Radical Imaginations 2019 Forum and Festival • ASU - Tempe • February 22 - 24, 2019

radical imaginations

2019 Theme: Radical Imaginations

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:

  • • a world without borders
  • • criminal justice
  • • educational justice
  • • economic justice
  • • health care justice
  • • technological access
  • • Indigenous rights
  • • sustainable environments
  • • gender & sexual justice

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:

  1. 1. What are alternative ways of thinking, organizing, and acting that will help create systematic and systemic changes? How can we envision completely different ways of existing with each other peacefully and equitably?
  2. 2. How can past movements that seemed radical at first inspire present and future political movements?
  3. 3. How do you stay optimistic and hopeful in difficult political times? What are practices of self-care for mental, spiritual, and physical health?
  4. 4. What work is needed to create alliances for transformative change and how can we build and strengthen them?

WHEN & WHERE?  Forum & Festival activities will take place February 22 - 24, 2019
See the PROGRAM SCHEDULE below for locations and additional information.

Program Schedule

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

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Friday  •  February 22, 2019  •  6:00 - 9:00 PM

FREE light refreshments and entertainment.

Phoenix Hostel • 1026 North 9th Street • Phoenix. AZ 85006    Map & Directions    More Information


Mario Etsitty

catering by

Mario Etsitty • The Rez, an Urban Eatery

Free vegetarian food with a Navajo flair.


artist Lauren Kennedy

The Art of Radical Imaginations • Lauren Kennedy

artist Lauren Espinoza

Poetry Reading • Lauren Espinoza


Artificial Red logo

Performance by

Artificial RedRandy Kemp, flute and Dean Yazzie, guitar

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."

Musician Max Funke

Performance by

Max Funke

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!


Saturday  •  February 23, 2019  •  8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Farmer Education Bulding • COOR Hall • ASU Tempe Campus

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9:30 - 10:15 AM


Events taking place all morning on Saturday

Student Education Center

Pranic Healing® Workshops

Pranic Healing®

Farmer Atrium

Social Media for Justice

Stop by Farmer Atrium to make a sign for a cause you belive in, and snap a selfie to post on social media.

9:30 - 10:15 AM


COOR 195

Is Your Activism Accessible to the People You are Advocating For?

Yewande-Theresa Lewis Undergraduate Student, School of Social Transformation, ASU

Working with Indigenous Communities

Sharon Singer Justice Studies, ASU

COOR L1-84

Is it Time for a Constitutional Convention

Victor Aronow Attorney-at-Law, National Lawyers Guild

COOR 186

Radical Community Connection and Purple Carrot Gardens

Sylvia Boutilier, J.D.

ED 130

Beyond Borders

Richard Starling Executive Director, Arizona Community Land Trust

Imagining Radical Communities

Mike Sliwa Chasing a Different Carrot: A Manifesto for the Predicament of Privilege

COOR 184

Creating an Oasis where there once was a desert

Joshua Vincent Holum Press

Foraging Walk and Discussion ALL AGES

Ian the Vedge Seven Plants Foraging

9:30 - 11:15 AM


COOR 170

American Circumcision

Rood Andersson National Organization of Restoring Men - Phoenix Chapter

10:30 - 11:15 AM


COOR 186

Neurodecolonization: Decolonizing Your Mind Through Mindfulness

Delphina Thomas (Diné), Justice Studies PhD Student, ASU

Robert Johnson Phoenix Dharma Punx

COOR 195

The Ballad or the Beat (Black Dialogue): Black Music and the African Resistance Aesthetic

Tafari Osayande Justice Studies, ASU

COOR L1-84

Foreign Language Education as Bottom-Up Social Justice

Dr. Paul Reniger Multi-Language School (UML), Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Cradle-to-Prison-Pipeline: The Role of Early Childhood Educators

Dr. Flora Farago Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Eva Marie Shivers Indigo Cultural Center

COOR L1-84

Parenting an Opioid Addict

Connie Gannon

ED 130

We Can Create a True Democracy with New Technology

Warren Egmond

Advancements in Technology Enabling Scalable Peer to Peer Mutual Aid

Mike Baysek, Stepwyze, and Greater Phoenix Mutual Aid, Prosperity and Safety Society

Tabling Area

Transcendence: Performance of an Original Spoken Word Piece

Wyld the Bard (a.k.a., Phillip Scruggs) Justice Studies Masters student and poet, rapper and performing artist

COOR L1-10

Effecive Global Climate Action: Empowered Citizens

Citizens Climate Lobby


Can You Teach a Dog to Read? All Ages

Drs. Terri and Copper Hlava

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM


COOR 120

Community Art Serves as a Pathway for Inter-generational Immigrant Storytelling

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)

COOR 186

Building Community in a World on Fire – Bystander Intervention and Engaging Men in Sexual Violence Prevention

Brett Goldberg Justice Studies, ASU

COOR 184

Towards Total Revolution: Insights From Bodhgaya Land Struggle of the Late 1970s in Bihar, India

Dr. Indulata Prasad Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation, ASU

Intimate Partner Violence and Zimbabwean Women

Shantel Marekera Justice Studies, ASU; Rhodes Scholar

ED 130

Decolonizing Systems Thinking: Learning Who is Harmed by Our Water System

Salina Begay, Glenna Begay, Rena Babbit Lane, Mary Lane, Zena Lane, Sarra Tekola

COOR 195

Youth Panel

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.

ED Student Center

Pranic Healing®: Using Energy to Accelerate Physical and Emotional Healing

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Special Events

Playground Area - ALL AGES

Animals Have Rights Too!

Dr. Aysegul Ciyer and Milka

Aysegul Ciyer and her dog Milka will share books and children's activities about animal rights.

Tutu Much CO2!

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

12:30 - 1:45 PM



Join us in the Farmer Atrium for a FREE vegetarian lunch and entertainment!
Green New American Vegetarian


Synapse Renisha Clara

Synapse and Renisha Clara

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."

2:00 - 3:15 PM


EDC 117

Social Justice and Radical Imaginations

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.

Arthur Montoya

Arthur Montoya

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.

Eva Putzova

Eva Putzova

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.

Faheem Hussain

Faheem Hussain

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.

Beth Lewis

Beth Lewis

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.

3:30 - 4:30 PM


Attend one of our workshops to learn how to create, join, support, and sustain social activism for your community!

Arthur Montoya

coor 195

Transforming Education Through Restorative Practice

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.

Tejaswi Linge Gowda

ED 130

Digital Privacy for Empowered Individuals

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

coor 184

Community Empowerment through Connectivity

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 Jon Dunn

coor 186

Can we fix the police? Abolition vs. Reform

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.


Sunday  •  February 24, 2019  •  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  •  Farmer Atrium

DIRECT ACTION • solidarity with asylum seekers

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.

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