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Saturday, July 28 • 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Seizing Power, Organizing Utopia: Municipalist lessons from the Pacific NW

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While revered for its radical activism and progressive politics, the Pacific Northwest is also a hotbed of some of the nation’s most violent institutional racism and repression, proving it a difficult region to organize across the spectrum. 

Since the presidential election, a new municipalist tendency has emerged, dissolving barriers between typically separatist Left-oriented groups. A handful of critical groups and organizers have been paving the path for effective collaboration in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. These groups root their organizing ideals in social ecology, creating the commons, municipalism, and just transitions by utilizing tools within and outside of traditional power structures. Collectively, they are imagining the next systems and creating spaces to build our world anew.

This session will be hosted by leaders from the Pacific Northwest’s growing municipal networks: The Portland-Metro People’s Coalition, Portland Assembly, Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, Olympia Solidarity Network, Olympia Assembly, Demand Utopia and Abolish I.C.E (formerly OccupyICEpdx). After briefly sharing their organizational perspectives, panelists will break out into groups with attendees, each focused on exploring one of these different approaches, giving participants the opportunity to workshop their projects within their breakout group as we explore the parallels to local organizing in challenging climates across our different regions and throughout the world.

  • Adriane Ackerman, She/Her, Twitter: @adrianehere, @PDX_PeoplePower
  • Tyler Bee, He/Him/They, Twitter: @demandutopia
  • Paige Corallo, She/Her, Twitter: @OlySolNet
  • Reed Ingalls, He/Him, Twitter: @olympiaassembly 
  • Ami Sommariva, She/They, Twitter: @AmiSommariva
  • Justin Gifford, He/Him, Twitter: @captaingiffy1
  • Antonio Zamora: They/Him, Twitter: @OccupyICEPDX
  • Amanda Qu, She/Her, Twitter: @seattlenac

Affiliated Organizations:

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Adriane Ackerman

Adriane Ackerman’s contact card reads: Researcher, Rabble-rouser. She holds dual degrees in Political Science and Urban and Public Affairs from Portland State University and is pursuing her graduate education in Public Administration and Policy. After 15 years of large-group facilitation... Read More →

Tyler Bee

Community Organizer
Tyler Bee is a community organizer in the Portland area. They were involved in formulating the international solidarity network to support the Sept 9th International Prison Strike Against Prison Slavery in 2016. Since then then they have they have helped to found several grassroots... Read More →

Paige Corallo

Olympia Solidarity Network
Paige Corallo is a libertarian socialist who organizes with the Olympia Solidarity Network and Olympia Assembly. Her work focuses on coalescing direct action campaigns against slumlords and bosses with the Olympia Solidarity Network.
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Justin Gifford

Justin Gifford is a libertarian syndicalist and generally likes to pipe it up through direct action. He is an active labor union delegate and firm believer in collective bargaining. He is also honored to be an organizing member at Seattle Solidarity Network, the ACC Tenants Association... Read More →

Reed Ingalls

Reed Ingalls is a climate justice activist and co-founder of the Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, Olympia Assembly and Demand Utopia. He is trying his best to save the world but knows that he can’t do it alone. In addition to organizing, Reed studies restoration ecology and... Read More →
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Amanda Qu

Organizer, Neighborhood Action Coalition
Amanda Qu is an organizer with the Neighborhood Action Coalition in Seattle. Her work on houselessness in NE Seattle incorporates mutual aid and communal knowledge sharing, and she envisions a utopian future built on community-based health initiatives and prison/police abolition... Read More →

Ami Sommariva

Demand Utopia
Ami Sommariva, Ph.D. works with Demand Utopia to stimulate radical dreams and build sustainable communities that are rooted in the principles of social ecology. Facilitating collaborative and participatory learning is at the center of her work with both Demand Utopia and Portland... Read More →
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Antonio Zamora

Antonio Zamora is a Chicano activist, farmer, water protector, and extreme world backpacker. He also organizes sacred spaces for human rights and offers political strategy workshops. Antonio is a co-founder of Mass Vigils of Abolish ICE PDX.

Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

Attendees (14)