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Friday, June 16


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


Edna Ewell

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

Kendra Moyer

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

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


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


Sammy Didonato

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

NDSR Art Resident, Maryland Institute College of Art
Cristina Fontánez holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science and a certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. Her Interests include community and digital archives, oral history and, the role of social justice in archival science. She is currently... Read More →

Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones

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

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


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


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 →

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


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


Kate Levy

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

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


Design Justice Network Planning Session
The Design Justice Network works to cultivate just design practices, so that those who are most affected by design decisions have power and agency in design processes. Now that we have formalized as a network, we will use this session to reconnect with each other and set priorities for how we will work together to implement our shared principles. By the end of the session, we will have clear next steps for our committees and members. New and potential members are welcome to join us!

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Victoria Barnett

VICTORIA BARNETT is a freelance graphic & web designer and trainer. She spends her time designing, sharing and supporting various social movements with their communication and web presence, centered in community based social and environmental justice. She is interested in web design, education and has a background in print design. Victoria is active in JFAAP. You can find her at www.victoriabarnett.com., Design Justice Network
Victoria is a freelance graphic & web designer and trainer, who designs for social & environmental justice causes. She is an avid social media user, and spends her time designing, teaching and supporting various social movements. She is interested in web design, education and has... Read More →
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice., MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They’re a scholar, activist, and media-maker who works with networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is a... Read More →
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Taylor Stewart

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

Wes Taylor

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

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


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


Lisa Brunk

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

Antonio Cosme

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

Raymond Elwart

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

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


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


Dalida Benfield

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

Emi Kane

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

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


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


Jessica Kaminsky

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

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

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

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


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



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


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

IGOR Moreno

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


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

Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285
Saturday, June 17


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


Amari Xola Rasin

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


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


Jessica Bellamy

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

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


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

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Gin Armstrong

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

Rob Galbraith

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

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


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


Roger Bonair-Agard

Program Director
Roger is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow, co-founder of NYC’s louderARTS Project and author of 3 collections of poems; tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press 2010) & Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013) which won the... Read More →
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Mathilda De Dios

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

Ryan Keesling

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

Elgin Smith

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

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


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


Sage Crump

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

Jayeesha Dutta

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

Maria Rangel

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

Graciela Sanchez

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

Ann-Meredith Wootton

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

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


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


Kasia Chmielinski

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

Sarah Otts

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

Matthew Taylor

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

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


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

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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.
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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 →

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


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


Trina Greene Brown

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

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


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


Jamie Holding Eagle

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

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


Diversity in Youth Literature
We all know how important it is for kids and teens to see reflections of themselves in literature, especially written by members of their communities. At this meet-up, we will discuss recent stand-out books for kids and teens, that are diverse in race, gender identity, learning and physical abilities. We’ll share tips for curating diverse and inclusive library collections and look at publishing practices and underrepresented authors. Come with your best ideas and favorite recent titles!


Katy Kramp

Plymouth District Library
Katy Kramp traveled with Up with People after college, worked at the University of Michigan International Center, then got here MSI there. She has been a librarian at the Plymouth District Library since 2002 and serves on the board of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council... Read More →
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Nakenya Lewis- Yarbrough

Youth Librarian, Belleville Area District Library
Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough is a youth librarian at Belleville Area District Library and has over 10 years of experience as an educator and school administrator. She has a passion to foster awareness of diverse books written by underrepresented authors which allows youth to see reflections... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 114


Doing Data Justice
What does participatory governance of public information look like? We’ll present a primer on open data and examples from Detroit found in our Recommendations for Equitable Open Data report. We will strategize together about how to put data justice principles into practice through the collaboration of residents, local governments, and institutions. Participants will collectively design workshops and campaigns to educate and engage our communities in open data policy. Afterwards, we’ll share a public repository of these ideas.


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 →

Kristyn Sonnenberg

Detroit Community Technology Project
Kristyn has a background in graphic design, UX design, and web development. She is part of the communications team for the Detroit Community Technology Project, specifically working on DCTP’s Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) project. She has taught data workshops for community... Read More →
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Monique Tate

Digital Steward Trainer, Digital Stewards
Monique Tate is a community activist and leader in Detroit and has worked across the private sector, government, and in the community. She instinctively follows the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition objectives of weaving networks, building transformative education practices and community... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 125


Facilitating a Community Accountability Process
More people are becoming interested in the concepts of transformative justice and community accountability as collective approaches to responding to harms within our communities. This workshop will provide practical and concrete tips and tools for those facilitating a community accountability process.


Shira Hassan

Just Practice
Shira has focused on the experiences of girls, boys, transgender and queer youth involved in the sex trade and street economy since 1995. She is also a co-organizer of the Just Practice Collaborative, a training and mentoring group focused on sustaining a community of practitioners... Read More →
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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 →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C
Sunday, June 18


The Evolution of 'The Talk'
What exactly is “the talk”? At what age do parents discuss this uncomfortable but imperative topic? In a time where sex education in public schools is almost eradicated, how are young people obtaining these vital tools? Where do younger children fit into the conversation of sex and who decides what sex is? Join in the conversation to understand the power of comprehensive sex education for children and youth as a tool of power and a mechanism to combat child sexual abuse.


Ignacio Rivera

The HEAL Project
Ignacio Rivera is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Black Boricua Taíno who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” Ignacio is an activist, writer, educator, filmmaker, performance artist and mother. Ignacio’s work has manifested itself through skits, one-person shows, poetry... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 115


Twitter Responses to Police Violence
The use of social media hashtags has empowered previously marginalized voices deeply affected by police brutality. Tweets after the Philando Castile shooting reveal a collective moral panic and social concern. As activists, how can we use this collective moral panic to inform the anti-police brutality movement? This workshop will help provide more cohesive messaging coming from different movements united against police violence.

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Karintha Tervalon

Families United 4 Justice
Karintha Tervalon is a researcher and journalist. The focus of her research is the role of social media in protest, with emphasis on the anti-police brutality movement. She is a part of the Families United 4 Justice Network Gathering, a collective effort to serve families affected... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Room 020


We’re Our Best Resource
Imagine a place where people share healing tools and resources, and politicize together. The Healing Justice Library (HJL) invites you to join us as we move from a physical to digital platform based in collective liberation. We’ll share our successes and failures, and pose questions like: “What could a HJL branch look like in your community?” “How do we create a digital archive?” and “How do we bring healing and disability justice into our communities, activism, and lives?”


Rae Parnell

Healing Justice Library Central
Rae is an intergalactic space cadet with a dedication to education and knowledge. When not collecting and distributing resources for the Healing Justice Library Central, they can be found zine making, curating community events, and writing new workshops. They believe that access to... Read More →

Sylvie Rosenkalt

Healing Justice Library Central
Sylvie is a crafty fibrofemme who loves all things learning- especially political education! She loves hanging out with her pup Chester, quilting and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Sylvie dreams of being a radical childrens’ librarian and creating a disability justice... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room J


Collaborative Security: From Training to Empowerment
Security education should ideally be a collaboration between people with technical knowledge and those with lived experiences. This isn't often the case. The reality is that cis, male, white trainers continue to train folks who couldn't be more different from them. We will learn how to re-center security trainings around communities, empower movements, and adopt a participatory approach to digital safety.

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Sarah Aoun

Open Web Fellow, Mozilla
Sarah Aoun is a data activist, operational security trainer, and Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow working on data privacy and security. Her work lies at the intersection of tech, human rights, and transformative justice. She’s collaborated with activists, journalists, grassroots social... Read More →

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.

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 125


Graphic Designers, Printers and Programmers Resist
What does it look like for graphic designers, printers, and programmers to resist in the current political climate? We know that resistance at the local level is critical, and that effective visual language can help communicate information. In this session we will share our experience as part of a loose network in Detroit called What Is To Be Done?. As a group we will discuss methods for working, outline best practices, and extend our networks.

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Danielle Aubert

Danielle Aubert is a graphic designer interested in the intersection of graphic design, labor, materials, and software. She is currently researching the output of Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op (1969-1980). She participated in the Design Justice Network Gathering in 2016 and organized a session with Bianca Ibarlucea and Kikko Paradela at the 2017 AMC. She teaches at Wayne State University., Design Justice Network
Danielle Aubert is a graphic designer interested in the intersection of graphic design, labor, materials, and software. She is currently researching the output of Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op (1969-1980). Since January she has been working with What Is To Be Done... Read More →

Paul Goodrich

What Is To Be Done?
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Bianca Ibarlucea

What Is To Be Done?
What Is To Be Done? is a loose coalition of graphic designers, printers and allies united against fascism. WITBD emerged out of a gathering of designers and printers who came together following the general election seeking ways to think through the present moment. Following that initial... Read More →
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Kikko Paradela

What Is To Be Done?
Kikko is an independent designer based in Detroit. He teaches Interaction Design in the Graphic Design department at the College for Creative Studies. He is also a member of OmniCorpDetroit.

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 113


Working Girls Own the Void
This sex-worker led strategy session focuses on digital media’s changing facade as it impacts our industry and our labor. Sex workers have always relied on rhetorical, aesthetic, and poetic media to connect to one another, to clientele, and to the public. Now, we’ve arrived at a pivotal moment, in which media threatens us with exploitation, yet also holds the potential for our independence. The conversation centers on the concept of the “void” – the space between ourselves and our colleagues, ourselves and our clientele, ourselves and our identities – as a site of worker autonomy.


Lyn Archer

Lyn Archer is a stripper, agrarian and artist, raised in the bay area and living in New Orleans. Her creative research is done with the intention of decriminalizing sex work., Red Light Archive
Lyn Archer is a sex worker and creative freelancer, living and working in New Orleans. In Light Work, her monthly column for Antigravity Magazine, she describes the personal, political, and psychic aspects of her experience as a stripper.

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 128