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Strategy Session [clear filter]
Thursday, June 14
 

11:00am

AMC2018 Homeroom
Welcome to AMC2018! In this 90-minute "Homeroom" session, the AMC Advisory Board will introduce first-time and returning AMCers to AMC history, participant agreements, as well as some tools and tips to navigating the AMC's various media-based organizing spaces, healthy spacial tensions, resources, and challenges. Expect some media-sharing, group activities and opportunity to ask lots of questions about the weekend.

Presenters
avatar for Tawana Petty

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 →


Thursday June 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020
 
Friday, June 15
 

11:00am

Communities of Practice: Creating Community Accountable Research
As researchers how do we ensure our work is accessible, beneficial, and rooted in the lived experiences of our communities? Exploring strategies to create communities of practice together, we will document our processes through audio, video, and visual recordings. Participants will leave with connections to a community of practice built in the space and access to archival practice recordings as resources for creating intentional communities of practices in their own research communities.

Presenters
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Qui Dorian Alexander

Graduate Student, University of Minnesota
Qui Dorian Alexander is a queer, trans, Black Latinx educator, organizer, yoga teacher and consultant based in Minneapolis. He is currently a doctoral student in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota. He positions... Read More →
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Diana Chandara

Diana Chandara is a PhD student in Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests are in identity development of diasporic Southeast Asian American youth, culturally relevant pedagogy, and community-based organizations (CBOs). More specifically, she examines how marginalized youth`s involvement in CBOs informs ethnic/cultural identities to combat deficit models of academic identities. She is from Fresno, California., University of Minnesota
Diana Chandara is a PhD student in Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests are in identity development of diasporic Southeast Asian American youth, culturally relevant pedagogy, and community-based organizations (CBOs). More specifically... Read More →
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A.K. O’Loughlin

A.K. O`Loughlin is a Teacher, Researcher and PhD Student in Culture & Teaching at the University of Minnesota. O`Loughlin`s research interests include Identity Construction, Intersectional Feminism, Racial Equity, Gender & Sexuality Pluralism, Teacher Education, Ethics in Schooling and especially, the intersections of these area of study. O`Loughlin holds a Masters Degree in Urban Education from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota., University of Minnesota


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 116

11:00am

Design Against Design
How can graphic design support social justice struggles by deconstructing it’s own practice and theory? As part of #designagainstdesign creative research project, we will discuss the overlooked vibrant counter-history of politically engaged design and deconstruct the conventional narratives that define graphic design. We will strategize on how design can support organizations and movements dedicated to genuine social change and contribute to a dynamic and vital culture of resistance.

Presenters
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Marie Noelle Hebert

Marie-Noëlle Hébert is a graphic designer at LOKI. She is specialized in print design and typography. Her personal research practice explores the dialogic function of aesthetic practices and aims to uncover how the language of graphic design can be used to stimulate disciplinary and socio-cultural discourse. In addition to her position at LOKI, she acts as communications coordinator at the Cinema Politica Network, a non-profit committed to exhibiting and supporting independent political documentary across the globe. Marie-Noëlle holds a Master of Design from York University, a BFA in Design Art from Concordia University, as well as a CÉGEP degree in photography., LOKI, Cinema Politica
Marie-No√´lle Hébert is a graphic designer at LOKI. She is specialized in print design and typography. Her personal research practice explores the dialogic function of aesthetic practices and aims to uncover how the language of graphic design can be used to stimulate disciplinary... Read More →
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Kevin Yuen Kit Lo

Kevin Yuen Kit Lo is Principal & Creative director at LOKI, a multidisciplinary design and communications studio. He has, LOKI
Kevin Yuen Kit Lo is Principal & Creative director at LOKI, a multidisciplinary design and communications studio. He has been working in graphic design since 2001. His experience bridges art direction, graphic and interactive design at leading agencies, to creating campaigns and visuals... Read More →
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Lolo Sirois

Lolo Sirois is Outreach Coordinator and Illustrator at LOKI and has been working in art/design and education since 2006. Their practice includes illustration in wet and dry media, silkscreening, lino-cut, hand lettering, sign painting, stencil-making and graphic design for both grassroots groups and questionable food production companies. They strive to make resources in art and design more accessible to affect social change through collective projects such as the Sidetracks Screenprinting Collective, and Sounding Out! 2SLGBTQ+ Youth workshops in Sci Fi Podcasting. Lolo holds a BFA in Design Art from Concordia University and is a member of the Solidarity Across Borders Network., LOKI, Sidetracks Screenprinting Collective
Lolo Sirois is Outreach Coordinator and Illustrator at LOKI and has been working in art/design and education since 2006. Their practice includes illustration in wet and dry media, silkscreening, lino-cut, hand lettering, sign painting, stencil-making and graphic design for both grassroots... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 285

11:00am

Libraries Empower Incarcerated Youth
How can libraries move beyond traditional services and empower incarcerated youth to develop transformative strategies that disrupt the narrative of incarceration as identity? This session will explore how Nashville Public Library connected incarcerated youth to media mentors, their families, and community through media-based workshops. We will explore library partnerships using provided tools for identifying partners, and creating goals and strategies under the connected learning framework.

Presenters
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Liz Atack

Elizabeth (Liz) Atack works at Nashville Public Library (NPL), where she oversees Bringing Books to Life (BBTL), a literacy outreach program. In addition to managing the daily and long range operations, she is on the front lines of helping kids learn (and love!) to read, juggling story times, trainings for teachers and adult education providers, and reading workshops for parents. Under her leadership, BBTL has won local and national awards and, in 2014, she was named the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by the National Center for Families Learning. Before coming to NPL, Liz was a teacher and museum educator. She graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and possesses a master’s degree in Childhood Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City., Nashville Public Library BBTL
Elizabeth (Liz) Atack works at Nashville Public Library (NPL), where she oversees Bringing Books to Life (BBTL), a literacy outreach program. In addition to managing the daily and long range operations, she is on the front lines of helping kids learn (and love!) to read, juggling... Read More →
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Klem-Marí Cajigas

Klem-Marí is the full-time Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life! (BBTL), Nashville Public Library’s award winning early literacy outreach program. She delivers BBTL’s Loving & Learning Family Literacy workshops to schools and childcare centers throughout Nashville and Davidson County, in both English and Spanish. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Orlando, Florida, Klem-Marí graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Religious Studies. She moved to Nashville in 2003 to attend Vanderbilt Divinity School. After earning a Master of Divinity, she continued on to doctoral work in Ethics and Society at the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt. Klem-Marí realized that the professional academy was not for her, however, and joyfully left her program to pursue other opportunities. She has been with Nashville Public Library since 2012., Nashville Public Library BBTL
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Raemona Little-Taylor

Raemona is the Teen and Adult Services librarian at the Fairfax branch of the Marin County Free Library in Northern California. While working at Nashville Public Library as a teen librarian, she was awarded a 2015 LRNG Educator Innovator grant from the National Writing Project, the MacArthur Foundation, and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign to bring connected learning into the Woodland Hills juvenile detention center. In 2016, Raemona was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader., Marin County Free Library
Raemona is the Teen and Adult Services librarian at the Fairfax branch of the Marin County Free Library in Northern California. While working at Nashville Public Library as a teen librarian, she was awarded a 2015 LRNG Educator Innovator grant from the National Writing Project, the... Read More →
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Niq Tognoni

Niq began working for the innovative Digital Youth Network in 2010 as a mentor at the Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia learning lab space. A background in performance arts and education attracted him to the research-based learning models that guided the creation of the “Connected Learning” pedagogy in after-school sites. He joined Nashville Public Library in 2014 to launch the Studio NPL program, and-together with a talented team of mentors and library staff- has grown the program into several sites including a mobile lab that brings digitally-focused learning opportunities to students in schools, community centers, and beyond. He continues to study implementation of digital literacy experiences for teens, and serves as an adviser for several grants and maker-spaces nationwide., Nashville Public Library - Studio NPL
Niq began working for the innovative Digital Youth Network in 2010 as a mentor at the Chicago Public Library's YOUmedia learning lab space. A background in performance arts and education attracted him to the research-based learning models that guided the creation of the "Connected... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 118

11:00am

Reclaiming Science: What is community-based science?
From the atomic bomb to the Tuskegee syphilis trials, modern science is tied to imperialism. We`ll discuss a people`s history of science in the past/present, then develop a vision for the future. What are the goals/practices of community-rooted science? How to fund it? How to make it accessible? Folks can bring issues from home & we`ll brainstorm what a community-science solution might look like. Participants will walk away with steps for how to build scientific research into their communities.

Presenters
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Kieran Alessi

Free Rads / University of Pennsylvania
Kieran Alessi is a Philadelphia-based researcher and community organizer. They work in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania by day and balance their passions for Muay Thai, woodworking and social justice by night. They helped lead the Trans*Visible network gathering... Read More →
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Mara Freilich

Mara Freilich is a PhD student studying ecology and oceanography. She is involved in environmental justice work and believes that science has an important role to play in social movements., Free Radicals, MIT
Mara Freilich is a PhD student studying ecology and oceanography. She is involved in environmental justice work and believes that science has an important role to play in social movements.
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August Guang

Free Radicals, Providence Youth Student Movement, Brown University
August Guang is a genomics data scientist at Brown University and healing coordinator at the Providence Youth Student Movement. Both their research practices and organizing work are guided by the belief that crisis and uncertainty are a gift (credit to Chhaya Chhoum) and that change... Read More →
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Steph Yin

Steph Yin is a Philadelphia-based, multimedia science journalist and contributing writer to the New York Times. As a storyteller she is interested in bringing forth the perspectives of people who are not traditionally heard, interrogating the role science should play in society and... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

2:00pm

Archiving Movement Media
How do movement media organizations preserve raw media content? Over the last 12 years the Media Mobilizing Project has been documenting movements in Philadelphia and beyond. In the summer of 2017 we began the process of cataloging and preserving our raw media with the intention of deploying a public archive of movement media. In this session participants will learn what our process looks like and strategize around how MMP and other movement media organizations can take on preservation.

Presenters
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Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz

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


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry B

2:00pm

Can You Hear Us Now? Movement, Techies and Technology Politics
As the vitally important information technology is being threatened, how should our movement and our movement technologists collaborate? Coming off the historic movement techie convergence at Highlander last year – attended by about 90 percent people of color, over half women, and a large number gender non-conforming and LGBTQ people – and the Movement Technologist Statement published this year, this workshop will discuss the question: What is the role of technology today and in our future?

Presenters
avatar for Alice Aguilar

Alice Aguilar

Executive Director, Progressive Technology Project. Co-organizer, Movement Techie convergence. Co-author, Movement Techi, Progressive Technology Project
Executive Director, Progressive Technology Project. Co-organizer, Movement Techie convergence. Co-author, Movement Techie Statement
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Alfredo Lopez

May First/People Link
Member, Leadership Committee, of May First/People Link, author Movement Techie Statement
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Cayden Mak

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


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

2:00pm

Data for Police Accountability
Presenters
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Camille Fassett

Camille Fassett is a researcher at Lucy Parsons Labs and reporter at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She is interested in public records, digital security, and data liberation., Freedom of the Press Foundation
Camille Fassett is a reporter at Freedom of the Press Foundation and a researcher at Lucy Parsons Labs. She is interested in digital security and public records.
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Jamie Garcia

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Jamie Garcia is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
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Nadia Khan

Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
HK

Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

2:00pm

It`s Complicated: Healing Our Relationship with $ to Do More Good
How do you feel about money? Many of us have complicated feelings about money rooted in the lessons (intentional and unintentional) we have internalized. We will walk through our collective and individual money stories, identify barriers, and begin a process of deconstructing harmful narratives about self-worth and money. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the messages we receive about money and tactics on how to redirect their energy towards using money as a tool to get good done.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

2:00pm

Strategies for Transforming Journalism
Let’s roll up our sleeves to get journalism to stop colluding with white supremacy and patriarchy! Lots of journalists are dissatisfied with the industry’s racism, patriarchy, gatekeeping, and exploitation, but few of us are organized around resisting it. This interactive workshop will break down how the journalism industry today traffics in oppression, then consider liberatory strategies for engaging with editors, publications, and journalism schools towards transforming journalism.

Presenters
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Mia Henry

Mia Henry (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, training facilitation, intergenerational community organizing, and civic and history education. In addition to her work at the Arcus Center, Mia is also the owner and operator of Freedom Lifted, a small business dedicated to providing civil rights tours in the Deep South and social justice trainings for people of all ages. Mia was the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS), a nonprofit organization that supports youth-led social change and youth-adult partnerships in community organizing. She is deeply passionate about social movement history, positive youth development, and civic engagement through an anti-oppression lens. Mia is indebted to her ancestors and elders for their resistance and insistence on being treated with dignity and respect. All of her work is dedicated to them., Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Freedom Lifted
Mia Henry (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, training facilitation, intergenerational community organizing, and civic and history education... Read More →
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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 →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

2:00pm

Young People Building a Culture of Consent in Technology
From nudes posted without consent to police surveillance of activities, young people’s lives are exposed in harmful ways by friends, enemies, adults, tech companies, police, and more. This youth-led session will be a presentation of the Brownsville Community Justice Center’s digital privacy project and resulting youth-built wireless network, and a brainstorm of strategies for building cultures of consent with youth. 

Presenters
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Tahliyah Griffin

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Shamash Lima

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Jahtiek McKenzie

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Nevaeh Rios

Brownsville Community Justice Center
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Maya Wagoner

Brooklyn Public Library / Mozilla
Maya Wagoner is a researcher, user experience designer, and organizer passionate about critical pedagogy and democratizing technology. She currently holds a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship at the Brooklyn Public Library, where she collaborated with the teens of the Brownsville Community... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

4:00pm

#WokeAt5: Justice Education in the K-2 Classroom
Often times, culturally relevant and justice related teaching strategies center high school students. In this session, we will explore ways educators can create justice oriented curriculum in early childhood education. Participants will build a common-core aligned, justice-based lesson/unit plan. Participants will walk away empowered to teach justice-based curriculum in their classrooms. Participants will also have the foundation of a lesson/unit plan to return to their classrooms and teach.

Presenters
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Phylicia Brown

Legacy Movement, Just Resisting
Phylicia is an early childhood educator and a community organizer in Buffalo, NY. In addition to organizing, she has served as a teacher and a full-time educational advocate. Her passion for education is rooted in bridging the gap between justice work and education; engaging students... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room C

4:00pm

An Online Platform for International Solidarity Movements
Facebook isn’t enough. We need a communication revolution.
We will present a mockup of a digital platform that funds and sustains international solidarity movements by providing the means for a transferal of resources. This platform supports local efforts at self-sufficiency without institutional mediation. After we will seek feedback on the logistics behind our vision. Participants will leave with ways to be a part of this platform’s genesis by providing collaboration, resources, or expertise.

Presenters
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Micah Fedenko

MICAH FEDENKO is a self-identified Black, multiracial, trans*, and queer student at Vassar College with roots in Brooklyn, NY. They are compelled to encourage healing when possible, organize where there is hope, and perform where there is music. For those wishing to collaboratively imagine and co-create towards our liberation, feel free to contact them at fedenko16@gmail.com., Healing to Action
MICAH FEDENKO is a self-identified Black, multiracial, trans*, and queer student at Vassar College with roots in Brooklyn, NY. They are compelled to encourage healing when possible, organize where there is hope, and perform where there is music. For those wishing to collaboratively... Read More →
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Maimuna Touray

MAIMUNA TOURAY is a undergraduate student at Vassar College who spends most of their time, scheming, gassing scorpios, and talking out the side of their neck. They are especially interested in intergenerational trauma and imagining attainable healing futures for Queer and Trans POC’s. Maimuna hopes to connect with other creatives, thinkers, and schemers to nurture and propel their collective energy towards liberation., Healing to Action
MAIMUNA TOURAY is a undergraduate student at Vassar College who spends most of their time, scheming, gassing scorpios, and talking out the side of their neck. They are especially interested in intergenerational trauma and imagining attainable healing futures for Queer and Trans POC's... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

4:00pm

Artivism: Radical Art for Rapid Response Change
The gorgeous art of a protest sign or tearful political poetry at a rally evokes emotions for a radical movement. But how do we as movement organizers support our cultural producers with the political education they need to become powerful advocates with art? In this session we will discuss different artivist tactics for movement spaces to use. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of various ways to incorporate and value artists in movement spaces.

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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Free Egunfemi

Untold RVA
Free Egunfemi is an independent historical strategist and founder of Untold RVA: The people's choice for the creative advancement of Richmond's most powerful Self Determination narratives, hidden in plain sight throughout the commemorative landscape. Free's conspiracy of good people... Read More →
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Nijeul Porter

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


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

4:00pm

Digital Consent is Coercive
This session will collectively explore if algorithmic accountability is even possible in an oppressive and unjust system. We will explore where our fight begins in the establishment of consent in the ever expanding digital world. Participants with collectively map and understand the trajectory of coerced consent. Participants will learn about tools that facilitate informed consent and resistance.

Presenters
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Jamie Garcia

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Jamie Garcia is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
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Nadia Khan

Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Nadia Khan is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
HK

Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Hamid Khan is an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
KM

Ken Montenegro

National Lawyers Guild/Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Ken Montenegro is the National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

4:00pm

Feeding Radical Movements
How can cooking uplift grassroots organizing? We will explore ways to integrate food sovereignty and cooking into personal self-care practices as well as collective movement work. We will use storytelling to share best practices and look at how food is currently being used to create a different reality from capitalism, colonization, and racism. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of food as medicine and concrete strategies for using food to sustain radical movement work.

Presenters
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Tagan Engel

The Table Underground
Tagan is the founder of The Table Underground radio show, podcast and website. She has 20+ years experience working in food, as a chef, entrepreneur, activist, policy maker, business consultant and community builder. The main threads through her life and work are a passionate love... Read More →
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Tina Orlandini

Development Coordinator, AgitArte
Tina is a cultural worker exploring the intersections of culture, community, and solidarity through writing, photography, and design. From 2012 to 2016 she worked at El Puente, a community-based arts and social justice organization in Los Sures, Brooklyn. Tina first engaged with AgitArte... Read More →
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Gabriela Álvarez

Liberation Cuisine
Gabriela Álvarez is a chef and founder of Liberation Cuisine. She began cooking after studying public health in academia for several years. The kitchen became her way to tackle inequalities in the food system, while maintaining a focus on individual agency. Her own relationship with... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

4:00pm

I’ma Read, I’ma Read, I’ma Read: Collecting a Hip Hop Archive
"We just a couple cunts tryna archive; we celebrate trans queer artists in the hip hop diaspora and document/record these moments and movements to combat ongoing erasure and plagiarism. No one else can hold us like us so, we do this to ensure these legacies and legends are remembered. This workshop will explore: What is needed to tear down barriers to sharing & preserving our lives? How do we document in ways that center our pleasure & joy? How do we explore the depths of our stories? 
Bring a piece of your knowledge of what’s cunt to share as we continue collecting a living resource and archive of hip hop culture."

Presenters
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Shanna Collins

A Tribe Called Cunt // Black Brown Indigenous Crew
Bonita Africana (Shanna Collins) is a sexy bisexual queerdo who believes in the power of DIY collectives. In addition to A Tribe Called Cunt, she is also a part of the DIY music collective Or Does It Explode: Black, Brown, and Indigenous Crew and is a former VIBE intern. She also... Read More →
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darien r wendell

Transdisciplinary artist, curator, & educator, Chicago Black Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Collective (BTGNC), FTP, & For Youth Inquiry (FYI)
darien r wendell is a sensitive, black, gender expansive, queer being & punk living in Chicago, IL from many other places like Phoenix, AZ & Pontiac, MI. A transdisciplinary artist, curator, & educator, ey makes art and work creates space/time for refuge, repair, and release between... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

4:00pm

Politics of Erasure: Intentional Marketing of QTPOC
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and social media platforms alike are notoriously developed based on the courtship and solicitation of predominantly White brands and celebrities. Through an intersectional lens, this session will explore how the National Youth Pride Services social media team galvanized the influence of Black Twitter to reach a more exclusive community, Black QUEER Twitter in the marketing and promotion of materials to bring about the social awareness of Black LGBTQ culture.

Presenters
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Jayson Douglas

Jayson is a native of Baltimore, MD and serves as the new interim board member of the Event/Travel/ and Community Team of National Youth Pride Services. He enjoys traveling, reading, spoken word poetry and all the neat things that his new home in Cincinnati has to offer. He earned his BA in Political Science from Bethune- Cookman University, where he took a particular interest in international human rights and public policy. Currently, Jayson is completing a MS in Criminal Justice through the University of Central Florida. He is anticipated to graduate December 2018. Jayson works full-time at the University of Cincinnati as the Program Coordinator for the LGBTQ Center., University of Cincinnati- LGBTQ Center
Jayson is a native of Baltimore, MD and serves as the new interim board member of the Event/Travel/ and Community Team of National Youth Pride Services. He enjoys traveling, reading, spoken word poetry and all the neat things that his new home in Cincinnati has to offer. He earned... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

4:00pm

Today's Equity, Tomorrow's Museum
LinCT is an all-female, high school group from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s KAYSC. LinCT youth give a fresh perspective on museums and equity surrounding race, gender, and ability. We will work together to reflect on the responsibility of a museum, examine issues still plaguing museums, and brainstorm solutions to create a Dream Museum that embodies our ideas. This Dream Museum will be turned into an online resource for those looking to address these problems in new environments.

Presenters
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Rhea Boese-Colond

I am an ambitious high school youth, who is passionate about social change. I have been working around computational thinking and social justice with the Science Museum for around three years and have only been inspired more to make a difference in my community., Science Museum of Minnesota
I am an ambitious high school youth, who is passionate about social change. I have been working around computational thinking and social justice with the Science Museum for around three years and have only been inspired more to make a difference in my community.
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Abby Liegl

I am a female high school age leader. I have worked at the museum for over 2 years where I focus on Social Justice and STEM., Science Museum Of Minnesota
I am a female high school age leader. I have worked at the museum for over 2 years where I focus on Social Justice and STEM.
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Opeyemi

I am a high school senior from central high school. I am a Nigerian immigrant that is passionate about diversifying the stories told in our society., Science Museum of Minnesota
I am a high school senior from central high school. I am a Nigerian immigrant that is passionate about diversifying the stories told in our society.


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B
 
Saturday, June 16
 

11:00am

Designing Possibilities for the Wellbeing of Black Women
How might we position Black women as leaders in the design process, giving them the space to reimagine what collective wellbeing can look like, creatively and holistically? We will explore design as a transformative tool that can actualize healing for Black women’s mind, body, soul and space, and strategize community-driven approaches to address rising health concerns. Participants will walk away with actionable tools to design possibilities for wellbeing in their communities.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Shanté Brown

Denise Shanté Brown

Holistic Design Strategist + Mental Health Advocate, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Denise Shanté Brown, MA, is a holistic design strategist and mental health advocate unapologetically prioritizing the wellbeing of Black women. As a graduate of MICA's Social Design program and current Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow, her collaborative practice addresses mental... Read More →
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N'Deye Diakhate

Baltimore Corps Fellow
N'Deye Diakhate is a multidisciplinary artist and designer with a love of people, design thinking, and liberation. A current Baltimore Corps Fellow, they are the new Communications and Development Manager for Baltimore Dance Crews Project - a nonprofit after-school program with the... Read More →


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

11:00am

Indigenous Storytelling: Resisting Co2lonialism
Indigenous Rising Media works globally to challenge Co2lonialism with grassroots movements on the land, in the streets, in corporate boardrooms and in the media. Join us for a short film festival and workshop to explore how we can build a decolonised climate justice movement using narrative based storytelling. We will explore how we can use digital media and storytelling strategies to move to recenter indigenous cosmologies, resistance strategies and voices in the fight for climate justice.

Presenters
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Eriel Deranger

Eriel Deranger, Eriel has an extensive work history including working for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, TakingITGlobal, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club Canada, Indigenous Environmental Network and working directly with her First Nation, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Eriel work history includes participation at the international level with the UN International Indigenous Youth Caucus, Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus. She has also served an advisor to many different organizational boards including the UK Tar Sands Network, the Tar Sands Solution Network, Keep it in the Ground network, and most recently on the board of Bioneers. Through her work with the Environmental Justice movement, Eriel has been deeply involved in social justice and anti-oppression trainings/workshops, conference facilitation, and public speaking. These have been central to developing strategy and drafting numerous declarations including the Anchorage D, Indigenous Climate Action
Eriel Deranger, Eriel has an extensive work history including working for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, TakingITGlobal, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club Canada, Indigenous Environmental Network and working directly with her First Nation, the Athabasca Chipewyan... Read More →
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Suzanne Dhaliwal

Suzanne is an activist and campaigner, working on indigenous rights and mining issues. Suzanne Dhaliwal is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands. She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada raising awareness about the impacts of mining on the mental health of indigenous communities impacted by mining in Colombia. She has been connecting environmental justice struggles in the Arctic, Tar Sands and Nigeria specifically around Shell’s human rights violations. Since 2011 she has developed anti-oppression and creative action trainings to support the development of a creative inclusive environmental movement grounded in anti-oppression principles., UK Tar Sands Network
Suzanne is an activist and campaigner, working on indigenous rights and mining issues. Suzanne Dhaliwal is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 125

11:00am

Local Opportunities to Preserve Net Neutrality
What’s next for net neutrality? With its repeal of rules protecting net neutrality, the FCC gave powerful internet service providers a free pass to shape what you do online. This session will brainstorm new ways to get communities involved. We`ll generate ideas, explore what`s happening now, and articulate next steps to win net neutrality and other digital justice policies. You`ll leave with clear strategies for engagement and partnerships you can count on as you organize for digital justice.

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Sarah Morris

Open Technology Institute
https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/sarah-morris/
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Hannah Sassaman

Media Mobilizing project
Hannah is Policy Director at Media Mobilizing Project and currently a Soros Justice Fellow.


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

11:00am

Migration Justice in Canada-US Border Communities
How can the border communities of Detroit, U.S. and Windsor, Canada see and live as borderless cities? How can we create spaces of justice for immigrants facing removal of their legal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) seeking refugee status in Canada? We will explore these questions by drawing from the shared experiences of immigrants and activists of the Detroit-Windsor border area. Participants will walk away with an advocacy strategy on how communities can activate a border-less city.

Presenters
avatar for Grace Wu

Grace Wu

Independent Researcher & Campaigns Consultant, Independent community organizer, researcher, formerly of Canadian Council of Refugees and Amnesty International
Grace Wu has worked in refugee advocacy in North Africa and Canada. She is a community-based organizer and design-researcher. She is currently organizing with the Caribbean Solidarity Network to develop teach-ins on migration history and refugee deterrence policies in Canada.
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Julie Young

Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Lethbridge, A, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Julie Young is a Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Much of her research to date has focused on how refugees, migrants, and advocates in communities around the Canada-US and Mexico-Guatemala... Read More →



Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 117

11:00am

Sex Work in the Digital Age: Navigating Consent
In the digital age, we all face problems that sex workers have been navigating for years: consent to being filmed, privacy on social media, online safety and censorship, to name a few. We will share ideas on how to maintain autonomy over our public image, avoiding spectacle, objectification and victimization. The goal of this session is to promote media allyship with marginalized groups so they can contribute to breaking up stigma rather than compounding it.

Presenters
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Zoe Trope

Zoe Trope is an activist, community organiser and filmmaker with nearly 10 years of sex work experience. She began as a stripper in Baltimore clubs, pulling 30 hour work weeks while earning her BA in Electronic Media and Film, with a heavy emphasis in womens studies. She was a founding member of the Rude Girls Burlesque Cult, a troupe that was formed at a stripclub where dancers were subverting expectations by offering tarot readings, portraits and specialized performances in lieu of lapdances. In 2010, she moved to London, where she began shaking it on the stages of East London`s notorious strip pub circuit, where punters drop pounds in a pint glass to see stage shows. It was at one of these venues that she teamed up with the other girls to create the East London Strippers Collective, an activist and arts collective run by and for strippers to demand an end to stigma and campaign for fair working conditions. On her 10 year sex work anniversary, she decided to pack it in and move home to concentrate on making, East London Strippers Collective
Zoe Trope is an activist, community organiser and filmmaker with nearly 10 years of sex work experience. She began as a stripper in Baltimore clubs, pulling 30 hour work weeks while earning her BA in Electronic Media and Film, with a heavy emphasis in womens studies. She was a founding... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

2:00pm

Black Teachers Matter: Turning the Tide of Black Teacher Loss
Baltimore has one of the highest rates of losing Black teachers in the US. We are attempting to bring some serious attention to this issue. This session will explore how we joined forces to produce a video about this disastrous trend and what we doing to be heard. We will watch the video, explore the local and national data, discuss solutions, brainstorm campaign slogans, and make campaign buttons to take away.

Presenters
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Natalia Bacchus

Natalia Bacchus has been a Maryland public school educator since 2003. She has worked in Baltimore City schools since 2013 and in Montgomery County schools for 9 years prior. She has taught ESOL and has been a classroom teacher in 1st and 3rd grades. She currently works at Moravia Park Elementary School as an ESOL teacher, serves as the BTU Building Rep, and created a Union Chapter Committee. She has also worked for Refugee Youth Project (RYP) as a teacher in their after school programs and summer school. Natalia has also been a Teachers` Democracy Project Fellow since 2014, studying issues such as teacher evaluation, social justice curriculum, teacher unions, and restorative practices., Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators (BMORE) and Teachers Democracy Project
Natalia Bacchus has been a Maryland public school educator since 2003. She has worked in Baltimore City schools since 2013 and in Montgomery County schools for 9 years prior. She has taught ESOL and has been a classroom teacher in 1st and 3rd grades. She currently works at Moravia... Read More →
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Diamonte Brown

Diamonté Brown was born and raised in Baltimore and is now an English teacher at Renaissance Academy. Diamonté got her undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan and her masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University (online). Diamonté serves on several boards where she offers her advice in policy reform and mobilizing the community. Diamonté is committed to using her organizing skills and background in policy reform to contribute to the mission of BMORE., BMORE--Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators, Teachers' Democracy Project; Out for Justice
Diamonté Brown was born and raised in Baltimore and is now an English teacher at Renaissance Academy. Diamonté got her undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan and her masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 131

2:00pm

Liberate the Skies: Diaspora and the New Anti-Militarism
While intersectionality is now central to progressive politics, movements still struggle connecting to war and militarism. Here we will focus on bringing antimilitarism into our work and imagine organizing with an antiwar lens. From US-based SWANA diasporas working with refugees in Athens, to folks facing a different kind of militarism within the US, we all want to fight the causes of war and racism. This solution-focused gathering will offer best practices and build power across communities.

Presenters
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Farah Erzouki

War Resisters League
Farah Erzouki is an Iraqi American daughter of immigrants born and raised in Michigan who currently serves as a Public Health Coordinator at ACCESS, an Arab American community nonprofit organization based in the metro Detroit area. Farah has been involved in progressive, social justice... Read More →
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Ali Issa

War Resisters League
Ali Issa is lead organizer for the NYC public bank campaign, with New Economy Project. He previously worked with War Resisters League, organizing against police militarization and helping build cross-community coalitions in cities around the country. He is the author of the book Against... Read More →
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Samira Shifteh

War Resisters League
Samira Shifteh is an Iranian-American activist based in Seattle, who has been working on immigrant and refugee rights for well over a decade, from supporting survivors of intimate partner/family violence to organizing actions against deportations and detention centers.


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114

2:00pm

Real People, Real Stories: Representation of Deaf Bodies
This workshop aims to elicit dialogues about representations and single-story narratives of disabled bodies, language diversity, and give examples of how to showcase intersectional stories from real deaf people. Participants will address about the myriad ways we, as marginalized groups, embrace, validate, and work together to change the representation of intersectional lives and come up with solutions on how to create more inclusive and barrier-free environments for everyone to benefit from.

Presenters
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Beatrice Bachleda

National Deaf Center
Beatrice is a social media maven who strives to share the latest knowledge and developments from NDC with the deaf community. She believes that knowledge truly is power. The more education one has, then the stronger one becomes, the further one can go, and the better one can live... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

4:00pm

Breaking Library Silos for Social Justice (BLS4SJ)
How can local libraries and communities work together to devise an action plan based on initial conversations centered on serving vulnerable communities? Using the BLS4SJ workshop as a case study, community members and folks from across the information field are invited to share their own experiences of tackling social injustices. Participants will be creating vision boards and skill-sharing. They’ll gain access to the BLS4SJ toolkit to help initiate sustainable and mindful shifts in library work.

Presenters
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Elle Covington

Elle Covington is a recent graduate of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. As a graduate student, Elle co-founded iSchool Pride, a student group advocating for the interests of students from underrepresented groups at the School of Information. She also developed guides for users with differing abilities to promote greater access to buildings and resources at the University of Texas Libraries. Combining her newly acquired master’s in information studies with a background in nonprofit communication and a passion for social justice, her goal is to promote and empower libraries to engage, impact, and build communities.
Elle Covington is a recent graduate of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. As a graduate student, Elle co-founded iSchool Pride, a student group advocating for the interests of students from underrepresented groups at the School of Information. She also... Read More →
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Cindy Fisher

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Cindy is all about building bridges in the library world and the Breaking Library Silos for Social Justice workshop is the direct product of years of trial and error in community building in Austin, TX. As a First-year Experience Librarian at UT-Austin, she worked with school librarians... Read More →
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Ayshea Khan

Austin History Center
Ayshea is the Asian American Community Archivist for the Austin History Center, where she works to document, preserve, and provide access to the history of Asian American communities in Austin. She holds a Bachelor's in Cinema Production & Photography from Ithaca College and a MSIS... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 135

4:00pm

Community Digital Risk Matrix
We will build a tool to map and diagnose digital risks and harms to our communities, and brainstorm strategies to collectively address them.

Acknowledging that digital risks and harms disproportionately affect different groups, we need a way to anticipate and address these specific risks as we build digital ecosystems. In this session, we will build a Digital Risk Matrix as a tool for organizers, policy strategists, and practitioners to make our work more consentful as we bring new technologies into our communities. This session will invite all participants to explore and contribute their experiences to develop a shared resource. We will discuss what kind of diagnostic tool we need and why, and which groups of people face particular digital risks. Using our shared brainpower, we’ll map out risks and then flip the script to think about consentful tools and strategies digitally at-risk people can use to build power, not paranoia.

Presenters
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Greta Byrum

Co-Director, Digital Equity Lab
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School in New York City, she builds digital justice through applied research, community projects, and policy strategy. Previously... Read More →
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Ana Maria Reichenbach

Digital Equity Lab, The New School
Ana Maria Reichenbach is a researcher and translator working at theintersection human rights, technology, and public policy. As a ResearchAssistant at the Digital Equity Lab at The New School her research hasfocused on documenting grassroots-based broadband initiatives andfacilitating... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room F/G/H

4:00pm

Design Justice Network Planning Session
The Design Justice Network works to cultivate just design practices, so that those who are most affected by design decisions have power and agency in design processes. In this planning session, we will report back on network activities since we last met at AMC 2017, establish working groups, and set priorities for the year ahead. By the end of the session, we will have a set of clear next steps for our working groups and members. New and potential members are welcome to join us!

Presenters
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Danielle Aubert

Design Justice Network
Danielle Aubert is a graphic designer interested in the intersection of graphic design, labor, materials, and software. She is currently researching the output of Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op (1969-1980). She participated in the Design Justice Network Gathering in... Read More →
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Victoria Barnett

Design Justice Network
VICTORIA BARNETT is a freelance graphic & web designer and trainer. She spends her time designing, sharing and supporting various social movements with their communication and web presence, centered in community based social and environmental justice. She is interested in web design... Read More →
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

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

Design Justice Network
As an urban planner, Ebony Dumas works to create spaces, outlets, and infrastructure to support creative expression through economic development. Before graduate school, she spent ten years in Washington DC working in art non-profits and collectives. Always beginning with a framework... Read More →
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Una Lee

Design Justice Network / And Also Too
Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director of And Also Too, a design studio for social justice visionaries and an organizer of the Design Justice Network, which seeks to use design as a tool for collective... Read More →
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Victor Moore

Victor X Moore [Two X], is a visual artist and graphic designer and a retired collegiate basketball player. He was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Appalachian State University in May of 2016. He is passionate about utilizing his design skill-set for social justice/ causes and giving a visual voice to his research, societal views, and beliefs. He loves designing for print, as he is able to offer tangible deliverables. He also has experience in web design and coding; He enjoys problem-solving for the web (digital space) as well., Design Justice Network
Victor X Moore [Two X], is a visual artist and graphic designer and a retired collegiate basketball player. He was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Appalachian State University in May of 2016. He is passionate about utilizing... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 123

4:00pm

Dismantling Gender in Youth Spaces
How can spaces that center youth dismantle gender norms and binaries to create youth empowerment and combat gender based violence? This workshop will explore (as experienced in Western cultures) expectations of femininity and masculinity within youth spaces. Participants will brainstorm how heteronormativity and cisgender privilege affect youth empowerment and youth organizing to establish youth inclusive spaces.

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Johanna Burgos

Day One NY
As the Training Supervisor at Day One, Johanna provides workshops to youth on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and other topics surrounding and involving IPV such as Gender Roles and Consent & Coercion. Johanna received her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Plattsburgh where she majored in... Read More →
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Nana Minder

Nana Minder wears many hats as a queer performance artist, community organizer and youth educator. Her work is often sur, Day One NY
Nana Minder wears many hats as a queer performance artist, community organizer and youth educator. Her work is often surrounded around anti-violence, womanhood, blackness, queerness, liberation and healing. She has facilitated several workshops addressing community safety planning... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 113

4:00pm

How to Develop Equitable Journalism Partnerships
Journalism fails when large news outlets parachute into communities, and when freelancers and community-based news outlets are not compensated or credited for their work. This workshop will introduce attendees to a code for equitable partnerships drafted by a group of journalists. We want your input on how to refine this code, and ideas about how to put it into practice. You will walk away with a copy of the code and new guidelines for creating equitable partnerships of your own.

Presenters
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Eric Campbell

Riverwise
Eric is managing editor of Riverwise, a quarterly magazine focused on the work of facing the challenges of Detroit’s neighborhoods with a sense of hope.
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Chris Faraone

Chris is editor of Dig Boston, co-founder of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ), and author of several books including "99 nights with the 99%.
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Jo Ellen Kaiser

Jo Ellen is the Executive Director of The Media Consortium, a network of independent progressive news outlets, The Media Consortium
Jo Ellen is the Executive Director of The Media Consortium, a network of independent progressive news outlets
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Micha Kurz

Micha is director of strategic partnerships at Public News Service. He is the founder of Grassroots Jerusalem (https://www.grassrootsalquds.net/), a platform for 80 Palestinian and Jewish grassroots communities.
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Preeti Shekar

Preeti is the producer of Women's Magazine and APEX Express, two shows that air on KPFA 94.1 in Oakland. She is a board member of San Francisco Women Against Rape.



Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 134

4:00pm

Mapping the Power with LittleSis
Who are the real beneficiaries of oppression? LittleSis (i.e. the opposite of Big Brother) is a research group that investigates the power elite to answer this question. In this session we will explore how “power research” is used to strengthen organizing, direct action, and movement-building. We’ll share tools that allow anyone with internet to identify and expose the networks of power that fund hate groups, collaborate to dismantle the social safety net, and profit from systemic oppression.

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Munira Lokhandwala

Munira Lokhandwala is Community Manager for LittleSis.org. Prior to moving to Philly and joining LittleSis, she spent 9 years in Oakland, CA doing labor organizing, working as a cook, and teaching undergraduate students about experimental film. She is also one of the coordinators of the FERMENT Food Justice track and a lover of the AMC., LittleSis


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

4:00pm

Maroon Oracle Network and Decolonizing Digital Spaces
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P. Gabrielle Foreman

P. GABRIELLE FOREMAN teaches and studies African American studies and nineteenth-century literary history and culture. She is known for her collaborative work including an edition of Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig as well as dance/poetry performance pieces on Wilson, David Drake or “Dave the Potter” and the Colored Conventions. Her forthcoming monograph is entitled The Art of DisMemory: Historicizing Slavery in Poetry, Performance and Material Culture. She is the Ned B. Allen Professor of English with appointments in History and Africana Studies and is a Senior Library Research Fellow at the University of Delaware. The Colored Conventions Project (CCP) is a collective of that includes Foreman, graduate student leaders, librarian team members, undergraduate researches and national teaching partners. Foreman is co-editing the forthcoming volume, Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age. CCP is supported by the NEH and Mellon Foundation. Foreman tweets at @profgabrielle., Colored Conventions Project
P. GABRIELLE FOREMAN teaches and studies African American studies and nineteenth-century literary history and culture. She is known for her collaborative work including an edition of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig as well as dance/poetry performance pieces on Wilson, David Drake or "Dave... Read More →
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Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Alexis lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is also currently engaged in a collaboration... Read More →
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Vanessa Holden

Dr. Holden an assistant professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Holden’s current book project is titled, SurvivingSouthampton: Gender, Community, Resistance, and Survival During the Southampton Rebellion of 1831. In it, Dr. Holden explores the contributions that African American women and children, free and enslaved, made to the Southampton Rebellion of 1831, also called Nat Turner’s Rebellion. In addition to her work on enslaved women and slave rebellion, Dr.Holden also co-organizes the Queering Slavery Working Group with Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins). Her second project, Forming Intimacies: Queer Kinship and Resistance in the Antebellum American Atlantic, will focus on same-gender loving individuals and American slavery., University of Kentucky
Dr. Holden an assistant professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Holden's current book project is titled, SurvivingSouthampton: Gender, Community, Resistance, and Survival During the Southampton Rebellion of 1831. In it, Dr... Read More →
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Jessica Marie Johnson

African Diaspora, Ph.D.
Jessica Marie Johnson is a writer and historian of slavery at Johns Hopkins University. She is co-editor with Mark Anthony Neal of Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar (2017) and the author of Practicing Freedom: Black Women, Intimacy, and Kinship in New Orleans Atlantic... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114
 
Sunday, June 17
 

10:00am

An Introduction to Pleasure Activism
*New location!* How can we make justice and liberation the most pleasurable experiences humans can have? In this session we will explore our individual and collective experiences of pleasure and what they can teach us about finding ways to make co-existence, particularly practices of justice, more pleasurable. We will listen to Audre Lorde`s "Uses of the Erotic", engage in intimate conversation, and generate strategy, practices and questions to carry back out into our work.

Presenters
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adrienne maree brown

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


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Community Arts Auditorium

10:00am

Centralizing Survivors: Restorative Justice ReVamped
Why is it hard to successfully implement restorative justice in activism? RJ is not only an accountability processes, it is healing for the survivor and restoration for communities. Centralizing Survivors: Restorative Justice ReVamped will explore how deconstructing social capital, centering survivors, and participation from communities are necessary for effective restorative justice. Participants will develop a RJ plan that consists of healing, accountability, and restoration.

Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STUDENT CENTER: Room 025

10:00am

Community Action Research to Empower, Engage, and Transform
Participants will explore the history and purpose of We the People of Detroit’s Community Research Collective. In addition, they will strategize how they can employ community action research and knowledge in their own work. Participants will explore the importance of intergenerational community organizing and see what it looks like in action. This workshop will aim to share community action research rooted in justice in order to cultivate equitable and sustainable communities.

Presenters
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Emily Kutil

Emily Kutil is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, a freelance designer, and a member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective., University of Detroit Mercy
Emily Kutil is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, a freelance designer, and a member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective.
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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 →
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Kaitlin Popielarz

Wayne State University
Kaitlin Popielarz is a teacher educator and PhD student at Wayne State University's College of Education in Detroit, Michigan. Kaitlin is a former secondary and adult education social studies teacher, which is where her passion for powerful learning communities blossomed. She is a... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 131

1:00pm

Building Relationships to Transform Local News
Relationships are power. When journalists only form relationships with institutions upholding capitalism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression, our communities suffer. We can change that. In our session, we’ll share what we’ve learned organizing for stronger voices in local news and talk through how to build deep relationships with newsrooms in order to build more power in our communities. Participants will leave with strategies on how to reach out to newsrooms and set the news agenda.

Presenters
avatar for Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell

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


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

1:00pm

Riverwise Conversation: How can we expand community journalism?
What are we learning from one year of publishing Riverwise? We will explore our efforts to deepen community based journalism and look for conversation on how best to encourage and develop new community writers. We are especially interested in experiences and ideas for encouraging neighborhood storytelling in a movement framework.

Presenters
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Eric Campbell

Riverwise
Eric is managing editor of Riverwise, a quarterly magazine focused on the work of facing the challenges of Detroit’s neighborhoods with a sense of hope.
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Gloria House

Riverwise collective
Editor
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Shea Howell

Boggs Center
Riverwise collective


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114