about culture and the lasting effects of colonialism and genocide on society. She emphasizes the consequences that neoliberal capitalism has on people’s behaviors and beliefs, and how it feels to navigate through white society as an indigenous womyn. By critiquing popular culture, she feels empowered to express her true self, and find self love. She finds enjoyment in the brief fleeting moments that make up life., Chantal Shaffer
Growing up in a military family and becoming aware of her Third Culture Kid identity, Chantal has overcome personal struggles that cultivated an ambition to express her voice through visual and written language. Her heritage as a Canadian Inuk and German citizen has shaped her ideas... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

11:00am

Digitizing Palestine: Storytelling and the Moving Image

How do Palestinian storytellers, among other storytellers of color, engage in work that is aware of the dominant narrative without reacting to it?

Presenters
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Leila Abdelrazaq

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Palestinian artist, graphic novelist, and organizer. She is the author and illustrator of "Baddawi" (Just World Books 2015.)
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Ryah Aqel

N/A
Ryah is a Palestinian filmmaker and culture worker. She has a masters in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and currently works in Dearborn, MI.
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Nehad Khader

DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival
To capture the scope of her work, Nehad considers herself to be a cultural historian. She is a filmmaker, curator, editor, and writer whose work in film informs her work as a historian and vice versa. Trained in media and literature by Black and Palestinian creators, Nehad believes... Read More →
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Razan al Salah

Razan is a filmmaker and media artist living and working between Canada, the US and Lebanon.


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

11:00am

DIY Embroidery Patches
The humble fabric patch can be a simple means to mending or a brave declaration of self-determination. What language do we use to mark ourselves when existing labels are too limiting? In this kid focused workshop, little hands will learn basic stitching techniques to embroider small patches. We will brainstorm made up words to describe our complex personalities and backgrounds.

Presenters
avatar for Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia learned sewing from Abuelita and learned to call it Fiber Art from academia. She is the daughter of Peruvian immig, none
Lucia learned sewing from her abuelita and learned to call it fiber art from academia


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

11:00am

11:00am

Ha`ani`s Adventure Story!
Are you ready for an adventure? Join Ha`ani, FEMelanin and friends for a creative journey based on a Chamorro folk tale, blending story drama and story making. Help Ha`ani resist the injustice against her people through sound, pantomime, tableaux, and more! Young people of all ages will walk away with expanded imaginations, larger community, and sensational drawings of monsters.

Presenters
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Mariana Green

FEMelanin Collective
Mariana is a Chicago-based theatre artist and teacher who seeks to promote healing and social activism through her work. She is a company member for Erasing the Distance, which makes performances that destigmatize mental health, and Barrel of Monkeys Theatre. Ahe is also a working... Read More →
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Enid Munoz

Enid Munoz is a Chicago based theatre creator. Her work as a performer, writer, director, and deviser has led her to work with amazing artists that believe in social justice, social change and true equality. Some theatres she's worked with are Third Eye Theatre, an opera ensemble... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

11:00am

Healing Justice Podcast Story Lab
What gives you resilience to keep loving & keep fighting? Come share experiences, practices, & relationships that sustain you in your justice journey. You`re invited to reflect on your story, record your voice to co-create an episode of Healing Justice Podcast, and/or write and draw a visual healing justice story map. Let`s tap into our collective wisdom, learn strategies and practices that can be supports in the struggle, and co-create media that share that brilliance with our communities.

Presenters
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Justin Campbell

Professor and Freelance Writer
Justin Campbell is a professor, equity trainer, writer, and co-founder of The Just Love Coalition, a social justice activism organization working out of East Los Angeles County. He is the creator of embodied. a podcast., which focused on the intersections of social justice activism... Read More →
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Marcia Lee

Taproot Sanctuary and Healing by Choice!
Marcia Lee is a core member of Healing by Choice!, a women of color healing collective in Detroit. She brings her experiences of over a decade of work in restorative justice, teaches tai chi, offers ear acupuncture as an accudetox specialist, and is a facilitator of Courage and Renewal... Read More →
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Kate Werning

Founder, Healing Justice Podcast
Kate is the creator and host of Healing Justice Podcast, a virtual practice space resourcing activists and organizers with weekly conversations and practices to sustain their work for social change. Kate is a decade-long community organizer, social movement trainer with Momentum... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

11:00am

Holding Space Part I: Strategies for Anti-Oppressive Facilitation
How can facilitators hold space in ways that are truly anti-oppressive? Explore strategies for facilitation that center the needs of Black, Brown & Indigenous people, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, survivors & more. We`ll examine how various approaches & activities can build solidarity and safety in group settings. We`ll deepen our existing skills & leave with shiny, effective new tools for liberatory facilitation. Part I of a two-part series.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race woman who identifies closely with her African... Read More →
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Maryse Mitchell-Brody

self
Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and consultant striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class white Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC over 2 decades. They've been lucky to work with groups like The Icarus... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

11:00am

Kinetic Knowledge Through African Dance
How do dance practices across the African diaspora affirm the lived experiences of Black people? We will interrogate which bodies have the ability to transfer African kinetic knowledge, examine the idea of ownership of African dance culture & the impacts of columbusing African movements. These topics will be explored through interactive discussion, short film & movement exploration. Participants will leave with a better understanding of dance as a conduit for preserving black spaces & knowledge.

Presenters
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Ajara Alghali

A Detroit native by birth but a self-proclaimed global citizen, Ajara developed a love of culture at an early age. By blending life experiences through traditional and contemporary music and dance in her style, her work focuses on the connection between African people globally and on the continent. She is a performance artist that has trained over 12 years in traditional West African dance. Ajara is also a budding film-making exploring the themes of Black identity and African relationships., Culturvation Studio
A Detroit native by birth but a self-proclaimed global citizen, Ajara developed a love of culture at an early age. By blending life experiences through traditional and contemporary music and dance in her style, her work focuses on the connection between African people globally and... Read More →
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Whitney Smith

Culturvation Studio
Whitney Smith, a Detroit native and artist is dedicated to learning and preserving the oral, sonic, and kinetic traditions of African people. Whitney has danced as a principle dancer in one of Detroit's premiere companies. In addition to dance, she also engages in participatory landscape... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

11:00am

Oracles: Divination Practice & Portrait-Making
How do QTPOC use magical practices to conjure radical futures? In this session, we will call forth our visions for liberation, perform a divination practice, and create adornments to honor ourselves and each other. These adornments will be used to create portraits, in collaboration with the Magic as Resistance film project, in which participants embody archetypes of oracles. Participants will walk away with digital copies of the portraits and skills to develop their own divination practices.

Presenters
avatar for Sophia Nahli Allison

Sophia Nahli Allison

Experimental Documentary Filmmaker
Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. She conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling. | | She is a... Read More →
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Diana Diroy

Diana Diroy is a documentary filmmaker, editor, photographer, and a video production youth educator. She is the co-founder of Her Girl Friday, a Brooklyn-based group dedicated to empowering women in journalism and other forms of non-fiction storytelling by creating opportunities for... Read More →
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Ligaiya Romero

Magic as Resistance
Ligaiya Romero is a documentary filmmaker and visual artist working with collective memory and the decolonial imagination. She is the Video Producer & Editor for The Argus Project, a transmedia documentary on police violence and citizen counter-surveillance. The project was supported... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

11:00am

Repetition Is Sacred: Group Poetry as Ceremony for Change
Tired of the idea of the poet as the special, strange individual? Bored with meetings where people repeat each other’s ideas and don’t listen? Want to engage poetry as a collective practice without oversimplification or extra cheese? We`ll use the group poem as a clarifying ceremony for people that have been organizing together for years and people who have just now gathered together, like us. You will leave this session with tools to facilitate collective poetry in person and online.

Presenters
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Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Alexis lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is also currently engaged in a collaboration... Read More →
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Sangodare (Julia Roxanne Wallace)

Black Feminist Film School
Sangodare Akinwale (Julia Roxanne Wallace) is the co-founder of Black Feminist Film School and the writer and director of the ceremonial film "When We Free." Inventor of the form "ritual screening," Sangodare creates interactive digital and analog sonic (vibrational) and visual (aural... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

11:00am

Sonic Rewrites
You know that old split where you love a song but you`re miffed by the message? Come reimagine a song to better relay your dreams, reflect your reality, embody your essential qualities or vision our collective future. We`ll open with a presenter rewrite and a skill-building discussion before breaking into group or solo writing spaces. To close, a few brave rewriters among us can sing or speak their working pieces. Participants will leave with wisdom and experience regarding the art of rewrites.

Presenters
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Sam Cooper

Earthwork Music
"Wit & wisdom wrapped in a blanket." -Will Thomas, WNMC Radio. Sam Cooper is an Earthwork Music songwriter, private music teacher, session musician and expressive arts facilitator. She has a Social Ecology BA and she facilitates freelance creative coping & empowerment programs. She's... Read More →
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Elisabeth Pixley-Fink

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is an artist and educator, originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. For the past four years, she has been leading a Montessori elementary classroom in Portland, Oregon. When she is not at work, she writes, records, and performs music, and has toured as an artist... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry C

11:00am

Let`s Talk About Movement Journalism
What is the role of journalism in achieving liberation for all people? We’ll hear from journalists, communicators, and organizers about the historic roots of movement journalism, current challenges within the journalism field, and social movements that this approach addresses. Participants will join the discussion and shape movement journalism as an idea and a practice. Folks will leave this session with a framework for the sessions that follow.

Presenters
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Chelsea Fuller

Chelsea Fuller is the Senior Communications Manager at Blackbird and the Movement for Black Lives Communications Table co-chair. She also co-chairs the National Association of Black Journalists’ Young Journalist Task Force. Previously, she was a multiplatform reporter and copy editor at The Dominion Post in Morgantown, WV, and was the editor of The Urban Outlook., Blackbird
is a multiplatform journalist and communications strategist currently working at Blackbird. As Blackbird's Senior Communications Manager, Chelsea supervises the accounts of various clients, and is the communications lead for the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of more... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

11:00am

Team Internet: What We Learned Organizing to Save Net Neutrality
The internet is under attack. In response, a grassroots group of activists is fighting companies like Comcast and Verizon for our rights to connect and communicate. Come learn about this distributed organizing effort. We will share the messy complications and beautiful insights of this work, including: centering race within distributed organizing, developing a leaderful organizing practice and running a big project in collaboration with partners. You’ll leave with practical tips and resources.

Presenters
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Laila Abdelaziz

Fight for the Future
Laila Abdelaziz currently works at Fight for the Future, a digital rights nonprofit, where she leads digital political campaigns on issues such as net neutrality and surveillance. She also serves on the board of directors for 88.5 WMNF community radio. Formerly, Laila was the director... Read More →
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Mary Alice Crim

Mary Alice Crim is field director at Free Press and Free Press Action Fund where she fights for everyone’s rights to connect and communicate. She runs campaigns, sets national field strategy and supervises organizers. She has been organizing for Net Neutrality for a decade and is currently co-leading Team Internet. Mary Alice has extensive experience running national conferences, events, trainings and webinars including the National Conference for Media Reform. She chairs the board of Northampton Community Television. When Mary Alice isn’t working she’s likely taking on one of her hobbies: softball, volleyball, playing with her dog, gardening, community herbalism and brewing., Free Press Action Fund
Mary Alice Crim is field director at Free Press and Free Press Action Fund where she fights for everyone's rights to connect and communicate. She runs campaigns, sets national field strategy and supervises organizers. She has been organizing for Net Neutrality for a decade and is... Read More →
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Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley is the communications and operations director for Demand Progress, a progressive advocacy organization with over two million members that seeks to protect the democratic character of the internet — and use it to make government accountable and contest concentrated corporate power. At Demand Progress, Mark’s work focuses on digital rights issues, including net neutrality. Previously, Mark worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) as campaign and communications strategist. At CDT, his work focused on creating campaigns and coalitions to fight for civil liberties in the digital age. Prior to that, Mark worked at the Pulitzer Center, an international journalism organization., Demand Progress
Mark Stanley is the communications and operations director for Demand Progress, a progressive advocacy organization with over two million members that seeks to protect the democratic character of the internet ‚Äî and use it to make government accountable and contest concentrated... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

11:00am

The Nuts & Bolts of Fundraising from Foundations
Interested in applying for grants but don’t know where to start? Want to learn about resources for groups without 501c3 status? Join national feminist funder Third Wave Fund for an intro to philanthropy and grantwriting. Together we’ll walk through the process of seeking funding from research to approval or rejection to follow up and more. Bring an idea or project for some interactive exercises that will help you walk away with tools and next steps for your resource development adventure!

Presenters
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mai cortez doan

Third Wave Fund
mai doan is a writer, facilitator, and healing justice lover living in Chicago, IL. for the past 10 years, mai has been supporting young women, femmes, and queer and trans young people of color to heal, create, and resist through her work as as a writer, youth worker, community organizer... Read More →
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Joy Messinger

Program Officer, Third Wave Fund
Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund's Program Officer, she... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

11:00am

Character Animation for every BODY
Are you fed up with not seeing a true representation of all body types, hues, and abilities in animation? Come right this wrong! In this workshop, SPNN Youth Action Committee leaders will show you how to use the fun and easy Adobe Character Animator program to build an animated character and make the character talk! By the end of the workshop, we will have created a short animated video with messages challenging narrow definitions of beauty and celebrating every BODY.

Presenters
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SPNN Youth Action Committee

www.spnn.org
The SPNN Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a youth leadership group at SPNN, in Saint Paul, MN. We take action on social justice issues, create media projects, and teach others about how to use media to make change in our communities.


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

11:00am

Ripple Mapping the Impact of the AMC
Interactive art piece to map all the ways that the AMC has impacted our lives and work.

Presenters
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Una Lee

Design Justice Network / And Also Too
Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director of And Also Too, a design studio for social justice visionaries and an organizer of the Design Justice Network, which seeks to use design as a tool for collective... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

11:00am

Communities of Practice: Creating Community Accountable Research
As researchers how do we ensure our work is accessible, beneficial, and rooted in the lived experiences of our communities? Exploring strategies to create communities of practice together, we will document our processes through audio, video, and visual recordings. Participants will leave with connections to a community of practice built in the space and access to archival practice recordings as resources for creating intentional communities of practices in their own research communities.

Presenters
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Qui Dorian Alexander

Graduate Student, University of Minnesota
Qui Dorian Alexander is a queer, trans, Black Latinx educator, organizer, yoga teacher and consultant based in Minneapolis. He is currently a doctoral student in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota. He positions... Read More →
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Diana Chandara

Diana Chandara is a PhD student in Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests are in identity development of diasporic Southeast Asian American youth, culturally relevant pedagogy, and community-based organizations (CBOs). More specifically, she examines how marginalized youth`s involvement in CBOs informs ethnic/cultural identities to combat deficit models of academic identities. She is from Fresno, California., University of Minnesota
Diana Chandara is a PhD student in Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests are in identity development of diasporic Southeast Asian American youth, culturally relevant pedagogy, and community-based organizations (CBOs). More specifically... Read More →
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A.K. O’Loughlin

A.K. O`Loughlin is a Teacher, Researcher and PhD Student in Culture & Teaching at the University of Minnesota. O`Loughlin`s research interests include Identity Construction, Intersectional Feminism, Racial Equity, Gender & Sexuality Pluralism, Teacher Education, Ethics in Schooling and especially, the intersections of these area of study. O`Loughlin holds a Masters Degree in Urban Education from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota., University of Minnesota


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

11:00am

Design Against Design
How can graphic design support social justice struggles by deconstructing it’s own practice and theory? As part of #designagainstdesign creative research project, we will discuss the overlooked vibrant counter-history of politically engaged design and deconstruct the conventional narratives that define graphic design. We will strategize on how design can support organizations and movements dedicated to genuine social change and contribute to a dynamic and vital culture of resistance.

Presenters
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Marie Noelle Hebert

Marie-Noëlle Hébert is a graphic designer at LOKI. She is specialized in print design and typography. Her personal research practice explores the dialogic function of aesthetic practices and aims to uncover how the language of graphic design can be used to stimulate disciplinary and socio-cultural discourse. In addition to her position at LOKI, she acts as communications coordinator at the Cinema Politica Network, a non-profit committed to exhibiting and supporting independent political documentary across the globe. Marie-Noëlle holds a Master of Design from York University, a BFA in Design Art from Concordia University, as well as a CÉGEP degree in photography., LOKI, Cinema Politica
Marie-No√´lle Hébert is a graphic designer at LOKI. She is specialized in print design and typography. Her personal research practice explores the dialogic function of aesthetic practices and aims to uncover how the language of graphic design can be used to stimulate disciplinary... Read More →
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Kevin Yuen Kit Lo

Kevin Yuen Kit Lo is Principal & Creative director at LOKI, a multidisciplinary design and communications studio. He has, LOKI
Kevin Yuen Kit Lo is Principal & Creative director at LOKI, a multidisciplinary design and communications studio. He has been working in graphic design since 2001. His experience bridges art direction, graphic and interactive design at leading agencies, to creating campaigns and visuals... Read More →
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Lolo Sirois

Lolo Sirois is Outreach Coordinator and Illustrator at LOKI and has been working in art/design and education since 2006. Their practice includes illustration in wet and dry media, silkscreening, lino-cut, hand lettering, sign painting, stencil-making and graphic design for both grassroots groups and questionable food production companies. They strive to make resources in art and design more accessible to affect social change through collective projects such as the Sidetracks Screenprinting Collective, and Sounding Out! 2SLGBTQ+ Youth workshops in Sci Fi Podcasting. Lolo holds a BFA in Design Art from Concordia University and is a member of the Solidarity Across Borders Network., LOKI, Sidetracks Screenprinting Collective
Lolo Sirois is Outreach Coordinator and Illustrator at LOKI and has been working in art/design and education since 2006. Their practice includes illustration in wet and dry media, silkscreening, lino-cut, hand lettering, sign painting, stencil-making and graphic design for both grassroots... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

11:00am

Libraries Empower Incarcerated Youth
How can libraries move beyond traditional services and empower incarcerated youth to develop transformative strategies that disrupt the narrative of incarceration as identity? This session will explore how Nashville Public Library connected incarcerated youth to media mentors, their families, and community through media-based workshops. We will explore library partnerships using provided tools for identifying partners, and creating goals and strategies under the connected learning framework.

Presenters
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Liz Atack

Elizabeth (Liz) Atack works at Nashville Public Library (NPL), where she oversees Bringing Books to Life (BBTL), a literacy outreach program. In addition to managing the daily and long range operations, she is on the front lines of helping kids learn (and love!) to read, juggling story times, trainings for teachers and adult education providers, and reading workshops for parents. Under her leadership, BBTL has won local and national awards and, in 2014, she was named the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by the National Center for Families Learning. Before coming to NPL, Liz was a teacher and museum educator. She graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and possesses a master’s degree in Childhood Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City., Nashville Public Library BBTL
Elizabeth (Liz) Atack works at Nashville Public Library (NPL), where she oversees Bringing Books to Life (BBTL), a literacy outreach program. In addition to managing the daily and long range operations, she is on the front lines of helping kids learn (and love!) to read, juggling... Read More →
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Klem-Marí Cajigas

Klem-Marí is the full-time Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life! (BBTL), Nashville Public Library’s award winning early literacy outreach program. She delivers BBTL’s Loving & Learning Family Literacy workshops to schools and childcare centers throughout Nashville and Davidson County, in both English and Spanish. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Orlando, Florida, Klem-Marí graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Religious Studies. She moved to Nashville in 2003 to attend Vanderbilt Divinity School. After earning a Master of Divinity, she continued on to doctoral work in Ethics and Society at the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt. Klem-Marí realized that the professional academy was not for her, however, and joyfully left her program to pursue other opportunities. She has been with Nashville Public Library since 2012., Nashville Public Library BBTL
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Raemona Little-Taylor

Raemona is the Teen and Adult Services librarian at the Fairfax branch of the Marin County Free Library in Northern California. While working at Nashville Public Library as a teen librarian, she was awarded a 2015 LRNG Educator Innovator grant from the National Writing Project, the MacArthur Foundation, and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign to bring connected learning into the Woodland Hills juvenile detention center. In 2016, Raemona was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader., Marin County Free Library
Raemona is the Teen and Adult Services librarian at the Fairfax branch of the Marin County Free Library in Northern California. While working at Nashville Public Library as a teen librarian, she was awarded a 2015 LRNG Educator Innovator grant from the National Writing Project, the... Read More →
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Niq Tognoni

Niq began working for the innovative Digital Youth Network in 2010 as a mentor at the Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia learning lab space. A background in performance arts and education attracted him to the research-based learning models that guided the creation of the “Connected Learning” pedagogy in after-school sites. He joined Nashville Public Library in 2014 to launch the Studio NPL program, and-together with a talented team of mentors and library staff- has grown the program into several sites including a mobile lab that brings digitally-focused learning opportunities to students in schools, community centers, and beyond. He continues to study implementation of digital literacy experiences for teens, and serves as an adviser for several grants and maker-spaces nationwide., Nashville Public Library - Studio NPL
Niq began working for the innovative Digital Youth Network in 2010 as a mentor at the Chicago Public Library's YOUmedia learning lab space. A background in performance arts and education attracted him to the research-based learning models that guided the creation of the "Connected... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

11:00am

Reclaiming Science: What is community-based science?
From the atomic bomb to the Tuskegee syphilis trials, modern science is tied to imperialism. We`ll discuss a people`s history of science in the past/present, then develop a vision for the future. What are the goals/practices of community-rooted science? How to fund it? How to make it accessible? Folks can bring issues from home & we`ll brainstorm what a community-science solution might look like. Participants will walk away with steps for how to build scientific research into their communities.

Presenters
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Kieran Alessi

Free Rads / University of Pennsylvania
Kieran Alessi is a Philadelphia-based researcher and community organizer. They work in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania by day and balance their passions for Muay Thai, woodworking and social justice by night. They helped lead the Trans*Visible network gathering... Read More →
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Mara Freilich

Mara Freilich is a PhD student studying ecology and oceanography. She is involved in environmental justice work and believes that science has an important role to play in social movements., Free Radicals, MIT
Mara Freilich is a PhD student studying ecology and oceanography. She is involved in environmental justice work and believes that science has an important role to play in social movements.
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August Guang

Free Radicals, Providence Youth Student Movement, Brown University
August Guang is a genomics data scientist at Brown University and healing coordinator at the Providence Youth Student Movement. Both their research practices and organizing work are guided by the belief that crisis and uncertainty are a gift (credit to Chhaya Chhoum) and that change... Read More →
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Steph Yin

Free Radicals, New York Times
Steph Yin is a Philadelphia-based, multimedia science journalist and contributing writer to the New York Times. As a storyteller she is interested in bringing forth the perspectives of people who are not traditionally heard, interrogating the role science should play in society and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

11:00am

Cuir Kitchen Brigade
How do you organize Queer/Trans solidarity work that becomes more than just short-term relief after a crisis? Learn about the history of food preservation contextualized through resistance and survival, and how Cuir Kitchen Brigade organized a food solidarity project to support Borikén after hurricane Maria. Come learn how to pickle and ferment through our hands-on workshop and how to start a group like #cuirkitchenbrigade to support places on the front lines of climate and political injustice.

*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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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 →
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Luz Cruz/ Pao Lebron

Luz Cruz is a Queer Latinx farmer, organizer and food justice advocate fighting to protect front line communities who are affected by food injustice and climate change. They have organized with the queer community around gender, race and food. They currently live in Puerto Rico working to help further the agroecological movement by helping farmers affected by hurricane Maria rebuild./ Pao Lebrón is a Queer Latinx organizer who was born in Puerto Rico and has deep familial and cultural roots in New York City. They have organized with inter-generational Black and Brown Queer and Trans folks. Pao has dedicated themselves to working for social justice in every aspect of their life. They have fought for competent and accessible services and language, racial, immigrant, LGBTQ and food Justice--while understanding the intersections that exist within our many identities. Pao believes in cultural organizing that combines art and activism in a fluid way to uplift our unique culture and communities. They believe in the, Curi Kitchen Brigade
Luz Cruz is a Queer Latinx farmer, organizer and food justice advocate fighting to protect front line communities who are affected by food injustice and climate change. They have organized with the queer community around gender, race and food. They currently live in Puerto Rico working... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Five Miles of Freedom: African American History Tour in Detroit
The Tour takes us to sites in Detroit`s Black History that outline the connection between the fight against slavery, the civil rights movement, Black self-determination and the 1967 Rebellion.

*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Jamon Jordan

Black Scroll Network History & Tours
BIO: Jamon Jordan is an educator, writer & historian. Also known as Baba Jamon, he has been a teacher of African & African American history for 20 years and a researcher of Black history for decades . He taught at the African centered Nsoroma Institute in Detroit for 10 years. He... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

From Growing Economy to Growing Our Soul – East Side Detroit Tour.
Opportunity to see, feel, and learn Detroit‘s journey from the 20th century to creating a post-industrial city based on visionary organizing and the ideas of James and Grace Lee Boggs.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Richard Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Richard Feldmn has been active since. His involvement in the 1960s. He has worked with James and Grace Boggs for more than. ‚Äò40 years. Rich worked on ford assembly line for more than 20 years, local. Union official. And worked on international staff of UAW. Rich I had a decades... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Kit an` Kin - Cooking Class with the Family
In what ways can cooking with our elders reveal history and strengthen our cultural narrative? This cooking class led by Anya and her family will guide you in how to make Green Seasoning and Pepper Sauce, while inspiring you to share in your own family’s traditions. We are connecting across the diaspora creating an Afro-, Indo-, Chinese Caribbean meal in preparation for AMC at Night. We will explore basic knife skills, history of Caribbean cuisine/community, and take home jars of marinade!
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Anya Peters and Peters Family

FERMENT Food Track/Kit an' Kin
Anya has a passion for creating memorable experiences and breaking bread with others, in reverence to the Earth. As a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she now looks to her family for guidance and wisdom in the kitchen- through cooking, storytelling, and feasting... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

12:00pm

FoodLab Community Market at The Commons
Enjoy prepared foods from FoodLab member businesses and added value products from our local urban farmer partners, popping up on the lawn of The Commons

Friday June 15, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
The Commons 7900 Mack Ave. Detroit, MI 48214

12:45pm

#MoreThanCode: Findings from the Tech 4 Social Justice Field Scan
What does it look like to really use technology as a tool for liberation? We`ll share key findings from "#MoreThanCode: Practitioners reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity," a nationwide field scan by the Tech for Social Justice Project that included over 100 interviews and 11 focus groups (including one at AMC2017!) You`ll explore stories, data, and recommendations, then workshop methods to advance design justice in your own workplace.

Presenters
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT, Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (http://codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on transformative... Read More →
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Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz

Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz is the Technology Manager at the Media Mobilizing Project. Based in their hometown of Philadelphia, Helyx is a independent video artist and activist who is passionate about storytelling as a means to draw connections. Their video art is built by, about, and for televisions and computers and lives at the intersection of experimental video and technology. Helyx holds a B.A. from Hampshire College where they studied Video, Social Movements, and Youth Development, Media Mobilizing Project
Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz is a Philadelphia based video artist, technologist, and activist who is committed to the power of story. They have worked on documentaries, non-fiction and experimental narratives, multi-channel video installation, archival video presentations, and oral... Read More →
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T4SJ Project Partners

Additional possible presenters to be confirmed from RAD, OTI, and project partner orgs: Maya Wagoner, Berhan Taye (RAD), Georgia Bullen (OTI), Nat Meysenberg (OTI), Harlan Yu (Upturn), Jamie McClelland (MayFirst/People Link), Alfredo Lopez (May First/People Link), Susan Mernit (Hack... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

12:45pm

Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story Film Screening (Lunch + Panel)
Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The audience will leave the screening with in-depth historical knowledge of what happened at Standing Rock and what protesters and independent journalists can expect during similar situations in the future.

Presenters
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Alex Binder

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member
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Christopher Schiano

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member
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Jenn Schreiter

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member
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Lorenzo Serna

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

12:45pm

Building a Research Justice Network
We’ll review the Research Justice Track’s mission and vision, review what past AMC’s have developed, update our track frame with attendees, and strategize how we can develop and sustain a national network of radical researchers. We will walk away with a plan of action for maintaining our network and defining research justice.

Presenters
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Sam Appel

Labor, housing, and racial justice researcher, UFCW Local 770
Sam Appel is a labor, housing, and racial justice researcher. He recently was campaign researcher with the UFCW Local 770 union, drafting strategy for cannabis unionization and social equity policy in Los Angeles. He organizes and fundraises with Showing Up for Racial Justice and... Read More →
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Diana Benitez

Diana Benitez is a Research and Data Analyst at Advancement Project California. I conduct research, data analysis and data visualization in the realms of health, housing, and education. Advancement Project California is a next gen civil rights organization working to foster upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools and work alongside communities. I most recently worked at the UCLA Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and T.R.U.S.T. South Los Angeles Community Land Trust researching and developing maps that consider policy, affordable housing, transportation, public space, community development and neighborhood change. In 2016, I earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a focus in community economic development and the intersections of the built environment and health. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Urba, Solidarity Research Center
Diana Benitez is a Research and Data Analyst at Advancement Project California. I conduct research, data analysis and data visualization in the realms of health, housing, and education. Advancement Project California is a next gen civil rights organization working to foster upward... Read More →
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Sally Marquez

Solidarity Research Center
Sally Márquez is a Los Angeles-based organizer and communications professional with a health and arts & culture background. She’s loves using information to create social transformation, and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Digital Huma... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

12:45pm

Decolonize your Bod-tany with Queer Ecology
Climate chaos is something that can no longer be ignored, especially with its devastating effects on frontline communities. We will explore the ways in which climate chaos effects our community at all intersections. We will then start to think and build on how our community is handling this issue through queer ecology and share present examples of the work being done by the QTPOC community.

Presenters
MB

Moretta Browne

Moretta Browne is a QTPOC farmer currently living in the Bay Area. Her current work is based in how our current farm policies reshape different farm communities in the state of California., Pesticide Action Network
Mo Browne is an East Coast transplant now rooted in Oakland, CA. Having farmed for two seasons, her current focus has shifted to helping farmers of color understand California farm policies and to help effect policy change. She loves to work on her home garden, dancing, and collecting... Read More →
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Edgar Flores

XochiOllin
Edgar works on cross-pollinating traditional ecological knowledge, queer politics, and indigenous philosophies to connect the dots between colonial botany and queer liberation. Xochitl actively nurtures ecological spaces to organize folx, raise awareness, sequester carbon, dissolve... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

12:45pm

Digital Data Detox
This interactive session will equip participants to be more aware of their digital selves, more in control of what happens to their data online, and more fluent in what privacy means to them. We will kick off with a lively discussion on privacy, security, and technology, then move on to a hands-on introduction to the data detox challenge developed by Tactical Tech and Mozilla. Participants are encouraged to complete the eight-day challenge post-conference and share their journey with others.


Presenters
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Karolle Rabarison

Online News Association
Karolle Rabarison is a digital rights advocate and strategist with global experience managing outreach and partnerships for social impact organizations. She currently oversees the communications strategy for the Online News Association, working on a mission to inspire innovation and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

12:45pm

Digital Stories of Community, Art, and Resistance
We will share how the Sons & Brothers’ portrait series uplifts nuanced stories of communities of color, and strategize more intentional methods to support young artists of color on digital platforms. Our series features original art by artists of color and aims to honor people who continue to fight the injustices faced by communities of color. Participants will learn about Sons’ use of art as a tool for storytelling and will have an opportunity to connect with the Sons team around their artwork.

Presenters
avatar for Nijeul Porter

Nijeul Porter

Nijeul Porter is a cultural organizer and producer with the Soze Agency and Sons and Brothers, SOZE Agency
Nijeul X. Porter is a cultural organizer, producer, and educator with the wholehearted belief that art is at the tipping point for social change and is always excited about opportunities to facilitate the intersections of art, education, and community. He currently is Producer and... Read More →
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Ozi Uduma

Sons & Brothers / The Soze Agency
Ozi Uduma is a Researcher / Strategist for the Soze Agency and with Sons and Brothers


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

12:45pm

Grow Abundance: Black Women Business Bestie Mastermind Circles
Black Women are the fastest growing business owners in the United States. However, we are least likely to have help as 97.5% of us do not have employees. This session will explore the impact of this reality and challenge us to consider how technology and cooperative economics could be the solution. Join Just BE, a national Black Woman Entrepreneurship Community, to learn how building a Black Women Business Bestie Mastermind group in your hometown can increase sustainability for all of us.

Presenters
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Hope Lehman

Hope Lehman is a Black biracial hip hop feminist dedicated to community empowerment through entrepreneurship, technology, and art. She was born in Sacramento, California and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009 with a degree in Feminist Studies and Sociology. She has lived and worked in Oakland since the fall of 2010. She is obsessed with being her own boss as the founder of Fresh to Def, a maker business and Just Be, a Black Womyn’s entrepreneurship community., Just BE
Hope Lehman is a Black biracial hip hop feminist dedicated to community empowerment through entrepreneurship, technology, and art. She was born in Sacramento, California and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009 with a degree in Feminist Studies and Sociology... Read More →
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Kamilah Richardson

Kamilah Richardson is an Oakland, California Native that is the founder of Rich and Riot and Just Be. Rich and Riot is an apparel line that combines high fashion with female empowerment and Just Be, is a Black Womyn’s entrepreneurship community. She is a fashion maven with extensive experience in retail, screen printing, modeling, and business management. She is passionate about growing her business in her hometown and supporting other Black women to do the same., Just BE
Kamilah Richardson is an Oakland, California Native that is the founder of Rich and Riot and Just Be. Rich and Riot is an apparel line that combines high fashion with female empowerment and Just Be, is a Black Womyn's entrepreneurship community. She is a fashion maven with extensive... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

12:45pm

Latinx Healing from Colonialism
Latinx are a powerful community with many names and a shared history of colonial violence. We will anchor ourselves individually and collectively to address topics of healing from colonialism. Colonialist systems of oppression have a neurobiological effect on our bodies and in this session will ground our exploration of healing ourselves through somatic practices. The intended outcome of this session is for participants to gain connections, practices, and a community to continue healing.

Presenters
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Alexandra Corwin

Educator
Alexandra is an educator who finds home in community building as a source of healing and personal growth. Alexandra's teaching philosophy is based on hands-on engagement and interactive learning, rooted in critical thinking instruction. She is enthusiastic to be shaping education... Read More →
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Diana Quinn ND

Integrative Empowerment Group
Diana Quinn ND (she/her/hers) is a queer Xicana witch doctor and curandera. Her work incorporates food as medicine, herbal allies, shamanic healing, ceremony and ritual, astrology, tarot, shamanic art, somatic bodywork, and nature-based therapy. Her practice is trauma-informed with... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

12:45pm

Lunchtime Meetup: Workshop w/ Yvette Rock
Yvette Rock of Live Coal Gallery will create a welcoming environment where attendees are invited to create small works of art on paper using watercolor and collage materials. Guests are encouraged to reflect on the information and themes they heard during the conference or create works reflecting other personal experiences. No art experience necessary. Just come, relax and escape for an hour into an art-making world. Rock will also share about her upcoming Detroit event, 'Grieving & Healing Through the Arts'.

Presenters

Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

12:45pm

Mealtime MeetUp with DNA and MIT Co-Creation Studio
The emergent Co/Creation Studio at MIT Open Doc Lab is developing field study about the collaborative practices of media-makers working with and within communities, movement-building, interdisciplinary projects (such as artist/tech teams) and even human-machine partnerships. We`ve interviewed co-creators from many walks of life, and we’ll share our early findings at this session (in a participatory research model) to hear your insights. This session is fully catered, and highly interactive.

Presenters
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Katerina Cizek

CoCreation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab
Katerina Cizek is a an Emmy-winning documentarian and a pioneer in digital media. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. She is the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the emergent Co-Creation Studio at the Massachusetts... Read More →
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Sarah Wolozin

MIT Open Documentary Lab
As director of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, Sarah Wolozin develops and oversees lab projects, operations, and partnerships with leading media organizations. She is the founder and editorial director of Docubase, an online curated database of the people, projects and technologies... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

12:45pm

PEN America & Local Community Events
With increasing threats to press freedom, breakdowns in civil discourse, and the continued suppression of specific voices, it has become clear that PEN America has a vital role to play in defending free expression in communities throughout the U.S. That’s why we’re engaging PEN America Members, writers, and allies across the country to build new locally-led opportunities for dialogue across difference and deeper learning on a range of free expression issues. Come learn about the many opportunities to get involved and learn more about the work that PEN America is doing and resources provided.

Presenters
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Donald Vincent

Donald Vincent is PEN America’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Donald has spent the past year helping drive the projects, programs, and events being put on through PEN America's Press Freedom Incentive Fund. Donald spent the last seven years leading community engagement and skills-building... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

12:45pm

Queer Muslim Wholeness
This workshop invites all parts of yourself to exist in synergy together. We will hold space to honor and hold Queer* and trans Muslims as sacred members of our community. We will explore our needs and desires as QT Muslims, reflect on how we wound each other (through internalized Islamophobia and internalized white supremacy), and provide Islamic healing tools (chakra, meditation, dhikr prayer, and art) in order to collectively dream and bring to life what healing feels and looks like.

Presenters
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Shenaaz Janmohamed

Queer Crescent Healing
Shenaaz Janmohamed, LCSW is a queer femme mama who is a licensed psychotherapist and healing practitioner of Muslim South Asian descent based in Oakland CA. Shenaaz's work is deeply shaped by social justice values, queer liberation, and mindfulness practice. She holds trauma, hurt... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

12:45pm

Riot Youth: Our queer stories
Join queer teens from Riot Youth, a brave space where queer youth create a community that is centered around healing, support, and activism. Youth will share how they hold space for each other while challenging and educating educators, community members and policy makers. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of Youth Driven Spaces where teens lead and adults support .

Presenters
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Ebere Oparaeke

Ebere works at the Neutral Zone as an adviser for the Drop-in after school program and S.E.E.D. program, serves as a coach for the Neutral Zone Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) team, and facilitates training in restorative practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Women`s Studies, Ebere offers volunteers doula services to teens and organizations in Washtenaw county and has participated in and facilitated many discussions on reproductive justice, social justice and identity. Through her work, she strives to create inclusive and supportive environments for marginalized youth in the local area., Neutral Zone
Ebere works at the Neutral Zone as an adviser for the Drop-in after school program and S.E.E.D. program, serves as a coach for the Neutral Zone Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) team, and facilitates training in restorative practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor... Read More →
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Suzie Staley

Neutral Zone
Suzie Staley, Ed.S Program Director, Neutral Zone Suzie serves as the Program Director at the Neutral Zone. Prior to joining Neutral Zone, she was a Senior Program Associate at the Weikart Center and, she was the Director of the Youth Mentorship Program at The Henry Ford, for fourteen... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

12:45pm

Sharing Tools for Change: creating a more just and open city
Imagine more open cities in which everyone can access, enjoy, and participate in vibrant public life, defined here as the social life of public spaces. This session considers how the design community can better provide resources to public space advocates. We will discuss how to provide resources that enable more people to 1) participate in the design/planning process, 2) create long-lasting, self-determined change and 3) make compelling cases about the impact of their work.

Presenters

Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

12:45pm

Swords into Plowshares: Reclaim the Bible for Healing & Justice
Christianity has been one of the most destructive forces in history for women, queer folks, and people of color. How do those of us who were formed and raised in communities of faith reclaim the Bible and Christian faith for the purpose of healing and justice? We will talk about the healing power of recasting the master’s tools for our own and other’s liberation. Participants will engage Bible texts and leave with examples and tools for their own reclamation and decolonization process.

Presenters
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SueAnn Shiah

SueAnn Shiah (@sueannshiah) is a Taiwanese American musician and filmmaker and emerging theologian specializing in identity formation, racial justice, gender, and sexuality. Her first feature length documentary HuanDao premiered in Fall 2016 in Nashville, TN. In addition to her own creative and theological works, she collaborates with other artists and musicians in a variety of capacities as an artist manager, producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and creator of liturgy. She has a B.B.A. in Music Business with a Production emphasis and a Chinese minor from Belmont University., None
SueAnn Shiah (@sueannshiah) is a Taiwanese American musician and filmmaker and emerging theologian specializing in identity formation, racial justice, gender, and sexuality. Her first feature length documentary HuanDao premiered in Fall 2016 in Nashville, TN. In addition to her own... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

12:45pm

Twelve Lessons from "Parable of the Sower"
In her iconic Afrofuturist novel "Parable of the Sower," future telling genius Octavia Butler creates a dystopian world of chaos and confusion that is very similar to our own. In this workshop, we will discuss the novel and its characters at length, and glean lessons from the story in an attempt to format strategies of survival, pleasure, resistance, and liberation. Please read book before attending.

Presenters

Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

12:45pm

Wakanda Foreva, eva? Black Folks at AMC!
Black folks have been coming to the Allied Media Conference for years but our participation ebbs and flows. What would it look like to have Wakanda every year at AMC?! We will discuss ways to make the conference more accessible and sustainable for Black folks in and out of Detroit. Join us as we work to build community and connection for years to come! Participants will walk away with new friends and a new way to greet one another at the conference and beyond! Wakanda Foreva!

Presenters
avatar for Moya Bailey

Moya Bailey

Dr. Moya Bailey`s work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network., Quirky Black Girls & Octavia Butler Legacy Network
Dr. Moya Bailey's work focuses on marginalized groups' use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia... Read More →
avatar for Tawana Petty

Tawana Petty

Detroit Community Technology Project/Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the Data Justice Coordinator and Communications Assistant for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

2:00pm

The Courage to Feel Sing Along!
We will sing along to a song that fosters emotional intelligence created by Ri and Encian of the Bay Area Radical Childcare Collective and then make up a new one of our own.

Presenters
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Ri

Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives
Ri has been a professional childcare provider for over fifteen years and has been making up songs since they were very very little. They were a core organizer with the Bay Area Radical Childcare Collective for four years and continue to center families and kids in their organizing... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry F

2:00pm

Aztec Dance and the Beginnings of the Day of the Dead Celebration
The origins of the Mexican Day of the Dead are often unknown or mislabeled as a celebration of Spanish roots. We`ll highlight the Aztek origin of the holiday and how it evolved to the celebration we know today. We'll have an Aztec dance performance explaining its significance, followed by a hands on Ofrenda installation with the participants. We'll learn about the significance of the tradition, how to set up a traditional Tlalmanalli (Aztec ofrenda), and the elements of a contemporary Ofrenda.

Presenters
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Kia Ix Arriaga

Multidisciplinary artist / cultural educator / Aztec Dancer, Detroit Institute of Arts
Kia Ix Arriaga was born in Cuernavaca Morelos, México. She graduated from Universidad del Sol in 1998, with a major in Graphic Design and illustration. In 2000, Arriaga moved to Detroit, in order to attend Wayne State University, pursuing a BFA in Metalsmithing and ceramics. Arriaga... Read More →
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Larry McMann

N/A
A/V Tech
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Naomi Acoyani Trevino

N/A
Ofrenda/performance assistant


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

2:00pm

BYP100 Presents The Black Joy Experience
Join BYP100 for the first stop on their live listening session tour for the upcoming debut album, The Black Joy Experience. The soul driven project highlights freedom songs and liberation chants from the current Movement for Black Lives.


Presenters
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Jonathan Lykes

Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and policy analyst. He currently works at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), addressing disproportionality and disparities that affect LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth impacted by deep-end systems (child welfare, mental health, homelessness and criminal justice). Jonathan’s interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Lykes is also a community organizer, currently serving as the co-chair of the BYP100 National Board of Directors. Jonathan is also the current Artistic Director for BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of, BYP100
Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and policy analyst. He currently works at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), addressing disproportionality and disparities that affect LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth impacted by deep-end systems (child welfare... Read More →
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JeNae Taylor

BYP100
JeNae' Taylor, a native of Washington, DC and graduate of Columbia College Theatre Directing Program, is a theatre practitioner, poet, teaching artist, yuf enthusiast, culture emcee and curator of black girl magic. Using creativity as a platform to discover, explore and discuss her... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry C

2:00pm

CareForce One Travelogues
Last January, artist Marisa Morán Jahn, her son Choco, and their buddy Anjum Asharia escaped blizzarding NYC and drove to Miami in their 60 year old station wagon, the CareForce One, meeting up with domestic workers, caregivers, and allies along the way. The result? “CareForce One Travelogues,” a Sundance-supported docu-series that digs into the intersections of care, immigration, race, legacies of slavery, economic justice, and more. More about this public art project at: www.careforce.co

Presenters
avatar for Anjum Asharia

Anjum Asharia

A media-maker and designer, Studio REV-
A media-maker and designer
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Marisa Jahn

Studio REV-
An artist and immersive media producer of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa is currently an MIT Research Affiliate. Her work has been presented in museums and public spaces internationally and has received acclaim in major media outlets.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

2:00pm

Reflections in BlaQ: Performing Black Queer Archives
Can performance offer counterhegemonic approaches of constructing history? Reflections in BlaQ is a performance that explores the lives of Black gender/queer and trans people, based on research in filmmaker Marlon Riggs’ archives at Stanford University. This session will reflect on performance as queer(ing) history, archives as blueprints for intergenerational community building, and exhuming the voices of Black gender/queer artists from the archive.

Presenters
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Kiyan Williams

Kiyan Williams is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who explores Black queer subjectivity. They create performances, text, sounds, and installations informed by autoethnography, archival research, and social practice. Kiyan was born in Newark, NJ. They have performed/exhibited work across the country and internationally at venues including: Dixon Place (NYC), JACK Theater (NYC), La Mama Experimental Theater Club (NYC), SOMArts (San Francisco), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Bing Concert Hall (Stanford), Orpheum Theater (Graz, Austria) and more. Kiyan`s honors and awards include the EMERGENYC fellowship at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU, Destiny Arts Center artist residency (Oakland, CA), Create Dangerously writing fellowship at the Obie-winning JACK Theater (Brooklyn, NY), Astraea Foundation Global Arts Fund, Stanford Arts Award, Trans Justice Funding Project Award, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Kiyan earned a BA with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Columbia University
Kiyan Williams is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who explores Black queer subjectivity. They create performances, text, sounds, and installations informed by autoethnography, archival research, and social practice. Kiyan was born in Newark, NJ. They earned a BA from Stanford... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

2:00pm

Screening of New Detroit Documentary: Last Days of Chinatown
Screening of new documentary on the lower Cass Corridor in Detroit, investigating the history of the area, African-American & Asian issues, and neighborhood development. The film explores how residents survived community changes, how they sometimes didn`t, who fled the area and why - as gentrification now redefines the Corridor - long home to the poor and disenfranchised as well as to the artists and visionaries of the city. To be followed by discussion on local history and future land use.

Presenters
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Nicole Macdonald

Nicole Macdonald is an artist who paints and collages her Detroit environment in miniatures and maximums, portraits and landscapes, with brush and camera. As director of the Detroit Film Center from 2006-2009, Macdonald led screenings of local and independent film and video work in downtown Detroit. She has worked as a digital video instructor for Y-Arts (Southeast Michigan YMCA network), focusing on inner-city youth and low-income adult education and Detroit Area Film & Television (DAFT) to produce animated video shorts with high school students and with the Prison Creative Arts Project she ran art workshops through for incarcerated youth and adults. Her documentaries on the Detroit environment and city history have won Best Michigan Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Documentary at Humboldt Film Festival, and the John Michaels Filmmaker Award for Social Activism and Community Empowerment at the Big Muddy Film Festival, and have screened at Media City International and Full Frame film festivals., Independent Filmmaker
Nicole Macdonald is an artist who paints and collages her Detroit environment in miniatures and maximums, portraits and landscapes, with brush and camera. As director of the Detroit Film Center from 2006-2009, Macdonald led screenings of local and independent film and video work in... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

2:00pm

Choose Your Adventure: DIY Future Architecture Comic
Why must the visualization of the future be constructed by a select few? This session will explore how spatial visualization can be developed as a collaborative process. We will learn how to utilize visualization tools that communicate individual and community needs and desires to a larger audience. Participants will walk away with an ability to visualize space over time through diorama, photography, and narrative construction. We will produce a short zine to demonstrate the process.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

LTU, Complex Movements, BMLA
Aaron Jones is a registered architect, illustrator, and fabricator based in Detroit, MI. Aaron produces experimental theaters, pop-up structures, comic books, and critical writing in collaboration with leading creative professionals and organizations around the world. He holds a Master... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

2:00pm

Data-Driven Research for Abolition
What happens when systems adopt "data-driven reform" without engaging with the communities they study, sort, and control? We’ll explore practical tactics we can use to reclaim the role of data in the conversation about criminal justice reform. By drawing from our experiences collaborating across academia and grassroots organizing, we`ll workshop a set of strategies that organizers and academics can use jointly to develop research that supports an abolitionist agenda.

Presenters
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Chelsea Barabas

Chelsea is a research scientist at MIT, where she works on research regarding the use of automation and algorithmic decision making tools for government-led social reforms., MIT
Chelsea is a research scientist at MIT, where she works on research regarding the use of automation and algorithmic decision making tools for government-led social reforms.
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Rodrigo Ochigame

Rodrigo is a PhD student in MIT`s Science Technology and Society program., MIT
Rodrigo is a PhD student in MIT's Science Technology and Society program.
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Hannah Sassaman

Media Mobilizing project
Hannah is Policy Director at Media Mobilizing Project and currently a Soros Justice Fellow.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

2:00pm

Disguising Data Against Ubiquitous Surveillance
Modern day surveillance knows no borders. During this workshop we’ll shine a light on the surveillance technology context, and borrow from participants’ experiences to discuss challenges around collecting, producing and sharing sensitive information. Based on tactics and resources used by different ancient cultures and activists, we’ll collaboratively prototype out-of-the-box ‘data disguises’. We aim to spur creative thinking around privacy and consent in the context of evergrowing surveillance.

Presenters
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Paola Mosso

The Engine Room
Paola is a feminist Chilean journalist who promotes transparency and accountability through engagement with tech and data. Through the past years, she worked at Poderomedia Foundation, leading the organization's training program for Latin American journalists, designers and developers... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

2:00pm

Holding Space Part II: Facilitator Magic!
Transformative facilitation is equal parts liberatory approach, skillful means, & magic! When we facilitators evolve our own magic tricks & build adaptive processes, we allow groups to experience the magic of emergence. Building on Part I, participants will use self-reflection and magical inventories to identify & hone our unique facilitation styles. We`ll also bring strategies from the Facilitation for Liberation Network Gathering to test out live in the workshop. Part I strongly encouraged.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race woman who identifies closely with her African... Read More →
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Maryse Mitchell-Brody

self
Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and consultant striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class white Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC over 2 decades. They've been lucky to work with groups like The Icarus... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

2:00pm

How to do Individual Donor Visits to Raise Money!
Do you need real skills to be able to raise money for your organization? This session will teach you the nuts and bolts of an individual donor visit and allow you time to actually practice the skills. We will go through a donor drive strategy as well as learn about each section of an individual donor visit. Participants will get a good understanding of this fundraising tactic that can be applied back at home.

Presenters
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Mary Grace Wolf

People's Action Institute
Mary Grace Wolf has been working in grassroots fundraising for 14 years. She has experience as a Fundraising Canvasser, Canvass Director, Development Associate and Director of Individual Giving. Mary Grace specializes in raising money from individuals and training other staff, leaders... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

2:00pm

Intergenerational Collage Co-Lab
Come unleash the wisdom and power of your family`s legacy through collage and writing. We’ll lean on oral legacies that exist in all families and we’ll use our new release "Where Did I Come From," as a creative guide. The book, written by a mom and her daughters, is a window into the endless possibilities. Facilitated by three generations of our family, participants will explore stories and visions that bubble up and leave with a magical multi-media collage and a written excerpt of your story.
This session is kid-friendly.

Presenters
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Linda Cassells

Riverwise Magazine
Patron of the arts, educator, artist
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Halima Cassells

Oakland Ave Artists Coalition
artist, lifelong Detroiter, continual learner, co-author


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

2:00pm

Let`s Make a Mask!
How do we look when we are hungry, sad, angry or happy? We will explore this question representing our emotions through masks. In this session we will design and create our own masks and play with them to recreate our feelings or moods. The goal is to learn about our states, when do we feel in a certain way, why do we feel like that and what can we do to be assertive dealing with our emotions.

Presenters
avatar for Mario Avila

Mario Avila

Co-Founder, Colectivo Bordearte
Mario Avila is an Architect interested in community develop, language, theater performance and arts. He`s from the north of Mexico City.
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Rogelio Arreola Rangel

Colectivo Bordearte


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

2:00pm

Reclaim Tarot within Communities of Color
Presenters
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Casey Rocheteau

Casey Rocheteau is an author, historian and artist based in Detroit, MI. They are the creator of the Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot Deck, which celebrates Black and queer culture.
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Jana Lynne Umipig

Center for Babaylan Studies
Jana Lynne Umipig, Jana Lynne (JL) Umipig is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, healer and activist who seeks to elevate narratives of re-membering self as a reflection of her own life`s journey toward decolonizing, re-indigenizing and humanizing self. JL has continually witnessed... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

2:00pm

Shariah, Race, and American Islam: Case of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
In 1996, NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a Muslim, refused to stand for the national anthem. This interactive lesson reenacts a divisive debate within the Muslim community about the role of patriotism, race, history, and shariah (Islamic law). Despite the fact that the Muslim American community is the most racially and ethnically diverse religious community in the U.S., this lesson questions the notion that diversity inoculates us from difficult conversations about race and racism.

Presenters
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Alison Kysia

Alison Kysia is the project director of “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide” at Teaching for Change. Previously, she designed Islamic studies and anti-Islamophobia teaching modules for adult education audiences, including religious leaders, social justice activists, and teachers. She taught U.S., world, and Islamic history in an urban community college and English language to adult immigrants. Kysia holds a B.A. in Race, Class, and Gender Studies and a M.A. in History. In addition to being an educator and curriculum developer, she is also an avid potter who is creating a three-part public art exhibit called “Islamophobia: A dhikr in clay.”, Teaching for Change
Alison Kysia is the project director of "Islamophobia: a people's history teaching guide" at Teaching for Change. Previously, she designed Islamic studies and anti-Islamophobia teaching modules for adult education audiences, including religious leaders, social justice activists, and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

2:00pm

Stitches of Love Crochet and Knitting Circle
Be a part of the fabric of community. The sewing circle is the space to sit, sew or crochet, and connect with friends as we create patches for a giant quilt throughout the entire weekend. This is part of the larger Stitches of Love project that connects women all over Southwest Detroit and provides warmth in the winter.

Presenters
avatar for Mayte Penman

Mayte Penman

artist, organizer, Stitches of Love
organizer
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DiVine Smith

Americorps
resident outreach intern


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

2:00pm

War on Drugs is a War on Healing
Presenters
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Ifetayo Harvey

Drug Policy Alliance
Ifetayo Harvey is Communications Associate at the Drug Policy Alliance and a writer based in New York City. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Black Girl Dangerous, and Alternet.
avatar for Paula Kahn

Paula Kahn

Cosmovisiones Ancestrales was launched in March 2018 by Paula Graciela Kahn. Inspired by new relationships at the Plant, Cosmo Visiónes Ancestrales
Paula Graciela Kahn is the daughter of Guate-Mayan, Jewish-German, Chilean diasporas that survived genocidal cultures. Their work reverses the colonial and male gazes to address accountability, transitional justice, conflict-transformation, demilitarization, and revolution. Paula... Read More →
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Magalie Lerman

Reframe Justice
Magalie Lerman combines her personal and community organizing experiences with formal education to provide high quality customized support to health and justice systems. Previously, Magalie provided direct and in-direct services to people in the sex trade as Director of Outreach and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

2:00pm

Recipes of Resilience: Transforming Trauma with Food
What are the ways in which war and mass violence shape a community’s traditional foods and those who cook it? How can food tell stories of trauma and resilience in colonized and post-conflict areas? We will connect with projects using traditional foods and cooking to create spaces for education and healing from trauma associated with mass violence, ethnic cleansing, and the legacy of colonialism. Participants will leave with ideas for using their own traditional foodways to transform and organize their people.

Presenters
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Amanny Ahmad

amanny ahmad is an artist, chef, forager, ikebana enthusiast, writer, food activist and traveler based in new york city. born in utah to palestinian immigrants, ahmad spent her early life traveling back-and-forth between the southwest and her family’s village in the west bank, where her interest in foraging began, evolving as a way of preserving the culinary traditions of her family. since then, ahmad, who is a self-taught chef, has studied culinary traditions and wild food ways in italy, mexico, palestine, and north america, in an effort to record and help preserve indigenous culinary traditions and methods of survival. ahmad’s work earned her a month-long residency at dimes in new york city during the summer of 2017, where her menus, musical playlists, and installation details reinterpreted palestinian food and culture. proceeds from this residency were donated to the palestinian heirloom seed library (phsl) in battir, a village near bethlehem. in fall 2017 ahmad hosted the asymmetrical table, along with, The Assymetrical Table
amanny ahmad is an artist, chef, forager, ikebana enthusiast, writer, food activist and traveler based in new york city. born in utah to palestinian immigrants, ahmad spent her early life traveling back-and-forth between the southwest and her family's village in the west bank, where... Read More →
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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 →
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Neftali Duran

Neftalí Durán was born in Oaxaca, Mexico to a Mixteco family of cooks, healers, and campesinos. He is a a chef, advocate, educator, and organizer, working toward an equitable food system. He is a Salzburg Global Fellow, and his writing and culinary projects have been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Museum of Merican History, the Native American Culinary Association, Food52.com, The Cooking Channel, and as a signature pitmaster at the Cook `n Scribble Longhouse Food Revival series in upstate New York. He has been a featured speaker on The Moth MainStage, Harvard, Smith College, and more. Neftalí`s work is grounded in the belief that access to food is a human right. ​ Neftalí was awarded Native American Chef of the Year by the National Museum of the American Indian in 2014 and 2015. Neftali has been an active member of the Native American Culinary Association (NACA) since 2013., I-Collective
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Kate McCabe

Éist
Kate McCabe is a writer and organizer whose work focuses on human rights advocacy and transitional justice. She is the founder of √âist, an organization which uses art, culture, and media to promote first person perspectives of justice and accountability in the aftermath of war... Read More →
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Anya Peters

Kit an' Kin
Anya has a passion for creating memorable experiences and breaking bread with others, in reverence to the Earth. As a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she now looks to her family for guidance and wisdom in the kitchen- through cooking, storytelling, and feasting... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

2:00pm

Trauma Informed Impact Strategy
Documentaries are having a moment. They can disrupt harmful narratives and shape new narratives about our communities of color and other marginalized groups. But, new challenges arise, especially when the films explore painful episodes in the lives of the film protagonists. We will share a framework for trauma informed care that can be useful in developing impact campaigns and two case studies where those practices were used or needed: “Kiki and The Black Panthers” and “Vanguard of the Revolution.”

Presenters
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Sonya Childress

Firelight Media
Sonya Childress serves as the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for Firelight Media. Sonya has positioned film as a tool to shift narratives and support social justice movement building for over 15 years. Prior to her tenure at Firelight, she held staff and consulting positions... Read More →
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Twiggy Pucci-Garcon

As an activist, advocate, and healer, Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics and policymakers to increase visibility of both creative and sociopolitical agendas. Twiggy served at FACES NY, Inc. as a Recruitment Specialist, Senior Community Health Specialist, and more recently a Program Development Specialist and Community Organizer. With over 8 years of experience in the field of general and specialized health education and direct services, she has extensive knowledge of the needs of the LGBTQ youth population and how to foster relationships with organizations that offer effective quality services. In their current role as Program Director at the True Colors Fund, Twiggy leads their Youth Collaboration programs, aimed at not only elevating youth voices but also creating space for partnerships with young adults to lead the movement to end youth homelessness. In addition to her activism and advocacy work, Twiggy has worked as a model & runway trainer, performance artist, and special ev
As an activist, advocate, and healer, Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics and policymakers to increase visibility of both creative and sociopolitical agendas. Twiggy served at FACES NY, Inc. as a Recruitment Specialist, Senior Community Health Specialist, and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

2:00pm

Intro to Podcasting
Everyone’s got a podcast idea, but you can’t subscribe to an idea. In this workshop, participants will dive into editing, mixing, and cutting audio. Participants will also outline a show concept and learn the basics of podcast distribution. It is recommended (but not mandatory) that all participants bring their own headphones to this workshop

Presenters
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Aaron Lakoff

The Rebel Beat podcast
Aaron Lakoff is an award-winning independent journalist, media-maker, and community organizer based in Montreal, Canada. His work combines a passion for popular education, social justice, and artistic expression. He has filed radio and written reports from several countries, including... Read More →
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Abby Madan

Abby Madan is an independent audio producer. She interweaves sound and story to spark discovery, build empathy, and cultivate community. Her work has featured on NPR's WNYC, KJZZ, WCAI, WOUB, on the podcast network Canadaland, and in museum exhibits. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley... Read More →
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Aliya Pabani

The Imposter podcast / Canadaland
Aliya Pabani, Aliya Pabani is a multidisciplinary artist and host/producer of Canadaland`s arts and culture podcast The Imposter. Now in its second season, The Imposter casts a wide net, from candid interviews with artists like Tanya Tagaq and Lido Pimienta, to the story of a psychic... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384

2:00pm

Participatory Video for Peace
You do not need to amplify someones voice, just hand over the mic. This participatory video (PV) for peace workshop centers on those directly impacted by violence, oppression or poverty and hands over the mic and camera so they can tell their own stories. The session will introduce participants to key exercises, principles and methods to make or facilitate a participatory video project. Together participants will co-create a short video and learn while doing.

Presenters
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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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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 →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

2:00pm

Propaganda Party for Housing Justice & Clean Water
Interference Archive, Mobile Print Power, and friends will team up to host a propaganda party in support of Detroit activists fighting for clean water and housing justice. Participants will create graphic and informational materials (posters, buttons, and flyers) that can be disseminated and used to propagate for clean water and affordable housing. Party attendees will also reimagine propaganda as a tool for social change and share strategies for community engagement and political resistance.

Presenters
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Nora Almeida

Interference Archive
Nora Almeida is a Brooklyn-based writer and librarian. She works at the New York City College of Technology and is a volunteer at Interference Archive.
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Lena Greenberg

Interference Archive
Lena Greenberg supports education and programming at Interference Archive. Lena also works with young people to envision a world beyond plastics through creative storytelling and manages farmers markets across New York City
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Maryam Gunja

Interference Archive
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Jen Hoyer

Interference Archive / Brooklyn Public Library
Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about local history at the Brooklyn Public Library. She loves working through how archives can help people understand themselves and their place in the world around them.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

2:00pm

Archiving Movement Media
How do movement media organizations preserve raw media content? Over the last 12 years the Media Mobilizing Project has been documenting movements in Philadelphia and beyond. In the summer of 2017 we began the process of cataloging and preserving our raw media with the intention of deploying a public archive of movement media. In this session participants will learn what our process looks like and strategize around how MMP and other movement media organizations can take on preservation.

Presenters
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Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz

Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz is the Technology Manager at the Media Mobilizing Project. Based in their hometown of Philadelphia, Helyx is a independent video artist and activist who is passionate about storytelling as a means to draw connections. Their video art is built by, about, and for televisions and computers and lives at the intersection of experimental video and technology. Helyx holds a B.A. from Hampshire College where they studied Video, Social Movements, and Youth Development, Media Mobilizing Project
Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz is a Philadelphia based video artist, technologist, and activist who is committed to the power of story. They have worked on documentaries, non-fiction and experimental narratives, multi-channel video installation, archival video presentations, and oral... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

2:00pm

Can You Hear Us Now? Movement, Techies and Technology Politics
As the vitally important information technology is being threatened, how should our movement and our movement technologists collaborate? Coming off the historic movement techie convergence at Highlander last year – attended by about 90 percent people of color, over half women, and a large number gender non-conforming and LGBTQ people – and the Movement Technologist Statement published this year, this workshop will discuss the question: What is the role of technology today and in our future?

Presenters
avatar for Alice Aguilar

Alice Aguilar

Executive Director, Progressive Technology Project. Co-organizer, Movement Techie convergence. Co-author, Movement Techi, Progressive Technology Project
Executive Director, Progressive Technology Project. Co-organizer, Movement Techie convergence. Co-author, Movement Techie Statement
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Alfredo Lopez

May First/People Link
Member, Leadership Committee, of May First/People Link, author Movement Techie Statement
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Cayden Mak

18 Million Rising
Executive Director, 18 Million Rising. Part of the leadership of the network of Movement Techies formed last year at the Highlander Center convergence.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

2:00pm

Data for Police Accountability
Presenters
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Camille Fassett

Camille Fassett is a researcher at Lucy Parsons Labs and reporter at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She is interested in public records, digital security, and data liberation., Freedom of the Press Foundation
Camille Fassett is a reporter at Freedom of the Press Foundation and a researcher at Lucy Parsons Labs. She is interested in digital security and public records.
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Jamie Garcia

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Jamie Garcia is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
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Nadia Khan

Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
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Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

2:00pm

It`s Complicated: Healing Our Relationship with $ to Do More Good
How do you feel about money? Many of us have complicated feelings about money rooted in the lessons (intentional and unintentional) we have internalized. We will walk through our collective and individual money stories, identify barriers, and begin a process of deconstructing harmful narratives about self-worth and money. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the messages we receive about money and tactics on how to redirect their energy towards using money as a tool to get good done.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

2:00pm

Strategies for Transforming Journalism
Let’s roll up our sleeves to get journalism to stop colluding with white supremacy and patriarchy! Lots of journalists are dissatisfied with the industry’s racism, patriarchy, gatekeeping, and exploitation, but few of us are organized around resisting it. This interactive workshop will break down how the journalism industry today traffics in oppression, then consider liberatory strategies for engaging with editors, publications, and journalism schools towards transforming journalism.

Presenters
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Mia Henry

Mia Henry (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, training facilitation, intergenerational community organizing, and civic and history education. In addition to her work at the Arcus Center, Mia is also the owner and operator of Freedom Lifted, a small business dedicated to providing civil rights tours in the Deep South and social justice trainings for people of all ages. Mia was the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS), a nonprofit organization that supports youth-led social change and youth-adult partnerships in community organizing. She is deeply passionate about social movement history, positive youth development, and civic engagement through an anti-oppression lens. Mia is indebted to her ancestors and elders for their resistance and insistence on being treated with dignity and respect. All of her work is dedicated to them., Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Freedom Lifted
Mia Henry (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, training facilitation, intergenerational community organizing, and civic and history education... Read More →
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Lewis Wallace

Scalawag Magazine
Lewis Wallace is an independent journalist and an editor at Scalawag Magazine. He previously worked in public radio, and he is a long-time agitator around prison issues and queer and trans liberation. Lewis's journalism focuses on the voices of people who are geographically, economically... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

2:00pm

Young People Building a Culture of Consent in Technology
From nudes posted without consent to police surveillance of activities, young people’s lives are exposed in harmful ways by friends, enemies, adults, tech companies, police, and more. This youth-led session will be a presentation of the Brownsville Community Justice Center’s digital privacy project and resulting youth-built wireless network, and a brainstorm of strategies for building cultures of consent with youth. 

Presenters
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Tahliyah Griffin

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Shamash Lima

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Jahtiek McKenzie

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Nevaeh Rios

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Maya Wagoner

Brooklyn Public Library / Mozilla
Maya Wagoner is a researcher, user experience designer, and organizer passionate about critical pedagogy and democratizing technology. She currently holds a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship at the Brooklyn Public Library, where she collaborated with the teens of the Brownsville Community... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

2:00pm

791.4 HYPE Radio - Teen Podcasting in the Library
How does a teen librarian and a library foundation director prove to young adults that their voices matter? Add a podcast studio to the teen center, of course. This hands-on session will have attendees creating their very own group podcasting segments that will be broadcasting live on 791.4 HYPE Radio! Topics will range from creating ownership opportunities for teens/ young adults, learning how librarians and library foundations work together for common goals to offering new programming in the library.

This session takes place at the Detroit Public Library's HYPE Teen Center:  5201 Woodward Ave

Presenters
avatar for Amisha Harijan

Amisha Harijan

Librarian III - Assistant Manager, Detroit Public Library
Amisha Harijan is the Assistant Manager of the HYPE Teen Center and Children's Library of the Detroit Public Library. After earning a BA in Africana Studies and a Master in Information and Library Science (with a focus in fine and performing arts) from Wayne State University, she... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

2:00pm

Detroit Sound Conservancy Music Tour
This is a deep dive, mission-driven, joyful journey into Detroit’s varied musical histories. This tour will explore everything from hip hop to country, musical historic districts, oral histories, and the challenges and opportunities of cultural preservation in Detroit. After this tour you will not just know more about Detroit’s music, people, geographies, and stories, but you will also be able to play a part in preserving and celebrating Detroit’s musical cultures.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

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Carleton Gholz

Dr. Carleton S. Gholz is an activist in Detroit music history preservation, as well as a writer, teacher, and DJ. Born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Dr. Gholz’s first post-college job was as a high school social studies teacher in Detroit from 1999-2004. After completing his PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, he taught at Northeastern University in Boston before returning to Detroit to be the Executive Director of Detroit Sound Conservancy. As a writer, he has published academically in sound and popular music studies (see Dancecult and the book Listening Spaces) and has been a professional freelance journalist since 1999 (see, for instance, Metro Times, Time, and BLAC). He is currently working on his first book which chronicles the rise of DJ-culture in Detroit., Detroit Sound Conservancy
Dr. Carleton S. Gholz is an activist in Detroit music history preservation, as well as a writer, teacher, and DJ. Born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Dr. Gholz's first post-college job was as a high school social studies teacher in Detroit. After completing... Read More →
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Jonah Raduns-Silverstein

Jonah Raduns-Silverstein is the Project Coordinator for Detroit Sound Conservancy. A musician and music producer himself, working at DSC has taught him everything he knows about Detroit music. He channels that knowledge and energy into everything he makes. (He will be coordinating the tour but will not be presenting.), Detroit Sound Conservancy
Jonah is the Projects Manager for Detroit Sound Conservancy
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Adriel Thorton

Detroit-based creative contributor and culture creator Adriel Thornton has, through decades of consistant imaginative and bold ideation, earned global recognition as a leading authority in the creative arts and event production. His club event, FAMILY, now in its 20th year, was voted “Best Club Night in America,” and hosted talent from around the world. Additional signature productions include Dally In The Alley, Eastern Market After Dark, and Dine Drink Detroit., Fresh Media Group
Detroit-based creative contributor and culture creator Adriel Thornton has, through decades of consistant imaginative and bold ideation, earned global recognition as a leading authority in the creative arts and event production. His club event, FAMILY, now in its 20th year, was voted... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

4:00pm

BUFU: Our Selves, Our Stories, and Our Futures
We are the archive. Our bodies, our minds, and our hearts are technologies and storytelling tools more advanced and complex as any. We have been gathering stories for the past three years about Black & Asian cultural and political relationships around the globe and in this session will be sharing (for the first time) a pilot of an interactive installation of our multimedia documentary. Our intention is to implicate and activate all who participate vs just consuming the stories being presented.

Presenters
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Jazmin Jones

Jazmin Jones is a San Francisco Bay Area raised, Brooklyn based visual storyteller. Her photography, films, and installation pieces are united by their attention to color and interest in the human condition. Jazmin`s work has been described as "subversive" , BUFU
Jazmin Jones is a San Francisco Bay Area raised, Brooklyn based visual storyteller. Her photography, films, and installation pieces are united by their attention to color and interest in the human condition. Jazmin's work has been described as "subversive" üëÄ and often echoes... Read More →
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Tsige Tafesse

Tsige Tafesse’s work looks to wage intimacy in a world growing deeply disconnected. Through performance, community organizing, multimedia journalism, and vr she conjures, building pathways from where we’ve been to where we could go. Collaboratively she’s a co-producer of the Prismatic podcast (an “archive of knowledges”), is a co-founder of BUFU (By Us For Us), a decentralized living archive and documentary project about (Pan)Black-(Pan)Asian cultural & political relationships, co-directed the first “Afrofuturism Conference: Designing New Narratives for the African Diaspora” at The New School. She has her BFA from The New School for Drama with a concentration in Directing. Her performance credits include Upright Citizens Brigade, Intiman Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, and others. Her photography work has appeared in Ebony Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, BlackLivesMatter.com. She was named one of Fader Magazine’s “People Who Show Us Where Culture Is Going” 2017 amongst being covered, BUFU
Tsige Tafesse's work looks to wage intimacy in a world growing deeply disconnected. Through performance, community organizing, multimedia journalism, and vr she conjures, building pathways from where we've been to where we could go. Collaboratively she's a co-producer of the Prismatic... Read More →
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Katherine Tom

BUFU is a collaborative living archive centered around (pan)Black and (pan)Asian cultural and political relationships. We, the founders of this project, are a collective of queer, femme and non-binary, Black and East-Asian artists and organizers. Our goal is to facilitate a global conversation on the cultural contact between Black & Asian diasporas, with an emphasis on building solidarity, de-centering whiteness, and resurfacing our deeply interconnected and complicated histories. We attempt to achieve this through our collaborative programming, our visual archives, and through building long-term partnerships with collectives, organizations, and individuals., BUFU
BUFU is a collaborative living archive centered around (pan)Black and (pan)Asian cultural and political relationships. We, the founders of this project, are a collective of queer, femme and non-binary, Black and East-Asian artists and organizers. Our goal is to facilitate a global... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

4:00pm

Water Warriors - Screening & Conversation
How do we build power with story & strategy?

Water Warriors is a short film about a community’s successful resistance against the fossil fuel industry. When an energy company begins searching for natural gas, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.

Followed by a conversation on multiracial solidarity, the power of success stories, and how we`re inviting people to reimagine their own possibilities for resistance.

Presenters
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Michael Premo

Storyline
Michael Premo is an artist, journalist and filmmaker. He is co-founder and Executive Producer at Storyline, a production company building power with story and strategy. Michael has created original film, theater and radio with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

4:00pm

#MeToo Reporting from a Feminist Transformative Justice Lens
How does media frame sexual violence against cis, queer and/or trans girls/women of color? How can we cultivate a culture of consent and transformative justice in reporting? Enlisting the Chicago Taskforce’s intersectional media guide, we explore how the media reports on sexual violence (incl at the hands of the state & police), the impact and dangers of this reporting, and what we can do to radically transform these representations. Participants will re/write an article thru a transformative justice lens.

Presenters
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Claudia Garcia-Rojas

Love & Protect, The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women
Claudia Garcia-Rojas is a Chicago-based activist and writer. She's a certified anti-sexual violence educator and co-author of the groundbreaking media guide "Reporting on Sexual Violence: A Toolkit to Better Media Coverage" which was published by the Chicago Taskforce on Violence... Read More →
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Deana Lewis

Love & Protect
Deana Lewis's scholarly and activist work focuses on tran/cis Black women and girls who have experienced state violence. Her research interests include Black girlhood studies, the school/prison nexus, and youth incarceration. More specifically, Deana is interested in Black girls... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

4:00pm

De-mechanize Design: This is not a Poster
Challenge yourself to think about your design process. How do you maintain inclusivity within your own marketing and promotion for your organization/project? You’ll learn Theatre of the Oppressed games to de-mechanize your design process and address root causes and systematic injustice, then use your freshly de-mechanized mind to create a campaign. No previous theatre or artistic experience necessary! Expect to move, reflect, create, and walk away with a finished, brainstormed poster campaign.

Presenters
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Katie Diamond

Communications & Design, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Katie Diamond is an illustrator, media maker, and tattoo artist. She strongly believes that art and design can elevate any message, and tries her hardest to use her artistic powers for good. Her work has been featured in books, plays, comics, multi-media projects, and more. She's... Read More →
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Liz Morgan

Community Resources Coordinator, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Liz works with TONYC as a facilitator and the Community Resource Coordinator. She is an actor and playwright, best known for her poem "Why I was Late Today and Will Probably Always be Late as a Black Woman" featured in The Huffington Post. She holds both a B.A. and M.F.A. from Brown... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

4:00pm

Emergent Motion Jam: Improvisational Dance from the Margins
In connecting with our bodies, oppressed peoples have so much to give and gain. Yet community dances often perpetuate white/ cis/ male/ thin/ ableist power. In this jam session, we will build an embodiment container that centers consent, and the needs of BIPOC, trans folks, fat folks, women, survivors, and disabled folks. Touch is *optional*. You will leave authentically connecting to your body, and with tools to begin building dance space for liberation.

Presenters
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the Redwoods

Community Builders, The Redwoods Circle
The Redwoods are trans and multiple practitioners of embodiment and social change. After healing and uncovering deep truths through mindfulness and contact improvisation, they found these communities could not handle their newly named access needs. In response they created Queer Glow... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

4:00pm

Fantasy Island: Decolonial Futures & Puerto Rican Response
How might we imagine the future of Borinquen beyond the cryptocolonial gaze & the military/tourism machinery of Empire? Participants will learn about creative organizing in and across the Puerto Rican Diaspora, such as cantahistorias, puppet theater, and multimedia installations. Next, we`ll remix `aid` narratives that reproduce structural inequality. Participants will walk away with a deeper knowledge of the situation in P.R., and storytelling techniques for better futures.

Presenters
Artists

Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

4:00pm

How to Remix City Bureau’s “Public Newsroom” Model
City Bureau’s the Public Newsroom is a model for long-term local media engagement and we want you to steal/test this program! We will present examples/lessons learned from the 50+ workshops we’ve hosted. We’ll show how we’ve helped others in the Mississippi Delta and elsewhere to remix this program. Attendees will design a Public Newsroom and give feedback. We`ll also be recruiting collaborators for the inter-organizational network we want to create with organizations using the #PublicNewsroom.

Presenters
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Bettina Chang

City Bureau
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Andrea Hart

Andrea Faye Hart is a Chicago-based journalist, media-based organizer and interdisciplinary educator. She is a Co-Founder and the Director of Community Engagement at City Bureau. Since 2010 she has designed collaborative journalism programs for media outlets as well as leading youth media organizations. In 2016 she served on the Hive Chicago Learning Network Advisory Committee and continues to freelance teach as well as creatively consult for other organizations. She was a 2016 Voqal Social Entrepreneur fellow, a Fall 2015 recipient of a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant and a local news consultant for the Democracy Foundation in 2017., City Bureau
Andrea is City Bureau's community engagement director, formerly of Free Spirit Media, where she created the nonprofit organization's Real Chi Youth program.


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

4:00pm

Imagination as a Research Tool
Imagination is a radical methodology that helps us interpret the data points of individual and collective experiences. This workshop explores the untapped potential of imagination as a research tool that surfaces unexpected insights. Through playful exploration, we will study “artifacts” from a liberated future to unearth truths about the present moment and visualize transformative possibilities for our movements. Participants will leave with a zine on using imagination in revolutionary inquiry.

Presenters
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Nina Bhattacharya

Nina Bhattacharya (she/hers) is an educator and cultural organizer based in Cambridge, MA. She received her M.S. in Glob, Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University
Nina Bhattacharya (she/hers) is an educator, visual artist, and cultural organizer based in Cambridge, MA. She received her M.S. in Global Health & Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and was previously a Fulbright fellow in Indonesia. In her current work... Read More →
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Payal Kumar

Harvard Medical School
Payal (she/hers) is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago and current Neurobiology researcher at Harvard Medical School. From being a former board member of the PanAsia Solidarity Coalition at the University of Chicago to being a community leader with Asian Americans Advancing... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

4:00pm

Just Joking: Humor Writing For Young People
What`s so funny about your favorite joke? In this session, we will share why humor is important to us and explore what makes us laugh. We will giggle our way through some examples together and practice telling our own funny stories, both true and pretend. Participants will leave with new ideas on how to make people laugh, inspired to share their joy through jokes and storytelling.

Presenters
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Macy Gould

[coming soon], Chicago Childcare Collective
[coming soon]


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

4:00pm

Rethinking the Public Restroom: Signage Design Workshop
This workshop explores gender binaries, the body, identity, public space, and social politics. Restrooms are a space in which many trans*gender and non-binary individuals face discrimination and can provoke anxiety. As a call to action, we want to deconstruct the restroom to build a new system of signage. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how images and language have historically contributed to the construction of social norms, specifically gender and sex in public spaces.




Presenters
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Asad Pervaiz

Asad is an independent creative director interested in the cultural sector and arts education. He specializes in editorial, exhibition, print and web design and has taught and lectured at Yale and Alfred universities. As a member of the Queering Space arts collective, he works to promote visibility for emerging queer-identifying artists and issues. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the Yale School of Art., Queering Space
Asad is an independent creative director interested in the cultural sector and arts education. He specializes in editorial, exhibition, print and web design and has taught and lectured at Yale, Alfred and Rutgers universities. As a curator of the Queering Space arts collective, he... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

4:00pm

Surviving Impossible Times: Herbal Strategies for People of Color
Plants can be powerful in contending with the burnout, illness, and injury from daily and generational violence against people of color. In this session, we will present herbal strategies to address health issues using commonly found plants. We will share our treasure chest of deep knowledge of uses and preparation of our most versatile herbal allies and pass around herbs to taste and touch. Participants will leave refreshed with new herbal knowledge and skills for their survival toolkit.

Presenters
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Carmen Malis King

Healing By Choice!
Carmen Malis King is a Detroit-rooted herbalist, doula, community health worker, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Her work is inspired by connections between health, environmental justice, and ancestral healing ways. Over the past decade she has studied as part of herbal education... Read More →
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Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis

DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival
Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis is a DC-based herbalist and public health practitioner. She works on participatory research and evaluation to address structural inequalities and the root causes of health. Motivated by gender, racial, and disability justice, her work has focused on supporting... Read More →
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Lottie V. Spady

Lottie V. Spady, Detroit Food and Media Justice Activist, has been studying herbalism formally for over 4 years although she has been an advocate and user of herbal supports for decades. She is currently hosting community herbal education sessions, plant identification walks, and medicine making workshops in Detroit and blogs about it at EarthseedDetroit. She also creates a variety of herbal products for health and wellness under the Detroit Elixir & Salve label., Earthseed Detroit
Lottie V. Spady, Detroit Food and Media Justice Activist, has been studying herbalism formally for over 4 years although she has been an advocate and user of herbal supports for decades. She is currently hosting community herbal education sessions, plant identification walks, and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

4:00pm

Transforming the Family Album into a Tool for Social Change
How can we build a radical collective archive from everyday family albums? We’ll explore how archives inherited, found, and generated can come together to meaningfully reflect and empower communities. We’ll screen clips of Family Pictures, share parts of our archives, and envision what collective archives can look like in the context of creative practice. Participants will gain collaborative strategies for collecting oral and photographic histories tailored to their own works and organizations.

Presenters
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Thomas Allen Harris

Family Pictures USA
Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker and artist whose work across film, video, photography, and performance illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. His deeply personal films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

4:00pm

Dismantle Mass Incarceration Through Participatory Action Research
How can people affected by the criminal justice system carry out our own research to build power and effect systems change? The Safe Return Project started as a participatory action research project and over 7 years has grown into a powerful, independent organization led by formerly incarcerated people. Along the way, Safe Return has brought about institutional change like defeating a proposed jail expansion and passing a ban the box policy. Come hear the story, key principles and strategies.

Presenters
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Eli Moore

Eli is a co-founder of the Safe Return Project and is a Program Manager at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He has been facilitating participatory action research processes for some 15 years., Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Eli is a co-founder of the Safe Return Project and is a Program Manager at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He has been facilitating participatory action research processes for some 15 years.
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Tamisha Walker

Safe Return Project
Tamisha is a co-founder and the current Director of the Safe Project. She led the development of Safe Return as an independent organization and shines leadership to overcome mass incarceration and social injustice everywhere she goes.


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

4:00pm

Fiscal Sponsorship: Sharing Resources to Build Community
It takes many different types of knowledge working together to thrive as a team. Members of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Fractured Atlas, and Allied Media Projects will explore how the resource-sharing model of fiscal sponsorship can provide artists and projects with nonprofit compliance and administration. We will also discuss how we serve and support our communities, what tools we develop and offer, and how we approach our work from an anti-oppression perspective.

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Courtney Harge

Fractured Atlas
Courtney Harge is the Member Advisor for Fractured Atlas. She is also the founder/Producing Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, a member of Women of Color in the Arts, and an alum of both APAP's Emerging Leaders Institute and artEquity's Facilitator Training. For more information... Read More →
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Toni Moceri

Allied Media Projects
Toni Moceri directs AMP's sponsored projects program, supporting over 100 sponsored projects working at the intersection of media and social justice.
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Beth Warshaw

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
Beth has been working with arts, cultural and social impact organizations for 15 years, where her role has always centered around saying yes to people's ideas, then working collaboratively to make them possible. A Philadelphia native, she recently returned from Seattle, where she... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

4:00pm

Our Data Bodies Matter!
Our data is our stories. When our data is manipulated, distorted, stolen, or misused, our communities are stifled, and our ability to prosper decreases.

Join our international team of researchers and organizers for a crucial discussion of how our communities are facing data-based discrimination—and the ways we can collectively begin to build digital justice.

Presenters
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Virginia Eubanks

Our Data Bodies Project/New America
A writer, teacher and welfare rights organizer from Troy, NY.
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Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Our Data Bodies Project/London School of Economics and Political Science
A mother, activist researcher, and social justice optimist born in New Jersey and working in London.
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Tamika Lewis

Our Data Bodies Project/Center for Community Transitions, Inc.
An organizer and artist whose primary focus is advancing Queer People of Color and marginalized communities.
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Tawana Petty

Detroit Community Technology Project/Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the Data Justice Coordinator and Communications Assistant for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB... Read More →
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Mariella Saba

Our Data Bodies Project/Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
practices popular education, cultural work, and healing arts, to collectively, creatively, and healthily uproot the genocidal set-ups of our global dis-ease.


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry C

4:00pm

Revisiting Asset-based Mapping
What community assets should you be mapping? Revisit asset-based mapping with two interactive Los Angeles maps that show cultural points and movement building tools to see what tips you can take back home. Asset-based mapping highlights existing strengths and creates a usable community map. This goes against the grain of research that points to deficiencies in communities for long-term recommendations. Participants will walk away with new ideas to bring research into the hands of communities.

Presenters
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Diana Benitez

Diana Benitez is a Research and Data Analyst at Advancement Project California. I conduct research, data analysis and data visualization in the realms of health, housing, and education. Advancement Project California is a next gen civil rights organization working to foster upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools and work alongside communities. I most recently worked at the UCLA Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and T.R.U.S.T. South Los Angeles Community Land Trust researching and developing maps that consider policy, affordable housing, transportation, public space, community development and neighborhood change. In 2016, I earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a focus in community economic development and the intersections of the built environment and health. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Urba, Solidarity Research Center
Diana Benitez is a Research and Data Analyst at Advancement Project California. I conduct research, data analysis and data visualization in the realms of health, housing, and education. Advancement Project California is a next gen civil rights organization working to foster upward... Read More →
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Betty Marín

Betty Marín is an artist, educator, and social justice worker from Wilmington, CA. Her work centers on creating educational spaces that encourage dialogue and solidarity between different communities. Based in her home city of Los Angeles, she is currently exploring the theory and practice of popular education by organizing tenants. She also edited a book called Art and Education, published in 2014 by Publication Studio, where she is in conversation with Pablo Helguera and Luis Camnitzer on the theory and practice that connect these two disciplines. She is Community Partners Specialist at 18th Street Arts Center., 18th Street Arts Center


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384

4:00pm

Audacity Awesome: The Basics of Editing Audio
If you want to learn the basics of audio editing and want to use free opensource cross-platform software to do so, this is the session for you! This session will give participants an introduction to Audacity and how to use it to edit audio. We will cover how to open files, combine tracks, enhance the quality of the recording, and other steps to get a stereo track ready for sharing. This session will give you the knowledge to prep audio for podcasts, pre-recorded radio shows and more!

Presenters
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Krusheska M. Quirós

Audio Editor | Co-Producer | Curator, Suena a Revolución Podcast
Krusheska M. Quirós is a queer Afro-Taina from Boriken now living in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Coast Salish people (a.k.a. Vancouver, Canada). She is the creator, audio editor and co-producer of the podcast Suena a Revolución. Krusheska... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

4:00pm

DIY video making
So you want to be a video ninja? In this crash course learn how to make a fast turn around video reports, with subMedia`s videoninja monks! We will be covering basic shooting and editing techniques as well as
tips on video appropriation and sampling. We will also provide a security tools 101 overview. You can view our work at sub.media

Presenters
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Djab Maroon

Versatile in the arts of videoninjitsu and the Sith, Submedia
Veteran Videoninja
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Tierra Morena

Submedia
Submedia Witch Doctor


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

4:00pm

#WokeAt5: Justice Education in the K-2 Classroom
Often times, culturally relevant and justice related teaching strategies center high school students. In this session, we will explore ways educators can create justice oriented curriculum in early childhood education. Participants will build a common-core aligned, justice-based lesson/unit plan. Participants will walk away empowered to teach justice-based curriculum in their classrooms. Participants will also have the foundation of a lesson/unit plan to return to their classrooms and teach.

Presenters
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Phylicia Brown

Legacy Movement, Just Resisting
Phylicia is an early childhood educator and a community organizer in Buffalo, NY. In addition to organizing, she has served as a teacher and a full-time educational advocate. Her passion for education is rooted in bridging the gap between justice work and education; engaging students... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

4:00pm

An Online Platform for International Solidarity Movements
Facebook isn’t enough. We need a communication revolution.
We will present a mockup of a digital platform that funds and sustains international solidarity movements by providing the means for a transferal of resources. This platform supports local efforts at self-sufficiency without institutional mediation. After we will seek feedback on the logistics behind our vision. Participants will leave with ways to be a part of this platform’s genesis by providing collaboration, resources, or expertise.

Presenters
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Micah Fedenko

MICAH FEDENKO is a self-identified Black, multiracial, trans*, and queer student at Vassar College with roots in Brooklyn, NY. They are compelled to encourage healing when possible, organize where there is hope, and perform where there is music. For those wishing to collaboratively imagine and co-create towards our liberation, feel free to contact them at fedenko16@gmail.com., Healing to Action
MICAH FEDENKO is a self-identified Black, multiracial, trans*, and queer student at Vassar College with roots in Brooklyn, NY. They are compelled to encourage healing when possible, organize where there is hope, and perform where there is music. For those wishing to collaboratively... Read More →
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Maimuna Touray

MAIMUNA TOURAY is a undergraduate student at Vassar College who spends most of their time, scheming, gassing scorpios, and talking out the side of their neck. They are especially interested in intergenerational trauma and imagining attainable healing futures for Queer and Trans POC’s. Maimuna hopes to connect with other creatives, thinkers, and schemers to nurture and propel their collective energy towards liberation., Healing to Action
MAIMUNA TOURAY is a undergraduate student at Vassar College who spends most of their time, scheming, gassing scorpios, and talking out the side of their neck. They are especially interested in intergenerational trauma and imagining attainable healing futures for Queer and Trans POC's... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

4:00pm

Artivism: Radical Art for Rapid Response Change
The gorgeous art of a protest sign or tearful political poetry at a rally evokes emotions for a radical movement. But how do we as movement organizers support our cultural producers with the political education they need to become powerful advocates with art? In this session we will discuss different artivist tactics for movement spaces to use. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of various ways to incorporate and value artists in movement spaces.

Presenters
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Sabiha Basrai

Design Action Collective
Sabiha Basrai is a member of Design Action Collective ‚Äî a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to serving social justice movements with art, graphic design, and web development. She is also Co-Coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action where she works with racial... Read More →
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Free Egunfemi

Untold RVA
Free Egunfemi is an independent historical strategist and founder of Untold RVA: The people's choice for the creative advancement of Richmond's most powerful Self Determination narratives, hidden in plain sight throughout the commemorative landscape. Free's conspiracy of good people... Read More →
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Nijeul Porter

Nijeul Porter is a cultural organizer and producer with the Soze Agency and Sons and Brothers, SOZE Agency
Nijeul X. Porter is a cultural organizer, producer, and educator with the wholehearted belief that art is at the tipping point for social change and is always excited about opportunities to facilitate the intersections of art, education, and community. He currently is Producer and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

4:00pm

Digital Consent is Coercive
This session will collectively explore if algorithmic accountability is even possible in an oppressive and unjust system. We will explore where our fight begins in the establishment of consent in the ever expanding digital world. Participants with collectively map and understand the trajectory of coerced consent. Participants will learn about tools that facilitate informed consent and resistance.

Presenters
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Jamie Garcia

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Jamie Garcia is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
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Nadia Khan

Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
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Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
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Ken Montenegro

National Lawyers Guild/Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Ken Montenegro is the National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

4:00pm

Feeding Radical Movements
How can cooking uplift grassroots organizing? We will explore ways to integrate food sovereignty and cooking into personal self-care practices as well as collective movement work. We will use storytelling to share best practices and look at how food is currently being used to create a different reality from capitalism, colonization, and racism. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of food as medicine and concrete strategies for using food to sustain radical movement work.

Presenters
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Tagan Engel

The Table Underground
Tagan is the founder of The Table Underground radio show, podcast and website. She has 20+ years experience working in food, as a chef, entrepreneur, activist, policy maker, business consultant and community builder. The main threads through her life and work are a passionate love... Read More →
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Tina Orlandini

Development Coordinator, AgitArte
Tina is a cultural worker exploring the intersections of culture, community, and solidarity through writing, photography, and design. From 2012 to 2016 she worked at El Puente, a community-based arts and social justice organization in Los Sures, Brooklyn. Tina first engaged with AgitArte... Read More →
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Gabriela Álvarez

Liberation Cuisine
Gabriela Álvarez is a chef and founder of Liberation Cuisine. She began cooking after studying public health in academia for several years. The kitchen became her way to tackle inequalities in the food system, while maintaining a focus on individual agency. Her own relationship with... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

4:00pm

I’ma Read, I’ma Read, I’ma Read: Collecting a Hip Hop Archive
"We just a couple cunts tryna archive; we celebrate trans queer artists in the hip hop diaspora and document/record these moments and movements to combat ongoing erasure and plagiarism. No one else can hold us like us so, we do this to ensure these legacies and legends are remembered. This workshop will explore: What is needed to tear down barriers to sharing & preserving our lives? How do we document in ways that center our pleasure & joy? How do we explore the depths of our stories? 
Bring a piece of your knowledge of what’s cunt to share as we continue collecting a living resource and archive of hip hop culture."

Presenters
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Shanna Collins

A Tribe Called Cunt // Black Brown Indigenous Crew
Bonita Africana (Shanna Collins) is a sexy bisexual queerdo who believes in the power of DIY collectives. In addition to A Tribe Called Cunt, she is also a part of the DIY music collective Or Does It Explode: Black, Brown, and Indigenous Crew and is a former VIBE intern. She also... Read More →
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darien r wendell

Transdisciplinary artist, curator, & educator, Chicago Black Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Collective (BTGNC), FTP, & For Youth Inquiry (FYI)
darien r wendell is a sensitive, black, gender expansive, queer being & punk living in Chicago, IL from many other places like Phoenix, AZ & Pontiac, MI. A transdisciplinary artist, curator, & educator, ey makes art and work creates space/time for refuge, repair, and release between... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

4:00pm

Politics of Erasure: Intentional Marketing of QTPOC
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and social media platforms alike are notoriously developed based on the courtship and solicitation of predominantly White brands and celebrities. Through an intersectional lens, this session will explore how the National Youth Pride Services social media team galvanized the influence of Black Twitter to reach a more exclusive community, Black QUEER Twitter in the marketing and promotion of materials to bring about the social awareness of Black LGBTQ culture.

Presenters
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Jayson Douglas

Jayson is a native of Baltimore, MD and serves as the new interim board member of the Event/Travel/ and Community Team of National Youth Pride Services. He enjoys traveling, reading, spoken word poetry and all the neat things that his new home in Cincinnati has to offer. He earned his BA in Political Science from Bethune- Cookman University, where he took a particular interest in international human rights and public policy. Currently, Jayson is completing a MS in Criminal Justice through the University of Central Florida. He is anticipated to graduate December 2018. Jayson works full-time at the University of Cincinnati as the Program Coordinator for the LGBTQ Center., University of Cincinnati- LGBTQ Center
Jayson is a native of Baltimore, MD and serves as the new interim board member of the Event/Travel/ and Community Team of National Youth Pride Services. He enjoys traveling, reading, spoken word poetry and all the neat things that his new home in Cincinnati has to offer. He earned... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

4:00pm

Today's Equity, Tomorrow's Museum
LinCT is an all-female, high school group from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s KAYSC. LinCT youth give a fresh perspective on museums and equity surrounding race, gender, and ability. We will work together to reflect on the responsibility of a museum, examine issues still plaguing museums, and brainstorm solutions to create a Dream Museum that embodies our ideas. This Dream Museum will be turned into an online resource for those looking to address these problems in new environments.

Presenters
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Rhea Boese-Colond

I am an ambitious high school youth, who is passionate about social change. I have been working around computational thinking and social justice with the Science Museum for around three years and have only been inspired more to make a difference in my community., Science Museum of Minnesota
I am an ambitious high school youth, who is passionate about social change. I have been working around computational thinking and social justice with the Science Museum for around three years and have only been inspired more to make a difference in my community.
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Abby Liegl

I am a female high school age leader. I have worked at the museum for over 2 years where I focus on Social Justice and STEM., Science Museum Of Minnesota
I am a female high school age leader. I have worked at the museum for over 2 years where I focus on Social Justice and STEM.
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Opeyemi

I am a high school senior from central high school. I am a Nigerian immigrant that is passionate about diversifying the stories told in our society., Science Museum of Minnesota
I am a high school senior from central high school. I am a Nigerian immigrant that is passionate about diversifying the stories told in our society.


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

5:30pm

Live Ambient Performance by Sean Johannesberg
At the end of your day of sessions come curl up and get cozy in the soothing vibes of the Relaxation Room with a live ambient performance by Sean Johannessen.  

Presenters

Friday June 15, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

6:00pm

Opening Ceremony
Join us as we celebrate 20 years of the Allied Media Conference's work of sharing and building media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world. The AMC's Opening Ceremony will explore our roots, create space to dream our future and highlights the brilliant organizing work of Tarana Burke, founder of the  'me too.' Movement, in conversation with Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project NIA.

Tarana Burke is an African-American civil rights activist. She is most well-known as the founder of the 'me too.' Movement in 2006 which has blossomed into a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society. In 2017, Time magazine named Burke among other prominent activists as "the silence breakers.” She is currently Senior Director at Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn.
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator.  Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration.
Also featuring performances by Detroit's RV Mendoza, The Aadizookaan, and other special guests. This year's Opening Ceremony will fuel our hearts and minds for the next twenty years of media-based organizing that impacts generations.

The Detroit Film Theater is located inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. Enter through the John R entrance. There will be shuttles from all hotels and from the Wayne State campus to the theater.

Presenters
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Mariame Kaba

Project NIA
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, and curator who’s active in numerous social movements for prison abolition, racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration, and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Detroit Film Theater 5200 Woodward Ave.

6:30pm

Cumbia Kids Sci-Fi Party
The AMC believes that creating dynamic content for kids is critical to a more just, creative and collaborative world. They also love a great party. The House of Cyborg presents a dazzling event for kids, caregivers, and community of all ages. Featuring DJs Mother Cyborg and Kristy La rAt, face painting, coloring stations, food trucks, bubbles and more. The film "Ratchet & Clank" will also be shown at sunset. Based on the popular video game, a spunky Lombax and a defective robot join forces to try and save the world.

Presenters
Artists
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Mother Cyborg

House of Cyborg


Friday June 15, 2018 6:30pm - 11:00pm
New Center Park 2998 W Grand Blvd, Detroit

7:30pm

I-Collective at Cass Cafe
Dinner: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)

An evening presented by I-Collective, an autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed and knowledge keepers, where the I stands for four principles: indigenous, inspired, innovative and independent.

Friday June 15, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave

7:30pm

Black and Brown Healing in the Wake of Climate Catastrophe
A meet-up for healing and magical manifestations amongst those whose communities have been affected by (un)natural disasters. Women, queer, and trans folk are welcome. We are prioritizing people from similarly impacted communities such as Houston, New Orleans, Ferguson, Flint, Detroit, Puerto Rico, etc. To attend this session please fill out this form
This meet-up is being organized by Healing Justice Delegation (Puerto Rico): a group of organizers, artists, and educators who came together after the passage of Hurricane Maria to build a stronger sense of support for those doing organizing work that prioritizes healing and community care.  We come from disparate groups, including Centro de Comunicacion Estudiantil of the student movement, CDPEC (umbrella organization of Comedores Sociales and Centro de Apoyo Mutuo Caguas),  Olla Comun, Colectivo IleFinca Conciencia and CEPA (a sponsored project of the AMC) who convened the group. We're interested in learning with others effected by disaster capitalism wanting to transform "aid" dynamics and build critical forms of solidarity that builds capacity for our movements, rather than drains them.


Friday June 15, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
CASS COMMONS: Memorial Hall

8:00pm

GET TO WERK
You just got through your first full day of conference sessions. We’ll see you on the dance floor. Featuring two stages with DJ sets by Stacye J and the Anthology of Booty. Live performance by TT The Artist. Hosted by Miz Korona.


Friday June 15, 2018 8:00pm - Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00am
The Marble Bar 1501 Holden St, Detroit, MI 48208

8:00pm

The Original AMC Karaoke + Bowling Party
An AMC classic and our longest running party. Join for karaoke and unlimited bowling in the Garden Bowl, the oldest active bowling center in the U.S. All the lanes, all night long. Karaoke is hosted by Jennyoke. Free for registered AMC participants.

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Friday June 15, 2018 8:00pm - Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00am
The Garden Bowl 4120 Woodward Ave

10:00pm

Comedy Night
If I can't laugh it's not my revolution! How else are we supposed to survive this never ending political circus? Join comedians from Detroit and around the country for a special AMC night of stand up comedy and much-deserved laughter. Featuring Francesca Fiorentini (AJ+ Newsbroke), T. Wise (That Blue Boy), Luna Malbroux (How to Be a White Man), Joe Aasim (Neopolitan Ice Cream), and Kai Quix (Quix, Women + Queers).

Artists
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Francesca Fiorentini

AJ+ Newsbroke
Francesca Fiorentini is a journalist, comedian and activist. She is host and producer of the show Newsbroke on AJ+, the digital outlet of Al Jazeera Media Network. She is also a field correspondent with Explorer on the National Geographic Channel. As a stand up comic Francesca has... Read More →
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Joe Aasim

Neopolitan Ice Cream
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Kai Quix

Quix, Women + Queers
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Luna Malbroux

How to Be a White Man
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T. Wise

That Blue Boy


Friday June 15, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday June 16, 2018 12:00am
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave
 
Saturday, June 16
 

8:00am

Breakfast & Beats
Kick off the AMC with a sober morning jam session featuring Sacramento Knoxx rolling out beats during our delicious breakfast at the Cass Cafe Dream Cafe. 

Presenters
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Sicily Amaris McRaven

radically art enthused
Sicily is a dynamically adorned and hyper creative individual who's an amc veteran


Saturday June 16, 2018 8:00am - 11:00am
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave

8:00am

FoodLab Detroit at Cass Cafe
Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am (counter service)
Lunch: 11 am - 4:30 pm (table service)

Featuring menu collaborations between two FoodLab member businesses: Jerome & Samuel Brown of Detroit Soul and Doniss Hicks of Nu Sol Bowls

Saturday June 16, 2018 8:00am - 4:30pm
Dream Cafe (Cass Cafe) 4620 Cass Ave

9:00am

Shaping Data, Shaping Power
The Cambridge Analytica scandal and subsequent Facebook hearings made clear to the world what targeted communities have known for a long time: our data bodies are vulnerable and can not only be attacked but can be weaponized against us. The threat we face is more than reckless tech CEOs or nefarious political actors; it is the uncritical advancement of “smart city” technologies, of predictive policing, and of artificial intelligence that reproduces the bias of its makers and perpetuates violent narratives and policies. We can move “beyond paranoia to power” as the Our Data Bodies project has declared. We can learn from the long legacy of resistance by communities of color to the extraction and exploitation of our data. We can demystify data and engage the public in rigorous dialogue about who owns data, who governs it, and who is impacted by it. We can harness the data and brilliance of our own communities to build the liberatory tools we need.


Moderators
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT, Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (http://codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on transformative... Read More →

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Ruha Benjamin

Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology. She is the author of People’s Science (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity, forthcoming) and editor of Captivating Technology... Read More →
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Mona Chalabi

A journalist who really loves numbers. She is the Data Editor at Guardian US but she also draws and presents numbers on film. She has written and presented TV shows for the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 4 and VICE and is one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video... Read More →
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Tawana Petty

Detroit Community Technology Project/Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the Data Justice Coordinator and Communications Assistant for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB... Read More →
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Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler

The creator of Appolition, an app that converts spare change into bail money to free Black people, and founder of Trans*H4CK--the only tech event of its kind that spotlights trans* created tech and trans* led startups. Dr. Ziegler is also an Oakland based award winning artist, writer... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Community Arts Auditorium

11:00am

From the Rebel Alliance to Wakanda: Sci-fi Movement Building
Black Panther and Star Wars - two epic storylines that invite our imaginations to build a movement, build a new world. How do we turn political threats into opportunities? How are we building resistance rooted in our cultures, and vision for a just society? In this session we will utilize storytelling, graphic facilitation, and through whole group engagement build a collective vision for a movement force to be reckoned with.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race woman who identifies closely with her African... Read More →
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Kai M. Green

Kai M. Green is a shape-shifting Black Queer nerd; An Afro-Future, freedom-dreaming, rhyme slinging dragon slayer in search of a new world. A scholar, poet, facilitator, and filmmaker, Dr. Green is Assistant Professor Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Williams College. Dr. Green has published in numerous scholarly journals including GLQ, South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Camera, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. He co-edited a special issue of TSQ on Black Studies/Trans* Studies. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming Anthology entitled Black Trans Love is Black Wealth . He is a proud member of BYP100 (Black Youth Project) where he sits on the healing and safety council., BYP100 & Williams College
Kai M. Green is a shape-shifting Black Queer nerd; An Afro-Future, freedom-dreaming, rhyme slinging dragon slayer in search of a new world. A scholar, poet, facilitator, and filmmaker, Dr. Green is Assistant Professor Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Williams College. Dr... Read More →
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Terry Marshall

Intelligent Mischief
Terry Marshall has been involved in social justice movements for over 20 years and founded Intelligent Mischief in 2013. Terry is a superstar facilitator and brilliant cultural strategist. Prior to Intelligent Mischief he founded Streets is Watching and the Hip Hop Media Lab. He is... Read More →
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Jenna Peters-Golden

Anti Oppression Resource & Training Alliance
Rooted in Philadelphia, Jenna Peters-Golden has been honored to facilitate workshops, retreats, and transformational processes with hundreds of co-ops, movement organizations, and other organizations fighting for justice. A queer Jew from Michigan, Jenna is anchored to many projects... Read More →
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Manju Rajendran

Anti Oppression Resource & Training Alliance
Manju Rajendran brings 25 years of local, state, regional, and national-level experience in popular education, strategy, organizing, and communications to her work with AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance) worker-owned cooperative. Manju is a queer, working class... Read More →
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Makani Themba

Higher Ground Change Strategies
Makani Themba is Chief Strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies based in Detroit, Michigan. A social justice innovator and pioneer in the field of change communications and narrative strategy, she has spent more than 20 years supporting organizations, coalitions and philanthropic... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

11:00am

Detroit Cooperates: C2BE’s Grassroots Enterprises tour
“Detroit Cooperates” Tour, hosted by Center for Community Based Enterprise, introduces you to innovating Detroit cooperatives, worker-owned businesses and neighborhood enterprises. Join us for a dynamic tour of historic Detroit neighborhoods, hearing stories from the resilient residents pioneering new entrepreneurship and anchoring new ecosystems in worker ownership. You’ll get the chance to support these community businesses and support broadcasting their inspirational new stories!
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Bryce Detroit

Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE)
Bryce Detroit is founder of Detroit Recordings Company and pioneer of Entertainment Justice. As an entertainment artist activist he uses media arts and cultural literacies to support neighborhood revitalization as well as local and national social, economic and climate justice movements... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

StoryShift: Amplify, Resource & Support Accountable Storytelling
How can we amplify, resource and support community accountable media? In this session, we will explore the principles and praxis of StoryShift, a new initiative building a generative future through a just and equitable transition away from exploitation of people and the planet. We will screen/show creative work, share our stories around the realities of developing deep collaborative partnerships, then close by collectively exploring the concept of "accountability" in the field of storytelling.

Presenters
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Noel Didla

Jackson People's Assemblies Task Force
Noel Didla serves as the academic, strategy, policy and research support for Mayor Lumumba and has also served on the core campaign committee to elect him as mayor. She's a member of the Jackson People's Assemblies Task Force and coordinates the research and strategy of the mayor's... Read More →
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Jayeesha Dutta

StoryShift Strategist, Working Films
Jayeesha Dutta is a tri-coastal, nearly tri-lingual Bengali-American artist, activist and strategist who leads the StoryShift initiative at Working Films. She is also part of the core leadership circle for Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative, galvanizing the voices and experiences... Read More →
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Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Defend Puerto Rico
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an award winning filmmaker and currently directs FistUp.TV a production company that documents people's stories from around the world as a way to expand community awareness... Read More →
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Yudith Nieto

A queer organizer and artist born in Mexico who grew up in the fence-line refining community of Manchester in Houston, TX. Out of necessity to mobilize her community she joined the environmental justice movement and dedicated her media making skills, advocacy, and art to confronting... Read More →
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Michael Premo

Storyline
Michael Premo is an artist, journalist and filmmaker. He is co-founder and Executive Producer at Storyline, a production company building power with story and strategy. Michael has created original film, theater and radio with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

11:00am

AMC2018 TECH Pop-Up
Work hands-on with 360 cameras, brainstorm applications for immersive storytelling and learn participatory strategies for using AR / VR in communities to create place-based activist media.

Presenters
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Michael Kuetemeyer

Temple University
Michael Kuetemeyer is an award winning media artist and teacher of experimental and documentary media. He is a recipient of a 2017 Pew Fellowship and is a founding member of Termite TV Collective. His work has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals and museums worldwide... Read More →
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Matthew MacVey

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Matt MacVey,  Matt is the principal investigator for the emerging tech lab at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, developing workshops to explore new storytelling tools and connecting media-makers and journalism students working with new technology.
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Anula Shetty

Termite TV Collective
Anula Shetty is an award winning filmmaker and new media artist. She is a recipient of a 2017 Pew Fellowship in the Arts award. She received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and serves on the board of the Alliance of Media Arts and Culture. Her work has been broadcast... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

11:00am

Black Futures: Monetizing the Scam
Do you have an idea, skill-set or hobby that you want to monetize? Are you overwhelmed by the possibility of greatness? Don’t know where to start? Join our an interactive workshop to explore money management, the art of negotiation (aka the scam), and realizing our value as makers, creatives, and leaders in our community.

Presenters
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McKensie Mack

McKensie `Bunny` Mack is a coach, anti-oppression consultant, performance artist and founder of the equity education consultancy 1989. leveraging the power of pop culture and satire to envision a world without white supremacy and genderphobia. Through punchy and bold in-person trainings and online shows, they break-down the complexity of systems of oppression and offer clients practical action plans for smashing harmful systems of power and prejudice and developing cultures of accountabilty. McKensie is also the co-Director of Art+Feminism, an initiative which challenges the way women are silenced through the preservation of history on Wikipedia., 1989 / Art + Feminism
McKensie 'Bunny' Mack is a coach, anti-oppression consultant, performance artist and founder of the equity education consultancy 1989. leveraging the power of pop culture and satire to envision a world without white supremacy and genderphobia. Through punchy and bold in-person trainings... Read More →
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Elijah McKinnon

PeopleWho.Care
Elijah McKinnon is a marketing maven, cultural producer and artivist. In addition to serving as the Founder and Director of People Who Care --- an independent consultancy that works exclusively with nonprofits and grassroots initiatives such as AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Northwestern... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

11:00am

Coding For Community
What happens when young people come together for 2.5 months to learn to code and build a web-based app for their community? Participants will hear from a group of middle- and high-school students about the learning process, how they worked with neighbors and used their skills to leverage the power of neighborhood Gigabit Internet networks. After some interactive activities, participants will walk away with an understanding of the process of building an app with and for their own communities.

Presenters
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Bettie

BLVD Harambee
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Darius

BLVD Harambee
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Keiyon

BLVD Harambee
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Tychichus

BLVD Harambee
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Tyree

BLVD Harambee


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384

11:00am

Express though Tech, Ozobots: Coding Meets Art
This workshop will be led by a teen crew from the Science Museum of MN. We will focus on how kids can be leaders and use troubleshooting to tackle issues they are passionate about. Kids can learn the principles of coding in a flexible, physical and fun environment. Collaborating to create functional art and solve self imposed challenges, this tech workshop will communicate to kids how programming can come in many shapes and sizes, promoting connection and creativity.

Presenters
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Fatima Abdihoosh

Fatima Abdihoosh a member of the LinCT computational thinking team with the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center, Science Mueseum of Minnesota
Fatima Abdihoosh a member of the LinCT computational thinking team with the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center
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Anika Duckwall

LinCT tech Crew member, Science Museum of Minnesota
Anika Duckwall is a member of the LinCT computational thinking team with the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center
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Keke Simpson

Science Mueseum of Minnesota
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Corionna Washington

Science Mueseum of Minnesota
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Kayse Yang

Kayse Yang a member of the LinCT computational thinking team with the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center, Science Mueseum of Minnesota
Kayse Yang a member of the LinCT computational thinking team with the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center
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Halima Yassin

Halima Yassin, 10th grader at Blaine High school. I`ve been part of LincT for a year and a half. I see myself becoming a lawmaker., Science Mueseum of Minnesota
Halima Yassin, 10th grader at Blaine High school. I've been part of LincT for a year and a half. I see myself becoming a lawmaker.


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

11:00am

Fire: A Transformation Oracle
How do you believe in radical change when history keeps repeating itself? In this session we will draw (metaphorically) on the element of fire as cleansing, transformation and life-sustaining energy. Using the "Archive of Fire" section of “M Archive: After the End of the World” as an oracle example, we will each get and give fire readings and learn how to create our own elemental oracles to guide us through/after the end of the worlds we know. You will leave the session ignited!

Presenters
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Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Alexis lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is also currently engaged in a collaboration... Read More →
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Sangodare (Julia Roxanne Wallace)

Black Feminist Film School
Sangodare Akinwale (Julia Roxanne Wallace) is the co-founder of Black Feminist Film School and the writer and director of the ceremonial film "When We Free." Inventor of the form "ritual screening," Sangodare creates interactive digital and analog sonic (vibrational) and visual (aural... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

11:00am

Healing Uses of Plant Technology
Plants are one of our most powerful healing technologies available – but do we know how to access and use them? This workspace and skillshare will explore the meaning of plants as technology, and will share three plant technologies – shamanic, herbal, and horticultural – that can be even more integrated into the broader web of relationships that support all of us. We hope participants will feel inspired to continue integrating plant technologies into their lives as part of our liberation ecology.

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Karen L. Culpepper

Karen L. Culpepper (she/her/hers) is a Chinese-DEAUS (Descendant of Enslaved Africans in the US) clinical herbalist and licensed massage therapist. She is founder of the MD-based clinical herbal practice, Embracing Rhythm, and apothecary, Sacred Legacy Herbal Apothecary. Karen’s unique herbalist contribution centers on the ways in which the energetics of plant medicine can support deep healing. Her particular focus areas are intergenerational trauma and its impact on physiology and womb restoration. Within the intersection of historical trauma of the African slave trade and womb healing, her study and knowledge of cotton root bark was recently published in the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild and offers a powerful perspective on role of plant spirit healing in the context of political changes and reproductive resistance., The Oxalis Collective
Karen L. Culpepper (she/her/hers) is a Chinese-DEAUS (Descendant of Enslaved Africans in the US) clinical herbalist and licensed massage therapist. She is founder of the MD-based clinical herbal practice, Embracing Rhythm, and apothecary, Sacred Legacy Herbal Apothecary. Karen's unique... Read More →
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Richael Faithful

Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a DC-based multidisciplinary folk healing artist and healing justice practitioner from the U.S. Black diasporic healing tradition called conjure. Faithful is known for their spiritual support of activists of all backgrounds including leaders of The Movement 4 Black Lives. Their healing work has been nationally featured in Everyday Feminism, Colorlines, HuffPost, The Root, among others. They have also contributed to several anthologies, including Lambda Literary award nominee, Outside the XY: Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity, and Land Justice: Re-Imagining Land, Food and the Commons. Faithful is former Shaman-in-Residence for Freed Bodyworks. Before their formal initiation, Faithful was an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Staff Attorney and community organizer. Also: www.richaelfaithful.com, The Oxalis Collective
Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a DC-based multidisciplinary folk healing artist and healing justice practitioner from the U.S. Black diasporic healing tradition called conjure. Faithful is known for their spiritual support of activists of all backgrounds including leaders... Read More →
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Miriam Zoila Pérez

Tonic Podcast
Miriam Zoila Pérez (Tonic Podcast) is a DC-based Cuban-American writer and activist whose work has circled around the themes of race, gender and health for over a decade, and the co-founder of the Oxalis Collective. Pérez is trained in the healing modalities of doula and massage... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

11:00am

Not in My House: Celebrating LGBTQ Identity through Performance
Vogue is a lifeline for LGBTQ youth at the Ruth Ellis Center. We will explore how dance is integral in shaping the identity of LGBTQ youth in Detroit, providing an in-depth look at the collaboration between the Ruth Ellis Center & Kristi Faulkner Dance. We will preview the documentary about this project & dialogue about the power of storytelling through dance. Participants will learn to perform the elements of vogue & leave as catalysts for dialogue about LGBTQ identity and cathartic expression.

Presenters
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Kristi Faulkner

Kristi Faulkner Dance
Kristi Faulkner is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker, educator and activist. Based in Detroit, she operates under the philosophy "dare to be different" - creating thought-provoking, visceral experiences that generate meaningful conversation and social exchange. Faulkner creates... Read More →
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Dwayne Cole Jr.

Ruth Ellis Center
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AJ Sims

Anton “AJ” Sims is a Detroit-based performer, activist, and emerging choreographer who specializes in vogue performance. He is an up and coming leader in the ballroom scene known for innovative ‘soft and cunt’ performances that tell a story. Sims has walked in the World Aids Day Ball, OKI Unified Awards Ball, and numerous balls throughout the Midwest. Sims has performed at Dlectricity, the Charles H Wright Museum, Jam Handy, the Allied Media Conference, Motor City Pride, and Hotter Than July. In addition to his own work, Sims has performed with the King of Arms, The Five, the Detroit Pistons Dance Company and Cass Tech Dance Company. Sims was awarded the 2018 Performer of the Year Award at the OKI Awards Ball and the Rising Star Award at the 2015 Detroit Awards Ball. He is a member of the House of Lanvin and serves on the junior board. Sims serves on the peer staff as a youth specialist at the Ruth Ellis Center. He is passionate about working with LGBTQ youth, helping them to grow and succeed. He was recentl, Ruth Ellis Center
Anton "AJ" Sims is a Detroit-based performer, activist, and emerging choreographer who specializes in vogue performance. He is an up and coming leader in the ballroom scene known for innovative ‚Äòsoft and cunt' performances that tell a story. Sims has walked in the World Aids... Read More →
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Brandi Smith

Ruth Ellis Center


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

11:00am

Remix History
How can youth-produced archival documentaries serve as a tool to critically examine social issues from a historical perspective? During this session, participants will engage in an activity taken from a youth program where participants remix a documentary about a social issue and embed it in a website aimed at social action. The hands-on activity will be followed by a reflective discussion about how to support a media learning project grounded in a critical historical understanding.

Presenters
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Yashan Clarke

Yashan Clarke currently attends Orchard Collegiate Academy, a public high school in New York City. Yashan was granted a full scholarship to Ithaca College and is eagerly anticipating graduation in June 2018. Yashan has many passions including: Songwriting, singing, playing the piano... Read More →
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Iliana Lugo

Iliana Lugo is a freelance Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and Photographer. Her goal is to become a profound artist and designer who can reflect the day-to-day of our current society. She is currently studying for a EQF Level 5 Professional diploma in Graphic Design and certifications... Read More →
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Laura Scheiber

Laura Scheiber is the Director of the New Media Arts Program at the Educational Video Center, a social justice organization that teaches young people how to make documentaries and websites about social issues. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a Fulbright recipient, she researched youth living in high conflict urban areas and social entrepreneurship aimed at social inclusion. She also previously worked at Edlab, Teachers College, as an Innovation Fellow, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brazil. She is passionate about empowering youth through innovative educational experiences., Educational Video Center
Laura Scheiber is the Director of the New Media Arts Program at the Educational Video Center, a social justice organization that teaches young people how to make documentaries and websites about social issues. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Education from Teachers College... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

11:00am

Scrapbook Detroit’s People and History
The simplest of visual storytelling can bring smiles and unity. We will scrapbook and teach this intergenerational, colorful activity of motivations, actions and history. Participants will display/arrange their civic engagement with photos, mementos, materials and headlines, listen to fellow participants, and recall the major stories that propelled Detroit and us in varied ways. Learn a universal tool of organizing through Detroit's history, and be stimulated for your next step of progress.

Materials will be provided. Encouraged, but optional: Bring a momento(s) of your civic action or inspirations!

Presenters
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Vassilis Jacobs

Senior Policy Associate with a history in political, neighborhood and labor organizing, Citizen Detroit
Senior Policy Associate with a history in political, neighborhood and labor organizing.
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Debra Walker

TBD, CitizenDetroit and Corktown Business Association
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Ingrid White

TBD, CitizenDetroit


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

11:00am

Truly Accessible Spaces: Designing WITH Disabled Organizers
When conversations about accessibility and universal design are dominated by non-disabled "experts," the resulting spaces inevitably perpetuate ableism. How can we better engage disabled community members and incorporate lived experience into spatial planning and design? We will discuss common pitfalls and pain points before diving into participants` individual cases. After this session, you`ll have concrete resources and action items for improving the accessibility of your events and meetups.

Presenters
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Elea Chang

Affect Conf
Elea Chang is a disabled user experience designer turned community organizer who's been volunteering with nonprofits for over 18 years. She previously worked for Upworthy and Idealist.org and has been published in Model View Culture and the Pastry Box. In 2015, Elea founded Affect... Read More →
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Melissa Chavez

Melissa Chavez is a digital and physical space UX designer specializing in communications and interactions for events, sites, and applications. She provides consulting for nonprofits and the City of Portland on improving the accessibility of events and proposal processes, with current... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

11:00am

Visual Resistance & Design for Our Movements
How can we use graphic design to empower our movements? Design Action explores case studies of collaborative campaigns, challenges of creative problem solving, and tools for resistance in today’s political climate. A presentation on design for social change is followed by a breakout group activity on crafting effective design solutions. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of designers and practical skills to carry into their own work.

Presenters
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Molly Jane

Design Action Collective
Molly Jane grew up working class on US-occupied Creek and Seminole Territories, Florida and Georgia, graduating from Flagler College with a BA in Graphic Design. Molly Jane has been actively involved in grassroots organizing and direct action campaigns for over ten years, focusing... Read More →
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Andrea Salazar

Design Action Collective
Andrea Salazar is a developer in Design Action's web department. Prior to joining Design Action, she worked as a freelance web developer for six years ‚Äî specializing in database and open source content management systems. She is committed to the social justice movement and is... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

11:00am

#OwningOurStories: Race, Power and Media
It`s time for us to collectively tell the truth about the role of news media in upholding white supremacy. Using the 50th anniversary of the Kerner report to set historical context, our presentation by media makers of color—including journalists, artists, organizers, filmmakers and educators—will examine racism in the media and how narratives are weaponized against our communities. We`ll use this power analysis to engage participants in a discussion about how we strategize to own our stories.

Presenters
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Manolia Charlotin

In her roles as multimedia journalist, curator, strategist, and educator, Manolia tells stories that feed the spirit and amplifies voices that seek liberation. Over the last 15 years she has led several media organizations and strategic campaigns that help change agents channel their resources to center the capacity of communities of color to build institutions in their image. Currently, she’s helping to lead a campaign to tell the story of race and media in the United States, through her work as a consultant with Free Press—the nation’s leading organization that champions a free and open internet. Through her work with independent media, she’s been able to advance the sector’s strategy on racial equity, gain support for coverage of social justice movements, and provide editorial management for a landmark scientific study on the impact of collaborative storytelling., Independent Consultant
Manolia Charlotin is a multimedia journalist and strategist with experience in print, broadcast and online platforms.
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Teresa Basilio Gaztambide

Teresa Basilio Gaztambide is the deputy director of New America’s Resilient Communities program., Resilient Just Technologies/Resilient Networks NYC
Teresa Basilio Gaztambide is the Director of Resilient Just Networks working in collaboration with five flood-prone communities in NYC to co-design, build and maintain weather-resistant and locally controlled wifi networks and to work with local partners to bring critical communications... Read More →
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Janine Jackson

Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated weekly radio show CounterSpin., FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting)
Janine Jackson is FAIR's program director and and producer/host of FAIR's syndicated weekly radio show CounterSpin.
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Roberta Rael

Generation Justice
Roberta is the Founder and Director of Generation Justice, which is an intergenerational media making project that is committed to social change. Generation Justice operates from the social justice principles of equity, inter-generational connectedness, and civic engagement through... Read More →
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Joseph Torres

Free Press
Joseph Torres advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation's media policies serve the public interest and works with coalitions to broaden the movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and internet issues and is the co-author with Juan Gonzalez of the New York Times... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

11:00am

Building a Freedom School Movement in Detroit
What are we learning as we build a freedom schools movement in Detroit? We reflect on the history and present work of the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement (DIFS) that operates several freedom school sites throughout the city. We consider the relationship between our mission to "create free, African-centered, loving educational experiences for Detroit children and families" and a much longer tradition of educational experiments focused on community strength and self-determination.

Presenters
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Piper Carter

Detroit Independent Freedom Schools
Piper Carter is an Image Maker & Fashion Photographer, Community Cultural Organizer in the Environmental Justice, Maker Space, Food Justice & Entertainment Justice communities, Co-Founder of The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop, Founding member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition... Read More →
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Mike Doan

Detroit Independent Freedom Schools
Michael Doan is a community-based activist in Detroit where he has lived for five years. He works with Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), is a founding member of the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement (DIFS), and a board member of the James and Grace Lee... Read More →
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Joy Ellis

Detroit Independent Freedom Schools
Joy Ellis is a youth leader with the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement.
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Salima Ellis

Detroit Independent Freedom Schools
Salima Ellis is a parent and activist with the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement. She is active in a campaign to Opt Out of standardized testing.
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Amaniyea Ellis

Amaniyea Ellis is a youth leader with the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement.


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

11:00am

Cooperative Ecosystem: Lessons in Building Community Wealth
Listen to stories of people supporting worker-owned cooperatives to build community power. Learn about why economic democracy is necessary and how to build sustainable and resilient alternative economic models that challenge traditional systems that extract and exploit from people and planet. Panelists will discuss the power of worker-owned cooperatives, national ecosystem building, needs-based business development, and how they are actively working towards a just and more democratic economy.

Presenters
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Margo Dalal

Detroit Community Wealth Fund
Margo is a co-founder and Director of the Detroit Community Wealth Fund. She is a Community-based Initiative Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is working to build youth-owned businesses at Grace In Action Collectives in Southwest Detroit. She is also... Read More →
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B. Anthony Holley

Detroit Coalition for Economic Democracy
B. Anthony Holley is a community organizer, entrepreneur, and co-op developer born and raised in Detroit. B. Anthony along with other local leaders launched the Detroit Community Wealth Fund to provide access to capital for local community owned business through non-extractive lending... Read More →
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Meghan Sobocienski

Grace In Action Collectives
Meghan Sobocienski is the CoFounder and Director of Grace in Action Collectives, a network of worker owned and youth run cooperatives and collectives in Southwest Detroit. Meghan is a 4th generation Detroiter, though she has lived in both the city and the suburbs. Living and loving... Read More →
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Lucas Turner-Owens

Boston Ujima Project
Lucas Turner-Owens is the Fund Manager at the Boston Ujima Project, a community controlled fund making investments in small businesses and real estate within Boston's working class communities of color. He has a background in consulting and TA.
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Ed Whitfeld

Fund for Democratic Communities
Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Ed had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‚Äòs when he was a student activist at Cornell University... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

11:00am

Decentralized Health Equity Model for LGBTQ+ Patients
Rapid city growth, rising housing costs, poor public transport, and inadequately trained healthcare providers are just a few barriers facing LGBTQ+ patients in Denver. This session shares successes and obstacles of implementing a decentralized model of care to mitigate these disparities. We will explore how data, community collaboration, and intra-organizational communication can affect systemic change. Participants will gain tools to reimagine and possibly rebuild their own healthcare organizations.

Presenters
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Theodore Tinnell

Health Education Trainer, Denver Health
Theodore "Teddy" Tinnell (He/Him/His) is a bona fide queer mountain trans man based out of Denver, Colorado. He is the Health Education Trainer for the LGBTQ+ Center of Excellence at Denver Health. His work and passion is to educate healthcare professionals (front line staff, security... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

11:00am

Healing Justice Lineages: A History Discussion
Our movement work requires constant consideration of the histories and lineages we are part of. This history of healing justice (HJ) panel features folks who have been a significant part of the HJ movement that has been convening at the AMC over the past decade. Key discussion topics include the foundations that have formed and informed HJ, the intersections of disability justice, racial justice, and HJ, the present state of the HJ, and visions and challenges for the future of HJ. It will also include celebration & honoring of Charity Hicks and other HJ elders and ancestors.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race woman who identifies closely with her African... Read More →
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Adela Nieves Martinez

Adela Nieves Martinez is a Traditional Community Health and Healing Arts Practitioner, Organizer and Mama. She is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots and integrative wellness approaches, practicing Acudetox (ear acupuncture), indigenous traditional... Read More →
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Cara Page

Cara Page is currently curating a multi-media project on the Medical Industrial Complex, called the SEE Project (Shedding Eugenics & Experimentation) to give testimony and intervene on the trauma of surveillance, policing and violence. She is a current recipient of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) Activist-in-Residence Fellowship. As a Black Feminist Queer organizer, cultural and memory worker who comes from a long line of organizers and cultural workers from the Southeast to the Northeast in the US. She has organized for over 30 years in LGBTQI liberation, racial, economic, reproductive & healing justice to intervene on state/interpersonal/communal violence and generational trauma. She is the former ED of the Audre Lorde Project, and co-founding member and former Co-Coordinator of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective. She is honored to share legacy and lineage of community led wellness & safety strategies to build towards our futures.
Cara Page is currently curating a multi-media project on the Medical Industrial Complex, called the SEE Project (Shedding Eugenics & Experimentation) to give testimony and intervene on the trauma of surveillance, policing and violence. She is a current recipient of the Barnard Center... Read More →
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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 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 →
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Rico

Rico is an MD/PhD candidate in the Institute of Communications Research and the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago. Their major focus of study is in the social and cultural studies of science, medicine, and technology, with minor... Read More →
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Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis

DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival
Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis is a DC-based herbalist and public health practitioner. She works on participatory research and evaluation to address structural inequalities and the root causes of health. Motivated by gender, racial, and disability justice, her work has focused on supporting... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry C

11:00am

Roundtable: Objectivity, Intimacy & Integrity
How can journalism cut through the incessant clickbait and removal of our current media environment to tell stories that are intimate and true? Conventional objectivity asks journalists to pretend that we aren`t in relationship with our subjects. This roundtable discussion will explore other models for journalistic integrity. We`ll bust through the myth of objectivity to explore how storytellers connect with our subjects--and how connection can help us tell stories that matter.

Presenters
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Sarah Alvarez

Outlier Media
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Jade Begay

Indigenous Rising
TV

Tina Vasquez

Rewire.News
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Lewis Wallace

Scalawag Magazine
Lewis Wallace is an independent journalist and an editor at Scalawag Magazine. He previously worked in public radio, and he is a long-time agitator around prison issues and queer and trans liberation. Lewis's journalism focuses on the voices of people who are geographically, economically... Read More →
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Ayana Young

Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a str, For the Wild
Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

11:00am

Transforming Trauma: Youth-Led Social Justice Movements
How can adults support youth in transforming trauma into change? This session will explore the activism and healing efforts that marginalized Neutral Zone youth leaders put forth to create critical culture shifts. Teens from three programs will share best practices for developing programming and actions to address rape culture, anti-Black racism and queerphobia within our community. Participants will leave inspired and equipped with strategies for building youth-led social justice movements.

Presenters
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Hasna Ghalib

Hasna Ghalib is a poet, activist and peer-to-peer educator. She currently attends Pioneer High School and is a member of their Black Student Union. Hasna was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the United States as a refugee in 2008. She is one of the most outspoken and committed youth leaders at the Neutral Zone, working to address racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and rape culture through her participation in S.A.R.E. (Safe sex And Rape culture Education,) S.E.E.D. (Students Educating Each other about Diversity) and the VOLUME Youth Poetry Project. Her poetic debut was this year’s Poetry Night in Ann Arbor production. She made the 2018 Louder Than A Bomb Ann Arbor slam team and will be traveling to Detroit in May to compete with teens from all over the region. She will also be opening for world-renowned poet Mojha Khaf at Rackham on March 23rd, and looks forward to releasing her first book. Hasna’s work is reflective of her experience as an Arab woman and American citizen, and a refugee. Hasna’s hobbies incl, Neutral Zone
Hasna Ghalib is a poet, activist and peer-to-peer educator. She currently attends Pioneer High School and is a member of their Black Student Union. Hasna was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the United States as a refugee in 2008. She is one of the most outspoken and committed youth... Read More →
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Alex Kime

Neutral Zone
Alex is a current Master of Social Work student at the University of Michigan where they are a National Community Scholar and a Graduate Student Instructor for the Program on Intergroup Relations. Over the past six years, they have facilitated a wide variety of workshops, dialogues... Read More →
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Ebere Oparaeke

Ebere works at the Neutral Zone as an adviser for the Drop-in after school program and S.E.E.D. program, serves as a coach for the Neutral Zone Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) team, and facilitates training in restorative practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Women`s Studies, Ebere offers volunteers doula services to teens and organizations in Washtenaw county and has participated in and facilitated many discussions on reproductive justice, social justice and identity. Through her work, she strives to create inclusive and supportive environments for marginalized youth in the local area., Neutral Zone
Ebere works at the Neutral Zone as an adviser for the Drop-in after school program and S.E.E.D. program, serves as a coach for the Neutral Zone Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) team, and facilitates training in restorative practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor... Read More →
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Laila Pasha

Neutral Zone
As a member of the Neutral Zone Board of Directors, Laila Pasha has been a fierce teen leader in cultivating change at the Neutral Zone. During her time, she founded the Safe Sex and Rape Culture Education program (S.A.R.E) to challenge rape culture and sexual violence within her... Read More →
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Molly Pershin Raynor

Molly Pershin Raynor is a poet and educator. She has facilitated poetry workshops in prisons, halfway houses, high schools and teen centers, and traveled coast to coast performing spoken word. Molly co-founded RAW Talent (now the RYSE Performing Arts Program) in Richmond, California. Her work is highlighted in the documentary film on Netflix, "Romeo Is Bleeding," which follows her co-founder Donte Clark and their students as they fight to address gun violence through spoken word and theater. Molly just moved back to her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to serve as the Literary Arts Program Manager at the Neutral Zone Teen Center. Her poetry has been featured on NPR and published in several literary magazines including Vinyl, The Rumpus and Porkbelly Press., Neutral Zone
Molly Pershin Raynor¬†is a poet and educator.¬†She has facilitated poetry workshops in prisons, halfway houses, high schools and teen centers, and traveled coast to coast performing spoken word. Molly¬†co-founded RAW Talent (now the RYSE Performing Arts Program) in Richmond... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

11:00am

Act Out to Tear Down: Disrupt with Theatre of the Oppressed
How do you organize where everyone has a role and a voice? How do you use tools that go with you from the street corner to the stairs of the State house? In this session we will move through several Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to explore what community organizing can feel like when the basis is built on moving through shared struggle, communal intimacy, and trust. The intended outcome is that participants learn how to use physicality and everyday objects to organize.

Presenters
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Raven Stubbs

Raven’s practice of dismantling is her work as an educator, artist, writer, facilitator, and independent consultant specializing in anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings as well as creating programs and curriculum and designing implementation strategies. She has lived at the intersection of theatre and social justice since her early days at the Detroit High School of the Fine and Performing Arts. At Illinois Wesleyan University, Raven obtained an honors research in Ethnodramtic Theatre Studies. Her research led her to creating Anti-Oppression workshops as a tool for community building and organizing. Raven’s passion of advocating for social change and human rights led her to her Masters in Education Policy and Management with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She hopes to make intentional hugs and kindness law in this country., IND Consultant
Raven's practice of dismantling is her work as an educator, artist, writer, facilitator, and independent consultant specializing in anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings as well as creating programs and curriculum and designing implementation strategies. She... Read More →
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Chahney Young

Chahney Young is a Virgin Islander and 4th generation New Yorker. They are a writer, advocate, and educator, specializing in Program and Curriculum Design and Implementation, and Organizational Development, and are a Trauma-Informed Facilitator and coach in Emotional Intelligence... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

11:00am

Youth Fighting 4 Justice: The Mixtape
Learn how TRUE Skool, (Milwaukee, WI) engages, empowers and educates youth leaders using the elements of Hip Hop culture to build arts based platforms as a way to address solutions to injustices directly affecting them.
Become a performer, contributor or partner in the `Youth Fighting 4 Justice` Media Project. We will be creating art, filming and recording video and audio content, for our ongoing YF4J campaign that connects like minded orgs, artists and activists for future collective impact.

Presenters
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Shalina S. Ali

TRUE Skool
YF4J Impact Connector & Co - Executive Director of TRUE Skool
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Tyrone Randall

YF4J Engagement Facilitator & TRUE Skool Program Intern, TRUE Skool / Urban Underground
YF4J Creative Engagement Engineer & TRUE Skool Program Intern
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JENE TATE

TRUE SKOOL
YF4J Creative Designer & Performing Artist. Program Assistant at TRUE Skool
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FIDEL VERDIN

TRUE SKOOL
Fidel Verdin YF4J Visionary Strategist and Co-Executive Director of TRUE Skool.


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

11:00am

Designing Possibilities for the Wellbeing of Black Women
How might we position Black women as leaders in the design process, giving them the space to reimagine what collective wellbeing can look like, creatively and holistically? We will explore design as a transformative tool that can actualize healing for Black women’s mind, body, soul and space, and strategize community-driven approaches to address rising health concerns. Participants will walk away with actionable tools to design possibilities for wellbeing in their communities.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Shanté Brown

Denise Shanté Brown

Holistic Design Strategist + Mental Health Advocate, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Denise Shanté Brown, MA, is a holistic design strategist and mental health advocate unapologetically prioritizing the wellbeing of Black women. As a graduate of MICA's Social Design program and current Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow, her collaborative practice addresses mental... Read More →
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N'Deye Diakhate

Baltimore Corps Fellow
N'Deye Diakhate is a multidisciplinary artist and designer with a love of people, design thinking, and liberation. A current Baltimore Corps Fellow, they are the new Communications and Development Manager for Baltimore Dance Crews Project - a nonprofit after-school program with the... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

11:00am

Indigenous Storytelling: Resisting Co2lonialism
Indigenous Rising Media works globally to challenge Co2lonialism with grassroots movements on the land, in the streets, in corporate boardrooms and in the media. Join us for a short film festival and workshop to explore how we can build a decolonised climate justice movement using narrative based storytelling. We will explore how we can use digital media and storytelling strategies to move to recenter indigenous cosmologies, resistance strategies and voices in the fight for climate justice.

Presenters
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Eriel Deranger

Eriel Deranger, Eriel has an extensive work history including working for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, TakingITGlobal, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club Canada, Indigenous Environmental Network and working directly with her First Nation, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Eriel work history includes participation at the international level with the UN International Indigenous Youth Caucus, Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus. She has also served an advisor to many different organizational boards including the UK Tar Sands Network, the Tar Sands Solution Network, Keep it in the Ground network, and most recently on the board of Bioneers. Through her work with the Environmental Justice movement, Eriel has been deeply involved in social justice and anti-oppression trainings/workshops, conference facilitation, and public speaking. These have been central to developing strategy and drafting numerous declarations including the Anchorage D, Indigenous Climate Action
Eriel Deranger, Eriel has an extensive work history including working for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, TakingITGlobal, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club Canada, Indigenous Environmental Network and working directly with her First Nation, the Athabasca Chipewyan... Read More →
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Suzanne Dhaliwal

Suzanne is an activist and campaigner, working on indigenous rights and mining issues. Suzanne Dhaliwal is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands. She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada raising awareness about the impacts of mining on the mental health of indigenous communities impacted by mining in Colombia. She has been connecting environmental justice struggles in the Arctic, Tar Sands and Nigeria specifically around Shell’s human rights violations. Since 2011 she has developed anti-oppression and creative action trainings to support the development of a creative inclusive environmental movement grounded in anti-oppression principles., UK Tar Sands Network
Suzanne is an activist and campaigner, working on indigenous rights and mining issues. Suzanne Dhaliwal is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

11:00am

Local Opportunities to Preserve Net Neutrality
What’s next for net neutrality? With its repeal of rules protecting net neutrality, the FCC gave powerful internet service providers a free pass to shape what you do online. This session will brainstorm new ways to get communities involved. We`ll generate ideas, explore what`s happening now, and articulate next steps to win net neutrality and other digital justice policies. You`ll leave with clear strategies for engagement and partnerships you can count on as you organize for digital justice.

Presenters
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Sarah Morris

Open Technology Institute
https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/sarah-morris/
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Hannah Sassaman

Media Mobilizing project
Hannah is Policy Director at Media Mobilizing Project and currently a Soros Justice Fellow.


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

11:00am

Migration Justice in Canada-US Border Communities
How can the border communities of Detroit, U.S. and Windsor, Canada see and live as borderless cities? How can we create spaces of justice for immigrants facing removal of their legal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) seeking refugee status in Canada? We will explore these questions by drawing from the shared experiences of immigrants and activists of the Detroit-Windsor border area. Participants will walk away with an advocacy strategy on how communities can activate a border-less city.

Presenters
avatar for Grace Wu

Grace Wu

Independent Researcher & Campaigns Consultant, Independent community organizer, researcher, formerly of Canadian Council of Refugees and Amnesty International
Grace Wu has worked in refugee advocacy in North Africa and Canada. She is a community-based organizer and design-researcher. She is currently organizing with the Caribbean Solidarity Network to develop teach-ins on migration history and refugee deterrence policies in Canada.
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Julie Young

Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Lethbridge, A, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Julie Young is a Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Much of her research to date has focused on how refugees, migrants, and advocates in communities around the Canada-US and Mexico-Guatemala... Read More →



Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

11:00am

Sex Work in the Digital Age: Navigating Consent
In the digital age, we all face problems that sex workers have been navigating for years: consent to being filmed, privacy on social media, online safety and censorship, to name a few. We will share ideas on how to maintain autonomy over our public image, avoiding spectacle, objectification and victimization. The goal of this session is to promote media allyship with marginalized groups so they can contribute to breaking up stigma rather than compounding it.

Presenters
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Zoe Trope

Zoe Trope is an activist, community organiser and filmmaker with nearly 10 years of sex work experience. She began as a stripper in Baltimore clubs, pulling 30 hour work weeks while earning her BA in Electronic Media and Film, with a heavy emphasis in womens studies. She was a founding member of the Rude Girls Burlesque Cult, a troupe that was formed at a stripclub where dancers were subverting expectations by offering tarot readings, portraits and specialized performances in lieu of lapdances. In 2010, she moved to London, where she began shaking it on the stages of East London`s notorious strip pub circuit, where punters drop pounds in a pint glass to see stage shows. It was at one of these venues that she teamed up with the other girls to create the East London Strippers Collective, an activist and arts collective run by and for strippers to demand an end to stigma and campaign for fair working conditions. On her 10 year sex work anniversary, she decided to pack it in and move home to concentrate on making, East London Strippers Collective
Zoe Trope is an activist, community organiser and filmmaker with nearly 10 years of sex work experience. She began as a stripper in Baltimore clubs, pulling 30 hour work weeks while earning her BA in Electronic Media and Film, with a heavy emphasis in womens studies. She was a founding... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

11:00am

Detroit Narrative Agency 2.0 Project Screenings
Join us to view screenings of DNA-supported films by Black & Brown Detroiters, visit the adjacent exhibit, talk with filmmakers, mentors & community partners. The screenings will allow for community feedback for the work-in-progress projects and will have a post-screening conversation with the filmmakers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the ways that DNA is working towards shifting narratives in the city and will contribute to the growth and completion of the current cohort of projects with their feedback.

*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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paige watkins

DNA/AMC
In their role as Associate Director of Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), paige co-leads the process of supporting DNA cohort members to develop moving-image projects and impact strategies. They coordinate program logistics and collaborate to optimize opportunities for cohort projects... Read More →
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ill weaver

DNA/AMC
ill Weaver is a founding director of Detroit Narrative Agency. In addition to their work with DNA they are an artist and organizer who co-founded Emergence Media, Complex Movements, Detroit Future Youth, and coordinated Detroit Summer for over a decade. As a musician and lyricist... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

FEEST With Us!
These Black youth are creating safe spaces for real conversation over good food in neo-colonial Brooklyn. We will explore what it means to be Black youth from Bed-Stuy creating spaces for other youth to cook wholesome meals based on what is available in the hood. We will talk about the FEEST model, teach knife skills, and cook a meal grounded in community and our ancestral traditions of resourcefulness and creativity. Kit an Kin will join us, as our FEEST creation becomes a part of a family dinner.

*This session takes place at an offsite location and capacity is limited. To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Networks of the Equitable Internet Initiative Tour
How can community owned infrastructure transform communities? Tour Detroit’s Islandview, Southwest and North End neighborhoods to see how they use community wireless networks to build relationships and ensure resiliency. Visit the anchor organizations and talk with Digital Stewards about how these networks have impacted their lives and communities. Participants will leave knowing that communities are more than capable of developing, owning and governing technology within their neighborhoods.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Janice Gates

EII Program Coordinator
Janice has a background in program management, marketing and public relations, and communications. In her role as the Program Coordinator for the Equitable Internet Initiative, she will be working with anchor organizations in three neighborhoods of Detroit seeding community technology... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Soul – East Side Detroit Tour.
Opportunity to see, feel and learn Detroit‘s journey from the 20th century to creating a post industrial city based on visionary organizing and the ideas of James and Grace Lee Boggs.

Presenters
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Richard Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Richard Feldmn has been active since. His involvement in the 1960s. He has worked with James and Grace Boggs for more than. ‚Äò40 years. Rich worked on ford assembly line for more than 20 years, local. Union official. And worked on international staff of UAW. Rich I had a decades... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

12:45pm

Bike Share Equity and Inclusivity with MoGo!
Join AMC2018 transportation sponsor MoGo in a conversation about the process of rolling out a bike share in Detroit, exploring transportation equity and working with Detroiters to engage as much as our community as possible. Give feedback, share and maybe we'll even go for a ride! 

Presenters
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Adriel Thorton

Detroit-based creative contributor and culture creator Adriel Thornton has, through decades of consistant imaginative and bold ideation, earned global recognition as a leading authority in the creative arts and event production. His club event, FAMILY, now in its 20th year, was voted “Best Club Night in America,” and hosted talent from around the world. Additional signature productions include Dally In The Alley, Eastern Market After Dark, and Dine Drink Detroit., Fresh Media Group
Detroit-based creative contributor and culture creator Adriel Thornton has, through decades of consistant imaginative and bold ideation, earned global recognition as a leading authority in the creative arts and event production. His club event, FAMILY, now in its 20th year, was voted... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

12:45pm

Black Filmmaker Link Up
Black filmmakers needs to link up! Join us for a lively lunchtime community meetup to share stories, skills, and best practices on collaborative filmmaking across experience levels. Whether you’re creating feature-length films, documentaries, short films, or are just beginning, you are warmly welcomed to join us for nutritional conversation about how we are using film to shift and generate bold new narratives across the diaspora.

Presenters
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Golden Collier

Womanist Trilliance
Golden Collier is an artist, teacher, and organizer living in Oakland. They are the founder of Womanist Trilliance, an Allied-Media Sponsored Project that seeks to celebrate the overlooked, nonetheless brilliant, historical and contemporary leadership of black women, queers, and trans... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

12:45pm

Break Bread & Build: (Em)Power Brunch + Building Session
How can we take care of each other, while further supporting folks with whom we`re aligned, locally and beyond? With this "building brunch," co-presented by Nourish | Resist, "Feed The Resistance" + FoodLab Detroit, we`ll hold space for both: first, a meal; then a capacity building session w/a panel on a top food labor issue (the "One Fair Wage" campaign) followed by letter writing to legislators. Participants will leave with a toolkit to replicate this kind of gathering in their communities.

*This session takes place at an offsite location; take the Dream Cafe shuttle. Capacity is limited.*

Presenters
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Devita Davison

FoodLab
Devita Davison, a native of Detroit and granddaughter of a preacher, lived almost 19 years in New York before moving back to her hometown of Detroit in 2012. Her words are not just letters strung together; they are vessels for love and fight, heart ache, wisdom, and profound joy... Read More →
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Shakirah Simley

Nourish | Resist
Shakirah Simley is a writer and community organizer in San Francisco. She earned her organizing chops with over a decade of working on food equity, labor and youth campaigns. The daughter of a social worker, and granddaughter of a Black Panther, she graduated with honors from the... Read More →
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Julia Turshen

Feed the Resistance
Julia Turshen is the bestselling author of Feed the Resistance, named the Best Cookbook of 2017 by Eater, and Small Victories, named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2016 by The New York Times and NPR. She has coauthored numerous cookbooks including It's All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
CASS COMMONS: Memorial Hall

12:45pm

Digging out the Roots of Trauma: Healing our Relationship to Land
Tierra y Libertad! Land & Freedom! Land has always been at the center of our collective struggle and is ultimately the place where our Liberation resides. Living through colonialism and capitalism has disrupted our relationship to land. This hands-on interactive workshop is designed for People of Color to come together to identify common ways we carry trauma in our relationship to land. We will learn how land can heal through farming, growing medicine and connecting to ancestral practices.

Presenters
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Leo Orleans

Leo Orleans is an Afro-Latinx Farming ChefArtist who grew up in rural Paso Robles, California. Leo is now in East Oakla, Oakland SOL
Leo Orleans is an Afro-Latinx Farming ChefArtist who grew up in rural Paso Robles, California. Leo is now in East Oakland, Ca and is joining forces on the block to regenerate our QTPOC-Youth led Healing Urban Farm and Garden at Oakland SOL, a community QTPOC collective. If Leo isn't... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

12:45pm

Finding Yourself in the Break: Lessons in Black Jazz Meditation
Listening is at the heart of all change-making. This session will explore the liberating power of listening by engaging with an archive of Black Music. We will discuss listening as a timeless tool for excavation amongst people of color and practice meditation to the work of Black musicians who utilized improvisation. (Music will include Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, etc.) Participants will leave with new ways to care for themselves through listening, as well as ways to listen for ways forward.

This session is presented for people of color only, please.

Presenters
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NIcole Campbell

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Nicole Campbell is a Black feminist artist and dj, currently based in Detroit by way of North Carolina. She is primarily concerned with sound as both a portal for entrancement and an entry point to past, present, and time-defying worlds. Some of her mixes and musings can be found... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STUDENT CENTER: 020

12:45pm

How to Create and Heal Organizations that Embody Our Values
How can we ensure that the structure and policies of our orgs reflect our values? We`ll share our experiences as two journalism orgs seeking to organize ourselves internally to reflect the world we want to see. Together, we`ll generate holistic and humanistic org policies to share with other orgs trying to grow with integrity, and identify trainings and approaches that orgs need to hold folks accountable and heal. Participants will leave with ideas and a strengthened network of colleagues.

Presenters
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Andrea Hart

Andrea Faye Hart is a Chicago-based journalist, media-based organizer and interdisciplinary educator. She is a Co-Founder and the Director of Community Engagement at City Bureau. Since 2010 she has designed collaborative journalism programs for media outlets as well as leading youth media organizations. In 2016 she served on the Hive Chicago Learning Network Advisory Committee and continues to freelance teach as well as creatively consult for other organizations. She was a 2016 Voqal Social Entrepreneur fellow, a Fall 2015 recipient of a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant and a local news consultant for the Democracy Foundation in 2017., City Bureau
Andrea is City Bureau's community engagement director, formerly of Free Spirit Media, where she created the nonprofit organization's Real Chi Youth program.
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Erika Owens

OpenNews
Erika is a web journalist based in Philadelphia. She works with OpenNews to help journalists, developers, designers, data geeks, and civic hackers create awesome projects together on the open web. Prior to joining OpenNews, Erika was web editor at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

12:45pm

Imagine! Create! Liberate!
Presenters
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Ana Amaya

Chicago Freedom School
Ana is a member of Chicago Freedom School's Youth Leadership Board, she has led our youth participatory evaluation process, co-facilitated adultism and youth-adult partnership workshops, and has led healing and wellness spaces across the city.
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Tekiyah Arrington

Tekiyah is a member of Chicago Freedom School`s Youth Leadership Board. She is a freshman in high school and loves to have fun, but is serious about social justice., Chicago Freedom School
Tekiyah is a member of Chicago Freedom School's Youth Leadership Board. She is going into her sophomore year in high school and loves to have fun, but is serious about social justice.
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Steph Campoverde

Stephanie is a member of Chicago Freedom School`s Youth Leadership Board. She is passionate about social justice issues and works to understand and build solidarity with different people., Chicago Freedom School
Stephanie is a member of Chicago Freedom School's Youth Leadership Board. She is passionate about social justice issues and works to understand and build solidarity with different people.


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

12:45pm

Lunch Love
How do we raise children to be the architects of a new world while we're still in this one? This space is for parents and caregivers of children to share experiences and ideas about child rearing in topic-based small group discussions. We hope participants leave feeling validated, challenged and supported by a new network of friends. Vegan lunch with gluten-free options provided as well as lunchtime childcare. Weather permitting, we will meet on the lawn outside the North entrance to McGregor.


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

12:45pm

Lunchtime Meetup: Astrology Readings with Alexander Weyer
For those in need, Alexander will be offering his Astrological insights into the specific Planetary energy that is uniquely available for each individual. A short session aims to help one build a more conscious relationship in working with one's own nature, as well as the evolving currents of one's life. Stop in if you could use some extra clarity or guidance into your own present experience. Please be ready to provide the Date, Place, and accurate Time of your Birth. All information shared is confidential. 

Presenters
avatar for Alexander Weyer

Alexander Weyer

AWAstrology
Alexander has been in collaboration with the Stars and Planets through the study and practice of Astrology for over 15 years. A member of the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA), as well as the Association for Young Astrologers (AYA), He has been professionally teaching and... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

12:45pm

Perfection in Movement Spaces
Have you ever sat in a space to explore radical change or resist oppressive systems and felt that you were not enough, or that you had to be everything just to participate? This pressure to be "the perfect radical" is rooted in oppressive systems embedded in us, often showing up in our movements in the form of movement personas, competitive organizing, and treating others as disposable. This session will identify roots and symptoms, and will explore moving out of harmful aspects of our movement.

Presenters
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Aiko Fukuchi

EMEAC/Michigan Student Power Alliance
Aiko Fukuchi has been living and organizing in Detroit, Michigan for the past three years. Their work focuses on environmental justice, and queer/trans liberation
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Teia McGahey

Michigan Student Power Alliance (MSPA)
Teia McGahey is a recently graduated organizer living in Dearborn, Michigan. Her organizing work centers labor rights, and indigenous healing and advocacy


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

12:45pm

Podcasters Unite
Podcasters for liberation, circle up! We’ll be gathering over lunch to connect about our shared learnings, struggles, joys, and straight-up confusions about everything podcasting. All who currently work on any element of a podcast are welcome to join (hosts, producers, editors, and more — and yeah, we realize most of us are all of those things). While we love all the aspiring podcasters out there, this session is for folks already in the mix. Let’s connect and support one another.

Presenters
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Miriam Zoila Pérez

Tonic Podcast
Miriam Zoila Pérez (Tonic Podcast) is a DC-based Cuban-American writer and activist whose work has circled around the themes of race, gender and health for over a decade, and the co-founder of the Oxalis Collective. Pérez is trained in the healing modalities of doula and massage... Read More →
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Kate Werning

Founder, Healing Justice Podcast
Kate is the creator and host of Healing Justice Podcast, a virtual practice space resourcing activists and organizers with weekly conversations and practices to sustain their work for social change. Kate is a decade-long community organizer, social movement trainer with Momentum... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

12:45pm

Public Space for All: Community Engagement in Downtown Detroit
Calling all people interested in inclusive public spaces! The Downtown Detroit Partnership, in collaboration with the Work Department, is holding a lunch gathering on Saturday, June 16 from 12:45-1:45 to listen and get your feedback on how to structure an inclusive and creative community engagement process this summer. Free lunch will be provided for the first 20 people to the room.

Email alana.tucker@downtowndetroit.org with questions, dietary restrictions, or to reserve your spot.


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

12:45pm

RADLAM Lunch: Building a Community
Participants will walk away from this lunch with a new perspective on how to contribute to an inclusive culture [or community] within their institutions and across the LAM professions.

Presenters
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Krisandra Ivings

Ivings is a librarian with an interest in information equity and civic engagement. A recent graduate from Western University with a background in musicology and gender studies, she is particularly curious about social empowerment in artistic practice and institutions.
Ivings is a librarian with an interest in information equity and civic engagement. A recent graduate from Western University with a background in musicology and gender studies, she is particularly curious about social empowerment in artistic practice and institutions.
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Simon De Salvo

Simon is a public librarian committed to making libraries inclusive spaces for both the public and staff., Detroit Public Library
Simon is a public librarian committed to making libraries inclusive spaces for both the public and staff.
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Marianne R. Williams

Williams is a peripatetic librarian and cultural researcher. Her practice focuses on civic empowerment, primary source research, and information activism. She is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre, and is currently the Librarian-in-Residence at the University of Arkansas., University of Arkansas
Williams is a peripatetic librarian and cultural researcher. Her practice focuses on civic empowerment, primary source research, and information activism. She is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre, and is currently the Librarian-in-Residence at the University... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

12:45pm

Reflections on Learning Liberation: Breaking Bread & Getting Deep
Presenters
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N8 Mullen

People In Education
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... Read More →
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Thomas Nikundiwe

Education for Liberation Network
Thomas Nikundiwe is the director of the Education for Liberation Network. He identifies as a father, educator, and organizer. Over the years, Thomas has taught high school math, served as Peace Corps Volunteer, was a youth organizer with the Baltimore Algebra Project, and studied... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

12:45pm

Sustainable Sisterhood: Two Founders Share Stories and Skills
How has sisterhood served as a catalyst to build a network of sustainable, women-centered activity working to combat common issues of urban environments? We will share stories from our eight-year relationship that highlight how our community work has been sustained through authentic support of each other. We will create artwork that illustrates the support systems we each belong to. Participants will leave with a better understanding of art as social practice and community currency.

Presenters
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Dail Chambers

Yeyo arts, Yeyo Arts Collective
Dail Chambers is a mother, visual and community artist. Her work is strongly influenced by the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Dunham and Alice Walker. Chambers focuses on the migration of American black women and creatives through ethnographic, genealogical and biographical... Read More →
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Chinyere E. Oteh

Cowry Collective
Chinyere E. Oteh is an organizer, an artist, a¬†mother, a doula and a¬†seeker.¬† She is a St. Louis Native who has also lived and worked in Detroit and Washington D.C. On the creative side, she has¬†examined her own¬†mixed-race identity¬†through autobiographical... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

12:45pm

Tarot Club: Building a Community Around Divination
Learn how a ragtag group of mystics joined together to create BMore Tarot Club, a sacred space for sharing knowledge. We will reveal how a deck of cards can build a fellowship around healing. We will share our story and give you the tools to form your own Tarot Club. Everyone from Tarot newbies to experts will leave feeling excited to use Tarot as a tool for community building.

Presenters
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Mary Shock

Mary Shock is a Tarot reader, Reiki practitioner, and artist. From personal experience using Tarot to cope with grief and trauma, she has brought that same healing to her clients and students through Tarot readings, workshops and art. Mary has been reading Tarot professionally since 2011. She published her original creation, The Summer Tarot Deck, in February 2017. She has taught Tarot classes in Maryland, Oregon and California. She hosts the monthly meetup BMore Tarot Club and the podcast Tarot Electric. Mary is a self-taught visual artist, specializing in collage. Using mystical insight, she explores the subconscious, sexuality, spirituality and magic. Her work has been shown in galleries in New York City and Baltimore. Mary’s mission is to open space for healing and love. Mary Shock is a radical healer committed to justice and enlightenment. Connect with Mary on Instagram @tarotelectric or visit her website www.maryshock.com., BMore Tarot Club
Mary Shock is a Tarot reader, Reiki practitioner and artist. From personal experience using Tarot to cope with grief and trauma, she has brought that same healing to her clients and students through Tarot readings, workshops and art. Mary has been reading Tarot professionally since... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

12:45pm

The Good, Bad & REAL uses of Social Media at Standing Rock
Panel on the multiple uses of social media while in Standing Rock. How it led to people getting arrested and also folks getting charges dropped. Live feeds helpful and hurtful aspects from on the ground folks that risked it all. 

Presenters
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Amos Cloud

Amos Cloud is from the Anishinaabe tribe in Michigan. He was in Standing Rock for 5 months. While protecting water and people he was ran off the road in North Dakota and broke several ribs. He’s also a father and husband.  
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Jose Franco

One Michigan for Immigrant Rights
Jose Franco is the founder of One  Michigan.  He started the organization in 2010  due to  a lack of Immigrant rights organizing in Michigan that were directly lead by those affected by the issue. He also co-founded the  National Immigrant  Youth Alliance in 2011.  Jose... Read More →
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Miguel Guzman

Water Protector
Miguel Guzman sees how people think we are living in fresh air and good clean water, but then people start dying off. This is connected to the pollution and the extraction of resources form the earth that contaminates us. He thinks about how do we go against a project or something... Read More →
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Samantha Magdaleno

One Michigan for Immigrant Rights
Samantha Magdaleno is the Director of One Michigan. She is also a candidate for State Representative in District 6 Michigan. One Michigan concentrates on immigration issues but, also collaborates on an array of social justice issues. Samantha is a third generation Detroiter has a... Read More →
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Brennon Nastacio

One Michigan
Brennon Nastacio is a San Felipe Pueblo man. He’s a construction worker. Currently living in Detroit and mentoring youth. He was a Water Protector in Standing Rock. Brennon de-escalated the situation in Standing Rock when a man brought a loaded Assault Riffle and was pointing it... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

12:45pm

Two Breast Pump Hackathons and Counting
What do breast pumps have to do with racial inequity? Can hackathons hack policy and systems and products and pumps? The 2nd MIT Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon is in April 2018 and this time focused on equity in postpartum health and innovation. The organizers of the event, along with members of several community innovation teams from around the country, will reflect on our experiences of the process, the event, and lessons learned for organizing equity-focused design sprints.

Presenters
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Anjanette Davenport Hatter

Anjanette Davenport Hatter is the Owner/Executive Director of Harambee Care Maternal Infant Health Program, which aims to reduce infant mortality and improve pregnancy health outcomes. She has dedicated her time to eliminate health disparities in her community. Her work as a Healthcare Equity Ambassador at Henry Ford Health System and her role as a member of the Equity Committee with the United States Breastfeeding Committee has enabled her to cultivate change in healthcare and breastfeeding support at a local and national level. She understands how breast-milk decreases the risk factors for developing chronic diseases. As President of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, she has helped reduce disparities in breastfeeding in African American families thus impacting the infant mortality rate in this population. Mrs. Davenport Hatter has worked extensively with organizations that address risk factors for chronic diseases such as Gift of Life Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTE, Harambee Care
Anjanette Davenport Hatter is the Owner/Executive Director of Harambee Care Maternal Infant Health Program, which aims to reduce infant mortality and improve pregnancy health outcomes. She has dedicated her time to eliminate health disparities in her community. Her work as a Healthcare... Read More →
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Becky Michelson

The Engagement Lab at Emerson College
Becky Michelson is a Boston-based strategic partnerships lead and design-researcher for social impact initiatives at The Engagement Lab at Emerson College. She is passionate about how marginalized communities can leverage participatory design and storytelling methods. Her approach... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

12:45pm

Why and How to Work with Your Local Indie Movie Theater
How can you get an audience to focus on your media projects and interact with you and your message in a meaningful way? By working with your local independent or art house movie theater where your work becomes larger than life on the big screen. This session explores possibilities for getting seen and heard by building partnerships with the cinema world`s most socially conscious segment. Participants will learn how theaters work and steps for establishing a mutually beneficial relationship.

Presenters
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Paula Guthat

Cinema Detroit
Paula Guthat is the co-founder of Cinema Detroit, an independent, community-based, mission-driven, non-profit cinema that exists to benefit the community and the arts. Cinema Detroit is the only truly independent movie theater in the metro Detroit area, and the only 7-day-a-week movie... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

2:00pm

Shifting Power with Participatory Video
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.

Presenters
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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

2:00pm

Youth Participatory Action Research for Social Justice
What happens when youth are provided with tools to conduct research and create media to confront and improve the institutions intended to serve them? In this session, we will screen a youth produced documentary by Transfer School Students from NYC exploring education policies targeting transfer schools, highly impacting low income, POC, and LGBT students. The Q+A following the film will lay the groundwork for a digital toolkit for incorporating youth participatory action research into our social justice movements.

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Sana Azim

Sana Azim is a young artist from Maldives, who grew up in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY. She uses her work as a media maker, poet and painter to highlight women of color. She is currently a student at City-As-School High School in NYC and a Youth Producer at Educational Video Center., City-As-School, Educational Video Center
Sana Azim is a young artist from Maldives, who grew up in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY. She uses her work as a media maker, poet and painter to highlight women of color. She is currently a student at City-As-School High School in NYC and a Youth Producer at Educational Video Cent... Read More →
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Alan Cheng

City-As-School High School
Alan Cheng is the principal of City-As-School, a transfer school in New York City. He coaches and mentors other principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders through the School Leader Fellows program at Math For America. Alan is currently an advanced doctoral student... Read More →
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Marquise Cox

Marquise Cox is a young artist from the South Side of Chicago and Queens, NY. They are passionate about filmmaking and using media to engage in critical conversations. They are a student and Restorative Justice leader at City-As-School High School in NYC and a Youth Producer at Educational Video Center., City-As-School High School, Educational Video Center
Marquise Cox is a young artist from the South Side of Chicago and Queens, NY. They are passionate about filmmaking and using media to engage in critical conversations. They are a student and Restorative Justice leader at City-As-School High School in NYC and a Youth Producer at Educational... Read More →
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Jessie Levandov

Jessie Levandov is a NYC based filmmaker, Youth Media Educator, and the Director of Youth Documentary Workshop at Educational Video Center, a social justice youth media organization in NYC. Jessie is passionate about youth media education and building the capacity of young people to use media as a tool for healing, social justice, and collective liberation., Educational Video Center, City-As-School High School
Jessie Levandov is a NYC based filmmaker, Youth Media Educator, and the Director of Youth Documentary Workshop at Educational Video Center, a social justice youth media organization in NYC. Jessie is passionate about youth media education and building the capacity of young people... Read More →
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Iyleen Torres

Iyleen Torres was born and raised in Harlem, NY. She is a two time EVC Youth Producer and a student at Cascades High School, a transfer school in the lower east side of Manhattan. She believes in the power of media to amplify youth perspective on social issues that impact them and hopes to use her work as a filmmaker, painter and musician to do just that., Educational Video Center
Iyleen Torres was born and raised in Harlem, NY. She is a two time EVC Youth Producer and a student at Cascades High School, a transfer school in the lower east side of Manhattan. She believes in the power of media to amplify youth perspective on social issues that impact them and... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

2:00pm

AMC2018 TECH Pop-Up
Create compelling GIFs to intervene and change popular discourse. Then visualize your GIFs on real surfaces through a hands-on projection mapping session.

Presenters
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Anum Awan

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I am an interaction designer, creative technologist, and design educator based in the Bay Area. My work explores spatial augmented reality - I design environments and experiences by blending physical and digital media based on narratives. Using hardware (micro-controllers, sensors... Read More →
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Faye Hayes

PlayLoops
Faye is a full stack wiz, and activist passionate about mentorship, exploration, and creativity. She is a believer in community building and knowledge-sharing. She is the CTO and co-founder at PlayLoops.
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Devdhar Patel

PlayLoops
Devdhar Patelis COO at PlayLoops. He has a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has over 5 years of experience as an Analytics and Communications Manager.Michael Kuetemeyer is an award winning media artist and teacher of experimental and documentary media. He is a recipient of... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

2:00pm

An(Other) Cyborg Manifesto: Disability as Dissonance
A technozombie outbreak. 151 floors up from escape. With your wheelchair and an AI, you have only one goal: survive. This session helps explore one answer to the particular question of survival, as disability erasure and literary critique collide. Using an allegorical approach to storytelling and Donna Haraway`s essay as a frame, participants will participate in empathy exercises and critical thinking to explore how Afrofuturism can showcase disability and agency in a world that writes us out.

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Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry C

2:00pm

Animation for Social Change
Animation offers a way to breach graphically difficult subject matter, uplift voices of marginalized people, and makes the impossible real. This workshop will go over the basics of a few animation approaches (rotoscoping, stop-motion, 2D puppet animation) and present a few animation examples. Participants will draw frames of a rotoscope piece, and work in groups to begin storyboard around a subject of their choosing. Participants gain a better understanding of the animation process.

Presenters
avatar for Carrie Hawks

Carrie Hawks

Carrie Hawks harnesses the magic of animation to tell stories. The artist works in a variety of medium including drawing, Maroonhorizon Media LLC
Carrie Hawks harnesses the magic of animation to tell stories. The artist works in a variety of medium including drawing, doll-making, and performance. Their work addresses gender, sexuality, and race. They have shown in New York, Atlanta, Kansas City, Toronto, and Tokyo. They hold... Read More →
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Consuela Lopez

Congress of Communities SW Detroit Neighborhoods
A proud native Detroiter of proud Puerto Rican heritage, Consuela Barber-Lopez is a passionate cultural and civic advocate. The foundation of her academic achievements began with the Detroit Public Schools and ended at Wayne State University, her focus at the latter being History... Read More →



Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

2:00pm

Block-Printing Workshop and Silkscreen Demonstration
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Thea Gahr

Thea Gahr is a queer bilingual printmaker and educator who works both in Oregon and Mexico City. She is a member of the Justseeds artists’ cooperative and has worked collectively with Colectivo Cordyceps, Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68, and the workshop that led to the formation of Mujeres Grabado Resistencia, which continues to inspire women`s rights movements around the world. Through teaching young people, building community, printmaking, and farming across cultures, she strives to empower ideas of social and environmental justice., Justseeds Artist Cooperative
Thea Gahr is a queer bilingual printmaker and educator who works both in Oregon and Mexico City. She is a member of the Justseeds artists' cooperative and has worked collectively with Colectivo Cordyceps, Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68, and the workshop that led to the... Read More →
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Mary Tremonte

Mary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh. A founding member of Justseeds Artists` Cooperative, she works with "printmaking in the expanded field," including printstallation, interactive silkscreen printing in public space, and wearable artist multiples such as queer scout badges. As DJ Mary Mack she strives to make safe(r) spaces on dance floors for embodying a body politic with pleasure. With Justseeds and independently Mary has exhibited, presented lectures and workshops, and performed in Toronto, Pittsburgh, throughout the United States, and internationally. Formerly the youth programs coordinator at The Andy Warhol Museum, she values art education as a means of youth empowerment and social change. Through her work she aims to create temporary utopias and sustainable commons through pedagogy, collaboration, visual pleasure and serious fun., Justseeds Artist's Cooperative
Mary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh. A founding member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, she works with "printmaking in the expanded field," including printstallation, interactive silkscreen printing in public space, and wearable artist multiples... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

2:00pm

Building Consentful Technology
What does consent have to do with tech? Using the Building Consentful Tech zine framework, we'll analyze and remix apps to be more consentful. TW this session touches on interpersonal & state violence

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Una Lee

Design Justice Network / And Also Too
Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director of And Also Too, a design studio for social justice visionaries and an organizer of the Design Justice Network, which seeks to use design as a tool for collective... Read More →
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Tawana Petty

Detroit Community Technology Project/Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the Data Justice Coordinator and Communications Assistant for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

2:00pm

Divestin' from Capitalism, Using TimeBanks
Learn how some community groups are divesting from Capitalism. After an intro to TimeBanks, we’ll explore how this concept can fit into all our movements.

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Alice Bagley

Unity in Our Community TimeBank
Alice Bagley is a coordinator and member of Unity in Our Community TimeBank. The main constant in her life has been finding power in large groups of people, as such she believes that cooperatives and networks of mutual aid are the future of our society. She`s also an urban farmer... Read More →
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Johanna James

Womanist Working Collective
Johanna D. James is a transplant from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. In seeking a supportive environment where physical, mental, and emotional health was prioritized, she joined the Womanist Working Collective. Her focus is on creating paths for recovery that reduce the impact of the... Read More →
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Krystle Okafor

Krystle Okafor is a member of the Womanist Working Collective and a participant in its time bank, Reciprocity. Since 2015, she has contributed to the Womanist Working Collective's community building and healing efforts. Her involvement with the collective has refined and deepened... Read More →
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LaTierra Piphus

Community Educator & Organizer, Womanist Working Collective
LaTierra Piphus is a Professional Womanist and Community Organizer specializing in affinity groups for Black Queer & Trans folks and Black Women/Womyn/Womxn & Femmes. A Midwest native, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her B.A. in Communication, minor in Women, Gender... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

2:00pm

Dress Up 4 the Revolution
Makeup is for EVERYONE! This session will have fun makeup and dress-up supplies for young people to try on, make art on their faces, and shapeshift into whoever they want to be. We will debunk myths about makeup and fashion only being for some and make a space that is playful for ALL! This session will end with a showcase of participants` newly made-up looks. For young people 12 and under.

Presenters
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Michah Bernstein

Chicago Childcare Collective
Micah Bernstein is a sexuality educator, activist, and theater artist whose work focuses on ending interpersonal and state violence. They've been organizing Childcare for racial and economic justice movements in Chicago for almost 5 years.
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Mishal Qureshi

Chicago Childcare Collective
Mishal is a childcare provider with the Chicago Childcare Collective. Her past work has centered on providing socio-emotional support to young people in underresourced schools in Chicago.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry F

2:00pm

Futurism Now: Limitless Hope through Speculative Fiction
What if your future dreams for society became the dominant narrative for hope in the present? Deep Center`s Youth Leadership Team will use speculative fiction--Afrofuturism, science fiction, fantasy--as a tool to create new worlds of hope and change. Youth leaders will engage participants in using ideas of limitless technology, fantasy, and science to rewrite the world. Participants walk away with a sci-fi story that replaces negative narratives with possibility and power.

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Dare Dukes

Dare is a musician, writer, and a nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience working in arts and social-justice nonprofit settings, both as an artist and leader. As a nonprofit professional, he worked for more than eleven years as development and communications director for Global Action Project (GAP), a New York City nonprofit that provides award-winning media-arts and leadership training for marginalized and low-income youth. There he directed fundraising and related organizational communications and strategy for one of the nation`s leading youth media-arts nonprofits. Dare has also consulted extensively for nonprofits across the country, and prior to his tenure at GAP, he was the manager of foundation and corporate relations for the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he oversaw an institutional-giving portfolio for a leading public-interest law firm working to strengthen democratic institutions, protect the poor, and ensure fairness in the U.S. criminal justice system., Deep Center


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

2:00pm

Joyous Action: Youth Protest Playground
Artists and organizers will share how we can support community struggles with joy, laughter, and love at the center. Through games, play, and examples of youth-led movements, youth will pick what issues to uplift and explore how to celebrate the work of making change. We will identify a demand we have of attendees and plan an action to achieve our demand. We will make a banner, signs, chants, and a performance to include in the action at the end of this two-part session.

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avatar for K. Rodriguez

K. Rodriguez

Latinx resistance artist and organizer K Rodriguez is a member of For the People Artists Collective and Lifted Voices. T, Praxis Group, For The People Artists Collective, Lifted Voices
Latinx resistance artist and organizer K. Rodriguez is a member of For the People Artists Collective and Lifted Voices. Through their practices utilizing graphic design, watercolor, photography, and zinemaking, they use art as a tool for community healing and resistance. As a core... Read More →
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ona wang

Educator, writer, artist, and restorative justice practitioner, For The People Artists Collective
Ona Wang is an educator, writer, artist, and restorative justice practitioner. Their work explores the intersection between social identities, building solidarity between movements, and personal narratives. They are committed to addressing complex and community trauma through restorative... Read More →
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darien r wendell

Transdisciplinary artist, curator, & educator, Chicago Black Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Collective (BTGNC), FTP, & For Youth Inquiry (FYI)
darien r wendell is a sensitive, black, gender expansive, queer being & punk living in Chicago, IL from many other places like Phoenix, AZ & Pontiac, MI. A transdisciplinary artist, curator, & educator, ey makes art and work creates space/time for refuge, repair, and release between... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

2:00pm

Poetry as Freedom
Writing continues to be a cornerstone to civilization as we know it. This session addresses poetry as a contemporary and growing element within writing. Participants will engage in a 60 minute writing session lead by the Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team addressing how current events transform the world of teenagers versus how they transform the world of adults. This will be followed by a 30 minute open mic and performance by the Slam Team.

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LaShaun 'Phoenix' Kotaran

InsideOut Literary Arts
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Eldric Laron

2018 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team
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A'janae Neal

2018 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team
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Imani Nichele

2018 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team
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Justin Rogers

Justin Rogers is a Black poet, educator, coach, and editor from Michigan. Rogers shares poems surrounding living and praying as a Black man in America. He most recently has work published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Gramma Press, and is the winner of Black Napkin Press’ inaugural Chapbook Contest. He is the coordinator of InsideOut’s award winning after school program, Citywide Poets and is on staff with WusGood.Black, 3 Elements Review, and Driving Range Review., InsideOut Literary Arts/Citywide Poets
Justin Rogers is a Black poet, educator, coach, and editor from Michigan. Rogers shares poems surrounding living and praying as a Black man in America. He most recently has work published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Gramma Press, and is the winner of Black Napkin Press' inaugural... Read More →
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LaShawn Smith-Wright

2018 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

2:00pm

Scratch 3.0: Creating and Expressing with Code
How can we use code as a powerful and expressive medium for storytelling, art-making, poetry, community building, and social change? We will introduce participants to the new Scratch 3.0 coding editor and brainstorm and build projects that go beyond the norms of computing culture. Participants (and organizers!) will walk away with ideas for how to use code to creatively express ideas and add new dimensions to their creative practices. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible. Everyone is welcome - whether you consider yourself an artist or not.  :)

Presenters
avatar for Champika Fernando

Champika Fernando

Scratch Team, MIT Media Lab
Champika Fernando is part of the Scratch Team at the MIT Media Lab. She has worked as an engineer and designer and is currently focused on how to best support the use of Scratch as a creative coding tool.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384

2:00pm

Subversive Design: Exploring Power in Design Practice
How does power manifest itself in design, and how can design be used to subvert oppressive power dynamics? In this session, participants will share multi-disciplinary perspectives, explore understandings of power, and visualize how power shows up in design practice. This session will be hands-on and collaborative, as participants exchange wisdom and build together through facilitated exercises. Participants will walk away with artifacts that visualize the role of power in their design work.

Presenters
avatar for Julia Kong

Julia Kong

Partner, Reflex Design Collective
Julia Kong is an equity designer with a background in digital design and engineering. She is currently a facilitator with Reflex exploring the practice of equity design. Before this, Julia was a design researcher at IBM Design and the founder of the chapter of Design for America at... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Staton

Brooke Staton

Co-Founder, Reflex Design Collective
Brooke thinks about design, justice, place, health, power, and dancing. With fries.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

2:00pm

The Future Generation: Parenting, Children, and Community Stories
Mothers are often our first storytellers. And yet, oppressive systems create a false duality, forcing women to choose between art and caregiving, between mothering and liberty. Added to this, there is the challenge of visibility: whose labor is celebrated and whose is ignored. In this session, four mothers: China, Lisa (Baltimore), Scheherazade, Dortheá(Detroit) will discuss how they create zines, books, poetry, and journalism. We’ll share our stories with each other and create a zine together to take home.

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Dortheá Enriqúe

Miss Dortheá Enriqúe is a 27-year-old mother of a 11 month old from Detroit. As a passionate eco-justice activist, Ms. Dortheá Enriqúe works as a Just Transition Organizer for the Climate Justice Alliance in the Midwest Region. She is a world renowned published author/ poet... Read More →
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Scheherazade Washington Parrish

Scheherazade Washington Parrish is a Detroit based creative. While raising an amazing kid, she writes poems, teaches middle schoolers, and believes that "every person is a classroom". As a poet, she interrogates and desconstructs societal concepts of motherhood, family and duty. As... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

2:00pm

Using Zines to Center Native Peoples in Community Organizing
This hands-on workshop will focus on using zines in diverse community organizing spaces to center Native peoples and activate Indigenous knowledges/practices. A "Whose Land Am I On?" zine-making session where facilitators engage participants with 2-3 key prompts, such as: (1) the importance of land acknowledgement; (2) using matriarchal Indigenous practices in community organizing; and (3) using Indigenous ways of understanding identity and responsibility to create relationships in community.

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Pauline Alvarez

Pauline Alvarez is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community and is also of Tohono O’odham descent. She is a lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the American Indian Studies Program. She earned her MA in American Indian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her academic and political interests include the construction of Indigeneity, Indigenous urbanization, Indigenous tattooing, tribal sovereignty, and Native feminisms., California State University, Northridge
Pauline Alvarez is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community and is also of Tohono O'odham descent. She is a lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the American Indian Studies Program. She earned her MA in American Indian Studies from the University of... Read More →
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Michelle Bernardino

Michelle Bernardino (she/they) is an offspring of a Honduran mother and Mexican father. She writes poetry, plays, short stories and creates socio-political art when time permits. She enjoys talking about sexuality and reproductive justice in a transnational context and the connection to buen vivir. Her organizing with mujeres del cono sur and conversing with organizers from the isthmus have deeply impacted the way in which she understands bodily autonomy, its relationship to land, and decolonial indigenous feminisms. Currently, she is completing a post baccalaureate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies at CalState Los Angeles. She is a youth femmetor in her hometown of Pomona (Tongva lands), facilitates classes at a prison, and is part of a resilient crew of mujeres raising a five-year-old and teenager., California State University, Los Angeles
Michelle Bernardino (she/they) is an offspring of a Honduran mother and Mexican father. She writes poetry, plays, short stories and creates socio-political art when time permits. She enjoys talking about sexuality and reproductive justice in a transnational context and the connection... Read More →
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Joel Garcia

Joel Garcia is an artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer with over 20 years of experience working transnation, Self Help Graphics & Art
Joel Garcia is an artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer with over 20 years of experience working transnationally with artists across the Americas. Currently, Joel is the Director of Programs & Operations at Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles. As a printmaker... Read More →
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Marina Perez

Marina Perez is a second generation Xicana settler on Tongva Land. As a graduate of California State University Northridge, she received her B.A. in Child Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Marina’s body of work includes community and digital advocacy promoting body positivity, decolonization, radical healing and trauma sensitive services for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. As a part-time poet and digital illustrator her work has been published in zines such as: Indigezine, Daughters of Violence, Thick Thigh Collective, and La Mariposa Codex., Justice For My Sister & Trensitas NPP Youth Nights
Marina Perez is a second generation Xicana settler on Tongva Land. As a graduate of California State University Northridge, she received her B.A. in Child Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Marina's body of work includes community and digital advocacy promoting... Read More →
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Andrea Perez

Whittier College
Andrea Perez is hard-of-hearing Xicana and novice ceramicist. She recently graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Global Cultural Studies. Her interest in social movements, religion, and the socio-political histories of Latin America have influenced... Read More →
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Kimberly Robertson

Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) is an artivist, scholar, teacher, and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in her hustle to fulfill the dreams of her ancestors and to build a world in which her daughters can thrive. She was born in Bakersfield, CA and currently lives on unceded Tongva lands. She earned an MA in American Indian Studies and a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. She is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Green Corn Collective: A Constellation of Indigenous Feminist Bosses., Green Corn Collective; California State University, Los Angeles
Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) is an artivist, scholar, teacher, and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in her hustle to fulfill the dreams of her ancestors and to build a world in which her daughters can thrive. She was born... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

2:00pm

Visionary Organizing: Crafting Radical Futures
PDF is an initiative that pushes back against unwanted development that displaces people and perpetuates inequality. This is done by making images of radically inclusive futures. The workshop will teach participants techniques in collage-making. We will challenge them to represent a concept, and they will walk away with the ability to tangibly articulate their spatial ideas. They will be taught to weaponize their images to secure financing, attract partnerships, or sway the municipal apparatus.

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Jonathan Hanna

Jonny works as an architectural and urban designer for McIntosh Poris Associates. He also runs the Studio practice Workshop JAH. He is co-founder People’s Design Front,, Peoples Design Front
Jonny works as an architectural and urban designer for McIntosh Poris Associates. He also runs the Studio practice Workshop JAH. He is co-founder People's Design Front,
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Erika Linenfelser

Peoples Design Front
Erika works for the City of Detroit's Planning and Development Department. She co-founded both People's Design Front, and design practice, Studio M+E and is a member of The Tricycle Collective.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

2:00pm

Well... What were they Wearing? Protective adornment
The presentation of marginalized bodies is often cited as justification for violence against us. How can we use fashion to protect our personal space. This session will explore strategies for dynamic adornment to increase protection, reflection, and expression on our favorite clothes. We`ll learn to make hammered metal armor, add reflective bling, and create protective talismans. Bring clothes to embellish! Limited thrifted items will be available.

Presenters
avatar for Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia learned sewing from Abuelita and learned to call it Fiber Art from academia. She is the daughter of Peruvian immig, none
Lucia learned sewing from her abuelita and learned to call it fiber art from academia
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Juan Martinez

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Juan is a dynamically adorned builder of bicycle sculptures.
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Mark VanDamme

All for all futurism/ RadCom
Educated in Science of Architecture and urban design. Ethics, community and co-op are the basis for a decent standard of living. All for all futurist; Radical compassion.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

2:00pm

Who "They" Is: Humanizing the Built Environment
Have you ever wondered who “They” is? We will explore this question in depth sharing sharing how asking this simple question and using this framework led us to building a park and other cool projects. Participants will learn about how we used this method of problem solving and begin brainstorming ways they can apply it to work in their communities.

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Alexandria Barnes

Voices In the Built Environment (VIBE)
Alexandria Barnes is a Development Project Associate for The Community Builders, where she is responsible for assisting development project managers throughout the Midwest Region in performing the tasks necessary to successfully bring development projects from inception to completion... Read More →
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Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper grew up building forts in the forest by his house. He then decided architecture was a worthwhile pursuit, and attained degrees in the subject: Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati and Masters from the University of Michigan. He was a Haile Fellow at Peoples Liberty. His project, Start Small, explores tiny living as a solution to affordable housing. The premise is affordable housing can be for everyone, achieved through investments in quality design from the start. Prior to Start Small, he gained experience at architecture firms at home and abroad before most recently working for GBBN Architects. As a writer, he contributes to UrbanCincy.com. With an interest in more fully engaging community members with redevelopment efforts and not wanting architects and developers to go it alone, he organized two design competitions in Cincinnati: LIVE MAKE, a design competition for an industrial arts center; and Place from Space, a place-making competition that transforms vacant lots into vi, Voices In the Built Environment (VIBE)
Bradley Cooper is a designer working the broad spectrum of architecture. As a 2015 People's Liberty Haile Fellow, his project, Start Small, explored affordable housing through tiny living. That project led to the development of two small homes under construction. While operating Start... Read More →
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Madison Schillig

Voices In the Built Environment (VIBE)
Madison Schillig is an Ohio native turned Detroit resident. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning with a focus on Urban Design. Upon graduating she became a Challenge Detroit fellow where she practices her love of community... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

2:00pm

"How to Survive the End of the World" Live Podcast
How to Survive the End of the World is a podcast about surviving apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity. At the Allied Media Conference we will record a live show on how changing our stories can change our future. We will have a conversation with participation from the audience. The intended outcome will be a dynamic live show that we can share far and wide.

Presenters
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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., Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute
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.
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Autumn Brown

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race woman who identifies closely with her African... Read More →
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Zak Rosen

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Zak Rosen is an awesome podcast producer living in Detroit. He and his partner Shira produced the award winning podcast Pregnant Pause, and he is now the producer for How to Survive the End of the World Podcast.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

2:00pm

Policing Black Lives and Resistance Across Borders
How is policing Black lives in Canada & the US both parallel & divergent? What does this mean for shared struggles & possibilities for solidarity? Join authors Robyn Maynard, Andrea Ritchie, and activist Leroi Newbold of Black Lives Matter Toronto/Freedom School to discuss cross-border possibilities for organizing around police violence in all forms, Black Lives Matter Toronto’s successful campaign to remove police from schools, and building alternative institutions free from violence and police.

Presenters
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Robyn Maynard

Author Policing Black Lives, Black Lives Matter Toronto
Robyn Maynard is an author and community organizer based in MontreÃÅal. She has been a part of grassroots movements for sex workers rights, migrants rights and Black liberation, working against racial profiling, police violence, detention and deportation for over a decade. Most... Read More →
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Leroi NewBold

Black Lives Matter Toronto
LeRoi Newbold is a steering committee member of BlackLivesMatter ‚Äì Toronto, and has designed Afrocentric/Black focused curriculum and has taught at the Africentric Alternative School for the past 9 years. LeRoi has worked with children and youth for the past 14 years as a teacher... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

2:00pm

Reclaim Our Futures: Take Back Land & Housing
Gentrification, displacement, cultural erasure — enough! Come hear from people of color-centered groups claiming space for ourselves while organizing in our communities for long-term survival, despite the forces who say it’s impossible. We’ll share how we’re raising cash for permanent housing; talk tips, pitfalls, and different models from land trusts to coops and more); and build with each other. Come get ideas, inspiration, and support to preserve land and community housing for the long haul.

Presenters
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brandon king

Cooperation Jackson
brandon king is a founding member of Cooperation Jackson, an organization whose aim is to build a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises. He is a member of the executive committee... Read More →
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Zach Murray

Zach Murray is part of the Oakland Community Land Trust, the land trust partner of #Liberate23rdAve. Zach previously served as the state and local policy specialist at the Grounded Solutions Network., Oakland Community Land Trust/#Liberate23rdAve
Zach Murray [He/Him/His] is a program manager with the Oakland Community Land Trust in California. Previously, he was a state and local policy specialist with Grounded Solutions Network in Oakland. He also served as an economic equity manager at the Greenlining Institute in Oakla... Read More →
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Devi Peacock

Devi Peacock is part of Peacock Rebellion, a queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) crew that uses the arts for safety and healing. Devi is a co-organizer of #Liberate23rdAve, a campaign to turn a long-time QTPOC block in Oakland into a hybrid commercial-residential land trust for the next 100 years., Peacock Rebellion
Devi Peacock is part of Peacock Rebellion, a queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) crew that uses the arts for safety and healing. Devi is a co-organizer of #Liberate23rdAve, a campaign to turn a long-time QTPOC block in Oakland into a commercial & residential land trust for the... Read More →
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KP Pestaño

Queer The Land
KP Pestaño is part of Queer The Land, a Seattle-based collaborative project grounded in the self-determination of QTPOC and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor.
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Denechia Powell

Queer The Land
Denechia Powell is part of Queer The Land, a Seattle-based collaborative project grounded in the self-determination of QTPOC and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor.
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Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul

Earth Star Two Spirit Nation
Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul is a member of Earth Star Two Spirit Nation, a decolonial homestead/farm achieving Two-Spirt and QTBIPOC healing and land justice in West Virginia.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

2:00pm

Shaping Narratives-- Elevating Storytellers @ An NPR/PBS Station
WGVU Public Media is trying something new — we are training leaders to be storytellers through broadcast media, then lending them our platform. The idea is to increase West Michigan`s capacity to influence public narratives affecting children and families of color. The first strategy is to provide workshops in civic engagement, leadership, and media production to minority leaders in Grand Rapids. Then, we will produce media designed for stakeholders to discuss racialized outcomes.

Presenters
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Breannah Alexander

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
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Mariano Avila

WGVU
Mariano Avila is an award-winning journalist with WGVU Public Media (NPR/PBS). He has made a career of bringing voices from the margins to those who need to hear them. Over the course of his career, Mariano won awards including a nomination for an Emmy. He also spent seven years organizing... Read More →
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Lin

Unaffiliated
Lin is the main subject of the WGVU documentary "We The 7th," which focused on West Michigan's Anishnaabe population's efforts to preserve and reclaim their heritage, as well as on Lin's trip to Standing Rock, ND to be a water protector. Sh is on the West Michigan Environmental Action... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

2:00pm

Trans is Magick: Building Trans Community Through Celebration
Trans is Magick is a bi-monthly festival that fights transphobia by celebrating and centering Trans, Two Spirit, Non-binary, GNC, Intersex & Gender Variant talent. In our workshop the TiM Collective will present the foundations of our community building festival and how others can alchemize similar Magick in their community.

Presenters
JL

Jimena Lucero

Jimena Lucero is a poet and activist born and raised in NYC. She was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is co-organizer of the Trans is Magick Collective which pushes for trans liberation through art & community building. Jimena’s work appears in EOAGH and The Blueshift Journal., Trans is Magick! Collective
JIMENA LUCERO is a poet and activist born and raised in NYC. She was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is co-organizer of the TransisMagick Collective which pushes for trans liberation through art & community building. Jimena's work appears in EOAGH and Blueshift Journal.
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Mikaela Xochitl

Mikaela Miguel Xochitl (pronounced mee-KY-el-ah mee-gual soh-CHEE-thol) is a Community Healer, Shamxn and Activist whose gender is an amalgamation of Two Spirit, Radical Queer and Xicanx Lesbian cultura. They are a descendant of mesoamerican Shamanic healing traditions with roots stretching from the East to West coast and through Teotihuacan. Peep them smoking Mugwort & levitating around Brooklyn while daydreaming of a reality sans patriarchy or capitalism. Heal with them at www.QTPOCMysticism.com/receive., Trans is Magick! Collective
Mikaela Miguel (pronounced mee-KY-el-ah mee-gual) is a Two-Spirit Shamxn, Activist and Creator whose gender is an amalgamation of radical Trans and Xicanx cultura. In 2015 they alchemized Ihiyotl, a decolonized community healing practice centering the emotional needs of QTPoC & trauma... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

2:00pm

afrofuturepast: Dance Technology and Aesthetics as Self Care
Black aesthetics play a pivotal role in ritual and emergence. afrofuturepast posits Black dance and adornment as essential tools for self care. This two part session and performance series will introduce Dunham Technique basics and improvisation, and discuss daily care rituals. Participants will leave with an understanding of the relationship between form and function in everyday aesthetics.

Presenters
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Bree Gant

afrofuturepast
Bree Gant is a documentarian from Detroit exploring Black aesthetics, ritual, and emergence. Since graduating from Howard University in 2011 with a BA in Film, Gant has traveled as a fashion and portrait photographer, and worked as a Teaching Artist in her hometown. Gant is currently... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

2:00pm

The Art of Interviewing
With so many podcasts entering the marketplace, quality interviews can make or break your podcast episode. We will explore the dynamic between host and guest and the needs of both parties in the interview process.
From equipment to booking to sitting down with your guest, we explore what to do before and during the interview to ensure you get that audio you need. Participants will learn tips, tricks, and techniques that will ensure they are always prepared.

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

2:00pm

Astrology Readings with Alexander Weyer
For those in need, Alexander will be offering his Astrological insights into the specific Planetary energy that is uniquely available for each individual. A short session aims to help one build a more conscious relationship in working with one's own nature, as well as the evolving currents of one's life. Stop in if you could use some extra clarity or guidance into your own present experience. Please be ready to provide the Date, Place, and accurate Time of your Birth. All information shared is confidential. 

Presenters
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Alexander Weyer

AWAstrology
Alexander has been in collaboration with the Stars and Planets through the study and practice of Astrology for over 15 years. A member of the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA), as well as the Association for Young Astrologers (AYA), He has been professionally teaching and... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

2:00pm

Black Teachers Matter: Turning the Tide of Black Teacher Loss
Baltimore has one of the highest rates of losing Black teachers in the US. We are attempting to bring some serious attention to this issue. This session will explore how we joined forces to produce a video about this disastrous trend and what we doing to be heard. We will watch the video, explore the local and national data, discuss solutions, brainstorm campaign slogans, and make campaign buttons to take away.

Presenters
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Natalia Bacchus

Natalia Bacchus has been a Maryland public school educator since 2003. She has worked in Baltimore City schools since 2013 and in Montgomery County schools for 9 years prior. She has taught ESOL and has been a classroom teacher in 1st and 3rd grades. She currently works at Moravia Park Elementary School as an ESOL teacher, serves as the BTU Building Rep, and created a Union Chapter Committee. She has also worked for Refugee Youth Project (RYP) as a teacher in their after school programs and summer school. Natalia has also been a Teachers` Democracy Project Fellow since 2014, studying issues such as teacher evaluation, social justice curriculum, teacher unions, and restorative practices., Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators (BMORE) and Teachers Democracy Project
Natalia Bacchus has been a Maryland public school educator since 2003. She has worked in Baltimore City schools since 2013 and in Montgomery County schools for 9 years prior. She has taught ESOL and has been a classroom teacher in 1st and 3rd grades. She currently works at Moravia... Read More →
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Diamonte Brown

Diamonté Brown was born and raised in Baltimore and is now an English teacher at Renaissance Academy. Diamonté got her undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan and her masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University (online). Diamonté serves on several boards where she offers her advice in policy reform and mobilizing the community. Diamonté is committed to using her organizing skills and background in policy reform to contribute to the mission of BMORE., BMORE--Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators, Teachers' Democracy Project; Out for Justice
Diamonté Brown was born and raised in Baltimore and is now an English teacher at Renaissance Academy. Diamonté got her undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan and her masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

2:00pm

Liberate the Skies: Diaspora and the New Anti-Militarism
While intersectionality is now central to progressive politics, movements still struggle connecting to war and militarism. Here we will focus on bringing antimilitarism into our work and imagine organizing with an antiwar lens. From US-based SWANA diasporas working with refugees in Athens, to folks facing a different kind of militarism within the US, we all want to fight the causes of war and racism. This solution-focused gathering will offer best practices and build power across communities.

Presenters
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Farah Erzouki

War Resisters League
Farah Erzouki is an Iraqi American daughter of immigrants born and raised in Michigan who currently serves as a Public Health Coordinator at ACCESS, an Arab American community nonprofit organization based in the metro Detroit area. Farah has been involved in progressive, social justice... Read More →
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Ali Issa

War Resisters League
Ali Issa is lead organizer for the NYC public bank campaign, with New Economy Project. He previously worked with War Resisters League, organizing against police militarization and helping build cross-community coalitions in cities around the country. He is the author of the book Against... Read More →
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Samira Shifteh

War Resisters League
Samira Shifteh is an Iranian-American activist based in Seattle, who has been working on immigrant and refugee rights for well over a decade, from supporting survivors of intimate partner/family violence to organizing actions against deportations and detention centers.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

2:00pm

Real People, Real Stories: Representation of Deaf Bodies
This workshop aims to elicit dialogues about representations and single-story narratives of disabled bodies, language diversity, and give examples of how to showcase intersectional stories from real deaf people. Participants will address about the myriad ways we, as marginalized groups, embrace, validate, and work together to change the representation of intersectional lives and come up with solutions on how to create more inclusive and barrier-free environments for everyone to benefit from.

Presenters
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Beatrice Bachleda

National Deaf Center
Beatrice is a social media maven who strives to share the latest knowledge and developments from NDC with the deaf community. She believes that knowledge truly is power. The more education one has, then the stronger one becomes, the further one can go, and the better one can live... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

2:00pm

Mawadisidiwag: They Visit Each Other
Travel to Southwest Detroit to practice the art of visiting, Anishinaabe style, with The Aadizookaan. We will learn through experiencing Anishinaabe ceremony and connect a current land-based project. Participants will walk away with an emergent practice of how stories can move through both the media of indigenous ceremony/storytelling and the contemporary modalities of music, film, and design.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

3:00pm

Trap in the Park
Trap in the Park is a unique open movement create to break the stigma associated with people of color gathering in public and having fun. We will do just that- listen to our music the way it was mean to be heard, eat our foods, and dance the way makes us feel good in clear view of the public free of shame, negativity or judgment. As a result, participants will make a few new friends, and walk away with renewed sense of identity and appreciation. This gathering will take place at Peck Park (Beaubien + Brush Streets). Shuttles will be running on a continuous loop. *Sign up for a shuttle to the park at the Info Desk in the Student Center.* 

Presenters
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Joy Mohammed

Joy Is The Culture
Hi! I am Joy! My hair, glasses, and lippies change with the Michigan weather. I am passionate about educating black and brown youth, finishing all the food on my plate, and traveling to regions of the world which produce good fruit. My flavor is Igbo original flavor from Nigeria... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

4:00pm

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project: Coming Home
We’ll educate community members and accomplices on how BLMP is creating safe and brave spaces for Black LGBTQIA+ migrants in the U.S. We`ll highlight the reasons why community support networks are essential to the survival of our community. Participants will leave with an understanding of how they can support solidarity structures in the broader Black liberation and social justice movements to prevent mass deportations, incarcerations, and violence against Black LGBTQIA+ migrants.

Presenters
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Didi Adi

Detroit REPRESENT and Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project (BLMP)
Didi Adi is a womxnist writer based in Detroit, MI. Although she recently moved to Detroit from Tejas, she feels at home in Detroit and is glad to be connecting with indigenous Black and Brown Detroiters. Since moving to Detroit, Didi has primarily organized with the Detroit REPRESENT... Read More →
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Jo Boakye

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP)
No matter where Jo goes they will always hold their homeland of Ghana in their heart. Jo recently moved to Oakland in the late summer of 2017 after spending most of their formative adult years building and learning with the ongoing communities of liberation seekers in the midwest... Read More →
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Fatou-Seydi Sarr

Seydi Sarr, is the founder and Executive Director of ABISA (African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs) a nonprofit that helps African and Black Immigrants in Metro-Detroit to know their rights, access resources, become invested and civically engaged. A Senegalese native, Seydi... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

4:00pm

When It All Changed: A Transformative Media Experience
WHEN IT ALL CHANGED: a powerful mixed reality experience combining VR, augmented reality, & live theatre, creating a transformative performance. We will explore the relationships between corporate overreach, desensitization, & systemic injustice with the purpose of empowering communities to think creatively about how to build more equitable & just societal interactions. The experience uses media expression to facilitate group conversations concerning the use of art & tech within social movements

Presenters
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John Sloan III

Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, John studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (BFA program `01-`05) and has over a decade of experience as a professional artist. An accomplished musician and actor, Sloan has performed in numerous regional theatres productions, concert events, and on the national tour of Disney`s The Lion King. Having produced and directed events across the country, his efforts are dedicated to the intersection of art and advocacy., The Helping Hands Campaign, BLMDetroit
Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, John studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (BFA program '01-'05) and has over a decade of experience as a professional artist. An accomplished musician and actor, Sloan has performed in numerous regional theatres productions, concert... Read More →
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Sultan Sharrief

MIT Media Lab
ndependent filmmaker with a knack for social entrepreneurship. Developing a trans-media project for PBS that uses Virtual Reality as a community building too. I also coordinate special events and curate a shorts program at the Cinetopia International Film Festival. I also teach a... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

4:00pm

Capoeira Angola & Batucada of Michigan
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the Brazilian Folkloric dance Capoeira Angola. Our session will explore movement through music, dance and song and a rich history explaining Capoeira during the African Diaspora. All participants will have the opportunity to learn dance movements and also Batucada the Brazilian percussion known worldwide and taught here in Detroit. The outcome will bring together everyone through peace, health, dance and music.

Presenters
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Kelvin Wyatt

Contra-Mestre Pequenininho (Kelvin Wyatt) started training in Capoeira in 1997 in Detroit however he always thrived for a deeper understanding in Capoeira. This led Pequenininho to find a strong Mestre to learn from which introduced Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda leader of Centro Tabcat. Pequenininho trains in Capoeira Angola of Bahia as passed to him by Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda. In 2009 Pequenininho was graduated to the title Treinel (teacher) in Capoeira Angola by Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda and has continued to grow in Capoeira Angola. After traveling to Salvador, Bahia in 2014 Pequenininho was graduated to the title Contra-Mestre in Brazil by Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda. Contra-Mestre Pequenininho`s goal much like Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda is to pass on the culture of Brazil through understanding, respect & peace. Since then, this Detroit native has taken on the task to pass on Capoeira Angola to the next generation of students. Pequenininho has taught classes to kids, teens and adults with an emphasis on commun, Creative Movement Brazil / Tabcat Detroit
Contra-Mestre Pequenininho (Kelvin Wyatt) started training in Capoeira in 1997 in Detroit however he always thrived for a deeper understanding in Capoeira. This led Pequenininho to find a strong Mestre to learn from which introduced Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda leader of Centro Tabcat... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: 020

4:00pm

Cost of Content Moderation: Censorship and Human Rights
Content moderators make decisions about what we post online every day. Social platforms have become arbiters of free speech online — they decide whose voices are and aren’t heard. In what ways have groups been harmed by censorship and content moderation? In this session, we’ll examine content moderation and how it impacts different communities and groups. We want to brainstorm together to discuss methods for circumvention and alternative ways of thinking about content ownership.

Presenters
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Nasser Eledroos

ACLU of Massachusetts
Nasser Eledroos is a Public Interest Computer Scientist and Technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. His work focuses around using data science for Criminal Justice reform and raising awareness on issues related to privacy and security.
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Jennie Rose Halperin

Creative Commons
Jennie Rose Halperin is the Communications Manager at Creative Commons. She works with communities to tell their stories through a variety of media. Before joining Creative Commons, Jennie worked for Safari Books Online/O'Reilly Media as the Product Engagement Manager where she managed... Read More →
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Becca Ricks

Mozilla & Human Rights Watch
Becca Ricks is a public interest technologist and researcher working on issues of platform accountability, data privacy, and security. As a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, her independent work investigates how social platforms and digital services collect, monetize, and disclose data... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

4:00pm

Emergent Strategy: Spells and Practices Times
Emergent Strategy is a way to generate complex strategies that arise from relatively simple interactions, rooted in science fiction and complex science. Come to this session because you need a spell or practice, or have one to offer. We will work in small and large groups to generate the magic we need to continue our life work.

Presenters
AM

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., Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute
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.


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

4:00pm

Fight Your Racist Camera
Is your camera a racist? Yes! The whole history of film and video is rooted in white supremacy, even down to the settings in your camera! During this workshops we will look at the history of racism in video (particularly lighting) and learn how to fight back with F.I.S.T. (FStop, ISO, Shutter Speed, and Temperature). Learn basic lighting and camera techniques for how to best capture Black & Brown bodies on video using professional cameras and also basic skills on your phone. Bring your phones and DSLRs if you have them!

Presenters
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Jesus Villalba

Jesus is a filmmaker from the Bronx dedicated to the use of video and social media to amplify the work of historically oppressed communities. He is currently working on a documentary about his personal experiences with "The American Dream" and mental health. The documentary is largely based on VHS archival letters that his mother sent to his father who had to migrate to the U.S. from Mexico in the early 90's. Jesus first came to GAP as a youth producer in 2009 and is now in his fourth year co-facilitating GAP’s Youth Breaking Borders program for new immigrant youth as well as GAP's Lead Media Educator supporting many aspects of GAP programming., Global Action Project
Jesus is a filmmaker from the Bronx dedicated to the use of video and social media to amplify the work of historically oppressed communities. He is currently working on a documentary about his personal experiences with "The American Dream" and mental health. The documentary is largely... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

4:00pm

Food Fight
How can we learn from and apply fungal self-organizing wisdom to self-governing networks? We will examine interdependent ecosystems through basic fungi cultivation and media-based organizing.

Presenters