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.
Keynotes, panels, workshops, and entertainment will be added to this page as each is confirmed.
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FREE light refreshments and entertainment.
"Hidden: A Gender" by Kate Bornstein explores the social construction of gender as informed by capitalism in a wonderfully fun and upsettingly real fashion. The play follows three "gender outlaws" as they explore their own gender identities while asking that the audience participate as well in questioning how they relate to gender.
Actors: Cecalie Fort, Cash Diab, Kealy Hartley
Director: Madison West
Madison is a graduate student in the School of Social Transformation and the School of Sustainability pursuing her Masters' in Justice Studies and Sustainability. She works with theatre as a tool for social discovery in her research around gender and water access.
Farmer Bulding • ASU Tempe Campus
North side of Farmer Education Building Atrium
Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.
Local poet William the Wonderful will have a table in the atrium breezeway, displaying and discussing his poetry.
Art from Womxn will be on display near the registration table throughout the morning, on ideas of freedom and justice.
Come and listen to local high school students’ perspectives gathered and edited by Tommie Oliverio-Lauderdale and edited by Greg Broburg
Asyegul Ciyer Come to the shade structure by the playground to hear about animal rights and justice through stories, activities, and play with puppies!
Leora Sapon-Shevin Come help Amaranth the clown put together a compassionate resistance machine usingcreativity, props, and hope to create positive energy!
Kanyata (Gil) Hathaisarn and Darrien Carter Protest signs and banner making throughout the day
Carol Crooker Come experience Pranic Healing. Mini-healings will be given following the protocols taught by Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui. Sign up at the registration table.
Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE vegetarian lunch and entertainment!
Green New American Vegetarian
Musical Performance • Farmer Atrium
Tempe favorite Walt Richardson III, has been singing, writing songs and playing guitar as far back as he can remember. At one time he was planning to pursue a career in bio-chemistry. That was when he learned the power of music and live performance. Richardson is host of the popular Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series and the award-winning Songwriters’ Showcase concert and television series. “In the Spotlight” allows him to continue his support of the live music community.
Join us for a panel presentation from local activists in the Phoenix area, as they share their experiences on immigration, justice, and compassionate resistance.
Executive Director, Arizona Dream Act Coalition
Karina Ruiz de Diaz is the current Executive Director at the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to fight for immigrant youth higher education accessibility as well as immigrant rights. She was born in Mexico City, and has lived in Phoenix, Arizona since 1999 when she immigrated with her parents at the age of 15. She got involved with the dreamers movement after the DACA announcement in 2012, and received DACA status in 2013. She has helped dreamers fill out their DACA applications since 2012, and has actively participated in voter registration efforts with the One Arizona Table, and collaborated with the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, the Phoenix Union School Districts, and the Foro Dreamers in Movimiento 2016. Karina was recently arrested in a peaceful civil disobedience demonstration at the Senate Building Cafeteria in Washington DC as part of efforts to pass the Clean Dream Act, which would provide permanent protection from deportation and a pathway to citizenship for over 2 million young immigrants in the country.
Student and Co-founder, Undocumented Students for Education Equity (USEE)
Vasthy Lamadrid is a senior at Arizona State University studying Political Science with a teaching certificate. She is also a student worker at DREAMzone and co-founder of Undocumented Students for Education Equity (USEE). She is passionate about educating others about her experience as an undocumented student.
Defense Coordinator for Trans Queer Pueblo
Karyna Jaramillo is a fierce trans Latina woman who’s fighting every day for immigrant justice. She is the defense coordinator for Trans Queer Pueblo. While at the Eloy Detention Center in 2015, she was humiliated by the jokes and harassment by detention officers and the men. Now she visits and encourages other detainees.
Translated by Carlo Altamirano Allende.
Community Organizer for Puente and People United for Justice
Maria Castro is a community organizer for Puente Arizona, as well as People United for Justice. Her mother was deported when she was 12, and, although she has since returned, the fear remains. Castro continues to fight for migrant rights and police reform.
Join us in the Farmer Atrium for FREE beverages and delicious snacks!
After the Keynote Panel, come to a workshop to learn how to begin organizing in your community, to create opportunities and become involved in compassionate resistance.
Korina Iribe Romo, Advocacy Director and Co-founder of Undocumented Students for Education Equity
This workshop will cover a timeline of significant events at the national and state level that have shaped and affected the lives of undocumented students up to the current moment we are in. We will also discuss and analyze the concept of direct action and how it directly pertains to the success of immigrant youth movement. Participants will have the opportunity to use some of their new knowledge during a direct action development break out session.
Teodora Mejia Gaspar, mother, grandmother, activist
I migrated to the US in 2003 searching for my kidnapped daughters. My two daughters are DACAmented, and when one of them told me she identified as queer, I was full of shame and worry. Later she invited me to join the Dreamers movement. After she joined Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), I became the first QUIPmom. That’s when I began my path to acceptance and sharing resources for parents in Spanish using theater as a tool and method. Since then, I have been facilitating Family Acceptance workshop for the Hispanic community.
Karina Ruiz de Diaz, Executive Director, Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC)
This workshop will cover the history of direct actions & the role of non-violent direct actions in the immigrant youth movement. The workshop introduces some of the roles and skills needed to prepare, organize and carry out a non-violent direct action. The emphasis in this workshop is on action skills development to take action. Participants will participate in a dialog to answer the following questions: What is non-violent direct action? Where/when has it happen? This workshop goes over the basics of how to use direct action effectively and strategically. Participants will learn how to work as a group in a direct action context, action preparation and interactive role playing. Recently the immigrant youth movement has actively used non-violent direct action as a key tactic. Participants will discuss how non-violent direct action relates to compassionate resistance in the current movement.
Maria Castro Puente Arizona
Maria Castro shares her experiences organizing and putting her body on the line as an immigrant rights organizer with Puente Human Rights Movement. This hands on workshop will engage participants to think about the role of protest and direct action in fighting for human rights. Participants will have an opportunity to make signs and protest props, as well as learn from people on the front lines of Arizona’s immigrant rights movement.
Renaissance, Justice That Works
A presentation and workshop by Justice That Works, focusing on overcoming the systemic oppression both within and without of movement spaces. Justice that Works is a non-profit that works to transition our punishment system to justice systems that are community-oriented.
Join us for a closing discussion on compassionate resistance, and to plan a community solidarity event for Sunday, February 18th.
A community solidarity event for Sunday will be organized during the Saturday afternoon workshops.
Details for Sunday's community action will be shared at our closing session on Saturday, February 17th.