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Thursday, June 14

7:00pm EDT

Past, Present, Futurism: Resilient Infrastructure
Disaster is in the past, the present, and the future, all at once. But so too is the work of our communities to create resilient infrastructure rooted in beloved community. This infrastructure is both social and physical. It spans water, food security, communications, and energy.  It heals the damage of disasters past and present, while preparing us for the future. This opening plenary of AMC2018 will offer evidence of the resilient infrastructure that can emerge from disaster. It will highlight the ongoing exchange of ideas and resources between Detroit and two other disaster-impacted places: Puerto Rico and New York City. Together we will explore how the relationships we form here, at the AMC, can become the resilient infrastructure that we need to shape the future.  


Jenny Lee

Executive Director of Allied Media Projects. She has been leading and supporting efforts to create community-controlled, equitable infrastructure in Detroit, in the areas of media production, Internet, and funding since 2009.


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 →

Monica Lewis-Patrick

We The People of Detroit
Deeply disturbed by the water crisis in her home state of Michigan, set out to provide daily essentials to those in need. She has helped low-income families and the elderly, from Detroit to Flint, gain access to clean water—something many of us take for granted. Through her work... Read More →

Diana Nucera

Detroit Community Technology Project
The director of the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-founder of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Her work for the past 12 years has focused on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and... Read More →

Maya Wiley

A nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity who currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Social Justice and co-director of the Digital Equity Lab at the New School in New York City. Prior to that, Maya served as Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York from... Read More →

Thursday June 14, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Community Arts Auditorium
Friday, June 15

9:00am EDT

Stories Become Movements, Become Stories: Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence
#MeToo has shown the power of stories to take down high profile perpetrators of sexual violence.  It has forced a large-scale public reckoning with the plague of patriarchy and toxic masculinity. And still, the work to end sexual and gender-based violence requires so much more. We need stories that reveal the connection between state violence and interpersonal violence and how these are intertwined with systemic racism. We need media-based organizing that centers the leadership of sex workers, incarcerated people, survivors of child sexual violence and others who are too often disregarded as victims or disposable. We need art that heals and transforms culture at the roots. This plenary will demonstrate that we have what we need and explore what it will take to wield our collective powers for a future free from domination.


Emi Kane

Emi Kane has a background as a community organizer, educator, media-maker, and editor. She has been involved with the AMC for the past 12 years, and collaborates on curriculum and trainings for activists about surveillance in the context of social movement histories. A former long-time... Read More →


The Free Siwatu Coalition

The Free Siwatu Coalition is comprised of individuals and organizations in Detroit working to free Siwatu Salama-Ra, support her family, abolish mandatory minimum sentencing, and fight for the health and dignity of all Michigan residents impacted by violence, unjust persecution and... Read More →

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

The creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international street art series that tackles gender based street harassment. The public art series can be found on walls across the globe, amassing international attention for tackling violence against women in public spaces. She is currently... Read More →

Emi Koyama

A multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. She is currently the Coordinatrix of... Read More →

Amita Swadhin

A Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow and the founder and director of Mirror Memoirs, a storytelling and organizing project centering the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI people of color who were raped or sexually assaulted as children. They are an educator, storyteller... Read More →

Friday June 15, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Community Arts Auditorium
Saturday, June 16

9:00am EDT

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


Sasha Costanza-Chock

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

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Tawana Petty (she/her)

Director, Data Justice Program, Detroit Community Technology Project
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, author, poet and social justice organizer. She serves as Data Justice director for the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-leads Our Data Bodies. She is an antiracism facilitator with Detroit Equity Action Lab and a Digital Civil Society... Read More →

Ruha Benjamin

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

Mona Chalabi

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

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler

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

Saturday June 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Community Arts Auditorium
Sunday, June 17

3:00pm EDT

Performing New Worlds Plenary and Closing Ceremony Celebration
Performing New Worlds Plenary
Performance is a site of power.  It is where we contest the roles written for us by others and claim new ones.  This plenary will showcase a multitude of ways that our communities create and transform power through performance-- from public spectacle to news comedy, web TV, and more.  It will explore how these various arts can conjure new worlds that interrogate and undermine systems of violence and domination, while at the same time proliferating joy and engaging more people in the critical conversations that shape our world.

Closing Ceremony: Rituals to Return
We made it! Join the AMC as we celebrate our weekend of journeys, stories, connections and media-making magic. Featuring the golden voices of Detroit’s Video7 and hosted by adrienne maree brown, together we will remix best-wishes for another 20 years of the conference and cast spells towards our collective liberation and ongoing work. See you next year!


Una Aya Osato

Una Aya Osato aka exHOTic other was born and raised in NYC, where she works as a performer, writer and educator. Una has been writing, performing, and producing her award-winning original work for over fourteen years, performing nationally and internationally for tens of thousands... Read More →


Ricardo Gamboa

An award-winning artist, activist, and academic working in their native Chicago and New York City, creating radically politicized work. Their current projects include the underground live and live-streamed news show The Hoodoisie, the community-based theater piece about Chicago’s... Read More →

Xandra Ibarra

Oakland-based performance artist from the US/Mexico border who sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. Her... Read More →


Francesca Fiorentini

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

Sunday June 17, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Community Arts Auditorium