2018 Call for Proposals 17th Annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival


Compassionate Resistance

Arizona State University • February 16 - 18, 2018

Call for Proposals

For: panels, workshops, “living library” participants, tables, and volunteers

Proposals due December 1, 2017

Local to Global Justice logo proposals

The theme of the 2018 Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival is “Compassionate Resistance.” This theme highlights collective efforts that address structural inequalities and injustices through direct, local action. Compassionate resistance recognizes movements that challenge unjust policies, practices, and norms that threaten democratic principles and constitutional rights. Compassionate resistance also 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.

We are especially seeking panelists and workshop leaders who can address the following critical questions:

  1. What are lessons we can learn from historical movements that relate to compassionate resistance?
  2. What is the role of violence and non-violence in compassionate resistance? What are ways that resistance can be organized and practiced, individually and collectively?
  3. Where do we find hope for change in troubled times? How do we have fruitful and productive conversations that acknowledge diverse viewpoints?
  4. How do we mobilize compassion at a local level? How do we build coalitions across social movements and interests?

We invite proposals for workshops that focus on direct-action engagement with peaceful resistance, as well as panels that discuss expressions and movements of resistance locally, nationally, and globally. We also invite participants for a “Living Library,” in which individuals who would like to share their life experiences can meet one-on-one with others that are interested in learning more about that participant’s perspective (for a model of the Living Library please refer to humanlibrary.org).

Please note, this year will have a different L2GJ Forum and Festival format. L2GJ will have panels ONLY on Saturday morning, and that keynote speakers on early Saturday afternoon will lead directly into workshops on direct action and collective resistance for the rest of the Saturday sessions. On Sunday, in lieu of panels, workshops and keynote speakers, interested attendees will have the opportunity to engage with and participate in a direct action resistance event, either planned by L2GJ or in conjunction with other partners and organizations in the Valley and/or State.

Because of this format change in the Forum and Festival, we will have very limited space for panels and workshops. Our selection process for participants as panelists and workshop leaders will focus on those proposals that speak most directly to the Forum and Festival theme of direct action and compassionate resistance.

Submit your proposal using the appropriate form below (panelist, workshop leader, volunteer, tabler, or Living Library participant) by December 1, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Jen Richter at jrichter10@gmail.com

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