|12:00–1:30pm||BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM: SHARING 2017 CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES AMONG WORKING ORGANIZERS|
|Third Floor - Large Open Room||Building an Ecosystem||Rachel Kuo, with a presentation by GrafNYC.org|
We'll draw on each other’s experiences and knowledges in an interactive group mapping activity of NYC that identifies and marks (A) ongoing and emerging organizing issues and events, (B) targeted people and places as sites of protest and as resources, and (C) patterns and connections of different issues. In locating potential multi-issue campaigns, we'll begin working in small groups to locate ongoing work people can join, brainstorm potential partnerships, and make a resource list. From there, participants will draft a multimedia campaign. The goal of this workshop is to think about movements and media activism strategically. Food will be provided.
|1:30–2:50pm||CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK ONE|
|First Floor||Theatre of the Oppressed||Max Freedman, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC|
Created by Augusto Boal (inspired by Paulo Freire), Theatre of the Oppressed is a set of creative tools used by activists and organizers all over the world since the early 1970s. In this introductory workshop, we will use T.O. games to analyze institutional, interpersonal, and internalized oppression, and discuss how these activities can be used to imagine and organize for change.
|Second Floor (2A)||Visioning for Black Lives under Trump||Karl Kumodzi, Black Youth Project 100|
|Second Floor (2B - Library)||Mental Health on the Frontlines: Rising Up Without Burning Out||Emily Allan, Sascha DuBrul, Sarah Quinter, Jazmine Russell, and Rebecca Stabile, Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA)|
How can we cultivate mental health in the midst of increasing structural violence, uncertainty and despair? How can we sustainably practice mutual and self care within our resistance movements? What resources currently exist for those who are struggling? In this workshop, we will identify threats to our emotional wellbeing in the current political climate and discuss ways to build and sustain networks of support. We will reshape our understandings of mental health not according to restrictive notions, but rather, by our visions for personal and collective change and liberation.
|Third Floor - Large Open Room||Tenants Rights||Andrea Shapiro, Met Council On Housing|
We are entering an era with a slumlord in the White House and a Republican State Senate. NYC tenants have been fighting Trump since the 1980s when he got started destabilizing apartments. Learn your rights as a tenant so that you can fight back against your own landlord and fight gentrification.
|Boycott and Divestment as Tactics||Allison Brown, Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel|
This workshop is for people interested in boycott and divestment as tactics to achieve change. Through the lens of recent campaigns in solidarity with Palestine, members of Adalah-NY will present on boycott and divestment as tools to create pressure, the process of selecting a campaign target, and elements of a successful campaign. We’ll also look at the 2005 Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) and the importance of accountability in solidarity organizing. Lastly, there will be time for participants to discuss boycott and divestment in relation to their work.
|Food Stamps & Public Assistance||Emily Frank, Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center|
Learn about the qualifications required to receive food stamps, public assistance, help with rental arrears, and other government benefits available to New Yorkers. Know your rights when you run into issues with your benefits and how you can represent yourself at fair hearings. Inglés y español.
|Youth on the March||Amanda Jimenez, Anakbayan-NY|
Youth on the March clarifies the actions, direction, and perspective of the progressive youth movement in our country and elsewhere in the world.
|10 min. break|
|3:00–4:20pm||CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK TWO|
|First Floor||Self-Defense Workshop||David, Fight Training @ The Base|
Fight Training is a free self defense program that occurs at a weekly basis @ The Base in Bushwick. Our classes cover a variety of styles and scenarios every Thursday & Sunday, as well as every other Monday for Women/Trans/GNC/NB folk.
|Second Floor (2A)||Nonviolence Divides Us||HOODS4JUSTICE|
This interactive workshop will explore the racist and patriarchal undertones of nonviolent resistance. We will open a dialogue about why nonviolent resistance is not applicable nor sustainable for those who are targeted and marginalized by the state. This workshop's goal is create alternative dialogues about prioritizing a diversity of goals versus using only nonviolent tactics.
|Second Floor (2B - Library)||Cop Watch||Rayn|
We will present on the role of the police and the state and the necessity of copwatch groups: how we function and the impact on the community.
|Third Floor - Large Open Room||Intro to Abolition Frameworks||Rahel Medkim, Black Youth Project 100|
|Privacy + Security for Non-Techies 101||Ron Suarez|
Be smarter than Hillary and Podesta. Install encrypted text messaging on your phone, use tools for changing secure passwords, learn about two-factor authentication and how to use the TOR browser to access the web anonymously. Bring your laptops, tablets, phones, etc.
|Web Security for Dissidents and Artists||Candace Williams|
Although web security seems daunting, there are basic concepts, tools, and strategies that artists and dissidents under siege can use to make better choices about how they secure online communications. This session includes an overview of messaging and email security strategies and time for conversation/Q&A about web security topics. By the end of the session, participants should be able to take 1-2 concrete web security steps. Bring your laptops, tablets, phones,
|Jail Support 101||Jaime Taylor and Stephanie Shockley|
Jail support -- tracking people through the system while they are in police custody and providing support when they are released -- is the often-overlooked last step of any direct action. This training will empower you to (A) take on the jail support role for your friends and comrades; and (B) assist with jail support for mass mobilizations in NYC.
|10 min. break|
|4:30–5:50pm||CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK THREE|
|First Floor||Living with Radical Joy||Chiquita Williams|
One of the things denied to traditionally oppressed people is the right to experience joy. We are often so busy trying to survive that we forget to take care of ourselves and pursue things that will make us happy. This workshop will discuss the necessity of claiming joy as an act of resistance to oppression, including small strategies anyone can employ to experience the pleasures of everyday life.
|First Floor - Nave||Bystander Intervention Training||Rachel Levy|
Bystander intervention and de-escalation are a series of tools that can be consciously employed to defuse volatile situations. In this interactive workshop, bystander intervention and de-escalation will be presented in the context of self-defense and harm reduction. Students will identify verbal and non-verbal techniques and tactics de-escalate conflict. Students will also learn the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. All of these tactics will be presented in tandem with the importance of larger scale community organizing and alternatives to policing.
|Second Floor (2A)||Language Justice 101||Lu, Ernesto, Aldo, Language Justice Project|
Language Justice 101 is a workshop designed to raise awareness and provide tools for inclusive multilingual spaces in bottom-up people's organizing, where speakers of all languages and language varieties can participate actively in the process of building people power fostering spaces for true participation.
|Second Floor (2B - Library)||Artivism: How To Use Your Talents to Protest||Natalie Lifson|
As the producer of "Orange Is The New President," a political arts protest that will took place on Saturday, Jan 7, I will teach others how to use their own artistic strengths to make a difference. Styles will include original political one acts, sketch comedy, stand-up, music, spoken word, and dance.
|Third Floor - Large Open Room||Hacking Capitalism: Divesting, Debt & Ethical Money Management|
Hadassah Damien, Ride Free Fearless Money / Femmetech / Heels on Wheels
In Hacking Capitalism, we take the concept of workaround from hacking, and anti-capitalist values to motivate and instruct us on how to move past freezing and fear into positive action around money. You'll get specific resources and strategies on how to divest into banks that are more ethical, to deal with debt, and think about your finances from a holistic, movement-inclusive perspective. We'll talk about class, white privilege, intersectionality and feminism to ground our work in the wisdom of marginalization.
|Organizing 1-on-1||Max Cohen|
What black freedom organizer Ella Baker called “spadework” is the often painstaking, but deeply effective task of speaking with just one person or just a few people at a time, to hear their grievances and persuade them to join a movement. Doing this isn’t self-explanatory, but it isn’t difficult either if done in an effective way. This workshop will explore how to use storytelling and relationship-building as part of a strategic method to build membership/participation in your group or movement, and support for it.
|Protest Health & Safety||Miriam Rosenberg Rocek, Street Medics|
We will deal with treating pepper spray injuries, preparing for protests, and keeping yourself and your comrades safe and healthy.
|10 min. break|
|6:00–7:00pm||DINNER & CLOSING REFLECTIONS|
|Third Floor - Large Open Room||Dinner||Courtesy of the Mayday Kitchen Collective|
|First Floor - Nave||How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection|
Speakers from Quebec, J20 Women's Strike in D.C., and Movimiento Cosecha
Over the past decade, calls for general strikes have become a recurrent feature of the social movement landscape in the United States. In some cases, these have led to mass actions involving thousands or millions of workers. In others, they have largely failed to materialize beyond Facebook event pages. As we head into an era of right-wing control of all three branches of the federal government, increased erosion of civil rights and the right to organize, and intensified attacks on workers, women, people of color, LGBTQ, and muslims, what can a look at the past ten years of mass mobilizations tell us about how to build and exert power without friends in high places? In this panel discussion, organizers from mass strike mobilizations of the past ten years will share their reflections on what worked and what didn't, so that we can fight to win in the intense years ahead. Join this panel discussion on the past and future of resistance with organizers from the May Day 2015 illegal strike of over 25,000 public sector workers in Quebec, the J20 Womens Strike organized by National Womens' Liberation, and Movimiento Cosecha's initative to win dignity and respect for immigrants by building toward mass civil disobedience and a general strike. Moderated by Professor Immanuel Ness.
Starr Bar (214 Starr St nearby)
|With DJ Ripley and Riobamba|