CONFERENCES | ACTIONS | PETITIONS | TRAININGS
With/Out – ¿Borders? ll Conference
Date: October 20-23, 2016
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
This will be a CONFERENCE – [UN]CONFERENCE featuring modules that will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, films and performances designed to prompt us to collectively conjure, theorize, decolonize, and map a future we can all thrive in.
Facing Race Conference
Date: November 10-12, 2016
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) 2016 Conference
Date: November 9-13
NAME aims to transform society for the betterment of ALL individuals. This calls for a collective of ALL to explore the inequities present in our society. NAME values the experiences and voices of individuals who have been silenced or have been omitted from mainstream literature, media, and history. In our efforts toward a just society, we pursue to uncover political injustices that influence geographical and environmental racism, oppression, and violence. Therefore, the NAME 2016 conference will amplify the voices of those who suffer marginalization in various forms; and in doing so expose inequities that are ignored and silenced.Through NAME 2016 we continue to improve our problem-solving abilities related to the existing “isms” that damage our society. This year’s conference aims at sharing practices that enhance the human condition for our global society to effectively face the inequities of, that include but not limited to, forms of violence, inequitable distribution of resources, institutional systems that oppress (consciously or unconsciously), those who are disadvantaged and marginalized. By sharing our work and experiences, we are extending our hands in solidarity with ALL who face these forms of injustices. As pioneers of a world striving for equity for ALL, the conference seeks to embrace every individual as a human being with dignity and respect.
Urban Democracy Feast: Supporting Social Justice Projects
Date: November 12
Location: First Congregational Church UCC, Kalamazoo, MichiganThe goal of the organizers is to generate funds that kick start projects that might otherwise not get funded, or help them make a qualitative leap in their work. Such group projects submit an application, and four applicants are selected to make a five-minute presentation at the supper. Their presentations will exhibit evidence that they are addressing a shared need, with the support of other groups in the neighborhood, and that the project demonstrates direct democracy.
2016 NAIS People of Color Conference: Advancing Human and Civil Rights – Fulfilling the Dream Together
Date: December 8-10, 2016
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
The People of Color Conference is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. The conference includes general sessions with keynotes, dozens of practitioner-led workshops, extensive affinity group work, and dialogue sessions.
2017 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA): Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity
Date: April 27- May 1st 2017
Location: San Antonio, TX
The theme of the Annual Meeting is framed around historical and contemporary discussions about unequal educational opportunity, as they relate to four critical dimensions. The first focuses on the meanings and interpretations of educational opportunity, access, and equity for the purposes of understanding and addressing perennial issues such as school quality and recently intensified problems such as violence in schools. The second poses questions about whether the problems associated with unequal opportunity and the methods used to study them are conceptualized to capture the diversity and complexity of circumstances that countless children, families, and communities (e.g., poor and underserved) face. The third reinforces the need for interdisciplinary research and intersections between education research and other fields invested in eradicating social disparities that lead to marginalization and poor school outcomes. The fourth underscores possibilities for linking educational, social, and public policies that can respond to both longstanding educational issues, such as teaching and student engagement, while attending to increasingly visible problems such as homelessness, trauma, and incarceration that affect students’ ability to thrive.
The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education
Date: May 30-June 3 2017
Location: Fort Worth, TX
The NCORE® conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.
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Flint, MI Water Donations
Please Share or Donate to get water for the folks in Flint, MI!
CARAVANA43 PETITION KIT
On September 26, 2014 a group of students was attached by the police and other people in the city of Iguala, leaving six dead, 25 or more wounded, and 43 disappeared.
We in the WAT community insist that shutting down Guantanamo must mean shutting down indefinite detention. We submit the following demands as critical to the effort to “close Guantanamo” once and for all – Please share this with friends as widely as you can.
Petition to Stop Plan Merida
Plan Merida was created to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico and it is fully funded by the United States. The goals of Plan Merida are to “produce a safer and more secure hemisphere and prevent the entry and spread of illicit drugs and transnational threats,” the reality and repercussions of the initiative for the Mexican people are not as promising. The United States ignores the root causes of drug trafficking, which are the demand by the U.S. and the poverty in Mexico. “Not one penny of Plan Mexico money is dedicated toward drug prevention or rehabilitation programs in the U.S., essential to efforts to reduce demand for drugs in the U.S. The Merida Initiative affects all Mexican people by threatening their human rights.”
Family Bill of Rights
The groundbreaking J4F report, Families Unlocking Futures, uncovers crucial flaws in the system that burden, alienate, and exclude families from the treatment of system-involved youth. The Family Bill of Rights aims to correct these flaws and includes five principal rights. J4F is working to move the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to issue guidelines that reflect the Family Bill of Rights. Please sign onto to our letter to the director.
The Dream is Now
Check out the different ways you can change immigration reform-call, socialize, write, tweet, dream, and watch.
The Dignity Campaign
“The Dignity Campaign is a network of organizations and individuals who affirm the need for an immigration reform bill based on human and labor rights. This bill would include legalization of the undocumented immediately, de-criminalization of immigration status and work, equal rights, reunification of families, an end to temporary and guest worker programs, and an end to free trade and the policies that cause the dislocation of people.”
Discrimination Free Zone Campaign
“We aim to end discrimination against any individuals or groups of people based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability through the creation of Discrimination Free Zones throughout the world. These Discrimination Free Zones are always peaceful, and they inform others that discrimination will be offensive to us and that we will not participate in any actions in which such sentiments are included.”
Organization devoted to trainings with an “intersectional approach to liberation” through expanding “the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects.” Offers a wide variety of trainings for multiple levels of engagement, including workshops for those wanting to become trainers themselves.
Focuses on trainings for white people in majority white institutions and organizations who want to develop anti-racist organizing skills. While the workshops are designed with white participants in mind, people of color are welcome to attend as well.
Integrates interpersonal and structural analyses to develop “social-emotional learning that stresses personal accountability, self-confidence, and well-being to face the pressing socio-economic issues we deal with in our schools and community every day.” Facilitates two-day retreats for college students as well as offers cultural competency training for professional staff.
Local Kalamazoo, Michigan organization that uses the national Crossroads curriculum to provide trainings, workshops, and professional development consulting. Uses a structural analysis to aid institutions in “dismantling racism, reclaiming humanity, restoring community.” http://www.eracce.org/
Intergroup Relations Program (U of M)
“Blends theory and experiential learning” through seven different courses to “pursue social justice through education.” The courses are designed as smaller college courses.
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
Offers various summits, workshops and seminars throughout the year that focus on combining the strengths of community members and local leaders to create a Diversity Alliance. They also offer professional consulting which “guides organizations through a comprehensive, research-based assessment to identify barriers and develop customized solutions that advance inclusion.”
People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
The People’s Institute supports the on-going anti-racist efforts in communities, organizations and institutions through the following programs: Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop, Community Organizing Strategy Team™ (C.O.S.T), Reflection, Assessment, Evaluation Team™ (R.A.E.), European Dissent, The People’s Institute Youth Agenda (P.I.Y.A.), and The Jim Dunn Center for Anti-Racist Community Organizing.
Publishes the news source Colorlines as well as offers professional development and consulting workshops along with more general trainings for organizations. They use “research, media, and practice” to bring a “systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.”
They are a national organization with consultants located throughout the United States. Their mission is “to equip individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools needed to thrive in a diverse world; to remove structural and cultural barriers that prevent full and equitable participation; and to help create environments where differences are recognized, understood, appreciated, and utilized for the benefit of all.” Perhaps not enough emphasis on larger structural/societal issues and historical context.