COMMUNITY JUSTICE 16th Annual Local to Global Justice Forum & Festival

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Community Justice: Alliances for Action

February 24 - 26, 2017

Social movements tend to pick up a momentum when visionaries, community leaders, activists, and those interested in social justice have a chance to form alliances across neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries. Arizona has a rich history of networks of activism, including those who took part of the César Chávez movement in the 1960s and 1970s, the continuous struggle to re-establish Ethnic Studies programs at the University of Arizona, or the ongoing fight against racial profiling and racial discrimination infused by state legislation SB1070. The same principles apply anywhere in the world where justice is at stake: no single individual, organization, or policy can alone bring about change. "Justice" is inseparable from "community."

The 16th annual Forum and Festival, "Community Justice: Alliances for Action," will bring together local, national, and international educators, activists, students, and community members to learn and engage in dialogue and organizing about issues relating to community justice.

As in past Festivals and Teach-Ins, there will be hands-on exhibits and workshops, as well as activities and workshops for children and youth, and tabling from over 40 community groups. We will again feature music and performances from a number of local artists, and our incredible healthy and delicious lunches and snacks, all free of cost.


Program Schedule

Keynotes, panels, workshops, and entertainment will be added to this page as each is confirmed.

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Friday  •  February 24, 2017  •  6:00 - 9:00 PM

Phoenix Hostel • 1026 North 9th Street • Phoenix. AZ 85006

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2017 FORUM & FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT

FREE light refreshments and entertainment.

6:00 - 6:30 PM

Catering By: Mario Etsitty

    • Navajo Tacos
    • Mini Tamales
    • Pumpkin Phyllo
    • Garbanzo Salad
    • Marinated Mushrooms
    • Roasted Eggplant Dip

ENTERTAINMENT

6:45 - 7:15 PM

Youth Poets

Megan Atencia

Megan Atencia

Megan Atencia is a Phoenix-based spoken-word poet studying Global Health, English Literature, and Spanish at ASU. She spends her time equally between schoolwork, her craft, a job to pay the bills, and the puppy that keeps her sane. Her current projects include a poetry series in Tempe called Criss-Cross Poetry, which focuses on fostering local up-and-coming poets sharing the power of spoken word; poetry therapy groups at a local mental health hospital for adolescents and adults; and community performances and workshops. She is passionate about human beings and can be found at mayagainpoetry.com.

Anna Flores

Anna Flores

Anna Flores writes poetry according to her experience as a bi cultural woman in America. She is a student, dance teacher, and actress as well. She attempts to create discussion through her writing and draw attention to her community. Anna has been published in The Write On Downtown Literary Magazine, Pages Per Content Phoenix Zine and several other local publications. She is a junior at Arizona State University and plans to attend Law School in the near future.

Kat Hofland

Kat Hofland

Kat Hofland is a senior at ASU studying Public Service and Public Policy. She works in sexual violence prevention at ASU. She writes in her free time. She is an editor on the small but wonderful press, Rinky Dink Press.


7:15 - 7:45 PM

MUSIC

Wes Ricks

Wes Ricks and Friends

Wes Ricks & Friends is a group of Veterans that play soulful and uplifting Native American music. Created by Wes Ricks, a Native American flutist who is both African American and Choctaw Indian, they play on Indian reservations and perform at pow wows throughout Arizona. Together, they are working on recording their first album "Journey."


8:00 - 8:45 PM

MUSIC

Walt Richardson

Walt Richardson

Tempe favorite Walt Richardson, II, has been singing, writing songs and playing guitar as far back as he can remember. At one time he was planning to pursue a career in bio-chemistry. That was when he learned the power of music and live performance. Richardson is host of the popular Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series and the award-winning Songwriters’ Showcase concert and television series. “In the Spotlight” allows him to continue his support of the live music community.

Saturday  •  February 25, 2017

Farmer Bulding • ASU Tempe Campus

 Map & Directions      What if it rains?

  8:30 AM • Check in North side of Farmer Education Building Atrium

8:30 - 9:30 AM

YOGA

Roopa Kaushik-Brown

Roopa Kaushik-Brown

OUTSIDE or ED 130

Roopa founded South Asian American Perspectives on Yoga, and works to shape public discourse on wellness through law, scholarship, art, and activism.

MORNING FOOD & BEVERAGES

Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.


9:30 – 10:20 AM

PANELS

  • EDC 117
  • Poetry as Cultural Record, Resistance, and a Means to Social Justice  
    Rosemarie Dombrowski, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus
  • COOR 120
  • No Accountabilty! The Failure of Reform and Alternatives to Policing  
    Jon Dunn, Justice and Social Inquiry, ASU
  • Imprisoned Minds: A History of Mental Health and Incarceration  
    Elizabeth Venable
  • ED 130
  • Embodied Activism and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement  
    Mary Margaret Fonow and Rich Goldsand

WORKSHOPS

  • Community Connection Through Compassionate Communication   COOR 184
    Sylvia Boutelle
  • The Unfinished Revolution in Women’s Rights   COOR 186
    Ramisa Alam and Aman Das, Feminist Club, Basis School; Karla Hernandez, North High School NOW chapter, Dianne Post, Arizona NOW board member and attorney
  • Expressing Activism Through Art for All Ages   PLAYGROUND or PAYNE L1-27

10:35 – 11:25 AM

PANELS

  • COOR L1-84
  • Building Diverse Local Coalitions  
    Connor Descheemaker, Local First Arizona
  • COOR 184
  • The Importance of Allies in the LGBTQ+ Community  
    Sean Downey and Shannon Brien, ASU Law and Outlaw
  • Immigration and the Justice System  
    Kalin Myers
  • COOR 186
  • Bahai Community Resistance: From Underground University to Forming Alliances with Iranian Feminists  
    Leila Asadi, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, ASU
    Dorsa Sobhani, University of Calgary
    Nizam Missaghi, Bahai Community's Resilience in Iran, Underground University
    Behrang Foroughi, School of Community Resources & Development, ASU
  • ED 130
  • Protecting Water and Land: Standing Rock Experiences  
    Luke Black, Marlena Robbins (Diné), and Lance Nace
  • COOR 120
  • Building Bridges, Breaking Walls: Israelis and Palestinians Reach Out  
    Victor Aronow, Central Arizona Chapter, National Lawyers Guild; Jewish Voice for Peace

11:40 AM - 12:30 PM

 YOUTH KEYNOTE

Community Action for Youth

ED 130

Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida and Isabella Abadia

The Youth Keynote Panel will present the high impact, local and national climate crisis work of two young women, ages 14 and 18. The presenters will discuss campaign ideas, design, implementation, and evaluation. Mature attendees will gain insight and information on how to engage young people in activist projects, while younger attendees will learn how to become involved and contribute to social movements effectually.

Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida

Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida

Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida is a 14 year old “kick-activist.” Involved in climate issues since age 10, Anna has considerable experience with campaign design, implementation and evaluation. Anna is the youngest member of Rainforest Action Network’s National Conflict Palm Oil Leadership Team. Additionally, she received the Outstanding Youth Award from the Grand Canyon Sierra Club (GCSC) in 2014. Anna regularly contributes to the GCSC quarterly newspaper, The Echo, which has a readership of 11,000. Anna has lobbied in Arizona and D.C. for clean air with Moms Clean Air Force, and marched in NYC in the 350.org climate march. Anna is a seasoned demonstrator, public speaker, and community organizer.

Isabella Abadia

Isabella Abadia

Isabel Abadia is an 18 year old change-maker. Isabel is a councilmember of Earth Guardians, a national non-profit organization focused on youth leadership in relation to climate issues. Isabel was the recipient of the 2016 Sierra Club SPROG scholarship. Her passion for the Earth comes from her deep spirituality and connection with animals. Isabel's activism started when she collected signatures for The Great Whale Conservancy at age 15. Isabel loves inspiring others to come out into the world to be their own heroes in the fight against climate change.

FEATURED PANEL

The Process and Outcome of Political Socialization: The Meaning of Youth Palestinian Political Agency

EDC 117

  • Janette Habashi, Oklahoma State University, A Child’s Cup Full
    Presenter
  • Areej Mawasi
    Discussant

FILM SCREENING

When Elephants Fight

COOR 170

  • Anique Stroud, Justice and Social Inquiry, ASU

12:30 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE vegetarian lunch and entertainment!

Blessing of event by Anthony Gray, Tribal Education Culture Coordinator, Gila River Indian Community.

Catering By:

  • Green New American Vegetarian
    • Thai Peanut "Chicken" with Fresh Vegetables and Flat Noodles
    • Organic Quinoa Pasta with Broccolini and Lemon GF (gluten free)
    • Singapore Orange House Tofu with Fresh Vegetables and Organic Brown Rice GF
    • Enchilada Organic Tofu with Creamy Hominy and Organic Black Beans
    • Green Salad

Entertainment

Sugar Thieves Trio

The Sugar Thieves Trio

Musical Performance • Farmer Atrium

The Sugar Thieves Trio consisting of Mikel Lander, Meridith Moore, and Ray Thiry have been performing music together in the valley and beyond for almost ten years. Everything from Blues to Folk, Jazz to Country, they do it all, and they do it well. You'll hear original music, as well as covers dating back to the 20s and 30s.


2:15 - 3:30 PM

 LOCAL KEYNOTE

Community Action and Immigration Justice

EDC 117

Reyna Montoya

Reyna Montoya

Aliento

Reyna E. Montoya is the founder of Aliento, a community organization that provides community healing through art for children and youth impacted by the immigration/detention system. Aliento is focused on undocumented and dreamer-led organizing, and committed to people who are directly impacted by the unjust laws of immigration and provide community healing through art for those who face the trauma of detention, deportation, and threat of separation. She is also a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow. Reyna holds a MEd in Secondary Education and B.A. Political Science, B.A. Transborder Studies, Minor in Dance.

Angeles Maldonado

Angeles Maldonado

Justice and Social Inquiry, ASU and The Institute for Border Critical Theory: Social Justice Education & Research

Dr. Angeles Maldonado is a mother and scholar activist. She was born in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico and came to the United States at the age of eight. She has spent the majority of her life advocating for migrant rights in Arizona and has an extensive background in community and labor organizing. She is passionate about direct action, counter narratives, critical pedagogy, and resistance. Dr. Maldonado holds a doctorate from Arizona State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, a Master in Public Administration, and Bachelors in Justice Studies and Philosophy. Her research interests focus on discourse, immigration, policing, social movements, and community organizing. She applies Critical Race Theory and “Border Crit Theory,” a new and emerging theoretical framework she introduced for developing research in the borderlands. She is presently the Operations Director for the Law Office of Ray Ybarra Maldonado, a Faculty Associate at ASU, and is serving on the Community Advisory Board in the racial profiling lawsuit Melendres vs. Arpaio.

Luis Fernandez

Luis Fernandez

Northern Arizona University, Repeal Coalition Arizona

Luis A. Fernandez is a professor at in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. He received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies at Arizona State University. He is a co-founder of Local to Global Justice, an activist around immigration issues, and works with a variety of social justice issues and organizations, including the Repeal Coalition. Luis is also the author and editor of several books, including Policing Dissent (2008), Contemporary Anarchist Studies (2009), and Shutting Down the Streets (2011). His work also appears in various book chapters and journals, including Social Justice, Contemporary Political Theory, and Qualitative Sociology. His most recent research focuses on insurgency control, crimigration, surveillance, and other issues in the social control of late modernity.

Ray Ybarra Maldonado

Ray Ybarra Maldonado

Human Rights and Immigration Attorney

Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado is a human rights activist, author, filmmaker, and public speaker. As a lawyer, Ybarra Maldonado is an aggressive trial attorney who has attained not guilty verdicts for his clients in both state and federal courts as well as attaining victories at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In the immigration context he has attained cancellation of removal, U Visas, asylum, VAWA, and adjustment of status for many clients and he has also been local counsel on major civil rights lawsuits against the former Sheriff of Maricopa County. Ybarra Maldonado co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary, “Rights on the Line,” and his book “Born on the Border” has been used as a required reading at various universities across the country including in an immigration class at Harvard Law School. He graduated from ASU with a degree in Religious Studies and from Stanford Law School. He has previously worked for the United Farm Workers of America and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).He currently serves as on the Board of Los Abogados, co-chairing the civil rights committee and serves as the Federal Litigation committee co-chair for the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association.


3:45 – 5:00 PM

CLOSING WORKSHOP

Civil Dialogues

EDC 117

  • Katherine Roxlo, MS, The Institute for Civil Dialogue
  • Jeremy Oromi, Social and Cultural Pedagogy, School of Social Transformation, ASU

Sunday  •  February 26, 2017

Farmer Bulding • ASU Tempe Campus

 Map & Directions      What if it rains?

  8:30 AM • Check in North side of Farmer Education Building Atrium

8:30 - 9:30 AM

YOGA

Robin Afinowich

OUTSIDE or ED 130

This all level yoga class will encourage the union of diversity through movement, meditation and ceremony honoring our shared humanity.

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MORNING FOOD & BEVERAGES

Join us on the North side of the Farmer Atrium.


9:30 – 10:20 AM

PANELS

  • ED 210
  • Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Local to Global Justice, Student Engagement, and Community Activism  
    Flora Farago, Beth Swadener, Jen Richter, Pieter Turley
  • ED 204
  • Protecting Democracy for Community Justice: Lessons from Turkey and the Middle East  
    Dr. Semiha Topal, Anatolia Cultural Centers
  • ED 202
  • Renaissance-era New World communities: How More's Utopia Led to American Dystopia  
    Sharonah Fredrick, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU
  • Community Justice: New Economic Models  
    Richard Starling, Arizona Community Land Trust; Arizona Cooperative Initiative; SevaCircle

WORKSHOP

  • Conscious and Restorative Leadership   ED 130
    Robin Afinowich

10:35 – 11:25 AM

PANELS

  • ED 202
  • Together, Can We Make Food Free for Everyone?  
    Maha Mahalingam, School of Community and Resources Development, ASU
    Richard Starling, Arizona Community Land Trust; Arizona Cooperative Initiative; SevaCircle
  • ED 216
  • Collective Action and the Pro-Choice Movement  
    Katherine Montgomery, Meagan Swart, Bree Brydenthal, Hayden Hilliard, Sarah Lemelman, John Burnett (ASU Law School and Liberty Project)
  • ED 210
  • Legislative Advocacy 101  
    Sam Richard, Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO)
  • ED 218
  • Disability Rights, Advocacy and Community Organizations  
    Dr. Annamaria Oliverio, Curriculum Coordinator, Disability Studies, School of Social Transformation: Justice and Social Inquiry
    Edward Myers, Esq, Former Deputy Director for the Arizona Center for Disability Law
    Phil Pangrazio, President and CEO, Ability360
    Greggory Ohannessian, Speaker & Autism Advocate
    Kris Dean, Founder, Coach, Disability Advocate; SEEthePOSSIBILITIES.org
    Facilitator: Amina (Donna) Kruck, Vice President of Advocacy programs, Ability360
  • ED 204
  • Justice is Love in the Public Space: Enhancing Civility and Community Justice in Public Spaces  
    Katherine S. Roxlo, MS, RG, Institute for Civil Dialogue
    Mikulas Pstross, Local to Global Justice Organizing Committee

WORKSHOP

  • Fair Justice for All: The State of Justice Reform in Arizona   ED 212
    Donald Jacobson, Arizona Supreme Court

YOUTH WORKSHOP

  • Young Hearts for Animal Rights and Justice   ED 130
    Aysegul Ciyer

11:40 – 12:30 PM

PANELS

  • ED 202
  • Regard/Disregard: Art as a Vehicle for Dialogue  
    Robert Wertz
  • ED 204
  • Community Capacity Building through Community-based Art Practice  
    Chia-mei Hsia, Partnership of Community Development/ School of Community Resources and Development/ ASU

FEATURED WORKSHOP

Alliances for Action on Environmental Protection at the Arizona Legislature

EDC 117

  • Sandy Bahr, Director, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter

12:30 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE vegetarian lunch and entertainment!

Catering By:

  • Café Lalibela
    • MISR WAT  Medium spiced red split lentils cooked with onion, berbere (red pepper) and herbs
    • YEKIK ALICHA  Yellow split peas cooked with onion, turmeric and herbS
    • FOSOLIA  Lightly spiced string beans cooked with carrots and onions
    • TIKL GOMEN   Lightly spiced cabbage, carrots and potatoes
    • INJERA  (spongy texture flatbread) with rice

Entertainment

  • Music provided by DJ Ray Thiry   Farmer Atrium

2:15 - 3:30 PM

 GLOBAL KEYNOTE

Ioan Grillo

Drugs, Narco Wars, and Us

CDN 60

Ioan Grillo

Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America

The global drug trade is worth $300 billion, according to the United Nations. That money has financed drug cartels with paramilitary wings that battle with armies, causing a humanitarian tragedy in chunks of Latin America and the Caribbean. Tens of thousands have fled this violence and applied for refugee status in the United States. We live in an exciting time of drug policy reform, where the prohibition that creates this drug money being questioned. But we also live amid a resurgence of radical nationalism calling for closed borders and a breakdown of the international system. In this turbulent era, how can we tackle the drugs and drug wars, from the cocaine and heroin on American streets to the mass graves south of the border?

Ioan Grillo is a journalist and writer based in Mexico City. He has covered Latin America since 2001 for media including Time Magazine, the New York Times, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, Letras Libres and many others. He is the author of Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America and El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency.

www.ioangrillo.com


3:45 – 5:00 PM

CLOSING CONVERSATION

Global Dialogues

  • Jorge Morales Guerrero

Connect With Us

Angeles Maldonado, PhD
On Disruption and Violence

Angeles Maldonado

On Disruption and Violence, by Dr. Angeles Maldonado, was presented as part of the local keynote panel, Community Action and Immigration Justice on February 25, 2017.

A Short Interview with Ioan Grillo

Ioan Grillo

Author of Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America, Mr. Grillo was our featured global keynote speaker for the 2017 Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival. His talk, entitled "Drugs, Narco Wars, and Us," took place on February 26, 2017.

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  • Cafe Lalibela
  • Common Good Web Design
  • Mario Etsitty
  • Green New Vegetarian
  • School for the Future of Innovation in Society
  • School of Social Transformation
  • College of Public Service & Community Solutions
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)
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