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Wednesday, June 15
 

8:00pm

Welcome to the AMC Kickoff Party

"Welcome to the AMC Kickoff Party" presented by and featuring DJ Stacey HOTWAXX Hale. With sets by DJs:Lena, Thornstryker, Dj Rimarkable, Jen Xerri, Mother Cyborg, Stacey HOTWAXX Hale, Ghita Sisters, and Milan Ariel. Food by "Almost Gold" including omnivore + herbivore options.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 8:00pm - Thursday June 16, 2016 2:00am
Marble Bar 1501 Holden St, Detroit, MI 48208
  • Hashtag kickoff
 
Thursday, June 16
 

9:00am

AMC Info Desk

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


At the main entrance of the Student Center, McGregor Conference Center, and State Hall

Thursday June 16, 2016 9:00am - Sunday June 19, 2016 4:00pm
Student Center, McGregor, and State Hall

9:00am

AMC Prayer / Reflection Room
Thursday June 16, 2016 9:00am - Sunday June 19, 2016 4:00pm
Third Floor of Student Center

9:00am

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

Thursday June 16, 2016 9:00am - Sunday June 19, 2016 4:00pm
McGregor: Room I

10:00am

#transTRUTH National Youth Council Network Gathering
The #transTRUTH National Youth Council Network Gathering is an opportunity for youth leaders of the Transgender Law Center and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network's TRUTH project to get to know each other, kick off the national youth council, and begin to map out their vision for the next year. TRUTH is a national trans and gender nonconforming youth movement-building and media-making campaign, devoted to expanding the narrative around trans and gender nonconforming youth and empowering youth to share their own stories. This network gathering is invite-only.

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room F/G

10:00am

Complex Movements Translocal Cohort Network Gathering
The Complex Movements Translocal Cohort Network Gathering is a daylong convening of members of the local cohorts across the country that have helped shape the Beware of the Dandelions performance installation. The translocal cohort members are artists, organizers and cultural workers who are deeply engaged in transforming their communities. These participants will have an opportunity to think about and engage with new ways of doing the work, and walk away with new and deepened translocal relationships. This network gathering is invite-only.

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room J

10:00am

Say Her Name/ Black Trans Lives Matter Network Gathering
Over the past year Black women and allies have generated unprecedented attention to police violence against Black women, girls, and trans and gender nonconforming people. The Say Her Name/Black Trans Lives Matter Network Gathering will bring together Black women, trans and gender nonconforming survivors and organizers who are using media to highlight the lives and experiences of Black women, trans and gender nonconforming people killed and brutalized by police. We will push the boundaries of the national conversation around policing and criminalization to include gender-specific forms of racial profiling and police violence. Through community building, skill sharing and network building, we hope to connect and strengthen the growing movement to center the lives of Black women, girls, and trans and gender nonconforming people in national movements around policing, criminalization and safety. This network gathering is invite-only.

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

10:00am

Strategies for Staying Power Network Gathering
The question of place, belonging, and home is integral to the question of survival that people of color face through displacement, militaristic policing and deportation. The Strategies for Staying Power Network Gathering will combat cultural and physical displacement, strengthen resistance to place-based anti-black racism and the forces of gentrification, and rebuke the treatment of bodies as property. We will build a shared understanding and definition of displacement as a systemic problem rooted in white supremacy and capitalism, explore possible cultural strategies for resisting displacement, share techniques from locations historically and currently encountering displacement, such as Detroit, Boston, New York, Oakland, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Palestine, Northern Uganda, Haiti, and New Orleans. With this context set, we will design and prototype creative strategies for staying power. Participants will come away with a learning network focused on building shared language around policy approaches, creative strategies against displacement, and a lens for approaching displacement as a human rights issue. This is an open network gathering.

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Room 285

10:00am

Uplifting Women's Voices in Hip Hop Network Gathering
Hip Hop has many cultural forms (DJing, dance, emceeing, graffiti, and knowledge) but too often these are used as propaganda tools to oppress women of color. The Uplifting Women’s Voices in Hip Hop Network Gathering will bring together artists, activists and academics to stage new conversations utilizing creativity to reshape the dominant narratives in music and media. This is an open network gathering.

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room B/C

10:00am

BIL AFIYA: A Collective Culinary Experience Network Gathering
WHAT IT IS
The first Iraqi Transnational Collective gathering is taking place at the AMC this year and in honor of this exciting moment, they are collaborating with AMC organizers on a dinner for the entire AMC community on Saturday, June 18. This is a dinner to celebrate the connections we’re cultivating and to eat delicious, fresh food prepared by AMC participants with recipes from Iraq and ingredients from Earthworks Urban Farm and other Detroit sources.

The Iraqi Transnational Collective is a newly formed network of Iraqis from all over the world, working towards an equal and just Iraq free of oppression.

HOW WE’LL DO IT
Led by Ora Wise (chef of Harvest & Revel, Brooklyn) and Sara Ahmad (ITC member & writer of Add a Little Lemon blog, LA), the process of preparing the meal will be a collective learning and cooperative work experience. We are moving closer to our goals of integrating more just and creative food into the AMC, understanding that how we cook and eat determine so much about how we interact with the planet and each other.  Being a part of this process will involve actual preparation of the meal we will present on Saturday.  

This network gathering will also include a tour to a local farm where we will pick up some of our ingredients for the meal as well as a kitchen orientation to acclimate ourselves with the kitchen and work we'll be doing.

SIGN UP TO JOIN THE TEAM
it takes a village to feed a village.
We have morning and afternoon shifts available both Friday and Saturday. (Shifts are 4 hours)

Ideally people interested in joining the Bil Afiya team will be able to attend the Thursday sessions but even if not, sign up for a shift or two in the kitchen or to help serve and clean up the meal!

To sign up email: orawise@gmail.com

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Conference Room 384
  • Hashtag #BilAfiya

10:00am

Design Justice Network Gathering
How can design better support communities facing injustice? How can we foster design processes, and not just products, that reflect our movements’ values? The Design Justice Network Gathering will explore these questions, build on a set of shared principles, and foster a growing network of designers, organizers, and advocates who are committed to critical engagement with design for a social purpose. Through storytelling, dialogue, and sketching, we will uplift a variety of design and organizing processes and identify strategies to facilitate stronger integration between design and organizing. Participants will leave with strategies and methods they can incorporate into their design processes, and a commitment to continue building together. This network gathering is invite only.

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

10:00am

MAG-Net Network Gathering
The MAG-Net Network Gathering will convene member organizations of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) to develop new organizing skills, network strategies, and cross-sector relationships among network anchors and leading affiliates on issues of media justice. The gathering is being hosted by MAG-Net and the Highlander Research and Education Center. This network gathering is invite-only. If you have questions about this gathering, please contact Angella Bellota, Membership Organizer: angella@mediajustice.org

Coordinators
Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

10:00am

Safety Team Meetup Orientation
Safety Team volunteers -- join the Safety Team Coordinators in building a weekend of support and love for our AMC community. For questions please email: justme.revolutionary@gmail.com 

Presenters
KC

Kezia Curtis

Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center
Kezia Curtis, a life-long Detroit resident, enthused bicycle mechanic and urban farmer, is passionate about conflict reconciliation.


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room E
  • Hashtag #amcsafety

10:00am

Tribeca Film Institute Interactive Co/Lab
This collaboration between the Tribeca Film Institute and the AMC will bring together storytellers, organizers, designers and technologists from Detroit and beyond to generate immersive storytelling projects stories about this great and complex city. Working in teams throughout the full four days of the AMC, participants will take a deep dive into Detroit history and its current movements for transformative social justice. They will work within Tribeca Film Institute and Detroit Narrative Agency’s guidelines for accountable and respectful storytelling about Detroit to produce immersive story outlines that will be shared at the closing ceremony of the conference.

*Due to space limitations, the Lab is closed to participants who were selected through an application process prior to the conference.  


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
McGregor: Room L/M

5:00pm

Rock City Lookbook Art House (When Lions Learn to Make Zines)
Limited Capacity full

The RockCity Lookbook presents our third annual Art House featuring a community happy hour and magazine release, including original Detroit fashion and art posters. The event will engage local independent media makers and artists in conversation around the necessity of visibility and representation for economic growth. Creative cocktails and bar bites will be served, along with a soundtrack by local guest DJs. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/rockcitylookbook


Thursday June 16, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Detroit Clothing Circle 3890 Second Avenue
  • Hashtag #rclbamc2016

6:00pm

Transformative Media Organizers Dinner Meetup
The Transformative Media Organizing Project (TMOP) links LGBTQ & Two-Spirit organizers, media makers, and tech-activists across the U.S. We conduct participatory research, run skillshares, and create media organizing projects. At this dinner caucus, we will gather to reflect on our shared work, relax, build community, eat, and scheme for the future! Please note: this is a closed, off-site meet-up.


Thursday June 16, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Private Location

6:00pm

Network & Chill

Get together for a night of food, music, and connections. Presentation by the AMC2016 Advisory Board at 7:00 p.m. and featuring performances by One Freq, Skeeto Valdez Experience, and DJs Terri Whodat, Sara Aldridge, and Nicole Campbell.


 


Thursday June 16, 2016 6:00pm - Friday June 17, 2016 12:00am
Northern Lights 660 W Baltimore St, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Friday, June 17
 

9:00am

'Places of Power' Film Screening
"Places of Power" is an immersive documentary that features sites of belonging in North Philadelphia, a community experiencing decades of disinvestment. Who are the people creating change? Where are the places people feel pride? How can we use storytelling to amplify, sustain and learn from them? We will share our process and insights into how to use new media to document, engage and connect the community and support local solutions to local challenges.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

9:00am

#TransTRUTH: Trans Advocacy through Storytelling
Join youth leaders from TRUTH, a transgender and gender nonconforming youth movement-building and storytelling campaign, for a workshop on creating media to create change! This workshop will guide participants through TRUTH’s Storytelling Toolkit, which supports youth in sharing their stories effectively through different media platforms. Led by transgender and gender nonconforming youth, the space is open to all, but holds an emphasis on uplifting youth voices within the movement. Throughout the workshop, we will cover effective messaging, terminology, interview preparation, and media campaign organizing. We will also highlight nuances and tips around  storytelling as a non-binary transgender youth. TRUTH is a collaboration between Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Transgender Law Center.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 113

9:00am

(Re)Building Technology: Community Wireless Around the World
Communication infrastructure can be designed, built, and governed by communities to heal neighborhoods, strengthen relationships, and foster self-governance. In this session, we will explore community wireless tactics, organizing models, and potential from projects around the world. Drawing on these models, we will design our own visions of community-owned infrastructure. Our zine, (Re)Building Technology Volume 2, will be available as a resource.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry A

9:00am

Map the power! Collaborative Research with LittleSis
What are the social, political, and economic networks that empower the 1%? This session will introduce LittleSis (the opposite of "Big Brother"), the database that tracks key relationships of politicians, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. Open source and user-propelled, LittleSis facilitates collaborative efforts to expose corrupt power networks. Participants will learn research skills and use the LittleSis data visualization tool.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry D

9:00am

Queer Talisman: Quick Messy Collaborative 16mm Filmmaking
Are you analog film curious? A tender brooding queer? Let's make a camera-less short film while having conversations about love and magic in our lives! Everyone will get a small length of film and we will learn about found footage experimentation and animation. Towards the end of the session, we will splice (tape together) all of our work and see what we made using a 16mm projector.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 137

9:00am

Creating a Platform for Youth-Led Advocacy
How do we amplify the voices of queer youth? In this presentation/panel, we will meet queer youth who successfully advocated for, created, and presented LGBTQ cultural competency trainings for teachers and other youth serving professionals. We will learn how to create a platform for youth-led advocacy.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 131

9:00am

Harnessing Media and Tech for Liberation
Organizing in the digital age depends on our ability to harness the Internet and technology to shift the social, political and economic realities of marginalized communities. As movements shift online, so have approaches to state violence and social control. This discussion will deconstruct how media and technology are used for both liberation and oppression, and we will share strategies for organizing in the digital age, while also protecting our civil rights.

Presenters
AL

Alfredo Lopez

Activist, organizer, journalist and author Alfredo Lopez is a founder and a leader of May First/People Link, the largest political progressive Internet membership organization in this country. He leads MF/PL's movement work and is coordinator of MF/PL's People of Color Techie Training Project. |


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 106

9:00am

When We Fight We Win: The Role of Art and Culture in Movement Building
Based on their new book, When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World, Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte’s Deymirie Hernández and Jorge Díaz Ortiz, to explore how art and cultural work are being used to build organizations and movements that address root causes of this imperialist, patriarchal, heteronormative white supremacist, capitalist system.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 125

9:00am

Breaking HIV Stigma Through Dance
This work space seeks to break the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS through the art of dance. Participants will create a dance piece set to music and through the process become more knowledgeable about the stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS through statistical information and accounts from individuals. This positive, affirming space provides an opportunity for dancers and activists to grow together.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Dance Room 025

9:00am

Decolonizing Our Stories and Futures Part 1
This workshop centers the lived experiences and struggles of Indigenous people, African people and those who are reclaiming their ancestral identities through shifting narratives, story circles and ciphers. Participants will explore hip hop and oral tradition to unearth how our ancestral identities and healing are rooted in relationship with the planet. We will speak, write, move and breathe to reclaim the truth of our living stories and wage love.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room J

9:00am

Healing Sessions: Demystifying & Decentering Healing Roundtable

A roundtable discussion about what it means to de-mystify and de-center healing, how this has and is currently happening, why this is important, and visions of healing for the future. Convo will open with a heart-centered grounding ceremony lead by Emani Love. Discussion steered by Detroit folks, welcoming all, that have been practicing personal and collective healing in their own communities through a variety of traditions, methods, and organizing strategies. Join us to share experiences, knowledge, victories and limitations. Our intention is to explore and record how to create, elevate, and sustain loving whole existences in relationship to one another, the earth, and beyond. Conversation will continue in the HJPS breakout room for folks that want to continue discussing, brainstorming, sharing, and reflection. 


Coordinators
Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room I

9:00am

Opening Session of Creative Coping and Grieving Arts Practice Space
We will outline the intentions guiding the Creative Coping and Grieving Arts practice space; walk the labyrinth; create a collective altar; collectively define "creative coping and grieving arts", spend time in our bodies, and get to know one another. This is a session is for all who wish to be part of the practice space, as well as folks who are on their own journey of coping, healing and dealing with grief, trauma and loss.

Presenters
LH

Lehna Huie

Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary fine artist,arts educator, curator and activist exercising a belief in the power of multi-vocal art. Lehna is an artist describing stories of love, loss and remembrance in her work. Huie’s work is deeply committed to the fusion of arts and social change as a path to liberation. Lehna's educational work is centered on utilizing the creative voice of artistic expression as a compass for healing our world... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room F/G

9:00am

Orientation to Documentation (Part I)
Join the team, hone your skills, be the media. The Really Rad Radio & TV Takeover space will be training a team of people to capture all the magic of AMC2016 by documenting it through audio. Attendees of all skill levels will learn to operate our equipment, as well as the basics of shooting, interviewing, and archiving media. Participants will then be eligible to check out equipment throughout the weekend. They will also walk away with unique pieces of digital media that will be distributed to them after the conference.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Room 384

9:00am

SheShock Hip Hop: Encouraging the Power of Women Beatmakers
SheShock Hip Hop uses music and beat making to sonically transform the lives of girls and women. This workshop introduces girls and women to music technology to help them develop skills to express themselves artistically in original, raw, and personal ways. Participants will walk away with introductory beat making skills and new creative outlets for freedom.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 114

9:00am

Storytime with T. Miller
Join Detroit-based poet T. Miller as she leads an interactive, musical storytime infusing poetry and performance. Participants can get to practice storytelling skills along with music and be introduced into the Women in Hip Hip practice space.

 

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room B/C

9:00am

AMC2016 Homeroom: Friday
Welcome to AMC2016! In this 90-minute "Homeroom" session, the AMC Advisory Board will introduce first-time and returning AMCers to AMC history, participant agreements, as well as some tools and tips to navigating the AMC's various media-based organizing spaces, healthy spacial tensions, resources and challenges. Expect some media-sharing, group activities and opportunity to ask lots of questions about the weekend.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 118
  • Track General
  • Hashtag #AMCHomeroom

9:00am

Say Her Name / Black Trans Lives Matter
Calling all survivors, organizers and media makers! Are you using social media, video, art, zines and other creative strategies to highlight the experiences and resistance of Black women, trans and gender nonconforming people killed and violated by police? We will explore what ties our work together beyond hashtags and share visions for an end to state violence against our communities.

Presenters
AR

Andrea Ritchie

Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian police-misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, litigation and advocacy on the policing of women and LGBT people of color over the past two decades. She is co-author of “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Queer (In)Justice.” She is also a contributor to Truthout’s forthcoming anthology, “Who Do You Serve... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry B

9:00am

Black Unicorn Pop Up Library
Come by and check out our Black Unicorn Pop Up Library! This space will be open throughout the day and can provide a quiet corner for you to read.

Coordinators
Friday June 17, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
McGregor: Room D

11:00am

'Her Story' Screening
Her Story is about two trans women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when suddenly chance encounters give them hope. The series features trans writers, director and actors, musicians, and crew. This screening will be followed by a Q&A and Meet & Greet with actor and star of Her Story, Angelica Ross.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 134

11:00am

Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective
In this session the Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective will show how collecting and digitizing archives can illuminate submerged radical histories. We will offer an introduction to the processes of digital collecting and storytelling, and students will share the creative work they have produced as a result of their research with the project.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

11:00am

Groundwork: Justice In the Birthplace of America
"Groundwork" is a film about what happens when people stop putting up with injustice and start building a movement together. Learn how organizers are fighting for some of the most pressing economic and social justice issues of today, and how we can further build our movement. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the production process and how a community of media makers each connected to one of the film's issues in order to share these stories.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

11:00am

Babel’s Workshop: Best Practices for Multilingual Events
Unite across languages! Specialized audio equipment can help create multilingual spaces – but so can your cell phone. Learn best practices for multilingual events at this language justice workshop and interpreting demonstration. Please bring your experiences and questions about building power across languages, and don’t forget your mobile device!


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

11:00am

Collaboration with Github and Git
Interested in collaboratively developing open source software? We will talk about the challenges of collaborating on technical projects and why people use "git" to manage changes to software. Next, we'll work together on a web site hosted on Github, the most popular site for sharing open source software. Participants will learn how to make changes to projects on Github and get started contributing to open source projects.



Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

11:00am

Poster Power: Toolkit for the Design Activist
Are you an organizer with a love for design? Do you feel giddy every time you're asked to create a poster for an event or campaign? In this fun, colorful, participatory workshop, we will look at a series of political posters focusing on a range of issues and organizing tactics. We will evaluate them on basic principles of design and determine what makes them effective. Participants will walk away with tools for making their posters more powerful.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

11:00am

The Power of Perspectives in Youth Research
Who has the power to tell the truth and determine which voices matter? In this session, we will explore the power of narratives. Through family stories we will help participants create a multi-perspective participatory action research design using oral history, arts, and collective memory. Participants will leave with a family story data generation toolkit to design research by bringing together people from multiple communities.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

11:00am

Counterspace: Black Digital Activism On Campus
In this session we will discuss black digital activism and the role of social media in facilitating the development of counterspaces. Inspired by themes gathered from a student run conference at the University of Michigan, presenters will examine social media as a tool to mobilize, promote contemplative practices, and challenge dominant narratives of anti-blackness on college campuses.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

11:00am

Librarians of Color Survival Guide: Truth and Self-Care
Imagine a librarian, who do you see in your mind’s eye? A person of color, queer, differently abled, trans, or wearing hijab? Through discussion of the lived experiences of librarians of color with intersecting identities, this panel will explore the personal impact of microaggression in the workplace. We will learn about self-care for workers in institutional libraries, and generate solutions for decolonizing library practices and spaces.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

11:00am

Narratives of Displacement: The Anti Eviction Mapping Project
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project uses data visualization and oral history to document the dispossession and resistance of Bay Area residents in the wake of the tech boom. In this session, we will share a series of maps and discuss methods of intersecting narrative and quantitative data. We will learn about the importance of a regional approach to mapping community power, memory, and loss, highlighting new cross-Bay projects and tools.

Presenters
AL

Alexandra Lacey

Alexandra Lacey is an independent director, editor, and producer based in San Francisco. For over twenty years, she has made films and videos that reveal unique and powerful personal stories with a focus on memory and connection to place. Currently, she is coordinating the production of videos for the Narratives of Displacement map, as part of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

11:00am

Decolonizing our Stories and Futures Part 2
This workshop centers the lived experiences and struggles of Indigenous people, African people and those who are reclaiming their ancestral identities through shifting narratives, story circles and ciphers. Participants will explore hip hop and oral tradition to unearth how our ancestral identities and healing are rooted in relationship with the planet. We will speak, write, move and breathe to reclaim the truth of our living stories and wage love.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room J

11:00am

Healing Sessions: Building Our Emotional Immune System
We can understand our traumas, name how trauma appears and/or recurs, and ways to respond when we find ourselves in the midst of trauma during daily life. This workshop offers an understanding of how experiences are integrated in the human body. It also offers practical, somatic techniques for embracing our emotions, and managing them effectively, while also opening to the abundance of daily living. Participants will leave with immediately usable somatic tools, wisdom, and handouts.  
 

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room I

11:00am

Healing Trauma through Yoga
This program is designed to teach participants (of all experience levels) yoga and meditation practices that can be utilized to help release stress and trauma from the body. Be prepared to do some yoga and meditation while also learning about chakra alignment, and how our bodies communicate their needs to us through body aches and pains. Bring water, a notebook and pen, and if possible a yoga mat or towel!

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

11:00am

Herbal Plant Allies and Appalachian Resistance
Using the Beehive Collective's "True Cost of Coal" poster, we will learn about Appalachian resistance to coal company exploitation and environmental destruction. Participants will receive coloring pages of plants and animals in the poster. We will learn about the medicinal properties of some of the plants and we will make herbal dream pillows to take home. We will close by singing Appalachian resistance songs.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #PlantAllies
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

11:00am

Orientation to Documentation (Part II)
Join the team, hone your skills, be the media. The Really Rad Radio & TV Takeover space will be training a team of people to capture all the magic of AMC2016 by documenting it through audio and video. Attendees of all skill levels will learn to operate our equipment, as well as the basics of shooting, interviewing, and archiving media. Participants will then be eligible to check out equipment throughout the weekend. They will also walk away with unique pieces of digital media that will be distributed to them after the conference.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

11:00am

The Antidote
Jendog Lonewolf and YaliniDream will share their science of lyricism, including the basics of composing a song, writing bars, wordplay, and the art of the multiple entendre. In addition, they will facilitate space to explore how hip hop can heal, empower, and serve as an antidote to what plagues our communities. Come ready to write, perform, reflect, receive feedback, work together, and share. Participants will write, memorize, practice, and strategize.


Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

11:00am

How to Make It: Nurturing Your Creative Practice
This is a hands-on workspace devoted to the role of creative practice in nurturing ourselves, engaging our communities, and sustaining our dreams for social change. Participants will share, learn, experiment, create, and reflect, while building a supportive network. Through guided activities, discussion and reflection, the group will generate tangible designs toward a self-care creativity toolkit.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 112

12:30pm

Restoration Room
The Creative Arts and Grieving Practice Space has dedicated a room for healing, grieving, reflecting, prayer and respite called the Restoration Room. We encourage folks to use this space whenever they feel they need a quiet place to relax or cry or lay down. We would also like to offer this space for folks to grieve the attack in Orlando.

The small room inside McGregor H is available all day 9:00 - 5:00pm.

Friday June 17, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
McGregor: Room H

12:45pm

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


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Ballroom

12:45pm

Changing the Education System for Disabled Children
Every child with a disability has the right to a proper education. In this session we will talk about how our parents fought for our education and share how we can continue to do so today. We will discuss our experiences with education and how our parents helped us to receive the education we deserved.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Lenart

Chris Lenart

Disability Awareness
We are Lisa Cesal and Chris Lenart, and we have been friends over 30 years.Both of us have Cerebral Palsy. We wrote a book about our lives with CP. We felt that our stories needed to be heard for many reasons. First reason is that some people come up to us in public and say things like it is nice to see you out enjoying yourselves as if they were surprised. Another reason is people with disabilities need role models to encourage themselves in... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 112

12:45pm

Dismantling Racism as it Operates Within Ourselves as White People
As white folks attending the AMC, a QTPOC led and centered space, how can we understand and address some of the effects of our white privilege in this conference in order to support undisrupted access to the content of the workshops and activities? How can we bring these principles back to the spaces of media making and organizing in our own communities?


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 117

12:45pm

Lunch Love: Parents and Child Caregivers
How do we raise children to be architects of a new world while we are still in this one? This is a space for parents and caregivers of children to share experiences and ideas about child rearing. Potential parents welcome! The agenda will accommodate topic-based, small group discussions. Participants will leave feeling validated, challenged and supported by a new network of friends. Vegan lunch will be provided as well as lunchtime childcare.


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Lawn outside McGregor Conference Center
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag lunchlove

12:45pm

Powerful Voices: Lessons from Youth Public Access Producers
We will explore the ways in which producing public access TV allows young people to amplify their voices, connect with elders and activists in their community, and generate change. Participants will watch an episode of "Teens Talk Justice," and engage in dialogue with producers about getting in touch with a local public access station, brainstorming and development, outreach, interviewing, and distribution.


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 123

12:45pm

Radical Youth Leadership
Many organizations build their foundation on the promise of youth centered and led spaces. As young students, activists, and workers how do we navigate spaces that claim to be youth-led, but allow for ageism to persist? We will learn and discuss how we can co-create youth-led and centered spaces. Participants will leave with new perspectives on building these spaces on both large and small scales.


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 131

12:45pm

Self-care for Black Caregivers
As a Black caregiver, what tools do you use to engage in self-care? Caregivers are often underpaid and overworked. Black caregivers of all backgrounds are welcome to come to discuss the ways we care for ourselves and how we incorporate self-care into our routines. In this space, we will share tools and strategies to be included in a small guide that we will create during the session.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 113

12:45pm

The Fatty Manatee Meetup
Who said you can't deconstruct fat stigma over lunch? This interactive lunch meetup will be a safe space to explore everything fat, large, and abundant. Through lively discussion and creation of fat-positive art, participants will be able to break down stigma directed at abundant bodies through visibility and community building.


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 118

2:00pm

Raising Our Voices: Community Radio in Honduras and Guatemala
What does community radio mean to the Red Mesoamericana? We will explore how media, especially radio, empowers grassroots organizations in Guatemala and Honduras to defend their land and human rights. We will go on a multimedia journey to learn how community communication is developed on a grassroots level and the importance of breaking through the barriers of traditional media to close the digital divide.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

2:00pm

'Sex (Ed) is...' : A Social Media Campaign by The Heal Project
Calling all parents, young people, out adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA), and educators! Our society’s view on sex is important to understanding, preventing and dealing with child sexual abuse The Heal Project wants to hear your voices on reframing how we talk about preventing CSA. Come by and sign up for short interviews. Healers will be available.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

2:00pm

Build a Media History Timeline
History can be used to oppress or liberate. We can learn about social justice movements by building our own media history timelines using online storytelling tools. Using free, open source software, participants will create their own histories of liberation to further understand the relationship between people’s movements, public policy, and popular culture.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

2:00pm

Digging Deep: Remixing Research
In this session we will explore how music sampling promotes research skills outside of academic institutions. We will draw connections between sampling in music and citing sources for written work. Participants will research the music they are familiar with and make connections with music that may be sampled or referenced in these songs. They will connect music to their stories, musical histories, and the research process.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

2:00pm

Formation: Black Femme Safety Strategies
This is an intentional lab space for: 3am hustle from the train in heels head down earphones in type Femmes; phone tree, safety squad, type Femmes; Move yo girl out of that apartment before shit gets worse type Femmes; ‘I know my fuckin rights’ type Femmes; Yoncé/Marsha/Rihrih/Janet/Freedia type Femmes; and Black type Femmes to share and build safety strategies for surviving and slaying.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

2:00pm

Nuts and Bolts of Grassroots Fundraising
Within the current funding and political climate, grassroots fundraising is a necessity for many of us. We will share stories and strategies for raising money, such as one-to-one asks, monthly donor programs, and online campaigns. We will examine how to build a donor program that aligns with your values for social justice. Participants will walk away with tips and tools for building sustainable individual donor programs.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

2:00pm

Property Praxis and 'Dumb' Cities
Property speculation is destroying communities. We will share a web-based tool that identifies where speculators are operating and who they are. Our work is focused on Detroit, but the tool is open source and adaptable for other places. Our workshop will situate the tool against the narrative of urban data management popularly termed "smart cities", and will argue for the political necessity of contesting top-down control of property data.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

2:00pm

Shoot, Scratch and Stomp: Let’s Play with Film
In this session we will work directly with film stock to create original images and movies. The workshop will be broken into two parts: traditional image-making, and hands-on image-making. We will shoot on Super 8mm cameras and hand-process the film in eco-friendly solution. Then, we will play and explore how we can create images on the film itself using everything from markers to glitter to leaves of grass.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

2:00pm

The Revolution Will Be Podcasted
Podcasting is a powerful segment of independent media uniquely tailored to tell our stories. This session will focus on the basics of podcasting and delve deep into how podcasting can shape, nurture and amplify organizing strategy, narratives and goals. We will explore the technical aspects of podcasting, developing a voice, and creating a brand identity in podcasting. Participants will workshop their podcast ideas together.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

2:00pm

12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders
How can we reframe the power dynamic that so often defines relationships between foundations and grassroots communities? We will learn from two case studies: “12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders” developed by Detroit community organizers and the Third Wave Fund's model of nurturing accountability, critique, and dialogue between grantmakers and grantees. Participants will be invited to share examples of similar organizing efforts from their own communities.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

2:00pm

Hear. Care. Act. Strategies for Teaching Black Lives Matter
Fusing education free choice pedagogy with artivism, this workshop will explore a variety of tools to cultivate empathy, advocate transformation, and educate against dominant narratives. We will engage in an embodied experience to demonstrate Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool to provide accountable, creative and enjoyable space to dialogue and devise original, change-seeking counter narratives to support the Movement for Black Lives.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 134

2:00pm

The Long Haul: Living Through Collective Performance Practice
Artists often talk about "the long haul". In this session we will explore themes from collective performance projects that have thrived for decades. This includes how working processes have evolved; tensions that have been sustainable or caused breaks; differences that evolving age and abilities make; movement surges and setbacks; and what putting down and pulling up roots means. We will learn from and challenge each other, and complicate any easy-seeming recipe for sustainability.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

2:00pm

A Healing Circle for Orlando and Beyond
Our community has sustained another horrific tragedy, and yet we are. Systems of oppression and colonization try to erase us, to murder us, to white wash our tragedies, and yet we are. The machine of war tries to use our queer, trans, black and brown bodies as tools and as weapons, and we resist, and so, we are. Come join a circle of grievers, to hold each other in love and rage. Join us in building an altar of Return to remember those in Orlando and beyond whose bodies have been taken by state sanctioned violence, but whose spirits burn within us. Come with your body and your heart: there will be space to sit in circle and speak the things that need to be spoken, time to sing our grief together, and time to feel and move grief through our bodies. All remembrance and spiritual practices welcome.


Coordinators
Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room I

2:00pm

Dance for Empowerment
We will start with a quick dance performance and a Q&A. Then, participants will break into groups where they will design a performance based on a social justice issue.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 025

2:00pm

I Am a Universe Part 1
How might we apply art to make visible, hold space for, and transform the embodied experiences of systemic violence? We will explore, through drawing, song and movement, the transformative potential of media in releasing and re-interpreting embodied experiences of trauma. We will create a performative community space that allows us to heal beyond wounds and envision our futures beyond surviving.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

2:00pm

Producing Beats and Samples
Participants will learn the basics of beats and beat making. Learning from artist Nappy Nina, we will begin building the foundations for a great track.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

2:00pm

Text 2 Move Part 1
Come with your ideas, your own text, themes or concepts and use them as the basis to create your own short movement piece. Participants will be encouraged to share their work in small groups for constructive, affirming feedback. Emphasis will be on solo self-exploration and sharing in small groups. This is an active session, open to everybody.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 020

2:00pm

When We Rule the World: Kids in Direct Action Part 1
The year is 0005 PC, robot puppies are finally a reality, capitalism has fallen, and kids have taken over the world. Within the context of this futuristic narrative, children will learn the skills involved in safe non-violent direct action. Children will create action materials, signs, and chants, and learn about actively using their bodies during marches and blockades for social justice activism. Are you up for the challenge?


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #KidsDirectAction
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

2:00pm

Navigating Crisis Part I: Supporting Loved Ones in Crisis
How can we support our loved ones in times of crisis? This workshop will help us show up for people we love as they navigate altered states, depression, trauma, and other hard times. With careful attention to the emotional impacts of oppression, we’ll pair Icarus Project resources and exercises with participants’ wisdom to explore healing strategies, safety team plans, and harm reduction tips for navigating the mental health mainstream.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

2:00pm

Planning an Indymedia Reboot in Montreal
Organizers are calling on activists impacted by the Indymedia movement to converge at events leading up to the World Social Forum this year in Montreal. We will discuss what an “Indymedia reboot” could entail in this era of corporatized social media, and how a convergence in Montreal could galvanize this reboot. We will focus on Indymedia's history as an international network of autonomous media collectives committed to mobilizing resistance to neoliberalism and neocolonialism.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 112

2:00pm

Traced and Tracked: The Surveillance Industrial Complex
Increasingly counterterrorism and counterinsurgency tactics are being deployed by local law enforcement. Known as "Intelligence-Led Policing," this highly funded and systematized structure legitimizes speculative policing and massive data collection. Participants will collectively map how they are traced, tracked and monitored, and share strategies and tactics using various tools towards building a culture of resistance.

Presenters
GD

General Dogon

General Dogon has been a Community Organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network since 2005, and is the lead organizer on all civil rights projects and campaigns. Prior to working at LA CAN, Dogon had been a victim of the criminal (in)justice system and had been incarcerated for many years. Since his return to the Skid Row community in Downtown LA, the most heavily policed community in the nation and home to the largest... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

2:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls
See Detroit history and emerging visionary organizing as we travel through time on the east side of the city, reflecting on changing ideas, technology, economics, politics, culture, community. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, Hope District, an Urban Garden (Feedom Freedom or Earth Works), Heidelberg, Can Arts and the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Participants will walk away with a Detroit narrative based upon dialectical thinking, resistance and vision.


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

2:00pm

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions Bike Tour
Join our bike tour to explore and learn about ways to prevent stormwater pollution from entering area waterways. See and hear about urban agriculture and "green infrastructure" i.e. rain gardens, wetlands, native plants, rain barrels, green roofs, etc. and their role in protecting Great Lakes water quality. Participants will walk away with a deeper knowledge of the Great Lakes, methods to protect freshwater resources and sustainable urban farming practices. (This tour costs $10 for bike rental and leaves from Wheelhouse Detroit. Youth will need an adult ally to rent bikes.)


Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

4:00pm

Deep Space Mind: Insanity for Survival
Space has often been used as a metaphor for uncharted, yet-to-be colonized territory. Similarly the mindspaces of marginalized persons are at risk of being infiltrated, surveilled, and used by colonizing forces. In this workshop we will use a DIY sci-fi lens for marginalized persons to explore and reclaim their own insane mindspaces while developing strategies for psychological survival in our age of warfare.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

4:00pm

Digital Privacy in Public Libraries: NYC Checks it Out
Libraries serve a critical role in providing free access to the web, especially for marginalized communities. Research Action Design (RAD) co-designs and facilitates digital privacy courses with librarians in the Brooklyn Public Library System and METRO (dataprivacyproject.org). In this session, we will share activities designed with library staff to teach the fundamentals of digital privacy and practical hands-on skills to library patrons.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Morrone

Melissa Morrone

Public librarian in Brooklyn, NY.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

GIFs for Justice
Want to engage people on an important cause or campaign through social media? Use a GIF! In this hands-on workshop, youth media makers from SPNN will teach you the basics of GIF making, and help you come up with creative ways to get your message across. We will use photos, text, moving images, and more, to make the most-rad and most-shared GIFs ever!


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

4:00pm

Run Nigga Run
"Run Nigger Run" is an old spiritual about a runaway slave. As our ancestors remind us, for those of us with access, running is a reclamation of our bodies from white supremacy. Workshop participants will learn tools to build an injury-free running practice that can prepare us to evade police, and support emotional healing. Please come dressed for exercise, there will be a short run appropriate for all levels.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 112

4:00pm

StoryCorps: Tools to Record and Archive Community Voices
The StoryCorps app is a tool that can help you represent your community’s truth and document people’s stories. We will walk through the audio recording process using the app, discuss the importance of archives, and brainstorm potential project ideas for building community through shared experiences. If possible, participants should download the StoryCorps App (it’s free) and create an account prior to the workshop.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

4:00pm

Archiving our Stories: Narratives of LGBTQ API Organizing
By collecting oral histories and multimedia stories of contemporary trans and queer Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we situate our movements within a legacy of organizing. The Dragon Fruit Project and Q&A Space story archives counteract erasures of our histories, celebrate our complex identities, and offer a framework to envision our futures. We will share clips and discuss ways to create powerful storytelling projects grounded in action.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

4:00pm

Cultivating Black Joy
In this session we will explore strategies and tools to produce alternative narratives around Black joy, activate our digital and physical communities, and create space for creative exchange, collaboration and celebration. We will explore the use of technology, photography, Black love and affirmations to collaboratively build a shared vision.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 134

4:00pm

Demanding a Seat at the Table: Youth Media's Role in the 2016 Election
Letters to the Next President is a national initiative to mobilize youth voices this election season. In this session youth will create and share media that connects election issues to their own lives.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

4:00pm

Independent Media and Immigrant Stories
How do immigrant storytellers talk about their new communities? We will explore the challenges they face when trying to describe the reality that surrounds them. We will put together alternative video, audio and web narratives to break the traditional media format. Participants will acquire free useful tools to translate content, create timelines, maps, short videos with subtitles and podcasts, and distribute the media they create on social media.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

4:00pm

Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines
"Revolutionary Mothering" places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world in need of transformation. Mothers from marginalized backgrounds create a generous space for life in the face of oppression and activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating the tangible concerns of the present. Join us for a panel discussion of movement shifting committed to birthing new worlds.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

4:00pm

When GoFundMe Doesn't Cut It
Given the amplification of state sanctioned violence in communities of color throughout the U.S and the lack of accountability of agents of the state, where is the movement building infrastructure that provides material and monetary support to families? This panel gives a context of benevolent societies and donor networks, and asks how communities of color are able to evolve their giving traditions in the context of state violence and capitalism.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

4:00pm

B-Girl Movement
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new … BREAKING! a.k.a. Breakdancing. The B-Girl Movement seeks to create a supportive environment for young women interested in participating in breaking. In this session we will educate audiences about the involvement and history of women in b-girl/b-boy culture while pushing the boundaries of its context.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

4:00pm

DET X JXN : New Afrikas in America - The Journey Continues
There are deep ancestral and political connections between the "birth of civil rights movement" in Jackson, MS and the birth of "Black Mecca" in Detroit, MI.
This session explores deep connections, past legacies, present circumstances, and futuristic solutions in Detroit and Jackson. We uplift our ancestral, media, and political interconnectedness. Participants will walk away with innovative ways to foster cultural connection across time and space.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room J

4:00pm

I Am a Universe part II
How might we apply art to make visible, hold space for, and transform the embodied experiences of systemic violence? We will explore, through drawing, song and movement, the transformative potential of media in releasing and re-interpreting embodied experiences of trauma. We will create a performative community space that allows us to heal beyond wounds and envision our futures beyond surviving.

Presenters
LH

Lehna Huie

Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary fine artist,arts educator, curator and activist exercising a belief in the power of multi-vocal art. Lehna is an artist describing stories of love, loss and remembrance in her work. Huie’s work is deeply committed to the fusion of arts and social change as a path to liberation. Lehna's educational work is centered on utilizing the creative voice of artistic expression as a compass for healing our world... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

4:00pm

Open Studio Space
Come practice your Really Rad Radio skills, listen to our live broadcast or get to know the radio-creators.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

4:00pm

Street Styles (90’s Hip Hop)
An homage to the 90’s Rhythm and Blues era. In this class we will play with 90’s 2 steps, vibes, and choreography to music from artists like Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Brandy,  Monica, TLC, Brian Mcknight, Missy Elliot, Montell Jordan, Janet Jackson etc.  This class is geared towards beginners, new movers and folks who just want to jam.ravy

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 025

4:00pm

Text 2 Move Part 2
Come with your ideas, your own text, themes or concepts and use them as the basis to create your own short movement piece. Participants will be encouraged to share their work in small groups for constructive, affirming feedback. Emphasis will be on solo self-exploration and sharing in small groups. This is an active session, open to everybody.

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 020

4:00pm

Toast2U: Intentional Celebration
We spend a tremendous amount of time setting goals, working hard and stretching ourselves to meet our highest calling. How often do we take time to celebrate our successes? Our accomplishments? Our victories? You've come a long way, and you deserve a toast for all you've done and all you're working to do! Join this workshop and raise a glass (of juice) to yourself! This workshop supports guests as we learn to celebrate personal victories and set positive intentions. 

Presenters

Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room I

4:00pm

When We Rule the World: Kids in Direct Action Part 2
(cont) The year is 0005 PC, robot puppies are finally a reality, capitalism has fallen, and kids have taken over the world. Within the context of this futuristic narrative, children will learn the skills involved in safe non-violent direct action. Children will create action materials, signs, and chants, and learn about actively using their bodies during marches and blockades for social justice activism. Are you up for the challenge?


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #directaction

4:00pm

Deconstructing Intoxication Culture: Supporting Non-Normative Substance Users
Most community spaces cater to social drinkers and people who can drink in a fun, moderate, and controlled way. Sober people, addicts, drug users, and a number of others, fall outside of this definition, and are often explicitly or subtly unwelcome in drinking-centric spaces. In this workshop we will create spaces and events for those of us who fall outside of the label 'social drinker', while recognizing that we have different access needs.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

4:00pm

Fat 201: Deconstructing Fat Stigma Within Our Movements
In this session we will make connections between fat stigma and other systems of oppression rooted within sexist, racist, classist, ableist etc. standards of embodiment. Participants will strategize how to challenge fat stigma within our own communities and build more body inclusive movements.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

4:00pm

Hacking HIV Stigma
Outdated misinformation about HIV is spread in our conversations and in the media, stigmatizing and harming vulnerable populations. In this session, presenters will discuss how and why current information about medication-based tools has not yet been absorbed into the public consciousness. We will work with participants to form hypothetical campaigns in order to increase awareness about one such tool, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

4:00pm

Intermedia Arts Up & Out
Up & Out is a festival organized by queer youth with the goal of uplifting multiple types of art by and for queer youth. During our session, members of Intermedia Arts will talk about the curation process of the festival and the hurdles we had to overcome. We will also engage in networking and outreach with other participants of AMC.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

4:00pm

Navigating Crisis Part II: Protecting Emotional Safety on Social Media
How can people experiencing emotional crisis access support on social media and avoid harmful interventions? The Icarus Project has fostered many online support communities. Join us as we examine ways to talk about depression and suicidal thoughts on social media, and consider potential impacts, like policing and hospitalization. Participants will leave with greater insights into the risks and considerations in navigating how we talk about crisis online.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

4:00pm

Remembering, Re[pair]rations and Reimagining
Participants will explore how black and brown folks can build healthy, resilient communities inside out, re-imagining community and the ways we hold ourselves together outside state structures. We will use body mapping and storytelling to look at how we practice truth telling, hold our communities together, and engage in building narratives to ‘move’ our movements.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

4:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls (continued)
See Detroit history and emerging visionary organizing as we travel through time on the east side of the city, reflecting on changing ideas, technology, economics, politics, culture, community. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, Hope District, an Urban Garden (Feedom Freedom or Earth Works), Heidelberg, Can Arts and the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Participants will walk away with a Detroit narrative based upon dialectical thinking, resistance and vision.


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop
  • Practice Space Wage Love
  • Hashtag #GrowingOurSouls

4:00pm

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions Bike Tour (continued)
Join our bike tour to explore and learn about ways to prevent stormwater pollution from entering area waterways. See and hear about urban agriculture and "green infrastructure" i.e. rain gardens, wetlands, native plants, rain barrels, green roofs, etc. and their role in protecting Great Lakes water quality. Participants will walk away with a deeper knowledge of the Great Lakes, methods to protect freshwater resources and sustainable urban farming practices. (This tour costs $10 for bike rental and leaves from Wheelhouse Detroit. Youth will need an adult ally to rent bikes.)


Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

5:45pm

Opening Ceremony

There will be a shuttle from the Towers Residence Hall to the theater starting at 5:15pm. 

The AMC2016 Opening Ceremony will immerse us in a celebration of the powerful wave of creative movement-building happening across the country. It will feature a keynote from Assata’s Daughters, an intergenerational, grassroots collective in Chicago, which has used a range of brilliant media-based tactics to advance the movement for Black lives, while centering Black women’s empowerment and self-determination. Through the Opening Ceremony we will learn how media like puppetry, theatre, hip-hop, and video art is used in Flint and Detroit to explore our connection and access to natural resources like water in the face of privatization. We will explore Detroit’s music movement history through “techno poetics.”.  Attendees will be invited to participate in The Kinfolk Effect project, a devotional space informed by the fellowship rituals which became the “technology” used to sustain the Civil Rights Movement in the Black Belt region of the U.S. South. We will close with a live brass band and J-Sette performance to celebrate the historic connections between New Orleans and Detroit, and affirm diverse representations of black masculinity.

The Detroit Institute of Arts will be open until 10PM and offers free admission to AMC badge holders.

 



Friday June 17, 2016 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Detroit Film Theater 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Hashtag #OpeningCeremony

7:00pm

Women in Hip Hop Concert

Featuring Rapsody, Mama Sol & The N.U.T.Z., Mahogany Jones, and Venus Fly. Presented as part of the Contemporary Interactive Women in hip Hop Conference. Tickets are offered for $10 when you present your AMC name badge.


Friday June 17, 2016 7:00pm - Saturday June 18, 2016 12:00am
Garden Theater 3929 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Youth Social Space & Open Mic
The youth social space is an opportunity for young participants of the AMC to socialize, build community and connect. Entertainment for the evening will be DJ Stacy'e J, featuring awesome Detroit based artists with open mic slots available hosted by Miz Korona. Feature performances by Yakuza Moon and Rockett. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. This space will be open to all young people who want to be indulged in good vibes and good music!


Friday June 17, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Cass Corridor Commons

8:00pm

Karaoke + Bowling

Karaoke and unlimited bowling in the Garden Bowl, all the lanes, all night long. Karaoke is hosted by Millionaire with a feature sign-along performance by Tim Schumack. Free for registered AMC participants.



Friday June 17, 2016 8:00pm - Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00am
The Majestic Garden Bowl 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

9:00pm

The Osato Sister's Cabaret Night
Una Aya and Michi Ilona Osato are sisters, performers, writers and educators who utilize burlesque to explore their identities as queer women of color. The Osato Sister's Cabaret Night presents local and traveling performers who explore art and politics in fun, funny and exciting new ways.

Friday June 17, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cinema Detroit 4126 3rd St., Detroit, MI 48201
 
Saturday, June 18
 

9:00am

Cities of Peace: Pedagogy for Resistance and Healing
What are the intersections of oppression and trauma? How are communities that are impacted by structural violence using education to resist and heal? We will screen "Cities of Peace," a documentary which connects youth in Cambodia and Chicago who are organizing around intergenerational trauma caused by state violence. Join us to create a working definition of trauma-informed critical pedagogy and develop strategies to transform harm into healing.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

9:00am

Don’t Panic, Organize!
What would you do if your neighborhood was hit by a major disaster? In this session, we will organize, plan, and work together to prepare. Participants will role play as residents of a neighborhood with resources to offer and needs to meet. We will engage in a hands-on activity to provide tools and techniques to prepare for an impending emergency. Participants will walk away with skills and practical approaches to make their communities more resilient.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 128

9:00am

Hashtags are the New Protest Signs
In this session we will create our own hashtags through a process of peer interviews, review of news sources, and investigation of artists using agit-props as a place of expression. Groups will screen print individual and collaborative propaganda such as patches, vertical prints, limited edition prints, t-shirts, and refuse materials.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 137

9:00am

How to Start a Major Donor Program
Take your fundraising to the next level. Participants will learn the ABC’s of donor prospecting, how to get the visit and make the pitch to a donor, and how to nurture relationships. Participants will leave feeling empowered to build a dynamic and responsive donor program and ready to embrace cooperation rather than competition in vying for the attention of major donors.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 115

9:00am

Intro to Programming with p5.js
What is the potential of coding as a creative medium? How is coding political? In this workshop, we will use an open source creative coding language called p5.js to make a simple project that introduces Javascript concepts like functions, variables, and loops. We will also touch on the politics of open source projects and software in general. Participants will leave with their project files and links to resources for continuing to learn.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry D

9:00am

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


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 125

9:00am

Out of the Attic: Dissociation and Social Justice Part 1
This workshop will help participants understand dissociation as the internalization of structural violence. We will offer a toolkit to identify dissociative experiences caused by social and political violence. We will provide ways individuals and communities can respond to build skills for radical beloved community. We will develop an online toolkit with strategies, understandings, and examples from participants.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room F/G

9:00am

People Powered Technology
Red Hook Digital Stewards know that human tech, the kind you are born with, is far more advanced than gadgets made to work like people do. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how IT works with low tech group games. Participants will walk away with functional knowledge of hardware, software and networking concepts and a deeper connection to the science of their own humanity.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry A

9:00am

Project Ava: Share Your Story
Everyone has a story but not all narratives are represented in mainstream media. Project Ava’s mission is to provide a brave platform for marginalized folks to share their stories in order to spark progressive dialogue. This workshop will create a space for participants to engage in their own storytelling, to help foster awareness and empower advocacy through the media of personal narratives.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 113

9:00am

Role-Playing Our Way to Better Online Conversations
We’ve all seen an online conversation turn toxic, but how do we keep these discussions on track? Through case studies and role play, we will explore how online conversations unfold. Together, we will build a set of best practices for guiding online conversation with confidence, understanding, and the spirit of shared purpose that builds strong communities.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry B

9:00am

This Love is Revolutionary: Black Love as Survival
We will examine how black love in the media is often depicted as a limited resource, centers heteronormativity and romanticism, and provides us limited nuance around how black love sustains our movements and survival. Using a Black queer feminist framework, we will navigate how identity, trauma, and white supremacist violence affects the depictions of Black love in media and our internalization of that imagery and performance.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 131

9:00am

Vulnerability Before Accountability
Being willing to be seen in our moments of struggle is an extremely vulnerable act. What is the work we need to do be able to step into that vulnerability? We will identify barriers to being vulnerable, gain tools and practices to build trust and reflect on how our own relationships to vulnerability affect how we can engage in accountability work. Participants will collaborate on a zine of resources to be distributed after the conference.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 117

9:00am

Writing For Transformative Justice
How can we shift media narratives that center a carceral culture? We will look at how media narratives reinforce the idea of punishment as a goal and we will examine transformative justice-oriented media storytelling by feminists of color. We will talk about how writing our own stories is transformative. Participants will emerge with tools to use writing for healing, justice-seeking and transformation.

Presenters
MS

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s editor-in-chief and a coeditor of “Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.” She is also the author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.” Her work on the criminal legal system has been published on Truthout and in the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Nation, among others.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 112

9:00am

Native Youth Changing School Climate
Schools are assumed to be “safe" spaces but native youth experience boarding school trauma, bullying, biased representations in curriculum, low teacher expectations and racialized disparities. Our Youth-Led Participatory Action Research team sought to understand how these issues impact educational experience and achievement. Our presentation will share our process, findings and solutions.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 114

9:00am

Shaping the Narrative: Connecting the Dots in Michigan
This panel will focus on how organizers around Michigan, including from FlintRising, We The People Detroit and Black Lives Matter, can work together to connect the narratives of local issues to a statewide narrative using media.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 134

9:00am

Using Data to Tell Stories
How can you use data to tell important stories around affordable housing, policing, education, healthcare access, or jobs? Panelists from Detroit, Philadelphia and New York will share what “Open Data” is, how to make maps or other visualizations to tell powerful stories, and highlight free tools. The session will end with a discussion of what kinds of data leaders find most useful to their communities.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 106

9:00am

Body of Seed: Self Care Growing From Needs and Desires Part 1
Body of Seed is a delicate process where individuals invest in growing from their needs and desires. Using meditation, movement, and sharing, folks can expect to connect to their core and explore an organic direction of personal growth. Together we will create a space where we can celebrate our unique tenderness and power that resides within each of our bodies. Participants will walk away with an embodiment self care method that thrives on the presence of collective space.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Dance Room 025

9:00am

Healing Sessions: Body Positivity Meditation
This is workshop is an invitation to inhabit the body with full awareness! Practitioners will be introduced to the foundations of mindfulness to awaken self-compassion and see themselves with fresh eyes, and learn to embrace the realities of the body (age, ability, injury, illness) and nurture themselves with sustainable self-care practices that inspire a vivid sense of well-being. www.3jewelsyoga.com

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room I

9:00am

Introduction to DJ'ing
Stacey Hotwaxx Hale is a Detroit-based house DJ and legendary producer. This 90-minute session will teach the basics of original turntablism and allow time for some practicing.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room B/C

9:00am

LGBTQ Youth of Color: Keep Loving, Keep Fighting
LGBTQ youth organizers of color from Detroit REPRESENT! have been learning about and creating our own solutions to oppression through media, including videos, painting, photography, and more. We will share our experiences and learn from participants' stories. We will collaboratively create a zine filled with love letters to ourselves along with resources and survival strategies to share with our community.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
McGregor: Room J

9:00am

Storytelling with Music and Movement
There a tons of ways to tell a story – with words, with sound, with pictures, or with actions. In this session we will listen to music and create stories about a loving and positive world with our hands and movements.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #StorytellingMusic
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

9:00am

Transformative Radio with CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal
As an accessible, community-based medium, radio has the potential to be transformative. In this session, participants will plan and execute a one hour radio show, to be broadcast live on CKUT radio in Montreal. Participants will learn basic radio skills – such as writing scripts, hosting, and interviewing – and then put these skills to use as we interview participants at the AMC for the show.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Room 384

9:00am

AMC2016 Homeroom: Saturday
After Day 1, come to Homeroom's Saturday edition to learn about the ways you can participate in the AMC year-round and how the AMC is doing work to hold space for our community's healthy tensions. Hear from the AMC Advisory Board about their conversations and next steps and contribute to the world we need to create together.


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 118

9:00am

Digital Organizing Training for Black Lives by Color Of Change
We believe that if people have the skills to engage others, the tools to build powerful campaigns, and a community of practice to help them learn and grow, they can win real world change, make measurable improvements in people's lives, and build more political power for Black people. The Color of Change training program helps create a more skilled, better equipped, and better connected movement.

Presenters
avatar for Bernard Hayman

Bernard Hayman

Campaign Manager, ColorOfChange.org
Bernard A. Hayman joined ColorofChange as a Campaign Manager in 2015. He comes to ColorofChange after completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil, teaching classes on U.S. culture and English as a Second Language at the University of Brasilia. Previously, Bernard worked on outreach campaigns for organizations such as OXFAM, the Austin Cooperative Business Association, and the Truman National Security Project. A United States Army veteran, he... Read More →


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Student Center: Hilberry C

9:00am

Detroit Sound Conservancy Tour
This is a deep dive, mission-driven, joyful journey into Detroit’s varied musical histories. This tour will explore everything from hip hop to country, musical historic districts, oral histories, and the challenges and opportunities of cultural preservation in Detroit. After this tour you will not just know more about Detroit's music, people, geographies, and stories, but you will also be able to play a part in preserving and celebrating Detroit’s musical cultures. In the process you will move from musical observation to sonic activism. Sign-up in advance at the Info Desk in the McGregor Conference Center. Bus pick-up is at the Towers Dorm Shuttle Stop. This is a three hour tour.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

9:00am

Restoration Room
The Creative Arts and Grieving PS has dedicated a room for healing, grieving, reflecting, prayer and respite called theRestoration Room. We encourage folks to use this space whenever they feel they need a quiet place to relax or cry or lay down. We would also like to offer this space for folks to grieve the attack in Orlando.

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
McGregor: Room H

9:00am

Black to the Land
Natural environments and green spaces offer urban dwellers an opportunity to get away, heal from the stress of city life, and reconnect with nature. Come visit an urban farm for a walking tour and presentation on agriculture and edible wild plants, which are both essential keys to survival and nation building. *Limited seating. Sign up in advance at the Student Center Info Desk.*

Presenters
avatar for Oya Amakisi

Oya Amakisi

Greening of Detroit


Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

9:00am

Black Unicorn Pop Up Library
Come by and check out our Black Unicorn Pop Up Library! This space will be open throughout the day and can provide a quiet corner for you to read.

Coordinators
Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
McGregor: Room D

9:30am

AMC Childcare
Childcare is provided for all children who attend the AMC. A parent or adult in care of a child can enroll any child for the duration of the conference. Childcare provides a plethora of fun, creative and educational activities as well as healthy snacks twice daily. All parents or guardians bringing children must complete an entrance form.

Available: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday June 18, 2016 9:30am - 6:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry F

11:00am

11:00am

'11:55' Film Screening
Watch a film screening of “11:55," which follows the story of U.S. Marine Nelson Sanchez. After being involved in the fatal shooting of a local drug dealer, Nelson returns to the neighborhood he fled years ago, and charts an unlikely path to break the cycle of violence that defined him. Featuring Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Rodriguez, David Zayas, John Leguizamo, and Julia Stiles.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

11:00am

Making a Feature Length Documentary
What is the emotional journey of transitioning from female to male? "Crossing the Divide" is a documentary that follows Issa Ismail, a 21 year old Arab-American, in his first year of transition. This session will screen a rough cut of the film and then discuss the phases of pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 134

11:00am

Anti-Oppression Frameworks for Oral History and Movement Building
We will engage in role playing exercises exploring oral history encounters and participate in an on-site recording of workshop participants reflecting on anti-oppression principles. Participants will walk away with resources and a network for building their interviewing skills and incorporating oral history into their work for social justice.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 112

11:00am

City Bureau Revealed: Public Journalism Education in Chicago
City Bureau is creatively disrupting Chicago media education and production. We are creating a community-centered public journalism school and newsroom on the city's South and West sides. We will explore how we can revive inclusive, hyperlocal media in cities. Attendees will walk away with curriculum, work, tools, and a framework they can implement at their own organizations.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

11:00am

Design Thinking for Social Justice Lab
Design thinking is a method for creative problem solving used across sectors. In this hands-on session participants will explore how to address environmental racism through the phases of design thinking from defining the problem to building physical prototypes. We will incorporate elements of reflexivity, praxis and procedural justice. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how to apply design thinking in their own social justice work.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

11:00am

Designing Games for Social Justice
Games can both create and counteract violence. We will look at how they recreate oppression and we will start to make the games we'd rather see. We will map how power operates in computer and video games, particularly militarism, gender violence, racism, and rape culture, and we will write Twine games tracing paths to more just and less violent futures. Participants will leave with a starting analysis of oppression in games and the basis for one of their own game designs.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

11:00am

Embodied Writing in Healing
We will use the body and interdisciplinary creative practice to create stories that explore the intersections of grief, healing, and political change. Participants will generate writing in a variety of forms (prose, poetry, vignettes, etc.), engage in collaborative practice, produce a short piece by the end of the session, and identify ways these practices can be incorporated into their organizing/community work.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

11:00am

Femmes in Hip Hop
Where can femmes find a space of power within hip hop? The feminine persona in hip hop has been negative and hyper sexualized and we force ourselves to claim this representation of us. Participants will discuss hip hop and media literacy, deconstruct and re-map hip hop characters to understand where they came from, and explore ways we can re-brand and create a hip hop piece.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

11:00am

I am a #Youngworker: Stories Animated for Change
Contrary to the millennial narrative, young people work to live, not to play. Using the "I am a #Youngworker" mixed-media project, we will explore young workers’ experiences and the workplace conditions that prevent them from thriving. We will ask how storytelling can portray young workers’ lives and their rights. Participants will craft their own short story contributing their knowledge about the young worker experience.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

11:00am

Mapping the Stories of Model Minority Mutinies
What do you know about our Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian histories of resistance? Since arriving in the U.S., our communities have resisted capitalism, imperialism, racism, and participated in intersectional movement building. Join us for a hands-on history mapping session. We will delve into historical exploration and build an interactive Asian history timeline that lifts up stories of Asian organizing and resistance.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

11:00am

Music Video Remix
Ever watch a music video for a favorite song and think “I could do better”? This workshop is your chance! In this workshop, participants will create their own remixes of popular music videos to deconstruct the harmful tropes and oppressive stereotypes that often appear in the music industry. Learn how to write voiceover, record audio, and edit a final video that you can share in your communities and classrooms!


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

11:00am

Out of the Attic: Dissociation and Social Justice Part 2
This workshop will help participants understand dissociation as the internalization of structural violence. We will offer a toolkit to identify dissociative experiences caused by social and political violence. We will provide ways individuals and communities can respond to build skills for radical beloved community. We will develop an online toolkit with strategies, understandings, and examples from participants.

Coordinators
Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room H

11:00am

PopEd in Spanish Speaking Communities
"Popular education is an educational approach that collectively and critically examines everyday experiences and raises consciousness for organizing and movement building" - Paulo Freire. The Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)'s Environmental Justice Committee will give a 101 training on how to use popular education to create media resources for Spanish speaking communities.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

11:00am

Step Up and Speak Out
We will engage participants in African-rooted step choreography and spoken word to create a community ensemble performance of movement, sound, and chants giving a voice to issues we want to bring awareness to.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

11:00am

Bad Fat Broads: A Live Podcast!
Ariel and KC, hosts of the Bad Fat Broads (BFB) podcast, will facilitate a discussion on intersecting identities, exploring what it means to be fat in addition to the many other identities we inhabit. We will be recording this discussion for an extra special episode of the BFB podcast. BFB is a community project, and this is a chance for all our voices to be heard.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

11:00am

Fighting for Transformation in North Minneapolis: Police Impact on Mental Health
We will present videos produced by the North Minneapolis Research Team, which highlight how police have impacted our community in various capacities and share how we cope, survive and thrive. After the screening, we will have a Q&A.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

11:00am

Hacking Bureaucracy: Tech for Direct Impact
What do you do when systems — social service enrollment, city water departments, legal reforms — fail you? Technology can amplify the effects of such failures, but it can also provide ways to leapfrog them. This session will share examples of moving from using broken systems to creating human-friendlier approaches through human-centered design, lean development, iteration, prototyping and more.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

11:00am

Humanizing Schooling in Detroit
Learn how Detroit Future Schools (DFS) is humanizing schooling in Detroit. Educators, students, and media artists from DFS 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 with The Boggs School. Participants will leave with practices and resources for thinking about community issues in their classrooms.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

11:00am

The Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop Feminism
Join us for a conversation with Aisha Durham, Ph.D (author of Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture) and Ruth Nicole Brown, Ph.D (author of Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood) featuring the band We Levitate, and moderated by Jessica Robinson and Blair E. Smith. We will engage in critical discussions about collective organizing and do it yourself/ourselves music making when Black girl genius is at the helm.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

11:00am

Body of Seed: Self Care Growing From Needs and Desires Part 2
Body of Seed is a delicate process where individuals invest in growing from their needs and desires. Using meditation, movement, and sharing, folks can expect to connect to their core and explore an organic direction of personal growth. Together we will create a space where we can celebrate our unique tenderness and power that resides within each of our bodies. Participants will walk away with an embodiment self care method that thrives on the presence of collective space.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 025

11:00am

Media Making Skills for Youth
This workshop will aid youth in exploring the science behind cameras and other media making tools. Youth will learn how to make toy cameras out of paper boxes and acquire a basic understanding of how cameras work. Youth will walk away with working toy cameras while having gained an appreciation for taking pictures.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #DIYToyCameras
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

11:00am

11:00am

Women in Hip Hop Open Studio
Come through and share femme-centric rhymes, beats and performance. Play with beat-making tools and explore the five elements of hip hop from a womanist perspective.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

11:00am

Centering Healthy Love in Queer Communities
Learn about the TOD@S Collaborative’s transit campaign #QTPOCLove. This campaign was featured on Boston metro buses and trains for Domestic Violence Awareness month. We will learn about how queer survivors of color developed this campaign to center healthy love in our communities. We will engage in discussions about how to challenge mainstream narratives of intimate partner abuse, and what organizing looks like for us as survivors.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

11:00am

Seeds of Direct Action: How’d You Pull That Off?
In 18 months, the direct action collective "black.seed" executed #BlackBrunch, shut down a police department, woke the mayor, shut down a city council meeting and the Bay Bridge. We will analyze the tactical approaches we’ve utilized in Black, queer feminist centered direct action organizing. Participants will first explore the long history of DA organizing and be guided through a direct action plan, including objectives, logic, roles and strategy.

Presenters
XW

Xan West

Xan West is a fierce and fearless black queer troublemaker. She is Director of Student Ministry in Berkeley, CA where she enjoys inspiring resilience and preaching liberation. She is currently finishing a Fellowship in Spirituality and Social Change.


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

11:00am

Black 2 the Land (continued)
This tour departs at 9a and returns 12:30pm. 

Presenters
avatar for Oya Amakisi

Oya Amakisi

Greening of Detroit


Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

11:00am

Detroit Sound Conservancy (continued)
This is a deep dive, mission-driven, joyful journey into Detroit’s varied musical histories. This tour will explore everything from hip hop to country, musical historic districts, oral histories, and the challenges and opportunities of cultural preservation in Detroit. After this tour you will not just know more about Detroit's music, people, geographies, and stories, but you will also be able to play a part in preserving and celebrating Detroit’s musical cultures. In the process you will move from musical observation to sonic activism.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

12:30pm

Healing Circle for Orlando
This will be a circle to hold and be held as we grieve the lives lost in the Orlando massacre. We will center and prioritize the voices of queer & trans Lantinx, especially queer & trans Puerto Ricans. We welcome all who want to help hold this space for grieving and healing.  Join us at the North side of McGregor Conference Center.

Saturday June 18, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
McGregor Conference Center

12:30pm

Restoration Room
The Creative Arts and Grieving PS has dedicated a room for healing, grieving, reflecting, prayer and respite called theRestoration Room. We encourage folks to use this space whenever they feel they need a quiet place to relax or cry or lay down. We would also like to offer this space for folks to grieve the attack in Orlando.

Saturday June 18, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
McGregor: Room H

12:45pm

Capoeira Angola in Detroit!
Capoeira Angola is an African based Brazilian dance/game/self defense practice that has sustained communities for centuries! Come play, sing, watch and learn about Capoeira Angola with Tabcat Detroit.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

12:45pm

Fat Femme of Color Sexuality
Existing as Femme, as Fat, as Queer & Trans, as folks of color and so much more can be complicated! In this panel, folks will share personal stories and challenges they face as fat femme people of color, exploring (sex)uality, and navigating desirability. Panelists will speak to the ways in which they embrace creativity to envision and craft innovative, necessary, revolutionary spaces to challenge normativity and reclaim their power.


Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 118

12:45pm

Fundraiser Open Space and Skillshare
Calling all grassroots fundraisers, development staff, and organizers raising funds to build people-powered movements! Are you interested in sharing and learning grassroots fundraising skills, challenges and strategies across movements? If so, this meetup is for you! Join us for this self-organized gathering on grassroots fundraising strategies, including one-to-one donor asks, monthly donor programs, crowdfunding, events, cultivating major donors, and more.


Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 115

12:45pm

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change Lunch Meetup
Groundswell's mission is to provide mutual support, training, and resources in the practice of applied, community-based oral history for social justice. This meetup is organized to build community among oral historians, organizers, storytellers, documentarians and media-makers for movement building. We will provide space for people to informally share their work, socialize, and build connections. Bring your lunch!

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 114

12:45pm

Latin@s Helping Each Other
This session will explore the challenges and goals that each of the attendees have in their organizations, activism or day-to-day jobs, specifically as Latin@s or working with Latin@s in the United States. Participants will split into pairs and each person will talk about the goals and challenges that are facing their organization, initiative or job, while the other person listens and offers support.


Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 128

12:45pm

The Decolonizing Diet Project
Having a relationship with your food means having a relationship with the Earth. What is the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) and how can it lead us towards restorative food justice? Learn how the DDP can be modeled in your own community. April Lindala, DDP project staff and volunteer research subject, will facilitate a discussion that seeks to address how the DDP can lead to transformation and healing through food.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 113

12:45pm

With Our Own Voices: Yellow Noise Magazine
What is Asian-American youth culture? We will explore ways of asserting our own visions of Asian-American culture and explore the intersections of oppressions within it. We will learn to create media that is both accessible and nuanced, emphasizing humor. We will discuss how to nurture our young artists to create socially empowering work.


Saturday June 18, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State Hall: Room 112

2:00pm

'Forced Trajectory Project' Screening
Police violence is a nationwide epidemic, yet most are unaware of how local communities are affected. We will screen "Forced Trajectory Project" to show how impactful guerilla media can be on communities affected by police violence. Participants will walk away with an awareness of how community oral history projects can be implemented to propel communities onto their own road for communal justice.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146
  • Track General
  • Hashtag #ForcedTrajectoryProject
  • View Track Info General

2:00pm

'lil BLK' Live Performance
lil BLK is a live experimental solo performance, influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance. In this performance NIC Kay wrestles with their desire to be seen in a society that controls and crushes the black feminine body. They attempt to highlight the traps of being a black queer performer searching for freedom on the stage and in a beat.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

2:00pm

America in Transition
Transgender people are fighting for our lives in North Carolina and in marginalized communities across the U.S. "America in Transition" is a documentary web series and community building initiative by trans folks working to build solidarity with trans POC and trans folks from rural communities across geographic boundaries. Join us for a screening and workshop which addresses HIV criminalization in Arkansas. Learn how you can get involved in this storytelling movement.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 134

2:00pm

Cumbia Poder Kids Party!
"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution" -Emma Goldman. The Cumbia Poder Kids Party is a dance party for youth and their families. As DJs and party promoters we see the dance floor as a transformative space, and too often these spaces are inaccessible to new parents, young people, and their families. This party aims to foster our future leaders through fun and joy, reveling in the powers of the dance floor.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C
  • Practice Space Kids

2:00pm

Community Driven Climate Resilience Planning
In this interactive workshop, we will explore deep democracy approaches to communities defining their own climate resilience plans. Participants will explore the elements, challenges, and questions within community processes for climate resilience planning in cities and local governments.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

2:00pm

DAY Project: Media Strategies to Counteract Gentrification
How do we build safe, intentional space for all on the margins? In this youth-led workshop, we will focus on transcultural coalition-building to counteract gentrification in Detroit’s Chinatown. Working intersectionally, we will use media arts, including movement games, to create awareness of cultural co-option and erasure. Come and learn ways to outline effective media strategies for resistance-building.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 118

2:00pm

Drum n Hip Hop
We will explore how live drumming has influenced Hip-Hop music past and present. We will also observe how female drummers have greatly influenced music as well.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

2:00pm

Incite Change! LGBTQ Youth in the System
Youth leaders from the Ruth Ellis Center, a nonprofit that serves runaway, homeless and at-risk youth in Detroit and Highland Park, will explore how youth and their allies can push for change in youth-focused institutions and systems. We will share examples of youth advocacy work and collectively envision ways youth can make their voices heard.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

2:00pm

MIT Open Documentary Lab: Incubating Documentary Forms and Processes
Documentarians and community organizers have more platforms and ways to collaborate with their communities than ever before. In the first half of this session, the MIT Open Documentary Lab (ODL) will present innovative, interactive and participatory documentary processes and tools, and review effective, ethical collaboration. During the second half, participants can meet ODL fellows and explore hands-on projects in small groups.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

2:00pm

Peer-to-Peer, Sharing Economy, and Commons Roundtable
Will the future of work be disconnected, jumping from one precarious job to the next? Or will we co-design an economy of equitable partnerships that empower us to freely give of our gifts and receive what we need? Learn about innovations in open design communities, the commons, and Agreement-Based Organizing through an open discussion with a short video intro that will highlight emergent cultural tech from Enspiral & the P2PFoundation.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 112

2:00pm

Project Prospera's Taxi Driver Justice Project
The Taxi Driver Justice Project will explore how technology can be used to strengthen the global cab driver communities. Through an interwoven analytic and socio-political framework, we will analyze the complex economic forces that daily impact immigrants, people of color, low wage workers and shape civil rights. 


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

2:00pm

Chicanafuturism and Media-based Storytelling
In this session we will deconstruct how we tell stories using technology to represent a Chicana/Indixena consciousness and futurism. We will explore examples in multimedia and contemporary art. Using the concept of the "altar," participants will learn a Chicana process of futuristic storytelling, and modernized histories.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

2:00pm

CultureStrike: Power of Arts
How do we leverage art and culture for movement building? In what ways do we center artists and cultural workers in social justice spaces? What resources do we need to create art of integrity and collective? CultureStrike invites artists and cultural workers to engage in this conversation about sustainability, support, and our impact. We will also share examples of frameworks we've developed nationally.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

2:00pm

Information Architecture: Building a Solid Foundation for Your New Website
Looking to revamp your website or create a new website for your organization? This workshop is about the importance of Information Architecture (IA), the blueprint or infrastructure of your site before you get to design and imagery. We will walk you through the IA process, starting with identifying your mission and audience.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

2:00pm

Teaching Freedom in Our Classrooms
Is it possible to teach freedom in traditional classrooms, given the realities and constraints of schools as institutions? Hear from classroom teachers and school leaders who believe that it is not only possible, but necessary. Learn concrete examples of their work, ideas, pedagogical approaches and curriculum in this interactive session. We will discuss the conditions necessary for freedom to thrive through teaching and we will share specific resources.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

2:00pm

Unpacking the Box: Criminal Background Disclosure in Higher Education
What does our world look like without employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated? Through an intersectional lens, we will engage in interactive activities that counteract exclusionary practices such as criminal history disclosure in higher education. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the "Abolish the Box" movement and the tools necessary to disassemble the stigma against formerly incarcerated people within education.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

2:00pm

Breaking Essentials (CANCELLED)
Participants will be introduced to the basics of hip hop dancing as well as conditioning mechanics and how to connect with the global breakin' scene. The outcome will be participants will have a better understanding of the history of the urban dance as well as an understanding of basics in moving ones body and musicality. All bodies welcome to participate and observe.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 020

2:00pm

Demystifying Grieving Arts and Grief Work
In this session we will explore what grieving arts and grief work are by examining approaches and strategies to coping, healing and transformation currently being used in response to individual and communal grief, loss and trauma. Examples will be provided by presenters and sourced from participants. We will collectively generate language to define the role of this work in our local contexts and in movement organizing.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

2:00pm

Healing Sessions: Building Our Emotional Immune System
We can understand our traumas, name how trauma appears and/or recurs, and ways to respond when we find ourselves in the midst of trauma during daily life. This workshop offers an understanding of how experiences are integrated in the human body. It also offers practical, somatic techniques for embracing our emotions, and managing them effectively, while also opening to the abundance of daily living. Participants will leave with immediately usable somatic tools, wisdom, and handouts.  




Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room I

2:00pm

Movewerk
We stretch to make space, we contract to reflect, we flex to tell our stories, and bend to unearth another history. When we move we feel ourselves – we exist. We will use movement as a self exploration of two questions: What does movement know? Where/how does movement show up in your life? We will dance, move, emerge and connect using "Movewerk" principles of engagement for all bodies and abilities.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McGregor: Room J

2:00pm

Open Studio
Join the Dancing Our Lives coordinators for Open Studio time.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 025

2:00pm

Really Rad Radio Open Studio
Come hang out in the Really Rad Radio Practice Space! We'll have stations to explore and info about the two coordinating teams running the space through the weekend: PhillyCAM and WNUC Detroit. 

 


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

2:00pm

The Paper Quilt: A Revolutionary Mothering Zine Workshop
We will collectively quilt a motherful publication in two hours or less! This workshop is a great way to share your caregiving insights and is part of our mission to expand what stories about mothering circulate in our society. Caregiver centered, children welcome, open to all.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E

2:00pm

Fat, Black and Ugly as Ever
The late rapper Notorious BIG's music critically explores the politics of desire through the accumulation of wealth. Together, we will discover the positive or possibly deleterious effects of Biggie's work. Attendees will walk away with critical engagement of the art form and a mechanism to identify abjection in mainstream culture.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

2:00pm

Interrupting Internalized Anti-blackness
We will identify and dissect the ways black people internalize anti-blackness and how we can interrupt those processes within our daily lives. Individuals will walk away with a deeper understanding of how anti-blackness plays out in all of our interactions (internally and externally) and we will explore strategies that people have used to interrupt anti-blackness and create and practice self-care and self-love. This is a session for folks who identify as black.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

2:00pm

The Blacksophere: Black Bloggers and Cultural Activism
Black bloggers challenge "respectability politics" through radical content creation that expresses our identity. This session explores how bloggers tackle anti-Blackness by affirming sex-positive womanism. We will identify best practices in radical content creation and look at examples such as the blogs "Black Millennials" and "RaceBaitR". Participants will walk away with tools for digital growth and a solid understanding of cultural activism.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

2:00pm

FoodLab Tour
FoodLab Detroit is a diverse group of locally-owned food businesses who are committed to taking active steps together towards a more delicious, healthy, fair, and green food economy in Detroit. Join us on a tour of some of our businesses and get a taste of what they are all about. This tour includes a stop at Eastern Market with a scavenger hunt. There will be prizes!


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

2:00pm

Tour of Detroit's Techno Museum
Join the Women in Hip Hop practice space for a rare opportunity to explore the world's first and only techno museum. Featuring history of Detroit's role in techno, access to awesome artifacts and conversations with leaders of the Exhibit 3000 studio and the SID (Somewhere in Detroit) Label. This is a three hour tour. Sign up in advance at the Student Center info desk.


Saturday June 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

4:00pm

'Bars4justice' Screening
"Bars4justice" is a documentary shot in Ferguson, Missouri with Talib Kweli, Common, and Cornel West. We will screen the film and explore how hip hop can be used as a tool for social change. The film and presenters will educate attendees about the modern civil rights movement taking place across America. Participants will will walk away feeling inspired and appreciative of the art, influence, and importance of hip hop activism.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C

4:00pm

Cumbia Poder Kids Party! (continued)
"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution" -Emma Goldman. The Cumbia Poder Kids Party is a dance party for youth and their families. As DJs and party promoters we see the dance floor as a transformative space, and too often these spaces are inaccessible to new parents, young people, and their families. This party aims to foster our future leaders through fun and joy, reveling in the powers of the dance floor.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #CumbiaKidsDance
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

4:00pm

“Lessons of Hayti” Film Screening and Panel
Libraries, archives and museums are anchor institutions that support knowledge production and collective memory. In current urban development and culture-led revitalization efforts, what is the role of librarians, archivists and curators? We will screen the documentary "Lessons of Hayti," and collectively brainstorm strategies to amplify the work of communities resisting gentrification-induced displacement.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

4:00pm

Acapella Activism: Songwriting for Social Justice
The emotive, cultural powers of acapella song have been used in liberation movements throughout history – from the planning of early slave revolts, to the drafting of rally chants and labor hymns. Through a series of prompts, this workshop will demystify the songwriting process, support participants in creating original material, and empower us all to use our voices as instruments of creative dissent!


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

4:00pm

Black Death Mixtape
In this session we will discuss how music is a collection of cosmic vibrations that allows us to transcend the idea that death is fixed in time. We will create and speculate about how music and art has been used to cope with death and trauma in the African Diaspora. Then, in groups, we will produce multimedia mixtapes to honor our dead. This space is for people of African descent.

Presenters
RT

Reuben Telushkin

Vibes Specialist, Black Survival Mixtape


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

4:00pm

Designing Neighborhood Futures
How can collective art drive neighborhood development policy? In this session we will explore a participatory community design practice that demystifies and democratizes neighborhood development through a 4-step, place-based process. Start designing the future of your neighborhood before someone else does!


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

4:00pm

Ghost Writing: Black Cosmic Mythologies
Our ancestors were visionaries who dreamt of liberation for their descendants. We are already ancestors for future generations. In this workshop, we will listen to our ancestors as a generative creative process. We will engage in ritual, movement, and zine making, drawing on the foundational legacies of Morrison, Butler, and Hurston. Participants will leave with both a piece of writing and tools to stay connected with ancestors in our healing and creative work.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

4:00pm

Running Campaigns Rooted in Generosity and Reciprocity
Advocacy campaigns sometimes borrow from the same exploitative marketing practices which commercial interests use. We need marketing models that build rather than extract from community power. In this session, we will review why we voluntarily associate in the first place, and we will do hands-on work in developing campaigns that build rather than tap or exploit community.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

4:00pm

Virtual Reality for Movement Building
Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 video platforms are exploding right now! But outside of their commercial use, how can these new media help inform social justice causes or organizing? In this session you'll get to experience (in VR) some of the world’s leading social impact VR films. You’ll also learn about a new project using Virtual Reality to bring communities together and promote empathy through a science fiction/social impact narrative.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

4:00pm

Community Approaches to Environmental Justice and Human Rights
How do we empower the public to overcome environmental and human rights injustices? Using the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to draw connections between local and global issues, panelists will present ways to inform our communities of rights beyond the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Participants will walk away with tools to implement public forums and publish environmentally conscious media.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

4:00pm

LYRK: QPOC Music Streaming App
We will introduce artists of color to a new music streaming service debuting this Christmas for artists who identify as LGBTQAI of color. Artists can learn how the app works, and how to get their music/spoken word involved. Those who love music and want to support the LGBTQAI of color community can come and listen to some of the artists already involved.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

4:00pm

Opt-out and the National Student Bill of Rights
Baltimore students used memes and audio tracks to shift school budgets from focusing on testing to youth employment. Using the National Student Bill of Rights as a framework, this presentation shows how to uplift young people's own articulation of their needs. Young people will describe how they developed a media strategy to build a test-boycott, and we will help create a network among workshop participants for media-sharing on multi-city campaigns.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

4:00pm

Sky’s The Limit: Worker-Owned Co-ops for Survival and Experimentation
When capitalism has nothing to offer us, we offer ourselves co-ops! An intergalactic team of worker-owners will build off the discussion at last year’s AMC on the exploration of different models for starting and running co-ops.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 112

4:00pm

Abundant Activism: Practical Tools for Empowering Youth
Children are often not invited to participate in activism. However, encouraging children to learn about and challenge inequities is more empowering than trying to shelter them. We will explore how to create developmentally appropriate spaces for young activists while empowering families and educators to navigate these issues with youth. Participants will leave with an Abundant Activism Toolkit and ideas for engaging young activists.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 118
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #AbundantActivism
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

4:00pm

Brutally Honest Storytelling
Join us to learn how to tell well crafted stories that are authentic and relatable. We will learn how to focus on significant scenes in your own life and create vivid stories around these moments that are compelling, entertaining, and real. Participants will walk away with the inspiration to continue in narrative storytelling on the stage and the page.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

4:00pm

Healing Sessions: Business & Spirituality
Financial success and who you are, are one in the same! Let's talk about the new business model - how to bring awareness and your whole person into a successful community-minded business. Nefertiti Harris is a Detroit business owner of 20+ years, role-model, natural hair care expert and stylist, spiritual coach, mother, activist, and more.   

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room I

4:00pm

Open Studio
Join the Dancing Our Lives coordinators for Open Studio time.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 020

4:00pm

The Paper Quilt: A Revolutionary Mothering Zine Workshop (cont)
We will collectively quilt a motherful publication in two hours or less! This workshop is a great way to share your caregiving insights and is part of our mission to expand what stories about mothering circulate in our society. Caregiver centered, children welcome, open to all.

Coordinators
Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #revolutionarymother

4:00pm

Truth Booth
The truth booth is a dedicated space that grounds storytelling as a vital practice for healing. Using a multi-arts process including video, you are invited to record/document stories of grief and loss from your life and communities. In your story, you will be invited to reflect on the tools of healing, love and resilience you have mobilized through your experiences. Stories will be compiled into an online collection as a resource for grief work.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room H

4:00pm

Civic Tech Lessons from Mexico City
Technology has always been linked to the idea of progress, but this is not always true for all of our communities. "Civic Tech" is a new approach to creating a more human kind of tech. In this session we will understand how civic tech can be a tool for changing the way we develop technology. We will discuss and analyze examples from Civica Digital, a civic tech startup in Mexico City.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

4:00pm

Miseducation of Hip Hop: My Sister's Keeper
In this session, we will acknowledge, analyze and appreciate the role women have in the culture of hip hop. We will delve deeper by exploring women emcee’s lyrics and looking critically at their content. Participants will walk away with a greater sense for the importance of women in hip hop and a broader understanding of the role women have played in hip hop since its birth.

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

4:00pm

Umbra: The Radical Archive Tool
How can artists, educators, and activists use archived materials from the past and build collections for the future? With the online resource Umbra: Search, digital collections can engage movements for social justice, answer critical questions, and help us build the future. In this session we will strategize how to ensure that materials that have historically been left out of archives are prioritized and digitized; and counteract archiving practices that center dominant narratives.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

4:00pm

FoodLab Tour (continued)
FoodLab Detroit is a diverse group of locally-owned food businesses who are committed to taking active steps together towards a more delicious, healthy, fair, and green food economy in Detroit. Join us on a tour of some of our businesses and get a taste of what they are all about. This tour includes a stop at Eastern Market with a scavenger hunt. There will be prizes!


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

4:00pm

Tour of Detroit's Techno Museum (continued)
This is a continuation of the Tour of Detroit's Techno Museum that returns to campus at 5:30pm.


Saturday June 18, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

5:00pm

Children's March to Stop The Water Shutoffs
Gather at the Wayne State University Student Center South Entrance before 5PM. We will walk down Second to Woodward and through Midtown. Tell Mayor Duggan that Water is Life and that denial of water is an assault on human dignity and public health! Stand with our youth who are calling on the Mayor to stop the water shutoffs!

Saturday June 18, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wayne State Student Center

5:30pm

Restoration Room
The Creative Arts and Grieving PS has dedicated a room for healing, grieving, reflecting, prayer and respite called theRestoration Room. We encourage folks to use this space whenever they feel they need a quiet place to relax or cry or lay down. We would also like to offer this space for folks to grieve the attack in Orlando.

Saturday June 18, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McGregor: Room H

5:30pm

Women in Hip Hop Ice Cream Social
Limited Capacity filling up

Come and unwind with the Women in Hip Hop.  Following a day full of sessions and information, come hang out with us, vibe out to some music from a local woman DJ, enjoy a treat of ice cream sundaes and de-stress with a coloring sheet themed for the occasion! RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/WIHHicecream


Saturday June 18, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Baltimore Gallery 314 E. Baltimore

6:00pm

Black Death Mixtape Dinnertime Meetup
Join the coordinators of the Black Survival Mixtape track as we continue the vibrations of music, the exploration of mutli-media as ritual and resistance within the Black diapsora. Food will be served (for up to 60 people). 

Presenters
RT

Reuben Telushkin

Vibes Specialist, Black Survival Mixtape


Saturday June 18, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Student Center: Room 285

6:00pm

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

Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Student Center: Hilberry A
  • Track General
  • Hashtag #MediaJustice

6:00pm

Radical Librarianship Dinner Meetup
Join us for a dinner and discussion for folks interested in the Radical Librarianship track. We will talk about the term "radical librarianship" and the relationship of media-based organizing to work in libraries, archives, museums, and grassroots community organizations.


Saturday June 18, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State Hall: Room 127

6:00pm

BIL AFIYA: A Community Feast
Limited Capacity seats available

AMP and the Iraqi Transnational Collective invite you to gather and feast together. This is a dinner to celebrate the connections we’re cultivating, to eat delicious, fresh food prepared by AMC participants with recipes from Iraq and ingredients from Earthworks Urban Farm and other Detroit sources. The cost is $15 but is flexible for groups on a limited budget. Contact orawise@gmail.com. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/BILAFIYA

Help us create a zero-waste dinner by
1) bringing your own reusable dinnerware (plate/bowl, utensils, cup, and napkin) OR
2) purchasing a lightweight, reusable wood dining set with bamboo utensils and cloth napkin from Detroit women’s collective, Homespun Hustle, for $10, OR 
3) renting reusable dinnerware for $1, with a $4 refundable deposit. 


Presenters

Saturday June 18, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cass Corridor Commons
  • Hashtag #communityfeast

7:00pm

Films at Cinema Detroit
Cinema Detroit is a non-profit promoting media literacy, arts education, and providing a community gathering place for watching films and for the dialogue that they spark. Tickets are offered at a discounted rate for AMCers. See film schedule at https://cinemadetroit.com/

Saturday June 18, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Cinema Detroit 4126 3rd St., Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

DANCE DANCE (R)EVOLUTION

Join us for our signature music event of the Allied Media Conference! Two stages: inside the museum and outside in Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead. Performances and sets by: DJ Minx, Scott Grooves Overdubs, Juliana Huxtable, Video7, Nnenja Red Foxx, Britney Stoney, RV Mendoza, DJ Cent, DJ RiMarkable, Loren, Pilar Cote. Hosted by Miz Korona. Visuals by Mobius Loop. Free for registered AMC participants.


Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00pm - Sunday June 19, 2016 2:00am
MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Gender Blender
The Gender Blender is one of the biggest regular gatherings of trans and queer people and their allies in the metro Detroit area, and our fourth one will be the biggest and best yet! What is quickly becoming one of the hottest parties in Detroit, the Gender Blender is the perfect way to meet new people, listen to great music brought to you by DJ Black Mamba, and win awesome prizes in our raffle!

Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00pm - Sunday June 19, 2016 2:00am
Circa 1890 Saloon 5474 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Sunday, June 19
 

9:00am

Restoration Room
The Creative Arts and Grieving PS has dedicated a room for healing, grieving, reflecting, prayer and respite called theRestoration Room. We encourage folks to use this space whenever they feel they need a quiet place to relax or cry or lay down. We would also like to offer this space for folks to grieve the attack in Orlando.


Sunday June 19, 2016 9:00am - 2:00pm
McGregor: Room H

10:00am

'Detroit 48202' Rough Cut For Activists and Educators
"Detroit 48202" is a documentary film starring an African-American mailman who has delivered mail and collected history in the same Detroit neighborhood for 30 years. Join director, Pam Sporn, for an interactive screening and brainstorm ideas for how the personal narratives and history explored in the film can complement your teaching and social justice organizing.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

10:00am

RHI Studios and RHDS Productions Presents
Red Hook is the most significantly defined neighborhood in Brooklyn NY. Our short films show how a hidden neighborhood grows massive character. The Red Hook Initiative is a CBO turned studio due to the expertise of Red Hook Digital Stewards. We will use media storytelling to give you a taste of Red Hook.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 134

10:00am

Building Bridges by Painting Walls
The Greensboro Mural Process is rooted in marginalized communities in the South, and uses a participatory process to create murals and public art that tell the stories of the people of Greensboro, NC. During this session we will share our process in theory and practice, and create a mural from stencils and wheat paste. These are skills people can bring back to their communities to tell their stories.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 137

10:00am

Chant Down Babylon: Yoga Mantras for Movement Builders
Mantras are personal and political manifestos and mission statements that speak truth to power, bring focus to our vision for justice, call to our ancestors and spirit guides for wisdom and support, and unite our voices in songs for freedom. Using yogasana, deep breathing, meditation and writing, we will explore the philosophy, principles and practices of mantra repetition, chanting and ways to incorporate affirmations into our lives and work.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry B

10:00am

Drawing in 3D and Virtual Reality
We want to enable anyone to create 3D and virtual reality content. Participants will use VRDoodler to draw a picture in 3D. They will then be able to view it in virtual reality through Google Cardboard or a similar device.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 128

10:00am

Moly B Denim: Worker Dialogues as Music
Moly B Denim is a sound project created from worker dialogues. Come turn your worker conversations into noise/dance music. With loop pedals and mixers, we will help participants recreate worker dialogues and shape those into beats/rhythms and melodies, and then songs. Groups will leave with a music track that they created in the session.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry C

10:00am

Tarot of the Heart: Radical Reading for Self Care
Come learn how to use the Tarot as a therapeutic tool for emotional clarity, confidence and self-trust. We will dismantle some of our taboos about tarot and its readers, explore the symbolism behind the archetypal Major Arcana cards, and discuss how this technique can be used to build empathy and empowerment in our selves and communities. No experience necessary, no deck needed!

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 125

10:00am

Two-Spirit: Then and Now
Many cultural traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America have been misrepresented or suppressed through the colonization process, especially when it comes to notions of gender, sex and sexuality. In this session we will examine the social and historical evidence of Two-Spirit people and the work to restore and reclaim their role in Indigenous culture. We will also discuss the organizing efforts and importance of the Two-Spirit Journal.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 131

10:00am

Decolonizing Faith
What if the bible was actually the story of a grassroots resistance movement seeking to challenge the powers of empire? In this presentation and discussion, participants will hear from faith leaders in Detroit about how to reframe faith and the bible as tools for organizing and change making. We will strategize how to utilize these tools to combat structural injustices in our communities.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 112

10:00am

Radical Community Spectacle: Purim Extravaganzas Rooted in Social Justice
Hundreds of New Yorkers celebrate Purim (the Jewish carnival holiday) each year with an extravagantly queer, collectively created spectacle theater show rooted in the city's justice movements: prison and police abolition, Palestinian liberation, justice for domestic workers, resistance to Islamophobia, etc. In this session, the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, which has anchored the project since 2007, will discuss its evolution and organizing model.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 114

10:00am

Black Body Gone
This movement based workshop will investigate the possibilities of protest performance. We will create a demonstration that memorializes the black bodies killed at the hands of police, while promoting an urgency of protest rhetoric in contemporary performance. We will explore how the body can be used to heighten our current culture of resistance. Tennis shoes are suggested.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Dance Room 025

10:00am

Harnessing the Power of Community Media Centers
This session will be an opportunity for participants to learn about how community media centers operate and offer resources that benefit movement building work.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Room 384

10:00am

Intergenerational Radical Math
In this Spanish-English bilingual workshop we will explore how everyday patterns can inform self and community care. In pairs, young people and adults will build and analyze physical models of daily routines. Then, as a group, we will role-play and use games and art activities to problem-solve our challenges and validate our experiences. Participants will keep their models as affirmation of their discoveries.

Presenters
avatar for Loreto Paz Ansaldo

Loreto Paz Ansaldo

Hello! I am a Chilean-born Bostonian working to co-build the other worlds that are possible as a community organizer, educator and artivist. Currently, I am developing an Activist Calendar for the Greater Boston area (@ActCal), and just finished facilitating a youth-led public art class with @UrbanoProject and serving on the #BostonCreates Leadership Council. To inform my thinking and work, I have also sought training as a street medic, reiki... Read More →
avatar for Isabel Catalina Hibbard

Isabel Catalina Hibbard

Boston-based chilenita gringa, Isabel is passionate about talking back, creative expression and critical thinking as tools to better understand issues of social justice. She has designed and facilitated art-based workshops for youth programs in New England and Chile and is currently an educator for Follain, a healthy beauty store with the mission of improving public health by holding the beauty industry accountable. Isabel is co-facilitating the... Read More →


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry E
  • Practice Space Kids
  • Hashtag #RadicalMath
  • View Practice Space Info Kids

10:00am

Power as Freedom: Guided Meditation and Seated Flow
Join us in a full breath guided meditation by Erin Allen, accompanied with a heart-opening, seated flow for all bodies. Experience the transformative power of your own breath.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room I

10:00am

The Root with Lehna Huie
This workshop uses art as a tool to explore self with a focus on creative coping. Participants will engage in an opportunity to create art works individually and collectively through deep reflection and visioning. We will identify what moves us to thrive and discuss how that impacts our health, productivity and how we move in the world and our communities. 

Presenters
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Lehna Huie

Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary fine artist,arts educator, curator and activist exercising a belief in the power of multi-vocal art. Lehna is an artist describing stories of love, loss and remembrance in her work. Huie’s work is deeply committed to the fusion of arts and social change as a path to liberation. Lehna's educational work is centered on utilizing the creative voice of artistic expression as a compass for healing our world... Read More →


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room F/G

10:00am

Women in Hip Hop Open Studio
Come through and share femme-centric rhymes, beats and performance. Play with beat-making tools and explore the five elements of hip hop from a womanist perspective.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room B/C

10:00am

Yoga Love: First Aid for the Front Line
Do you get headaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, anxiety, or fatigue? Come for a personalized yoga mini-session (15-30 min) for whatever ails you. Often self-care takes a back seat for activists putting their minds, bodies, and spirits on the line. Nurture your own humanity to stay present in the movement. We will share ways to alleviate pain, quiet your mind, and relieve stress through yoga, so you can best care for yourself as you wage love.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
McGregor: Room J

10:00am

AMC2016 Homeroom: Sunday
As the weekend comes to a close, join the Advisory Board in sharing takeaways, best practices and dreams for future AMCs.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 118

10:00am

Birds, Bees and Wolves: 'The Talk' as a tool to End Child Sexual Abuse
How do we reconstruct the social narrative on love, sex and relationships to our children? How do we engage with our children in their personal and social understanding of (acceptable) sex? Join us to learn about the power of comprehensive sex education for children and youth as a tool of power and a mechanism to combat child sexual abuse.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 117

10:00am

Black Fat Femmes: Media and Community Representation
How do media representations of Black fat femmes mirror real life? In this session we will discuss depictions of Black fat femmes in the media and how they play out in our real life communities. We will explore media representations; learn how to dissect, read and decolonize media; and discuss pop culture analysis and theory. We will use Youtube, video content and a powerpoint presentation.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry A

10:00am

Can the Revolution be Funded?
Does philanthropy have to be a tool of the 1% to control social movements? Can we transform from top-down grantmaking to bottom-up resource redistribution? We will facilitate an interactive visioning and strategy session that will harness the expertise of those most impacted by the lack of resources and envision what radical funding could look like. The goal: transformative resources for transformative movements.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 123

10:00am

Decoding My Neighborhood: Tapping into Invisible Networks
Who and what shapes our streets? How can we boost civic abundance and inclusion? By finding community assets, resident partners, and obscured services, we will explore what makes our neighborhoods unique. Through discussion, drawing maps, zine making, and infographic design, we will become partners in community transformation, emphasizing existing local organizing, and government services/data. We will teach one another how to turn information into resident-led action.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry D

10:00am

Grow the Commons: Asset Sharing with Tool Lending Libraries
Economic status shouldn't dictate a region's culture. Artists and activists can be limited in their efforts due to lack of access to resources. Tool Lending Libraries (TLL) amplify people's efforts by using our collective purchasing power, eliminating barriers, and bringing people together. We will discuss the challenges and potential of TLLs, engage in communication exercises and leave with tangible resources to start our own asset-sharing projects.


Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 127

10:00am

Black Unicorn Pop Up Library
Come by and check out our Black Unicorn Pop Up Library! This space will be open throughout the day and can provide a quiet corner for you to read.

Coordinators
Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
McGregor: Room D

11:45am

Design Justice
 come learn more about the Design Justice Network--especially for folks who weren't able to participate in the network gathering.

Coordinators
Sunday June 19, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
State Hall: Room 117

11:45am

Education for Freedom Beyond the AMC
This lunch meet-up is a wrap-up for the Education for Freedom Track. What did we learn, what questions are we left with, and how can we stay connected beyond the AMC? How can we continue to support ourselves and one another in keeping this work going in our respective cities and schools? Our hope is that participants will leave this wrap-up session with ideas and connections for how to continue enacting Education for Freedom!


Sunday June 19, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
State Hall: Room 123

11:45am

Project 1234: Young, Global and Digital
Calling all young creatives! Join us for lunch with Adobe's Project 1324, an initiative that supports a global community of creatives ages 13 to 24 who use creativity as a force for positive social change. Through a series of global digital art projects co-hosted with some of the world’s most inspiring organizations, Project 1324 provides opportunities for emerging creatives to connect, collaborate on projects, and increase the visibility and impact of their work.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
State Hall: Room 114
  • Track General
  • Hashtag #project1234

11:45am

Restorative Practices in Libraries
How can libraries support positive civic development? Two young adult librarians will bring their experiences working with youth to promote a participatory culture of civic engagement through re-imagined program formats, staffing structures, and policies inspired by restorative justice. Participants will leave with an expanded toolkit for implementing restorative practices within library settings and a network of librarians.


Sunday June 19, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
State Hall: Room 115

11:45am

Taking Over Dance Class
Dance techniques come with different histories and traditions, some created by and for marginalized communities while others rooted in the values of the European upper classes. We will discuss dance norms and techniques that we have experienced in class that have marginalized us, both as students and teachers. We will experiment with tools to resist those norms and challenge white supremacist/classist/heteronormative/ableist dance teaching traditions.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
State Hall: Room 112

11:45am

When Half is Whole
As mixed-race peoples, we know that the identities we are assigned often do not fit our experiences or bodies, fragmenting us into many pieces. Participants will collectively cultivate a community in which a sense of belonging and wholeness are possible, freeing us to fully show up in movement spaces. Participants will walk away with new understandings of the particular offerings, assets and perspectives we bring to justice work.


Sunday June 19, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
State Hall: Room 125

1:00pm

'Dear Armen' Live Performance
"Dear Armen" is a performance that follows the story of Garo, a genderqueer Armenian writer and student, as they study the life and work of Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and survivor of the anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku. Join us for an interactive performance integrating traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, monologue, and live music.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B

1:00pm

Mama Can I be a Princess Too?
This session will explore moving in your freedom with social dance (House) movement as a way to protest the social gender norms. We will explore the messages we have received from our youth and how that has influenced our adult life. The written word will be the base of our movement in this process. We will begin with a written assignment that will move into a full body warm up, improvised movement, phrase work and a collective supportive cypher.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 020

1:00pm

Reel Bad Arabs: Challenging Arab Stereotypes
The Arab and Muslim community is one of most underrepresented communities in the U.S. Jack Shaheen, in his book Reel Bad Arabs, writes that “Arab stereotypes are deeply ingrained in American cinema.” In this session, activists, leaders, and media-personnel will discuss how they are changing the situation so that Arabs and Muslims can tell their own stories.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
DeRoy Auditorium: Room 146

1:00pm

Community Poems for Community Power
How do we enable communities to speak for themselves and share their collective narrative? In this session, participants will learn about the participatory poetry technique called community poem. The community poem is a literacy learning tool that Know Allegiance Nation uses in non-traditional educational spaces such as community gardens and open mics to facilitate the collective writing process. We will broadcast a counter narrative as we record and uplift our power through our shared voice in the session. 

Coordinators
Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 115

1:00pm

Cyber Security for Political Activists Part 1
Activists using direct action now must work in a digital world of broad government and corporate surveillance. This workshop exposes the risks of specific political actions, and provides accessible and shareable solutions for increased digital security in diverse political communities. Participants will gain skills to mitigate potential harm, from the psychology behind social engineering to the use of encryption.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

1:00pm

Drawing Out the Issues: Comics Journalism
Using our recent series for Truthout called "Growing Season," as a basis for discussion—as well as our upcoming book Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking—the Ladydrawers Comics Collective will informally talk participants through the basics of longform, collective, comic journalism investigations. Together, we will make original mini-comics and zines.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

1:00pm

High School Youth Connecting Poetry and Protest
In a nationwide political conversation about Detroit Public Schools, teacher walkouts, and emergency managers, where do student voices fit in? The session will include a discussion facilitated by DPS high school youth who will share how they have used slam poetry to express their political voices, culminating in a performance. Participants will be asked to reflect and write, coming away with memorable poetry of their own.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

1:00pm

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


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

1:00pm

Interactive Videos as Tools of Empowerment
In this session we will share our experiences in submitting an interactive web series to the Tribeca Film Festival contest “The Challenge of Diversity”. We will introduce participants to non-linear storytelling and Interlude authoring tool by creating an interactive script and design interactive mechanics.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 127

1:00pm

Learning about the Tor Network and .onion Services
What is the Tor network and why is anonymous Internet browsing important? How can people track you online? How can you do anything if your network is being censored? We will demonstrate how you can use the Tor Browser to access information anonymously on the Internet. We will also explore how you can share information anonymously through .onion services. This is a hands-on session - please bring your computer!

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry D

1:00pm

Not Your Mama: Radical Crones for the 21st Century
This session is not about 401Ks, looking younger, or pleasing your man. Woman-identified folks ages 40+, let’s bust capitalist heteropatriarchal expectations and get wilder, stronger, and free-er as we age. Through discussion, writing, movement, and small group activities, let’s explore radical "croning" personally and systemically, and take home concrete actions. Topics include self-care, hormonal changes, sex, mentoring/allyship, ageism, and new economies.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 125

1:00pm

Street Art as an Activist Tool
Street art has played a part in many activist movements. We will present some successful street art campaigns, and learn how to make stencils and wheat paste posters. We will discuss tips for working quickly and avoiding problems with law enforcement. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the variety of ways to use street art for activism as well as the skills to begin working.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Gucik

Lauren Gucik

I'm from NorthEast Ohio originally. I've lived in the Bay Area for 9 years. I currently reside in Oakland with my girlfriend and the dream of having a cat soon. I ride bikes, eat organically and intentionally, anti-racist & anti-violence. | | Topics that Interest me: Street Art. Public Spaces being used for Public Good. Food Justice. More resources for low income parents. Public Media. Demilitarization of Police. Envisioning new models for... Read More →


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

1:00pm

TRUE Skool: Hip Hop and Social Justice in Milwaukee
Learn about how a group of women from Milwaukee led a hip hop nonprofit for over 12 years in the most segregated city in America. We will share our success stories and challenges as women in a male dominated genre and how we earned respect and success in both the industry and in the community.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 134

1:00pm

Word!
1Hood Media artists will encourage participants to utilize hip hop to speak to matters of social justice. With a beat, subject matter, and empathy, participants will learn how to create awareness around social justice causes.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 117

1:00pm

Detroit Black Women Farmers
Black women farmers in Detroit will share their work and interrogate the reality and problem of racism and patriarchy in the movement of food production, food preparation and justice work. We will strategize a food justice movement that recenters women, women's knowledge and indigenous culinary culture.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

1:00pm

Intersectional Justice in Media Reporting
How can we cultivate a culture of consent and transformative justice in reporting? How does media frame sexual violence against cis, queer and/or trans girls/women of color? Enlisting the Chicago Taskforce’s intersectional media guide, we will explore how the media reports on sexual violence (including at the hands of the state and police), the impact and dangers of this reporting, and what we can do to radically transform these representations.

Presenters
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Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s editor-in-chief and a coeditor of “Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.” She is also the author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.” Her work on the criminal legal system has been published on Truthout and in the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Nation, among others.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

1:00pm

AbunDANCE: Flourishing Fullness Through Movement Part 1
What might embodied practices of self-care in community look like? This three hour workshop distills the basics of bodily care through guided movement play that encourages participants to tune into signals their bodies send and interpret these signals into dance. Together we will create a robust guide of embodied self care tips and a dance or two by the end of the workshop. People with limited movement capacities welcome!

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 025

1:00pm

Creative Coping Strategy Session
We invite all radical death and grief workers, caretakers, doulas, healers and survivors to a collective visioning session for the development of a "Creative Coping Network" beyond the AMC. We hope to build an active web of support, resilience and connection and facilitate the ongoing exchange of coping and healing strategies to support those confronting individual and communal loss, grief, and trauma.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

1:00pm

Live Broadcast
Join RRRTV in the Exhibition Hall as they broadcast live to 96.7 FM! 

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

1:00pm

Self-Care and Survival as Practice
We will create a space where participants reflect on the concept of grieving, their relationship to grieving, and creative ways to process loss. Within this safe(r) space, we will offer exercises ranging from writing and journaling to recording and replaying affirmations. Workshop presenters will facilitate opportunities for folks to share, however sharing will be optional.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room H

1:00pm

The Business of Women in Hip Hop Part 1
This session is exploring the business and creative elements of being a working artist in hip hop. For women across the spectrum, we will teach you how to produce by embracing the past, present and the future. Part 1 of this workshop is a hands on creative opportunity to brainstorm your artist-identity. Using art, tech, mixtapes and design. Part 2 will be discussing logistical content: Copyrights,Trademarks, License, Publication, Distribution, ASCAP & BMI.  


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

1:00pm

Toast2U: Intentional Celebration
We spend a tremendous amount of time setting goals, working hard and stretching ourselves to meet our highest calling. How often do we take time to celebrate our successes? Our accomplishments? Our victories? You've come a long way, and you deserve a toast for all you've done and all you're working to do! Join this workshop and raise a glass (of juice) to yourself! This workshop supports guests as we learn to celebrate personal victories and set positive intentions. 

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
McGregor: Room I

1:00pm

Preparing for Free Minds Free People 2017
Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) is a national conference that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents, and community-based activists and educators to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. We believe that spaces like AMC and FMFP are opportunities to organize. Participants will generate ideas about how to use FMFP 2017 as an organizing opportunity for their organizations and communities.

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 123

1:00pm

Privacy, Surveillance, Secure Access: Planning the Fight
The almost complete destruction of privacy as a human right, coupled with increased surveillance and data confiscation, has now become a major issue for social justice movements. How do we reclaim our privacy and what opportunities for broader organizing do such struggles provide?

Presenters
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Alfredo Lopez

Activist, organizer, journalist and author Alfredo Lopez is a founder and a leader of May First/People Link, the largest political progressive Internet membership organization in this country. He leads MF/PL's movement work and is coordinator of MF/PL's People of Color Techie Training Project. |


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 113

1:00pm

The Queer Red Phone: Designing Interfaces and Community Accountability Networks
How do we build a sustainable grassroots network based on trust, accountability, and safety to distribute care and resources (both urgent and lasting) within our communities? In this session we will introduce the Red Phone project and invite you to imagine and strategize ways to utilize digital platforms and resource mapping to create and maintain a closed network of mutual care for those facing perpetual precarity, violence and surveillance.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 131

1:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls
See Detroit history and emerging visionary organizing as we travel through time on the east side of the city, reflecting on changing ideas, technology, economics, politics, culture, community. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, Hope District, an Urban Garden (Feedom Freedom or Earthworks), Heidelberg, Can Arts and the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Participants will walk away with a Detroit narrative based upon dialectical thinking, resistance and vision.


Sunday June 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

2:30pm

Restoration Room
The Creative Arts and Grieving PS has dedicated a room for healing, grieving, reflecting, prayer and respite called theRestoration Room. We encourage folks to use this space whenever they feel they need a quiet place to relax or cry or lay down. We would also like to offer this space for folks to grieve the attack in Orlando.


Sunday June 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room H

3:00pm

A World of Q: A Soft Sci-fi Collaborative Filmmaking Quest
Welcome to "A World of Q", a soft sci-fi collaborative film-making quest where we will participate in ancestral storytelling, integrating what was, where we are now, and where we are headed. We will center the stories of those of us on the fringe, especially queer, trans and sick/disabled people of color, and how we survive and thrive into the futures of the multiverse.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 128

3:00pm

Cyber Security for Political Activists Part 2
Activists using direct action now must work in a digital world of broad government and corporate surveillance. This workshop exposes the risks of specific political actions, and provides accessible and shareable solutions for increased digital security in diverse political communities. Participants will gain skills to mitigate potential harm, from the psychology behind social engineering to the use of encryption.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry A

3:00pm

Holding Space Part II: Anti-Oppressive Conflict Intervention for Facilitators
How can facilitators intervene in conflicts and oppressive behaviors? We will build on Part I to equip facilitators with mediation and intervention tools. Drawing on group wisdom, we will test and explore options for creating safer spaces through addressing microaggressions and interpersonal conflicts. Folks will leave with toolkits to support healthy and just group dynamics in social change settings. Participation in Part I is highly recommended.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room L/M

3:00pm

Rituals for Reconciliation
Together we will explore Black spirituality, ancestral wisdom, or intangible ways of knowing aspects of self. We will develop a digital toolkit for Black folks to engage with contemplative, spiritual, or ritualistic practices. Participants will leave this workshop with a variety of contemplative tools, healing arts and ritualistic practices to create and support grounding and centering the self while sorting through community conflict.

Presenters
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Matice Moore

Matice Moore is a Black gender non-conforming artist and educator from Tucson, Arizona. They sell movement related clothing and art through Love Letters for Liberation, run a Black cultural center for college students, and is a Changemaker fellow at the Pacific School of Religion.
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Xan West

Xan West is a fierce and fearless black queer troublemaker. She is Director of Student Ministry in Berkeley, CA where she enjoys inspiring resilience and preaching liberation. She is currently finishing a Fellowship in Spirituality and Social Change.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Room 285

3:00pm

The Heroes and Villains of Detroit's Housing History
Does where you live have an impact on your life? Has it mattered in Detroit’s past, present, and future? Explore highlights from the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion’s “We Don’t Want Them” exhibit with the regional youth interns. Then, imagine your superhero alter-ego tackling the villains of housing discrimination. Leave this session with a new examination of structural racism and your own comic book cover starring you as the hero.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 137

3:00pm

Feminist Rappers Building Resistance
What happens when young feminists and queer youth from various parts of the world use hip hop and video production to create change? We will share the experiences of young feminists rappers from Yemen to India.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 114

3:00pm

Where the Cotton Still Grows: Liberation in the Deep South
New Orleans is a predominately black city, yet much, if not most of the city’s public spaces (i.e., schools, parks and street names), are named after former slave owners and members of the Confederacy. Worse still, there are several monuments to these racists. This session will explore the major victories and ongoing struggle against white supremacist symbols and systems in New Orleans.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
State Hall: Room 106

3:00pm

AbunDANCE: Flourishing Fullness Through Movement Part 2
What might embodied practices of self-care in community look like? This three hour workshop distills the basics of bodily care through guided movement play that encourages participants to tune into signals their bodies send and interpret these signals into dance. Together we will create a robust guide of embodied self care tips and a dance or two by the end of the workshop. People with limited movement capacities welcome!

Presenters

Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 025

3:00pm

Dancing our Lives Closing Session
Join the Dancing our Lives coordinators for a movement-based debriefing and closing of the space. Let's stay connected! 

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Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Dance Room 020

3:00pm

Healing Sessions: Building Our Emotional Immune System
We can understand our traumas, name how trauma appears and/or recurs, and ways to respond when we find ourselves in the midst of trauma during daily life. This workshop offers an understanding of how experiences are integrated in the human body. It also offers practical, somatic techniques for embracing our emotions, and managing them effectively, while also opening to the abundance of daily living. Participants will leave with immediately usable somatic tools, wisdom, and handouts.  

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Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room I

3:00pm

Live Broadcast
Join RRRTV in the Exhibition Hall as they broadcast live to 96.7 FM!

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Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center: Room 384

3:00pm

The Business of Women in Hip Hop Part 2
This session is exploring the business and creative elements of being a working artist in hip hop. For women across the spectrum, we will teach you how to produce by embracing the past, present and the future. Part 1 of this workshop is a hands on creative opportunity to brainstorm your artist-identity. Using art, tech, mixtapes and design. Part 2 will be discussing logistical content: Copyrights,Trademarks, License, Publication, Distribution, ASCAP & BMI.  

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Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room B/C

3:00pm

Creative Coping Closing Session
Join the coordinators of the Creative Coping and Grieving Arts space to collectively close the practice space. 


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G

3:00pm

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls (continued)
See Detroit history and emerging visionary organizing as we travel through time on the east side of the city, reflecting on changing ideas, technology, economics, politics, culture, community. We will visit the Packard Plant, Poletown, Hope District, an Urban Garden (Feedom Freedom or Earthworks), Heidelberg, Can Arts and the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Participants will walk away with a Detroit narrative based upon dialectical thinking, resistance and vision.


Sunday June 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Towers Dorms Shuttle Stop

4:30pm

Closing Celebration

How would the AMC look as a visible, online archive? Using attendee-generated text, image/video, and sound that will be uploaded to a viral portal during the entire conference as part of the THE KINFOLK EFFECT project, we will collectively curate, assemble, and remix  a living portrait of the AMC diaspora. Come prepared to show-and-tell the compelling experiences, connections and challenges from this year’s conference. Hosted by Halima Cassells. Sounds by Rev Sekou & the Holy Ghost.


Sunday June 19, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Main Lobby
  • Hashtag #ClosingCelebration

6:00pm