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Local to Global Justice Virtual Forum

Community Resilience and Action

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Featured Speakers and Performers

Dr. Grace Gamez, PhD

Grace Gámez, Ph.D.

Grace Gámez, Ph.D. is a mother, partner, embodied leader, researcher and storyteller. She is the founder of ReFraming Justice - an advocacy platform in Arizona for directly impacted communities to promote responses to harm that center transformative justice and healing. She values wholeheartedness, complexity, accountability over punishment and brave visioning.

Klee Benally

Klee Benally

Klee Benally is a Diné musician, traditional dancer, artist, filmmaker, & Indigenous anarchist. Klee is originally from Black Mesa and has worked nearly all of his life at the front lines in struggles to protect Indigenous sacred lands. Klee provides strategic planning and direct action training with Indigenous Action. Klee has helped establish a range of organizations including Táala Hooghan Infoshop, Clean Up The Mines, Haul No, Protect the Peaks, and is currently organizing COVID-19 response with Kinłani Mutual Aid and

Mimi Araya

Miriam Araya

Mimi A. is dedicated to achieving social justice and Black liberation. She is a Co-Director and Art minister at Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro. Mimi is a teacher of love and has a true passion for building her community, abolishing the carceral state and ending all forms of anti-Black violence. Mimi has been organizing against systemic oppression for 11 years and is also a scholar in the field of justice and plans to continue engaging in work that furthers the liberation of all oppressed people with Black folks at the center.


Salma Anjum Lata

Salma Anjum Lata (center) - Previous enlisted A-grade singer; Bangladesh Television & Bangladesh Radio.

Program: Community Resilience and Action


Dr. Jen Richter, Co-Advisor, Local to Global Justice

Panel of Arizona Activists

Dr. Grace Gamez, Tucson, American Friends Service Committee
Klee Benally, Flagstaff, Indigenous Activist, Filmmaker and Musician
Miriam Araya, Phoenix, Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro, PhD student, Justice Studies

Moderator: Sam Royall, PhD student, Justice Studies (ASU)


Salma Anjum Lata, Singer, Bangladesh
Introduction: Sultana Afrin, PhD student, Justice Studies (ASU)

Group Discussion

Small group discussion with panel members

Closing discussion and potential actions

Dr. Beth Blue Swadener, Co-Advisor, Local to Global Justice