The theme of the 2018 Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival, “Compassionate Resistance,” emphasizes standing in solidarity, community building, and face-to-face interactions, to continue building momentum for progressive changes inspired by hope, care, and compassion for each other and our communities. We hope that the discussions and workshops of the 17th annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival will inform future actions and resistance movements, both locally and abroad.
This year’s Forum & Festival opens on Friday night at the Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center with great vegan food stylings from Mario Etsitty and a dramatic reading of Kate Bornstein’s play, “Hidden: A Gender,” directed by ASU graduate student Madison West.
On Saturday morning, we feature a “Compassionate Resistance Machine,” created by performance artist Leora Sapon-Shevin (joining us from Tucson), a poetry space with local poet, William Wonderful, and an interactive art activity with Womxn on the theme “What does freedom mean to you?”.
We also continue to offer yoga, meditation, and other forms of compassionate and embodied activism, as well as free healing energy clinics with Carol Crooker (check in at the registration table).
We will feature children/youth activities and a “Children’s Space” where art supplies, books, and various activities will be available on a drop-in basis — look for us near the playground. Aysegul Ciyer will again share books, activities, and her dog with children, with a focus on animal rights and advocacy. Children of all ages will be able to make signs and banners, facilitated by Kanyata (Gil) Hathaisarn, and Tommie Oliverio- Lauderdale will share a high school youth “speak out” video installation. Dreamers will be featured in the afternoon keynote panel and immigrant rights activists will facilitate workshops after the keynote panel.
Saturday afternoon features an Arizona-based keynote panel on Compassionate Resistance and Immigration Rights, featuring Karina Dia de Diaz (Arizona Dream Act Coalition), Vasthy Lamadrid (Undocumented Students for Education Equity), Karyna Jaramillo (Trans Queer Pueblo), and Maria Castro (Puente). Hands- on workshops on organizing for actions follow the panel, featuring many of the same community organizers, including Karina Dia de la Ruiz (ADAC), Maria Castro (Puente), Korina Iribe (USEE), Teodora Mejia Gaspar, and Justice that Works.
Saturday ends with planning for the Sunday community solidarity action, we will reconvene in the Education Lecture Hall to finalize details for our community solidarity event.
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