This year’s theme, Radical Imaginations, asks participants at the 2019 Local to Global Justice Forum & Festival (February 22-24, 2019) to re-imagine our communities as radically different from our present political, environmental, and economic context. When we use the word "radical," we mean a complete change in the status quo that challenges systemic and structural injustices in relation to power dynamics, traditional (and divisive) political identities, and embodied activism. Imagining these changes is a critical step in creating alternative political identities and goals that will make our world a more equitable and fair place.
We envision Local to Global Justice as a space for community activists to gather freely and exchange these radical imaginations of different futures where structural injustices have been recognized and addressed. For instance, abolitionists and suffragettes envisioned radically different futures that seemed impossible in the 1800s but are embraced today. Issues will include, but are not limited to the following:
WHO? Individuals and grassroots organizations will share ideas, tell stories, and offer insights about organizing and strengthening alliances in the struggle for radically different futures.
WHAT? Talks, panel discussion, performances, and skill-shares that offer perspectives and methods for creating just outcomes and different possibilities for all our community members and help us think through the following questions:
WHEN & WHERE? Forum & Festival activities will take place February 22 - 24, 2019
See the PROGRAM SCHEDULE below for locations and additional information.
Keynotes, panels, workshops, and entertainment will be added to this page as each is confirmed.
Click on tabs below for Forum & Festival daily program information:
FREE light refreshments and entertainment.
Free vegetarian food with a Navajo flair.
Songs of past and present. Songs and spoken word that tells the story of Native people, who live in the world today with all its uncertainty and issues. Within which, they continue to be grounded and know what they have as a people: traditions and prayers; to heal, encourage and advocate for one another. With that notion, our generation and future generations, remember: "We are still here, We are still creating, We are ever evolving."
Max Funke, activist musician from Austria, is travelling the world to touch it with his unique voice, guitar and improvisation. Whether touring Europe, singing around a campfire or in the streets, he touches people’s hearts with songs about the joy of life, revolution, people and nature. Max Funke is a singer songwriter, who performs rock, reggae, ska and rap and has recorded two albums, including one with his band Maja. We are delighted he will be in Phoenix and part of opening night!
Farmer Education Bulding • COOR Hall • ASU Tempe Campus
Events taking place all morning on Saturday
Stop by Farmer Atrium to make a sign for a cause you belive in, and snap a selfie to post on social media.
Yewande-Theresa Lewis Undergraduate Student, School of Social Transformation, ASU
Sharon Singer Justice Studies, ASU
Victor Aronow Attorney-at-Law, National Lawyers Guild
Sylvia Boutilier, J.D.
Richard Starling Executive Director, Arizona Community Land Trust
Mike Sliwa Chasing a Different Carrot: A Manifesto for the Predicament of Privilege
Joshua Vincent Holum Press
Ian the Vedge Seven Plants Foraging
Rood Andersson National Organization of Restoring Men - Phoenix Chapter
Delphina Thomas (Diné), Justice Studies PhD Student, ASU
Robert Johnson Phoenix Dharma Punx
Tafari Osayande Justice Studies, ASU
Dr. Paul Reniger Multi-Language School (UML), Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Dr. Flora Farago Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Eva Marie Shivers Indigo Cultural Center
Mike Baysek, Stepwyze, and Greater Phoenix Mutual Aid, Prosperity and Safety Society
Wyld the Bard (a.k.a., Phillip Scruggs) Justice Studies Masters student and poet, rapper and performing artist
Citizens Climate Lobby
Drs. Terri and Copper Hlava
Zoe Elisabeth Lacey PhD Gender Studies; Kira Olsen-Medina Sociology;
Brittany Romanello PhD Sociocultural Anthropology; Hugo Medina Artist / Educator;
Julin Lee International Relations; Angelica Penuelas Spanish (ASU Humanities Lab)
Brett Goldberg Justice Studies, ASU
Dr. Indulata Prasad Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation, ASU
Shantel Marekera Justice Studies, ASU; Rhodes Scholar
Salina Begay, Glenna Begay, Rena Babbit Lane, Mary Lane, Zena Lane, Sarra Tekola
Aneyssa Romo and Angelica Cesar; Panel Discussant: Brianna Weeks
Local to Global Forum and Festival is pleased to host ASU student activist leaders for an interactive panel discussion and dialogue event celebrating the critical and often underestimated role of youth in radically reimagining our society.
Dr. Aysegul Ciyer and Milka
Aysegul Ciyer and her dog Milka will share books and children's activities about animal rights.
Citizens Climate Lobby
Have you heard there is too much carbon dioxide in the air? We have a climate air pollution problem to fix, so let's get to work fixing it together! We will use newsprint or other previously-used materials that can be re-purposed to make tutus (things you wear ... to start conversations about the need to address climate change). This is creative work, and needs a mix of ages to work well, so if you are a younger person, bring a favorite older person, and if you are an older person, bring a favorite younger person
Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE vegetarian lunch and entertainment!
Green New American Vegetarian
Musical Performance • Farmer Atrium
Alton Lizer and Renisha Clara Lizer, better known as Synapse and Renisha Clara are a Hip Hop father/daughter duo of the Dine’ Nation who promote, foster and perpetuate the philosophies of Hip Hop culture. The duo motivate communities to express their inner voices moved by freedom of thought and tell inexpressible stories through raps by touching base on truth, without the glorification of the rather toxic. "We have to always remember that the DJ’s were the first to emerge, then it was the MC. This gives us the indication that we must listen as much or sometimes more than we speak."
This keynote panel will explore social justice issues using the idea of radical imaginations. Join us for an exciting set of speakers who will discuss their experiences and radical imaginings of the future ranging from immigration policy, fair living wages, Rohingya refugees and digital access, and quality education for all.
Director, Phoenix Restorative Justice Center
Arthur Montoya has a master’s degree from NAU in Education/Counseling and a second master’s degree from Ottawa University in Professional Counseling. He spent ten years working as an investigator for Child Protective Service both in Chicago, IL and in Phoenix, AZ and also worked as a Child and Family Therapist for over fifteen years specializing in substance abuse and trauma. He became the director of the Phoenix Restorative Justice Center in September of 2017 and has partnered with the Balsz School District working in restorative justice practices at Griffith School. He is experienced in mediations and leading peace circles in the classroom, and also has over twenty years’ experience in doing trainings in conflict resolutions skills, parenting skills, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma.
National Communications and Technology Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Eva Putzova grew up in Slovakia, became a U.S. citizen in 2007, got elected to the Flagstaff City Council in 2014, led successful campaigns raising Flagstaff's minimum wage to $15.50, and is now running for Congress to represent Arizona in Congressional District 1. As a National Communications and Technology Director for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, she works to raise wages and improve working conditions for the nation’s 13 million restaurant workers.
School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU
Faheem Hussain is a member of the teaching faculty for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University. Before joining ASU, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Society, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at State University of New York, Korea. His research interests include: Development for Displaced Population, Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development, Digital Afterlife, Social Media, Digital Rights, Telecommunication Policy, Gender Empowerment using STEM, and Sustainable Development Goals. He has been involved as a technology policy specialist in various research projects with a number of United Nations organizations, international development agencies, and international think tanks in the fields of Technology, Public Policy, and Development. Faheem Hussain's present research encompasses evidence-based research on the multidimensional effects of Technology in Society, focusing on the digital rights of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Director, Save Our Schools Arizona
Beth Lewis is the Director of Save Our Schools Arizona, a grassroots group fighting for strong public schools for a strong Arizona. She has proudly taught 5th and 6th grade in Arizona for 9 years, and was honored as a Rodel Exemplary teacher. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Education from ASU. Her 6- and 7-year olds are thriving in AZ's public schools.
Attend one of our workshops to learn how to create, join, support, and sustain social activism for your community!
Arthur Montoya Phoenix Restorative Justice Center
Our session will focus on reimagining school culture including school discipline in relation to the school to prison pipeline. We will discuss practices aimed at transforming school culture from the traditional punitive model to adopting a more restorative mindset that emphasizes equity and community through conflict resolution. We will explore issues of power and conflict using the mediation process and peace circle processes with material for practical application in a classroom or community setting.
Dr. Tejaswi Linge Gowda Faculty Associate, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU
Discover the latest tools to protect your privacy from anyone trying to steal, sell, or collect your data or to use it to manipulate you. Bring your laptops, tablets, and phones, and we will lead you through installing the latest tools for digital privacy.
Lauren Kennedy MEd, BA Cultural Anthropology, Cesar Chavez Leadership Academy K-8 Art Educator, Design Empowerment Workshop Youth Engagement Coordinator, Yoga Teacher, Health Coach, Artist
Are you seeking to increase your impact on your community? At this interactive workshop, Lauren will share lessons learned about self-care and community development that have fueled her well-being and ability to empower youth in South Phoenix through collaboration. Be prepared to engage in purposeful self-reflection and interdisciplinary discussion to walk away with a plan to deepen connection to yourself and your community.
Adrian Groenendyk and Jon Dunn
The police in Arizona are among the most fatal in America (and the world). In order to effectively organize against structural violence from militarized policing, it is necessary to understand the role of police in American culture. This history is founded on slavery, colonization, and the formation of classed society during urban development. Although the institution of police has evolved drastically, it still represents the racialized oppression and criminalization of poverty which it was founded upon. The central role of police in modern society, their increasingly bloated budgets and militarization, and increased governmental reliance on police for solving structural inequalities rooted in race and poverty makes the task of dismantling the police seem impossible. But there are things we can all do to limit their power and re-imagine the role of the police in our communities. Here we cover some practical ways to increase police accountability and minimize their violence.
Please donate warm clothing for all ages, backpacks, small rolling suitcases, new packages of underwear and socks (all sizes) and toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and other personal care items). Other needed items include small children’s toys, children’s books, and diapers. Bring items to Friday or Saturday events or to donation bins in Wilson Hall at ASU, available the week of February 18.
We’ll organize care kits on Sunday. These provisions will support asylum seekers escaping violence in Central America. Government officials drop these migrants at the Phoenix bus station, leaving the asylum seekers to try and unite with family members or friends living in the United States. Migrants typically arrive to Phoenix with little to no belongings or money. A small network of Phoenix churches and other groups have responded with short-term stays and needed items.
Over 5,000 asylum seekers have passed through Phoenix since October 2018. The need is great and you can help! Donate items and learn more about how you can provide other support while attending Local to Global Justice events.