Local to Global Justice Forum & Festival

Energizing Justice

February 24-25, 2022

Friday, February 24 • 5:30 PM

Jen Richter, MC
An evening of music, poetry, and a Navajo vegan feast!
8:00 - 8:30 PM Open Mic

On Friday, February 24th, our evening schedule (starting at 5:30 p.m.) will include a Navajo vegan feast catered by Mario Etsitty, as well as musical performances from Carmen and Zarco Guerrero and storytelling and poetry by Joy Young. The evening culminates in an Open Mic for those who wish to share their poetry!

Attendees are welcome to bring non-perishable food items and personal care products for donation to the mutual aid group NOURISHPhoenix.



Armstrong Hall Rotunda

ASU Tempe Campus

1100 S. McAllister Ave

Tempe, AZ 82851


Free parking available Friday night at LDS Parking Garage (1000 S McAllister Ave)
Downloadable Event Flyer coming soon
Mario Etsitty

Mario Etsitty

A Navajo chef, artist, educator and activist. He is from Many Farms and has volunteered with Food Not Bombs and other community groups for many years in Phoenix. His catering is familiar to all who have attended Local to Global Justice over the years - with distinctive blue corn tamales, fry bread with vegan toppings and other creative temptations.


Joy Young

Young is a performance and teaching spoken word artist based in Phoenix, AZ. Their performance work has been featured on Slamfind, Button Poetry and Everyday Feminism, at festivals and events, and in colleges and classrooms across the country. Joy was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award for literary artist of the year and Best Storyteller, 2019 by the Phoenix New Times. They are a co-founder and co-editor of Prickly Pear Printing– a queer focused indie press that publishes narratives that move beyond trauma with a blend of letterpress and traditional printing methods. Currently, Joy resides in their tiny home with fellow artist and partner, Bri Noonan, and their adorable 85-pound-bearded dog, Fable, while pursuing their MS in Justice Studies at ASU.

Saturday, February 25 • 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Morning panels followed by lunch and a plenary panel with various speakers!

Saturday, February 25th, will be at ASU Tempe Campus. We will have limited morning sessions in Ross-Blakley and Armstrong Hall, lunch catered by Green in the Armstrong Hall Rotunda, an afternoon plenary panel, followed by some hands-on workshops and a closing discussion.

Attendees are welcome to bring non-perishable food items and personal care products for donation to the mutual aid group NOURISHPhoenix.

Scroll down to view more details about the panels and speakers.


Arizona State University

Tempe Campus

Ross Blakley Hall (RBH) and

Armstrong Hall (AH)

1100 S. McAllister Ave

Tempe, AZ 85281


Free parking available at LDS Parking Garage (1000 S. McAllister Ave) and Rural Parking Structure

9:30-10:20 AM • Session 1

1. Energizing Scholar Activism: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. • Armstrong L1-30

2. Harm Reduction in Repair: (re)Energizing Solidarity across Racial, Gender, and Sexual Health Advocacy in Arizona • Ross-Blakley Hall 196

3. “The Right to the City”: Reclaiming access to public spaces to reduce climate exposures among those experiencing homelessness • Armstrong Hall L1-12

10:30-11:20 AM • Session 2

1. Youth Panel: Activism Without the Binary • Ross-Blakley Hall 196

2. Creating the Energy Justice for All Workshop • Armstrong Hall L1-12

3. Shame, Guilt, Accountability, and Collective Transformation? • Armstrong Hall L1-14

Lunch • 11:30-12:45 PM • Armstrong Hall Rotunda/Patio

Vegan lunch catered by Green New American Vegetarian

Live music from Bobby Johnson (DJ) and Walt Richardson

Bobby Johnson (DJ) and Walt RIchadson

Bio coming soon.

1:00-2:30 Plenary Panel

Armstrong Hall L1-30

Dr. Jen Richter

Bio coming soon.

Maria Vitrukh

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Jorge MOrales

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Nora Timmerman

Bio coming soon.

2:45-3:45 pM • afternoon workshops

1. Sacred Earth: Common Ground Storytelling • Armstrong Hall L1-12

2. Community-led Science: Building an open source "virtual noise" to detect ambient pollutants • Armstrong L1-14

3. Students are our NOW, not only our futures • Ross-Blakley Hall 196

4. Becoming JustBodies: Exploring Abolition and Emancipation through Play & Creative Expression • Armstrong Hall L1-30

4:00-4:30 pM • closing discussion

Armstrong Hall L1-30

Thank you to all our sponsors and donors: Undergraduate Student Organization, Graduate and Professional Student Organization, School of Social Transformation, CVS Health, Tempe Farmer’s Market, and Cortez Coffee.

L2GJ 2022-2023 organizing team: Christine Leavitt, Julianne Culey, Sultana Afrin, Richard Starling, Eric Rudnick, Ankit Sura, Veronica Lukasinski, Sujey Vega, Beth Swadener, and Jen Richter.