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Thursday, June 15
 

8:00am

Info Desk
New to the AMC? Have questions? Need directions? The Info Desk has the answer. Desks are staffed by knowledgeable volunteers and AMC organizers. They are open throughout the conference while sessions are running.

Look for big “Info Desk” signs and volunteers waiting to answer questions in the Student Center, McGregor Conference Center, and State Hall.

Thursday June 15, 2017 8:00am - Sunday June 18, 2017 5:30pm
Student Center / McGregor / State Hall

9:30am

The Boggs School Parade
Do you wonder what children who attend The James and Grace Lee Boggs School learn and want to share? Visit the 4th annual Boggs School parade where students celebrate their knowledge and visions for the future of Detroit. Our school community will be fired up as we take to the streets with outrageous costumes, cheers and chants, and powerful messages of hope and love. Parade observers will leave feeling confident that our future is in good hands and inspired by our young leaders.

Meet at the Campus Shuttle Stop located at Anthony Wayne and Kirby if you would like to attend this firld trip.

Presenters
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Marisol Teachworth

The James and Grace Lee Boggs School
Marisol is the Programming Director at The Boggs School. She coordinates all programming at the school, including the after-school program, Place-Based Education alignment with teachers, and special events. She offers expertise in youth development, grant writing, teaching, commu... Read More →




Thursday June 15, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

9:30am

Kreung Dinner Team Building & Learning: Chum Reap Sew
Chum reap sew means “welcome” in Khmer. This session will be an orientation and powerful team building space for people interested in being a part of the collective preparation of the Kreung AMC dinner. Participants will create maps of their food lives, share them with each other, and learn about the culinary and cultural journey that has brought Kreung into being. They will also learn the names and significance of the dishes that Chef Chinchakriya Un and her mother have chosen for the AMC feast so that the labor they do has purpose and meaning.

Presenters
CU

Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
McGregor: Room I

9:30am

AMC Work Room
We know that while you are here, your work doesn’t stop. Drop into this work room to check emails, have low-level conversations and keep up with your inbox through the weekend. (Please bring your own laptop or device.)

Thursday June 15, 2017 9:30am - Sunday June 18, 2017 4:45pm
Student Center: Room 358

9:30am

Breastfeeding/Changing Room
In addition to childcare, we are offering a quiet space where we invite parents who are breastfeeding, feeding or changing their small ones to have a room away from the activities of the conference.

Thursday June 15, 2017 9:30am - Sunday June 18, 2017 4:45pm
Student Center: Room 279

9:30am

Childcare
Childcare is provided for all children who attend the AMC. A parent or adult in care of a child can enroll any child for the duration of the conference. Childcare provides fun, creative and educational activities as well as healthy snacks twice daily. All parents or guardians bringing children must be fed meals by parents/guardians and all must complete an entrance form. Available: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Thursday June 15, 2017 9:30am - Sunday June 18, 2017 4:45pm
Student Center: Hilberry F

10:00am

Abundant Bodies Network Gathering
How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? The Abundant Bodies Network Gathering will challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, name fat phobia in our organizing and activism, and will create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this gathering on the voices of indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. Through workshops, skillshares and community building we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities, media and art that celebrates our bodies! This is an open network gathering. To propose a session, please submit this form.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Linda Dianne, Amanda Levitt, KC Slack, and Kytara Epps.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room C

10:00am

AMP Sponsored Projects Network Gathering
The Allied Media Projects Sponsored Projects program has grown to nearly seventy media, art, and technology projects located in Detroit and nationally. At AMC2017 we will bring the network of sponsored projects together to explore and share skills that will help AMP’s sponsored projects in realizing their missions. We will provide space for the projects to learn more about each other and identify possible ways they might collaborate. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of the people and projects that make up the Sponsored Projects program, skills and tools to support their projects, and a greater sense of community amongst the projects. This network gathering is for AMP sponsored projects. If you are a sponsored project, email toni@alliedmedia.org to learn how to register. Learn more about AMP’s sponsored projects program here.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Toni Moceri, Nandi Comer, and Sophia Softky.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Room 285

10:00am

Collective Knowledge Network Gathering
Organized by Detroit’s Seraphine Collective, the Collective Knowledge Network Gathering will focus on how women, femmes, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming artists organize to create visibility in music and art scenes dominated by patriarchal and institutionally racist cultural norms. The event will include a roundtable discussion, a demonstration on music technology from Third Wave Music, a DJ-ing workshop, a panel discussion and lecture. Participants will walk away with a repertoire of new ideas, hands-on experience with musical equipment and technology, and a database for music and art collectives to promote their work to new audiences online. This is an open network gathering but participants are required to fill out an application.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Tina Louise, Augusta Morrison, and Rachel Thompson.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room J

10:00am

Detroit/Puerto Rico Solidarity Exchange
What do communities in Detroit and Puerto Rico have in common, what can we learn from each other and how do we work together? At this Network Gathering, we will draw connections between the fight against the appointments of Emergency Managers and PROMESA Oversight Board and the creative interventions rooted in self-determination by grassroots communities in Michigan, Puerto Rico and in the Diaspora. Additionally, we will learn the ways in which the neoliberal attacks on Puerto Ricans and Detroiters have impacted our communities and the narratives (racialized, austerity, dependency, etc.) that are used to justify these attacks. We will also focus on building new narratives that tell a different story of the continued resistance, experimentation and grassroots projects that we believe present a real alternative to “rescue plans” pushed forward by politicians and Wall Street interests. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the on-the-ground organizing projects in Detroit, Puerto Rico, and in the PR Diaspora and new relationships between Detroit and Puerto Rican organizers. We hope you will join us to share, learn more about, and support our communities’ vibrant organizing projects. We will have opportunities to continue building relationships at the Allied Media Conference and beyond.

This network gathering is invite only.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Teresa Basilio, Sofía Gallisá, Adela Nieves, and Ariadna Godreau.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

10:00am

Families United 4 Justice Network Gathering
Families United 4 Justice is a growing frontline collective of families affected by police violence. Our network gathering is a call to all families affected by police violence and their trusted supporters to assemble, share skills, network and create a tangible and collective vision of justice and reparations. Families and supporters will participate in activities guided by a variety of activists, family advocates and veteran family member activists. We will cover themes such as strategizing for collective justice, organizing and archiving content of our individual narratives and cases, running effective social media campaigns, supporting other families in need, sourcing support from existing community structures, and integrating sustainable self-care routines. Participants will walk away with a larger network of families and supporters, concrete next steps for their individual situations and collective vision, constructive organizing toolkits and a deeper analysis of the anti-police brutality movement. This network gathering is open to individuals who have been directly impacted by police violence and their trusted supporters. Please submit an application here.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Vanissa W. Chan, Cynthia Howell, Allen Kwabena Frimpong, Jasmine Graves and Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
St. Andrew's Hall

10:00am

FemTechNet Network Gathering
FemTechNet is an activated network of hundreds of scholars, students, and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science, and feminism in a variety of fields including Science and Technology Studies, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies. In the FemTechNet (Feminist Technology) Network Gathering we will explore how technology perpetuates existing structural inequalities and what can we do to make technologies work for us and our diverse communities. We will create a collaborative space for revealing the power relations embedded in technology, such as racial bias in tech design, systemic threats to online safety, and gender imbalances. Our goal is to review existing materials from the FemTechNet archive of videos, syllabi, and/or assignment prompts in order to formulate continued organizing goals. Our hope at the AMC is to bring people into the FemTechNet network and springboard new projects and collaborations.

Participants will walk away with a bank of successful intersectional feminist project designs, alliances with people in different geographical and institutional contexts, and supportive relationships built from face-to-face collaborations. To apply to attend, please submit an application.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Ashley Walker, Veronica Paredes, Heide Solbrig, and Anne Cong-Huyen.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room B

10:00am

Good Food Good Jobs Network Gathering
Our network gathering will serve as a collaborative learning circle where we will collectively build intelligence and real-time, evidence-based perspectives on the future of work in our city. We aim to involve FoodLab member businesses who have a level of understanding of the troubling trend of rising wealth and income inequality in the United States and want to address this issue by focusing on the creation of higher quality jobs. At our network gathering you will hear from FoodLab member businesses who are providing quality jobs and you will learn how to begin undertaking practical efforts to foster the creation of quality jobs in your business, as well as how to measure results. Working together, we can create jobs that are good for workers, good for businesses, and good for communities, ultimately bringing us closer to a city that provides good food and good jobs for all. This network gathering is invite only.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Devita Davison, Angela Dagle, Ajara Alghali, and Jessica Webb.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cass Commons: Macalister Hall

10:00am

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change Network Gathering
Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change Network Gathering will bring together the Groundswell network for strategic planning. At this gathering, Groundswell leadership and active members will create a plan for the next three years, focusing on strengthening the network, developing resources and opportunities for oral history for movement building, and exploring the opportunities and challenges for our work in this political moment. Participants will leave with a better plan for network sustainability and vitality. This is a closed network gathering.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Amaka Okechukwu, Sarah Loose, and Alisa Del Tufo.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Room 020

10:00am

Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives Network Gathering
The InterGalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives is a network of groups providing childcare for social justice organizers as a way to support families, caregivers, and parents participating in movement and organizing work. We are holding space for childcare collective members (and prospective members) to share ideas, practices, resources, curriculum, and activities. We will work together to find solutions to shared challenges and anticipate ways our work might evolve in the next few years. We will strengthen our current network by making real-life connections (beyond our online listserv), getting to know each other on a personal level, eating together, and sharing stories of the past, present, and future. As a result of our network gathering, childcare collectives across our galaxy* will be stronger, more motivated, and connected to each other. This is a closed network gathering. *as of right now, our reach extends across North America, but we aspire to galactic connectivity!

Coordinators of this network gathering are Brit Campese, Sabine Bernards, Bhavana Nancherla, and Phuong Nguyen.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

10:00am

MAG-Net Network Gathering
The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) Membership Assembly will convene MAG-Net member organizations from across the country during the Allied Media Conference. During this network gathering we will develop new organizing skills, connect social justice issues with media justice strategies, and strengthen cross-sector relationships between network members. This network gathering is for MAG-Net member organizations only.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Angella Bellota, Eleonore Wesserle, and Oshen Turman.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

10:00am

No Perfect Victims Network Gathering
Between 1977 and 2007, the population of U.S women prisoners grew by 800% with an annual growth rate doubling that of men over many years. The vast majority of incarcerated and criminalized women (trans and non-trans) have previous histories of domestic and sexual abuse. This gathering will engage participants on how to pro-actively support and advocate for survivors who live at the intersection of gender violence and criminalization. We will highlight the experiences of grassroots organizations and defense committees in supporting those who don’t fall into the “perfect victim” narrative and we will share a new toolkit for those who want to do similar work. Participants will learn how to use digital organizing to raise awareness, funds and gain supporters for their campaigns. This network gathering is invite only.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Mariame Kaba, Stacy Suh, Tasasha Henderson, Ash Stephens, and Hyejin Shim.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room L/M

10:00am

RAD Care Beyond Social Justice Network Gathering
The RAD (Radical, Accessible & Decolonizing) Care Beyond Social Justice Network Gathering will center marginalized people who don’t usually see themselves represented in movement building. We will gather and share collective knowledge and teach one another how to truly be accomplices in the struggle for equity, freedom and rights. We will collectively envision new ideas of accessibility and wellness through self-determination and mutual care. We will practice challenging ableism, surviving trauma, internalizing self-care, and working at the roots of oppression through equitable, mutual community care. We will explore how communal and ancestral knowledge inform an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist approach to wellness. Active participation in the network gathering will include indigenous rite practice, dialogue about community care and envisioning of “Rad Care” beyond the AMC. This is an open network gathering, but we ask that participants submit an application here.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Smitty Buckler, Pita Venegas, and Sola Love.


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

10:00am

Radical Community Spaces Network Gathering
The Radical Community Spaces (Espacios Comunitarios Radicales) Network Gathering will engage grassroots groups operating community spaces to explore skills, structures and strategies for sustainability. This is an opportunity for a national network of radical community spaces to connect, build with, and learn from each other. This convening will allow participants the opportunity to explore possible structures and strategies for the sustainability of radical community spaces through a creatively facilitated and participatory agenda. Working from a collectively formed definition of “radical,” we will exchange insight and solution-oriented ideas that support this work in our communities. This is an open network gathering.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Ann-Meredith Wooton, Jayeesha Dutta, and Rei Lorin.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Room 025

10:00am

Reimagining Movement Resource Strategies Network Gathering
How can we more boldly and creatively fund and resource movements for the long haul? The Reimagining Movement Resource Strategies Network Gathering will examine new and emerging models for generating community resources, such as grassroots fundraising, giving circles, alternative economies, and resource mapping. Through multimedia storytelling, hands-on activities, participatory dialogue, and facilitated strategy sessions, participants will gain new frameworks, collaborators, models, and tools for generating community resources to bring back to local teams or networks.

Participants will also gain an understanding of their roles as “resource organizers” in their communities, joining a growing network of fundraisers, movement builders, organizers, and radical philanthropists who are committed to organizing resources (money, time, space, skills, equipment, etc.) for communities on the frontlines of struggles for justice and equity.

This network gathering is limited to 60 participants. To find out more and to learn how to register, e-mail resourcingmvmts@gmail.com or fill out our registration form.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Crystal Middlestadt, Kendra Hicks, and Tanya Mote.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

10:00am

Trans*Visible Network Gathering
How would the vision of justice be served by having more Transgender/GNC/Non-Binary workshop facilitators? Trans*Visible aims to increase visibility of Transgender/GNC/Non-Binary trainers offering political education, gender justice, and queer liberation trainings within social justice, education, media, arts, and social services. Through this visibility, Trans*Visible centers trans and nonbinary folks in social justice movements as critical to liberation.

Part networking event, skillshare, and strategy session, this space will introduce Transgender/GNC/Non-binary facilitators to technology, art, healing justice, and process-based modules that can be easily integrated into their trainings and workshops. Participants will connect with other Transgender/GNC/Non-Binary folx, co-create the Trans*Visible web-based platform, and participate in dialogue to unpack the ways Binarism impacts our movement spaces and organizing strategies. Trans*Visible prioritizes people of color for participation.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Eb. Brown, Hil Tackie, and Kieran Alessi.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

10:00am

What Feeds Us? Network Gathering
We believe that the act of preparing and sharing food is a critical part of building families and communities. This network gathering will bring together queer and transgender Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTBIPOC) interested in connecting over cultural memory, shared food experiences, and community-based meals. We will share snacks, stories, and memories, as well as collectively prepare a meal. We hope to spark discussions about the intersections of food justice and access, QTBIPOC identities, our cultural experiences, healing practices, racial justice, and disability justice. Throughout the day we will individually and collectively record our stories, reflections, and recipes in order to compile a zine. This is an open network gathering. To attend please submit an application.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Audrey Kuo, kumari giles, and Jeffer Giang.

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Baltimore Gallery 314 E Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

1:00pm

Kreung Earthworks Urban Farm Tour
This tour is helping create total awareness and appreciation of every step in the production of food that will be served and enjoyed at the Kreung AMC dinner. Usually, we do not know much about where our food comes from and who grew it but in this case, Earthworks has been growing vegetables specifically for Kreung and has been engaging the participants of their farm education program in this process. This tour provides an opportunity for AMC participants to learn from how Earthworks is building a just, beautiful food system through education, inspiration, and community development. As a working study in both social justice and in knowing the origins of the food we eat, Earthworks strives to restore our connection to the environment and community and the Kreung AMC dinner is a part of that.

To attend this session please meet at the Towers Shuttle Stop located at Anthony Wayne and Kirby at 12:45pm.

Presenters
CU

Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

3:30pm

Kreung Kitchen orientation & paste making
This hands on cooking session will orient participants to the kitchen so that they feel confident and comfortable cooking on a larger scale. They will learn what is involved in Kreung paste, the “mother paste” of Cambodian cuisine. They will learn from Chef Chinchakriya Un and her mother and aunt about the medicinal powers of the ingredients and how it’s integrated into almost all Cambodian dishes. They will prep ingredients, make the paste, and walk away with small containers to keep for themselves (or share with their people).

To attend this session please meet at the Towers Shuttle Stop located at Anthony Wayne and Kirby at 3:15 pm.

Presenters
CU

Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:30pm - 6:30pm
TBA

6:00pm

Welcome Plenary: Past, Present, Futurism
Food and refreshments available starting at 6:00pm. Plenary begins at 7:30pm.

For many places, including Detroit, the year 1967 has become a symbol of uprising and violence, of possibilities for transformation, but rarely of healing. In Detroit, the absence of healing, truth and reconciliation around the events of 1967 is a defining feature of our cultural and political landscape, constricting what we can become. Drawing on the wisdom of Detroit movement elder Shea Howell, sonic healer Sterling Toles, and time-traveler poet Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, this plenary will chart visions of a future that are grounded in the complexity of the present and the past.

Live performance by Bandelero and light refreshments will be offered. Directly following, be sure head over to the One Mile x AMC2017 after party hosted by the Detroit Culture Council. Shuttles will be offered from WSU campus and hotels to the plenary and after party.

Moderators
avatar for Tawana Petty

Tawana Petty

Founder, Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, visionary organizing and digital justice work. Petty is the author of Introducing Ho... Read More →

Presenters
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Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a time traveller and space cadet, somehow your cousin and a community cherished Black feminist scholar, author, artist and educator.  She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, a co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front... Read More →
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Shea Howell

Riverwise/Boggs Center
Shea Howell is a Detroit activist, writer and lecturer. She works with youth, artists and community-groups, emphasizing place based, visionary organizing. She explores issues of social difference and peace. For nearly two decades she wrote a weekly column for the Michigan Citiz... Read More →
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Sterling Toles

Sterling Toles is a sonic and visual artist who emerged from Detroit's hip hop scene. He attended the College for Creative Studies, where he received a BFA in Illustration. Seeing the creative process as the seed of collective healing, his personal creativity has led him to work... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

7:30pm

Seraphine Collective Presents the Collective Knowledge Showcase
Featuring performances by Pancho Villa (Detroit), Free Bleeders (Detroit), Friendship Commanders (Nashville), Deekah (Detroit), and Sacramento Knoxx (Detroit). $5 admission to support the Collective Knowledge Network Gathering at AMC2017.

Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Third Man Records 441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201

9:00pm

Welcome Party: Detroit Culture Council x One Mile
Hear about how cross-disciplinary creative communities are collaborating to re-establish a Culture and Arts Council in the city, meet the folks moving the work forward, and do it while partying with "the Mothership"! Featuring sounds by Jay Daniel and Spin INC., with an interactive fashion show by Detroit Clothing Circle.

Thursday June 15, 2017 9:00pm - Friday June 16, 2017 1:00am
ONE Mile 7615 Oakland St Detroit, MI 48211
 
Friday, June 16
 

9:00am

Stories Become Movements, Become Stories
A moment of uprising can become a story that lights up whole movements for social transformation; those movements in turn become stories passed across generations and continents, fueling the belief that reality is shapeable. A story from one place and time may be enough to lead one or two, or a million people to act in another place and time, sparking new uprisings, which in turn, become new stories. Rebecca Solnit describes this cyclical, yet unpredictable relationship between movements and stories as grounds for hope. She writes, “Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen. And in that spaciousness of uncertainty there is room to act.” This plenary will explore how stories became movements, then became stories in the context of Standing Rock, the Movement for Black Lives, the movement to end caste-based sexual violence in India, and why we need to save the Internet to keep our stories alive and circulating.

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Lee

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 cultivati... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Malkia Cyril

Malkia Cyril

Executive Director, Center for Media Justice
Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. For decades, Malkia has helped grassroots leaders fight for racial and economic justice in a digital age. Born of parents in the Black Pa... Read More →
avatar for Jenni Monet

Jenni Monet

Jenni Monet is an award-winning journalist reporting for the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera, High Country News and Yes! Magazine. She is executive producer and host of the podcast, Still Here and is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo or... Read More →
avatar for Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan aka @dalitdiva is a transmedia storyteller, technologist, and journalist who believes story is the most important unit of social change. Growing up as a Tamil Dalit, she was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. This led to her founding t... Read More →
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Paige Watkins

Paige Watkins is a genderqueer educator, organizer and student from Detroit. In 2015, they co-founded the Black Bottom Archives, a community-driven media platform dedicated to centering and amplifying the voices, experiences, and perspectives of Black Detroiters. They are a membe... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
DeRoy Auditorium

9:00am

AMC Exhibition Area
The AMC features an exhibition area showcasing an exciting collection of book and zine distributors, non-profit and activist organizations, technology presentations, and art, films, music, and crafts. Be sure to stop by for live screenprinting, new AMP merch and great vendors throughout the weekend.

Friday June 16, 2017 9:00am - Sunday June 18, 2017 5:00pm
Student Center Main Ballroom

9:30am

Deep Relaxation Room
Awesome as it is, the AMC can be overwhelming. You can go to the Deep Relaxation Room to chill out, take a nap, make some tea and recharge. Help maintain a safe and calming space for everyone to enjoy.

During lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, join us in the Deep Relaxation Room for some group healing activities and exercises.

Friday June 16, 2017 9:30am - 4:45pm
Student Center: Room 010

11:00am

'The Year We Thought About Love' Film Screening
What happens when LGBTQ youth of color dare to write a play about queer love? Watch "The Year We Thought About Love," a 68-minute award-winning film about Boston-based True Colors, the nations oldest LGBTQ youth theater troupe. Representatives from Gayrilla Theater Project: Riot Youth will share their work with experiential education and social action theater to make schools more inclusive. Participants will engage with Gayrilla and learn about facilitation skills using free resources from the film's website.

Presenters
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Suzie Staley

Neutral Zone
Suzie serves as the Program Director at the Neutral Zone. Prior, she was Senior Program Associate at the Weikart Center and Director of the Youth Mentorship Program at The Henry Ford, for fourteen years. Suzie is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

11:00am

A Rehearsal for the Revolution
These days require us to fight for our liberties and our humanity, but for many political actions may seem too frightening. This session will serve as a rehearsal space for people working in communities where political engagement is crucial, yet they may be too shy, timid, self-conscious or otherwise incapable of participation. Participants will leave with tools from Augusto Boal’s Arsenal of The Theatre of the Oppressed, designed to turn spectators into "spect-actors".

Presenters
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Reg Flowers

Alt Space
Since 2009 Reg has been a Theater of the Oppressed practitioner, working in collaboration with theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, Theater of the Oppressed New York, Julian Boal and other TO practitioners from around the world. Aside from his creative work as an artists and co-l... Read More →
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Ethan Kankula

Alt Space


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 020

11:00am

Activist Archiving 101
How do we document our work and ensure that future generations will have access to our ideas, materials, experiences and lessons? What models, tools and resources already exist that we can draw from? In this hands-on session, librarians and archivists will share basic techniques and concepts that will empower activists to be stewards of their own personal and/or organizational archives. Participants will come away from this session with tools and ideas about how they can archive the work they are doing.

Presenters
avatar for Sine Hwang Jensen

Sine Hwang Jensen

UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library
Sine is a librarian and archivist currently working at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library. She is passionate about intergenerational knowledge-sharing and bridging her love for libraries with her work in social justice.
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Claude Marks

The Freedom Archives
Claude Marks is a former anti-imperialist political prisoner and is the Director of The Freedom Archives, a political, cultural oral history project, restoration center, and media production facility in San Francisco. Under his direction, The Freedom Archives has released several... Read More →
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Nathaniel Moore

The Freedom Archives
Nathaniel Moore is an educator and archivist at the Freedom Archives. He is also active in social justice programming inside of San Quentin State Prison and working to uplift voices of resistance.


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

11:00am

Another World is Possible: Poetry as Speculative Activism
In the introduction to the anthology Octavia’s Brood, Walidah Imarisha writes: “Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in speculative fiction.” In this workshop, we will explore the connections between imagining and organizing, engage in writing activities designed to help us envision freedom, and examine poems that leverage the power of lyricism to point us toward the world(s) we are building.

Presenters
avatar for Franny Choi

Franny Choi

Dark Noise Collective
Franny Choi is the author of the collection Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Kundiman, and the Rhode Island State Coun... Read More →
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Danez Smith

Dark Noise Collective
Danez Smith is the author of Don't Call Us Dead (2017), [insert] Boy (2014), winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship Books, 2013). Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, The... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

11:00am

Building Consentful Technologies
How can we build a culture of consent in digital tools and spaces? Technologies available to organizers help us mobilize quickly and smartly, but don’t always embody our values. For one, our data is rarely collected, shared, and used in ways that prioritize consent. The developers of Ripple Map, a data visualization tool for organizers, will share their approaches to embedding consent into their project. We’ll apply these ideas to your projects and help you build consentful technologies.

Presenters
avatar for Una Lee

Una Lee

Creative Director, And Also Too, Design Justice Network
Una Lee is a graphic designer and collaborative design facilitator. Starting with the belief that those who stand to be most impacted by design must be centered in design processes, she works with and within communities on tools and campaigns for a more just and beautiful world... Read More →
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dann toliver

Dann enjoys building things, like programming languages, databases, distributed systems, communities of smart friendly humans, and pony castles with his two year old.


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

11:00am

Decolonize This! Reindigenizing Tech and Media
Join us to learn about digital storytelling and mapping from within Indigenous Nations. Participants will explore examples of Indigenized media and participate in a hands-on demonstration of mobile/map-based storytelling software tools, built in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and with an approach to dissemination. Dialogue will include sovereignty and visibility/invisibility in media, and how interactive and independent media function to provide agency within Indigenous communities.

Presenters
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Emily Jacobi

Digital Democracy
Emily Jacobi is Founder/Executive Director of Digital Democracy, whose mission is to empower marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights. Since beginning her career as a youth journalist, Emily has worked to leverage media & technology to connect people acro... Read More →
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Ryan McMahon

The Makoons Media Group
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Ryan McMahon is the founder/owner of the Makoons Media Group which is an emerging, independent, Indigenous new media company committed to Indigenous... Read More →
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Leena Minifie

seiche.works + ricochet.media
Leena Minifie is Tsimshian (First Nations) artist, writer, curator & media producer. She has relocated from Vancouver to Minneapolis to join the Seiche consulting team. Leena graduated in New Media and ILS from I.A.I.A in New Mexico. She’s worked as journalist for independent I... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 101

11:00am

Detroit Comix Party: Something from Nothing
Comix is the most direct route to self-expression. We want to celebrate the incredible potential of wild, intimate, and spectacularly bizarre work that self-publishing can quickly fertilize and spread. We will inspect examples of pure and direct human expression through comix and zines, discuss the decreasing cost of production, and then create our own comix to take home and copy into infinity.

Presenters
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Kevin Eckert

Detroit Comix Party
Kevin Eckert is a multimedia artist known for his illustration, design, and video work in the Metro Detroit area. As an award-winning instructor, he has taught animation and video production classes at Living Arts, Community Media Network Television, and the Contemporary Art Inst... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 137

11:00am

Facebook Warfare: Sharing Stories, Staying Safe
In this session, we will talk about how doxing and threats to physical safety, as well as other forms of harassment and surveillance, are being leveraged by the “alt-right” and the government. We'll use this background, which will include case studies from the U.S. and Brazil, to brainstorm community security practices, both digital and physical. Participants will leave with a knowledge of these tactics and ways to make their own community safer.

Presenters
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Dia Kayyali

WITNESS
Dia Kayyali coordinates WITNESS’ tech + advocacy work, engaging with technology companies and working on tools and policies that help human rights advocates safely, securely and ethically document human rights abuses and expose them to the world.


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

11:00am

Get Over Your Fear of Asking
Developing an individual donor program is one of the most effective ways to sustain an organization, but we often avoid it because we are afraid to ask for money. In this workshop we will address our most common sources of fear, and then craft and practice the ask. Participants will leave with techniques and training tools to address fear, a structure for understanding grassroots fundraising and tools for crafting an effective ask.

Presenters
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Joy Messinger

Program Officer, Third Wave Fund
Joy Messinger is Program Officer at Third Wave Fund, where she manages grantmaking and capacity building. She has more than a decade of experience with repro justice, health, education, grantmaking, and social service groups in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, staying committed... Read More →
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Crystal Middlestadt

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training
Crystal joined the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) in 2015 as the resource development director. She has more than 10 years experience with grassroots fundraising, gender justice and anti-violence organizing. Her curiosity in how funding influences organizati... Read More →
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Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote has been with Su Teatro since 1997. She has served as a board member for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and the National Performance Network and is a track coordinator for the Allied Media Conference (Resourcing and Sustaining Our Movements... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

11:00am

How to Set-Up and Livestream an Event
Have you ever wanted to start your own internet radio stream? Or live stream a community forum, rally, or event without going through Facebook Live? Come learn the basics of setting up a live stream and streaming an event with some of the organizers from WNUC, Detroit's new low power FM radio station. Participants will get hands on experience in setting up the live stream for AMC's morning plenaries and will leave with the tools to live stream events in your own communities. Come help amplify the plenaries so that your communities and collaborators can tune in from around the world (or from their hotel room as they get ready for afternoon AMC sessions). 

Presenters
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Julie Censullo

WNUC-LP, Frogtown Community Radio
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David Klann

(WNUC-LP)
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Sabrina Roach

Brown Paper Tickets
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Ayana Rubio

(WNUC-LP)


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

11:00am

Mamas and Grandmas for the Revolution
Becoming a mama shakes us to the core, brings up old and new wounds, as well as new capacities to address them. Can we accept all that motherhood and grandmotherhood bring, heal ourselves, and raise children who are brave, creative, compassionate, and ready to address the crucial issues of the 21st century? Mamas and grandmas, let’s embrace the contradictions of mothering, and share specific practices for self-healing and raising 21st century revolutionaries.

Presenters
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Myrtle Curtis

Feedom Freedom Growers
Mama Myrtle Curtis grows food, nurtures generations, and serves as a community anchor on the far east side of Detroit.
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Atieno Nyar Kasagam

Detroit Urban Farmers Network, Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit Narrative Agency
Atieno currently sits on the Detroit Food Policy Council and is a co-ordinator of the Detroit Urban Farmers Network. She is also an urban farmer in Detroit and a Sangoma who leverages writing, music, photography and film to examine social/political issues, to tell stories, and to... Read More →
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Adela Nieves

Homemade Healing
Adela Nieves is a new mama who needs more sleep. She is also a | Traditional Health and Healing Arts Practitioner, who is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots. Adela supports people in their journeys to tell their own story and define health... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 135

11:00am

Oral History 101 for Organizers
This workshop aims to introduce community organizers to oral history methods. We will explore formal oral history methods, how to conduct oral history interviews, and examine what oral history has to offer to social movements and community organizers. Throughout, we will consider how to incorporate anti-oppression principles into activist oral history projects.

Presenters
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Amaka Okechukwu

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change
Amaka Okechukwu is a scholar-activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her scholarly and teaching interests include social movements, Black politics, intersectionality, and public humanities. She has engaged in community-based work with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Brooklyn Movement Cent... Read More →
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Amy Starecheski

Columbia University Oral History MA Program
Amy Starecheski, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist and oral historian who co-directs the Oral History MA Program at Columbia University. She is a member of the Core Working Group for Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change. In 2016 she was awarded the Sapiens-Allegra “Will... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

11:00am

Personal Digital Safety: Where Do I Start?
Are you thinking about your own digital safety and security but confused about where to start? Join us in exploring the fundamentals of building your own personal security framework. We will map out the different ways we use our phone, email, online and mobile accounts, and learn to identify risks and threats. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of their personal security and safety priorities and actionable steps to implement right away.

Presenters
avatar for Tania Lee

Tania Lee

Tania Lee gets excited about communities coming together to create change. She has worked in tech for social impact and believes that underrepresented communities should be at the helm of building the services, technology, and cultures that will lead us to liberation. Most recent... Read More →
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Slammer Musuta

Before she started working in the fields of web development & digital security, Slammer dedicated 10 years to community development work in Washington, DC thru media justice organizing, event production, community research, & radio production. She is an active part of DC’s nigh... Read More →



Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

11:00am

Street Therapy: Emotional Safety for Resistance
How can we show up for ourselves and each other while showing up for movements? Our workshop will explore practical ways to stay grounded and impactful while rising up against increased fascism and militarized policing. We will learn about caregiving for ourselves and others in public spaces, especially within political actions. This hands-on workshop will use Icarus resources, group exercises, and role playing activities to help activists engage healing justice in resistance.

Presenters
avatar for Agustina Vidal

Agustina Vidal

The Icarus Project
Agustina Vidal is a versatile thinker & organizer who thrives at the intersection of theory & action. Originally from Argentina, Agustina was five when democracy returned & grew up active in the human rights work that flourished there after dictatorship’s end. She’s been part... Read More →
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Natalie Yoon

The Icarus Project
Natalie Yoon is an organizer coming out of the student labor movement. While working as an organizer with different labor and student organizations, Natalie found herself struggling with severe anxiety and depression and recognized that this is a common struggle for movement lead... Read More →



Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 116

11:00am

Sustainable Building Solutions for Climate Change
Sustainable building methods could pave the way for us to live more intentionally in accordance with the planet. We will learn about these methods by examining the Earthship building techniques utilized in the Sa-K-La-K-Wel Community Center in Haiti. Join us as we explore how these methods can be tailored to your community, providing living solutions by building sustainably. Participants will walk away with understanding how these methods can be applied to their communities and the opportunity to get more hands on should their curiosity lead them.

Presenters
avatar for Oja (o-jah)

Oja (o-jah)

Organizer & Producer, ACD Media
Oja has been traveling back and forth to Haiti since 2010. In 2013 he attended the Earthship Academy and learned how to build fully-sustainable off-grid structures. The structures solve many climate issues offering water catchment methods, alternative energy sources, and indoor a... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

11:00am

Wonderful Welcome Games
Many of us will be spending the next three days together! Let’s play games that help us learn about each other and decide how to share our space. We will craft group agreements and prepare for all the fun workshops taking place over the weekend. You will be sure to laugh a lot and feel ready for a wonderful time of making media.

Presenters
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Robin Markle

Philly Childcare Collective
Robin Markle is an artist, organizer and revolutionary witch practicing their crafts in West Philadelphia. They are a coordinator of the Philly Childcare Collective, a member of Decarcerate PA, and an instigator in their housing co-op, the Life Center Association. When they're no... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

11:00am

Creating Nuanced Stories of Communities of Color
The Sons & Brothers’ portrait series features original art by young artists of color and aims to honor change makers who fight against injustice. Participants will learn about the use of visual art as a tool for accessible storytelling and will leave with tools to share the nuanced stories of communities of color and uplift the work of community members.

Presenters
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Nahid Ebrahimi

SOZE/Sons and Brothers
Nahid Ebrahimi was born and raised in Oakland, CA and is the daughter of an Iranian immigrant and a Black American from Louisiana. She has been committed to social justice and elevating youth power since her work as a youth organizer began at the early age of 13. Through her work... Read More →
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Ozi Uduma

SOZE / Sons and Brothers
Determined. Day-dreamer. Focused | Ozi Uduma was born and raised in Detroit, by way of Nigerian parentage. Ozi is a former Health Equity Fellow with The California Endowment and the Greenlining Institute, where she focused on trauma informed practices and the ways in which trau... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 129

11:00am

Detroit Through the Eyes of James and Grace Lee Boggs
How does the radical legacy of James and Grace Lee Boggs speak to our struggles to transform ourselves and society? We will explore how James and Grace Lee Boggs analyzed capitalism and white supremacy, while they made Detroit the center of revolutionary organizing from the eras of civil rights and Black Power to neoliberalism and emergency management. Participants will come away with new insights from Detroit's ongoing movement history and the Boggs's philosophical activism.

Presenters
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Scott Kurashige

Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Scott Kurashige is the author of THE FIFTY-YEAR REBELLION: HOW THE U.S. POLITICAL CRISIS BEGAN IN DETROIT and co-author with Grace Lee Boggs of THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION: SUSTAINABLE ACTIVISM FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. He teaches social justice and ethnic studies at the Uni... Read More →
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Stephen Ward

Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Stephen Ward is the author of IN LOVE AND STRUGGLE: THE REVOLUTIONARY LIVES OF JAMES AND GRACE LEE BOGGS and editor of PAGES FROM A BLACK RADICAL’S NOTEBOOK: A JAMES BOGGS READER. He teaches African American history and urban community studies at the University of Michigan.


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

11:00am

Humanizing Schooling in Detroit
Learn how People in Education (PIE) is humanizing schooling in Detroit. Educators, students, and media artists from PIE 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 within schools. Participants will leave with practices and resources for thinking about community issues in their classrooms.

Presenters
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Issra Killawi

People in Education
Issra is a fashion design major at Wayne State University and the "Youth Director" at "MAS youth Detroit". Issra is also apart of the founding fellow of Detroit Hearts and Minds,a youth development program that provides the fellows with both the skills and resources they need to... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

11:00am

Podcasts for Re-Centering Narratives
How do you use digital tools to re-center narratives about your community towards resistance? Podcasts are the latest storytelling tool used to shift hearts and minds. It is imperative that communities of color use counter-narratives to not only build personal identity power, but also shift the narratives of mainstream media. This panel will walk through steps on how to create digital storytelling podcasts as an artistic tool of resistance.

Presenters
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Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed

18MillionRising
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising. In 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

11:00am

Publishing for the People: Books as Lovework
Printed words connect us like stories in a patchwork quilt or the roots of the forest. Do you want to create a chapbook, zine, anthology of stories, book, or novel for the first time? Come gather concrete tips – from conception to marketing and self publishing, to book deals and beyond – with published authors ready to cheer you on and share tips for how to take care of yourself on the journey. All experience levels and backgrounds are welcome – you can do it!

Presenters
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Lisa Factora-Borchers

Bitch Media
Lisa Factora-Borchers is a Filipina American writer, poet, Editorial Director at Bitch Media and editor of Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014).
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Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker and a black feminist love evangelist based in Durham, NC. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines and poet in residence at Make/Shift Magaz... Read More →
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China Martens

PM PRESS
China Martens is a Baltimore writer and a zinestress extraordinaire. She is the author/co-editor of three books. Her first book, "The Future Generation", is a compilation of 16 years of her first zine. She is also the co-editor of "Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways T... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

11:00am

Starting an Ancestor Practice
We are the sum total of all the hopes and dreams of our ancestors – when we viscerally feel this connection we can live and tell our own stories. In this workshop we will learn how to create an ancestral shrine, cultivate intimacy with our ancestors whether we know them or not, deal with problematic ancestors, and engage the power of our ancestors to help us manifest our vision and remind us of who we are.

Presenters
avatar for Langston Kahn

Langston Kahn

Occupy Your Heart
Langston Kahn is a black queer Brooklyn based shamanic practitioner specializing in healing trauma and radical transformation. He stands firmly at the crossroads, his practice informed by the somatic modality of Inner Relationship Focusing, initiations into traditions of the Afri... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 111

11:00am

The Art of Detroit's Resistance
The Detroit ‘revitalization’ narrative dominates headlines while our communities continue to resist water shut-offs, foreclosures, environmental racism and school closings. A panel of artist-organizers will share their contributions to justice movements in Detroit in the efforts to cultivate actual vitality that is sustainable and rooted in humanity. By exchanging strategies of creative resistance we will grow our imaginations as we continue to resist and reimagine our future!

Presenters
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Antonio Cosme

Raiz Up
Antonio is a artist, farmer and organizer from SW Detroit. His work centers around environmental justice and decolonization.
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Wayne Curtis

Feedom Freedom
Wayne Curtis is a artist, farmer and revolutionary. With roots in the Black Panther Party, Baba Wayne has a long legacy of justice work and caring for his community.
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Bryce Detroit

As a co-founder of ONE MILE project, Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, and founder of Detroit Recordings Company, he uses entertainment arts and community cultural legacies to promote new Afrikan and Indigenous narratives, cultural literacies, and new cooperative music economies... Read More →
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Ingrid LaFleur

Ingrid LaFleur is a cultural producer, arts advocate, curatorial director of House Opera l Opera House, and founder of AFROTOPIA. LaFleur has developed and organized art exhibitions both nationally and internationally with a curatorial focus on Afrofuturism. As guest curator at... Read More →
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Stephanie Mae

Art as Resistance track
Stephanie is a visual artist, educator and curator that believes art is an essential tool of resistance and resilience.
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Michelle Martinez

Michelle is a Latinx Mestiza mama from SW Detroit. Over the last decade she's struggled too grow the Environmental Justice Movement in post-industrial Detroit through creativity and collectivity across identity for all our relations.
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Shanna Merola

National Lawyers Guild
Shanna is artist, activist legal worker, and documentary photographer. She uses her photography to capture civil rights abuses and the resulting creative resistance in Detroit and across the country.


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

11:00am

Fact Checking Fake vs. Real News
Librarian Edna Ewell and tech activist Kendra Moyer will discuss fact checking using the CRAAP system of web research. The CRAAP method tests sources on the web for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose in verifying journalists' sources. We’ll also explore tools that support journalists like PGP encryption, EFF's Surveillance Self Defense, the Guardian Project, and Secure Drop for protecting vulnerable sources.

Presenters
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Edna Ewell

Inner City Voice
Edna Ewell is an Oxford Fellow and Wayne State University Library Science alumni. She is a Professor Emerita and librarian retired from Eastern Michigan University. She has been a revolutionary labor activist in the Detroit area for over 50 years and continues in The Struggle wit... Read More →
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Kendra Moyer

May First People Link, The Tehuti Technology Project
Kendra Moyer is a tech activist sharing knowledge with under served communities. She is a mentor in the Outreachy Program and MLIS candidate at Wayne State. She is also active in tech support with May First People Link and an editor of The Inner City Voice.


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

11:00am

Kreung Cooking: Cambodian Pickles Part 1
The Khmer Rouge genocide not only erased millions of lives, it aimed to eradicate culture, leaving a massive rift between young and old Cambodians. This workshop will engage participants in cooking traditional foods within an intergenerational dialogue about trauma and healing. Chef Chinchakriya, her mother, and aunt will teach Cambodian pickle making and share the cultural significance and history of the foods being prepared. Participants will be assisting in the preparation of the Kreung AMC dinner and will take home their own pickles!

Presenters
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Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

11:00am

Design Justice Exhibition
What do design practices rooted in community collaboration and committed to social justice look like? This exhibit features text and images that tell stories of designers working as creative facilitators and embracing new, just, approaches to design. During this interactive session, we will engage the audience in a discussion and a presentation of our findings. The exhibit will be on display throughout the conference.

Presenters
avatar for Taylor Stewart

Taylor Stewart

Design Justice Network
Taylor Stewart is a graphic artist currently residing in Metro Detroit. As a | creative, Stewart seeks to find and guide others into sustainable understandings of self. Using creative expression as a tool of research, she continues to analysis, critique and educate on the comple... Read More →
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Wes Taylor

Design Justice Network
Wes is a Detroit based graphic designer, fine artist, musician, and curator. His collective, Complex Movements, creates immersive interactive performances deeply rooted in social justice and movement building. He is co-founder of Emergence Media. He is co-founder of Talking Dolls... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - Sunday June 18, 2017 3:00pm
McGregor: Room B/C

11:00am

Black Unicorn Pop-Up Library
The Radical, Libraries, Archives and Museums track (RadLAM) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in the Black Unicorn Pop-Up Library. RadLAM will coordinate programs highlighting the history of resistance and social justice in Detroit. The pop-up library will serve as a space for collecting oral histories, editing Wikipedia pages, and brainstorming strategies for the current resistance movement.

Presenters
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Bekezela Mguni

Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project Founder, and Radical Libraries, Archives and Museums track co-coordinator
Bekezela Mguni is a radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and participated in the first Librarians & Archivists to Palestine delegation in June 2013. She works as the Youth Services Librarian at Sto-Rox... Read More →
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Celeste Â-Re

Radical Libraries, Archives & Museums Coordinator
Celeste Â-Re is a co-coordinator of the Radical Libraries, Archives and Museums (RadLAM) track. Â-Re seeks to understand how culture, heritage, and information workers use community informatics to bridge solidarity and support social justice work. They are a library technician... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - Sunday June 18, 2017 3:00pm
McGregor: Room D

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Friday June 16, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Alternative Teaching Practice: FemTechNet
FemTechNet creates feminist strategies for alternative learning across digital networks. We will share strategies for teaching gender and technology while building an inclusive feminist community for scholars, artists and activist educators. Participants will be introduced to FemTechNet’s collaborative pedagogy, including ‘feminist mapping’, and 'alternative character design' workshops. Participants will learn to re-shape teaching, learning, and knowledge production and will be invited to join the FTN network!

Presenters
avatar for Ivette Bayo-Urban

Ivette Bayo-Urban

As an educator-scholar and doctoral candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School, I study people and their relationships with technology. I am interested in how the social systems and technical systems operate in our daily lives, I recognize that technology is... Read More →
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Marla Jaksch

Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey
Dr. Marla Jaksch is an associate professor in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, with affiliate appointments in the African American Studies Department and the International Studies Program's Africa concentration at The College of New Jersey. Her research inte... Read More →
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Heide Solbrig

Heide Solbrig
Heide Solbrig, (MFA, Ph.D) is a media artist & scholar, filmmaker, and illustrator, and runs the Boston Comics Workspace in Somerville, Mass. She writes independent and experimental comics, makes films and collaborates on public media projects. She is the DOCC (Distributed Online... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 127

12:45pm

Black Touch: A Somatic Healing Space
Black people need the medicine of our bodies. In a society that demonizes and hypersexualizes black bodies touching, we create a container for liberatory physical dialogue to bring connection, unity, and transformation. Participants will explore somatic techniques rooted in compassion and shared presence, releasing tension and recalling our innate worth and value as beings. Together we share the wisdom of our bodies to organize and heal, to affirm that we are not alone.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Davis Johnson

Angela Davis Johnson

Collective Member, The Hollerin Space
Angela Davis Johnson comes from generations of healers and creators. Informed by their wisdom, she creates paintings, installations, and performances to examine and archive the technologies of black folks. Merging art into a contemplative practice she embodies Live Dreaming - a p... Read More →
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nyx zierhut

nyx zierhut is a multiracial black genderqueer performance artist, choreographer, dancer, and poet. a creator of visceral aesthetic and political interventions, their praxis and survival are nourished by ritual, somatic healing, and contemplative movement traditions. nyx cultivat... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
McGregor: Room L/M

12:45pm

Creating All-Black Spaces
We will discuss the challenges and benefits to creating, maintaining and attending all-Black spaces. A conversation about all-Black spaces necessitates a conversation about what "Black" is and if it is necessary. Participants will leave with a wider and deeper understanding of the myriad experiences that fall under the "Black experience", a list of best practices for creating all-Black spaces and the outline of a collective statement.

Presenters
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Kandace Montgomery

Kandace Montgomery (She/They) is a Black queer, feminist, organizer and strategist, living out the legacy of her ancestors. She is a steering committee member for the BLM Minneapolis chapter and staff organizer with the BLM Network. Kandace graduated from the UMASS Amherst with a... Read More →
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Miski Noor

Miski Noor (They) is an organizer and writer based in Minneapolis, MN where they work as a Communications Strategist for the Black Lives Matter Global Network & a leader with the local BLM-Minneapolis chapter. They are a graduate of the University of MN where they studied Politic... Read More →
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Brianna Wilson

unaffiliated
Brianna/brilyahnt (They/she) is an artist, youth worker, organizer and former radio host from Minneapolis, MN with a vested interest in history, media and documentation as a form of resistance. They are co-founder and former member of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and creator of... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 117

12:45pm

Community Care Lunch Meet-Up
Join us for a community style care meet-up. We will offer ear (NADA) acupuncture, Reiki and bodywork. The meet-up will be first come, first served – no sign-up necessary. The space is welcoming of all bodies, identities, abilities, and backgrounds.

Presenters
avatar for Chiara Galimberti

Chiara Galimberti

W.I.T.C.H Chicago
Chiara Galimberti a visual artist, organizer, solo mama, and healer-in-training. She is currently pursuing a Master in Acupuncture. She is committed to making healthcare accessible and in building collaborative healing spaces. Her clinical focus is on mental health and trauma. Sh... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Room 020

12:45pm

Detroit UNESCO City of Design conversation
Join us for lunch as we answer all your questions about Detroit's UNESCO City of Design designation, including:

-What is UNESCO?
-How and why did Detroit join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network?
-What makes Detroit a city of design?
-What has happened as a result of the designation?
-What are the future plans for the designation?
-Who does this designation impact?
-How can I get involved?

And anything else you're curious about! We'll do our best to answer your questions and look forward to hearing your ideas.

Presenters
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Ellie Schneider

Detroit Creative Corridor Center
Ellie Schneider is a Detroiter, Lawyer, and Director of Advocacy and Operations at Detroit Creative Corridor Center. Ellie represents Detroit in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 118

12:45pm

Developing Resilient Data Infrastructures
How do you maintain access to important public data amidst political instability and risk? While Trump's election motivated rapid data preservation efforts, we are faced with long-standing data infrastructure vulnerability. Starting with DataRescue's paths--technical preservation, community organizing, and storytelling--we will collaboratively strategize how to strengthen networks addressing this problem and envision a more resilient infrastructure for data vital to community-based activism.

This is a brown bag meetup so feel free to bring your lunch! 

Presenters
avatar for Justin Schell

Justin Schell

University of Michigan Library - Shapiro Design Lab
Justin Schell is the Director of the Shapiro Design Lab, a peer learning and project design community at the University of Michigan Library. Passionate about all things community and citizen science, he has helped organize Data Rescue events across the country. He is also the fou... Read More →
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Dawn Walker

Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)
Dawn Walker facilitates community management for EDGI, co-organizers for Toronto Mesh, and is a PhD student at the Faculty of Information. Passionate about building capacity within communities, her research focuses on participation in civic technology and design practices. Her pr... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 131

12:45pm

Healers Rise Up
Let's awaken, nurture, and support the healer, artist, and freedom fighter in each of us. With our ancestors’ guidance and collective wisdom, we will connect with our healing justice magic by strengthening, mirroring, and learning from each other's practices in community. We hope to reclaim and build a necessary healing culture in our movements.


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 111

12:45pm

Lunch Love: Parents & Child Caregivers
How do we raise children to be the architects of a new world while we're still in this one? This space is for parents and caregivers of children to share experiences and ideas about child rearing in topic-based, small group discussions. Participants will leave feeling validated, challenged and supported by a new network of friends. Vegan lunch with gluten-free options provided as well as lunchtime childcare. Weather permitting, we will meet on the lawn outside the North entrance to McGregor.

Presenters
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Robin Markle

Philly Childcare Collective
Robin Markle is an artist, organizer and revolutionary witch practicing their crafts in West Philadelphia. They are a coordinator of the Philly Childcare Collective, a member of Decarcerate PA, and an instigator in their housing co-op, the Life Center Association. When they're no... Read More →
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Phuong Nguyen

M.A.R.CH. (Memphis Advocates for Radical Childcare)
Phuong is mama to Nathily, a 3 year-old who loves fixing things and the color green. Thily has transformed Phuong's world in beautiful & challenging ways, and sparked her learning of radical childcare and revolutionary mothering. The creation of M.A.R.CH. is one example of a Thil... Read More →
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Jayanni Webster

M.A.R.CH. (Memphis Advocates for Radical Childcare)
A native of the South, Jayanni finds her roots and makes home in Memphis, TN. She currently works as the West Tennessee organizer for United Campus Workers -- TN's higher education union. Her praxis pulls from the traditions of intersectionalism, Black feminism and popular educat... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

12:45pm

Making Abolitionist Media
What kind of media work will it take to imagine how we may abolish prisons and police? This lunch session will introduce abolitionist media-making and explore different tech tools and strategies for working at the intersection of media-based organizing and resistance to criminalization, imprisonment, and deportation. We'll exchange tactics for demystifying the root problems abolition seeks to address, and facilitative leadership methods to advance the needs of communities, families, and individuals most violently impacted by the carceral state (that is prisons, police, borders, and surveillance). Let's expand our ability to struggle against the ways in which these forces impact our daily lives and create spaces where we can both imagine and remake our world anew. Homemade lunch will be provided at 12:45.

Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

12:45pm

Pulling Strings at ArtPrize 2017
Do you want to help organize a large-scale creative and political spectacle at ArtPrize 2017, in protest of DeVos family policies? (ArtPrize is funded partially with DeVos family money.) We will discuss how to leverage ArtPrize’s media assets to showcase artistic opposition in all of its various forms. Participants will come up with a master plan to use ArtPrize as a magnet and launchpad attracting artists worldwide for three weeks of creative public political discourse through the arts.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker

YES (YpsilantiExperimentalSpace)
Prior to teaching art in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan teaching Mark was the Art Director for the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade and worked as a free-lance scenic designer and painter. Mark is the founder of two annual public art events called FestiF... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 115

12:45pm

Sarma: Diaspora of the Caucasus and Middle East
This is a placemaking lunch session for people of the caucasus and middle east, and their friends. Our aim is to break sociopolitical barriers through storytelling, familial cuisine and new friendships. Vegetarian sarma will be provided. (radical kitchen space)

Presenters
avatar for Julién Godman

Julién Godman

Founder, Tonic & Juice
Julién Godman is an Armenian-American born in Detroit and raised on the road - following his mother's scholastic and nomadic journey. Since 2007, Julien has been actively involved in Detroit's social, civic, culinary and artistic communities. Today, he is a food and culture blog... Read More →
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Mary Isaac

Porch Cat & Son
Mary Isaac was born in Flint but spent the last decade migrating around Michigan. Finally settling in Hamtramck, she found a unique cultural niche that reminds her of home. Mary grew up in an Assyrian-American household with family largely hailing from northern Iran. She is deepl... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 114

12:45pm

Technology for Social Justice: Field Scan Workshop
There’s a lot of feel-good talk about technology and social change, but what does it look like to really use technology as a tool for liberation? In this session, the Open Technology Institute and Research Action Design will share preliminary findings from the Technology for Social Justice field scan and conduct a focus group with participants. You will leave with a better understanding of work at the intersection of technology and social change, and help shape the future of this growing field.

Presenters
avatar for Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They’re a scholar, activist, and media-maker who works with networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is... Read More →
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Berhan Gameda

Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow
Berhan is a social justice activist/organizer, a peace studies practitioner, and an avid advocate for open data and the open web. Berhan's research focuses on the digital gender divide and the role of technology in social justice.  She is currently a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fello... Read More →
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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 an independent video artist and activist who is passionate about storytelling as a means to draw connections. Their video art is built by, abou... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 116

12:45pm

Dreaming from the Archive
Join us to envision a public access archive facilitated by Democracy Now! interns. The workshop will establish a conversation between the archive and media makers in order to create a project that reflects the needs of the community and provides concrete examples of how the archive can be used as an actionable tool. The workshop aims to provide answers to the following questions: What content? What format? What perspectives are underrepresented in archive-based media projects?

Presenters
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Sammy Didonato

Democracy Now!
Sammy Didonato is a young, but long time organizer and media maker from Baltimore City. He is part of a collective that organized jail support during the Uprising in Baltimore and which continues to provide support for people incarcerated in the city jail. He also has spent time... Read More →
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Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez

Democracy Now!
Cristina Fontánez holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Her Interests include community and digital archives, oral history and, the role of social justice in archival science. She is currently an archives intern at Democracy Now! and a fellow at the Barnard... Read More →
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Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones

Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones an Intern in Democracy Now!'s Education Department and Co-Founder of Women of Color in Solidarity. As a community educator, her focus is centered on disrupting colonial legacies of education within teaching curriculum and practices, specifically in communit... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 123

12:45pm

Pro Heaux: Sex Positivity From the Ground Up
Sex positivity is becoming mainstream, but how do we practice self-care to stay safe during our heaux escapades? This workshop seeks to tap the unstoppable wisdom of heauxs across age/gender/ability/body size/class/race/sexuality, while acknowledging how systemic power and social constructs inform how different heauxs are perceived. We will generate a master list of self-care mindsets and practices that participants can use and share with their communities. Get into it!

Presenters
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Alexsarah "Golden" Collier

Womanist Trililance/Double Union
Alexsarah "Golden" Collier is a creative, activist, musician, and writer from the deep, black, magical south. Executive Directior of Double Union, the nation's largest Feminist Maker Space. Creator of womanist trilliance on soundcloud, and combahee radio. Teaching member of Girl... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 113

1:00pm

Kreung Cooking: Cambodian Pickles Part 2
The Khmer Rouge genocide not only erased millions of lives, it aimed to eradicate culture, leaving a massive rift between young and old Cambodians. This workshop will engage participants in cooking traditional foods within an intergenerational dialogue about trauma and healing. Chef Chinchakriya, her mother, and aunt will teach Cambodian pickle making and share the cultural significance and history of the foods being prepared. Participants will be assisting in the preparation of the Kreung AMC dinner and will take home their own pickles!

Presenters
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Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

2:00pm

The Remedy - Afrosonic Liberation Sessions
How does sound and vibration work as an integral modality for self care and healing? The Remedy is an interactive sound session that creates an hour long audio recording using both professional equipment and the smart phones of participants. We utilize the participants voices to create and record stereophonic Om’s, chants and affirmations.The intended outcome will be a meditation and affirmation track available for individual use as a precise strategy for healing.


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

2:00pm

Police Brutality Across Borders: FTP and the Missing 43
What is the experience of police violence across borders? Join us as we screen Until We Find You, a documentary on the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students by the Mexican police and the Forced Trajectory Project, a documentary project showcasing the narratives of families affected by U.S. police violence. We will partake in a panel featuring the filmmakers Emily Pederson and Vanissa W. Chan. The panel will juxtapose the projects and provide analysis for state violence domestically and abroad.

Presenters
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Emily Pederson

Independent
Emily Pederson is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. She has spent most of the last four years in Mexico, chronicling social movements and the impact of the Drug War on Mexican society. She has a degree in Photography and Human Rights from New York University. Her work has... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

2:00pm

QTIPOC are Living Mythologies
QTIPOC are living mythologies, shifting the narratives and paradigms of our current world into a new one. Through the performances of four femmes of color – Chella Coleman, Edxie Betts, Reyna Ripper, and Jose Richard – strung together by the musical narration of Shruti Purkayastha, "Living Mythologies" creates layered truths for other Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Color, allowing us to access intuition and imagination for a new paradigm.

Presenters
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Jose Richard Aviles

Jose Richard Aviles is a student at USC's School of Social Work. As a social work student, their focus is around dance therapy and working with LGBT queer youth communities. They have performed at University of Southern California, St Olaf College, University of Redlands, REDCAT... Read More →
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Edxie Betts

Edxie Betts is a liberation artist, Afr@PilipinxSiksika, 2 Spirited Black Heyóka Engkantada. They hope to challenge the hubris of huMANities normalcy, Authority and static ways of being. Through threatening thunderous tongue in critique and pain-filled laughter, they aim to tran... Read More →
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Chella Coleman

Chella Coleman (Godesx) is an artist seeking to use art as a tool for liberation and healing. She helps oppressed communities find their voice.
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Shruti Purkayastha

Living Mythologies and TeAda Productions
Shruti Bala Purkayastha (Heart Oracle) is the director/curator of Living Mythologies. They are a cultural worker who creates in the intersections of theater, organizing and healing. They believe that truth-speaking is central to creating a new world. They work with TeAda Producti... Read More →
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Reyna Ripper

Reyna Ripper is an experimental harsh noise artist who explores themes of darkness, death and temptation. To hear some of Reyna's work, please see: https://soundcloud.com/reyna-the-ripper


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 025

2:00pm

Community Archiving for Audiovisual Recordings
Most cultural community organizations have audiovisual collections, which include legacy recordings, yet have no idea how to plan to preserve them. This workshop provides an overview of the skills and resources needed to gain intellectual and physical control over an audiovisual collection. Drawing on over six years of experience, the Community Archiving Workshop has developed a toolkit which we will share. Participants will learn how to identify various audiovisual formats and risk factors, and make preservation recommendations for audiovisual collections.

Presenters
avatar for Moriah Ulinskas

Moriah Ulinskas

UCSB
Moriah Ulinskas is an archivist and moving image preservationist whose work seeks out and supports collections which fall outside mainstream historical narratives and major institutions. She is the Diversity Committee Chair for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), h... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

2:00pm

Community Led Business Models
How do we deconstruct economic cultures and shift towards sustainable models built on love, social justice and community support? In this skillshare we will examine the history of these models in South Texas, explore our shared working experiences and the challenges and solutions we have encountered. Participants will have interactive opportunities to try out social media marketing, pop-up market organizing and reflect on economic models in their home communities.

Presenters
avatar for Beto De Leon

Beto De Leon

Southwest Worker's Union
Beto De León is a queer organizer based out of San Antonio, TX. He is the co-founder of Sol Y Luna Soaps and the Queer the Cheer Annual Market which promotes Trans/LGBQ talent and art each winter as part of the SAQ Collective. He is also focused on maintaining the plant based tr... Read More →
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Diana Lopez

Southwest Workers Union
Diana Lopez is a Xicana born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Her work with Southwest Workers Union involves linking issues around environmental justice, living wage and accountable governance. SWU works to reframe public policy to protect the community and include the voices of lo... Read More →
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Cristina Martinez

Very That
Cristina Martinez is a full time artist and online hustler based in the South Side of San Antonio, TX. Born of immigrant parents, Spanish was her first language, Spanglish is her current. Today you can find Cristina in and around San Antonio setting up at events, organizing local... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

2:00pm

Cover Your Tails!
It’s more important than ever to cover your digital "Tails"! To do this we will explore Tails, a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. Bring your own USB Flash Drive of at least 4GB in size, and we’ll help you create a Live Tails USB! Participants will leave with a working Tails USB and the knowledge to help them use the web securely and anonymously.

Presenters
avatar for John Gallias

John Gallias

Desktop Support Specialist Senior, Self
An educated, experienced, and easygoing information technology administration professional. Able to quickly and effectively articulate complex and important decisions affecting mission-critical operations with an emphasis on security. Genuinely, morally, and passionately believes... Read More →
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Breanna Hamm

Instructional Technologist, University of Michigan
Instructor and instructional designer with a background in technology and multimedia. I seek out opportunities to create engaging, visually appealing and user centered art. I work with many different media, including print and web design, photography, video, and art and illustra... Read More →



Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

2:00pm

Crash Course in Photography and Storytelling
Children and caregivers will learn the basics of photography and storytelling, including how to use their camera in manual mode and tell their story visually. Being marginalized in any community, you feel like your story, your vision, and your life don’t matter. Let’s teach the children how to tell a story through the camera's lens.

Presenters
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Akua Hill

Akua Hill is a creative activist, who develops creative and collaborative platforms to ignite sustainable social change within communities. She holds a Master's in Community Development from Vanderbilt University and has experience working with diverse populations around issues o... Read More →
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Sacred Overstreet-Amos

Tiarra Sacred Overstreet-Amos is the Owner of Moon Reflections Photography, a Michigan native, wife, and mother of two. Sacred is a published photographer, military veteran of the Air Force, who holds a degree in Communication from the University of Michigan.


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

2:00pm

Digital Timelines for Movement Organizing
How do our stories intersect with the histories and media representations of political struggles over immigration, policing, transgender rights or media policy? In this political climate, it's crucial to place our organizing work and our stories in historical context and challenge dominant narratives. Join us to create a digital timeline and learn how our web-based tool can support your organizing work!

Presenters
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Jose Benitez

Global Action Project
Jose is a Community Media in Action Fellow with Global Action Project. He is also a youth organizer with Immigration Movement International in Corona, Queens, NYC, and an artist working with Mobile Print Power, a grassroots arts collective using mobile silkscreening to open up di... Read More →
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Carlos Pareja

Media History Timeline Coordinator, Global Action Project
Carlos Pareja is Media History Timeline Coordinator with Global Action Project. He is a longtime media educator, digital storyteller and activist who fights to change narratives, public policy and our world.
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Mahira Raihan

Desis Rising Up and Moving
Mahira is the coordinator of Moving Art, the youth arts and organizing program of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). She is also an alum of Global Action Project’s Youth Breaking Borders and Community Media in Action programs.


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

2:00pm

Encrypt Your Footage, Secure Your Movement
Mediamakers rely on audio and visual equipment to tell complex and often politically charged stories. Producing creative material in political environments, however, carries digital and operational risks along with it. So, how can we prevent our greatest assets from becoming a critical vulnerability? Journalists, filmmakers, photographers, and activists are encouraged to join us as we discuss the challenges associated with using technology for political and artistic ends, and workshop security tools and strategies we can use to address these challenges.

Presenters
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Harlo Holmes

Director of Newsroom Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Harlo Holmes is the Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and... Read More →
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Olivia Martin

Freedom of the Press Foundation
Olivia Martin is a Digital Security Fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation. At FPF, she focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. She has spent years in newsrooms as a designer and editor with new me... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

2:00pm

Expressive Electronics
In this session we will explore how libraries can celebrate girls' intersectional identities and promote computational thinking skills through the use of low-cost, expressive electronics activities. Participants will create an expressive work using paper electronics and learn about a curriculum co-developed by librarians from Ypsilanti District Library (MI), Imperial County Free Library (CA), Tempe Public Library (AZ) and researchers from the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Presenters
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Patricia Garcia

University of Michigan, School of Information
Patricia Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan who conducts interdisciplinary action research on the intersections between race, gender, and technology.
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Laura-Ann Jacobs

University of Michigan, School of Education
Laura-Ann Jacobs is a doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She explores how performance and expression can be integral parts of learning.
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Jennifer Mann

Ypsilanti District Library
Jennifer Mann is the teen librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library. She has been a librarian for the past 10 years and is committed to youth advocacy and social justice issues.


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

2:00pm

Feminist Transformative Justice Writing Workshop
In a media landscape where "justice" means punishment, is it possible to do journalism in the service of feminist, transformative justice? Our session will focus on what it means to write toward transformative justice. We will reflect on how the media impacts "justice," particularly in relation to women of color, and will discuss articles written through a feminist transformative lens. Participants will create the opening paragraph of an op-ed.

Presenters
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claudia garcia-rojas

Co-Coordinator, Northwestern University
Claudia Garcia-Rojas is a Chicago-based writer, media commentator and organizer. She is co-author of Reporting on Rape & Sexual Violence: A Media Toolkit for Journalists to Better Media Coverage, which was published through the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young... Read More →
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Maya Schenwar

Truthout
Maya Schenwar is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, and is Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and o... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 129

2:00pm

Get Ready Stay Ready Skillshare (Part 1)
This skillshare is an extension of an ongoing practice in Detroit where community members share their expertise in community preparedness. Stations will feature hands-on activities like: food preservation, 'bug out bag' making, emergency medicine, swapping, family planning and much more. Participants will share their own resiliency stories and practices, and leave with an extended toolkit for their own preparedness.

Presenters
avatar for Onyx Ashanti

Onyx Ashanti

what we can not say, we can not do. Is Music truly a multidimensional language? can a mind be self designed? Sonocyberneticist Onyx Ashanti shares his research and questions.
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Halima Cassells

Halima Cassells is Detroit-based artist/community advocate who traverses many diverse circles in Detroit. Halima designs spaces for authentic engagement that cultivate ideas of new economy. Halima works as an independent artist and assumes leadership roles at Incite Focus Fab La... Read More →
avatar for B. Anthony Holley

B. Anthony Holley

B. Anthony Holley is a community organizer, entrepreneur, cooperative developer, emergency preparedness educator born and raised in Detroit. Through his work with Conscious Community Cooperative ThinkTank members have produced innumerable community forums and projects on self-su... Read More →
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Mama Ravin

Ravin Regina Lawson is an herbalist, health coach, former model, and life-long vegetarian affectionately known as Mama Ravin. She leads her famous Herbal Walk & Talks and Chat n Chews throughout the city educating community on edible and medicinal herbs in our very own backyard... Read More →
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Spirit Traveler

Spirit Traveler a native-born Detroiter has been working in service for her community many years. Mother of 10 awesome children and grandmother of 16 fabulous grandchildren. Known in the community as a Midwife, Doula, Birth Educator, and Holistic Healer. She uses her gifts as th... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

2:00pm

Holding Space Part 1: Strategies for Anti Oppressive Facilitation
How can facilitators hold space in ways that are truly anti-oppressive? Explore strategies for facilitation that center the needs of Black, Brown and Indigenous people, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, survivors and more. We'll examine how various approaches and activities can build solidarity and safety in group settings. We'll deepen our existing skills and leave with shiny, effective new tools for liberatory facilitation. This is part one of a two-part series.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

AORTA
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, science fiction author, singer, and facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression. Autumn formerly served as the Executive Director of both RECLAIM!, and of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. She is now a... Read More →
avatar for Maryse Mitchell-Brody

Maryse Mitchell-Brody

The Icarus Project
Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and social justice coach striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC for 2 decades, including The Icarus Project, where they are the D... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 101

2:00pm

Interactive Streets: Biking and Placemaking
What kind of social, cultural, and/or political impact do you want to make through biking? Partnering with Detroit East Side Riders, we explore how bikes can be tools that facilitate interaction. We will explore an aspect of the encounter between cyclists and the city through a demo on bike safety, and discuss the concept of bicycle justice. We will question the scale and type of interactions that biking can facilitate and loosely prototype ideas in small groups. Participants will walk away with a grounded understanding of bike safety and new ideas on how to activate bikes as media.

Presenters
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John Jones III

East Side Riders Bike Club
John founded the East Side Riders Bike Club, an all-volunteer, grassroots bicycle club founded in 2008 in Watts, CA. The purpose of East Side Riders is to prevent youth from joining gangs and/or taking drugs, but also engage youth who have a desire to enrich the community through... Read More →
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Reina Imagawa

ArtCenter College of Design
Reina is a graduate student studying Media Design Practices at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Her practice focuses on using narratives and storytelling techniques to explore the interplay between spaces, humans and media. Her questions revolve around her background... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

2:00pm

Place-based Poetry (Part 1)
How do we experience a poem in the time that it was created? To explore the moment we will freestyle into a speech to text software and then publish it. At the end of the session, we'll introduce an app that geotags audio files. In part two of the session we will ask: How do we experience a poem in the place that it was created? We will take a walking tour of the grounds to listen to the place-based poetry that was made in the interim between the two sessions.

Presenters
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Billy Mark

Billy Mark is poet, musician, and performance maker who lives in Detroit. He attended California Institute of the Arts and is the 2015 Kresge fellowship recipient for experimental poetry.


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

2:00pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising From Foundations
Do you want to apply for grants but don’t know where to start? Do you want to learn about resources for groups without 501c3 status? Join Third Wave Fund for an intro to philanthropy and foundation staff relationship development. Together we’ll walk through the process of seeking funding – from research, to approval or rejection, following up and more. Bring an idea that you want funded for some interactive exercises and leave with next steps for your fundraising adventure!

Presenters
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Joy Messinger

Program Officer, Third Wave Fund
Joy Messinger is Program Officer at Third Wave Fund, where she manages grantmaking and capacity building. She has more than a decade of experience with repro justice, health, education, grantmaking, and social service groups in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, staying committed... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

2:00pm

Your Problems Are Relevant
What if research and data could be used as a tool for community organizing? Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is designed to build community and gather data. We will train participants on how to conduct YPAR, and share some of our own experiences. Participants will leave knowing how to use YPAR to educate others and make changes in their own communities.

Presenters
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Sharia Cook

Northside Research Team
Born in Minneapolis, and a member of the Northside Research Team.
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De'Arreon Robinson

Youthprise
Born in Minneapolis, and facilitator of the Northside Research Team.
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Tyson Trueblood

Northside Research Team
Born in Minneapolis, and a Member of the Northside Research Team


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

2:00pm

Impact, Storytelling, and Community Archives
The connections between impact studies, social justice, and records are gaining increasing prominence in the archival discourse. This panel will involve three researchers and professionals in this field: Wendy Duff, Samip Mallick, and Ricardo Punzalan. Panelists will use their original research to discuss the relationship between storytelling and impact in community archives, as it relates to contemporary political and social issues.

Presenters
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Wendy Duff

Faculty of Information - University of Toronto
Wendy Duff is a professor and Dean in the Faculty of Information where she teaches courses in the areas of archival access and community archives. Her research and publications focus on the trustworthiness of records in analogue and digital environments, archives and archival fin... Read More →
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Samip Mallick

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
Samip Mallick is the co-founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). His current research concerns the “Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive" project, in which five South Asian American artists are engaging SAADA’s archives to find in... Read More →
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Ricardo L. Punzalan

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College of Information Studies.
Ricardo L. Punzalan is an Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. His research contributes to the growing area of research on the impact of digitization and online access to both archival institutions and the users the... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

2:00pm

Meme On: BIPOC Punk Fest Organizing In The Age of Dinosaurs
In 2009, two friends started a small DIY punk fest as an alternative to the corporatization of punk and alternative music. In 2017, organizers based in three cities – New Orleans, Oakland, and Chicago – utilized similar tactics. With organizers from Nola's Deep Cuts, Oakland's The Universe Is Lit and Chicago's Black & Brown Punk Show, let's explore collective fest organizing as a tool of collective resistance, re-memory, and money redistribution in communities of color. Bring data for an interactive timeline where participants and panels trace the diverse timelines of punk/alt musicians-of-color organizing in the U.S.

Presenters
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Andres Alvarez

The Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Andres Alvarez is a queer brown femme DIY artist who as a part of Chicago's DIY queer punk scene helps to organize benefit events that raise thousands for different orgs serving black and PoC trans and queer communities . A featured writer in Brown & Proud Press' "Deconstructing... Read More →
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Shanna Collins

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Shanna Collins is a graffiti artist, journalist, and hood futurist. She has written for VIBE magazine, penning articles pertaining to police abolition, colonialism, mass incarceration, queerness, hip-hop, and punk rock. She believes in the radical power of the pen, D-I-Y culture... Read More →
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Raven Crane

Collective Member, Deep Cuts
Raven Crane is a black, queer, organizer, educator and artist. Raven's work focuses on curation and representation of folx who are harmed the most by capitalist- white- cis- hetero- patriarchy. They are the founder of the Coffy Film Collective: A Womyn of Color Film Collective, a... Read More →
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Aba Essel

aba. baaba. baaba blacksheep. a blacksheep. bitch. abusive. toxic. self-destructive. misunderstood. trauma survivor. bag lady. life long student. here to learn. daydreamer. community organizer. listener. dissociating alien. self-aware. mover. shaker. musician. lover. squishy empa... Read More →
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Abraham (Token) Martinez

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Token is a brown artist, organizer, self taught musician, & urban farmer based in Chicago. Token has been involved with Chi's Black and Brown Punk Show since the beginning. either as a performer or its chief visual artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Midwest... Read More →
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Donté Oxun

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Donté Oxun was a founding member of the original Black & Brown Punk Show Collective in 2009, is currently a (inter)nationally acclaimed Fest Curator, Tarot Wiz, Porn Star, DJ, who is currently based in New Orleans. Named "30 LGBTQs Under 30" by WIndy City Media Group, Donté is... Read More →
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Shawna Shawnté

the Universe is Lit: A Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest
Shawna Shawnté is a queer DJ and multi-media artist based in Oakland, CA. She has appeared in the film TattleTale Heart and in the Hanky Code Series. A self-taught musician, she's played in many bands in the Bay Area. Most currently she drums in the gospel inspired no-wave trio... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

2:00pm

Pathways for Youth Voice in Public Media
This year KQED Learning invited students from the SF Bay Area to join KQED’s first Youth Advisory Board to help shape tools for growing youth civic participation and digital literacy. Our session will explore the work of the board in its effort to center younger, more diverse voices. We will hear from members and staff of KQED’s inaugural board about lessons learned from the launch of KQED Learning’s first youth-facing YouTube series, Above the Noise. Participants will leave with strategies for infusing and amplifying youth voice into the work of adult-led, legacy media organizations.

Presenters
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Chanelle Ignant

aproehl@kqed.org
Chanelle Ignant is the Youth Participation Coordinator for KQED Learning. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.
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Ariana Proehl

KQED Learning


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 135

2:00pm

Poet as Witness
Writ Large Press presents five poets who will read their work and discuss their roles as documentarians and witnesses. Rachel Kaminer and Rocío Carlos share their collaborative project, Attendance, attending to their daily lives and the nature that surrounds them. F. Douglas Brown shares from Zero to Three and his new book Frederick Douglass. Ashaki M. Jackson's shares work from her book Surveillance, an examination of videos of police killing civilians and the public's consumption of these videos, and Jen Hofer discusses how documentary poetry impacts her work as writer, translator, and educator.

Presenters
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F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2014), the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (Upper Rubber Boot Books 2016). He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. He is co-founder... Read More →
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Rocío Carlos

Rocío Carlos was born and raised in the South/East areas of Los Angeles. Rocío has been reading her work all over L.A. since 1993. In 2003 she was chosen as a recipient of PEN USA’s Emerging Voices/Rosenthal fellowship. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at... Read More →
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Judeth Oden Choi

Writ Large Press
Judeth Oden Choi is a PhD student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon. She brings her experience in theatre and community arts to HCI, focusing on social justice activism on Twitter, games and VR, and embodied design methods. She has 20 years of teachin... Read More →
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Chiwan Choi

Writ Large Press
Chiwan Choi is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Entropy, Spiral Orb and the anthologies Coiled Serpent, ATTN, an... Read More →
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Jen Hofer

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her recent and forthcoming books are available from... Read More →
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Rachel McLeod Kaminer

Rachel McLeod Kaminer grew up in the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains near the French Broad River. She lives and works in the Los Ángeles River Basin. Her book of poetry As in the dark, descend was published this year with Writ Large Press; she’s currently collaborating... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

2:00pm

SNCC Digital: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future
How do you use collaborative storytelling to challenge the mainstream historical narrative? This session will explore how movement veterans, scholars, and archivists developed a vision for the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) Digital Gateway and used digital tools to document SNCC’s history of grassroots organizing for the next generation. Participants will leave with strategies for forging meaningful community partnerships that allow us to tell more inclusive, empowering histories.

Presenters
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Kaley Deal

SNCC Digital Gateway
Kaley Deal is the project coordinator for the SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work. For the past three years she has been involved in this collaborative endeavor to tell the history of SNCC and uplift stories of grassroots organi... Read More →
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Judy Richardson

SNCC Legacy Project
Judy Richardson is a filmmaker, author, and veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As a documentary producer, she worked on the fourteen-hour PBS series Eyes on the Prize and co-edited the book, Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SN... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

2:00pm

What Can a Party Change? On Party Noire and the Black Renaissance
What is the impact of Party Noire, as a celebratory space for young, black, creative intellectuals and for black queer femme and trans artists/activists? We will explore the implications of Party Noire as a unique space situated in Black history. We will share how to drive a mission-focused collective that is celebratory and healing for Black women across the gender spectrum. Participants will leave with insights into how to think about the possibilities of Black Joy centered spaces. 

Presenters
avatar for Nick Adler

Nick Adler

"Nickecia “Nick” Alder is creator & editor-in-chief of Black Girl Fly Mag, and co-founder of Party Noire. She is a doctoral candidate & researcher, & digital content creator & strategist, engineering online communities and digital stories that celebrate the complexities of Bl... Read More →
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Lauren Ash

Lauren Ash is a creative entrepreneur most-recognized for her leadership prioritizing black women in the wellness field. As the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, she promotes holistic wellness for women of color through BGIO’s online publication, podcast, creativ... Read More →
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RJ Elderidge

Party Noire. Art Institute of Chicago. Young Chicago Authors
RJ Eldridge is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. A graduate of the University of South Florida’s graduate program in Africana Studies, where his studies focused on literature and critical theory, His current projects include an ongoing photographic study and doc... Read More →
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Britt Julious

"Britt Julious is a writer whose work focuses on the intersection of music, art, race, feminism, culture and politics. She is a firm believer in the underground, the avant garde and the underdog. | Britt also serves as a moderator, panelist and guest speaker for organizations, sc... Read More →
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Rae Taylor

Black Eutopia
N/A right now


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

2:00pm

The Human Right to Water
Are you working for access to safe, clean water in your city? Have you produced effective multimedia campaigns and would like to share your learnings? We are launching a website that tells the stories of communities on the front lines of this fight. In this session, we will strategize ways tell these stories and support local organizers and gain national support.

Presenters
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Kate Levy

NCLAWater
Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally.Levy uses extensive place-based research t... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 116

2:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls Tour Part 1
In a time of revolution and counter-revolution, the Boggs Center's tour of the eastside of Detroit explores history in the context of the rise and fall of the economic "American Dream" and the birth of visionary organizing and resistance. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, urban gardens, The Boggs School, CanArts and The Heidelberg Project. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to think historically and dialectically as we work towards the next american revolution.

Presenters
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Rich Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Rich Feldman has had the privilege of working with James and Grace Boggs for more than 40 years. He was raised in Brooklyn, active in the 1960s in SDS at U Michigan. Rich has been married for more than 35 years and has two children, Micah and Emma. Our family journey has also bro... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

4:00pm

'WITH YOU!': A Queer Sports Rom-Com
WITH YOU! is a queer sports rom-com about a U.S. college rugby team's love for the game and each other, brought to the stage via one person's body. A hilarious show about figuring out which team to play for, this quasi-autobiographical comedy is award-winning performer/playwright Una Aya Osato’s newest show. Based on her experiences playing college rugby for Wesleyan University, Una brings together her love of rom-coms and sports films into a hard-hitting play, equally tough on the body and the heart.

Presenters
avatar for Una Aya Osato

Una Aya Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Una Aya Osato aka exHOTic other is queer femme Japanese Jew. She’s a co-founding member of brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque. Performer, writer & educator from the far far east... of NYC. Una’s also an award-winning actor & playwright who tours her work nationally & internati... Read More →
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Michi Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Michi Ilona Osato aka sister selva’s germinated & sprouted in the concrete of NYC. Co-founder of brASS Burlesque, 2015 Queen of the Texas Burlesque Festival & Audience Choice Award winner. She’s spread her seedlings from Joe's Pub, to Sesame Street, to impassioned dance floor... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 020

4:00pm

Vida Muertos: Critical Genre Practice
How can genre artworks serve as sites of resistance? The stylish, allegorical short film Vida Muertos follows a "death enforcement" agent who tracks, apprehends, and deports "dead" who have crossed illegally into the realm of the living. The film touches on immigration policy through the lens of film noir and science fiction. In this screening/workshop, participants will view the film, discuss relevant examples and critical approaches to genre in film and literature, and workshop a short outline for a political, genre-oriented creative work.

Presenters
avatar for Thomas Javier Castillo

Thomas Javier Castillo

Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University
Thomas Javier Castillo is a film and critical media practitioner whose projects explore memory, history, geography and identity. As a filmmaker, he creates pieces that blend politics, history, space, and place with rasquache design sensibilities, humor, and a distinctly Pocho poi... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

4:00pm

Care Webs
In this workshop we'll talk about the often feminized and undervalued work of caregiving, and the ways people and communities can create care webs for disability, chronic illness and mental health needs. We'll talk about the power dynamics of giving and receiving care, what allows us to ask for and give care well, and look at models for care collectives. Participants will leave with tools and roadmaps for how to sustainably create collective care outside of state and medical systems.

Presenters
avatar for Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

writer
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan/Roma/Irish femme writer, cultural worker and healing and transformative justice organizer. The American Library Association Stonewall Award and Lambda Award winning author of Dirty River: A... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room J

4:00pm

Communiversity: Counter Narratives Matter
Do it for the culture. In this session we will build a bridge from the Black Panthers to the millennial generation through artivism. By using graphic design, visual art, digital branding, and hands-on-methods we will tell our own stories.

Presenters
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Walter Cruz

BlackLivesMatter NYC / BCB
A native New Yorker, Walter has been exploring visual arts for as long as he can remember. He holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies with a minor in Studio Arts. Soon after graduation from college in 2011, Walter moved to Nanjing,China. Walter aspires to be a social innovator usin... Read More →
avatar for Kei Williams

Kei Williams

Black Lives Matter NYC
Kei Williams is a queer transmasculine identified community organizer with #BlackLivesMatter, NYC Chapter. A self-taught visual artist & graphic designer, they assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations with communications, marketing, and social media. Kei centers their... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

4:00pm

Diggin Deep: Remixing Research
Participants will explore how music sampling promotes research skills outside of academic institutions. We will make connections between the process of sampling music and researching. Attendees will research songs, locate samples, and create deeper connections between music and culture.

Presenters
avatar for Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

CultureConTech
Whether using samplers, records, or live instruments, sound has always influenced Jordan's creativity. Jordan now looks deeper into how creativity and culture influences our learning process. As he encounters more alternative stories, Jordan seeks to link how we can learn from an... Read More →
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Sterling Toles

Sterling Toles is a sonic and visual artist who emerged from Detroit's hip hop scene. He attended the College for Creative Studies, where he received a BFA in Illustration. Seeing the creative process as the seed of collective healing, his personal creativity has led him to work... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

4:00pm

Get Ready Stay Ready Skillshare (Part 2)
This skillshare is an extension of an ongoing practice in Detroit where community members share their expertise in community preparedness. Stations will feature hands-on activities like: food preservation, 'bug out bag' making, emergency medicine, swapping, family planning and much more. Participants will share their own resiliency stories and practices, and leave with an extended toolkit for their own preparedness.

Presenters
avatar for Onyx Ashanti

Onyx Ashanti

what we can not say, we can not do. Is Music truly a multidimensional language? can a mind be self designed? Sonocyberneticist Onyx Ashanti shares his research and questions.
avatar for Halima Cassells

Halima Cassells

Halima Cassells is Detroit-based artist/community advocate who traverses many diverse circles in Detroit. Halima designs spaces for authentic engagement that cultivate ideas of new economy. Halima works as an independent artist and assumes leadership roles at Incite Focus Fab La... Read More →
avatar for B. Anthony Holley

B. Anthony Holley

B. Anthony Holley is a community organizer, entrepreneur, cooperative developer, emergency preparedness educator born and raised in Detroit. Through his work with Conscious Community Cooperative ThinkTank members have produced innumerable community forums and projects on self-su... Read More →
avatar for Mama Ravin

Mama Ravin

Ravin Regina Lawson is an herbalist, health coach, former model, and life-long vegetarian affectionately known as Mama Ravin. She leads her famous Herbal Walk & Talks and Chat n Chews throughout the city educating community on edible and medicinal herbs in our very own backyard... Read More →
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Spirit Traveler

Spirit Traveler a native-born Detroiter has been working in service for her community many years. Mother of 10 awesome children and grandmother of 16 fabulous grandchildren. Known in the community as a Midwife, Doula, Birth Educator, and Holistic Healer. She uses her gifts as th... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

4:00pm

Holding Space Part 2: Facilitating Collective Self-Governance
How can facilitators skillfully support practices of collective governance? Building on Part I, we will equip participants with the skills for facilitating consensus decision-making as a tool for self-governance. Using role plays and real examples to harness the group’s wisdom, we’ll consider options for interrupting hidden hierarchies, transforming conflicts, and creating shared power. Folks will leave with a toolkit to support healthy and just group dynamics, and long-term investment in organizing.

Presenters
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Autumn Brown

AORTA
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, science fiction author, singer, and facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression. Autumn formerly served as the Executive Director of both RECLAIM!, and of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. She is now a... Read More →
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Maryse Mitchell-Brody

The Icarus Project
Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and social justice coach striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC for 2 decades, including The Icarus Project, where they are the D... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 101

4:00pm

Poetry As Visionary Resistance
Toni Cade Bambara said, "the role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible." This session highlights poetry as an avenue for visionary resistance and as an art form worthy of political study. We will explore poems, including some by Detroit-based poet and activist Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty, and assess their contributions to political movements and theory. Participants will walk away with collectively written poetry and an understanding of the role of the poet in narrating and ushering in a vision for a new world.

Presenters
avatar for Tawana Petty

Tawana Petty

Founder, Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, visionary organizing and digital justice work. Petty is the author of Introducing Ho... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

4:00pm

Recipes of Resilience: Transforming Trauma Through 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 a community’s story of trauma and resilience in colonized and post-conflict areas? We will connect with food-based projects using traditional foods and styles of cooking as a way to create spaces for education and healing from the trauma associated with mass violence, ethnic cleansing and the legacy of colonialism. Participants will leave with ideas for tapping into their own communities’ traditional food ways to transform and organize their people.

Presenters
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Yana Gilbuena

Yana Gilbuena, a Filipino born, global nomadic chef, started Salo Series to share the vibrant food culture of The Philippines with the world. The Salo Series hosts Filipino Kamayan dinners where food is served on communal tables covered in banana leaves and guests are asked to ea... Read More →
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Kate McCabe

Éist
Kate McCabe is a writer, organizer & the director of Éist, an organization which cultivates & promotes first-person perspectives of justice & accountability in the aftermath of war. She has more than 10 years of experience working as an organizer & advocate on behalf of victims... Read More →
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Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

4:00pm

Reimagining Food Media
In this workshop, participants will analyze mainstream food media and create their own media using basic smartphone apps (Notes, GarageBand, iPhoto, etc., both iPhone and Android equivalents).

Presenters
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Melvin Parsons

Farmer Parsons is the founder of We the People Growers Association, where he grows food to create healthy social and nutritional choices in resource poor communities.
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Stephen Satterfield

Whetstone Magazine
Stephen Satterfield is an award-winning, anthropological food writer, speaker and multimedia producer based in Oakland, CA. His background as a sommelier, restaurant manager and social entrepreneur continually inform his work. He is the founder of Whetstone Magazine, a digital an... Read More →
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Shakirah Simley

Activist, Founder, Nourish | Resist
Shakirah has a decade of experience working on food equity issue working with school food systems and youth organizing. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy via a Fulb... Read More →
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Tunde Wey

LA Times, Washington Post, SFChronicle, Vice, Mother Jones and Splendid Table. That’s merely page one search results for Nigerian-born chef and writer Tunde Wey. Through his prose and cross-country dinner/lecture series, he’s clearly garnered the attention of the national media... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

4:00pm

Surveillance As a Primary tool of The Stalker State
The issue of surveillance has taken center stage over the last few years. What remains missing from the conversation is the critical examination of the role of surveillance as a primary tool of social control. Participants in this workshop will collectively map their understanding of surveillance and how they think they are traced, tracked and monitored. We will share strategies and tactics toward building a culture of resistance and abolition of the national security surveillance state.

Presenters
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Jamie Garcia

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Jamie Garcia is a registered nurse and is a coordinating team member of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. Jamie's involvement in the coalition's work began in the winter of 2011 after she became exposed to the extensive amount of surveillance, spying, and infiltration that occurred... Read More →
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Hamid Khan

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Hamid Khan is the coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to raise awareness, participation, mobilization, and grassroots organizing to combat and abolish the police use of surveillance, spying and infiltration against targeted communities and... Read More →
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mariella saba

Stop LAPD Coalition and Familia:Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Cultural worker, community organizer, and healing arts practitioner. | Who I am today is a collective journey | Born awake, guided through every breath, every step, sun n moon | to end the wars on our sacred earth bodies | I am reflections and intentions of our ancestors... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

4:00pm

Video for Revolution
From the Arab Spring to Ferguson, video has amplified voices and exposed human rights abuses. This session will explore how we utilize video for revolution. We’ll facilitate a discussion on how activists around the world are using video now, and provide practical tips on the right to record, filming the police and protests, basic digital and physical security, and media preservation. Participants will walk away knowing how to safely, ethically and effectively use video for evidence and advocacy.

Presenters
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Dia Kayyali

WITNESS
Dia Kayyali coordinates WITNESS’ tech + advocacy work, engaging with technology companies and working on tools and policies that help human rights advocates safely, securely and ethically document human rights abuses and expose them to the world.
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Palika Makam

WITNESS
Palika Makam is the US Program Coordinator for WITNESS. She engages activists and communities to use video to document human rights violations involving police and immigration violence, and protect the rights of LGBTQ, minority, indigenous and vulnerable communities around the co... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

4:00pm

What's In Your Wallet?
What’s in your wallet? What do you know about data? The Our Data Bodies Project invites you to explore how digital and non-digital information and data are collected from us and used to impact our communities and our daily lives. We will engage in a series of activities that will equip participants with popular education tools and resources so that they can begin to develop digital awareness and defense in their communities.

Presenters
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Seeta Peña Gangadharan

London School of Economics and Political Science:
Seeta Peña Gangadharan is a mother, activist researcher, and social justice optimist born in New Jersey and working in London.


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 131
  • Audience Everyone
  • Hashtag #DatawithODB

4:00pm

Civic Institutions and Youth Experiences
Can we design experiences in our public schools and spaces that give youth opportunities to make meaningful choices on what impacts them? In Boston, we’ve been actively engaging young people in the redesign of school food (and other daily) experiences. With regulations, costs, logistics and supply chain complexities working against us, can we creatively fight these barriers in order to support youth voice and choice? We want to chat with others thinking critically about futures designed for, with, and by youth.

Presenters
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Roy Chan

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Roy Chan is a program director with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, where he works with Boston’s institutions, communities, and citizens to improve the city’s education ecosystem. His projects to date have included increasing access to STEM education, personalizing... Read More →
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Kimberly Lucas

Civic Research Director, New Urban Mechanics
Kim’s life has centered around questions, and she brings this expertise to her work as MONUM’s Director of Civic Research. Questioning who we think of as ‘expert’ and how stakeholders identify ‘value’ are two common threads in her work.  Kim holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology... Read More →
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Max Stearns

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Max is a program director for the Housing Innovation Lab within the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. He is passionate about designing and building tools that empower those in need. He also enjoys designing and building furniture, but can only do that as his side hustle. H... Read More →
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Jaclyn Youngblood

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Jaclyn is a program director in the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. She focuses primarily on operations and systems prototypes, aiming to bring delight and a human touch to what can be overwhelming interactions with city agencies. Her work includes supporting non-instruc... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

4:00pm

Beyond Security: Technology and Revolution
Securing our data is critical for our movements, but is that enough? This year, May First/People Link has called on our movements to converge in groups of all sizes for conversations about "Technology and Revolution". This workshop will explain that process and why it's critical.

Presenters
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Melanie Bush

International Network of Scholar Activsts
Faculty, Adelphi University. Specializing in social systems and movements. Member, Leadership Committee, May First/People Link
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Samir Hazboun

Highlander Research and Education Center
At Highlander, he helps in supporting all of the programmatic work with a particular role in supporting the Southern Grassroots Economies Project and the Econ and Governance curriculum. Involved in innovative project to develop independent Internet connectivity.
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Bex Hurwitz

Research Action Design
Bex is a codesigner and maker of media and technology for social justice. Bex has been involved in many projects, campaigns and movements (including the Allied Media Conference) for many years.
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Alfredo Lopez

May First/People Link
Alfredo Lopez, a founder and leader of May First/People Link, is in his 50th year as a movement activist.
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Steven Renderos

The Center for Media Justice
Organizing Director for Center for Media Justice. Has been in leadership of many media campaigns including the struggle for Net Neutrality and the Prison Phone Justice campaign.


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 111

4:00pm

Build an Individual Giving Program from Scratch
Come learn how People's Action Institute has grown leaps and bounds with the following programs: Fundraising Canvass, Donor Visits, Phone and Online Fundraising, Direct Mail, and Event Fundraising. This case study will walk participants through the how and why we built up these pieces and talk honestly about our strengths, weaknesses, and lessons learned. Our model can be adopted and adapted for any organization and this session will give people concrete plans to implement at home.

Presenters

Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

4:00pm

Engaging Interviewing and Hosting
Want to learn interviewing skills? Join us in the People's Pop-up Media Shop Practice Space to practice and conduct interviews.


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

4:00pm

Mothering the Revolution
We will explore mothering work and practice at the intersection of the academy and community through a critical media lens. We will discuss Black and Afro-Xicana parenting and mothering as decolonizing methodologies that draw connections between activism and mothering/parenting. We will share our work as independent media producers in the fields of K-12 education, academia, nonprofits and more.

Presenters
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Cecilia Caballero

Chicana M(other)work
Cecilia Caballero


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 116

4:00pm

OpenOversight
OpenOversight is a crowdsourced, searchable database of police officers that citizens can use to file police complaints. We will explain why and how we built OpenOversight, what we have done thus far and what is coming next. Participants will walk away with an idea of how they can participate and bring OpenOversight to their city.

Presenters
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Jennifer Helsby

Lucy Parsons Labs
Jennifer Helsby (@redshiftzero) is a Ford-Mozilla fellow at the Freedom of the Press Foundation where she works on the SecureDrop anonymous whistleblowing platform. She is a co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs and the lead developer of OpenOversight.
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Freddy Martinez

Lucy Parsons Labs
Freddy Martinez (@B_meson) is a reformed physicist who now works as a system administrator by night. Currently his focus is on police accountability and transparency while other interests include computer security, hacking and open source software. A long-time Chicagoan, his focu... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

4:00pm

Illuminate the World with Light Painting
Did you know that it's possible to paint with light? With a DSLR camera and a little know-how, you can do just that. Light painting is super fun, and can create amazing and unique images. Participants will learn the basics of light painting, and create portraits that show how each one of us are powerful and one-of-a-kind. Come show your inner power with light painting and leave with a new skill!

Presenters
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Nicola Pine

SPNN
The SPNN Youth Action Committee is a youth leadership group at SPNN, a community media center in Saint Paul, MN. YAC members work on social action projects, make media, and teach other youth media skills. They are excited to be at AMC leading this workshop!


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

4:00pm

Who Are You?: A Visual Storytelling Exercise for Children
“The problem with my life was that it was someone else's idea" - B. A. Sáenz We will provide a creative space for children to express their own unique identities. Through use of short, targeted (and fun!) reflective exercises, children will define a facet of their identity that is important for the world to know. These declarations will be visually captured and displayed to affirm and promote the continued development of self-identity, for themselves and for others.

Presenters
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Jillian Webb

The Exchange: Communication to Community Action
Jillian Colby Webb is an educator and artist whose work prioritizes the development of children and youth. In 2012, Jillian founded The Exchange: Communication to Community Action, a Detroit-based, not-for-profit that promotes the use of the arts to deepen youth's awareness of se... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

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. Now that we have formalized as a network, we will use this session to reconnect with each other and set priorities for how we will work together to implement our shared principles. By the end of the session, we will have clear next steps for our committees and members. New and potential members are welcome to join us!

Presenters
avatar for Victoria Barnett

Victoria Barnett

Designer (web, graphic), Design Justice
Victoria is a freelance graphic & web designer and trainer, who designs for social & environmental justice causes. She is an avid social media user, and spends her time designing, teaching and supporting various social movements. She is interested in web design, education and has... Read More →
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They’re a scholar, activist, and media-maker who works with networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Stewart

Taylor Stewart

Design Justice Network
Taylor Stewart is a graphic artist currently residing in Metro Detroit. As a | creative, Stewart seeks to find and guide others into sustainable understandings of self. Using creative expression as a tool of research, she continues to analysis, critique and educate on the comple... Read More →
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Wes Taylor

Design Justice Network
Wes is a Detroit based graphic designer, fine artist, musician, and curator. His collective, Complex Movements, creates immersive interactive performances deeply rooted in social justice and movement building. He is co-founder of Emergence Media. He is co-founder of Talking Dolls... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 129

4:00pm

Graffiti and Rap Against The System
How can we use hip-hop to awaken our communities and transform oppressive structures? The Raiz Up collective will share their use of graffiti and rap to speak truth to power, support indigenous resistance, and edu-tain their community. We will facilitate smaller group strategy conversations among attendees to bring out the knowledge of participants and share best practices. Attendees will leave with strategies they can take back to their own communities.

Presenters
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Lisa Brunk

Raiz Up, Four Directions Wellness
Lisa NemikiGokwe Brunk is an ojibwe mother, therapist, artist, and activist from Lac Viex Desert in the upper peninsula. She has a B.S. from NMU and owns Four Directions Wellness LLC. As a woman, keeper of the water, Lisa dances, keeps the language and hosts ceremonies in Detroit... Read More →
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Antonio Cosme

Raiz Up
Antonio is a artist, farmer and organizer from SW Detroit. His work centers around environmental justice and decolonization.
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Raymond Elwart

The Raiz Up
Soufy, grandson of Sagamok first nation grandmother, Southwest Detroiter, lyricist, and native activist working on anticolonial struggle and native cultural production with the Raiz Up collective, his work embodies the modern city native and derives from his experiences as a chil... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

4:00pm

Migratory Times, Staying Power
How does shifting cultural narratives help us resist displacement? What do these strategies look like across geography? What counts as resistance, as art, as migration? Using a collaboratively designed set of questions, participants will engage with tools and frameworks from a global network of activists and artists who are using creative strategies to shift narratives of belonging, migration, and displacement.

Presenters
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Dalida Benfield

Institute of (im)Possible Subjects
Dalida María Benfield, Ph.D., is an artist and theorist who researches and activates feminist and post/decolonial thought, pedagogy, and creative action in the context of global information ebbs and flows. She is the founder of the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects, a transnati... Read More →
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Emi Kane

Emi Kane is an organizer, media-maker, network-builder, and researcher based in California. She is a long-time AMC coordinator and network-member, and is currently at work on the INCITE! Oral History and Archive project, anti-surveillance training for activists, and a transnation... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

4:00pm

Numbers and Narratives
How can time-lapse animated maps, which show trends over space and time, tell stories that can influence policy, hearts, and minds? Originally focused on global datasets, Earth Timelapse is a mapping tool that can be localized for organizing communities to share information as power. Interactive layers show intersections of census, climate, and demographic data that can be useful to case-making. We’ll demo and discuss the ethics of using visualized data sets to tell stories before we dive into creating our own stories using the visualizations. Laptops useful, but not required.

Presenters
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Jessica Kaminsky

CREATE Lab at CMU
Jessica Kaminsky is en educator, a podcast producer, and a loud laugher. She manages the Fluency project at the CREATE Lab, which focuses on encouraging student-centered teaching practices and integrating meaningful, contextually relevant technology in schools. Her background is... Read More →
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Jessica Pachuta

CMU CREATE Lab
I live at the intersection of media, technology, and education. While recovering from participating in the commercial film industry, I was asked to join the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon. We question the ways that technology can be made in service of the voiceless and make the in... Read More →
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Randy Sargent

CREATE Lab at CMU
Randy Sargent is a researcher in Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab, where he helps develop time-lapse maps of demographics, employment, climate change, pollution, resource use, and economic trends.


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

4:00pm

Translating Legends: Preserving Native History of the Americas
The Prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle says that after 500 years of darkness, all the people of the Americas will come together and fly in the same sky. In this session we will share a new crowdsourced project that aims to translate old and rare books of stories, legends, and poetry from the native american peoples into Spanish. This project will create an online bibliographic collection which will help connect the stories of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Presenters
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LINDA ARTOLA

Linda Artola is a journalist from Nicaragua who's been living in New York since 2012. After finishing school in Nicaragua, she worked with the nonprofit organization Action Against Hunger. In New York, she has worked with CaminoPR, The They Collective, Spring Break Art Show and i... Read More →
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ELIA GRAN

Elia Gran is a Spanish, New York based journalist. She has written or collaborated with numerous american publications like The Nation, DemocracyNow!, The New York Times and works as a correspondent journalist for spanish independent newspapers like Eldiario, Diagonal and Directa... Read More →
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IGOR Moreno

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Igor Moreno is a Spanish Journalist based in New York. Igor’s career began as a TV news reporter in Barcelona. He moved to New York in 2011 searching for a different approach to independent journalism. He has collaborated with different media as Radio Ambulante, The Volunteer M... Read More →
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GLENDA ROSADO

Glenda Rosado is a journalist born and raised in Puerto Rico. She collaborated with the environmental magazine Atabey, and worked for Telemundo and PODER as an intern. She is also a former Democracy Now! en Español's intern and edits her own independent blog about women's topics... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

4:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls Tour Part 2
In a time of revolution and counter-revolution, the Boggs Center's tour of the eastside of Detroit explores history in the context of the rise and fall of the economic "American Dream" and the birth of visionary organizing and resistance. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, urban gardens, The Boggs School, CanArts and The Heidelberg Project. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to think historically and dialectically as we work towards the next american revolution.

Presenters
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Rich Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Rich Feldman has had the privilege of working with James and Grace Boggs for more than 40 years. He was raised in Brooklyn, active in the 1960s in SDS at U Michigan. Rich has been married for more than 35 years and has two children, Micah and Emma. Our family journey has also bro... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

6:00pm

Opening Ceremony
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.

Presenters
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adrienne maree brown

emergent strategy ideation institute
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).
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Scott Kurashige

Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Scott Kurashige is the author of THE FIFTY-YEAR REBELLION: HOW THE U.S. POLITICAL CRISIS BEGAN IN DETROIT and co-author with Grace Lee Boggs of THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION: SUSTAINABLE ACTIVISM FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. He teaches social justice and ethnic studies at the Uni... 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 cultivati... 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... Read More →


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

7:00pm

AMC Kids Party
Hosted by Detroit's Cumbia Poder, this dazzling event for kids and caregivers of all ages will feature Cumbia DJs, face-painting, bubble making, exciting lights and coloring stations, live silkscreening and more. Join the AMC community as we celebrate kids with the hottest party of the summer. This community event is free and open to the public followed by a screening of the animated classic “Ferngully” hosted by the New Center Park summer series.

New Parents! Detroit Mama Hub will set up a comfortable, private space where families with young children can feed their babies, change diapers, and find a bit of rest during the party Friday June 16th at New Center Park. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide support. 

Friday June 16, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
New Center Park 2998 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

7:30pm

Making Space for Sobriety
Many spaces we create and occupy are inherently not sober, creating a challenging environment for those who wish to achieve and maintain sobriety. In this strategy session we will draw connections between the ways in which our identities and communities are often targeted for substance consumption, how we center ourselves in substance within our personal lives, and how we can build space and acceptance for sobriety.

Presenters

Friday June 16, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Cass Commons: Memorial Hall

8:00pm

#MediaJustice Mixer
Want to connect with others who work, organize, and have an interest in media justice and digital security? Join the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), Free Press, and Equality Labs for a #MediaJustice Mixer. There will be light refreshments, music, and great company. Hang out with friends and allies to learn more about how we can build power together. All are welcome. 

Presenters
avatar for Angella Bellota

Angella Bellota

Membership Organizer, Center for Media Justice



Friday June 16, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

8:00pm

The Black Joy Mixtape Podcast
The revolution will be Black joy. Every week Amber J. Phillips The High Priestess of Black Joy and Jaz Da King of South Walker bring people together to discuss how we overcome f*ckboys, becky, hoteps, and dry skin to discuss our current political climate, pop culture and the excellence of Black women and femmes. This session will allow us to bring together the Petty Black Feminists attending AMC to talk about how they are managing to do the same.

Presenters
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Amber Phillips

BLACK, llc and Advocates for Youth
Amber J. Phillips is a writer, organizer, and digital strategist working to advance the rights of all Black people and people of color in general. In addition to being the Senior Manager of Youth Leadership and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, Amber is the Co-Director of the... Read More →
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Jazmine Walker

The Black Joy Mixtape Podcasts
Jazmine Walker, Da King of da Souf, is a big fine woman from Jackson, MS. Inspired by the Kings that precede her (including UGK & Beyonce), she acknowledges her own trill identities by creating thoughtful, self-indulgent and comedic content. When not working on her business plan... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
State Hall: Room 131

8:00pm

Get Down, Stay Ready
A night of music collaboratively co-presented by the Seraphine Collective & Sterling Toles. The Seraphine Collective is an inclusive, supportive, and active community of feminists fostering creative expression and camaraderie among marginalized musicians and artists in Detroit. Sterling Toles is an east-side-bred, Cass-Corridor-educated Detroiter who views himself as a healer using sound.

Seraphine and Sterling have come together to curate a fabulous line-up on two stages featuring performances and sets by Malik Alston & The Linwood Ensemble, Mahogany Jones, Supercoolwicked, Satomi The Red Fox, Anthology of Booty DJ Crew (D.C., NOLA), Mel Wonder, and Misha.

Friday June 16, 2017 8:00pm - Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00am
The Marble Bar 1501 Holden St, Detroit, MI 48208

8:00pm

Karaoke + Bowling
Karaoke and unlimited bowling in the Garden Bowl, all the lanes, all night long. Karaoke is hosted by Breezee. Free for registered AMC participants.

Friday June 16, 2017 8:00pm - Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00am
The Garden Bowl 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

9:00pm

Thundercunts: Boom Concepts Party
Hosted by the coordinators of the BOOM Concepts Practice Space. Join us for music, art, and elevation hosted by Pittsburgh-based AMCers. Trap! Twerk! House! Move! With special guests featuring Detroit based DJs.

Friday June 16, 2017 9:00pm - Saturday June 17, 2017 1:00am
Baltimore Gallery 314 E Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Saturday, June 17
 

9:00am

Data and Power
State surveillance, biometrics, racist algorithms, and more – it is easy to become fearful and overwhelmed when it comes to data. And yet, our communities are resilient and full of genius. Beyond the many hands-on tools of circumvention and protection we share at the AMC, we need creativity and inspiration when it comes to data too. This plenary will highlight the work of three artists who transform the fear of data and surveillance into power and healing: instagram poetry that makes security culture accessible and compelling; a father’s FBI file reclaimed and transformed into art; an open source software for surveilling the surveyors and fostering cross-movement collaborations.

Moderators
avatar for Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They’re a scholar, activist, and media-maker who works with networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is... Read More →

Presenters
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Burak Arikan

Burak Arikan is a New York and Istanbul based artist. He takes the obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs them through an abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and procreates predictions t... Read More →
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Sadie Barnette

Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, CA. She earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally at venues including The Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was Artist in Residence), t... Read More →
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Micha Cárdenas

micha cárdenas is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell. She is the director of the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab at the University of Washington Bothell applying tec... Read More →
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Frances Lee

Frances Lee is an interdisciplinary UX/UI designer and masters student in Cultural Studies at UW Bothell. They create digital media on QTPOC safety and trans futurity in the Poetic Operations Collaborative. Frances has worked in the Austin/Seattle corporate tech industry and give... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
DeRoy Auditorium

11:00am

DIY Futures Through Architectural Zines
Why must the visualization of the future be constructed by a select few? This session will explore how spatial visualization can be developed as a collaborative process. We will learn how to utilize visualization tools which communicate individual and community needs and desires to a larger audience. Participants will walk away with an ability to visualize space over time through diorama, photography, and narrative construction. We will produce a short zine to demonstrate the process.

Presenters
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Aaron Jones

Complex Movements, LTU, Cranbrook
Aaron Jones is a registered architect, illustrator, and fabricator based in Detroit, MI. Aaron produces experimental theaters, pop-up structures, comic books, performance art, and critical writing in collaboration with leading creative professionals and organizations around the w... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

11:00am

From Media to Medium: Creating Revolutionary Oracles
An oracle is a tool that brings us clarity and allows us to move forward with love and confidence instead of being stuck in reactive feedback loops! This is a time for oracles, and they are all around us. In this workshop we will explore examples of community-generated and queer Black feminist oracles and create our own oracles together. Participants will leave with new oracles and the ability to build oracles individually and with their communities.

Presenters
avatar for Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker and a black feminist love evangelist based in Durham, NC. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines and poet in residence at Make/Shift Magaz... Read More →
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Seneca Micheal Gumbs Morin

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Seneca Micheal Gumbs Morin is a dream oracle creator and emergent video game designer. He is currently studying computer science and cognitive psychology at Vanderbilt University in order to create a link between dreams, video games and possible worlds of liberation.


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

11:00am

Listening is a Revolutionary Act
How do you make sure citizens are both informed and heard? We’ll share techniques developed by the Listening Post, a media engagement project that creates conversation around local news in New Orleans. Participants will learn creative offline strategies for community engagement such as public art, SMS, public events, and more, focused on 'news you can use' topics like housing, education, jobs, and health. Participants will get a 7-step plan for implementing a media engagement strategy in their home community.

Presenters
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Burgess Brown

Internews
Burgess Brown is a community media developer and native of Macon, Georgia, where he helped establish the 2nd Listening Post project. He now lives in NYC, is a graduate student at the New School, and is helping to expand the Listening Post community media engagement model around t... Read More →
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Jesse Hardman

ListeningPost/Internews
Jesse Hardman is a public radio reporter, writer, media developer, videographer, and journalism educator. He's the creator of the Listening Post, an innovative community engagement journalism project. He's been a regular contributor to NPR, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera and o... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

11:00am

Open Source Virtual Drum Machines
We will briefly examine an open source electronic music and new media package called Pure Data, then use it to jump into sound generation and control techniques. We'll build a virtual drum machine from scratch, making decisions about the sounds, functions and interface along the way. Participants will leave with exposure to tools for building and customizing tools for sound generation and transformation.

Presenters
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Quran Karriem

Composer / Artist
Quran Karriem is a composer and artist, working primarily with electronic and digital media. His interests lie in live electronic and electro-acoustic music performance, algorithmic composition and media installation. He is a former member of the audio technology faculty at Ameri... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

11:00am

Portable Network Kits
How will your local community communicate when a disaster hits? Team members from the Resilient Communities Program will use bad theatre, hands-on activities, and pop-ed practices to share how to set up a portable local WiFi network in a pinch. Participants will leave with skills to configure and deploy a portable network kit.

Presenters
avatar for Raul Enriquez

Raul Enriquez

Technology Coordinator & Training Specialist, New America / Resilient Communities
Raul Enriquez is the technology coordinator & training specialist at New America’s Resilient Communities program. As an educator, he believes a classroom should be visceral, safe, and collaborative. Enriquez also believes food is the ideal conduit for ideas to flow throughout a... Read More →
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Katherine Ortiz

New America’s Resilient Communities
Katherine Ortiz is a program associate at New America’s Resilient Communities program. In this role, she helps communities become more resilient by training them to build their own mesh network infrastructure


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

11:00am

Power Not Paranoia!
How are data-driven systems affecting our community's ability to access basic human needs? In this interactive storytelling session with the Our Data Bodies Project, we will explore the experiences of individuals from Charlotte, Detroit, Los Angeles, and the AMC. We will examine connections and patterns so we can begin to imagine and develop creative tools and practices that will advance our communities from paranoia to power.

Presenters
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Virginia Eubanks

Our Data Bodies Project
A writer, teacher and welfare rights organizer from Troy, NY. I've written two books -- Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. I've been involved in movem... Read More →
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Seeta Peña Gangadharan

London School of Economics and Political Science:
Seeta Peña Gangadharan is 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
Tamika Lewis an organizer and artist from Charlotte, NC whose primary focused on advancing Black, QPOC, and marginalized communities.
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Tawana Petty

Founder, Petty Propolis
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, visionary organizing and digital justice work. Petty is the author of Introducing Ho... Read More →
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mariella saba

Stop LAPD Coalition and Familia:Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Cultural worker, community organizer, and healing arts practitioner. | Who I am today is a collective journey | Born awake, guided through every breath, every step, sun n moon | to end the wars on our sacred earth bodies | I am reflections and intentions of our ancestors... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

11:00am

Protect Ya Self Love
What does it mean to be a young organizer and sustain your spirit along the way? This will be an interactive workshop that considers our power to heal individually and collectively from the traumas that live in our bodies. We will share resources rooted in mindfulness meditation and sensory healing for participants to integrate into their own lives and organizing. Participants will leave with the tools to support an ongoing healing practice in their lives.

Presenters
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Fayise Abrahim

Voices for Racial Justice
Fayise is the Organizing and Training Director at Voices for Racial Justice, now building and coordinating our organizing training and our Rural Organizing Network. Fayise comes to Voices with a background in popular education and community based research. Outside of Voices, she... Read More →
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Gabriella Anais Deal-Marquez

Youth Organizing Diretor, Voices for Racial Justice
Gabriella Anais Deal-Márquez is a Minneapolis based interdisciplinary artist and community organizer who's work looks at trauma, healing, and storytelling. She is the founder of Border Voices, which uses storytelling through poetry and spoken word to create spaces for performanc... Read More →
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Puma Saballos

Voices for Racial Justice
Scorpio. Wise Woman. Artist, organizer, healer, a member of the youth leadership team at Voices for Racial justice. Doing this work because it demands love and respect and all she wants to receive and give.


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room J

11:00am

Spells for Radicals
Now is a time for magic – in words, art, poems, songs, dances and other spells. Come learn how to create and cast spells to protect yourself and your loved ones and to shape the future. We will work together to co-create a zine of radical spells that any freedom fighter can cast. Participants will leave with more confidence in their own magic and resources for cultivating revolutionary change through magic.

Presenters
AM

adrienne maree brown

emergent strategy ideation institute
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).


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 020

11:00am

Transformative Radio with CKUT 90.3 FM
As an accessible, community-based medium, radio has the potential to be transformative. In this session, participants will explore approaches to community radio production and strategies to continue the survival of a medium that amplifies the voices of community members. By the end of this workshop, participants will learn basic radio skills and reflect on how to create a more just technological future.

Presenters
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Djenaba Dayle

CKUT Radio
Djenaba Dayle works at CKUT Radio.
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Gau Mahadevan

CKUT Radio
Gaushika Mahadevan is a radio producer at CKUT Radio.
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Subhanya Sivajothy

CKUT Radio
Subhanya Sivajothy is a radio producer at CKUT Radio.


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

11:00am

Transp0se: Music and Mindfulness
This is a Nada Yoga session meant to introduce people to the ability to attain mindfulness through internal/external soundwork. Our moving meditation workshop will help participants find ways to harness the power of sound as a clarifying and unifying tool in the classroom, workplace, and everyday life. Dress comfortably!

Presenters
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Hugo Genes

Transp0se
Hugo Genes holds a Masters in Integrated Media Arts & Nonfiction Filmmaking from City University of New York Hunter College and a Bachelor's in Economics from Cornell University. Hugo is a Fulbright Scholar, working with the Xavante Indians of Mato Grosso Brazil, to utilize their... Read More →
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Zach Gould

Transp0se
Zach first found yoga in 2010 while living and working in Pirambú, a favela in Fortaleza, Brazil. After face to face interactions with many Buddhist monks during a fellowship in Myanmar, Zach learned of the powerful potential in Vipassana techniques and integrated a meditative e... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

11:00am

Visual Media and Social Movements 101
How can we use visual media to add power to our own stories and struggles? In this session we’ll explore media tools and how they can help storytellers create impactful video and photo projects to share within their own networks. Participants will leave with the tools they need to cover an event or issue and create a powerful media piece.

Presenters
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Brooke Anderson

Survival Media Agency
Brooke Anderson is a climate justice organizer and social movement photographer. Brooke became involved in environmental justice at 17 years old when she helped shut down two toxic medical waste incinerators that were poisoning working class communities of color in her hometown i... Read More →
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Shadia Fayne Wood

Survival Media Agency
Shadia is the Executive Producer of Survival Media Agency and is a photographer and film director with a long history of community organizing. In 2016, Shadia directed over 20 short films produced in partnership with a number of movement partners, including the premier of her fir... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

11:00am

Words are Spells: Daily Consent for Kids
Traditional education is designed to train kids to "behave" and follow directions. This often leaves kids confused about appropriate and respectful ways to use their personal power. This session uses media making and theatre to creatively express and interpret radical consent for kids. Youth and caregivers will be led through a series of hands-on activities and practice using their words as spells to support and protect others against daily abuses such as bullying.

Presenters
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Sicily McRaven

Radically Art Infused Detroit
Sicily is an artist living in Detroit spreading the good news of radical consent


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

11:00am

360-Degree Video for Activists
In this session we will learn how to create 360-degree videos and virtual reality (VR) stories. We will explain how to shoot, edit and distribute 360 content and engage in a discussion about the challenges and possibilities of virtual reality. Please bring your smartphone and headphones!

Presenters
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Matt MacVey

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Matt MacVey (@Matt_MacVey) coordinates immersive journalism programs at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, teaching 360 production workshops and connecting immersive news producers. Matt wrote a report about immersive media for the NYC Media Lab and worked on interactive sto... Read More →
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Clàudia Prat

Freelance
Clàudia Prat @webDOCC is an innovative producer. Currently she is working as a 360-degree video editor for the Associated Press. She has also freelanced for New York Times, Fusion and Univision. She is the director of "Princess Nokia 1,2,3 & A,B,C", "The Fight to Stay in Chinato... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

11:00am

City Government and Civic Media
In this session we will explore and question the role of city government in supporting community-based media. Members of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and local counterparts will discuss the role of government in designing new experiences in public schools; creating civic discourse technologies and supporting public protests; and creating urban experiences centered around care, empathy, and justice.

Presenters
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Sabrina Dorsainvil

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Sabrina is fascinated by people: the way they move, speak, touch, interact and experience environments, objects, and each other. From playful drawings to impactful civic design processes, Sabrina’s work aims to improve the lives of the people around her. She’s worked with num... Read More →
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Jessica McInchak

Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
Jessica is a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and previously worked as a Data Justice Policy Analyst with the Detroit Community Technology Project, where she helped to assemble the Recommendations for Equitable Open Data report. She currently works as a web develop... Read More →
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Susan Nguyen

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Susan Nguyen is the chief of staff for the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. She develops new methods to deliver thoughtful experiences and services to residents and visitors of Boston. She previously led engagement projects such as Snowstats and Block Quotes. Her background... Read More →
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Stephen Walter

Program Director, Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Stephen Walter researches and designs civic media. As a program director in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, he helps experiment with civic engagement, storytelling, third spaces, and civic technology. He was the founding managing director of the Engagement Lab... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

11:00am

Crowdfunding for Social Justice
Join the national crowdfunding nonprofit ioby (in our back yards) to explore how crowdfunding can be used not only to raise cash, but also to promote community buy-in, build awareness of your work, and grow a strong local base of support over time. Through real-life case studies of successfully-funded projects, this session will give attendees a firm understanding of when and how to use crowdfunding effectively to support their work.

Presenters
avatar for Rhiannon Chester

Rhiannon Chester

ioby
Rhiannon"Rhi" Chester, Detroit native and Action Strategist with ioby (In Our Backyards) works on the ground in Detroit with community to strategize and develop fundraising skills through crowd-resourcing. Before joining the team at ioby, Rhiannon focused on media justice and LGB... Read More →
avatar for Joe Rashid

Joe Rashid

Detroit Action Strategist, ioby
Joe has spent his career in Detroit’s nonprofit sector, primarily in Southwest Detroit and the Brightmoor neighborhoods, working to empower and provide resources to local residents. His work is driven by the belief that community development is not a career choice, but a way of... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

11:00am

Modeling the Micropress: A Publishers’ Roundtable
Since the mimeograph revolution of the 1950s and 60s, much of the most engaging new American poetry has emerged in magazines and books made by small writer and artist-run presses. This panel brings together seven micropress, small press, and artist publishers, working in several modes and with several press models. We’ll ask: What is micropress publishing? What are its economics, models and goals? Environmental and labor politics? How do we carry it forward in a time of increasing neoliberal precarity?

Presenters
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H.R. Buechler

OXBLOOD Publishing
H.R. Buechler is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and founder of OXBLOOD Publishing. She is the current Victor Hammer Fellow at the Wells College Book Arts Center and former Print Production Fellow for the Journal of Artists’ Books (JAB). She holds an MFA in Interdiscip... Read More →
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Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

The Florxal Review
Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, 1980) is an artist chiefly concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany working in the mediums of scholarship, diorama, corporeal wisdom, archival gesture, and language. She lives and works in New York City where she is young mother of The Fl... Read More →
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MC Hyland

DoubleCross Press
MC Hyland is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at New York University, and holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama. She researches the commons as a link between spatial practice and intellectual property in UK/commonwealth poetics, and her poetic and... Read More →
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Patricia No

Publication Studio
Patricia No is an editor, publisher and writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She co-founded and was director of Publication Studio, is the founder and an editor at Weekday, an occasional literary journal, and runs Problem Press with Megan Stockton. She founded Publication... Read More →
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Brian Teare

Albion Books
A 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Brian Teare has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, Vermont Studio Center, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of five critically acclaimed books, most recen... Read More →
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Richard Wehrenberg

MonsterHouse Press
Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. is a poet, book designer, & wolf hybrid from Cleveland, Ohio living in Bloomington, Indiana. They are the author of the pamphlet Reset North America To Default Settings, the chapbook Hands, & co-author, with Ross Gay, of River. They are the co-founder of... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

11:00am

Music Journalism For the People
We live in serious times, and serious times call for a serious soundtrack. This session will hear from music journalists who are mapping the constellations between music and revolution. Each panelist will address the role of music in struggle, the potential of media for providing platforms for revolutionary artists, and the intersections of art, music, and journalism. Participants will learn about music projects happening across North America, and leave with ideas about starting their own.

Presenters
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Sundus Abdul Hadi

The Groundbreakers
Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History and is currently completing her MA in Media Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of c... Read More →
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Krusheska

co-producer & audio editor, Suena a Revolución
Krusheska Quirós is an afro-taina from Boriken now living in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Coast Salish people (a.k.a. Vancouver, Canada). She is the creator, audio editor and co-producer of the podcast Suena a Revolución. Krusheska has b... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Lakoff

Aaron Lakoff

The Rebel Beat podcast
Aaron Lakoff is an award-winning independent journalist, media-maker, and community organizer based in Montreal, Canada. His work combines a passion for popular education, social justice, and artistic expression. He has filed radio and written reports from several countries aroun... Read More →
avatar for Paola Quiros

Paola Quiros

co-producer and community relations connector, Suena a Revolucion
Paola Quiros is a Colombian migrant living in the unceded Coast Salish territories in Canada. She is a trained journalist and feminist passionate about Latinamerican music and curious about the underrepresentation of Latin American womyn in the independent music industry. She is... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 025

11:00am

Rejecting the Master’s Tools to Transform Public Libraries
When your library board agrees to form an antiracism team and passes a social justice resolution, how do you create concrete and lasting change within a bureaucratic, racist structure that was set up to serve white people exclusively? Staff and community members from Kalamazoo Public Library’s Antiracism Team will discuss challenges and victories over three years of antiracist organizing from the inside. Session participants will formulate strategies and tools for creating institutional change.

Presenters
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Angela Fortin

Kalamazoo Public Library
Angela Fortin is a branch librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library, where she works with people of all ages and serves on the library’s Antiracism Transformation Team. She also serves on the boards of Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative and ERAC/CE. She has a Master's in... Read More →
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Caitlin Hoag

Kalamazoo Public Library
Caitlin Hoag is the Law and Reference Librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) and a member of KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team. She is also a board member for the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) that serves SW Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State U... Read More →
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Jermaine Jackson

Kalamazoo Public Library
Jermaine Jackson is a library circulation supervisor at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Alma Powell and Eastwood branches, assists with adult and teen programming, and is a member of KPL's Antiracism Transformation Team. He also serves as a volunteer Community Service Chaplin in s... Read More →
avatar for Fernando Ospina

Fernando Ospina

Co-Executive Director, ERACCE
Fernando is Co-Executive Director of Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity and an apprentice with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. He is an Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Advisory Board member and facilitator of the Cradle Kalamazoo Health Equ... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 116

11:00am

Teen Presence in the National Museum of Mexican Art
How can giving teens free reign over a museum transform that institution’s culture? We will explore how the teens of Yollocalli Arts Reach are activating the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago through a new, younger lens. We will share our role within the museum, the teen-centric events we curate, and how we sustain our movement. Participants will leave with an understanding of how the development of a youth council within a museum can generate an increase in youth attendance and engagement.

Presenters
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Jennifer Aguilar

Yollocalli Arts Reach/ National Museum of Mexican Art
Jenny is a junior at Curie High School in Chicago. She has been a dedicated Yollocalli student and Youth Council member for 3 years.
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Whitney Ross

Yollocalli Arts Reach, National Museum of Mexican Art
Whitney received her BFA in Industrial Design and her Masters of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. | She currently works as the Youth Development Advisor at Yollocalli Arts Reach, assisting students in college, career, and artistic endeavors. She is also the... Read More →
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Gilberto Sandoval

Yollocalli Arts Reach
Gilberto Sandoval helped create the youth council in the spring of 2012. Since then, he has become an alumni of the organization and moved on to a career at the National Museum of Mexican Art.


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 111

11:00am

We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective
In Detroit, data visualization and mapping is often used to support gentrification by organizations that are not accountable to the community. Activists, researchers and designers from We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective will share our work to reclaim data visualization by mapping connections between water shutoffs, school closings, tax foreclosures, and other policies that impact Detroiters. We will create a map together based on participant input.

Presenters
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Emily Kutil

We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective
Emily is a freelance designer, adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, and a member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective.
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Monica Lewis-Patrick

We the People of Detroit
Monica Lewis-Patrick (aka The Water Warrior) is an educator, entrepreneur, human rights activist/advocate, and the President and CEO of We the People of Detroit. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

11:00am

DIY Embroidered Patches
The humble fabric patch can be a simple means to mending or a brave declaration of self-determination. What language do we use to mark ourselves when existing labels are too limiting? This patch-making workshop will teach basic embroidery skills and will encourage participants to create new words and meanings to better describe themselves on their own terms.

Presenters
avatar for Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Insta: lca_studiodiario
Lucia learned sewing from Abuelita and learned to call it Fiber Art from academia. She is the daughter of Peruvian immigrants who settled in the American South and earned an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is grounded in displacement, isolation, boundaries of iden... Read More →



Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

11:00am

Black Trans Futures
How are black trans communities using media to build resistance? Join Black Trans Media as we explore the powerful intersections of storytelling, organizing, and self-care. Participants will witness black trans media of various mediums and engage with our brand new toolkit "A Reminder to Get Ready". Participants will leave having built a relationship to the power of black trans media, and our communities, as well as the need to integrate and decolonize self-care practices.

Presenters
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Amari Xola Rasin

Black Trans Media
will add later - please contact us before printing!


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

11:00am

Grassroots Infographics: Designing Data Equity
Learn how to tell visual data stories to inspire policy change and mobilize information at the grassroots level. We will explore the power dynamics of design, data framing, asset vs deficit mapping, access to information, and grassroots design strategies. We will map out infographic solutions for reaching and activating policy makers, vulnerable populations, and more. Participants will leave with an actionable list of design strategies to employ within their organizations and communities.

Presenters
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Jessica Bellamy

GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio
Jessica Bellamy is the owner of GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. As a trained graphic designer, a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at the University of Louisville, and as a local community organizer, Jessica combines grassroots organizing, resear... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

11:00am

Map the Power
Who are the real beneficiaries of oppression? LittleSis 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.

Presenters
avatar for Gin Armstrong

Gin Armstrong

Deputy Director, LittleSis
Gin Armstrong is the deputy director of the Public Accountability Initiative, the Buffalo, NY non-profit behind LittleSis, where she focuses on tracking the networks that prop up the power elite. She is a board member of GObike Buffalo, a bicycle infrastructure advocacy organizat... Read More →
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Rob Galbraith

Senior Research Analyst, LittleSis
Rob Galbraith is a senior researcher at the Public Accountability Initiative/LittleSis.org. His research focuses on the influence of the oil and gas and high finance industries on pubic policy. He is a board member of Farmer Pirates, a cooperative of urban farms in Buffalo, and c... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

11:00am

Mitigating Evidence
How can arts educators interrupt the stereotypes and fears of incarcerated and court-involved youth? Our session will explore the Mitigating Evidence pedagogy designed by Free Write Arts & Literacy, a Chicago-based organization with 17 years of experience engaging incarcerated and court-involved youth in Hip Hop arts programming. Participants will share strategies to help arts educators directly connect their work to reducing recidivism and dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex.

Presenters
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Roger Bonair-Agard

Program Director
Roger is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow, co-founder of NYC’s louderARTS Project and author of 3 collections of poems; tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press 2010) & Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013) which won t... Read More →
avatar for Mathilda De Dios

Mathilda De Dios

Associate Director, Free Write Arts & Literacy
Mathilda is a youth advocate, community worker, sister, daughter and mother. She co-created the Know Your Rights Curriculum with the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Urban Studies fro... Read More →
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Ryan Keesling

Free Write Arts & Literacy
Ryan is an artist and educator with Masters in Education from Northwestern University, and is the founder of Free Write. Since 2000, Ryan has been designing creative space with incarcerated and court involved youth in the Chicago. In addition to being a leader in the field of lit... Read More →
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Elgin Smith

Free Write Arts & Literacy
Elgin is a visual artist, musician, and educator from St. Louis, Missouri, He discovered a passion for art in elementary school while drawing his favorite cartoon characters on his homework. In 2009, Elgin received a BFA in Graphic Illustration and Sculpture from the School of th... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

11:00am

Organizing for Cultural Equity
Cultural organizations by and for communities of color are underfunded by foundations and widely misunderstood by the nonprofit industrial complex. This workshop details successful organizing efforts in New Orleans, Denver and San Antonio to hold funders and nonprofits accountable. How can we share what we have learned to make our trans-local efforts even stronger? Participants will leave with new relationships, organizing techniques and opportunities for collaboration.

Presenters
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Sage Crump

National Performance Network
Sage Crump is a culture strategist who seeks to expand and deepen the work of artists, cultural workers and arts organization in social justice organizing. Based in New Orleans but working nationally, she believes in leveraging art, culture and creative practice to transform syst... Read More →
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Jayeesha Dutta

Radical Arts and Healing Collective
Jayeesha Dutta is a tri-coastal artivist-scholar pursuing a doctorate at the University of New Orleans, focusing her work on using art, healing and relationship building for intersectional social justice movement building. She has been organizing with nearly 100 organizations acr... Read More →
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Tanya Mote

Su Teatro
Tanya Mote has been with Su Teatro since 1997. She has served as a board member for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and the National Performance Network and is a track coordinator for the Allied Media Conference (Resourcing and Sustaining Our Movements... Read More →
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Maria Rangel

María Cherry Galette Rangel is a dance artist, curator, cultural organizer, and development strategist. As Co-Founder/Director of Mangos With Chili (2006-16), she developed the work of over 150 QTPOC artists, launched 80+ productions via national tours and local seasons of progr... Read More →
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Graciela Sanchez

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Graciela Sánchez follows in the footsteps of her mother and abuelitas, strong neighborhood mestiza cultural workers. As director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Graciela works with community members to develop programs that culturally ground people of color, queer peo... Read More →
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Ann-Meredith Wootton

Radical Arts and Healing Collective
Ann-Meredith Wootton - Standing in the footsteps of a long line of hard-headed rascal women who grounded me in traditions of resistance and community building through storycircles, arts-based trauma healing, & transformative justice. Co-founder of the Radical Arts & Healing Colle... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

11:00am

Read the Comments! Fostering Constructive Digital Dialogues
Everyone knows you shouldn’t read the comments. Or should you? This session explores how we can create constructive and caring online spaces. Drawing from our experience with Scratch, the largest online creative community for youth, we’ll discuss how design and moderation can nurture dialogue across experience and identity. We’ll start with an analysis of discussions about the 2016 presidential election on Scratch, then encourage participants to share strategies for supporting the exchange of ideas across difference.

Presenters
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Kasia Chmielinski

MIT Media Lab
Kasia is a digital storyteller and project lead at the MIT Media Lab. They have a background in physics, architecture, developmental psychology, and web technologies.
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Sarah Otts

MIT Media Lab
Sarah works with the Scratch online community, an environment where young people can create projects and discuss topics meaningful to their lives. She plays in an activist brass band and has a background in computer science and gender studies.
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Matthew Taylor

MIT Media Lab
Matt is a software engineer on the Scratch Project at the MIT Media Lab, who also enjoys and facilitates workshops in creative coding whenever he has the chance. Additionally, Matt plays in an activist brass band, and is on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival of activ... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

11:00am

Kreung Cooking Part 1
Kreung experiments with traditional cooking as a way to conduct dialogue and revitalize culture in her family and the broader Cambodian diaspora. In this workshop, participants will experience cooking with the chef and her family. Participants will learn about the Cambodian historical context; the challenges and rewards involved in balancing tradition and innovation; and the opportunities that food provides as a means for building bridges, opening minds and telling your story. The food that will be prepared will be enjoyed at the Kreung community dinner in the evening.

Meet at the Campus Shuttle Stop located at Anthony Wayne at 10:45am, if you'd like to attend this field trip/cooking session.

Presenters
CU

Chakriya Un

Kreung
same as other Kreung session


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

11:00am

The Dreamspace Project: Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Museum Education Part 1
We will explore the ways in which the art museum perpetuates neocolonialism and white supremacy, and how that affects the visitor's experience, creating both visible and invisible barriers to learning and engagement. Using exercises from The Dreamspace Workbook, we will guide participants on a tour through the galleries of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Along with access to a digital copy of the workbook, participants will leave with tools to address issues of racism prevalent in museums.

Presenters
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Alyssa Machida

The Dreamspace Project
Alyssa Machida is a museum educator and creator of the Dreamspace Project. Her work focuses on critical teaching methodologies and inclusion in art museums.
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Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad

The Dreamspace Project
Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad is a 17 year-old Aquarius exploring how to learn. At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, otherwise her junior year of high school, she became a pioneer in her own education by deciding to independently homeschool herself.


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

12:30pm

The Dreamspace Project: Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Museum Education Part 2
We will explore the ways in which the art museum perpetuates neocolonialism and white supremacy, and how that affects the visitor's experience, creating both visible and invisible barriers to learning and engagement. Using exercises from The Dreamspace Workbook, we will guide participants on a tour through the galleries of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Along with access to a digital copy of the workbook, participants will leave with tools to address issues of racism prevalent in museums.

Presenters
AM

Alyssa Machida

The Dreamspace Project
Alyssa Machida is a museum educator and creator of the Dreamspace Project. Her work focuses on critical teaching methodologies and inclusion in art museums.
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Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad

The Dreamspace Project
Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad is a 17 year-old Aquarius exploring how to learn. At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, otherwise her junior year of high school, she became a pioneer in her own education by deciding to independently homeschool herself.


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Saturday June 17, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:30pm

Kreung Cooking Part 2
Kreung experiments with traditional cooking as a way to conduct dialogue and revitalize culture in her family and the broader Cambodian diaspora. In this workshop, participants will experience cooking with the chef and her family. Participants will learn about the Cambodian historical context; the challenges and rewards involved in balancing tradition and innovation; and the opportunities that food provides as a means for building bridges, opening minds and telling your story. The food that will be prepared will be enjoyed at the Kreung community dinner in the evening

Presenters
CU

Chinchakriya Un

Chinchakriya (Char) Un is an artist/chef who creates space to share personal narratives through food. She explores memories both personal and shared, familial and societal, which highlight inherited trauma within the global Cambodian community. Char's food, her mother's food and... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

12:45pm

MAG-Net Media Justice Salon
The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), a project of the Center for Media Justice, is a movement-building network of nearly 100 social justice, media and arts organizations from across the country. Together we fight for communication rights, media/technology access, and fair representation.   MAG-Net Media Justice Salon's are interactive webinars that highlight top line media and communication policy issues that impact our communities and are a great opportunity for members and allies to connect with leaders in the field. We're excited to offer our very first LIVE Media Justice Salon at AMC's People's Pop-Up Media Shop. Make sure to follow along with us, using #MediaJustice


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

12:45pm

Latinx Healing from Colonialism
Hispanic, Latinx, mestizo, Latina, Chicano – we’re a community with many names and a shared history of colonial violence. How do we heal? We will discuss the Spanish language as a tool of oppression and connection; the power and problematics of connecting to indigeneity as a source of self-discovery; and finding new tools for representation within our spectrum of mixed ancestry. Participants will leave with resources for healing in our lived experiences.


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 118

12:45pm

Community Care Lunch Meet-Up
Join us for a community style care meet-up. We will offer ear (NADA) acupuncture, Reiki and bodywork. The meet-up will be first come, first served – no sign-up necessary. The space is welcoming of all bodies, identities, abilities, and backgrounds.

Presenters
avatar for Chiara Galimberti

Chiara Galimberti

W.I.T.C.H Chicago
Chiara Galimberti a visual artist, organizer, solo mama, and healer-in-training. She is currently pursuing a Master in Acupuncture. She is committed to making healthcare accessible and in building collaborative healing spaces. Her clinical focus is on mental health and trauma. Sh... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Room 020

12:45pm

Go Big: Launching A Massive Student Movement
How do we create student movements that shift power at the state level? The Ohio Student Association will draw from five years of creating a statewide movement using integrated methods of mass protest and building collective identity through electoral resistance. We will share best practices of merging digital and relational organizing, and help participants plan political movements in their home states. Participants will leave with skills for launching massive student movements.

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Morgan McNabb

Ohio Student Association
Morgan McNabb is senior organizer with Ohio Student Association. She has years of experience working with youth as a teacher and an organizer. She's led civic engagement campaigns, built student teams, and campus campaigns. She attended Wright State University studying Urban Affa... Read More →
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Kevin O'Donnell

Ohio Student Association
Kevin comes to OSA from four years of student organizing, most recently in the Harvard Dining Hall strike and the Cosecha Allies resistance circles. He now coordinates trainings for OSA and is building the FLAME program to coach student groups that want to take on local organizin... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 127

12:45pm

Ratchet Teachers
Have you ever been told you don't "look" like a teacher? Do you face discrimination as a teacher at your school because you belong to a marginalized group or present in a unique and nontraditional way? You're not alone! At this lunchtime meetup, we will break bread and reflect on how respectability plays out in our work as educators, current teacher demographics in the U.S., and strategies for resistance, self-care and activism.

Presenters
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Alexsarah "Golden" Collier

Womanist Trililance/Double Union
Alexsarah "Golden" Collier is a creative, activist, musician, and writer from the deep, black, magical south. Executive Directior of Double Union, the nation's largest Feminist Maker Space. Creator of womanist trilliance on soundcloud, and combahee radio. Teaching member of Girl... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 114

12:45pm

Know Admin, Know Art: Resource Sharing Through Fiscal Sponsorship
What if you could grow your creative practice without also needing to be your own accountant and fundraiser? Members of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Fractured Atlas, and Allied Media Projects will explore how the resource-sharing model of fiscal sponsorship can meet the needs of artists and cultural workers. We will also discuss how we grow, serve and support our communities, what tools we each offer, and how we approach our work from an anti-oppression perspective. 

Presenters
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Courtney Harge

Fractured Atlas
Courtney Harge is an arts administrator, director, and writer originally from Saginaw, MI who has been working in service of artists for the last fifteen years. She is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, an emerging theater company in Brooklyn, NY... Read More →
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Toni Moceri

Toni Moceri manages AMP’s sponsored projects program, supporting over 70 sponsored projects working at the intersection of media and social justice. A lifelong metro Detroiter, Toni has nearly two decades working in the nonprofit and public service fields. Toni most recently wo... Read More →
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Jamaine Smith

As a mixed media artist, Jamaine Smith is quite comfortable with getting his hands dirty and combining traditionally distinct mediums to create meaningful work. With a background in the arts, higher education, non-profit administration and social work, Jamaine uses the same creat... Read More →
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Beth Warshaw

Member Manager, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
Beth Warshaw has worked with arts, cultural & social impact organizations for 15 years. A Philadelphia native, she recently returned from Seattle, where she was Co-Director at The Vera Project. Before that, she was Production Director at WXPN, a noncommercial radio station. Beth... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 135

12:45pm

Meaningful Acts of Disruption
Meaningful acts of disruption begin with one conversation. Come share your projects and ideas to disrupt mainstream history. Our conversation may touch on community-based archives, oral history projects, libraries, and/or student and professional experiences at academic institutions that navigate power dynamics and challenge institutionalized diversity, racism, and whiteness. Participants will connect with potential co-disruptors and/or collaboratively identify tangible actions to help support their projects.

Presenters
avatar for Joyce Gabiola

Joyce Gabiola

Doctoral Student, University of California, Los Angeles
Joyce is a queer Filipinx American kid from Texas who believes in the power of students, archives, and libraries. They earned a MSLIS in archives management and are currently pursuing a PhD in information studies at UCLA. They dig orange popsicles.
avatar for Irina Rogova

Irina Rogova

University of Richmond
Irina Rogova earned her BA in Historical Studies from Bard College and her MSLIS with a focus on Archival Management from Simmons College. Blending social justice activism with archival work, she is currently the Project Archivist for the Race & Racism at the University of Richmo... Read More →
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Jessea Young

Digital Collections Librarian, Loyola Marymount University
Jessea Young earned a B.A in Art History at Cal Poly Pomona University specializing in Polynesian art. She received a M.S.L.I.S at Simmons College focusing in digital libraries and oral history. Presently, she is the Digital Colletions Librarian at William H. Hannon Library in Lo... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 125

12:45pm

Parenting for Liberation
Because of the rampant violence against people of color, many parents of color parent their children from a place of fear and protection. This workshop will introduce "Parenting for Liberation," a hub where parents can find resources, tools, and strategies for how to raise their children to be free and whole in the face of multiple oppressions. Parent-activists will have the opportunity to strategize best practices to parent for liberation.

Presenters
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Trina Greene Brown

Parenting For Liberation
Trina Greene Brown is a self-proclaimed badass Black-feminist Mama activist, raising two proud Black children. She launched Parenting for Liberation as a space for parents of Black children to envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. Previou... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

1:00pm

Gathering to Honor Philando Castile and Families Impacted by Police and State Violence
Join our AMC community to process and reflect on the injustice of the Philando Castile verdict and to commune with AMCers who are surviving through the loss of their families and community to police and state violence. Together we will take space to breathe, mourn, reflect and be in tender community with one another. A carryover space is being offered in DeRoy through the afternoon for people who want to continue to process.

Meet at the north entrance of McGregor Conference Center. 

Presenters
avatar for Autumn Brown

Autumn Brown

Worker/Owner, AORTA
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, science fiction author, singer, and facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression. Autumn formerly served as the Executive Director of both RECLAIM!, and of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. She is now a... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
McGregor Conference Center

1:00pm

Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures - People's Forum

Over 100,000 Detroit Working Families lost their homes from 2009-2015 due to foreclosures caused by the City of Detroit assessing properties at rates that violate the Michigan Constitution. This Peoples' Forum is being convened to gather the stories of those who have been affected by tax foreclosure and develop a restorative justice strategy.  

Media makers and activists attending the AMC are invited to join us to help document this important event and join in the fight against foreclosures.

For More information Visit http://illegalforeclosures.org/, or Email: illegalforeclosures.detroit@gmail.com


Saturday June 17, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Wayne State University Law School - Partrich Auditorium 471 West Palmer, Detroit, MI 48202

2:00pm

With Wings and Roots: Screening and Discussion
We will screen and discuss With Wings and Roots, a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of four young people from different immigrant backgrounds who challenge what it means to be American or German through their artwork and activism. The film juxtaposes the struggles around national identity in two cities at the epicenter of immigration debates – Berlin and New York. We will discuss the film and transmedia project’s collaborative production over ten years, its community engagement strategy, and how to foster more global conversations about migration and national identity.

Presenters
avatar for Christina Antonakos-Wallace

Christina Antonakos-Wallace

Filmmaker, Wings & Roots
Christina is a filmmaker and activist working in the intersection of documentary, new media and education. Her short films have screened internationally and won awards. She manages the transmedia project Wings & Roots with collaborators across the US and Europe, producing media a... Read More →
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Theresa Navarro

Wings & Roots
Theresa Navarro is a Pin@y interdisciplinary producer and cultural worker who collaborates with arts and educational organizations around the country. Her work focuses on lived experiences and media representations of local, global, and virtual negotiations of race/ethnicity, gen... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

2:00pm

Adornment: Self-Care Beauty Rituals
When do you feel most beautiful? This session will explore the relationship between art, beauty and healing via adornment rituals connected to ancestral and spiritual practice, mental health and total mind-body-soul resilience. We will explore adornment through discussion, writing and practicing beauty rituals using tutorials and application. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of beauty rituals, affirmation and new self-care tools for daily life.

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Tanya Turton

NiaZamar: Redefining Beauty
Hailing from Jamaica with Maroon roots and raised in Toronto, Tanya Turton is a Black femme artist, healer, entrepreneur and community worker. Her passion is love, holistic healing and art. Her love of storytelling and writing brought her to art. Tanya Turton launched NiaZama... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

2:00pm

Beyond "install tor, install signal": advanced infosec & opsec
If you are an activist in the world today, you are operating for positive change in a historic time. Some say we are creeping toward authoritarianism on a global level. We will teach you advanced methods to keep safe when using computer software, mobile apps, circumvention tech and hardware. Learn from case files of real security forces on operational security mistakes made by others. Your presenters will show you how to keep resisting in the face of highly skilled adversaries. We will work with you to create a digital safety plan moving forward. Participants will walk away with some ideas as how to continue their fights without losing their freedom, livelihood or worse. This workshop is intended for those w/ experience in using apps like signal, tor, etc who have questions on best way to properly use those apps to safeguard communications, remain pseudonymous, scatter their electronic trail, and mitigate risk. This will be a hands on participatory workshop.

We created a medium to capture notes from this session:
https://medium.com/p/f880cbd7dc03

Presenters
avatar for Nima Fatemi

Nima Fatemi

Security Researcher, Independent
Nima Fatemi is an Iranian independent security researcher, focused on encryption, anonymity, privacy and censorship circumvention technologies. Nima is a passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of everyday people to use encryption and protect their privacy online. W... Read More →
avatar for Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell

cryptoharlem
Official BIO: https://medium.com/@geminiimatt/whoami-a513e9e4c02f | Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem ( https://twitter.com/cryptoHarlem ), impromptu workshops teaching basic crypto... Read More →
avatar for Aleks Mueller

Aleks Mueller

Talk to me about digital and operational security., independent.
Aleks does digital and operational security training for activists and journalists. | He does research around tools and procedures for encryption, anonymity, privacy and censorship circumvention and advocates them to regular folks as well.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

2:00pm

Dalit History Month - Telling our History
Freedom lies in the ability to tell the story of our ancestors. This is true of no problem more than Caste Apartheid. Core to Caste is the idea that knowledge is solely trade of upper Castes. To address this, we founded Dalit History Month- the first digital history project in South Asia. In this session, we learn how Dalits, rejected being subjects in oppressors’ narratives and how media made the first community-sourced history possible after 3000 years of violent exclusion from knowledge.

Presenters
avatar for Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan aka @dalitdiva is a transmedia storyteller, technologist, and journalist who believes story is the most important unit of social change. Growing up as a Tamil Dalit, she was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. This led to her founding t... Read More →
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Maari Zwick-Maitreyi

Maari Zwick-Maitreyi is an anti-Caste and anti-Hindu Fascism activist, technologist and educator in the diaspora. She believes in the power of indigenous communities everywhere to access and chart their own history, knowledge and resources.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

2:00pm

Electronic Health and Safety in the Borderlands
Let's protect our data and conversations from Trump and his draconian administration! While there are many concerned citizens’ guides to cybersecurity, activists in the borderlands (border states) need extra security precautions because their work puts them at higher risk. Participants will create a "threat model" that address the following questions: What data do you need to protect? Who do you need to protect it from? How do you protect against attacks? BYOD (bring your own device!).

Presenters
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Juan Avila

OLE
Juan Avila was born in Mexico, immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6 and has lived in New Mexico ever since. He is currently an undergrad at the University of New Mexico studying political science. He is also a tax payer and a volunteer educator at OLE.
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Miles Tokunow

OLÉ
Miles Tokunow is a community organizer and multimedia storyteller. He is passionate about building community power through media/tech literacy and storytelling. He currently works for immigrant and workers justice at OLÉ in Albuquerque, NM.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

2:00pm

Fighting Islamophobia and Anti-blackness Through Youth Media
Using the film Keep Ya Head Up, Global Action Project’s youth producers will engage participants in exploring root causes for oppressive school policies and practices and then brainstorm solutions that empowers educators and young people to fight back together. We will offer an intersectional perspective from immigrant youth of color on the ways in which they experience Islamophobia and Anti-blackness racism in and out of schools.

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Jose Benitez

Global Action Project
Jose is a Community Media in Action Fellow with Global Action Project. He is also a youth organizer with Immigration Movement International in Corona, Queens, NYC, and an artist working with Mobile Print Power, a grassroots arts collective using mobile silkscreening to open up di... Read More →
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Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley

Global Action Project
Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley Is the Executive Director of Global Action Project. He is an experienced social justice leader, with over two decades of experience working with community and cultural organizing groups. Jesse is a co-founder and former Executive Director of FIERCE, a commu... Read More →
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Mahira Raihan

Desis Rising Up and Moving
Mahira is the coordinator of Moving Art, the youth arts and organizing program of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). She is also an alum of Global Action Project’s Youth Breaking Borders and Community Media in Action programs.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

2:00pm

Finding Yourself in the Break: Lessons in Black Jazz Meditation
Music and vibration have the power to guide us to self-knowing, healing, and the envisioning of new worlds. This session will engage these properties of sound through the Black radical jazz tradition. Using the techniques of Pauline Oliveros, participants will practice deep listening to pieces by artists like Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. Participants will learn that deep sonic engagement with the world of Black sound unlocks new ways of listening and improvising for joy and survival. This session centers people of color.

Presenters
avatar for Nicole Campbell

Nicole Campbell

Nicole Campbell is a Black feminist artist and dj, currently based in Detroit by way of North Carolina. She is primarily concerned with sound as both a portal for entrancement and an entry point to past, present, and time-defying worlds. Some of her mixes and musings can be found... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

2:00pm

Organizing for Healing Justice
H.O.L.L.A!'s Healing Justice Movement is an intersectional youth-led movement for youth of color and our communities. We will unpack the principles of H.O.L.L.A!’s Healing Justice Movement through facilitated role plays, activities and discussions. We will draw connections between vulnerability and personal transformation, and uplift organizing that focuses on how we change society and people at the same time.

Presenters
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keron bennett

Healing Justice Organizer
Keron Bennett 23 years old and brings to H.O.L.L.A! his and his families’ immigration history and experience. Once of Keron's favorite quotes is: "living life to the fullness"!
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Rakim Covington

Healing Justice Organizer
Rakim Covington is a formerly incarcerated street organizer who uses his energy to show young brothers and sisters guidance where they don’t have to repeat the same steps that formerly incarcerated youths made before them. We show them how to organize our community and put the... Read More →
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Alexander Davis

Healing Justice Organizer
Alexander Davis is a former product of systemic institutions but has preserved through life challenges with the knowledge & love from H.O.L.L.A!, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS), The Incarceration to Education Coalition and close relationships. Alex is now a fe... Read More →
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Machlie Edouard

Healing Justice Organizer
Machlie Eduardo is a student at York College class of 2020 pursuing a major in Business. Machile joined How Our Lives Link Altogether! (H.O.L.L.A!) to give back to the LGBT community. To uplift the experiences and voices of the LGBTQ community. I would love to be able to provide... Read More →
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Andrew Greene

Healing Justice Organizer
Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated co founder and organizer with How Our Lives link Altogether! Cory is currently invested in developing and supporting the development of an inter-generational youth led city-wide Healing Justice Movement.
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Gina Hong

Healing Justice Organizer
Gina Hong is an activist based in LA. She resists patriarchy and imperialism.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

2:00pm

Packet Sniffing for Everyone
How does data travel between a computer and the internet? What's possible for other people to intercept? We'll ask these questions about internet infrastructure and security through discussion and hands-on activities. We'll dig into the packets we produce using developer tools that are built into our browsers. We'll also use free software (either Wireshark or Debookee) to creep on each other's browsing activity in order to learn about the important difference between HTTP and HTTPS.

Presenters
avatar for Jen Kagan

Jen Kagan

Jen writes words for humans and computers.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

2:00pm

Pocket Histories: Zine-making to Share Community Stories
What (hi)stories are erased by mainstream historical narratives, and how does this impact the ways we understand our identity? We will explore DIY publishing to allow families and communities to resist erasure. Participants will create ‘pocket zines’ sharing family, community, and cultural stories and will be able to upload their zine onto “Pocket Histories,” a digital archival space.

Presenters
avatar for Jody Chan

Jody Chan

The Leap
Jody Chan is the Canada Organizing Associate for The Leap. She is a writer and community organizer based in Toronto, Canada. Her writing explores themes of diaspora, mental illness, and family histories, and can be found in Ricepaper Magazine and the Diasporasian Mythologies digi... Read More →
avatar for Lorraine Chuen

Lorraine Chuen

Intersectional Analyst
Lorraine Chuen is a storyteller, designer, and organizer based out of Toronto, Canada. She is interested in the ways we can make information more accessible to broader audiences. She explores issues around racial representation and critical analyses of media coverage on her data... Read More →
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Marsha Louise McLeod

The Built Environment
Marsha McLeod is a white queer writer, media producer, and anti-violence activist based in Toronto. Marsha has worked on a variety of community-based media projects, including HERE, a feminist anthology of letters, and The Built Environment, a podcast about systemic violence in C... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

2:00pm

Remixing Archival Videos
How can youth learn to harness the power of media to challenge conventional narratives about history, community, and public policy? We will learn about Chicago Slices, a project which trained youth in using freely accessible tools to produce videos and introduced media literacy concepts through the use of archival footage. We will share how the project began, what resources were developed for teachers and youth, and hear from youth participants.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Chapman

Sara Chapman

Executive Director, Media Burn
Sara Chapman is the executive director of the Media Burn Archive, a nonprofit which collects, restores and distributes documentary video created by artists, activists and community groups. She manages the preservation of the collection, oversees staff and interns, implements fund... Read More →
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Todd Diederich

Todd Diederich is a multimedia artist whose work has been featured in prominent media such as Vice Magazine and MTV. Todd has taught at Yollocalli for over 4 years.
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Gianna Lightfoot

Yollocalli Arts Reach
Gianna Lightfoot, 17 year old media maker and Yollocalli Youth Council member. Gianna has made murals, multimedia videos, zines and music since she was able to hold a crayon. Gianna was a part of the youth media makers cohort which helped develop resources on how to use archival... Read More →
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Jaime Lopez

Yollocalli Arts Reach
Jaime Lopez, 18 year old aspiring film maker and photographer. Jaime was a part of the youth media makers cohort which helped develop resources on how to use archival media creatively in after school programs. Jaime help direct and edit a Pop Up Youth Radio tutorial video for Yol... Read More →
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Vanessa Sanchez

Director - Yollocalli Arts Reach, Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art
Vanessa Sanchez received her BFA in Painting at University of IL at Chicago and currently is the Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach. Since 2001, she has dedicated her career to designing innovative, creative, and free art and media programs for teens and young adults in collaborat... Read More →
avatar for Paula Santos

Paula Santos

National Museum of Mexican Art
Paula Santos is a multidisciplinary educator who has focused on creating and advocating for meaningful, equitable museum programming for family and adult audiences during her 10 years in the field. She’s currently Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator at the National Museum of... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

2:00pm

Resourcing Your Work Through Residencies
How can we utilize artist-in-residence (AIR) programs to fund our work? In this session we will explore different programs, as well as those that pair residencies with fellowship funding. We will learn how to research opportunities and evaluate program "fit" – matching short and long-term creative goals to the time, space and possible funding that an AIR can provide. Participants will leave with a research plan and proposal framework for submitting strong artist-in-residency applications.

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Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Independent Documentarian
Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz is Documentarian-In-Residence with the Institute of American Indian Arts, and founding organizer for the Black and Indigenous Convening for Social Movement Documentarians, to be hosted at Omega Institute. From 2015 to 2016, Mi'Jan Celie was a Visiting Schola... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 129

2:00pm

Start Your Own Podcast
Podcasts are a fast-growing medium. They are also very simple to produce and distribute, even for beginners! The goal of these workshops is to teach participants how to set up their own podcast, create an RSS feed, and get their podcasts listed in the iTunes store, and other podcast providers. The workshop is aimed at people who are already producing radio/digital media, but want to set up a podcast. Participants will leave with tools for getting their audio works out into the world.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Lakoff

Aaron Lakoff

The Rebel Beat podcast
Aaron Lakoff is an award-winning independent journalist, media-maker, and community organizer based in Montreal, Canada. His work combines a passion for popular education, social justice, and artistic expression. He has filed radio and written reports from several countries aroun... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

2:00pm

Teaching Community Technology
How can we evolve our use and development of technology to be rooted in mutual aid? In this session participants will dive into the Teaching Community Technology Handbook, a guide to developing accessible and meaningful technology education through popular education practices and workshops. If you get excited by education and love sharing your knowledge and skills with techies and non-techies alike, this session is for you!

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Diana Nucera

Detroit Community Technology Project
Diana has an expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. Her ideas have inspired community technology movements in Detroit and around the world. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that empower... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

2:00pm

The Art of Coping
Learn how The Art of Coping, a curriculum designed to address stigmas around anxiety, suicide and mental illness, develops resilience and coping skills in youth. We will explore how the elements of Hip Hop can be used as an outlet to elevate self-knowledge and manage everyday stress. Whether you leave with a tool to use in your personal life or learn how to incorporate emotional wellness and create safe spaces for the young people you serve, The Art of Coping is a resource for everybody.

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Sheldan Wilbon

TRUE Skool
Shalina S. Ali is the Director of Programs & Interim Co-Director of TRUE Skool. She is a part of the Central City Circle of Change, a social and emotional wellness consulting group and specializes in curriculum and staff development. As a mother, photographer and poet, her love f... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

2:00pm

The Black Joy Project
Black joy is an act of resistance that is necessary and integral in the journey to our collective freedom. This radical space will use portraits to blend the magic of Black life and social media to shine brightly through our joy. Participants will leave with a digital portrait featured in #TheBlackJoyProject series, as well as a growing creative community and space where we celebrate our full selves.

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Kleaver Cruz

BlackLivesMatter NYC / BCB
Kleaver Cruz from The Bronx, is a writer, dreamer and lover of travel. His work has been featured on Vibe.com, the Huffington Post, La Galeria, and African Voices Magazine, among other outlets. Cruz is one half of the poetic duo, The Delta and creator of The Black Joy Project, a... Read More →
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Walter Cruz

BlackLivesMatter NYC / BCB
A native New Yorker, Walter has been exploring visual arts for as long as he can remember. He holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies with a minor in Studio Arts. Soon after graduation from college in 2011, Walter moved to Nanjing,China. Walter aspires to be a social innovator usin... Read More →
avatar for Kei Williams

Kei Williams

Black Lives Matter NYC
Kei Williams is a queer transmasculine identified community organizer with #BlackLivesMatter, NYC Chapter. A self-taught visual artist & graphic designer, they assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations with communications, marketing, and social media. Kei centers their... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

2:00pm

Training a New Generation of Language Justice Workers
How do we strengthen our language justice work to ensure our movements are multilingual? How do we train new people, especially 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, as social justice interpreters? This workshop for multilingual organizers includes activities from the Center for Participatory Change's Language Justice Curriculum, which has a healing and racial justice lens and includes sessions on queering and ungendering language. Participants will gain hands-on experience with this multimedia popular education tool, which they can take back home to use in their communities.

Presenters
avatar for Monserrat Ramirez

Monserrat Ramirez

Center for Participatory Change / Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship
Monserrat (Monse) Ramirez Perez is a twenty one-year-old, Mexican immigrant. She was first brought to the U.S. at the age of five. In 2012, Monse was a recipient of Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She graduated from high school in 2014 and is the first in her immed... Read More →
avatar for Ada Volkmer

Ada Volkmer

Center for Participatory Change
Ada Volkmer is a native of Mexico who lives in the mountains of North Carolina and is proud to call the US South her home. Her multicultural, bridge-crossing, code-switching experiences growing up on the US-Mexico border inspire and inform her language justice work. Ada has more... Read More →



Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

2:00pm

Using Tarot to Access Poetry’s Possibilities
Tarot and poetry are ancient systems that lead to deeper knowledge, understanding, and experience. This session will offer basic working knowledge of the language of the cards as we explore the relationship between our inner selves and sites of creativity. By engaging the tarot, we will open pathways and insight to our writing practice – from inception to revision. Participants will learn tarot basics and use the cards in practice.

Presenters
avatar for Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington DC area, Hoa Nguyen currently makes her home in Toronto. Her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last , Red Juice, Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, f... Read More →
avatar for Damian Rogers

Damian Rogers

Self
Introduced to the tarot as a child by her mother, Damian Rogers has given private readings for nearly 30 years. She mixes intuitive analysis and channeling with a lifelong relationship with the cards and believes tarot is a fluid system and a tool for discovery, inquiry, and reve... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

2:00pm

Visual Resistance and Design for Our Movements
How can we use graphic design and visual strategies to empower our movements? Design Action Collective will explore case studies of collaborative design campaigns, the challenges of creative problem solving, and tools for visual resistance in today's political climate. We'll start with a presentation on graphic design for social change, followed by a breakout group activity on crafting effective design solutions, closing with a facilitated discussion. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of designers and practical skills to carry into their own work.

Presenters
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Ivy Climacosa

Worker-Owner, Design Action Collective
Ivy Climacosa, Design Action Collective, Oakland CA: born in the Philippines, raised in the Bay Area. Organized with and supported several organizations in the Filipino and other anti-imperialist communities since early 2000s.
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Molly Jane

Design Action Collective
Molly Jane, Graphic Designer: Molly Jane grew up white working class on US-occupied Creek and Seminole Territories, Florida and Georgia, graduating from Flagler College with a BA in Graphic Design. Molly Jane has been actively involved in grassroots organizing and direct action c... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

2:00pm

Counterpoints: Stories and Data for Resisting Displacement
Members of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project will report on a year-long mapping project in Alameda County, as well as new work in San Francisco, offering a regional analysis of gentrification. We will share how and why we mapped eviction data and documented stories of resistance, bolstering ongoing anti-displacement work and centering anti-oppression documentary practices. Participants will walk away with new frameworks and skills to map community power in their local communities.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 135

2:00pm

Don't Stop! Get it, Get it: A Pan African History of Twerk
Twerking is a Black dance tradition originating in West Africa with a rich history in the black belt region of the south. This tradition has been co-opted by white culture in ways that obscure its richness, technical virtuosity, and uses for healing. We will honor this rich cultural tradition and explore West African origins of twerk, various schools of black belt region twerking, and examples of twerk music throughout history while reflecting on its evolution within black cultures.

Presenters
AQ

Alexsarah "Golden" Collier

Womanist Trililance/Double Union
Alexsarah "Golden" Collier is a creative, activist, musician, and writer from the deep, black, magical south. Executive Directior of Double Union, the nation's largest Feminist Maker Space. Creator of womanist trilliance on soundcloud, and combahee radio. Teaching member of Girl... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 020

2:00pm

Living Your Soul's Purpose in Community
In almost all indigenous cultures, spiritual technologies are first and foremost oriented towards helping individuals live their unique soul's purpose, in service to community. The collective supports individuals in discovering their unique gifts and finding fulfillment in service to the collective. In this presentation we will explore the concept of purpose in indigenous cultures and how we can begin to cultivate our ability to orient towards this energy in everyday life as we engage in community and co-create with each other.

Presenters
avatar for Langston Kahn

Langston Kahn

Occupy Your Heart
Langston Kahn is a black queer Brooklyn based shamanic practitioner specializing in healing trauma and radical transformation. He stands firmly at the crossroads, his practice informed by the somatic modality of Inner Relationship Focusing, initiations into traditions of the Afri... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 116

2:00pm

Soul of a Public Library
In early 2017, five librarians were terminated from a toxic workplace and began to speak out after years of resistance to policies and misinformation we believed had a negative impact on our community. We will share our struggle to support each other, to transform working conditions for the remaining staff, and to organize locally for a new library governance structure. Join us to explore the timeline of our resistance and develop strategies for surviving and resisting a culture of fear at work.

Presenters
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Kristy Cooper

Public Librarian, Community Organizer, Library Activist
Kristy Cooper is an experienced public librarian. She has also worked in non-profits and has an MBA in Non-Profit Management. She has presented and published articles about starting adult literacy programs in public libraries. She also writes young adult novels.
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Katie Dover-Taylor

Public Librarian
Katie Dover-Taylor was a co-coordinator of the Radical Librarianship tracks at AMC2015 and AMC2016. She is a public librarian specializing in digital literacy, a member of the Public Library Association’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, and coauthor of a chapter in th... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Perez

Andrea Perez

Public Librarian, MSW Student, Wayne State University School of Social Work
Andrea Perez was a co-coordinator of the Radical Librarianship tracks at AMC2015 and AMC2016. She is currently studying to become a social worker.
avatar for Alexis Tharp

Alexis Tharp

Public Librarian
Alexis Tharp is a public librarian, a former graphic designer, and a freelance book editor.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

2:00pm

The Black Photographic Image: Future Perspectives
This session is rooted in facilitating dialogue amongst Black photographers whose concerns are specific to Black futures. We will highlight critical connections between our practice and the need for diverse representations of blackness. We will share methods to build a visual archive that conserves Black collective narratives. Participants will leave with knowledge about utilizing these practices in their own communities.

Presenters
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Zakkiyyah Najeebah

Chicago Artists Coalition and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Zakkiyyah Najeebah is a Chicago based photographic artist, educator and documentarian. Zakkiyyah works primarily in photography to address and question the politics and aesthetic values of black representation,womanism, and collective narratives. | Zakkiyyah's work has taken for... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

2:00pm

Deep Listening: An Embodied Meditation
This session will guide practitioners through embodied practices of introspection, meditation, gentle movement and a collaborative listening circle to support insight and healing. Practitioners will learn to ground and restore themselves in silence to cut through the noise and hear their authentic voice, center their intuitive awareness and discern skillful action. Through the listening circle, practitioners will build their capacity to cultivate compassion and skillful communication.

Presenters
avatar for Tara Scott-Miller

Tara Scott-Miller

Founder, 3 Jewels Yoga
tara scott-miller is the founder and facilitator of 3 Jewels Yoga — a contemplative community of refuge + resistance — for which she curates safe(r) sacred space to cultivate practices of justice, liberation and healing. she is a wife, mother and Zen practitioner who writes a... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room J

2:00pm

Liberated Kids: Superheros for the Revolution
The revolution begins with liberated and carefree children of color. This hands-on, interactive art workshop will help kids understand that heroes are not only superheroes, but everyday people who stand up for what is right or help someone in need. After identifying their favorite superheroes, children will participate in creative play to identify their own unique strengths, gifts, and talents that they can leverage for good.

Presenters
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Trina Greene Brown

Parenting For Liberation
Trina Greene Brown is a self-proclaimed badass Black-feminist Mama activist, raising two proud Black children. She launched Parenting for Liberation as a space for parents of Black children to envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. Previou... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

2:00pm

Decolonizing Indigenous Food and Seed
Can you call yourselves sovereign if you can't feed yourselves? We will share and discuss the work around rebuilding Native community health through decolonizing food and seed. We will learn about methods utilized by Slow Food Turtle Island and the Upper Midwest Indigenous Seedkeepers Alliance to balance health with respecting tribal knowledge. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, and will leave with new ideas to decolonize their local food systems.

Presenters
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Jamie Holding Eagle

Jamie is a seedkeeper and an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation in North Dakota. She has worked extensively with urban agriculture, seedkeeping, and ancestral foods as a means of rebuilding tribal health. She is completing a Master of Public Health, specializing... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 137

2:00pm

All Good Food Has A Story Part 1
Do you want to take a private bus tour around Detroit exploring the people, places, and products that are transforming the city?  We will visit the markets, restaurants, juice bars, jam makers and lunch diners that are making Detroit a celebrated and controversial food city.  We promise a great day of touring and an incredible day of food while talking to local experts about what it takes to start a food business, to scaling the business to when does revitalization become gentrification. 

Presenters
avatar for Devita Davison

Devita Davison

Food-Preneurship Track Captain / Advisory Board, FoodLab Detroit
Devita Davison is the Executive Director at FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization that works to provide entrepreneurs with the technical assistant, workshops, resources and the skills they need to start and grow a strong values-based food businesses.


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

2:00pm

Farm Fun Exploration Part 1
Where does food come from? We will be exploring the fresh fruits and vegetables growing at Plum Street farm through movement and art. Surprising smells, brassica land dance parties, and flower field art activities are just the beginning of our journey through plants and food together. Participants will get to frolic in fresh air, learn about where food comes from through smells and tastes, and build their relationships with nature, earth, food, and each other.

Presenters
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Sonali Devarajan

Keep Growing Detroit
Sonali Devarajan is the Community Education Coordinator at Keep Growing Detroit. She graduated from University of Michigan with degrees in Economics and Environmental Science. She falls more in love every day with the amazing gardeners and farmers in Detroit where she can be foun... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

2:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls Tour Part 1
In a time of revolution and counter-revolution, the Boggs Center's tour of the eastside of Detroit explores history in the context of the rise and fall of the economic "American Dream" and the birth of visionary organizing and resistance. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, urban gardens, The Boggs School, CanArts and The Heidelberg Project. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to think historically and dialectically as we work towards the next american revolution.

Presenters
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Rich Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Rich Feldman has had the privilege of working with James and Grace Boggs for more than 40 years. He was raised in Brooklyn, active in the 1960s in SDS at U Michigan. Rich has been married for more than 35 years and has two children, Micah and Emma. Our family journey has also bro... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

2:00pm

FireHouse Music Series Day Party
The Firehouse Music Series, A collaborative project under the RockCityLookbook brand, is a Detroit-based, visual performance platform that highlights local talent throughout the city, state, and the nation. Our mission is to provide an extended platform and reach of audience for artists to expand their brand, bookings, new projects, collaborations, etc. 
In collaboration with the Allied Media Conference, we invite you to come and enjoy a special live session with the FireHouse Team and a few performances from the city's most talented artists, including our latest featured artist, Sienna Liggins. Sounds by DJ Stacye J. Refreshments will be served. Free. Saturday 2:00-5:30. The Commons.
https://www.baddieblair.com/firehouse-music-series/


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Cass Commons: Macalister Hall
  • Audience Everyone
  • Hashtag #firehousemusic

2:00pm

Black Youth Storytelling Through Virtual Reality
If Detroit black youth could create virtual reality experiences, what kind of impact could they make? We will use the immersive power of VR to tell a personal story. We will use phones to create our soundtrack and 360° visuals, then use a free program to develop our VR experience. Participants will leave with the inspiration, knowledge, and resources to continue creating compelling VR on their own. Geared towards participants between the ages of 15 - 21.

Presenters
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Blair Adams

Detroit VR/Digital Destinies
Blair Adams is the leader of the Detroit VR Meetup group. He’s coordinated several workshops, VR Jams, and informative Meetups. The group’s mission is to build a strong, active, VR community in the Detroit area. He’s a former teacher at Detroit School of Arts. He develops V... Read More →
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kristen Carethers

Producer, Detroit VR
Kristen Carethers has enjoyed a fruitful career in tv commercials and entertainment. Her experience, as a Producer, extends across multiple platforms; broadcast TV, in-cinema, web, and print. Currently she has brought her creative spirit to General Electric where she combines her... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 111

4:00pm

Artivists' Music Video Lounge
We will watch music videos by independent international "artivists," and discuss how their music reflects their communities while also exploring solutions to issues that are discussed in their lyrics. Participants will leave with a feel for new music and the inspiration to look for more works by artivists who create music within social movements.

Presenters
avatar for Paola Quiros

Paola Quiros

co-producer and community relations connector, Suena a Revolucion
Paola Quiros is a Colombian migrant living in the unceded Coast Salish territories in Canada. She is a trained journalist and feminist passionate about Latinamerican music and curious about the underrepresentation of Latin American womyn in the independent music industry. She is... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

4:00pm

Black x Queer x Poly: 195 Lewis
Watch a screening of the unreleased web series project "195 Lewis," which follows a Black lesbian couple in Brooklyn as they strive to practice radical honesty in their newly polyamorous relationship. We will screen season one of the series and discuss the the triumphs and tribulations of the filmmaking and distribution process.

Presenters
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Rae Allen

195 Lewis, LLC
Rae Leone Allen is a writer, and filmmaker originally from Mesquite, TX. She earned a M.A. in Urban Studies at Fordham University. Allen’s first media project, 195 Lewis, is a 2015 IFP Screen Forward Lab Selection, and premiered at BAM in December 2016 and internationally at th... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

4:00pm

Food Chains: Farmworker Rights in the 21st Century
There's so much interest in food, but very little interest in the hands that pick that food. Come see the James Beard-award winning film Food Chains, which chronicles the battle of a small group of tomato pickers in Florida, the CIW, as they fight the multibillion-dollar companies that control the supply chain. Learn how the CIW's model can apply to numerous sectors of the food system. Participants will leave inspired and armed with new tools to approach local, regional and national labor issues.

Presenters
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Sanjay Rawal

Food Chains
Sanjay Rawal has more than a decade’s experience in developing strategy for a diverse array of human rights and development projects in over forty nations. In addition to making documentary films, Sanjay is on the board of several nonprofits including the Voss Foundation. He ha... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H

4:00pm

Poetry and Publishing from Inside
What is the role of the poetry workshop in prison activism and decarceration? This session presents a poetry reading from participants in poetry workshops in prisons in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan followed by a discussion with a previously incarcerated poet, facilitators of workshops inside, and a publisher of poems from inside strategizing how poetry workshops can serve incarcerated publics and double as space to destabilize carceral logic. We consider ways publishing can build coalition between people inside and outside and challenge public perceptions of the prison system.

Presenters
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Jonathan Rajewski

Hamtramck Free School
Jonathan Rajewski is a painter who holds a degree in philosophy from Michigan State University. He runs Klinger Street Studios, is the editor of Soft Sculpture Press and is one of the founding members of the Hamtramck Free School. Since 2013 he has been facilitating a weekly crea... Read More →
avatar for Megan Stockton

Megan Stockton

Writer's Block Facilitator at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility
Megan Stockton is a poet and publisher living in Detroit, Michigan. She is working on her MA in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University, is an editor at Weekday Journal, and is a member of Problem Press. She is currently working as a teaching artist with InsideOut Literar... Read More →
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James D. Thomas

James D. Thomas is a juvenile lifer sentenced to mandatory life without parole at 15 years old, released in late April after 30 years of incarceration. He writes "I am an aspiring writer and gifted speaker. My quest for freedom motivates my writing. Poetry allows me to escape my... Read More →
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Richard Wehrenberg

MonsterHouse Press
Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. is a poet, book designer, & wolf hybrid from Cleveland, Ohio living in Bloomington, Indiana. They are the author of the pamphlet Reset North America To Default Settings, the chapbook Hands, & co-author, with Ross Gay, of River. They are the co-founder of... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

4:00pm

2 Cute 2 Be Erased: DIY Video Diaries
Why does history honor people like J. Marions Sims, the "father of modern gynecology", but erase enslaved women such as Anarcha who he forcibly perfected his techniques on? We will share stories of how we, and/or our ancestors, have experienced harm at the hands of the medical industrial complex. We will learn how to document our stories of resistance and transform them into powerful video diaries that we can share with others.

Presenters
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Pidgeon Pagonis

Pidgeon is a non-binary leader in the intersex movement’s fight for bodily autonomy and justice. Their goal is to deconstruct the dangerous myths that lead to violations of intersex people’s human rights, including common, irreversible medical procedures performed without con... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 135

4:00pm

Clifford Cartel's Rap Stories
Rapping is a special form of storytelling that activates our imaginations. Through rap, listeners are immersed in a story and can see every word, feel every emotion, and visualize the world evoked by the words. Let's learn how to tell stories through the art form of a lifetime by engaging in rap games, cyphers, and lyrical analysis.

Presenters
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Clifford Bussie

D.G.A.F Society/ Transpose
Clifford Cartel is a musician, educator, and Yoga enthusiast that believes in the fullness of life. With Music degree in hand, Clifford has carefully crafted a meditative practice that allows streamlined success through his many talents. He aims to use his educating and performan... Read More →
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Kerim The DJ

Transp0se / D.G.A.F Society
Kerim’s innovative DJ style, influenced by his time as a percussionist, has allowed him to show off his unique skill set (which now includes an electronic drum he configured for use with his DJ equipment). Known for his for his ability to create remixes and original composition... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

4:00pm

Comida Con Cuidado (Food With Care)
How do we honor our food – whether it’s cooking it, growing it, or using it as a tool to draw connections to our culture? This section will look at food through the lens of being queer. We will ask questions about food and our individual relationship to it while creating stories or artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their story or artwork to the zine Comida con Cuidado.

Presenters
avatar for Lucecita Cruz

Lucecita Cruz

Luz Cruz is a Gender non-conforming activist, community organizer and artist. They have organized through various non-profits around food justice. and have worked on both national and local organizing campaigns around food in NYC. They are currently working on a project called Co... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

4:00pm

Create Your Own Social Justice Warrior
Social justice warriors unite! This session explores the connections between organizing, sci-fi/fantasy, and liberation. The Social Justice Warrior Collective will present our children’s superhero comic book and outline our process for creating a superhero that transforms oppression into power. We will facilitate a hands-on workshop with participants to create their own social justice warriors. Together, these superheroes will destroy oppressive systems while building a more just world.

Presenters
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Jasmine

Social Justice Warrior Collective
The Social Justice Warrior Collective consists of a storytelling and illustrating duo, Simon and Jasmine, whose aim is to create a collaborative comic book series of unconventional social justice superheroes. We have four core characters who each face intersecting forms of oppres... Read More →
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Simon

Social Justice Warrior Collective
The Social Justice Warrior Collective consists of a storytelling and illustrating duo, Simon and Jasmine, whose aim is to create a collaborative comic book series of unconventional social justice superheroes. We have four core characters who each face intersecting forms of oppres... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

4:00pm

Electronically Woke
What are the digital implications of the moment we are in, and how do we prepare for the future? Journalists, activists, organizers, and media-makers are invited to learn about how technology can be a tool for both liberation and oppression. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of surveillance, as well as specific tools and resources for digital security self-defense.

Presenters
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Roberta Rael

Generation Justice
Roberta is a proud Nuevo Mexicana Chicana. She is the Founder and Director of Generation Justice, which is an intergenerational multimedia project that is committed to social change. Previously, Roberta directed the University of New Mexico’s Multi-Cultural Minority Recruitment... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

4:00pm

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
Emergence is the way complex patterns and systems arise from relatively simple interactions. Emergent strategy is how humans can create complex patterns of survival through simple interactions of relationship and adaptation. In this session we will explore how to use the book "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds" (AK Press 2017) for organizational/movement growth. Participants will leave equipped with tools to apply emergent strategy to their own work.

Presenters
AM

adrienne maree brown

emergent strategy ideation institute
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).


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

4:00pm

Getting Good Audio
Gathering, editing and distributing digital audio is easier than it’s ever been, but there are lots of ways to get more effective recordings for podcasts, audio documentaries and oral history. We'll share tips, including how to get a quality interview with a smartphone and how to build your interviewing skills. We’ll also share resources for gear, best practices for mixing, and where to go to learn more. Participants will be encouraged to skill-share and bring lots and lots of questions.

Presenters
JR

Jocelyn Robinson

Rediscovered Radio/WYSO
Jocelyn Robinson has worked in higher education and cultural organizations for her entire professional life. She teaches digital storytelling and is an award-winning independent radio producer. Trained in the WYSO Community Voices program, she’s now the station’s archives fel... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Wallace

Lewis Wallace

Project NIA, independent journalist
Lewis Wallace is a white transgender writer, editor and multimedia journalist. He previously worked for public radio's Marketplace, and before that, he was the economics reporter and managing editor at WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He got his start in radio as a Prit... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 116

4:00pm

M.A.R.CH.ing Together: Childcare Collectives for Liberation!
Curious about childcare collectives? Join M.A.R.CH. for a hands-on session where you'll learn how to create family-inclusive movement spaces by building your very own collective! We'll explore how to intentionally center the full participation of families in the struggle for liberation by providing childcare in activist spaces. Participants will gain the resources and tools needed to partner with organizations, recruit/train volunteers and engage in compassionate, safe and radical childcare.

Presenters
avatar for Shayla Lawrence

Shayla Lawrence

Memphis Advocates for Radical Childcare (MARCH)
Shayla has worked in maternal and child health for almost ten years & has a special interest in health disparities and social determinants of health, especially as they relate to infant mortality, breastfeeding, and maternity care. Shayla was a delegate to the Center for Health... Read More →
avatar for Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

M.A.R.CH. (Memphis Advocates for Radical Childcare)
Phuong is mama to Nathily, a 3 year-old who loves fixing things and the color green. Thily has transformed Phuong's world in beautiful & challenging ways, and sparked her learning of radical childcare and revolutionary mothering. The creation of M.A.R.CH. is one example of a Thil... Read More →
avatar for Jayanni Webster

Jayanni Webster

M.A.R.CH. (Memphis Advocates for Radical Childcare)
A native of the South, Jayanni finds her roots and makes home in Memphis, TN. She currently works as the West Tennessee organizer for United Campus Workers -- TN's higher education union. Her praxis pulls from the traditions of intersectionalism, Black feminism and popular educat... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

4:00pm

NADA Ear Acupuncture and Reiki Circle
Community-held healing is a strong and unique experience, one where we have the pleasure of being present during the care and exchange of energy for everyone in the room. Care will be offered in a safer, trauma-informed, consent-based space. NADA-trained ear acupuncture practitioners will place needles along the ear while Reiki practitioners follow with gentle placement of hands on the head and shoulders. This session allows 30+ people to be treated at once in a seated position in a circle.

Presenters
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Rhiannon Chester

Healing by Choice!
Rhiannon Chester, M.A., is a Detroit native and social justice educator that has been involved in various grassroots movements for over 10 years. She holds space for individual and group processing through dialogue and activity and creates non-commercial visual art -- All centere... Read More →
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Violetta Donawa

Healing by Choice!
Violeta A. Donawa, M.A., is an applied sociologist with ten years of experience in various academic and community-based projects focused on education and intersecting identities at digital, local, and global levels. Her work as a healing justice practitioner includes Black Lives... Read More →
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Adela Nieves

Homemade Healing
Adela Nieves is a new mama who needs more sleep. She is also a | Traditional Health and Healing Arts Practitioner, who is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots. Adela supports people in their journeys to tell their own story and define health... Read More →
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Sarah Sidelko

Healing Justice Track
While Detroit is home for Sarah, currently she's attending a year-long bodywork program in Albuquerque, NM. She is committed to co-creating accessible body awareness and movement spaces through an intersectional healing justice framework. She firmly practices anti-racist organizi... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room J

4:00pm

Rapid Accessibility Consultation
When you built that website for your organization, or booked that space for your event, did you accidentally exclude people with a range of disabilities? In this session, professional accessibility consultants from the fields of digital media, design, and architecture will help you assess your programming, products, and online presence, and suggest more active design agendas from the perspective of disability concerns. You will leave with individualized feedback and a plan for change.

Presenters
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Robert Adams

University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Robert Adams is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; the Stamps School of Art and Design; and, Chair of the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies.
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Stephanie Rosen

University of Michigan Library
Stephanie Rosen promotes the accessibility of scholarship, publishing, and teaching in her work as Accessibility Specialist at University of Michigan Library. Her background is in teaching and media organizing in the areas of queer, feminist, and disability thought. She has worke... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

4:00pm

STEM for the Resistance
What kinds of resistance give us strength? Are you in a book club that only reads authors of color or are you growing your own food? The Teen Tech Crew will share how they use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to resist. Next, you’ll reflect on how you resist and create a symbol to represent it. Using a die cut machine, you’ll etch your symbol onto a square sheet of copper. Finally, we’ll assemble our copper squares to form a mural, and share our stories.

Presenters
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Mohammed Ahmed

Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center,
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Oanh Vu

Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center, Science Museum of MN
The Teen Tech Crew (TTC), is a group of teens from St. Paul, Minnesota, who empower youth and bring visibility to community issues using technology. Every month, the TTC, facilitates hands on workshops for their peers at Createch, a creative space in St. Paul public libraries, fo... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

4:00pm

Supporting Loved Ones in Times of Crisis
How do we give care to our people in times of emotional crisis? This workshop will help us support others to navigate altered states, depression, trauma, and more, while centering the needs and experiences of POC & LGBTQI+ people. Paying careful attention to the emotional impacts of oppression, we’ll pair resources and exercises from The Icarus Project with participants’ wisdom to explore healing strategies, emotional safety plans, and harm reduction tips for navigating the mental health mainstream.

Presenters
avatar for Maryse Mitchell-Brody

Maryse Mitchell-Brody

The Icarus Project
Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and social justice coach striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC for 2 decades, including The Icarus Project, where they are the D... Read More →
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Natalie Yoon

The Icarus Project
Natalie Yoon is an organizer coming out of the student labor movement. While working as an organizer with different labor and student organizations, Natalie found herself struggling with severe anxiety and depression and recognized that this is a common struggle for movement lead... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

The Connective Kite
We will explore kites as a medium for critical conversation, collaborative healing and meditation. We will learn ways kites have been created and flown as peaceful resistance, and connect them to contemporary social and economic issues. We will construct and fly a modular tetrahedral kite, representing the intersectionality of contemporary struggle, the necessity of solidarity in uplifting issues and collaboration in forming solutions.

Presenters
avatar for Arthur Bledsoe

Arthur Bledsoe

Engineer and educator. Exited to learn about new ways and strategies for teaching and learning through art, hands on projects, and intentional conversations.
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Margo Dalal

Detroit Kite Festival
Margo was raised in Northern Virginia and has lived and worked in Detroit since 2014. As a community organizer, she works in the fields of foreclosure prevention, youth career development, financial justice, and community development. Along with a team, she recently founded the D... Read More →
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Katie Hearn

Detroit Kite Festival
Katie Hearn is a marketing and communications professional by trade, and a budding community activist, technologist, and fundraiser by trial-- living, kicking, and dreaming in Detroit.
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Zoe Minikes

Detroit Pop-Up Alliance
Zoe Minikes is a designer, community organizer, and pop-up food lady. She is a co-founder of the Detroit Pop-up Alliance, half of Peace Meal Kitchen, a co-organizer of the Detroit Kite Festival, and an occasional collaborator with The Work Department.
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Matt Tait

Detroit Kite Festival
Matt lives and works in Detroit, and is the owner of the product design company, Tait Design Co.


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

4:00pm

Ableism, Accessibility, and Oral Histories
Oral history, by its very format, is often inaccessible, ableist, and audist. What are the barriers to creating and sharing accessible media? This panel features producers from the Disability Visibility Project™ (DVP) who will discuss the project's inception, and its accessibility and inclusion practices. Participants will leave with a better understanding of why accessibility benefits everyone and the importance of engagement with disability communities in their work.

Presenters
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Geraldine Ah-Sue

Independent Audio Producer
Geraldine Ah-Sue is an independent audio producer who uses creative media to inspire a more loving and just world. She is the producer for SFMOMA’s podcast, Raw Material, season 2: Manifest about art, community and social justice. Geraldine also produces stories for KPFA’s AP... Read More →
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Yosmay del Mazo

Interim Regional Manager, SF StoryBooth, StoryCorps
Yosmay del Mazo is a writer, photographer, and audio producer who uses art and storytelling as tools for community resilience. He is a facilitator at StoryCorps in San Francisco and a former staff member of VONA Voices workshops for writers of color. His work can be read in the a... Read More →
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Alice Wong

Founder and Project Coordinator Disability Visibility Project™
Alice Wong is a sociologist, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco. She is the Founder of the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, amplifying, and sharing disabili... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

4:00pm

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
This workshop is an intro to brASS Burlesque's work – we welcome participants into a space of exploring embodied resistance through the art form of burlesque. brASS Burlesque, through celebrations of our politicized bodies, makes politics sexy and empowers audiences to value their own stories and use their creativity towards collective action. We also explore what it means to bring performance to the streets and how to do it in a way that energizes us all. We encourage a disruption of the passive consumption of art and using performance to re-imagine our society.

Presenters
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Una Aya Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Una Aya Osato aka exHOTic other is queer femme Japanese Jew. She’s a co-founding member of brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque. Performer, writer & educator from the far far east... of NYC. Una’s also an award-winning actor & playwright who tours her work nationally & internati... Read More →
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Michi Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Michi Ilona Osato aka sister selva’s germinated & sprouted in the concrete of NYC. Co-founder of brASS Burlesque, 2015 Queen of the Texas Burlesque Festival & Audience Choice Award winner. She’s spread her seedlings from Joe's Pub, to Sesame Street, to impassioned dance floor... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 020

4:00pm

Counterstrike News Network
The Counterstrike News Network proposes to build a national network of people of color community based reporters. The Counterstrike News Network anticipates that as agents of our own media, with a national platform to release news we will be able to shift dominant, mainstream narratives on hard-hitting issues such as immigration, police abuse, white supremacy and more. Partnering with Free Speech TV, The Counterstrike will broadcast its production. This session is about building a list of contributors, create a schedule of possible content and discuss the creation of this network.

Presenters
avatar for Marco Amador

Marco Amador

Counterstrike News, Producciones Cimarrón
A community organizer and media activist for the past 20 years, Marco has centered his work around popular education and the facilitation of spaces and community based power. He has produced documentaries on such topics as military recruitment in the latino community and Arizona... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 129

4:00pm

Design in Full Color: An Authentic Discussion on Diversity
How often are you able to express cultural identity through creativity? We will assemble a panel of creative professionals who identify and work with marginalized POC/LGBTQ communities to discuss the realities of their experiences within the industry. We will learn about the challenges and opportunities that exist to pursue design justice. Participants will walk away with resources, inclusive solidarity, and a stronger network.

Presenters
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Courtney Okoye

Founder and Director, ADMe Detroit
She is the founder of Advertisers for Multicultural Emergence (ADMe), a collective for professionals of color in the marketing, advertising, and media industries with the Metro Detroit region. She is a MAIP alum and Challenge Detroit alum, who is passionate about using her talent... Read More →
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Danni Wu

Detroit Asian Professionals
She is the founder of DAP (Detroit Asian Professionals), a nonprofit organization focused on building diverse mentorship, civic community, and professional networking in Metro-Detroit.


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

4:00pm

Capoeira Angola of Bahia in Detroit
Have you ever wanted to explore Brazilian folkloric dance and music? We will learn about the past and present of Capoeira Angola and participants will get a chance to try music, Portuguese song, acrobatics and dance within Capoeira Angola. Participants will leave with a better understanding of artistic expression through dance and cultural unity.

Presenters
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Kelvin Wyatt

Tabcat Detroit
Contra-Mestre Pequenininho started training in Capoeira in 1997 in Detroit however he always thrived for a deeper understanding in Capoeira. This led him to find Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda. Pequenininho trains in Capoeira Angola of Bahia as passed to him. In 2009 Pequenininho was... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 025

4:00pm

Talk the Talk: AirGo and Dialogue as Resistance
How can we embody radical resistance in the ways we communicate? AirGo is a radio show and podcast showcasing strong young voices reshaping culture to be more equitable and creative. This session explores how, as media makers exploring the craft and theory of conversation, we can use non-hierarchical dialogue as a space to help build creative communities and support social movements.

Presenters
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Daniel Kisslinger

AirGo Cohost & Co-Exec. Producer
AirGo co-host & Co-Executive Producer Daniel Kisslinger is a Chicago-based producer, working in the worlds of radio, live events, digital interactive platforms, and community building. He does production across the city, including: Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth... Read More →
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Damon Williams

AirGo Cohost & Co-Exec. Producer
AirGo cohost and Co-Executive Producer Damon Williams is an organizer, actor, rapper, poet, comedian, teacher, public speaker and activist hailing from the south side of Chicago. He is the cofounder of the #LetUsBreathe artistic activist collective, and recently served as co-chai... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

4:00pm

Diversity in Youth Literature
We all know how important it is for kids and teens to see reflections of themselves in literature, especially written by members of their communities. At this meet-up, we will discuss recent stand-out books for kids and teens, that are diverse in race, gender identity, learning and physical abilities. We’ll share tips for curating diverse and inclusive library collections and look at publishing practices and underrepresented authors. Come with your best ideas and favorite recent titles!

Presenters
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Katy Kramp

Plymouth District Library
Katy Kramp traveled with Up with People after college, worked at the University of Michigan International Center, then got here MSI there. She has been a librarian at the Plymouth District Library since 2002 and serves on the board of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Counci... Read More →
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Nakenya Lewis- Yarbrough

Youth Librarian, Belleville Area District Library
Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough is a youth librarian at Belleville Area District Library and has over 10 years of experience as an educator and school administrator. She has a passion to foster awareness of diverse books written by underrepresented authors which allows youth to see refle... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

4:00pm

Doing Data Justice
What does participatory governance of public information look like? We’ll present a primer on open data and examples from Detroit found in our Recommendations for Equitable Open Data report. We will strategize together about how to put data justice principles into practice through the collaboration of residents, local governments, and institutions. Participants will collectively design workshops and campaigns to educate and engage our communities in open data policy. Afterwards, we’ll share a public repository of these ideas.

Presenters
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Jessica McInchak

Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
Jessica is a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and previously worked as a Data Justice Policy Analyst with the Detroit Community Technology Project, where she helped to assemble the Recommendations for Equitable Open Data report. She currently works as a web develop... Read More →
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Kristyn Sonnenberg

Detroit Community Technology Project
Kristyn has a background in graphic design, UX design, and web development. She is part of the communications team for the Detroit Community Technology Project, specifically working on DCTP’s Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) project. She has taught data workshops for communi... Read More →
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Monique Tate

Digital Steward Trainer, Digital Stewards
Monique Tate is a community activist and leader in Detroit and has worked across the private sector, government, and in the community. She instinctively follows the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition objectives of weaving networks, building transformative education practices and c... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

4:00pm

Facilitating a Community Accountability Process
More people are becoming interested in the concepts of transformative justice and community accountability as collective approaches to responding to harms within our communities. This workshop will provide practical and concrete tips and tools for those facilitating a community accountability process.

Presenters
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Shira Hassan

Just Practice
Shira has focused on the experiences of girls, boys, transgender and queer youth involved in the sex trade and street economy since 1995. She is also a co-organizer of the Just Practice Collaborative, a training and mentoring group focused on sustaining a community of practitione... Read More →
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Mariame Kaba

Founder/Director, Project NIA
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is the founder of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She is also a co-organizer of the Just Practice Collaborative, a training and mentoring group focused on sustaining a communit... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

4:00pm

All Good Food Has A Story Part 2
Do you want to take a private bus tour around Detroit exploring the people, places, and products that are transforming the city?  We will visit the markets, restaurants, juice bars, jam makers and lunch diners that are making Detroit a celebrated and controversial food city.  We promise a great day of touring and an incredible day of food while talking to local experts about what it takes to start a food business, to scaling the business to when does revitalization become gentrification. 

Presenters
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Devita Davison

Food-Preneurship Track Captain / Advisory Board, FoodLab Detroit
Devita Davison is the Executive Director at FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization that works to provide entrepreneurs with the technical assistant, workshops, resources and the skills they need to start and grow a strong values-based food businesses.


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

4:00pm

Farm Fun Exploration Part 2
Where does food come from? We will be exploring the fresh fruits and vegetables growing at Plum Street farm through movement and art. Surprising smells, brassica land dance parties, and flower field art activities are just the beginning of our journey through plants and food together. Participants will get to frolic in fresh air, learn about where food comes from through smells and tastes, and build their relationships with nature, earth, food, and each other.

Presenters
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Sonali Devarajan

Keep Growing Detroit
Sonali Devarajan is the Community Education Coordinator at Keep Growing Detroit. She graduated from University of Michigan with degrees in Economics and Environmental Science. She falls more in love every day with the amazing gardeners and farmers in Detroit where she can be foun... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

4:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls Tour Part 2
In a time of revolution and counter-revolution, the Boggs Center's tour of the eastside of Detroit explores history in the context of the rise and fall of the economic "American Dream" and the birth of visionary organizing and resistance. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, urban gardens, The Boggs School, CanArts and The Heidelberg Project. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to think historically and dialectically as we work towards the next american revolution.

Presenters
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Rich Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Rich Feldman has had the privilege of working with James and Grace Boggs for more than 40 years. He was raised in Brooklyn, active in the 1960s in SDS at U Michigan. Rich has been married for more than 35 years and has two children, Micah and Emma. Our family journey has also bro... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shuttle Stop: Anthony Wayne & Kirby

6:00pm

Digital Stewards meetup and strategy session (NYC+Detroit)
During this meet up, and as a group, we will share our models and structures, potential streams of revenue, brainstorm possibilities for Digital Stewards, hear from Digital Steward alumni and network maintenance.(invite only)

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Saturday June 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State Hall: Room 129

6:00pm

Self Care for Birthworkers
When was the last time birth workers came together to affirm, relate and love on each other? The nature of birthwork requires us to give our energy outward but there is value in giving that same love to ourselves and each other. Through dialogue and creative expression, we will provide community birthworkers a space of personal reflection and celebration. Participants will discuss the importance of birthworker solidarity, especially as it pertains to our specific community needs.

Presenters
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Angela Abiodun

Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective
Angela Abiodun is creating her lived experience using knowledge gained through her yoga practice, doula experiences and interactions with nature. In her spare time writes, colors and dances under the moon.
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Olivia Harper

Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor
Olivia Harper was born and raised in Detroit, MI. During her undergraduate studies, she came to believe that using a community-based approach to doula work can transform communities. In her work as a doula a certified lactation counselor, Olivia uses creative expression to intera... Read More →
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Ebere Oparaeke

The Neutral Zone
Ebere Oparaeke is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan-AA with a BS in Women’s Studies. During her time at the university,she was trained as a birth doula and conducted research for her honor’s thesis on black women and their conceptualization and enactment of ag... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
McGregor: Room J

6:00pm

Shared Spaces: Imagining A Radical History Online Portal
People continue to connect across the globe at an alarming speed. Now the possibility of using technology to connect the countless stories manifested in community archival materials feels like a click away. This Mealtime Meetup aims to bring together a small group of community archival repositories, archivists, developers, designers, and potential users such as researchers, artists, and educators to discuss a possible large scale project that would result in an online digital archives portal.

Presenters
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Itza A. Carbajal

Consulting Archivist, University of Texas at Austin
Itza is the daughter of Honduran parents, a native of New Orleans, and a child of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. She lives in Austin, Texas currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies with a focus on archival management and digital records at the Universit... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State Hall: Room 118

6:00pm

Toward Education Justice
Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) is a national conference that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents, and community-based activists and educators to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. Participants will generate ideas about how to use AMC and FMFP 2017 as an organizing opportunity for their organizations and communities toward a vision for educational justice.

Presenters
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Nate Mullen

People in Education
Nathaniel Mullen is the director of Detroit Future Schools (DFS), a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects. 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 w... Read More →
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Thomas Nikundiwe

Education for Liberation


Saturday June 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State Hall: Room 125

6:00pm

Trap Yoga Party (Flicka da Wrist)
Get your practice turnt! Enjoy a judgement free vinyasa flow to a soundscape for the city. The Trap Yoga Party will lift your spirits, heal your body and flick those wrists. Expect a traditional flow with a few new moves to add some bounce to your practice. All levels are welcome and limited mats will be available to use. We will have some mingling with limited refreshments right after class. DJ Rae Chardonnay on the decks with Karla Huffman (Gypsy Yoga) leading class.

Presenters
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Karla Huffman

Gypsy Yoga
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Rae Taylor

Black Eutopia
N/A right now


Saturday June 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cass Commons: Macalister Hall

6:00pm

Kreung Cambodia Community Dinner
This year, the AMC is collaborating with Kreung Cambodia to create a community dinner and fundraiser. The event will include a full dinner by Chinchakriya Un, founder of Kreung. Kreung’s goals are two-fold: to raise money for a tractor for Un's family in Cambodia, and also to use the preparation of traditional foods to connect and address intergenerational trauma caused by the Khmer Rouge.

This year's community dinner will be a culmination of educational food prep workshops carried out by Kreung and AMC attendees. Organizers of the AMC Food Matters Track will also be presenting on the "True Cost of Food," using visual aids to reframe how we value prepared food and the work that goes into producing it, from farmer to server and everything in between.

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale ranging from $15-$50. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday June 17, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
New Center Park 2998 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

7:30pm

The Gathering: An AMC Youth Party!
Join The Power of Youth and the Youth Activism in Hip Hop track coordinators as they co-host a party for AMCers 25 and under! Join us as we network, share media, design and dance together. Motor City Street Dance Academy from Detroit will be hosting a Bboy/Bgirl session. Members of the Youth Fighting For Justice Mixtape project will be releasing their mixtape created in the Midwest. This will also be an opportunity to tour The Alley Project and Grace In Action Detroit. Youth from all over are welcome to this party!

Saturday June 17, 2017 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Grace in Action 1725 Lawndale St, Detroit, MI 48209

8:00pm

DANCE DANCE (R)EVOLUTION
Join us for our signature music event of the Allied Media Conference! Two stages: inside the museum and outside in Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead. Performances and sets by: Tunde Olaniran, Rimarkable, Danni Cassette, Latasha Alcindor, Mic Write, Whodat, Ladymonix, Rick Wilhite. Hosted by Mother Cyborg. Visuals by l05. Entry is free for registered AMC participants.

Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00pm - Sunday June 18, 2017 2:00am
MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Gender Blender
Presented by FtM Detroit, Gender Blender brings transmasculine identified people in the metro Detroit area together. This is a space where everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can feel safe, have fun, and build new connections. The Gender Blender is one of the biggest regular gatherings of trans and queer people and their allies in the metro Detroit area, and each one is bigger and better than the last. What is quickly becoming one of the hottest parties in Detroit, the Gender Blender is the perfect way to meet new people, listen to great music brought to you by DJ UnDcided, and win awesome prizes in our raffle! No cover.

Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00pm - Sunday June 18, 2017 2:00am
Circa 1890 Saloon 5474 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Sunday, June 18
 

10:00am

Live Audio Drama: Giving Voice to Our Ancestors
How can we use our resources to give our ancestors a voice? We will listen to an audio screening of W.E.B. Dubois' "The Comet," a short story that explores race in a post apocalyptic climate. This will be followed by a discussion about utilizing what we already have to cast, produce, sound design, and live broadcast a story in the style of audio drama. We will discuss how the story was re-created with the resources and tools at our disposal in 2017.


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry D

10:00am

Private Screenings, Public Imaginaries in Migratory Times
The Migratory Times Project, a transnational network of artists and researchers, presents six films from Korea, Greece, Palestine, Spain, Cuba, and Denmark. The screenings will include a single work in a private room for a small group of participants to allow for an intimate discussion; a series of short works in a screening space, followed by small group discussion; and an ongoing screening on a monitor in the participation/practice space, with ongoing discussion sessions once every two hours.

Presenters
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Dalida Benfield

Institute of (im)Possible Subjects
Dalida María Benfield, Ph.D., is an artist and theorist who researches and activates feminist and post/decolonial thought, pedagogy, and creative action in the context of global information ebbs and flows. She is the founder of the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects, a transnati... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 128

10:00am

Community-Based Exhibitions for Movement-Building
Since 2010, Project NIA has made and co-curated a number of multimedia community-based exhibitions addressing criminalization with a focus on Black captivity, oppressive policing, unfair targeting of survivors of violence, immigrant detention, the school to prison pipeline and more. Participants in this workshop will learn about how organizers can create multimedia collective exhibitions focused on particular issues with limited resources.

Presenters
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Mariame Kaba

Founder/Director, Project NIA
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is the founder of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She is also a co-organizer of the Just Practice Collaborative, a training and mentoring group focused on sustaining a communit... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 116

10:00am

Creative & free digital communication strategies
Often movement building is done without resources for communications. We will explore free methods for creating a digital media strategy. We will look at examples from the Wilmington Wire, a community-run media hub that reaches over 100K people a month without funding. We will demonstrate how to maximize exposure on social media, how to use free design tools for posters and infographics, and how to reframe complex messages to reach your target audience.

Presenters
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Lauren Valdez

Wilmington Wire
Coming from an environmentally burdened Latinx community in LA, Lauren's work focuses on shaping the built environment to improve health outcomes in low-income, communities of color. Lauren is the Co-director of the Wilmington Wire, a news media platform that builds civic engagem... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 127

10:00am

Exploring Data as a Tool in Public Libraries
We will share how the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has explored data as a tool for engaged citizens. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities and group discussion surrounding data-centric concepts like personal privacy, storytelling, and visualization. This session will introduce tangible approaches to civic information and practical applications of data, all through the lens of public library services!

Presenters
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Laura Calloway

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Currently, she is a policy analysis graduate student and Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow at Heinz College, a Carnegie Mellon Social Innovation Fellow, and a Civic Information Designer at Carnegie Library. Right now, she is designing civic information help de... Read More →
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Julia Petrich

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Julia is a Master of Design candidate studying Design for Interactions at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she is working at the public library exploring ways civic data might be baked in to existing library services. While her interests are varied and diverse, she is most... Read More →
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Eleanor Tutt

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Eleanor Tutt is the open data and knowledge manager at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. By opening library data, connecting library measures to community impacts, and supporting residents as they build their skills and confidence using data in the civic realm, she hopes to contrib... Read More →
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Tess Wilson

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Tess Wilson is part of the Civic Information Services team at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and occasionally assists teens during STEAM programming at the Library Labs. She is a collector of anything from big dictionaries to small rocks, and her latest acquisition was an MF... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 111

10:00am