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Thursday, June 15
 

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

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
 
Friday, June 16
 

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
avatar for Reg Flowers

Reg Flowers

Organizer, Falconworks Theater Company
Reg Flowers began their career as a theater artist, on and off- Broadway, with several guest starring television appearances. They are founder of Falconworks Theater Company a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and... Read More →
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Ethan Kankula

Alt Space
Ethan is a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner and teaching artist that has had the honor of working at theatres in the Detroit area such as, Open Book, Outvisible, Matrix, Monster Box, B&B, Shakespeare In Detroit, and Wild Swan. He is currently directing a psychological thriller... Read More →


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 Council... 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 National... 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
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Una Lee

Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director o, Design Justice Network / And Also Too
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. Una... 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 across... 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 Indigenous... 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

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 Institute of Detroit. He has exhibited successfully at many comix and small press expos throughout the midwest over the last seven years., 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 Institute... 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

Program Manager, tech + advocacy, 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

Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund`s Program Officer, she oversees Third Wave`s rapid response, multi-year general support, and capacity building grantmaking and supports its cross-sector philanthropic advocacy. When she`s not working, Joy spends time reading, cooking, gardening, and learning about herbal medicine., Third Wave Fund
Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund's Program Officer, she... Read More →
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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 organizational... 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). She... 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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Atieno Nyar Kasagam

Zomi Huron is your everyday eastside dreamer with hoop dreams, he fancies himself as a sometimes farmer, mycologist, ideator, and a always father., None
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, healing... Read More →
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Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

Mama Myrtle helps run Feedom Freedom Farm in Detroit`s east side, and is on the board of the Boggs Center. She is a mother and grandmother., Feedom Freedom
Mama Myrtle Curtis grows food, nurtures generations, and serves as a community anchor on the far east side of Detroit.


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 Center... 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 the... 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 recently... 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 leaders... 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 and... 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
avatar for Robin Markle

Robin Markle

Robin Markle is an artist, organizer and revolutionary witch practicing their crafts in West Philadelphia. They often collaborate with local organizations on art pieces to aid in the group`s political work, namely Decarcerate PA and the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration. When they`re not in a meeting, Robin can be found cooking up a scheme, a spell or a meal and selling queer altar candles at FlamingIdols.com., 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 not... Read More →


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

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 interests... 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 process... Read More →
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nyx zierhut

nyx zierhut is a multiracial black genderqueer performance artist, dancer, and poet. a creator of visceral aesthetic and political interventions, they practice within multiple somatic healing and contemplative movement traditions. nyx believes in creativity as resistance, as a tool for political change, as a path of liberation., Alternate Roots
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 cultivates... 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

Communications Strategist, Black Lives Matter Global Network
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 Black Visions Collective, the local BLM chapter. They are a graduate of the University of MN where they studied... 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

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), has... 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 traditions... 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 local... 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 →
avatar for Breanna Hamm

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
avatar for Sacred Amos

Sacred Amos

Tiarra Sacred Amos is a Metro Detroit-based photographer who’s been capturing people and events for nearly a decade. Sacred graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in communications. She is also a United States Air Force Veteran, having served her country for four... Read More →
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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 of... Read More →


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 →
avatar for Carlos Pareja

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 with... 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 media... 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

Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
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

Claudia Garcia-Rojas is a Chicago-based anti-sexual violence advocate, educator, writer, and radio personality. Claudia is co-author of the groundbreaking media guide “Reporting on Sexual Violence: A Toolkit to Better Media Coverage” which was published by the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women, a grassroots organization she co-directs. Claudia also organizes with Love & Protect, a grassroots organization that supports those who identify as women and gender non-conforming persons of color who are criminalized or harmed by state and interpersonal violence. Additionally, Claudia is a Chicago Public Media radio commentator, co-host, and producer and a contributing writer to different media outlets. She is currently completing a PhD in Black Studies at Northwestern University., Love & Protect, The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women
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 Women... 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 others... 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.
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 Lab... 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-sufficiency... 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 the... 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

Autumn works as a facilitator, political educator, trainer and consultant in service of movement building and social change. Over the years, she has facilitated with community and movement organizations in a wide variety of fields, including reproductive justice, education, urban planning, food and environmental justice, anti-violence, green entrepreneurship, alternative transportation, radical social change, and independent media. Her focus as a facilitator is community and organizational transformation through the implementation of egalitarian decision-making practices and anti-racist, anti-oppressive analyses. Her motivating principle is that we cannot create sustainable and transformative social change without using transformative models for doing the work. Autumn utilizes a popular education and emergent design methodology in her client work, while also rooting in black, brown, and indigenous traditions and histories., 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

Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and consultant striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class white Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC over 2 decades. They’ve been lucky to work with groups like The Icarus Project, Third Wave Fund, and the Rock Dove Collective as a part of broader struggles for racial justice, queer and trans liberation, sex worker self-determination, and harm reduction., self
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 Development... 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 in... 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

Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund`s Program Officer, she oversees Third Wave`s rapid response, multi-year general support, and capacity building grantmaking and supports its cross-sector philanthropic advocacy. When she`s not working, Joy spends time reading, cooking, gardening, and learning about herbal medicine., Third Wave Fund
Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund's Program Officer, she... Read More →


Friday June 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

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

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


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 using... 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 work... 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 and... 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 with... 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 Lab... 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-sufficiency... 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 →
avatar for Spirit Traveler

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 the... 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

Autumn works as a facilitator, political educator, trainer and consultant in service of movement building and social change. Over the years, she has facilitated with community and movement organizations in a wide variety of fields, including reproductive justice, education, urban planning, food and environmental justice, anti-violence, green entrepreneurship, alternative transportation, radical social change, and independent media. Her focus as a facilitator is community and organizational transformation through the implementation of egalitarian decision-making practices and anti-racist, anti-oppressive analyses. Her motivating principle is that we cannot create sustainable and transformative social change without using transformative models for doing the work. Autumn utilizes a popular education and emergent design methodology in her client work, while also rooting in black, brown, and indigenous traditions and histories., 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

Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and consultant striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class white Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC over 2 decades. They’ve been lucky to work with groups like The Icarus Project, Third Wave Fund, and the Rock Dove Collective as a part of broader struggles for racial justice, queer and trans liberation, sex worker self-determination, and harm reduction., self
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 Development... 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

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


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 eat... 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/survivors... 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 and... Read More →
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Shakirah Simley

Shakirah Simley is a writer and community organizer in San Francisco. She earned her organizing chops with over a decade of working on food equity, labor and youth campaigns. The daughter of a social worker, and granddaughter of a Black Panther, she graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and completed master’s at Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences as a Fulbright Fellow. She served as the Community Director for famed local grocer, Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses, and in 2016, she co-founded Nourish|Resist, a multiracial collaborative using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. Last year, she was a prestigious Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Her writing has appeared in Civil Eats, The Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, and recently published cookbook for the revolution: "Feed the Resistance". She currently serves as the executive director of community center in the Southeast sector of SF., Nourish | Resist
Shakirah Simley is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Shakirah Simley was raised in Harlem, N.Y., where her limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable food was always a challenge. As a young black woman hungry for change, she decided to dedicate her professional career and... 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 med... 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

Jamie Garcia is an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition., 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 social... Read More →
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mariella saba

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

Program Manager, tech + advocacy, 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

Palika is Brooklyn-based media activist and the U.S. Program Coordinator at WITNESS. She has trained hundreds of activists from Palestine to Ferguson on how to use video as a tool for advocacy and change. Palika currently focuses on how data, video and storytelling can help create police accountability, expose immigration abuses and advocate for indigenous communities., 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 country... 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

A mother, activist researcher, and social justice optimist born in New Jersey and working in London., Our Data Bodies Project/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
 
Saturday, June 17
 

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 world... 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

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Alexis lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is also currently engaged in a collaboration in the Twin Cities as the Winton Chair at University of Minnesota., 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 the... 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 other... 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 American... 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
avatar for Virginia Eubanks

Virginia Eubanks

Associate Professor of Political Science, University at Albany, SUNY
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor... Read More →
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Seeta Peña Gangadharan

A mother, activist researcher, and social justice optimist born in New Jersey and working in London., Our Data Bodies Project/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

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

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

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

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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 loves... 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 performance... Read More →
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Puma Saballos

BLMP
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
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adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit., How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
adrienne is a writer, facilitator, healer and pleasure activist living in Detroit. she is Co-editor of Octavia's Brood and author of the forthcoming Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (AK Press).


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 element... 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 in... 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 first... 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

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

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.

Presenters
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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 NiaZamar... 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. When... Read More →
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Matt Mitchell

Founder, Cryptoharlem
latest bio - https://medium.com/@geminiimatt/whoami-a513e9e4c02fMatt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem ( https://twitter.com/cryptoHarlem ), impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt is the Director of Digital Safety & Privacy, at Tactical Technology. In his work there Matt leads security training efforts, curricula, and organizational... Read More →
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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 is an artist, activist, and technologist with Equality Labs., Equality Labs
Equality Labs
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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.

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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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 community... 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 in Mask Magazine and The Siren., n/a
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 fearless... 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 digital... Read More →
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Lorraine Chuen

Design and Communications Consultant
Lorraine Chuen is a communications professional and visual designer based out of Toronto, Canada.
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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 Canada... 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 fundraising... 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 media... 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 Yollocalli... 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 collaboration... Read More →
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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 Scholar... 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

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, including Haiti, Israel/Palestine, Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and across North America. When he isn't working, Aaron is often keeping himself busy as the producer of the successful monthly podcast, The Rebel Beat, heard by thousands of people worldwide., 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 around... 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!

Presenters
avatar for Diana Nucera

Diana Nucera

Diana Nucera has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and develop visionary solutions to challenges. Diana is expanding community technology in Detroit through the Equitable Internet Initiative and in New York through the New America Foundation’s RISE: NYC Program. Her latest publications include the Opening Data Zine and the Teaching Community Technology Handbook. As a fan of joy and celebration, Diana is known for leading office wide rounds of applause when a friend walks into the AMP office., Detroit Community Technology Project
Diana has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that... 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.

Presenters
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Shalina S. Ali

YF4J Community Manager & Co - Executive Director of TRUE Skool, 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 for... 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.

Presenters
avatar for Kleaver Cruz

Kleaver Cruz

Founder, The Black Joy Project
Kleaver Cruz is an Uptown native of NYC, a writer, dreamer and lover of travel. His work has been featured in La Galería, African Voices Magazine, The Journal of Negro Education as well as on Vibe.com and the Huffington Post among others. He is an alum of the VONA and Kenyon Review... 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 using... 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 work... 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 immediate... Read More →
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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 than... 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
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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, for... Read More →
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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 revelation... 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

Molly Jane grew up working class on US-occupied Creek and Seminole Territories, Florida and Georgia, graduating from Fla, 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 campaigns... Read More →


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

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 consent... 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 performance... 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 compositions... 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 Comida... 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.

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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 oppression... 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 oppression... 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

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

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit., How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
adrienne is a writer, facilitator, healer and pleasure activist living in Detroit. she is Co-editor of Octavia's Brood and author of the forthcoming Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (AK Press).


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
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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 fellow... Read More →
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Lewis Wallace

Lewis Wallace is an independent journalist, and an editor at Scalawag Magazine. He previously worked in public radio, and he is a long-time agitator around prison issues and queer and trans liberation. Lewis`s journalism focuses on the voices of people who are geographically, economically and politically marginalized, and it has won many local and national awards. He’s currently working on a book for University of Chicago Press about the history of "objectivity" in U.S. journalism, and how it has been used to suppress diverse voices., Scalawag Magazine
Lewis Wallace is an independent writer, editor and multimedia journalist. He is the State Politics Editor at Scalawag, and has previously worked for public radio's Marketplace in the New York bureau. Before that, Lewis was the economics reporter and managing editor at WYSO Public... 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
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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 →
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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 Thily-inspired... 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 education... 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 centered... 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 Matter... 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, healing... 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 organizing... 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

Accessibility Specialist, 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 worked... 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, for... 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

Maryse Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator, psychotherapist, and consultant striving for healing justice. They are a mixed class white Jewish queer non-binary femme and have been organizing in their hometown of NYC over 2 decades. They’ve been lucky to work with groups like The Icarus Project, Third Wave Fund, and the Rock Dove Collective as a part of broader struggles for racial justice, queer and trans liberation, sex worker self-determination, and harm reduction., self
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 Development... 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 leaders... 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

Excutive Director, Detroit Community Wealth Fund
Margo is dedicated to creating a more equitable economy in Detroit and beyond. Raised in Virginia, Margo holds a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College, and an MSW from the University of Michigan. Margo has experience in supporting and growing businesses and non-profits... 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
 
Sunday, June 18
 

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

Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, and curator who’s active in numerous social movements for prison abolition, racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration, and a co-founder of numerous organizations including the Chicago Freedom School, Love and Protect, and most recently Survived & Punished., 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 community... 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 engagement... 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
avatar for Laura Calloway

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 desk... 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 interested... 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 contribute... 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 MFA... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 111

10:00am

Fly Freedom Makers
Hey sister friend, when was the last time you played or tinkered with something? Calling all Black Womyn to discover the power of maker tech with Just BE, a Black Womyn’s creative entrepreneurship collective from Oakland, California. We will explore how tinkering can be a tool for liberation through hands-on activities with Makey Makey circuit boards. Participants will walk away having learned a new tech tool and theory of radical tinker time that they can use to deepen their activist practice.

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Hope Henson-Lehman

Just BE
Hope Lehman is a Black biracial hip hop feminist dedicated to community empowerment through entrepreneurship, technology, and art. She was born in Sacramento, California and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009 with a degree in Feminist Studies and Sociology... Read More →
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Kamilah Richardson

Just BE
Kamilah Richardson is an Oakland, California Native that is the founder of Rich and Riot and Just BE. Rich and Riot is an apparel line that combines high fashion with female empowerment and Just BE, is a Black Womyn’s art entrepreneurship collective. She is a fashion maven with... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Room 384

10:00am

Game Curious: Videogame Literacy For Underserved Communities
We will explore how games can be an expression of creativity, using Game Curious as a template for localized accessibility. We will play games previously made in the program, then use paper prototyping and free resources to learn how to make games that disseminate political knowledge and lived experiences. Participants will leave with a nuanced view of what games can do, how to make their own games and instruct others too.

Presenters
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Al Donato

Hand Eye Society
Al Donato is a Toronto-based journalist and community organizer. They can be found on Twitter @Gollydrat or at aldona.to They work with the Hand Eye Society, a non-profit that promotes games as a creative and accessible form of expression. Game Curious was founded by executive director... Read More →
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Sagan Yee

Executive Director, Hand Eye Society
Sagan Yee is a Toronto-based 2D animator and occasional indie game perpetrator. Her work experience includes TV animation and storyboarding, video game concept art and design, illustration, motion graphics and even machinima. She has participated in numerous panel discussions on animation... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 114
  • Audience Everyone
  • Hashtag #GameCurious

10:00am

Insurgent Logistics: Taking Back Supply Chains
Logistics work to isolate local consumers from global economic violence. Under permanent threat from offshoring and automation, workers often lack the leverage to challenge wage stagnation, unsustainable production practices and labor abuses. But could we imagine a logistics that reverses this dynamic to build social power in our communities? By tracing the evolution of Just In Time logistics from Project Cybersyn, our panel will highlight practical supply chain mapping and policy tools capable of driving positive organizational change.

Presenters
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Josh Akers

Assistant Professor, UM-Dearborn
I am interested in mapping power and finding new avenues for intervention and resistance from data and tools to direct action. Short term goals are to alleviate suffering and afflict the comfortable. I like projects that do either but am particularly fond of those that do both at... Read More →
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Jessica Krcmarik

Tech Stars
an illustrator, designer, and letterer and Designer in Residence at Tech Stars.
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Elizeya Quate

Bid Ops
Edmund Zagorin is founder of Bid Ops, an acquisitions platform that drives savings on total cost of ownership. He is a LEED AG and co-author of Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities.


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Room 285

10:00am

Power, Belief, and the (word) Whore
How is the general subjugation of women revealed and distilled in the cadences, refrains and relations at the criminal fringes of society? In this session, we will explore some theoretical, poetic and revolutionary texts and sound which convene around the sexualization of labor and the mouths of "bad" women. Through hard readings, free-writing, and elective affinity, we will conduct some live, poetic research on the unbelievably true languages of these "lips which are always kissing" (Irigaray). Participants will leave empowered as deep-readers, intuitive scholars, and/or nasty women.

Presenters
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Mel Elberg

The Poetry Project, NYC
Mel Elberg believes in "the existence an value of many different kinds of thinking and interaction, in a world in which how close you can appear to a certain one of them determines whether your seen as a real person, or an adult, or an intelligent person, and in a world in which these... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 118

10:00am

Queer Black Sunday School Choir Practice
In this workshop we will engage the possibility of Black Feminist collective singing using Black Feminist texts as source material and sacred text. We will engage gospel and congregational songs and think critically about the meaning we make when we sing the words. We are reclaiming the resilience tools of our ancestors and elders - in this case song - and using them to meet the needs we have now.

Presenters
avatar for Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Alexis lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is also currently engaged in a collaboration in the Twin Cities as the Winton Chair at University of Minnesota., 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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Elijah Jordan Michael

Lost Boys Records
Elijah Jordan Michael is an emerging hip hop producer, one of the founders of Lost Boys Records and the grandchild of generations of musicians in the Black Church Tradition. Elijah lives and works in Lexington, South Carolina.
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Julia Wallace

Sangodare Akinwale (Julia Roxanne Wallace) is the co-founder of Black Feminist Film School and the writer and director of the ceremonial film "When We Free." Inventor of the form "ritual screening," Sangodare creates interactive digital and analog sonic (vibrational) and visual (aural) media in order to activate their purpose as a safe space for transformation. She is currently an artist in residence at University of Minnesota., Black Feminist Film School
Julia Roxanne Wallace (Sangodare) is a safe space for transformation and the queer result of generations of Black baptist preachers and singers in the Carolinas. Julia is the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming project, Black Feminist Film School and the writer and director of the... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Room 025

10:00am

Sampling and Sound Sourcing
In this session we will engage with sound samples culled from mainstream media, reinterpreting them to critically explore political themes. We will then use this material to create music arranged by the group with sequencers and iPad apps, using sound collage and beatmaking methods. Participants will walk away with a deeper working knowledge of sound as a political medium.

Presenters
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Michael Feld

Music Producer, PlaySpace Studios
Michael Feld is a Detroit-based producer and technologist who started creating at a young age, making films and drumming for bands, moving into music production, sound engineering and sound art. Through a Masters at NYU in education, he has fused pedagogy with these many different... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room L/M

10:00am

Transforming the Family Album
How can narratives within the family album change the way we see others and ourselves? This session will explore various ways artists and activists can reshape the family album to empower communities for a 21st Century. Participants will investigate and share stories rooted within their own family photographic collections and archives. Participants will create and develop community photo sharing and digitizing projects tailored to their own work and organizations.

Presenters
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Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker and artist whose work across film, video, photography, and performance illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. His deeply personal films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty, and Cape Town. His most recent feature film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), which looks at the ways photographs have served as tools of representation and self-representation through history, won over 7 international awards including the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Film. His latest short film, About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer (2017) had its premiere on World AIDS Day at the Whitney Museum of American Art and over 100 institutions worldwide as part of Visual AIDS’ 28th annual Day With(out) Art. In 2009, Harris founded Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR), a socially engaged transmedia, Family Pictures USA
Thomas Allen Harris is an award-winning filmmaker, transmedia artist, curator & educator whose work illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family & spirituality. In “Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela”, Harris examines the life of his late stepfather, part... Read More →
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Don Perry

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, LLC
Don Perry has been a Producer & Writer on award-winning creative projects with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris for over ten years. He is an experienced financial and management consultant with a wide ranging background in commercial finance and corporate restructuring. He has been with... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 117

10:00am

Translation, Migration and Creative Resistance
How can translation serve as a creative border crossing in this age of walls? We will connect translation (movement of texts) to immigration (movement of bodies) and explore using poetry to move language and ideas across borders. We will look at activist/immigrant projects that use translation as an act of critical resistance and try out simple translation exercises of our own. Participants will leave with skills to begin to engage in acts of critical translation.

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Madhu Kaza

No. 1 Gold/ Bard College
Born in Andhra Pradesh, India, Madhu Kaza is a writer, translator, educator and artist based in New York City. She has translated contemporary revolutionary and feminist Telugu writers included Vimala and Volga. She is the editor of Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry A

10:00am

Collecting Resistance: Histories of Social Justice in Detroit
Join us for a Wikipedia learn-to-edit-a-thon and oral history capture focused on curating the history of civil rights and social justice movements in Detroit through firsthand and researched accounts. Afro Free-Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) and the Radical, Libraries, Archives and Museums track (RadLAM) invite participants to share testimonies at an oral history listening Station, or get trained on how to add and edit articles on Wikipedia. Wikipedia coaches and members of RadLAM will be on-hand to help.

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Celeste A-Re

RadLAM
Celeste A-Re is a co-coordinator of the Radical Libraries, Archives and Museums track (RadLAM). She seeks to understand how culture, heritage and information workers use community informatics to bridge solidarity and support social justice. She is a library technician at a federal... Read More →
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Itza A. Carbajal

Latin American Metadata Librarian, University of Texas Austin LLILAS Benson
Itza Carbajal is the Latin American Metadata Librarian at LLILAS Benson. Her research focuses on community centered archival practices, use of Post-Custodialism, and the role of Community Archives. More at: www.itzacarbajal.com
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Ayshea Khan

Ayshea is the Asian American Community Archivist for the Austin History Center, where she works to document, preserve, and provide access to the history of Asian American communities in Austin. She holds a Bachelor’s in Cinema Production & Photography from Ithaca College and a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Specializing in audiovisual collections, she has worked at organizations such as the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, American Genre Film Archive, Louis Black Productions and the Señal 3 public access station in Santiago de Chile. She is the Co-Chair of the Archivists` Collective for the South Asian American Digital Archive and was a track coordinator for the 2017 Disrupting Mainstream History track at the Allied Media Conference. She is passionate about media education for youth, and has been a Filmmaking Mentor for the Austin Film Society since 2012. She was part of the coordinating team for the 2018 Breaking Library Silos Workshop in Austin., Austin History Center
Ayshea is a co-coordinator of the Disrupting Mainstream History: Memory Keep, Storytelling, & Community Archives track. She is an audiovisual archivist and currently manages and preserves collections within the Collection of Texas Independent Film. She is a passionate storyteller... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

10:00am

DIY Internet Radio Exploration
Internet radio offers people a platform to curate their media, voice their values and amplify communities. We will discuss the position of internet radio in small communities as an agent for local advocacy and global connections. The session will explore three community-based internet radio projects as well as provide session participants with basic knowledge to create a DIY internet radio and build connections with partners.The session will be broadcasted live by youth radio producers.

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Diego Aguirre

Centro de Cultura Digital/ Director CCD Radio
Diseñador gráfico por el Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO, 2004). Ha trabajado como director de arte e impartido clases de tipografía y diseño editorial. Actualmente se desempeña como Co-director del proyecto CCD RADIO para el Centro de Cultura Digital... Read More →
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Logan Bay

Public Media Institute, WLPN-LP Chicago 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio
Logan Bay is WLPN-LP Chicago 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio's programming director and station director. Logan is a multifaceted creative professional guided by a life long passion for art & design with experience directing festivals, managing businesses and curating content.
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Stephanie Manriquez

Yollocalli Arts Reach
Stephanie Manriquez is a writer, multicultural guide and social activist, also known for her work in public radio as an independent producer. She is the lead journalism teacher for Yollocalli's Your Story, Your Way and Pop Up Youth Radio programs.
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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 collaboration... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

1:00pm

360 Degrees of Dance
How do you create performances offsite or in unorthodox locations? Participants will learn methods for creating three dimensional performance. This workshop is for dancers, movers, artists, or individuals who would like to use movement in their works or learn different techniques. We will begin with a brief presentation, warm-up, individual/partner work and creating a movement phrase. Later, we will present the phrase in a new location. Modifications can be made due to injuries or disabilities.

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Erika 'RED' Stowall

Big Red Danke Productions
Erika ‘Red’ Stowall is a choreographer and educator residing in Detroit, MI. Red attended University of Michigan, receiving a BFA in Dance and Choreography.Currently, Red is teaching at Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015 Red received the Applebaum Emerging Artist Award... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Room 020

1:00pm

Build it Strong: Collective Governance for Collective Liberation
As infrastructure erodes, we are tasked with building something new! Worker-owned coops are a great model for innovative collaboration that centers shared governance and democracy in motion. Join co-op thinkers to learn about the nuts and bolts of how to democratically govern a group. Bring questions, explore challenges and possibilities, and leave with best practices and tools for democratic practices guided by our shared commitment to topple systems of oppression and repression.

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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

Molly Jane grew up working class on US-occupied Creek and Seminole Territories, Florida and Georgia, graduating from Fla, 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 campaigns... Read More →
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Jenna Peters-Golden

Rooted in Philadelphia, Jenna Peters-Golden has been honored to facilitate workshops, retreats, and transformational processes with hundreds of co-ops, movement organizations, and other organizations fighting for justice. A queer Jew from Michigan, Jenna is anchored to many projects and campaigns fighting for community control and liberation. Jenna is a founding worker-owner of AORTA., Anti Oppression Resource & Training Alliance
Jenna is a founding worker-owner of AORTA. Originally from Michigan, rooted in Philadelphia, she is plugged into many fights for community control and building power.


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 135

1:00pm

Building Tech to Hold Police Accountable
We can build our own tech to empower community-based solutions! Help develop a tool that would read police badges and provide data on police in real time and add your own reviews (think: “Yelp” for cops). We will host a community hack-a-thon to dive into the concept, improve the design together, and take next steps. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how police try to limit accountability and how innovative tech can change the power dynamic between the public and the police.

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Raquel De Anda

http://www.raqueldeanda.org
RAQUEL DE ANDA is an independent curator and cultural producer who began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA (2003-2010) and has continued to support the production of socially engaged artwork in both... Read More →
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Gan Golan

http://gangolan.com
GAN GOLAN is an artist, activist, and NY Times bestselling author. His work combines grassroots community organizing with high-profile, media-genic public spectacles that shift popular narratives and mobilize communities. He recieved an "Artist as Activist" Fellowship from the Robert... Read More →
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Ronald Morrison

http://www.designculturelab.com/ron-m/
RON MORRISON is a designer, researcher, and social practitioner who works to create strategies using art and design that help people understand how urban systems work and how to work within them. With a strong background in community development and social advocacy, he believes that... Read More →
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Ayodomola Okunseinde

http://www.ayo.io
AYODAMOLA TANIMOWO OKUSEINDE is an artist and interactive designer living and working in New York.earned his B.A at the State University of New Jersey. His works range from painting and speculative design to physically interactive works, wearable technology and explorations of Afrofuturism... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

1:00pm

Embodied Twitter
Successful campaigns almost always utilize social media as a tool for organizing. However, the underlying algorithms, social rules and cultural expectations are often complex or hidden. In this participatory workshop, we will use movement exercises and bodystorming to ideate ways to hack social media for social change, without losing sight of the human-to-human interaction at the heart of digital communication.

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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 teaching... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

1:00pm

Healing with Tai Chi
Tai Chi Ch'uan is a Chinese martial art. The main principle is to learn to relax through understanding our own bodies. During the session, we will practice tai chi. I will share some simple movements that you can do at home.

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Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room J

1:00pm

Out of the Attic: Dissociation and Structural Oppression
This workshop will help participants understand dissociation as the internalization of very real structural violence. We will offer a toolkit to identify dissociative experiences caused by social and political violence. We will provide ways individuals and communities can respond to build skills for radical beloved community. We will develop an online toolkit with strategies, understandings, and examples from participants.

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Naava Smolash

Naava Smolash (aka Nora Samaran) is a long time community organizer based in Vancouver and Montreal, whose work has focussed on a range of issues including migrant justice, independent media, radial mental health, and transformative justice. She is the author of "The Opposite of Rape... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 111

1:00pm

Radical Visibility: QueerCrip Fashion and Performance
How do you hack your wardrobe to make it fully celebrate the intersection of all of your identities? We will explore the idea of Radical Visibility, a QueerCrip movement based on highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns. We will discuss designing for disability, gender, race, size, sexuality, and how to run your own line. We will engage in hands-on dress up time and body movement work, which will culminate in a fashion performance and mini dance party.

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Sky Cubacub

Rebirth Garments
Sky Cubacub is a non-binary Filipinx human from Chicago, IL. Rebirth Garments is their line of wearables for the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. They maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors... Read More →
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Compton Quashie

Compton Q and Rebirth Garments
Several forces fuel Compton Quashie as a Chicago based designer and artist. Through exploration and research they focus on issues surrounding cultural history and appropriation. Themes of Afrofuturism, gender fluidity, popular and material culture, historical narratives, and the rapidly... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

1:00pm

Tendings: Sustainable Artful Lives
Disability culture poets and performance artists Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers will lead short meditation exercises combining experiential anatomy and writing, followed by an open salon. Participants will come away from this session with practical exercises for sustainable, responsible, artful living.

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Stephanie Heit

Independent/Interdependent Artist, Turtle Disco
Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. Her debut poetry collection, The Color She Gave... Read More →
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Petra Kuppers

Disability/Surrealism/Feminism/Land-Based Work, The Olimpias/Turtle Disco/University of Michigan
Petra Kuppers is a queercrip disability culture activist and a community performance artist who teaches at the University of Michigan and Goddard College. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective (www.olimipias.org). In 2016/17... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Room 025

1:00pm

The Free Black Women's Library
The Free Black Women's Library is an interactive mobile library that features a collection of 650 books written by Black women, as well as readings, film screenings, performance, visual art, writing circles, and critical conversation. The library centers the brilliance and imagination of Black women while nurturing space for creativity and connection. In this session we will explore themes in Black women's literature and examine how they provide a platform for healing and liberation. We will examine the power of books as portals towards self discovery and radical thinking.

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OlaRonke Akinmowo

Creator + Director, The Free Black Women's Library
olaronke akinmowo is an interdisciplinary artist, set decorator, yoga teacher, cultural worker, and mom from Brooklyn, New York. She is also the Creator & Director of The Free Black Women's Library, a public art project that centers and celebrates the voices of Black women in literature... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

1:00pm

The Vision Archive: Picturing the World We Want to Live In
How can open source, community-owned archives help us build the world we want to live in? What if community members could easily access, use, remix and re-catalog the contents of those archives? In this session, we'll share lessons from the development of Visionarchive.io, an open source library of visionary icons co-created by artists and activists. We'll whip up some icons, tinker with the catalog and remix icons into posters, inspiring new ideas about archives and new collaborations. 

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Gracen Brilmyer

Doctoral Student, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Gracen Brilmyer is a PhD student in Information Studies at UCLA. Their research lies at the intersection of disability studies, sexuality studies, and archival studies, centering on the history of colonialism, toxicity, and disability within natural history museums. Through this work... Read More →
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Una Lee

Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director o, Design Justice Network / And Also Too
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. Una... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M