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Friday, June 15
 

11:00am

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

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Chelsea Fuller

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


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

11:00am

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

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Laila Abdelaziz

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

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

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


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

11:00am

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

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mai cortez doan

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

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


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

2:00pm

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

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Amanny Ahmad

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

El Departamento de la Comida
The product of a colony that has been extracted, abused and made completely dependent on external resources. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, they are an architect building a world where agro-ecological concepts and queer practices are used to create resilience through food sovereignty... Read More →
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Neftali Duran

Co-founder, Nuestras Raices
Neftali Duran leads the Nuestra Comida Project at Nuestras Raices, a grassroots urban agriculture organization that creates healthy environments and more equitable food systems in New England by facilitating community leadership, education, food access and policy change at the local... Read More →
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Kate McCabe

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

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


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

2:00pm

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

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Sonya Childress

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

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


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

4:00pm

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

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Eli Moore

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

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


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

4:00pm

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

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Courtney Harge

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

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

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


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

4:00pm

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

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

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Virginia Eubanks

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

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

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

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

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


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

4:00pm

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

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Diana Benitez

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

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


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384
 
Saturday, June 16
 

11:00am

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

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Manolia Charlotin

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

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

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

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

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


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

11:00am

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

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Piper Carter

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

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

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

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

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


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

11:00am

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

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Margo Dalal

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

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

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

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

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


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

11:00am

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

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Theodore Tinnell

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


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

11:00am

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

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Autumn Brown

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

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

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

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/ Roma ascent. The Lambda Award winning author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake and Consensual Genocide... Read More →
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Rico

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

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


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

11:00am

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

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Sarah Alvarez

Outlier Media
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Jade Begay

Indigenous Rising
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Tina Vasquez

Rewire.News
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Lewis Wallace

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

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


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

11:00am

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

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Hasna Ghalib

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

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

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

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

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


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

2:00pm

"How to Survive the End of the World" Live Podcast
How to Survive the End of the World is a podcast about surviving apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity. At the Allied Media Conference we will record a live show on how changing our stories can change our future. We will have a conversation with participation from the audience. The intended outcome will be a dynamic live show that we can share far and wide.

Presenters
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adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit., Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute
adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit.
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Autumn Brown

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

How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
Zak Rosen is an awesome podcast producer living in Detroit. He and his partner Shira produced the award winning podcast Pregnant Pause, and he is now the producer for How to Survive the End of the World Podcast.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

2:00pm

Policing Black Lives and Resistance Across Borders
How is policing Black lives in Canada & the US both parallel & divergent? What does this mean for shared struggles & possibilities for solidarity? Join authors Robyn Maynard, Andrea Ritchie, and activist Leroi Newbold of Black Lives Matter Toronto/Freedom School to discuss cross-border possibilities for organizing around police violence in all forms, Black Lives Matter Toronto’s successful campaign to remove police from schools, and building alternative institutions free from violence and police.

Presenters
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Robyn Maynard

Author Policing Black Lives, Black Lives Matter Toronto
Robyn Maynard is an author and community organizer based in MontreÃÅal. She has been a part of grassroots movements for sex workers rights, migrants rights and Black liberation, working against racial profiling, police violence, detention and deportation for over a decade. Most... Read More →
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Leroi NewBold

Black Lives Matter Toronto
LeRoi Newbold is a steering committee member of BlackLivesMatter ‚Äì Toronto, and has designed Afrocentric/Black focused curriculum and has taught at the Africentric Alternative School for the past 9 years. LeRoi has worked with children and youth for the past 14 years as a teacher... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

2:00pm

Reclaim Our Futures: Take Back Land & Housing
Gentrification, displacement, cultural erasure — enough! Come hear from people of color-centered groups claiming space for ourselves while organizing in our communities for long-term survival, despite the forces who say it’s impossible. We’ll share how we’re raising cash for permanent housing; talk tips, pitfalls, and different models from land trusts to coops and more); and build with each other. Come get ideas, inspiration, and support to preserve land and community housing for the long haul.

Presenters
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brandon king

Cooperation Jackson
brandon king is a founding member of Cooperation Jackson, an organization whose aim is to build a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises. He is a member of the executive committee... Read More →
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Zach Murray

Zach Murray is part of the Oakland Community Land Trust, the land trust partner of #Liberate23rdAve. Zach previously served as the state and local policy specialist at the Grounded Solutions Network., Oakland Community Land Trust/#Liberate23rdAve
Zach Murray [He/Him/His] is a program manager with the Oakland Community Land Trust in California. Previously, he was a state and local policy specialist with Grounded Solutions Network in Oakland. He also served as an economic equity manager at the Greenlining Institute in Oakla... Read More →
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Devi Peacock

Devi Peacock is part of Peacock Rebellion, a queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) crew that uses the arts for safety and healing. Devi is a co-organizer of #Liberate23rdAve, a campaign to turn a long-time QTPOC block in Oakland into a hybrid commercial-residential land trust for the next 100 years., Peacock Rebellion
Devi Peacock is part of Peacock Rebellion, a queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) crew that uses the arts for safety and healing. Devi is a co-organizer of #Liberate23rdAve, a campaign to turn a long-time QTPOC block in Oakland into a commercial & residential land trust for the... Read More →
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KP Pestaño

Queer The Land
KP Pestaño is part of Queer The Land, a Seattle-based collaborative project grounded in the self-determination of QTPOC and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor.
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Denechia Powell

Queer The Land
Denechia Powell is part of Queer The Land, a Seattle-based collaborative project grounded in the self-determination of QTPOC and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor.
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Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul

Earth Star Two Spirit Nation
Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul is a member of Earth Star Two Spirit Nation, a decolonial homestead/farm achieving Two-Spirt and QTBIPOC healing and land justice in West Virginia.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

2:00pm

Shaping Narratives-- Elevating Storytellers @ An NPR/PBS Station
WGVU Public Media is trying something new — we are training leaders to be storytellers through broadcast media, then lending them our platform. The idea is to increase West Michigan`s capacity to influence public narratives affecting children and families of color. The first strategy is to provide workshops in civic engagement, leadership, and media production to minority leaders in Grand Rapids. Then, we will produce media designed for stakeholders to discuss racialized outcomes.

Presenters
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Breannah Alexander

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
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Mariano Avila

WGVU
Mariano Avila is an award-winning journalist with WGVU Public Media (NPR/PBS). He has made a career of bringing voices from the margins to those who need to hear them. Over the course of his career, Mariano won awards including a nomination for an Emmy. He also spent seven years organizing... Read More →
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Lin

Unaffiliated
Lin is the main subject of the WGVU documentary "We The 7th," which focused on West Michigan's Anishnaabe population's efforts to preserve and reclaim their heritage, as well as on Lin's trip to Standing Rock, ND to be a water protector. Sh is on the West Michigan Environmental Action... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 127

2:00pm

Trans is Magick: Building Trans Community Through Celebration
Trans is Magick is a bi-monthly festival that fights transphobia by celebrating and centering Trans, Two Spirit, Non-binary, GNC, Intersex & Gender Variant talent. In our workshop the TiM Collective will present the foundations of our community building festival and how others can alchemize similar Magick in their community.

Presenters
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Jimena Lucero

Jimena Lucero is a poet and activist born and raised in NYC. She was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is co-organizer of the Trans is Magick Collective which pushes for trans liberation through art & community building. Jimena’s work appears in EOAGH and The Blueshift Journal., Trans is Magick! Collective
JIMENA LUCERO is a poet and activist born and raised in NYC. She was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is co-organizer of the TransisMagick Collective which pushes for trans liberation through art & community building. Jimena's work appears in EOAGH and Blueshift Journal.
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Mikaela Xochitl

Mikaela Miguel Xochitl (pronounced mee-KY-el-ah mee-gual soh-CHEE-thol) is a Community Healer, Shamxn and Activist whose gender is an amalgamation of Two Spirit, Radical Queer and Xicanx Lesbian cultura. They are a descendant of mesoamerican Shamanic healing traditions with roots stretching from the East to West coast and through Teotihuacan. Peep them smoking Mugwort & levitating around Brooklyn while daydreaming of a reality sans patriarchy or capitalism. Heal with them at www.QTPOCMysticism.com/receive., Trans is Magick! Collective
Mikaela Miguel (pronounced mee-KY-el-ah mee-gual) is a Two-Spirit Shamxn, Activist and Creator whose gender is an amalgamation of radical Trans and Xicanx cultura. In 2015 they alchemized Ihiyotl, a decolonized community healing practice centering the emotional needs of QTPoC & trauma... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

4:00pm

Biomythography
How can the modern biomythography (a genre of writing created by Audre Lorde) be used in our healing now and for future generations? We will explore the ways that Black and Brown folks are already using biomythography as a healing tool. We will explore ways to be more intentional in using modern biomythography. Participants will leave with a piece of writing and a deeper understanding of the healing value of documenting our experiences.

Presenters
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Asia Mock

None
Upapologetic black femme. Mom. Activist. Social Commentator.
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Valencia Vanner

Mother. Poet. Organizer., None
Mother. Poet. Organizer.


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

4:00pm

Fringe Issue: Sex Work & Night Life Organizing
Stripping is a skilled trade existing at the crux of four labor sectors: service/hospitality, entertainment/performance, sex work, and creative freelance. Sex work is being criminalized nation-wide by a fringe of the Christian Right. Strippers from New Orleans and several major cities will present their recent, ongoing work as a "Field Guide" to recognize and resist Dominionist tactics meant to close our venues, and discuss organizing alongside Night Life workers to build a "Red Light Archive."

Presenters
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Lyn Archer

Red Light Archive
Lyn Archer is a stripper, agrarian and artist, raised in the bay area and living in New Orleans. Her creative research is done with the intention of decriminalizing sex work.


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

4:00pm

Handing Over the Mic: KQED’s Youth Takeover of the News
How can public media stations leverage their airwaves and expertise to empower youth journalism? This spring KQED worked with students from 10 Bay Area high schools for the first Youth Takeover, a week of dedicated airtime for youth-produced content. During our panel session KQED staff and youth contributors will share the process of creating the Takeover and crafting stories in the classroom, the impact on students and our audience, and opportunities for public media programming.

Presenters
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Chanelle Ignant

KQED - Public Media for Northern California
Chanelle Ignant is KQED's youth media specialist. She has worked with various Bay Area youth organizations to promote media literacy and skill building, and is an independent media maker.


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 127
 
Sunday, June 17
 

10:00am

Organizing Communities to Stop Library Closures
How do you stop library closures when it`s an inside job? Appointed boards can leave public libraries governed by people with private interests. In this panel discussion we will share the story of how the people of Cincinnati rose up and stopped the sale of the downtown North Building that the board considered a piece of "prime real estate." Participants will walk away with community organizing tools, direct action tactics, & the sense of professional solidarity we need to resist these attacks.

Presenters
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Kristy Cooper

The Library Defense Network
Public Librarian turned library vigilante
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Jami Thompson

Former TeenSpot Librarian at PLCH, The Library Defense Network
Former TeenSpot Librarian at PLCH


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
STATE HALL: Room 115

10:00am

Black Trans Narratives
What stories black trans people telling and why? Join Black Trans Media and the Trans Sistas of Color Project for a facilitated convo on black trans narratives from Detroit to Brooklyn and beyond.

Presenters
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Sasha Alexander

Black Trans Media
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Mikalya C.

Black Trans Media
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Bre Campell

Trans Sistas of Color Project
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Maddox Guerilla

Black Trans Media
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Ahya Nicole

Trans Sistas of Color Project
will add later


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 114

10:00am

Empower Our Social Justice Projects Using the Co-op Model
Work is an opportunity to reflect our social justice values. Come learn about the systems and structures for setting up a democratic workplace that empowers our creativity and collaboration while supporting ourselves as whole people. We`ll share case studies for setting up worker coops and listen to each other’s questions and challenges. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the coop model along with resources on how they can apply that model to their own amazing media projects.

Presenters
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Sabiha Basrai

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

Ana Martina is a community trainer, originally from Mexico City. She likes to share her skills to produce creative multimedia and create awareness around digital self-defense, loves audio recordings that capture social movements, landscapes, and community voices. She is based in Philadelphia and currently the Membership Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives supporting the work of cooperatives led by immigrants in the US., US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Ana Martina is a community trainer, originally from Mexico City. She likes to share her skills to produce creative multimedia and create awareness around digital self-defense, loves audio recordings that capture social movements, landscapes, and community voices. She is based in Philadelphia... Read More →
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Jenna Peters-Golden

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

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

Design Action Collective
Sarah Reilly is a member of Design Action's web development team. She is also a video documentarian and has worked on films chronicling resistance to Apartheid, the history of environmental movements and issues of environmental justice. Sarah is an active member of Eastlake United... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 135

10:00am

Food Stories Unwrapped: Decolonizing the White Gaze of Food Media
What really goes into all those food stories in the media? In a media landscape informed largely by the white gaze, it is hard to make visible the stories that speak to communities of color. We will discuss the white gaze in food media, engage in media literacy exercises, and present the audience with strategies for connecting within and across their communities using diverse methods and platforms to tell their stories through food.

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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Dorothy Hernandez

Freelance Journalist
Dorothy Hernandez is a Detroit-based freelance journalist who has contributed to NPR's The Salt, Civil Eats, and Roads and Kingdoms as well as several Detroit-area publications such as edibleWOW and Neighborhood SEEN. An alumna of the University of Illinois, Dorothy is the former... Read More →
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Sabiha Khan

University of Texas at El Paso
Sabiha Khan is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research and media production focus on documentary media, food studies, ecocriticism, and the public humanities. Formerly, she was Associate Producer at the Los Angeles bureau of Youth... Read More →
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Sarahlynn Pablo

Sarahlynn Pablo is the co-founder of Filipino Kitchen. Alongside co-founder Natalia Roxas, Sarahlynn provides strategic direction for the organization. She is the primary author and editor for the pieces published on their website, and leads the organization’s public relations. Sarahlynn is a food, travel and culture writer, and her work has been published in The Chicago Food Encyclopedia (2017) and Street Food Around the Globe (2013), among others. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, the Feet In Two Worlds podcasting program and is an alumna of the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Arts Foundation, a workshop for writers of color. Her work and writing can be found on the Filipino Kitchen website, her blog, and on Instagram and Twitter., Filipino Kitchen
Sarahlynn Pablo is the co-founder of Filipino Kitchen. Alongside co-founder Natalia Roxas, Sarahlynn provides strategic direction for the organization. She is the primary author and editor for the pieces published on their website, and leads the organization's public relations. Sarahlynn... Read More →
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Natalia Roxas

Natalia Roxas is the co-founder of Filipino Kitchen. Alongside co-founder Sarahlynn Pablo, Natalia provides strategic direction for the organization. She is the primary architect of Kultura Festival, a four year old Filipino American food and arts festival and the organization’s largest event of the year, with over 1,000 attendees. Natalia is responsible for the photography that appears on the organization’s blog and Filipino Kitchen Instagram account, which has over 11,000 followers. Natalia is a food, travel and culture photographer, and her work has been celebrated most recently by the National Mall of Washington DC and published in Teen Vogue, among others. She is a graduate of Full Sail University, and the Feet In Two Worlds podcasting program. Her work and photography can be found on the Filipino Kitchen website, and on her personal Instagram., Filipino Kitchen
Natalia Roxas is the co-founder of Filipino Kitchen. Alongside co-founder Sarahlynn Pablo, Natalia provides strategic direction for the organization. She is the primary architect of Kultura Festival, a four year old Filipino American food and arts festival and the organization's largest... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 113

10:00am

Holistic Harm Reduction for Digital Security
How can movement groups secure their digital organizing and activism given high stakes, serious threats and limited resources? We`ll break down an approach to organizational digital security within a harm reduction framework and as part of a holistic security extending far beyond tech. Through group discussions and brainstorms we`ll explore what safety and security mean to each of us and walk through the processes we use to identify and implement effective holistic responses to digital threats.

Presenters
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Jack Aponte

Jack Aponte is a gender/queer Black Boricua living in Oakland, CA. Jack has worked at the intersection of tech and socia, Palante Technology Cooperative
Jack Aponte is a genderqueer Black Boricua who has worked at the intersection of tech and social justice since 2003. They are a founding worker-owner of Palante Technology Cooperative and a dedicated activist, writer and leftist gadfly.
avatar for Jamila Khan

Jamila Khan

Worker/owner, Palante Technology Cooperative
Jamila Khan has been working with movement organizations as part of Palante Technology for 8 years. As a queer trans Muslim punk, they work to use their tech skills to build resiliance in their communities.


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

10:00am

Restorative Justice Peace Ambassadors
Young people co-create peace in Chicago. The peace ambassadors will share their experiences as developing restorative justice practitioners — supporting community organizations who may not have many resources, but want to develop healing spaces. The ambassadors will share the basic components of mapping conflict, crisis support, and resiliency. Participants will walk away with the understanding that they can contribute to transforming conflict in their communities and within themselves.

Presenters
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James Coleman

Peace Ambassador
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Tomas Ramirez

Tomás Ramírez, M.S. is a Restorative Justice Coordinator for Alternatives Inc, and the Executive director of Semillas y Raices (seeds and roots), a non-for -profit organization focused on cultural preservation, community healing, and youth development. He is also the President of Infinite Conversations, a privately owned provider of consulting and training services that engages in gang outreach and intervention, as well as in the training of high schools administrators and staff, police officers and Juvenile Court Judges.  He is a youth Counselor, conflict transformation and reconciliation facilitator, as well as a cultural sensitivity training expert.  To this end, Mr. Ramírez develops goal oriented plans in conjunction with therapists, educators, parents and youth, and instructs on conflict transformation and emotional development and techniques.  Mr. Ramírez’ methodology emphasizes the utilization of indigenous, traditional, and contemporary mediation and intervention models.  In undertaking his work, Mr., Restorative justice coordinator at Altenatives Inc.
Tomás Ram√≠rez, M.S. is a Restorative Justice Coordinator for Alternatives Inc, and the Executive director of Semillas y Raices (seeds and roots), a non-for -profit organization¬†focused on cultural¬†preservation, community healing, and youth development. He is also the... Read More →
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Bejor Weathersby

Peace Ambassador


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 118

1:00pm

Education for Abolition
Young people and educators - both in and out of schools - have a critical role to play in the struggle to abolish police and prisons, and reimagine "justice" in terms of restoration, transformation, and community healing. In this informal public conversation between Mariame Kabe and adrienne maree brown, participants will build their collective and individual imagination for a world without police or prisons. They will be invited to consider their own everyday responsibilities to this movement.

Presenters
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adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit., Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute
adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit.
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Mariame Kaba

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


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 101

1:00pm

Humanizing Schooling In Detroit
Learn how People In Education is humanizing schooling in Detroit. Educators, students, and media artists from DFS will share their lessons and experiences working in schools in Detroit. Starting off with a lively debate, we will share our media projects including the Out-of-School Project and our work with The Boggs School. Participants will leave with practices and resources for thinking about community issues in their classrooms.

Presenters
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Alondra Castañeda

People In Education
I am a youth born and raised in Detroit. I enjoy learning about issues that affect my community, exploring how art can be used as a powerful tool to teach others, and media making. I like creating music and visual art, and I think the love for my city
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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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kelly rickert

The James and Grace Lee Boggs School
Kelly is the 1/2nd grade teacher at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

1:00pm

Mariposas & Unicorns: Narratives Defying Borders and Binaries
This session will show how immigrant and TGNC youth and communities are joining forces to build liberatory narratives. Their stories resist xenophobic and transphobic tropes in dominant culture. Youth producers from GAP will feature their music video “Borders & Binaries Rejects” and speak about their process for building community power through media. National partners will speak on the impact their media has had on culture shifting xenophobic and transphobic narratives and attacks.

Presenters
GA

Giselle Ariel Bleuz

Giselle works at Global Action Project making films for social change. Giselle began her filmmaking experience 3 years ago at GAP. During her time with GAP, she has worked on editing films, writing screenplays, and directing short productions including last year’s film “Over Stigmatized”, which has been screened in festivals across the country. As a peer media educator, she taken on the role of working with both immigrant and TLGBQ youth to train them on social justice media-making, supporting them to be a voice for gender non-conforming and immigrant communities. She leads screenings of GAP films and workshops at schools, social service centers, partner organizations and conferences around NYC. Giselle was recently featured in the Huff Post as one of the 10 trans filmmakers that are helping people gain a better perspective on transgender stories., Global Action Project
Giselle works at Global Action Project making films for social change. Giselle began her filmmaking experience 3 years ago at GAP. During her time with GAP, she has worked on editing films, writing screenplays, and directing short productions including last year's film "Over Stigmatized... Read More →
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Citlali Ortiz

Citlali is a Community Media in Action Fellow at Global Action Project and a organizer with the New York State Leadership Council., New York State Leadership Council
Citlali is a Community Media in Action Fellow at Global Action Project and a organizer with the New York State Leadership Council.


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

1:00pm

Reclaiming a [Native] Central American Narrative
The session begins with an introduction to the emergence of Central American production of media and storytelling. Within this dialogue, Tierra Narrative finds itself as a multimedia storytelling platform dedicated to the creation of new narratives through transnational cultural production between the Central American diaspora and the homeland. Through TN we prioritize the stories of Indigenous artists and other historically resilient groups that are left out of the latinidad conversation.

Presenters
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Génesis Mancheren Abaj

Génesis Mancheren Abaj is a Maya Kaqchikel artist from Queens, NY. A fierce and resilient Gemini, she expresses herself through various mediums: fiction, poetry, film. In her work she loves to explore Indigeneity and Indigenous futurisms, love and fuckboys, and ideas of home., Tierra Narrative
Génesis Mancheren Abaj is a Maya Kaqchikel artist from Queens, NY. A fierce and resilient Gemini, she expresses herself through various mediums: fiction, poetry, film. In her work she loves to explore Indigeneity and Indigenous futurisms, love and fuckboys, and ideas of home.
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Keyanna Blanco

Keyanna Gotay was raised in North Carolina. She’s the daughter of two Garifunas by way of Honduras. She is also the founder of Brown Sugar and Canela, a small business and Águilas Afro-Latino, a Student organization at North Carolina Central University.
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Delia Cumez

Delia is Maya Kaqchikel from San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Delia began her work in traditional theater and has branched out into working within film and experimental theater. Her work addresses gender, sex work, and internal migration., Artist
Delia is Maya Kaqchikel from San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Delia began her work in traditional theater and has branched out into working within film and experimental theater. Her work addresses gender, sex work, and internal migration.
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Kenia Guillen

Kenia R. Guillén is a visual artist working with narrative film and documentary photography to tell personal stories. Having migrated from El Salvador to New York, her work is heavily influenced by her undocumented experience away from home. Believing that the personal is political, her multimedia work is an exploration of the emotional nuances of migration. She is currently finishing up a film production degree at Brooklyn College, where she is writing and producing multiple short films that center the Central American community., Tierra Narrative
Kenia R. Guillén is a visual artist working with narrative film and documentary photography to tell personal stories. Having migrated from El Salvador to New York, her work is heavily influenced by her undocumented experience away from home. Believing that the personal is political... Read More →
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Leslie Martinez

Tierra Narrative
Leslie Arely Martinez is a designer and researcher. She's done amazing work from being a paralegal for Americans for Immigrant Justice to program manager for the Ecologies of Migrant Care Initiative at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, ran demo sessions for the... Read More →
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Benjamin Rojas

Benjamin Omar Rojas, also known as “Mincho Vega” is a Californian native born to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador. He is a visual artist and educator.
Benjamin Omar Rojas, also known as "Mincho Vega" is a Californian native born to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador. He is a visual artist and educator.


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

1:00pm

Save Yourself! The Musical
A workshop for the musical “Save Yourself!” which follows a young girl's journey of escaping the corporate system and the dampening of a black woman's imagination and creativity. With a panel of community artists to follow, we will discuss and give an inside look at what it takes to finish a project or piece of work over an extended period of time. We will learn about advocating for self, generating practice space, building relationships, and trusting instincts as part of the creative process.

Presenters
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John Sloan III

Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, John studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (BFA program `01-`05) and has over a decade of experience as a professional artist. An accomplished musician and actor, Sloan has performed in numerous regional theatres productions, concert events, and on the national tour of Disney`s The Lion King. Having produced and directed events across the country, his efforts are dedicated to the intersection of art and advocacy., The Helping Hands Campaign, BLMDetroit
Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, John studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (BFA program '01-'05) and has over a decade of experience as a professional artist. An accomplished musician and actor, Sloan has performed in numerous regional theatres productions, concert... Read More →
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Britney Stoney

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Britney Stoney is a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist born and raised in Detroit, MI. She is a 2014 Kresge music fellow and most recently a playwright! She began her performance career at local open mics throughout the metro Detroit area but has now been featured on several... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

1:00pm

SWANA Peoples & Cultures: A Case Study in Research Justice
Through storytelling, learn about the peoples of Southwest Asia and North Africa. Our diapsoras have claimed the term SWANA to decolonize the naming of our region, colonially labeled the Middle East.

Presenters
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Alex Sandra Estafan

Ink & Glitter / Soulbright
Alex Sandra Estafan is a researcher, educator, and artist of Egyptian descent. They have taught ethnic studies at San Francisco State University and Cal State East Bay.


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

1:00pm

Whose Story Is It? De-colonizing Documentary Practice
In documentary is it the subject to whom the story belongs or the storyteller? We acknowledge that the history of the form is rooted in cultural, racial, gender and class-based colonialism, and often the most lauded films are made by privileged individuals about marginalized communities. This panel will discuss representation, authorship, and essentialism. Participants will collectively discuss building a framework to begin shifting away from conventional practices rooted in a colonial agenda.

Presenters
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Bryan Bello

Bryan Bello is a fellow at the Center for Media and Social Impact, a PhD researcher at American University’s School of Communication and a community filmmaker. He cofounded the nation’s first homeless filmmaking cooperative with eight men and women surviving the streets of Washington... Read More →
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Sonya Childress

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

BlackStar Film Festival & ARRAY
Maori is a curator, filmmaker and cultural worker. She is the founder of BlackStar Film Festival and currently serves as Executive Director of ARRAY Alliance. She has organized programs in film and performance at a myriad of organizations including: Anthology Film Archives, Institute... Read More →
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Nehad Khader

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

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

Soros Justice Fellow
Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an undocumented immigrant filmmaker and organizer whose roots come from Bicol, Philippines. They are the product of their parents' sacrifices, their siblings' resilience, and their community's support. Set's practice involves the intersection of filmmaking... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106