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Network Gathering [clear filter]
Thursday, June 14

10:00am EDT

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

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

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

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

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

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

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

10:00am EDT

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

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

10:00am EDT

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

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

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

10:00am EDT

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

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

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

10:00am EDT

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

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

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

Attendance at this network gathering required pre-registration.

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

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