RACIAL JUSTICE 15th Annual Local to Global Justice Forum & Festival

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February 26-28, 2016  •  Arizona State University  •  Tempe

LTGJ has selected “Racial Justice” as our theme for the 15th annual Forum and Festival. Conversations and contestations over racial justice have fueled nation-wide debates over police brutality, housing quality and gentrification, poverty, economic and educational disparity, access to food, transportation and health care. In order to recognize Racial Justice as a driving, divisive, but also a potentially unifying theme, we will bring together local, national, and international educators, activists, and community members to learn and engage in dialogue about issues relating to racial justice.

We will also hold workshops and hands-on activities to further understand the infrastructure of white supremacy and systemic racism that leads to violence and divided communities. Race is a complex topic that needs multiple perspectives in order to be addressed at a more community-oriented level. This year’s festival will bring together diverse speakers and activists, joining with students, faculty and community, coming together for racial justice. We will again feature music and performances from a number of local artists, activities for children and youth, and our incredible healthy and delicious lunches and snacks, all free of cost.


Program Schedule

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Friday  •  February 26, 2016  •  6:00 – 8:30 PM

Phoenix Hostel • 1026 North 9th Street • Phoenix. AZ 85006

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2016 FORUM & FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT

FREE light refreshments and entertainment.

Catering By: Mario Etsitty

    • Mini Fry Bread
    • Tamales
    • Vegetable Skewers
    • Stuffed Phyllo
    • Southwest Rice
    • Brownies
    • Fruit Tray

ENTERTAINMENT

Rashaad Thomas

Rashaad Thomas

Poet

Rashaad Thomas is a husband, father, USAF Veteran, ASU Justice Studies student, and poet/art-ivist. He is the husband of a beautiful wife from Mexico, Maria, and the father of an Afro-Mexican ten-month-old daughter, Jade. He has been published in a number of publications, most notably in the book "Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong." He is a member of the Gutta' Collective in the Phoenix community, a group committed to sharing a Black and Brown narrative through art and poetry in hopes to give a voice to the silent, isolated, and marginalized.

Shiloh Ashley

Shiloh Ashley

Interdisciplinary Performance Artist

Shiloh Ashley (Lakota) is an interdisciplinary performance artist from South Dakota, currently living in Phoenix. Her work investigates identity through the lenses of Indigeneity, feminism, labor, class and inequality.

MysticBlu

 MysticBlu

Soul Singer/Musician

MysticBlu, a soul singer, songwriter, poet, emcee, musician and actress, hails from Minneapolis, MN. She began her journey of expression at a very young age and has had a passion to continue this expression for a lifetime. MysticBlu is music, she is expression, and lives her life as such everyday. A believer in truth and inspiration, MysticBlu states she was placed here on this planet to bring about truth, to uplift and inspire through every word spoken and every melody sung. Her vision and passion is to reveal her soul through her art and take everyone "a little higher."

Saturday  •  February 27, 2016  •  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Farmer Bulding • ASU Tempe Campus

 Map & Directions      What if it rains?

  Registration begins at 8:15 AM • Farmer Atrium - North side


8:30 - 9:20 AM

L1-27 Payne (lower level)

Morning Mind, Body, & Soul

 Jennifer Hoeprich

Guided Meditation

Jennifer Hoeprich, Certified Professional Midwife and Board Certified Hypnotherapist, will lead a guided meditation, allowing emotion to move freely through the body and to "go with the flow" of life.


8:15 - 10:30 AM

MORNING FOOD & BEVERAGES

Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.

Provided in part by:


9:30 – 10:20 AM

WORKSHOPS

  • Compassionate Connection   COOR L1-74
    Sylvia M. Boutilier, J.D.
  • Microaggressions: Their Implications on Wellness in Youth of Color   COOR 120
    Christian F. Johnson, Quiana Dickenson and Venus Henderson-Hughes, Wholistic Counseling & Wellness Alternatives, and Michael A. Johnson, Sr., M.Ed, Dean of Students, Parker University
  • Negroes: The Most Profitable Invention of the Last 500 Years   COOR 195
    Kavion Thomas
  • From Global to Local Coffee: Fair Trade and Economic Justice   COOR 186
    Ron Cortez & Aisha Osman

YOUTH ACTIVITY

  • My Pals have Paws   Playground [Children/Youth]
    Virginia and Keith Coco

10:35 – 11:25 AM

WORKSHOPS

  • Race and Abortion/Reproductive Rights   COOR 186
    Liberty Project
  • Resisting Oblivion After “That Peculiar Institution”   COOR L1-74
    Clottee Hammons, Emancipation Media Arts & Prevention Services
  • Fierce Mamas Rising:
    Navigating the Terrain of Motherhood as Formerly Incarcerated Women
      COOR 120
    Grace Gamez
  • Stopping the Destruction of Oak Flat   Farmer 210
    Roger Featherstone, Director Arizona Mining Reform Coalition

PANEL

Maroon Riders

COOR 195

Onykachi Ekeogu

YOUTH ACTIVITY

  • Find Your Rhythm   Playground [Children/Youth]
    Virginia and Keith Coco

ART ACTIVITIES

  • All are welcome to help create this year’s mural
    Patio adjacent to Farmer building and tabling [All Ages]
    Lucinda Yrene and Mata Ruda
  • Fiber Art Installation
    Patio adjacent to Farmer building and tabling [All Ages]
    Melanie Weaver

11:40 – 12:30 PM

PANEL

History of Police Institution

COOR 120

ASU Law National Lawyers Guild

WORKSHOPS

  • Audacity and the Spirit of Activism   COOR 195
    Chris Chavers
  • The Treatment Industrial Complex   COOR 186
    Emily Verdugo, American Friends Service Committee
  • The Process of Building Coalitions   COOR 184
    People Demanding Action Community Coalition, Joanne Scott Woods and Geoff Woods; and Somos America Coalition, Robert Reveles and Margarito Blancas

YOUTH ACTIVITY

  • Building Communities with Stories of Justice   Playground - North of Farmer
    Gladys Preshenda Jackson, storyteller

12:30 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE, 100% vegan lunch and entertainment!

Catering By:

  • Green New American Vegetarian
    • Thai Peanut "Chicken" with Fresh Vegetables and Flat Noodles
    • Organic Quinoa Pasta with Broccolini and Lemon GF (gluten free)
    • Singapore Orange House Tofu with Fresh Vegetables and Organic Brown Rice GF
    • Enchilada Organic Tofu with Creamy Hominy and Organic Black Beans
    • Green Salad

Entertainment

  • Music   Farmer Atrium
    Tom Neilson and Chosen Few
Tom Neilson

 Tom Neilson

Folk Music

Dr. Tom Neilson is a folk musician whose lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness, and wit. Combining art with activism, he has been at the for-front in helping communities organize for safe energy, human rights, peace and justice, and free and equal elections. His award-winning songs of humor, compassion, and political affairs have been performed in 21 countries on 5 continents. Politically cutting-edge and very funny; his raucous satire and quick wit combine art and activism in a very thoughtful way.

Chosen Few

Chosen Few

Roots Rock Reggae

Chosen Few is a Roots Rock Reggae band that has been working in the valley for over 15 years. Chosen Few has opened up for international acts such as Yellow Man, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, and Rita Marley, along with many other Reggae legends. Chosen Few brings together the elements of dub poetry, conscious lyric and an array of musical elements inspired from Caribbean, afro-beat, blues, rock, jazz, hip hop, and soul.

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Shay Shay

Shay Shay

Singer/Musician

Shay Shay is the lead singer and guitarist of the Chosen Few, She and her band along with DJ Naajee Fyah will be supplying awesome music to keep us energized! She studies African American studies at ASU and is originally from Albuquerque, NM. she is a proud mama avid promoter of Black Pride and integral part of the liberation movement in Phoenix.


12:30 - 5:00 PM

  DISC JOCKEY

DJ Naajee Fyah

DJ Naajee Fyah

Naajee Fyah is a DJ who is renowned for his vibrant selection of Reggae Roots, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B soul music. He has been instrumental in the valley for running the most successful Reggae Dancehall clubs in Phoenix and still continues his work in promoting at Jamrock Café which has now become one of the hottest reggae spots in Phoenix. DJ Naajee Fyah has a wide array of talents which includes being a successful silkscreen printer, clothing designer, and graphics artist. Born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angles, California Dj Naajee Fyah’s spin selections deeply convey the cultural musical nuances that come from these vibrant cities. If you desire a genuine a Reggae Roots Dancehall experience it is essential to feel the vibes and hear the illustrious sounds of DJ Naajee Fyah.


2:00 - 3:30 PM

FORUM

Racial Justice Forum  COOR 170

Open Forum

YOUTH KEYNOTE

Grecia Magdaleno

Grecia Magdaleno

Reproductive Rights and Racial Justice • COOR 186

Grecia Magdaleno will share her experiences as a youth activist. Grecia is a young, Latina/Chicana, queer activist from Phoenix, Arizona. After experiencing abstinence-only sex ed in middle school, she reached out to Planned Parenthood to start volunteering in her community. The necessity for young voices in Arizona coupled with Planned Parenthood's focus on youth leadership fueled Grecia's activism. Today, she is a youth organizer and activist for PP Generation Action and an intern for PPAZ. She also serves as a Youth Rising Fellow, spokesperson, and patient advocate for PP Action Fund. To round her out, Grecia is a student at Arizona State University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies.


3:30 - 5:00 PM

AFTERNOON SNACKS & BEVERAGES

Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.

    • Chips and Salsa
    • Trail Mix
    • Fresh Local Fruit
    • Coffee and Hot Tea

3:45 - 5:00 PM

COOR 170

SATURDAY KEYNOTE

Building Movements for Social Justice and Standing Against Racism: Stories from Two Activists

JJ Johnson

JJ Johnson lives, loves, and works in Phoenix, Arizona. He is passionate about police reform and social justice, and uses photography as a medium of expression.

Erika Ovalle

Erika Ovalle

My name is Erika Ovalle and am a member of Puente Human Rights Movement. With Puente Movement, I began a path as a community organizer, helping to organize against Arpaio and the 287(g) raids, and then later on against SB1070. I am heavily involved with local actions/protest/rallies, and also a volunteer with the Humanities Behind the Walls program inside Perryville women's state prison.

Sunday  •  February 28, 2016  •  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Farmer Bulding • ASU Tempe Campus

 Map & Directions      What if it rains?

  Registration begins at 8:15 AM • Farmer Atrium - North side


8:30 - 9:20 AM

PAYNE L1-27

Yoga and Meditation for All Bodies

 Robin Afinowich

Yoga and Meditation

This all level yoga class will encourage the union of diversity through movement, meditation and ceremony honoring our shared humanity.

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8:15 - 10:30 AM

MORNING FOOD & BEVERAGES

Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.

Provided in part by:


9:30 – 10:20 AM

WORKSHOPS

  • Empowerment Through Body Language   Farmer 216
    Robin Afinowich
  • Mindful Approaches for Racial Equity   Farmer 218
    Lyn Fine and Victoria Mausisa

PANEL

Voting Rights and Arizona Wins!

Farmer 222

Athena Salman and Sarah Michelsen

ART ACTIVITIES

  • All are welcome to help create this year’s mural
    Patio adjacent to Farmer building and tabling [All Ages]
    Lucinda Yrene and Mata Ruda
  • Fiber Art Installation
    Patio adjacent to Farmer building and tabling [All Ages]
    Melanie Weaver

10:35 - 11:25 AM

WORKSHOPS

  • Mindful Approaches for Racial Equality (Continued)   Farmer 218
    Lyn Fine and Victoria Mausisa
  • Racism/Sexism: It’s an Issue for Everyone   Farmer 216
    Dianne Post
  • Why Black Civic Engagement is Needed   Farmer 222
    Anay Bickham, Arizona Black Voter Alliance

PANEL

The Roots of Racism

Farmer 220

Michael Sliwa

YOUTH WORKSHOPS

  • Animal Rights: Extending the Circle of Compassion   Playground  [Children 12 and younger]
    Aysegul Ciyer

11:40 - 12:30 PM

WORKSHOPS

  • Tinkering with the Machinery of Death   Farmer 216
    Kevin Heade and Dan Peitzmeyer, Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona
  • Alternative Learning Lens Initiating Cooperative Education   Farmer 218
    Michael Sliwa
  • Unpacking White Privilege   Farmer 222
    Luke Black
  • Islamic Nonviolence: Mulla Nasrudin Divined "ISIS" Long Long Ago!   Farmer 220
    Moji Agha
  • Teaching Race and Intersectionality via Pop Culture   Farmer 210
    amy dawn shinabarger, Flirije Salihu, and Don Guillory

ART ACTIVITIES

  • All are welcome to help create this year’s mural
    Patio adjacent to Farmer building and tabling [All Ages]
    Lucinda Yrene and Mata Ruda
  • Fiber Art Installation
    Patio adjacent to Farmer building and tabling [All Ages]
    Melanie Weaver

12:30 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE, 100% vegan lunch and entertainment!

Catering By:

  • Cafe Lalibela
    • MISR WAT  Medium spiced red split lentils cooked with onion, berbere (red pepper) and herbs
    • FOSOLIA  Lightly spiced string beans cooked with carrots and onions
    • TIKL GOMEN   Lightly spiced cabbage, carrots and potatoes
    • GOMEN  Chopped collard greens cooked with fresh garlic and onion
    • INJERA  (spongy texture flatbread) with rice

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Entertainment

  • Poetry   Farmer Atrium
    Youth Society (3KINGS) with Galaxy Saeed
Youth Society -3KINGS

 Youth Society (3KINGS)

with Galaxy Saeed

Passion, love, and dedication are all qualities that can be used to describe Youth Society (3KINGS), a trio of poets who perform excellently. Experience them delve into the tensions and social aspects of today's society. Free your mind.


2:00 - 3:30 PM

Education Lecture Hall | ED 117

STREET ART

Remy

  Remy

Creative Resistance: Street Art and Technology

Remy is a multidisciplinary indigenous activist and artist of many different media from the Black Mesa region on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. By utilizing art, activism and technology, his creations are rooted in his heritage and culture addressing social, environmental and political issues. Remy's work and installations can be seen in the streets, traveling in various exhibits and secured in many of the country’s finest evidence lockers, but not before making its statement to the public pushing the important role art plays within movements.

YOUTH WORKSHOP & FILM

  • Voices of Local Youth   Farmer 220 [All Ages]
    Dysart Community Center's Teen Arts and Action Program (TAAP)

    Presented by members of Dysart Community Center's Teen Arts and Action Program (TAAP), group members will share and discuss their short film reflecting the important issues impacting their community. What started as a discussion of the causes of violence became an exploration of local resources that gave local youth a voice they could use to demand more from their community leaders.

CHILDREN / YOUTH WORKSHOPS

  • Antibias Stories for Young Children   Farmer 210 [Children 12 and younger]
    Flora Farago

3:30 - 5:00 PM

AFTERNOON SNACKS & BEVERAGES

Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.

    • Salty Snacks
    • Sweet Treats
    • Fresh Local Fruit
    • Coffee and Hot Tea

3:45 - 5:00 PM

Education Lecture Hall | ED 117

SUNDAY KEYNOTE

 Bekisizwe S. Ndimande, Ph.D.

AFTER APARTHEID: Neoliberalism and Racial Injustices in Education

Neoliberal policies in education in South Africa, as in much of the world, have failed to achieve greater equity and racial justice in education– their stated purpose. I argue that the primary reason for this lies in the continuing inadequate resources in schools that were historically marginalized; schools that serve mostly Black and poor communities. I argue that the lack of resources in Black schools and covert racism in White schools are inextricably connected to the larger neoliberal agenda of privatization and markets that has influenced social policy in post-apartheid South Africa. Neoliberalism in education has encouraged school choice as a way to desegregate schools yet markets in education do not resolve the historical racial inequalities in education. I conclude that instead it has continued the marginalization of Black children and adversely affects their future, thus racial injustices in education have re-emerged. Parallels to increasing segregation and “savage distributions” of resources to education in the U.S. will also be drawn.

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5:00 PM

CLOSING

Discussion and visioning for next year's Forum & Festival!

All are urged to help us with clean up at the conclusion of the event.

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  • African and African American Studies
  • Asian and Pacific American Studies
  • Social and Cultural Pedagogy
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • School for the Future of Innovation in Society
  • School of Sustainablility
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  • Walton Sustainability Soulutions Initiatives
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)
  • Committee for Campus Inclusion (CCI)
  • Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement
  • Maricopa County NAACP
  • Liberty Project
  • SERVAS Valley of the Sun
  • NOCIRC-NOHARMM-NORM
  • Black Graduate Student Organization
  • AZ NOW
  • Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona
  • GMO Free Arizona
  • Indigo Cultural Center
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Arizona Alliance for Peace & Justice
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