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Friday, June 16 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Opening Ceremony

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The Detroit Film Theater is located inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. Enter through the John R entrance. There will be shuttles from all hotels and from the Wayne State campus to the theater.

“If there was ever a time to activate our organizer super powers, this is it” wrote Alicia Garza, one week after the 2017 inauguration, in a Mic article titled “Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will.” As we gather in Detroit for the 19th annual Allied Media Conference, we are recharging our trusted super powers and synthesizing new ones. We are drawing power from movement histories and ancestral technologies. We are laying mesh networks between movements, issues, and identities. We are learning our way into emergent strategies, trusting uncertainty and seeing the large-scale implications of our smallest-scale relationships.

The AMC2017 Opening Ceremony will reflect all of this. Alicia Garza of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter will give a keynote, sharing her perspectives on the power of media, art, and technology in our movements today. Scott Kurashige, author of The Fifty Year Rebellion, will ground the work of AMC in the context of Detroit as an international model for survival, resistance, and solidarity. Mona Haydar, Syrian-American Flint native, will perform her viral hit “Hijabi” live for the first time alongside Al Taw’am, the twin sisters and choreographers featured in the “Hijabi” video. The opening ceremony will also feature Kristy la rAt (co-founder of DJ collectives Maracuyeah and Anthology of Booty), and will be co-hosted by adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategy and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements.

Presenters include: Alicia Garza, Kristy la rAt, Sacramento Knoxx, Scott Kurashige, adrienne maree brown, Mona Haydar, Al Ta’wam, Jenny Lee and Morgan Willis.


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., How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
adrienne is a writer, facilitator, healer and pleasure activist living in Detroit. she is Co-editor of Octavia's Brood and author of the forthcoming Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (AK Press).

Scott Kurashige

Scott Kurashige is author of The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic LA; The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century with Grace Lee Boggs; and The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis... Read More →
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Jenny Lee

Executive Director, Allied Media Projects
Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects, where she has worked in various capacities since 2006. Over this period she has led the healthy growth and evolution of the organization through facilitative leadership, innovative program design, and network cultivation... Read More →
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Morgan Willis

Morgan Willis is the program director of the Allied Media Conference. She is also a writer and editor of the anthology Outside the XY: Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity. She consults with projects and organizations seeking to develop their creative, community and organizational strategies... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Detroit Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Audience Everyone
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