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Friday, June 16


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


Nahid Ebrahimi

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

Ozi Uduma

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

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


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


Scott Kurashige

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

Stephen Ward

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

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


Humanizing Schooling in Detroit
Learn how People in Education (PIE) is humanizing schooling in Detroit. Educators, students, and media artists from PIE will share their lessons and experiences working in schools in Detroit. Starting off with a lively debate, we will share our media projects including the Out-of-School Project and our work within schools. Participants will leave with practices and resources for thinking about community issues in their classrooms.


Issra Killawi

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

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


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


Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed

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

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


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

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Lisa Factora-Borchers

Lisa Factora-Borchers is a Filipina American writer, poet, and editor of Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014).
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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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China Martens

China Martens is a Baltimore writer and low-income empty-nest single-mother of a 30-year-old. Her first book, "The Future Generation", was recently re-issued (with a new afterword by her grown daughter) and is a compilation of 16 years of her first zine. She is a co-editor of "Don`t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways To Support Families In Social Justice Movements & Communities" and "Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines." Since 2003, China has facilitated workshops to create support for parents and children in activist and radical communities. In 2009, she co-founded Kidz City, a radical childcare collective in Baltimore. For more about her writing: http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/chinamartens, author
China Martens is a Baltimore writer and a zinestress extraordinaire. She is the author/co-editor of three books. Her first book, "The Future Generation", is a compilation of 16 years of her first zine. She is also the co-editor of "Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways To... Read More →

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


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

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Langston Kahn

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

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


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


Antonio Cosme

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

Wayne Curtis

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

Bryce Detroit

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

Ingrid LaFleur

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

Stephanie Mae is a teaching artist and organizer in the Detroit community work centers around art, healing and resistance, fueled by love and magick., LivingArts, MIRA, DRCC
Stephanie is a visual artist, educator and curator that believes art is an essential tool of resistance and resilience.

Michelle Martinez

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

Shanna Merola

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

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


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


Wendy Duff

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

Samip Mallick

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

Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
Dr. Punzalan is an assistant professor of archives and digital curation at the University of Maryland, College Park and the current Chair of SAA's Native American Archives Section. His research examines the social impact of access to digitized ethnographic archives.

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


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


Andres Alvarez

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

Shanna Collins

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

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

Aba Essel

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

Abraham (Token) Martinez

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

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

Shawna Shawnté

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

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


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


Chanelle Ignant

Chanelle Ignant is KQED’s youth media specialist. She has worked with various Bay Area youth organizations to promote media literacy and skill building, and is an independent media maker., KQED - Public Media for Northern California
Chanelle Ignant is the Youth Participation Coordinator for KQED Learning. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.

Ariana Proehl

KQED - Public Media for Northern California

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


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


F. Douglas Brown

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

Rocío Carlos

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

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 →

Chiwan Choi

CHIWAN CHOI is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. Chiwan is a partner at Writ Large Press, a Los Angeles based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress., Writ Large Press
Chiwan Choi is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Entropy, Spiral Orb and the anthologies Coiled Serpent, ATTN, and... Read More →

Jen Hofer

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

Rachel McLeod Kaminer

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

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


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


Kaley Deal

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

Judy Richardson

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

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


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

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Nick Adler

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

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

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

Britt Julious

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

Rae Taylor

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


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


Melanie Bush

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

Bex Hurwitz

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

Alfredo Lopez

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

Steven Renderos

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


Cecilia Caballero

Chicana M(other)work
Cecilia Caballero

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


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


Jennifer Helsby

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

Freddy Martinez

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

Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A
Saturday, June 17


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


Matt MacVey

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

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

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


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


Sabrina Dorsainvil

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

Jessica McInchak

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

Susan Nguyen

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

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

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


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

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Rhiannon Chester

https://www.ioby.org/about/people/rhiannon-chester, ioby
Rhiannon Chester, M.A., Detroit native and social justice educator, has been involved in grassroots movements for over 10 years. She leads facilitated discussions & workshops and creates visual art -- centered around social identity, power & privilege dynamics and humanizing marginalized... Read More →
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Joe Rashid

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

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


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


H.R. Buechler

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

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

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

MC Hyland

DoubleCross Press
MC Hyland is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at New York University, and holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama. She researches the commons as a link between spatial practice and intellectual property in UK/commonwealth poetics, and her poetic and... Read More →

Patricia No

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

Brian Teare

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

Richard Wehrenberg

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

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


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


Sundus Abdul Hadi

The Groundbreakers
Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History and is currently completing her MA in Media Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of current... Read More →
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co-producer & audio editor, Suena a Revolución
Krusheska Quirós is an afro-taina from Boriken now living in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Coast Salish people (a.k.a. Vancouver, Canada). She is the creator, audio editor and co-producer of the podcast Suena a Revolución. Krusheska has been... Read More →
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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 →
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Paola Quiros

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

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


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


Angela Fortin

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

Caitlin Hoag

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

Jermaine Jackson

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

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

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


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


Jennifer Aguilar

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

Whitney Ross

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

Gilberto Sandoval

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

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


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


Emily Kutil

Professor of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture

Monica Lewis-Patrick

Co-Founder & President of We The People of Detroit: Monica Lewis-Patrick (aka The Water Warrior) is an educator, entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate. She has served as Director of Community Outreach & Engagement since 2009. She was unanimously elected by the Board to become the President & CEO. Lewis-Patrick is actively engaged in almost every struggle on behalf of Detroit residents. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and D-REM.org, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October of 2015. As a former Lead Legislative Policy Analyst for Detroit City Council, Monica has authored legislation, conducted research and delivered constituency services to thousands of city residents. Lewis-Patrick attended the historic Bennett College. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Masters of Arts of Liberal Studies degree wit, We The People of Detroit
Monica Lewis-Patrick (aka The Water Warrior) is an educator, entrepreneur, human rights activist/advocate, and the President and CEO of We the People of Detroit. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on... Read More →

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


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


Courtney Harge

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

Toni Moceri

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

Jamaine Smith

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

Beth Warshaw

Beth has been working with arts, cultural and social impact organizations for 15 years, where her role has always centered around saying yes to people’s ideas, then working collaboratively to make them possible. A Philadelphia native, she recently returned from Seattle, where she was Co-Director at the Vera Project, the largest all-ages music and art space in the United States. Beth also produced the NPR music program The World Café and founded Girls Rock Philly, an organization that creates liberatory pathways for girls and women through music creation. Concurrently, she was also a writing instructor at Penn, a certified teacher, and a sound engineer. She is a sporadic mid-distance runner and a drummer in search of a surf band., CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
Beth Warshaw has worked with arts, cultural & social impact organizations for 15 years. A Philadelphia native, she recently returned from Seattle, where she was Co-Director at The Vera Project. Before that, she was Production Director at WXPN, a noncommercial radio station. Beth also... Read More →

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


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

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


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


Alexsarah "Golden" Collier

Golden Collier is an artist, teacher, and organizer living in Oakland. They are the founder of Womanist Trilliance, an Allied-Media Sponsored Project that seeks to celebrate the overlooked, nonetheless brilliant, historical and contemporary leadership of black women, queers, and trans folk through the arts, media activism, public education, and community events. They are also a DJ, filmmaker, proud hufflepuff, huge Motorcrush nerd, sober babe, and all around gender-wavy Wakandan denizen., Womanist Trilliance/Diasporan Savant Press
Alexsarah "Golden" Collier is a creative, activist, musician, and writer from the deep, black, magical south. Executive Directior of Double Union, the nation's largest Feminist Maker Space. Creator of womanist trilliance on soundcloud, and combahee radio. Teaching member of Girl Army... Read More →

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


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

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Langston Kahn

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

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


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


Kristy Cooper

Public Librarian turned library vigilante, The Library Defense Network
Kristy Cooper is an experienced public librarian. She has also worked in non-profits and has an MBA in Non-Profit Management. She has presented and published articles about starting adult literacy programs in public libraries. She also writes young adult novels.

Katie DT

Public Librarian
Katie (she/her) is a public librarian interested in literacies, anti-racism and emergent strategy.
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Andrea Perez

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

Librarian, Public Librarian
I'm a public librarian and occasional freelancer/volunteer doing stuff with data, communication and design. Ask me about my cat. She/her

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


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


Zakkiyyah Najeebah

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

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


Ableism, Accessibility, and Oral Histories
Oral history, by its very format, is often inaccessible, ableist, and audist. What are the barriers to creating and sharing accessible media? This panel features producers from the Disability Visibility Project™ (DVP) who will discuss the project's inception, and its accessibility and inclusion practices. Participants will leave with a better understanding of why accessibility benefits everyone and the importance of engagement with disability communities in their work.


Geraldine Ah-Sue

Independent Audio Producer
Geraldine Ah-Sue is an independent audio producer who uses creative media to inspire a more loving and just world. She is the producer for SFMOMA’s podcast, Raw Material, season 2: Manifest about art, community and social justice. Geraldine also produces stories for KPFA’s APEX... Read More →

Yosmay del Mazo

Interim Regional Manager, SF StoryBooth, StoryCorps
Yosmay del Mazo is a writer, photographer, and audio producer who uses art and storytelling as tools for community resilience. He is a facilitator at StoryCorps in San Francisco and a former staff member of VONA Voices workshops for writers of color. His work can be read in the anthology... Read More →

Alice Wong

Founder and Project Coordinator Disability Visibility Project™
Alice Wong is a sociologist, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco. She is the Founder of the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, amplifying, and sharing disability... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 127


brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
This workshop is an intro to brASS Burlesque's work – we welcome participants into a space of exploring embodied resistance through the art form of burlesque. brASS Burlesque, through celebrations of our politicized bodies, makes politics sexy and empowers audiences to value their own stories and use their creativity towards collective action. We also explore what it means to bring performance to the streets and how to do it in a way that energizes us all. We encourage a disruption of the passive consumption of art and using performance to re-imagine our society.


Michi Osato

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

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

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 020


Counterstrike News Network
The Counterstrike News Network proposes to build a national network of people of color community based reporters. The Counterstrike News Network anticipates that as agents of our own media, with a national platform to release news we will be able to shift dominant, mainstream narratives on hard-hitting issues such as immigration, police abuse, white supremacy and more. Partnering with Free Speech TV, The Counterstrike will broadcast its production. This session is about building a list of contributors, create a schedule of possible content and discuss the creation of this network.

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Marco Amador

Counterstrike News, Producciones Cimarrón
A community organizer and media activist for the past 20 years, Marco has centered his work around popular education and the facilitation of spaces and community based power. He has produced documentaries on such topics as military recruitment in the latino community and Arizona's... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 129


Design in Full Color: An Authentic Discussion on Diversity
How often are you able to express cultural identity through creativity? We will assemble a panel of creative professionals who identify and work with marginalized POC/LGBTQ communities to discuss the realities of their experiences within the industry. We will learn about the challenges and opportunities that exist to pursue design justice. Participants will walk away with resources, inclusive solidarity, and a stronger network.

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Courtney Okoye

Founder and Director, ADMe Detroit
She is the founder of Advertisers for Multicultural Emergence (ADMe), a collective for professionals of color in the marketing, advertising, and media industries with the Metro Detroit region. She is a MAIP alum and Challenge Detroit alum, who is passionate about using her talents... Read More →
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Danni Wu

Detroit Asian Professionals
She is the founder of DAP (Detroit Asian Professionals), a nonprofit organization focused on building diverse mentorship, civic community, and professional networking in Metro-Detroit.

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 128
Sunday, June 18


Archives for Empowerment
Librarians and archivists from underrepresented communities will share their experiences building space and breaking stereotypes of marginalized communities. We will explore the challenges and limitations in launching and maintaining archival projects, looking at models such as the Race & Racism at The University of Richmond Project, a community archive serving the Mixteco community, a digital collection of tattooed Asian Americans, and a digital family archive. Participants will be introduced to tools and methods to build community archives and digital collections.

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Joyce Gabiola

Anti-Oppressive Archivist/Researcher, Greetings! Are you hiring? Let's talk.
2019 SAA Program Committee Co-Chair. Joyce digs paletas and "dad" jokes when not reading or writing about (and navigating) the oppressive system under which archives, libraries, and higher education continue to operate.

Javier Sepúlveda Garibay

Librarian-in-Residence, Loyola Marymount University
Javier Garibay received his B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz and his masters in Library Science at UCLA. He is working at Loyola Marymount University as a Librarian-in-Residence, rotating through the reference, digital library, and archives departments... Read More →
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Irina Rogova

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

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

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room F/G/H


Power to the Pop-Up
Can pop-up restaurants exist as a sustainable, integral, and vibrant part of a city’s food system? The Detroit Pop-up Alliance says hell yes. DPA empowers Detroit’s pop-up food entrepreneurs to succeed by cultivating community, providing access to individual consulting, and creating opportunities for professional development at no cost to members. This panel brings together DPA members – both born Detroiters and global voices – to share their stories and explore the humble pop-up restaurant as a catalyst for positive forces.

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Harriette Brown

Sisters on a Roll
Sisters on a Roll is a ministry of willing hearts and helping hands giving you the Flavor Of Love. Seeing food as a universal gift to be shared we give you Food prepared from the heart with the soul in mind... Bringing the FLAVOR of Love one bite at a time.
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Nick George

Detroit Pop-up Alliance
Nick George is a co-founder of the Detroit Pop-up Alliance and owner of Dr. Sushi. He got his food world start working prep at Japanese market and sushi bar Noble Fish. After years of making food for friends and family on weekends he started getting gigs catering parties as a private... Read More →
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Julién Godman

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

Dorothy Hernandez is a Detroit-based freelance journalist who has contributed to NPR’s The Salt, Civil Eats, and Roads and Kingdoms as well as several Detroit-area publications such as edibleWOW and Neighborhood SEEN. An alumna of the University of Illinois, Dorothy is the former managing editor of a city magazine and has worked as a copy editor at The Detroit News and the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye. She is also the co-founder of Filipino pop-up restaurant Sarap Detroit, which aims to highlight Filipino cuisine in the Detroit area through collaborations with other Filipino chefs and pop-up dinners., Freelance Journalist
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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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Shaquana Robertson-Suggs

Potluck Kitchen
Serving nostalgic soul-food favs, focusing on taste, quality & freshness. Connecting with unique brands & popping up at dope venue spaces around the city.
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Emily Staugaitis

Bandhu Gardens
Bandhu Gardens recognizes existing gardening and culinary talents and efforts of Bangladeshi women in Detroit and helps amplify and expand their opportunities. We work with gardeners and restaurants to supply traditional South Asian produce, now grown locally, to the broader food... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 106


Rapid Response Media
In this panel, we will share our work on “Hate Free Zones” with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). We will facilitate dialogue with other groups that use digital media to facilitate relationship building and empower communities most impacted by injustice in the era of Trump.


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 →

Karina Hurtado

Karina is a media maker and educator from Queens, New York. Her work in media production focuses on advancing the narratives of organized communities and creating art that facilitates the birth of our rebel world. As an educator, she has worked primarily to support the growth of youth organizers and young media activists. She began her work as a media producer with Global Action Project fifteen years ago as a youth producer and returned to GAP as the Coordinator for CMIA in 2016. She's equal parts air and earth signs, a member of the Justice Committee, and deals with her FOMO by creating graphics as @Karilamari, Global Action Project
Karina Hurtado-Ocampo is a media educator, producer, and Community Media in Action Coordinator at the Global Action Project.

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.

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 135


Schools Not Prisons
How can people power, arts and culture help us reimagine a world without prisons or punishment? We will explore the use of the arts to stop mass incarceration and a culture of punishment, using 2016's #SchoolsNotPrisons Tour as a case study. Attendees will learn community planning, tailored messaging, and DIY tips around the use of arts and culture as tools to advance narrative change and support local organizing campaigns. Folks will leave with the ability to create a new vision of justice centered on health, education and investment in youth.

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Artist, educator, youth and children's advocate.

Andres Reyes

Program Associate and Advocate for The California Endowment.

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


Artists and Organizers Shifting Culture
Our communities need visionary solutions, and artists will lead the way. In this session, we’ll explore how artists and organizers produce transformative work through collaborative, not transactional, relationships. Using stories from the Trans Day of Resilience art project, Echoing Ida writing program, and more, we’ll share how to center the radical imaginations of culture workers. Participants will leave with tried and true principles designed to shift culture and fuel any movement.

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Kemi Alabi

Forward Together
Kemi Alabi is a queer Black writer and teaching artist based in Chicago, IL. As editorial manager of Forward Together, they hold down Echoing Ida, a community of Black women and nonbinary media makers.

Micah Bazant

Forward Together
Micah Bazant is a trans visual artist who makes work inspired by struggles to decolonize ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and the gender binary. They co-founded the national Trans Day of Resilience art project (tdor.co) and the Trans Life and Liberation Art S... Read More →

Taja Lindley

Taja Lindley is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder and Managing Member of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary. Lindley considers herself a healer and an activist, creating socially engaged artwork that reflects... Read More →

Bishakh Som

Bishakh’s comics have appeared in The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance, The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, Drunken Boat, The Brooklyn Rail, Buzzfeed, Ink Brick, The Huffington Post, The Graphic Canon and the Eisner and Harvey-winning anthology Little... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 131


Get Ready Stay Ready Panel Discussion
Engage in conversation with people on the ground in Detroit creating solutions for community preparedness. From emergency medicine in your own backyard to community water and energy security solutions, the panel will discuss current projects, responses, and more life-saving life hacks with participants. 

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Halima Cassells

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

Meta Ko is a mechanical engineer, researcher, spiritual guide, co-host of ReadYo Radio, and beloved father and husband. His work with ReadYo Radio includes conducting interview at community events in Detroit, providing a metaphysical/spiritual perspective that is often missing from... 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 →

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H


Real Talk with Major Donors
How do you navigate power dynamics, stay grounded in grassroots fundraising values, and meet your fundraising goals while having the relationships you want with your donors? A panel of major donors will discuss their experiences in giving and share fundraising strategies. Attendees will have time to think through and practice major donor fundraising strategies.

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National Organzier, Resource Generation
she/her femmepremacy

Adam Roberts

Resource Generation
Adam is a National Organizer with Resource Generation, which organizes young people with wealth & class privilege ages 18-35 to become transformative leaders working toward the equitable distribution of wealth, land & power. As a white guy from a wealthy family, he's forever grateful... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 123


Riverwise: Writing Our History, Writing Our Future
Riverwise joins a tradition of publications dedicated to truth telling. We will explore how to combine print and digital media to create a powerful alternative voice to challenge the dominant narratives told by mainstream media. Collective members will share our experience, encouraging participants to tell their stories of Detroit. Participants are encouraged to contribute ideas, stories, and imagination to future issues.


Eric Campbell

Managing editor Riverwise, Riverwise
Eric Campbell is the coordinator of Riverwise magazine. He is a journalist formerly with the Michigan Citizen. He is a lifelong Detroiter, father of two.

Gloria House

Editor, Riverwise collective
Gloria Aneb House is a member of the Riverwise collective. She is a writer, poet and organizer. Currently she is also leading the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools. She is professor emerita of UM-Dearborn and WSU.

Shea Howell

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

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 129