SESSION 1 | Welcome and Keynote: Coalition Building and Multiracial Solidarity
Friday, April 9, 2021 6:00 - 7:30 PM ET
Ian Haney Lopez (MPA/JD ’90); Q&A moderated by Hope Wollensack (MPA ’18)
Law professor and author, Ian Haney Lopez (MPA/JD '90), will deliver the keynote address on coalition building as a tool for accountability. He will focus on the weaponization of racism in American electoral politics and on what this means for how we might build a multi-racial movement for racial and economic justice. Following the keynote address, Hope Wollensack (MPA ’18) will moderate a Q&A session.
Ian Haney Lopez, MPA/JD ’90 (he/him)
Hope Wollensack, MPA ’18 (she/her)
SESSION 2 | Workshop: Storytelling
Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Welcome: Laura de Olden (she/her)
Introductions: Fatima Khan (MPA ’21) and Nausheen Rajan (MPA ’22)
Opening Remarks: NDN Collective
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.
Sarah Sunshine Manning
Storytelling Facilitation: StoryCenter
StoryCenter has been steeped in the work of surfacing powerful personal stories and facilitating innovative arts approaches to participatory media creation — from idea generation to final video production — since 1992. In 1992, StoryCenter founded and pioneered Digital Storytelling, a participatory methodology for creating media, and has since shared our unique methods through hundreds of workshops around the world with a variety of communities and organizations — enhancing artistic practice and building solidarity across chasms of difference. We employ storytelling and story listening methods to support wellbeing, artistic expression, and justice. Stories and videos produced through our partnerships amplify voices typically ignored by mainstream and online media, engage audiences in reflection and action, and lend honesty and dignity to important civic dialogues at local, national, and international levels.
Closing Remarks: Amity Paye, Color of Change
SESSION 3 | Alumni Panel: Transformative Justice
Saturday, April 10, 2021 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET
According to Mia Mingus, transformative justice (TJ) is an abolitionist political framework and approach for responding to violence, harm, and abuse. TJ was created by and for BIPOC, disabled, queer and trans, immigrant, and other communities who are oppressed and targeted by the state. As such, transformative justice responses and interventions: 1) do not rely on the state (e.g. police, prisons, the criminal legal system, I.C.E., foster care system (though some TJ responses do rely on or incorporate social services like counseling); 2) do not reinforce or perpetuate violence such as oppressive norms or vigilantism; and most importantly, 3) actively cultivate the things we know prevent violence such as healing, accountability, resilience, and safety for all involved.
This workshop will serve as an overview of TJ principles and applications, with an interactive component. Attendees will consider ways to practice TJ in their work and their communities.