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Mealtime Meetup [clear filter]
Friday, June 15
 

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

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

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Alex Binder

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

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

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

Unicorn Riot Collective Member, Unicorn Riot
Unicorn Riot Collective Member


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

12:45pm

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

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Sam Appel

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

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Moretta Browne

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

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


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

12:45pm

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


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Karolle Rabarison

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Nijeul Porter

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

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Hope Lehman

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Alexandra Corwin

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters

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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Katerina Cizek

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

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Donald Vincent

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Shenaaz Janmohamed

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Ebere Oparaeke

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters

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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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SueAnn Shiah

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


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

12:45pm

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

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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
avatar for Moya Bailey

Moya Bailey

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


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

5:30pm

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

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

7:30pm

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


Friday June 15, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
CASS COMMONS: Memorial Hall
 
Saturday, June 16
 

12:45pm

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

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Adriel Thorton

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


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

12:45pm

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

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Golden Collier

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


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

12:45pm

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

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

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Devita Davison

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

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

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avatar for Leo Orleans

Leo Orleans

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


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

12:45pm

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

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

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NIcole Campbell

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


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

12:45pm

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

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Andrea Hart

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

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


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

12:45pm

Imagine! Create! Liberate!
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Ana Amaya

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

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

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


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

12:45pm

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Alexander Weyer

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Aiko Fukuchi

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Miriam Zoila Pérez

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Krisandra Ivings

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

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

People In Education
Nathaniel Mullen is the director of Detroit Future Schools (DFS), a sponsored project of AMP. He joined the AMP team in 2011, as part of the founding team of DFS. Nate's work thrives at the intersection of art, education and people. For eight years, Nate has worked in classrooms... Read More →
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Thomas Nikundiwe

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
DC

Dail Chambers

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Mary Shock

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Amos Cloud

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

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

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

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Anjanette Davenport Hatter

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

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


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

12:45pm

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

Presenters
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Paula Guthat

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


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

5:30pm

Live Ambient Performance by Lexi (from Video7)
At the end of your day of sessions come curl up and get cozy in the soothing vibes of the Relaxation Room with a live ambient performance by Lex (Video7). 

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

6:00pm

#MediaJustice Mixer w/ MAG-NET and Freepress
Want to connect with others who work, organize, and have an interest in media justice and digital security? Join the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), Free Press, and Global Action Project for a #MediaJustice Mixer. There will be light refreshments, music, and great company. Hang out with friends and allies to learn more about how we can build power together. All are welcome. 

Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

6:00pm

Against Erasure
How do artists and activists navigate between spaces, between jobs, and between cultures while maintaining focus of the fight at hand? Writ Large Press presents four Latinx writers from Los Angeles who share and discuss their work, both on the page and in their jobs, to continue producing and nurturing a narrative that White Supremacy is determined to erase.

Presenters
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Chiwan Choi

Writ Large Press
CHIWAN CHOI is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (T√≠a Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. Chiwan is a partner at Writ... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 128

6:00pm

Blackness and Afro Latinidad: Brujas Healing the Diaspora
This is an intercommunal conversation between Black people across the diaspora — African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latinxs, etc. — hosted by brujas exploring the intersections and solidarities through music, culture, media, activism, and art. Interactive open conversation will explore our roots with the goals of disrupting antiblackness globally and creating and improving shared languages and mentalities among the diaspora to generate solidarity and ultimately, revolution.

Presenters
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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 →
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Antonio Rafael

The Raiz Up
Antonio Cosme is an xicana boricua writer, public speaker, entrepreneur, educator, artist, bee keeper and farmer from Southwest, Detroit. Having graduated Eastern Michigan University with double major in Political Science and Economics at a time when the State took over the city of... Read More →
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Briana Urena-Ravelo

n/a
Briana Ureña-Ravelo is a 27 year old femme first generation Afro-Dominicana based in West Michigan. She is a radical abolitionist Black community organizer, anarchist, intersectional feminist, freelance writer, artist, poet, activist, thinker, and dreamer. Her interests include music... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

6:00pm

Circle of Practice among Media Makers Focused on Sanctuary
There is an abundance of media telling stories of immigrants and their accomplices fighting for liberation and exploring "sanctuary" as a frame and tactic to that end. This circle of practice of media makers will explore how to learn together about aesthetic and narrative strategies, power analyses, and opportunities for collaboration in regard to funding, infrastructure and distribution. The outcomes we hope for are better work, collective impact, and a shift from competition to collaboration.

Presenters
MA

Macky Alston

SVP, Auburn Seminary
http://auburnseminary.org/team/macky-alston/


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

6:00pm

Community Dinner for Black Native American/Afro-Indígena Folks
Our stories have too often been erased from historical records and conversations about both Blackness and Indigeneity in the Americas. Many can recount experiences of having both our “Indian-ness” and commitment to Blackness questioned. This dinner is intended to be a space for us —the Black Natives/NDNs, the Afro-Indígena, and African Native Americans, — to build community and affirm our collective existence. We`re Indi.Visible — join us in this radical act of affirmation and healing.

Presenters
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Jillian White

Brave Bridges; Indi.Visible; Survived & Punished (NYC)
Jillian Lane White is an Afro-Indigenous organizer and media maker living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on occupied Lenape land. She is the founder of Brave Bridges (www.bravebriges.org), a project that seeks to facilitate meaningful dialogue and build stronger connections between feminist... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

6:00pm

Dear Black Women: The Power of Black Women Affirming Themselves
When is the last time you felt seen, heard, affirmed by yourself and in community with other Black women? The session will be an Affirmation Circle where Black women write and read affirmation letters from Black women, make connections and share stories and insights. Participants will walk away feeling seen, heard, and affirmed and with an anthology of affirmations from Black women, as well as information on how to continue with the Dear Black Women movement.

Presenters
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Florence Noel

Florence Noel, affectionately called Flo, is a Haitian-American global citizen born and raised in New York. Flo’s passion is to leverage the resources, talents and knowledge she has to support efforts for the healing and liberation of Black and Brown people all over the world, particularly cis and trans women and children. She is founder of Dear Black Women, an affirmation movement for Black women, and has over 10 years experience in the education technology space in New York City. She is currently pursuing her MBA and MSI (Human Computer Interaction/Social Computing) at the University of Michigan and singing and rapping in her band when she can., Dear Black Women
Florence Noel, affectionately called Flo, is a Haitian-American global citizen born and raised in New York. Flo's passion is to leverage the resources, talents and knowledge she has to support efforts for the healing and liberation of Black and Brown people all over the world, particularly... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

6:00pm

Designs on Democracy
Design Action Collective invites graphic designers, illustrators and visual artists, technologists and messaging strategists to meet up for a happy hour and conversation on effective ways to use our skills to better serve social justice movements. We seek to strengthen our networks so we may support each other’s work and find ways to collaborate on future projects.

Happy hour will take place at Common Pub: 5440 Cass Ave.

Presenters
avatar for Design Action Collective

Design Action Collective

Design Action Collective
Design Action Collective is a worker-owned cooperative based in Oakland, CA committed to serving social justice movements with visual design, web development, and messaging strategy. We are a diverse, multilingual, 13-person shop that is majority people of color, women, and trans... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
OFFSITE

6:00pm

Disability Justice and Neurodiversity Dinner
Disability Justice and Neurodiversity are often marginalized even in movement spaces. Let`s create a safer space to connect over a meal and build coalitions across marginalized bodies and minds. All experiences of disability and neurodivergence welcome: visible and invisible, well-known and/or frequently misunderstood. We will center access needs, lived experience, and fat folks, trans folks, and people of color.

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 →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

6:00pm

Healing Justice for QTPoC
How do we create communities & movements rooted in healing justice? Join the National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) for a report back from our network gathering. We will share themes, lessons, learned, and critical next steps from our first national gathering for queer and trans folks of color advancing healing justice. We will hear reflections, critical questions, and hopes for a QTPoC healing justice convening we are organizing for 2020 from network gathering participants.

Presenters
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Taising Chen

Taising Chen has provided over 20 years of direct services in a variety of community-based organizations and educational environments. As a cross-cultural & community worker, activist, advocate, supervisor, counselor, consultant and/or educator, she approaches her work and life through an anti-oppression framework - with an awareness about the intersections and impacts of race, ethnicity, class, gender, ableism, size-ism, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Taising is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) and expressive arts therapist and currently practices in Oakland, California. She is honored and excited to be working with NQTTCN on the Mental Health Fund for QTPOC in building a newer frame of access for queer and trans people of color to sustainably live, heal, and support one another., National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Taising Chen has provided over 20 years of direct services in a variety of community-based organizations and educational environments. As a cross-cultural & community worker, activist, advocate, supervisor, counselor, consultant and/or educator, she approaches her work and life through... Read More →
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Samia Lalani

Research Fellow, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Samia Lalani is a genderfluid mental health advocate and counseling psychology student currently residing in DC. Born and raised in Toronto, they have also lived in Atlanta and New Orleans. They are of mixed Arab, African, and South Asian descent. Their goals and endeavours include... Read More →
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Erica Woodland

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Erica Woodland, LCSW is a black queer/genderqueer trainer, movement leader and healing practitioner born and raised in Baltimore, MD. For the past 15 years, he has worked at the intersections of movements for racial, gender, economic, trans and queer justice from Baltimore to Oakland... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

6:00pm

Just Ricanstruction: Construyendo Puentes PosMaria
Island and diaspora based Boricuas gather to discuss critical solidarity and dream up strategies to foster just reconstruction including repatriation, and other wildly possible methods. To attend this session please fill out this form
This meet-up is being organized by Healing Justice Delegation (Puerto Rico): a group of organizers, artists and educators who came together after the passage of Hurricane Maria to build a stronger sense of support for those doing organizing work that prioritizes healing and community care.  We come from disparate groups, including Centro de Comunicacion Estudiantil of the student movement, CDPEC (umbrella organization of Comedores Sociales and Centro de Apoyo Mutuo Caguas),  Olla Comun, Colectivo IleFinca Conciencia and CEPA (a sponsored project of the AMC) who convened the group..  We are hoping to explore @ AMC how to more effectively "flock" together, from spirit towards liberation. We're interested in meeting with our diaspora kin and close allies who want to imagine liberated relationships, spaces and collaborations post Maria.


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

6:00pm

Left Wing Futbol Game: Soccer For Justice
Want to play a soccer game for people of all ages, skill levels, and body presentations? Join members of Left Wing, a national network of radical `futbolistas," for a game where the score is always 2 to 2. After warm ups, we`ll run a skills clinic then play a game where we embody collectivism. We will discuss the ways harm shows up in sports and how we can acknowledge and hopefully transform it. Participants will learn and help create tools for practicing accountability and equity in sports.

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WSU Field: Warren + Trumbull

6:00pm

Moving Our Practices: TGNC Body-Based Practitioners
Liberatory Motion is focused on bringing together Gender Non-Conforming & Trans Community Body Based Practitioners (folks whose practices aim to increase wellness in the body; somatics, massage, herbalists, etc). In this session we call on practitioners to share about their practices, desires, and challenges in regionally specific contexts as well as identify common themes among them. In this time we will enjoy snacks, ask “in the house” questions, and co-create opportunities for connection.
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Presenters
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s. nathaniel gonzalez

Liberatory Motion
nathaniel is an east coast kid at the core with the mouth of a sailor and a heart of resources consistently mined for the sake of learning. The first time he organized was in 8th grade by starting a petition so that girls (like him) could wear spaghetti straps in school by calling... Read More →
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griffen jeffries

Liberatory Motion
Griffen Jeffries is a bodyworker and facilitator who brings deep listening and integrity to all aspects of the work they do. They honor both the inherent wisdom of our bodies to heal, and the power and necessity of support from others. Griffen draws on diverse training to partner... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

6:00pm

Our Radically Sober Futures
We come from cultures targeted for substance abuse. POC, Queer, Political, and Counter Culture communities are inundated with ads, substance flow, and use so much so that we often see it as part of our culture. Many of our beautiful occasions, events, fundraisers, and celebrations center around substances. In this session we will discuss strategies to combat this reality to build safe and healing inclusive environments that don’t always center on substance use.

Presenters
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Sicily McRaven

Radically Art Infused
Sicily is an artist and teacher looking to collaborate towards radically sober futures


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

6:00pm

QTPOC Southerners Growing Food, Flowers, and Other
Agriculture, more than being an art or a science, is an alchemy. There is a science to it, an art to it, and a spirit to it. This meet up seeks to build and strengthen relationships between QTPOC Southerners who are engaged in agriculture on farms, in backyards, or on porches and patios. Our hope is that the weaving together of lives that happens during this gathering will continue as we travel back South to whatever land we work and reside on.

Presenters
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ACG

ACG is a born and raised North Carolinian. An organizer, artist and writer, ACG is often looking for creative and innovative ways to bridge, build, and grow community across all of North Carolina. In addition to their work with Angelou House, ACG currently organizes students with Ignite NC., Angelou House
ACG is a born and raised North Carolinian. An organizer, artist and writer, ACG is often looking for creative and innovative ways to bridge, build, and grow community across all of North Carolina. In addition to their work with Angelou House, ACG currently organizes students with... Read More →
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Alicia Bell

Organizer, Free Press / Angelou House
Born, raised, and living in Charlotte, NC, Alicia Bell currently organizes with News Voices: North Carolina, a project of Free Press aimed at shifting the culture of community and journalist interaction and relationship. Outside of their work with Free Press, Alicia is apart of Angelou... Read More →
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Brianna Daniels

Brianna is a born and raised Charlottean, an artist, a healer, a sex educator, and a community organizer. Recently, Brianna’s work was featured in mood: Black, a multi-medium Black art exhibit at Goodyear Arts in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Brianna creates hand-conjured adornments made with cosmic love, behaving as solid reminders of your vast infinite self through their small business, Cosmosis Stones., Angelou House
Brianna is a born and raised Charlottean, an artist, a healer, a sex educator, and a community organizer. Recently, Brianna's work was featured in mood: Black, a multi-medium Black art exhibit at Goodyear Arts in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Brianna creates hand-conjured adornments... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

6:00pm

Strengthening Self Empowerment
We are stars/spirit/sacred energy inhabiting a human body. Working out helps many of us empower our bodies and minds, building muscular and mental strength and flexibility, to align our movement efforts with the design of our muscles and bones. But many of us struggle with the oppressive norms of the "fitness industry." In this meet up we`ll share stories and strategies for showing up to your strength training without compromise. For folks who have a dedicated routine or those interested in starting one.

Presenters
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Mariana Castañeda-Lopez

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Mariana Castañeda-Lopez is dancer, educator, and a born & bred Detroiter. Her passion for bridging the physical and mental realms of life naturally led her to Pilates. As an undergrad at Goucher College in Baltimore, Mariana studied studied philosophy and dance, with concentrations... Read More →
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Deesha Narichania

Deesha Narichania (they/them) is passionate about queer and trans people of color experiencing safety, connection, and freedom in their physical bodies as well as in their communities. They are currently serving as the Program Coordinator of Mount Sinai's Transgender Healing and Resilience... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

6:00pm

Talent Rising: A Gathering of Mission-Driven Media Makers
What happens when mission-driven media makers, movers, and shakers get together and mingle? Magic and more. Come meet one another, exchange ideas, and build community. Hosted by AIR and WDET! AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) is a national talent network of 1300+ journalists, podcasters, public media stations, and beyond. WDET 101.9FM is Detroit`s most active promoter of local music, a significant voice for arts and culture, and one of the few remaining providers of local news.

This meetup will take place at WDET (4600 Cass Avenue). 

Presenters
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Candice Fortman

WDET
Candice Fortman has a passion for marketing and media and she's not afraid to show it! Prior to joining WDET in 2015, Candice served as Promotions Manager for the Clear Channel owned stations WKQI-FM, WMXD-FM and WNIC-FM. Working simultaneously for such different stations gave her... Read More →
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Sue Schardt

CEO, AIR
Sue Schardt leads AIR, a network of 1,000 producers and journalists working across public media to instigate change and broaden the impact of public service media. She writes and presents frequently on media-technology, and has contributed to 2012 Radio Features “Think Tank” in... Read More →
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Tran Vu

AIR
Tran Vu is a Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist whose work and socially engaged practice draws from her experience as a community organizer and healer. She was born in Vietnam, grew up in Dorchester and Boston, and has lived in various cities and countries. Prior... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
OFFSITE
 
Sunday, June 17
 

10:00am

Consciousness Raising & Solutions Along the Media Color Line
The stories of people of color in the journalism industry reveal transgressions both on an individual and institutional level that coalesce with the broader web of systemic racism. So let’s share. We aim to clarify that our trials, whatever race or generation we are, live within this web of white domination. This session is a consciousness raising group in the tradition of 1960s radical feminists. But it’s not just about narrative shifts — we will set the stage for hypothesizing bold solutions.

Presenters
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Adeshina Emmanuel

Adeshina is a Chicago journalists whose work focuses on race, class, and inequality., Chicago Journalists of Color
Adeshina is a Chicago journalists whose work focuses on race, class, and inequality. After a dust up with a problematic editor, he founded the online community Chicago Journalists of Color.
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Darryl Holiday

City Bureau
Darryl is the lab director for City Bureau, a Chicago-based journalism lab.


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 127

11:45am

Activism Is Not Criminal: Stop the Killings in the Philippines
President Duterte has made countless headlines in international media due to his fascist Drug War, declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, and all-out war against the revolutionary forces and mass movement. Join us in our Stop the Killings campaign to learn more about the human rights crisis and the active role media creators have to combat imperialism. Most importantly, we will strategize action items as students committed to movement building in solidarity with the masses around the world!

Presenters
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Adrian Bonifacio

Anakbayan USA
Adrian Bonifacio is the Chairperson of Anakbayan-USA. He is originally from Chicago, but is now based in San Jose, California. He graduated from Standford University and has a love for plants!
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Joelle Eliza Lingat

Anakbayan USA
Joelle Eliza Lingat is Secretary General of Anakbayan-USA, a national democratic comprehensive mass organization of Filipino youth and students. She graduated from Oberlin College with Honors in 2014 with majors in Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies, a minor in... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

11:45am

Advance Your Work with Allied Media Projects
We will provide a space for participants to learn about the Allied Media Projects Sponsored Project Program’s fiscal sponsorship and supportive services, hear from current sponsored projects about their experience, and explore whether the program might be a good fit for their work. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of fiscal sponsorship as a way to obtain resources for their work and of the specific offerings of the Sponsored Projects Program.

Presenters
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Serena Maria Daniels

Tostada Magazine
Serena is the co-founder and editor of Tostada Magazine, an independent new media outlet that celebrates the rich culture of Metro Detroit's food scene. Her food writing appears in NPR's The Salt, Lucky Peach, Eater, Extra Crispy, the Metro Times and others. Her reporting on stories... Read More →
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Cayden Mak

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

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

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

Native to Southwest Detroit, Benito "Mav-One"Vasquez came up at a time when hip-hop was a cultural norm. Breakdance crews practiced at parks and rec centers, were respected by community leaders and maintained a competitive, non-combative spirit in their competitions. Existing in the... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

11:45am

Ancestral Connections for Black and Indigenous Solidarity
This lunchtime meetup will discuss the unique & shared history of Indigenous & Diasporic Black/African communities & how they have & must continue to intersect in movements & solidarity today. We will discuss/unpack the meanings, histories, and associations of common terminology along with dispelling common fallacies/erasure, anti-Blackness and brainstorm material ideas for further challenging bias and colonial constructs while discussing shared language and avenues for solidarity between our communities.

Presenters
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Sacramento Knoxx

The Aadizookaan
"Knoxx seeks to create a dynamic storytelling experience with their Aadizookaan team, and "the aadizookaan" is an Anishinaabe word that translates into the sacred spirit of the story, the messages we share and pass on in our visits. And Knoxx uses multimedia art to build interconnections... Read More →
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Briana Urena-Ravelo

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Briana Ureña-Ravelo is a 27 year old femme first generation Afro-Dominicana based in West Michigan. She is a radical abolitionist Black community organizer, anarchist, intersectional feminist, freelance writer, artist, poet, activist, thinker, and dreamer. Her interests include music... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

11:45am

Beyond "Multiple Personalities": Creating Plural Pride Media
We are here, and we exist, as many people in one body. There are millions like us: excluded from movements and society, we hold keys to liberation. Media has been far from an ally. Learn from and contribute to the work of the emerging movement to center people who are plural/multiple and or experience dissociative identity disorder, and understand this work as a template for engaging across neurodiversity and disability. Stereotypes will be shed, insights gained, and alliances forged.

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Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

11:45am

black enuf* screening & discussion (for POCs)
Presenters
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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 →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

11:45am

Black Michigan Urban-Rural Collaboration
How do we understand the relationship between urban and rural black communities in the Metro Detroit Area? Our session will explore media-based approaches to form and imagine black urban-rural collaboration. Participants will collectively reflect on the ways this collaboration will enhance social change, while creating projects for socio-political, cultural, and economic cooperation. Participants will design strategies and form relationships to create, plan, maintain this collaborative.

Presenters
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Ezekiel Joubert III

Ezekiel Joubert III is an educator, community involved scholar and creative writer. As a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction-Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, his work with pre-service teachers focuses on how to make social change in and out of their classrooms by engaging in historical injustices. His research explores the educational challenges and visions of black rural communities near Metro Detroit, where he researches the ways in which black students and their families respond to and reimagine the contemporary educational structures that prevent equal access to quality education. His current projects include gathering life histories of black elders living in rural metro Detroit, forming an urban-rural Black Southeast Michigan collaborative with his younger brothers and writing a collection of speculative poems and short stories on teaching in underserved schools., University of Minnesota
Ezekiel Joubert III is an educator, community involved scholar and creative writer. As a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction-Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, his work with pre-service teachers focuses on how to make social change in and out of their... Read More →
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Batiste Joubert

Batiste Joubert is a former collegiate basketball player and is a race horse exercise rider, horse trainer, horseback riding instructor and equine enthusiast. As a rural Michigan resident, he is a committed mentor, teacher, and coach to children and adults interested in horseback riding, where he gives fundamental riding lessons. He is studying to become a licensed thoroughbred and quarter horse trainer. He has pursued efforts that conserve, commensurate, and recover stories of black cowboys and horsemen across the state as a member of the Michigan Black Horsemen organization., Michigan Black Horseman
Batiste Joubert is a former collegiate basketball player and is a race horse exercise rider, horse trainer, horseback riding instructor and equine enthusiast. As a rural Michigan resident, he is a committed mentor, teacher, and coach to children and adults interested in horseback... Read More →
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Janeau Joubert

Janeau Joubert is currently working on his B.A. in general business at Davenport University where he plays varsity men’s basketball. He grew up in Sumpter, Michigan and graduated from Ypsilanti Community High School. He is committed to working with black rural and intercity youth through athletic programing and coaches youth basketball camps., Davenport University
Janeau Joubert is currently working on his B.A. in general business at Davenport University where he plays varsity men's basketball. He grew up in Sumpter, Michigan and graduated from Ypsilanti Community High School. He is committed to working with black rural and intercity youth... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

11:45am

Black Trans Love is Black Wealth Writing Workshop
We write this call to Black Trans, gender-non-conforming, and non-binary folk with excitement and urgency: It is our time to add our voices and our stories to this vibrant Black queer literary lineage. We are hosting a writing space for Black Trans and GNC folk to write, share, and build the strength of our writerly voices as individuals and a collective.

Presenters
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Evolve Benton

Evolve Benton identifies as royal, black, queer and artist. They love using the mediums of writing poetry, essays, letters, and drawing illustrations to heal from racial battle fatigue, homophobia, and transphobia they have experienced. Evolve believes transformative healing can happen through the use and creation of art and a commitment to experiencing and uplifting love. Evolve is the co-founder of Theta Xi Theta, Fraternity, Inc. and a MFA Candidate in Poetry at Antioch University of Los Angeles where they are finishing up a critical paper on “Black Queer Harlem the era of the 1920’s” and their first book of poetry and illustrations. Evolve has been published in the Dillard Review (2008), Trans bodies, Trans Selves (2014) and Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity(2016)., Theta Xi Theta, Fraternity, Inc.
Evolve Benton identifies as royal, black, queer and artist. They love using the mediums of writing poetry, essays, letters, and drawing illustrations to heal from racial battle fatigue, homophobia, and transphobia they have experienced. Evolve believes transformative healing can happen... 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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Dora Santana

Dora Santana is a black Brazilian trans woman warrior scholar activist artist who believes in the trans-formative power of stories embodied in flesh, in language and in ancestral energies. She is also interested in how our diasporic transitionings can offer ways of imagining and forging socio-political-love communities. In her case, transitioning between Brazil and the US; between Portuguese and Englis; between the secular and the sacred, are some of her routes of crossing. Healing for her comes in the form of networking, of individual and collective dialogic creation as counter voices to imposed distorted imaginaries of black queer/trans/gnc bodies as a threat. Currently she is a PhD Candidate in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where her work focuses on what she call Trans Quilombismo/Marronage as strategy to achieve freedom., UT Austin
Dora Santana is a black Brazilian trans woman warrior scholar activist artist who believes in the trans-formative power of stories embodied in flesh, in language and in ancestral energies. She is also interested in how our diasporic transitionings can offer ways of imagining and forging... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

11:45am

Black, Queer, and Trans Filmmaking Network
What if Black queer and trans people had the resources to tell our own stories through film? In this strategy session, facilitated by House of Pentacles, we will get the opportunity to self-identify our individual and collective skills, achievements, and areas of growth in film, while strategizing about funneling additional film resources and opportunities into Black queer and trans communities. This session is for Black queer and trans filmmakers of all experience levels.

Presenters
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Courtney Sebring

Courtney Sebring is a Southern queer femme from Durham, NC. She is a storyteller, visual artist, and community organizer dedication to the liberation of all Black people. Courtney is currently serving as the Development Director at House of Pentacles, working to secure funders and community partners for the Black queer and trans film training program. When the revolution is won, Courtney plans to spend her time on all the DIY projects on her Pinterest boards., House of Pentacles
Courtney Sebring is a Southern queer femme from Durham, NC. She is a storyteller, visual artist, and community organizer dedicated to the liberation of all Black people. Courtney is currently serving as the Development Director at House of Pentacles, working to secure funders and... Read More →
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Joie Lou Shakur

Joie Lou Shakur is a Black Trans Immigrant from Jamaica. They are currently a southern organizer, healer, and artist. Joie is also the founder of House of Pentacles, a Black queer and trans film training program and production house. When they’re not behind a camera, you can find Joie twerking, practicing karaoke, or leaving yelp reviews at yo mamas kitchen table., House of Pentacles
Joie Lou Shakur is a Black Trans Immigrant from Jamaica.¬†They are currently a southern organizer, medicine maker, and artist. Joie is also the founder of House of Pentacles, a Black trans film training program and production house. When they're not behind a camera, you can find... Read More →
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Maya Washington

House of Pentacles
Maya Avery is a Black queer woman from Atlanta, Georgia. At House of Pentacles, Maya utilizes the science of human centered design and intentional living principles by creating warm, safe spaces for folks to organize, convene, create, and be supported emotionally. She values the power... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

11:45am

Community Storytelling: Amplifying Neighborhood Voices
Presenters
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Imani Mixon

Freelance Writer
Imani Mixon is a Detroit-based and embraced writer who reports on neighborhood change and creative independence.


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

11:45am

Light Your Fire: Altar Candles for Resilience
Fire, light, and candles support many of us in our spiritual journeys. All are invited to share ways they use candles in rituals and practices for resilience. Participants will be provided with pre-poured glass votive candles and art supplies to adorn them — some femmifestations could be a picture of an ancestor to connect with, a drawing of place that is missed, or a feeling one wishes to embody. Everyone will leave with a candle and tools to light their spiritual path forward.

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Robin Markle

Philly Childcare Collective
Robin Markle is an artist, organizer and revolutionary witch practicing their crafts in West Philadelphia. They often collaborate with local organizations on art pieces to aid in the group's political work, namely Decarcerate PA and the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

11:45am

Meditation Sittings with M.J. Davenport (from Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple)
Organizing to transform the world is difficult business. Come decompress, reconfigure, chill, or relax with a secular group meditation offered by M.J. Davenport. These sessions will be partially guided and trauma-informed - safe for absolute beginners and seasoned pros alike. 

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Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
MCGREGOR: Room L/M

11:45am

Radical Grandparents! An Intergenerational Conversation
How do elders share space with younger generations in ways that respect tradition and ancestors, while welcoming progress, change, and innovation? How do they share their radical convictions with youth? Hey, Millennials and beyond, how do you partner with elders, without letting your differences divide you? What about the inevitability of decline and disability that come with age? This intergenerational workshop will cultivate deep listening, trust, and new ways of collaborating.

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Aiko Fukuchi

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

Feedom Freedom
Mama Myrtle Curtis grows food with Feedom Freedom Growers, nurtures generations, and serves as a community anchor on the far east side of Detroit.


Sunday June 17, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
STATE HALL: Room 116