Call for Proposals 2019 Forum and Festival • ASU - Tempe • February 22 - 24, 2019


Radical Imaginations

Call for Participants

Due January 18, 2019

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. We welcome submissions concerning issues that include:

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

WHO?  We are looking for participants and grassroots organizations who can share ideas, tell stories, and offer insights about organizing and strengthening alliances in the struggle for radically different futures.

FORMAT?  We accept proposals in the form of talks, panel discussion, performances, or skill-shares that share your perspectives and methods for creating just outcomes and different possibilities for all our community members.

WHEN & WHERE?  All forms of participation will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Arizona State University, Tempe campus.

HOW?  Submit your idea via the form links below by January 18, 2019

We seek proposals that 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?

Questions?  Please contact Jen Richter at

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