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Friday, June 15
 

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

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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
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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
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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 recipient... 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

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

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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.
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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

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.

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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
avatar for Katie Diamond

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 Faye 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
avatar for Nina Bhattacharya

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
 
Saturday, June 16
 

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

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
T

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.

Presenters
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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
TBD
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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
MJ

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

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
avatar for Anum Awan

Anum Awan

none
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.

Presenters

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
Presenters
TG

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.

Presenters
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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.

Presenters
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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
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Champika Fernando

Director of Outreach, Scratch
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 →
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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.

Presenters
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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.

Presenters
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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
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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

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.

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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
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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.


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
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En Sawyer

En Sawyer is an artist, artisan, meditator, grower and practical philosopher., Taproot Sanctuary
En Sawyer is an artist, artisan, meditator, grower and practical philosopher.
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Julia Vallera

Julia Vallera is an artist, educator, and technology program manager who explores creative and free expression through community engagement, both in-person and online. Her professional experience includes work with nonprofit organizations, art collectives, academic institutions, community centers, foundations and government initiatives. Between 2012 and 2018 Julia led on-the-ground programs at Mozilla Foundation that focus on digital equity and community technology. In this role, she worked with local and global stakeholders to increase open practices, facilitate engaging workshops, do public outreach, and design curriculum. She currently teaches media and technology classes at Community College of Vermont that focus on ethics of technology, digital design, and online safety. Julia received her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design. Her work has appeared in several festivals, conferences and publications including Maker Faire NYC; The New Museum Ideas City Festival; Brooklyn Art, Food Fight Vermont
Julia Vallera, Julia Vallera is an artist, educator, and technology program manager who explores creative and free expression through community engagement, both in-person and online. Her professional experience includes work with nonprofit organizations, art collectives, academic... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

4:00pm

Lifting as They Climbed: A Tour of Chicago Black Women Histories
How can you create a self-guided tour of Black women`s histories in your city or town with little to no money? This workshop will share a new self-guided tour publication about Black women in Chicago`s contributions in building the city. We will share our virtual tour and digital platform. Participants will learn how to replicate our project on a budget.

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 →
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Essence McDowell

UIC Social Justice Initiative
Essence McDowell is a digital aesthetic specialist and communications strategist who turned her love of digital design and community-centered movement building into a multimedia career.
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Kierra Verdun

Kierra Verdun is a senior who studies history at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a research fellow with the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at the college. Kierra is interested in the intersections between social justice, the digital humanities, and history and works to push for social change in libraries and archives., Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Kierra Verdun is a senior who studies history at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a research fellow with the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at the college. Kierra is interested in the intersections between social justice, the digital humanities, and history... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

4:00pm

Logos for Change
Is your organizing dragging due to a boring logo? We will help give your activism a boost by helping you create a new look. In this hands on workshop, youth leaders from SPNN`s Youth Action Committee will help you learn the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator and Dimension, and make a logo based on simple shapes. You will walk away from this workshop with an image you will be proud of that represents the important work you do.

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.


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

4:00pm

Memeing the Labor of Social Justice Web Content
Just Constellation: We built a web extension to connect resources and content across social movements in real time. We need your resources to make this a powerful network that grows our social movements by collectivizing the labor across the millions of us fighting for justice with the world wide web. Participants will leave with a new tool for discovering content that links our interrelated pursuits of justice, one that will only become more useful the more we invest in each other.

Presenters
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Bryce Fields

Bryce is a Black, queer, active Chicago organizer for police accountability and more broadly utilizing digital tools in social movements. Bryce completed their MA of Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, a BS in Psychology and BA in Humanities in order to build systems of liberation., ONE Northside/BYP100
Bryce is a Black, queer, active Chicago organizer for police accountability and more broadly utilizing digital tools in social movements. Bryce completed their MA of Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, a BS in Psychology and BA in Humanities in order to build systems of... Read More →
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Tanner Howard

Tanner Howard is a freelance journalist, editor, and activist, involved in housing justice work in Chicago. They current, Just Constellations
Tanner Howard is a freelance journalist, editor, and activist, involved in housing justice work in Chicago. They currently work for In These Times, and organize with the Democratic Socialists of America.


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

4:00pm

People Power Art
How we can engage local immigrants and underserved communities in the mapping of community data through the arts? We will present three models of immigrant community think tanks that have produced media celebrating communal cultural resources in the form of an app, a game, a zine, and a teaching guide. We will share objects, recipes, sounds, and strategies from each case.

Presenters
avatar for Sol Aramendi

Sol Aramendi

artist, Project Luz
Sol Aramendi works in socially engaged art with immigrant communities throughout New York City, encouraging new immigrants to empower themselves through art. She conceives these projects as forums to build creative social spaces through dialogue and cross pollination in constructing... Read More →
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Sara Angel Guerrero

Sara Angel Guerrero is an activist, educator, and researcher of art and pedagogy who has worked at the intersection of these fields during the last fifteen years as a teacher, ethnographer, and co-founder of museum initiatives for art and migration., Indépendant Arts Worker and Curator
Sara Angel Guerrero is an activist, educator, and researcher of art and pedagogy who has worked at the intersection of these fields during the last fifteen years as a teacher, ethnographer, and co-founder of museum initiatives for art and migration.
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Carolina Penafiel

Community organizer / curator, Local Project
Born in Miami, but raised in Santiago, Chile, Carolina Peñafiel is an artist, a curator, and an organizer of cultural and educational projects within the arts community. In 2003 she co-founded Local Project with 5 other Queens based artists as a platform for under exposed and underrepresented... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

4:00pm

Piss on Pity: Radically Uprooting the Culture of Ableism
Imagine there are 3 types of people: 1) the temporarily abled, 2) those with disabilities, and 3) those in denial. No one is exempt from eventual disability. Yet disability is not the problem, ableism is. Let’s examine our perspectives and transform the ableist lens into a more constructive, inclusive reality, not out of guilt or pity, but because inclusiveness makes our movements stronger.

Presenters
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Hong Gwi-Seok

Advocates for Baba Baxter
Gwi-Seok is a mother, grandmother, activist, and poet. She actively mentors and is mentored by members of several generations.
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Baba Baxter Jones

Advocates for Baba Baxter
Baba Baxter Jones is a Native Detroiter born and raised during the Baby Boomer generation. He is a survivor of Traumatic Brain, PTSD, Spinal Cord injuries, and Chronic Pain/Debilitation. Baba uses a wheelchair and other assistive technology devices for his mobility. He fights for... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

4:00pm

Sailing for Social justice
How has seafaring served as a critical technology of liberation for black, indigenous, and communities of color? In this workshop, we will explore the past and present role of seafaring in social justice movements and our personal/political connections to the ocean/oceangoing vessels. We will learn basic knowledge about sailing, boatbuilding, and wayfinding techniques. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how these basics can be useful for navigating systems of oppression.

Presenters
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Tala Khanmalek

Tala is a sailor, scholar, and sorceress who is deeply invested in community-based organizing at the intersection of sailing, social justice, and healing. She is a certified ASA sailor and rower. She has worked with many community based orgs, primarily in the Bay Area, including Womyn`s Circle, the Niroga Center, the Cultural Conservancy, and Healing Clinic Collective. She is currently a Response Team member at the Audre Lorde Project in NYC., Sailing for Social Justice
Tala is a sailor, scholar, and sorceress whose community-based work bridges water vessels, sailing, and boat building with social, healing, and environmental justice justice.
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Audrey Kuo

Audrey Kuo is a poet, writer, facilitator and community organizer who is deeply invested in building networks among queer and trans people of color working toward collective liberation, grounded in healing justice and disability justice. Their work has included programs and development... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

4:00pm

The Big Idea: Taking Film Ideas from Impulse to Action
You have a great idea for a narrative or documentary film, but you don`t know what to do next to make it a reality. In our session, we`ll put these ideas in writing by making a "treatment" and talk about the next steps we can talk towards making these ideas a reality. We`ll use screenwriting and production strategies to get our treatments into shape and share a treasure trove of tools for getting the resources you need to move the project forward. Everyone will leave with a treatment for their Big Idea in hand.

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Claire Morningstar

Andrea Claire Morningstar

Final Girls
Andrea Claire Morningstar is a filmmaker living and working in both New Orleans, LA and Detroit, MI. She is currently in production on a feature length documentary film titled "Love and Struggle" about The James and Grace Lee Boggs school; a unique school in urban Detroit where the... Read More →
avatar for Jasmine Rivera

Jasmine Rivera

Final Girls
Jasmine Rivera is a director, writer, producer, and actor from Detroit, Michigan. As a narrative filmmaker she has written, directed and produced media via her company Anawim Productions as well as four narrative films including Nain Rouge, which won thesis honors at Columbia University... Read More →



Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

4:00pm

The SPOT Youth-Led Open Studio: Visual and Media Arts Playshop
In Living Arts’ Teen Open Studio, art is a medium for energizing, collectivizing, mobilizing, and realizing ourselves and our communities by breaking down hierarchy and prioritizing self-directed learning. Participants in this live open studio session make creative process decisions to explore the arts as a vehicle for creating images, sounds, and other messages. In this lab, teens and artists will be guides as participants learn what an open studio is and how to leverage its power for good.

Presenters
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Natasha Beste

Living Arts
Natasha Beste is a video artist, director, educator, and performer. As co-owner of media production company Gold House Media, she uses experimental narrative and documentary styles to create complex, compelling mixed media video artwork. Her music videos have been featured on MTV... Read More →
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Zack Bissell

Living Arts
Zack Bissell is a musician, world traveler, educator, and arts administrator originally from rural northwestern Michigan. He graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Arts and Humanities, a minor in Spanish, and a specialization in Latin American and... Read More →
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Erika Villarreal Bunce

Living Arts
Erika is an arts administrator, art educator and visual artist who brings 15 years of experience in increasing arts access, with a focus on young people in urban areas. Her formal background is in visual arts, and she earned her MFA in Studio Art from Purdue University in 2010 and... Read More →
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Tanykia Diamond Davis

Tanykia “Diamond” Davis is a young artist and dancer at Living Arts. She is a Junior and a vocal major at the Detroit School of Arts. Diamond started dancing at Living Arts in October of 2015 and really likes the Youth Dance Ensemble, her instructors, and the environment of always being greeted and asked how she is. When she was younger, she danced jazz, modern, and contemporary, which she has continued at Living Arts while also adding hip hop to her repertoire. Diamond took naturally to being a leader in classes at Living Arts and has led various demonstrations, discussions, and initiatives within the organization. She recently performed choreography in the public performance program, Teatro Chico, and spoke in a panel discussion about her growth as a young artist., Living Arts
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Jeimy Lopez

Living Arts
Jeimy L√≥pez is a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. She became involved with Living Arts when "the SPOT" opened in 2015 and has been a loyal fan ever since. She spends rest of her out of school time in Junior ROTC and swimming. She is also a part of a program called... Read More →
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Johnathan Williams

Living Arts
Johnathan Williams is a freshman at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He has been a youth participant with Living Arts since 2014 and got involved with "the SPOT" soon after the program was piloted. Johnathan is also involved in Boy Scouts as a Tinderfoot and is an actor with... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

4:00pm

Let`s Make Electronic Music!
We will build layers of sound together using Mr Scott`s suitcase of knobs, electric violins, rhythm instruments, our voices and help from the violinists of Detroit Youth Volume.

Presenters
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Scott Murphy

Detroit Youth Volume violin teacher, Detroit Youth Volume teacher
For three years, Detroit Youth Volume violin teacher Scott Murphy has been guiding his students in becoming artists through electronic music-making, collaborative composition, classical technique and music theory. Scott was once written up in the Gothamist as the best street performer... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 6:03pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E
 
Sunday, June 17
 

9:00am

How Theatre Helps Us Share What We Know
Making art is also making knowledge. When it comes to theatre that knowledge is often about what it means to have a certain body, identity, or social position. This session will help young people explore how they can use theatre and writing to assert their own ways of understanding the world and resisting oppression. Through theatre and writing exercises attendees will question what knowledge is, identify their own knowledge, and explore how they can share their viewpoints through media making.

Presenters
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Elon Sloan

DePaul University
Elon Sloan is a Chicago based writer and educator, who is currently studying playwrighting and gender studies at DePaul University in Chicago. They work with DePaul LGBTQIA Resource Center, creating and facilitating programming and workshops which support DePaul's LGBTQIA students... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

10:00am

Facilitate While Trans
This workshop will focus on strategic ways to facilitate while being transgender. It will help people to figure out new, inventive ways to get around the difficult questions, stares, and sometimes blatant disrespect. As trans people doing the work we must equip ourselves with the proper knowledge and tools to not only gauge our audiences so that they learn, but educate them so that they retain. Open dialogue forum.

Presenters
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Hope Giselle

AllowMe Movement
Miami native Hope Giselle got her start in activism and facilitation while in College at Alabama State University. Helping to found and govern the conservative schools FIRST LGBT organization. Giselle graduated with a a masters in Fine Arts as the first openly trans woman to do so... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
STATE HALL: Room 128

10:00am

Altars: Rituals and Creation
Altars are a creative and spiritual way to express the deep inner workings of our hearts and minds. With them, we can conceptualize and ritualize our dreams, goals, and desires. Participants of this workshop will walk away with a clear understanding of the importance and elements of home altars, as well as a foundation on how to build and use them as a tool for healing, empowerment, liberation, and joy.

Presenters

Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 134

10:00am

Hacking Capitalism: Divest, Manage Debt, and Ethical Money
Navigating the complex and often unfriendly systems of finance often means finding your way around impediments. Plus, worry and fear can block positive steps around our money. In Hacking Capitalism, get strategic working-class brilliance about how money works, learn hacking-like workarounds, and be motivated to disentangle from corporations. You'll get specific resources on how to divest, use banks that are more ethical, deal with debt, and think about your finances from a holistic perspective.

Presenters
avatar for Hadassah Damien

Hadassah Damien

Punk Big Sister of Financial Real Talk, Ride Free Fearless Money
Hadassah Damien is the creator of the iconoclastic Ride Free Fearless Money project, and a Brooklyn-based teacher, queer artist, activist, and progressive technologist. Her mission is to use her working class femme insights to destroy money shame, help fund liberatory movements, stabilize... Read More →



Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 123

10:00am

Imaginación Post-___: Designing Justice After Disaster
We envision a Puerto Rico (and a world) where every community has the opportunity to take charge of their own future. Inspired by the work of Imaginación Post-María - a community strengthening model designed by Puerto Rican organizers in the wake of hurricanes Irma and María - our workshop will offer participants the opportunity to imagine, plan and design their own paths to a just recovery.

Presenters
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Cynthia Burgos López

Experience in urban ecology, community design and environmental management. BS in Agronomy and Soils, Master`s degree in Landscape Architecture. Lecturer at the International School of Design and Architecture at the University of Turabo. Co-founded La Maraña in order to revitalize cities through the integration of citizens in urban design processes., La Maraña
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Alexandra Llegus Santiago

Experience in graphic and architectural design, environmental sustainability, and community-driven research. BA in Environmental Design and Sociocultural Anthropology. Passionate about collaborating, listening and exchanging knowledge with communities in order to propose alternatives that address our collective well-being., La Maraña
Experience in graphic and architectural design, environmental sustainability, and community-driven research. BA in Environmental Design and Sociocultural Anthropology. Passionate about collaborating, listening and exchanging knowledge with communities in order to propose alternatives... Read More →
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Sofía Unanue

Experience in community organizing, participatory design, business development, and partnership building. BA from Brown University in International Development with a regional focus on the Arab World and Latin America. Co-founded La Maraña in hopes of creating new bottom-up approaches to urban development in Puerto Rico., La Maraña


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

10:00am

Know Your Rights Immigration Poster Making
Communities, suffer from terror imposed by racist policies and as a result, misinformation creates panic. This poster making project will use printmaking to create community and empowerment. Participants will have the opportunity to learn screen-printing and print their own KYR posters. This workshop provides a model that can help inform community members, become an organized community, and create rapid response committees.

Presenters
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Dewey

Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the viewpoint of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art’s Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops for the past decade. As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and So, Self Help Graphics & Art
Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Dewey ºs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner... 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 →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 125

10:00am

Lucha Libre & Afromexican Consciousness
How does one affirm their Black identity in a national context where afrodescendancy is consistently othered? This session explores a design inquiry that contributes nuance to a narrative about Black consciousness in Mexico — with Afromexicans as the primary storytellers — through the vernacular of lucha libre as metaphor. Participants will experience the design workshop practices employed, view the media generated, and practice how to leverage these practices to engage complex themes of their own.

Presenters
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Lauren Williams

Art Center College of Design
Lauren is a designer developing a practice in visual and interactive media and critical research methods. She is pursuing graduate studies in the MFA program in Media Design Practices (Field) at the Art Center College of Design.


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 117

10:00am

Magick Slime: The Art of Potion Making
Slime is many things - squishy, stretchy, sparkly but can it be MAGICK? We will explore the process of potion making including the power of intention, aromatherapy and color therapy. We will create multi-sensory slime that is uniquely infused with all sorts of healing, protective or superpowers. Participants will walk away with their very own Magick Slime and decorative container.

Presenters
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Stephanie Mae Howells

Detroit Radical Childcare Collective / MIRA / Living Arts
Stephanie Mae is a teaching artist and organizer in the Detroit community work centers around art, healing and resistance, fueled by love and magick.


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

10:00am

ReKrumpstruction
ReKrumpstruction is a media cultural technology that develops empathy and self-trust for liberation in public schools, detention centers, and prisons. We share individual experiences to provide agency for energetic mobilization of networks. We build support for differing bodies in creation of radical community instituted within normalized unjust systems of learning and being. Participants leave the session with an education engagement practice that fractures sovereign displacement.

Presenters
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Rachel Johnson

Chi-Buck Collective
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Cat Mahari

31st&Brklyn
Cat Mahari creates work with personal and collective transformational possibilities. She is the founder and director of 31st&Brklyn, a platform for performance art and community engagement. In 2017 Ms. Mahari received a Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performance Artist Fellow... Read More →
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Edward Skinner

Edward "Blax Dreamz" Skinner is a movement artist, that specializes in krump. He is a native of Chicago and the leader and founder of the Chi-Buck Krump Collective. As a movement artist working on the cutting edge of culture and performance within his artistic practice of krump he has studied under Tight Eyez, the LA born first generation co-creator, pioneer and innovator of the form. Eddie`s passion and dedication to krump, led to him spearheading and founding Blax Dreamz: a unique krump style, family and collective of artists. Within Eddie`s movement practice, he reaches for the liminal edge in order to expand and make clear the dynamic nature of krump, particularly as it pertains to the development of empathic communication, street origins, and performance theatre. In the Blax Dreams framework of movement exploration, character development, physical intelligence, and community support is facilitated by the philosophic questions of "What will a body do when there are no limits upon its imagination of itself, Chi-Buck Collective
Edward "Blax Dreamz" Skinner is a movement artist, that specializes in krump. He is a native of Chicago and the leader and founder of the Chi-Buck Krump Collective. As a movement artist working on the cutting edge of culture and performance within his artistic practice of krump he... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

10:00am

Playable Zines: Making and Distributing Bite-sized Videogames
Most people think of videogames as being big, blockbuster escapist fantasies, or addictive puzzles used to fill time. This session will explore how to use free and accessible tools like Twine, Bitsy and Scratch to create games inspired by zine culture: Tiny digital interactive experiences that can be shared with friends or a broader audience online. Participants will learn how to imagine videogames on a more intimate scale, emphasizing the personal, political and artistic side of the medium.

Presenters
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Sagan Yee

Hand Eye Society
Sagan Yee is the executive director of the Hand Eye Society in Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring videogames as an art form and means of creative expression. She has spoken about inclusivity, community-building and game-making in Toronto, Montreal, Austin, San... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384

1:00pm

A Radical Wikipedia Workshop
Wikipedia’s anyone-can-edit ethos has resulted in documented gender and racial coverage gaps and policies amplifying media echo-chambers. Wikipedia articles inadequately cover allegations of harassment and sexual abuse even as the #metoo and #timesup movements are ousting celebs/media producers from positions of power. During this interactive session, we’ll identify and address limitations of Wikipedia’s policies and culture, and learn how to host local edit-a-thons that amplify radical voices.

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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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 →
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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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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.
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Lauren Hudgins

To the Point Collaborative
Lauren Hudgins earned her MA in Publishing and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Portland State University. She bikes about the rainy Pacific Northwest to keep her endorphins flowing and works as a digital strategist. Her essay on Comic Sans and the right of people use whatever... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

1:00pm

Adventures in Co-Design!
What does it mean for people to engage in the design of spaces and tools connected to their daily lives? From public spaces to research reports, design has a critical role in our movements. To be just and effective, it must be led by and center people with lived experience of the issues. In this session, we`ll share experiences and processes while co-designing a study guide for the book Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Women of Color. Participants will experiment with co-design exercises and tools.

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 →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry A

1:00pm

Afro Mexicans of the Costa Chica in Mexico
This session will explore the conditions of Afro Mexicans in the Costa Chica of Guerrero and Oaxaca of Mexico. Highlighting the Afro Mexican movement, workshop participants will gain an understanding of the issues and demands of these communities. Through movement based explorations inspired by stories, songs, and material objects, participants will learn about the factors that threaten their erasure. The intended outcome of this session will be to strategize how to build a solidarity movement.

Presenters
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Fabiola Torralba

Dance. Community. Engagement.
Fabiola Torralba was born in Guerrero, Mexico and was raised in the Westside of San Antonio, Texas. Trained as a cultural worker and grassroots organizer, they engage art making as a transformative practice for building community, civic engagement, and social-cultural awareness. Fabiola... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

1:00pm

Detroit Comix Party: Business Is Pleasure
Self-publishing is the most direct route to self-expression. We want to celebrate the incredible potential of wild, intimate, and spectacularly bizarre work that self-publishing can quickly fertilize and spread. Attendees will bring digital or printed examples of their original content to the session and we will facilitate a group discussion on the most effective and powerful way to publish each work. Participants leave with a clear, easy plan for rapid self-publishing.

Presenters
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Mike Burridge

Detroit Comix Party
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Kevin Eckert

Detroit Comix Party
Kevin Eckert is a multimedia artist known for his illustration, design, and video work in the Metro Detroit area. As an award-winning instructor, he has taught animation and video production classes at Living Arts, Community Media Network Television, and the Contemporary Art Institute... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

1:00pm

First Response for Gunshots and Asthma
Ujimaa Medics is a Black collective of health workers and healers, organizers, and families that is spreading life-saving skills to our communities in Chicago. In this session participants will learn about our vision of healers and community care first responders on every block. Participants will walk away knowing some principles for first aid, treatment related to physical and emotional trauma, dealing with police, calling 911, and asthma emergency and preventative care.

Presenters
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Martine Caverl

Ujimaa Medics
She is a co-founder of Ujimaa Medics. She is also a street medic, registered nurse, doula, and mother.
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Ana Lily Mccullom

Ana Lily is a member and experienced workshop leader with Ujimaa Medics. She is a student at Kenwood HS., Ujimaa Medics
Ana Lily is a member and experienced workshop leader with Ujimaa Medics. She is a student at Kenwood HS.
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Amika Tendaji

Ujimaa Medics
Amika is a co-founder of UMedics. She is also a street medic, community organizer, and mother.


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

1:00pm

Fuel the Poor People's Campaign with Music
Music activates people in ways that simple speech/protesting cannot. This session makes a space for learning and creating movement songs with a focus on the Poor People’s Campaign. First, we`ll share songs, originals and remixes). Those who want to write or compose will do that next. We`ll end with different people practicing leading songs to sustain our movements! Participants should leave the workshop with new songs learned/written and better prepared to lead a group in song. Instruments welcome.

Presenters
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Naim Edwards

Detroit Organizer
Naim is a Morehouse man, hailing from Harrisburg, PA. He has lived in Detroit four years now with a commitment to bringing forth justice particularly in the land, food and environmental spheres. This past February, he participated in the Poor People's Campaign, Theomusicology convening... Read More →
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Yexenia Vanegas

PPC Organizer
Yexenia is an artist, educator, organizer, and cultural worker who loves children.


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

1:00pm

Hand Game Gang and Cypher: Youth Play bc (before computers)
Show the children how you played, play again, and learn new ways to play. Share. Explore the links that bind our play, the differences and similarities of how they have changed

Presenters
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Zomi Huron

None
Zomi Huron is your everyday eastside dreamer with hoop dreams, he fancies himself as a sometimes farmer, mycologist, ideator, and a always father.


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry E

1:00pm

Practical Magic: Lunar Ritual for Manifestation
Ritual connects our intentions with spiritual support to increase our powers of manifestation. In this workshop we will walk through how to incorporate spiritual tools such as astrology, candle magic, herbs, and energy cleaning to create a ritual for success, opportunity, or purification.

Presenters
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Carmen Mayes

Carmen Mayes is a Spiritual Coach, Astrologer, and Reiki practitioner. Her practice is centered on helping clients gain personal insight, self-discovery, and healing using spirituality and universal wisdom. Carmen offers private sessions, leads monthly workshops and lunar circles, and shares her experiences with rituals and spiritual tools such as candles, crystals, energy healing, the power of attraction, and other practical magic her website www.writtennthestars.com, MINKA Brooklyn
Carmen Mayes is a Spiritual Coach, Astrologer, and Reiki practitioner. Her practice is centered on helping clients gain personal insight, self-discovery, and healing using spirituality and universal wisdom. Carmen offers private sessions, leads monthly workshops and lunar circles... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

1:00pm

Sex Worker Archives: Preserving Our Histories
Participants will learn about preserving sex worker history, and about the scope of the Sex Worker Archives. This workshop is for those who identify as sex workers, have been involved sex trade, sex worker rights organizing, and anyone who has something to contribute to the archives. Please bring any documents or artifacts you would like to submit to the archives. Materials will be made available to digitize documents if the originals aren’t to be parted with.

Presenters
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Juniper Fleming

Sex Worker Archives and Streetlight Detroit
Juniper Fleming is an artist currently living in Detroit. She recieved her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2014. She was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship in 2013. Her film, Predatory Prostitute has been screened in the 28th MIX NYC Queer Experimental... Read More →
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Zee St. James

Sex Worker Archives and Streetlight Detroit
A self-described ‚Äòmanic pixie dream whore', Zee St. James is passionate about sex worker rights organizing. Some of their recent projects include facilitating a peer-led support group, developing a harm reduction based street outreach program (Streetlight Detroit), and curating... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384