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Friday, July 27
 

11:00am

Symbiosis Network Gathering
This strategy session and network gathering will center Symbiosis' work to build a dual power movement for radical municipalism in North America and beyond.  We welcome new and existing partners in co-creating a continental confederation of organizations that advocate direct democracy and municipal empowerment. In this strategy session, we will share updates on our respective local work, assess progress toward the structuring and formal launch of the confederation, and collectively identify next steps.

Facilitators:
  • Eleanor Finley, she/her, @eleanorfinley16 
  • Kelly Roache, she/they, @kelly_c_roache
  • Katie Horvath, she/her, @katesville7 
  • John Michel Colón, he/him, @JMColony
  • Mason Herson-Hord, he/him, @mason_h2

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Finley

Eleanor Finley

Symbiosis
Eleanor Finley is a writer, speaker, activist, and radical municipalist. She is a member of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) and Steering Committee of Symbiosis. She has written about radical democracy in diverse contexts including the Kurdish freedom movement, the United States... Read More →
avatar for Mason Herson-Hord

Mason Herson-Hord

Symbiosis
Mason Herson-Hord is an organizer for Motor City Freedom Riders, building power with bus riders to fight for better public transportation in Metro Detroit. His main political and academic focuses are decolonization, radical feminism, and bioregionalism. He holds a bachelor's degree... Read More →
avatar for Katie Horvath

Katie Horvath

Symbiosis
Katie Horvath is a community organizer and writer who left institution-based organizing to work on building dual power with Symbiosis and creating the next system in Detroit. Her work has included leading a university divestment campaign, building local power in Detroit to win issues... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Roache

Kelly Roache

Symbiosis
Kelly Roache is a community organizer with the NY Energy Democracy Alliance and Solstice, building locally-owned shared solar energy infrastructure and the movement to advance it statewide. She is a former diplomat turned municipalist, Steering Committee member of Fearless Cities... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
5th Floor Room 502 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Participation Strategies for the Commons
After ten years in Madrid social movements (inside and outside the ballot box), learning from social squatting (horizontal deliberative structures), party movements (Podemos and Ahora Madrid) and now municipality institutional power (Collective Intelligence for Participatory Democracy Lab and Decide Madrid), we are starting to understand how to run Commons Politics and the deep meaning of rebirthing democracy. This workshop aims to make understood to party movement activist that their role is not to rule “new politics”, their role is to facilitate common people to run politics in a distributed and collaborative way. This is a workshop for “makers”, a practical workshop to make things happen.

Democratic Participation with broad inclusion is the key to open movements and institutions and to escape from ideological and activist ghettos. Common people know what they want, they just need access to data and time to deliberate, to make proposals and decide. They also need new internet participation technology to reduce the participatory gap. This workshop will show how to use hybrid technologies with digital platforms and social face to face mediation and facilitation to make things happen.

Insights:
  • Rebirthing democracy. Key democratic rights that municipal movements need to recover.
  • Right to talk and to propose. Digital participatory platforms to make people talk and propose. (based on Plaza Podemos and Decide Madrid experiences). Reducing the gap to participate.
  • Mapping and clustering participation and making bottom up proposing mechanism into a deliberative a collaborative intelligent process. Data scientist facilitation. (based on ParticipaLab experiments with Decide Madrid). 
  • Inclusion and decision. How to use mini publics and sortition to insert common people and excluded minorities in the decision processes. (G1000 Madrid and Observatorio de la Ciudad experiences)

Speakers
avatar for Yago Bermejo

Yago Bermejo

Director - ParticipaLab, Medialab-Prado
Yago Bermejo is the acting director of ParticipaLab, Collective Intelligence for Democracy Lab (@Participa_Lab) and coordinator of the project which connects Medialab-Prado with the Open Government, Participation and Transparency Area in the city of Madrid. ParticipaLab is centered... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA
  • about Yago Bermejo is the acting director of ParticipaLab, Collective Intelligence for Democracy Lab (@Participa_Lab) and coordinator of the project which connects Medialab-Prado with the Open Government, Participation and Transparency Area in the city of Madrid. ParticipaLab is centered on collaborative research around democratic innovation and directing deliberative tools for new participatory democratic processes. Much of the lab's work is connected to Decide Madrid, the direct citizen participatory platform of Madrid City Council.<br><br>Previously Yago Bermejo worked at LaboDemo.net, an organization focused on Internet democracy created after 15M movement. LaboDemo has created in Podemos party an entire strategy involving different tools with hundreds of thousands of people participating. He also worked with the D-CENT EU project designing collaborative legislation tools. Yago has served as a mentor and a speaker on various events: g0v.tw Summit in Taiwan, Future Innovation Forum in South Korea and LABICBR in Río de Janeiro, organized by SEGIB (Secretaría General Iberoamericana).

5:00pm

Open Assembly & Plenary
Four of the foremost thinkers and do-ers from various sectors of municipalist work guide a participatory assembly to open up the summit and ground us in our overarching goals for the weekend and explore our understanding of municipalism.

Nestora Salgado Garcia
Co-Founder, Community Authorities Community Police (CRAC – PC)
Senator, Senate of the Republic of Mexico
Olinala, Guerrero, Mexico
she/her

Gala Pin
Councilperson, Barcelona En Comu
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
she/her

Kali Akuno
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Cooperation Jackson
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
he/him

Debbie Bookchin
Author, Institute for Social Ecology 
New York, New York, United States of America
she/her

Speakers
avatar for Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno

Co-founder, Co-director, Cooperation Jackson
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Bookchin

Debbie Bookchin

Journalist and Author, Institute for Social Ecology
Debbie Bookchin is an author and award-winning investigative journalist. She has written for The Atlantic, The Nation, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Roar Magazine, and numerous other publications. She has been a featured speaker focusing on social ecology and radical... Read More →
avatar for Nestora Salgado García

Nestora Salgado García

Senator from Guerrero, Senate of the Republic of Mexico
Nestora Salgado García is a human rights defender and community leader from the state of Guerrero, Mexico, where she has worked to protect indigenous rights, and in particular the right of indigenous peoples' to self-determination.Already a mother of two at eightheen, she immigrated without... Read More →
avatar for Gala Pin

Gala Pin

Councilor of the Barcelona City Council, Barcelona en Comu
Gala Pin Ferrando ( Valencia , February 22, 1981 ) Degree in Philosophy, is a specialist in digital communication, linked to the defense of rights and freedoms in the network citizen activist from the neighborhood movement against evictions and against what has been cal... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Greenberg Lounge 40 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10003

8:30pm

Tour and conversation with Mayday Space
Mayday Space is a Bushwick, Brooklyn-based hub for radical organizing, community building, and popular education. Come for a brief tour, presentation, and discussion about the role of collectively-run spaces in our movement eco-system.

Note: there will a crew of Fearless Cities-goers coming to Mayday Space immediately following the opening assembly. After the visit we will walk 10-minutes to Starr Bar, Mayday's social justice nightlife sister space and the location of the Fearless Cities Friday night party (Starr Bar serves food too!)

Address:
176 St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn 11237

Friday July 27, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Mayday Space 176 St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn 11237
 
Saturday, July 28
 

9:00am

Language Justice in the Multilingual City
Language justice and multilingual spaces have become a central piece of grassroots organizing in New York City. We see this in the growth of the organizing base and the level of engagement of predominantly Spanish-speaking communities. In this workshop we will discuss how language justice can be used as a framework and a set of tools that can increase the participation and inclusion of decision-making in the communities most impacted by local decisions/politics.  
We will share examples of successful campaigns that have built multilingual movements for justice in NYC and have thus democratized their organizations, community based institutions, and school districts.  We will also share how using popular education we have been able to move institutions away from the concept of Language Access (used in government agencies) which treat community members only as recipients of information, needing to be educated, and assimilated, into language justice, which centers self-determination and power analysis as a key starting point to shift power dynamics.

Featuring:
  • Patri GonzálezRamírez (They/Ellx/Elli/Ella) 
  • Telesh Lopez (She/Ella)
  • Maria Garcia (She/Ella)

Affiliated Organization: 
  • Caracol Language Cooperative (IG: caracol.languagecoop)



Speakers
avatar for Patri González-Ramírez

Patri González-Ramírez

Patri, Telesh and Maria are worker owners of Caracol Language Cooperative, where they work to create spaces of language justice through out New York City. They are translators and interpreters who believe that language justice is central to social justice, and that worker-ownership... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Meeting Room A 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

At Home in the World: Building Sustainable, Equitable Cities
This presentation addresses the diverse challenges facing US cities, explores opportunities for moving forward with just and sustainable solutions, and is intended to stimulate conversation that looks at housing from a broad and inclusive perspective.

John Whitlow addresses approaches to combating gentrification and displacement in New York City, using the recently-enacted right to counsel as a starting point. The right to counsel guarantees tenants facing eviction the right to an attorney, but to what extent does it disturb the paradigm of market-driven urbanization that has altered the race and class composition of so many of the city's neighborhoods? The presentation will look at widening inequalities and hyper-gentrification in New York City, and will chart a policy path that challenges the neoliberal political-economic and governance framework that has been in place in the city since the mid-1970s.

Emily Johnston engages housing from both a climate perspective--because people in walkable urban neighborhoods have half the average carbon footprint, and because climate change will mean that some cities grow rapidly in coming years, as others become less livable--and from an equity perspective, because low- and middle-income folks are often priced out of neighborhoods as transit and services come in. We'll begin to sort through the options for, and barriers to, housing everyone who wants to live in our growing cities.…and how we can change things fast enough to prevent dystopia in a changing climate.

Presenters:
  • John Whitlow, he/him, @zhionny74
  • Emily Johnston, she/her, @enjohnston

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Emily Johnston

Emily Johnston

350 Seattle
Emily Johnston is a founder and core member of the grassroots climate group 350 Seattle, where her recent focus has been the development of an equity-focused housing campaign. She's also an essayist and poet (her book, Her Animals, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award... Read More →
avatar for John Whitlow

John Whitlow

CUNY's Community & Economic Development Clinic
John Whitlow is an Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Law, where he teaches primarily in the Community & Economic Development (CED) Clinic. The CED Clinic works within a law and organizing framework to address structural inequalities in New York City through strategic litigation... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Strategies for Reclaiming Land for Communities
Across the nation, communities are taking their fate into their own hands. Our workshop brings together community-based organizations from Buffalo and New York City who are making real progress in leveraging community power, keeping land in the hands of The People, and permanently removing land from the speculative market. This is a space for organizers working to establish community land trusts and other forms of democratically-controlled housing and land to build community, share triumphs and roadblocks, and troubleshoot strategies for decommodifying land and housing.

Featuring:
  • India Walton, Community Organizer, Open Buffalo
  • Marina Ortiz, board member of the East Harlem El Barrio CLT

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Marina Ortiz

Marina Ortiz

Board Member, East Harlem El Barrio CLT
Marina Ortiz, board member of the East Harlem El Barrio CLT.Born and raised in East Harlem/El Barrio and the South Bronx, Marina Ortiz has drawn from her experience as a stateside Puerto Rican woman to craft a versatile body of work that includes journalism, photography, spoken word... Read More →
avatar for India Walton

India Walton

India Walton, Community Organizer, Open BuffaloIndia Walton is a native and lifelong resident of the “city she loves,” Buffalo, N.Y. She is the proud mother of four awesome sons. Walton graduated from Buffalo Public Schools, Erie Community College and is pursuing a master’s... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Conference Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Elections 101 for Municipalists
Elections are won by the campaign that motivates the most people to show up and vote. Working backwards from a successful election-day effort, we will examine how to achieve victory. We’ll explore the practical elements needed to get more votes: voter persuasion, identification/outreach, voter turnout and registration, campaign and candidate visibility, message dissemination and polling – and the role of an effective volunteer organization. Strategically, we’ll examine campaign message and how to motivate people to vote for us: analyze the electorate, identify and motivate our natural base, messages/themes that persuade voters, contrasting ourselves with our opponents, and the importance of coalition building and endorsements to expand beyond our natural base. We'll also discuss how to “broadcast” our messages to voters (leaflets, ads, public events, social media, and press events—including strategies for working with the media). Finally, we'll look at the infrastructure needed for a successful election campaign: volunteer organization, fundraising and campaign staff. While covering the above topics we’ll dialogue about your challenges and successes and learn from each other. The goal of the presentation is to provide attendees with practical approaches they can take back to their own grassroots election campaign efforts.

Presenters:
  • Jim Schumacher, he/him
  • Debbie Bookchin, she/her, @debbiebookchin

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Bookchin

Debbie Bookchin

Journalist and Author, Institute for Social Ecology
Debbie Bookchin is an author and award-winning investigative journalist. She has written for The Atlantic, The Nation, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Roar Magazine, and numerous other publications. She has been a featured speaker focusing on social ecology and radical... Read More →
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Jim Schumacher

Jim Schumacher has 20 years of experience in political organizing and election campaign management at a grassroots level. Running twice for City Council in Burlington, Vermont in the 1980s, he became campaign manager for Bernie Sanders' successful mayoral re-election campaign (1987... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Organizing Across Boundaries: Labour, Race and Disability Justice
This interactive session bridges conversations between Black organizers and planners in Toronto and Hamilton working with communities on the margins from the perspectives of labour, gender, and disability. The session will also facilitate a collective discussion on some of the pressing opportunities and challenges that we face in our local organizing today. By the end of the session, participants will create a protocol for how to embed the intersections of economic, racial, and disability justice into their local organizing and planning.

Kumsa: This presentation will take you on a journey through the 10 year campaign of Rexdale Rising and discuss some of the successes and challenges along the way.
Sarah: This session will be for organizers, activists, and policy makers who would like  to know how to organize with a framework of disability justice. It will go over the brief history of disability justice, and help us to unpack the ways in which our grassroots or municipal work can exclude some of the most vulnerable populations.

Featuring:

Sarah Jama, She/Her
Email: sarah@djno.ca Twitter: SarahJama_

Kumsa Baker, He/Him
Email: kbaker@communitybenefits.ca Twitter: Kb_woke

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Kumsa Baker

Kumsa Baker

Kumsa Baker is Campaigns Manager at the Toronto Community Benefits Network. In 2017, Kumsa led the RexdaleRising Campaign for a Community Benefits Agreement at the Woodbine Casino in Toronto, He is community advocate for decent work and against hate organizing with the Toronto 15... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her lived experiences have fostered interests and a passion for community engagement, disability... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
5th Floor Room 502 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

The Revolution in Participation: From Consul to vGov
The last five years we have witnessed a revolution in the development of participatory tools at scale. Cities all around the world are launching successful experiments with new open source platforms like CONSUL. In this session, we will be talking with technologists and practitioners on the frontline of this revolution.

Featuring:
  • Audrey Tang (digital participant), she/her, Twitter: @audreyt
  • Rodrigo Cornejo, he/him, Twitter: @Rodrigo_Cornejo
  • Yago Bermejo, he/him, Twitter: @iacocoba, @Participa_LAB

Speakers
avatar for Yago Bermejo

Yago Bermejo

Director - ParticipaLab, Medialab-Prado
Yago Bermejo is the acting director of ParticipaLab, Collective Intelligence for Democracy Lab (@Participa_Lab) and coordinator of the project which connects Medialab-Prado with the Open Government, Participation and Transparency Area in the city of Madrid. ParticipaLab is centered... Read More →
avatar for Rodrigo Cornejo

Rodrigo Cornejo

Wikipolitica - Jalisco, Mexico
Former independent candidate for the Federal Chamber of Deputies in Mexico, running an almost all-volunteer effort through a network of independent, grassroots candidates. Spokesman for the #YoSoy132 protest movement during 2012 and voice that highlighted the importance of net neutrality... Read More →
avatar for Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Civic Hacker, Taiwan’s Digital Minister
A civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister, Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

NetWars: Wielding Decentralized Power
Power is evolving. In an increasingly networked world, how can social movements build decentralized power, and just as importantly, how do we defend it - and go on the offensive -  once we inevitably come into conflict with powerful forces who want to stop us? 

In this interactive session, we will explore together what it means for networks of power to battle each other, and how using decentralized network theory can offer activists a wider set of strategic possibilities than we may normally consider. 

Purpose
Identify shared resources that social movements are using 
Establish a collective understanding of what is needed for a healthy network 
Shift network understanding of what “conflict” means in a networked world
Provide strategy and tactics to shift power across your network 
Clarity around the landscape that we share with our allies and our opponents 

Outcome 
Have a collective toolkit of shared resources
Have an understanding of what makes a healthy network 
Be able to assess the power of their network 
Be able to identify points of “defense” and “offense” across the spectrum of allies


Featuring:
  • Gan Golan, he/her, 
  • Sam Corbin, she/her, 
  • Tamara Shapiro, she/her
  • Kei Williams, they/them, 

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
avatar for Sam Corbin

Sam Corbin

Samantha is the Action and Trainings Director for Other 98%. She is also a lead trainer with The Ruckus Society, a founding member of the New York Action Network, co-founder of Occupy Sandy, and co-founder of Movement NetLab. She has delivered countless trainings in creative nonviolence... Read More →
avatar for Gan Golan

Gan Golan

Gan Golan is a NY Times bestselling author, artist, and activist. His books include the hit satire “Goodnight Bush” and critically-acclaimed “The Adventures of Unemployed Man.” His work combines grassroots community organizing with high-profile, media-genic public spectacles... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Shapiro

Tamara Shapiro

Tammy is a coordinator of Movement Netlab. Previously she was one of the lead coordinators of Occupy Sandy, the most effective citizen-led relief effort in U.S. history, as well as Rockaway Wildfire and Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives that emerged from it. She was also a lead strategist... Read More →
avatar for Kei Williams

Kei Williams

Kei Williams is a queer transmasculine identified designer, writer, and public speaker. A founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the aims of Kei's work is to transform global culture from the individual into a systemic analysis of structural racism. As Movement... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Meeting Room B 200 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Regional Solidarity Economy
Solidarity economy is a rejection of capitalism and its logic of wage labor and private property and the embrace of a new transformative framework for our economy. The solidarity economy is built on the principles of human-centered principles (solidarity, equity, participatory democracy, and pluralism) and recognizes the rights of Mother Earth. The US Solidarity Economy Network arose out of the US and World Social Forum processes to unite the alter-globalization movement against neoliberalism and for another world. In the past dozen years, the network has served as a place to exchange theory and practice, to offer mutual aid, and to push together for transformation. Our latest campaign is building regional networks of solidarity economy, to adapt the Jackson-Kush model. We are inspired by the example of Cooperation Jackson and have extrapolated lessons that can be applied in diverse regions to build a solidarity economy.

Presenters:
  • Yvonne Yen Liu, she/her
  • Marcus Hill, he/him
  • Emily Kawano, she/her
  • Kali Akuno, he/him

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
avatar for Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno

Co-founder, Co-director, Cooperation Jackson
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Hill

Marcus Hill

Marcus Hill interest in local food systems has grown out of a blend of his public health (MPH, Yale ’08) and community organizing backgrounds, and centers on food justice. He believes that an effective local food movement can’t be separated functionally from food justice, and... Read More →
avatar for Emily Kawano

Emily Kawano

Coordinator, United States Solidarity Economy Network
Emily Kawano is Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which is seeking to create an engine for new, community-based job creation in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wellspring’s goal is to use anchor institution purchases to create a network of worker-owned businesses... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Yen Liu

Yvonne Yen Liu

Co-founder, Research Director, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne Yen Liu is the cofounder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that cultivates solidarity economies through data science, story-based strategy, and direct action. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Connecting Communities: Bridging the Gap Between Advocacy and Action
Hamilton is a mid-sized Canadian port city with deep roots in the steel industry and other heavy manufacturing. Historically a cradle of industrialization, Hamilton is undergoing a time of tremendous change whose highlights are a thriving healthcare and social service sector and a vibrant arts & culture scene, but whose lowlights include high rates of poverty, poor air quality and urban displacement.

Join Sarah, Kerry and Nrinder for an interactive workshop where participants are invited to examine a case study of environmental advocacy and community engagement. You will hear Kerry share her story of successes and failures in advocating for change in a community where she also feels disconnected at times - where even our best intentions can still lead to doing “for” the community rather than “with”.

Together with you, we’d like to explore what is possible on a municipal level to advance environmental justice that centres authentic engagement and collective leadership.

Featuring:
  • Sarah Jama, she/her
  • Kerry Le Clair, she/her
  • Nrinder Nann, she/her

Affiliated Organization:
  • Disability Justice Network of Ontario

Speakers
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Kerry Le Clair

Kerry Le Clair weaves together her professional background infreelance writing and editing, along with years of researchand outreach work for NGOs. As a community organizer, Kerry has focussedher time in Hamilton, Ontario on environmental advocacy and promotingpublic art from equity-seeking... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her lived experiences have fostered interests and a passion for community engagement, disability... Read More →
avatar for Nrinder Nann

Nrinder Nann

Nrinder Nann has spent the past twenty years helping develop theleadership potential of racialized and indigenous people in electoralpolitics and through organizing for social, economic, environmentaland healing justice.


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

¡Viva Loisaida! A case study in NYC municipalism
We will share about our experiences in a comprehensive community development effort in the NYC Loisaida community in the 70’s and 80’s. This case study offers valuable history about municipalist efforts in New York and also relates to ongoing struggles rooted therein. This panel will examine the sweat equity urban homesteading movement and the application of alternative technology and other forms of community empowerment in the Loisaida neighborhood of Manhattan. We will explore the ideas that underlay this movement, the potential and the limitations of these approaches, and relationship of those efforts to current efforts to reclaim part of the legacy of these important urban struggles.

Presenters:
  • Daniel Chodorkoff (he/him)
  • Linda Cohen (she/her) 
  • Chino Garcia (he/him)

Affiliated Organizations: 
  • Institute for Social Ecology (http://social-ecology.org/wp/)
  • The Collective for Community, Culture, and Environment  (https://collectiveforcce.com/)


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Chodorkoff

Daniel Chodorkoff

Institute for Social Ecology
Dan Chodorkoff, Ph.D is an urban anthropologist and activist who co-founded the Institute for Social Ecology with Murray Bookchin in 1974. He has been active in a wide range of social movements and urban struggles since the 1960's and is the author of ""Loisaida"", and ""The Anthropology... Read More →
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Linda Cohen

The Collective for Community, Culture, and Environment
Linda Cohen, community planner and long time housing organizer.Linda Cohen is an affiliate of The Collective for Community, Culture and Environment, LLC; and a long time community organizer and planner.
avatar for Chino Garcia

Chino Garcia

CHARAS
Chino Garcia is a long-time community organizer and co-founder of CHARAS.


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room A 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Fearless Women: Organized Responses to Gendered Violence
This panel will bring together women from feminist organizations and activist/research initiatives in Mexico and the United States who have taken part in a multiplicity of organized responses to violence inflicted upon women (from harassment and sexual violence to forced disappearance and femicide). They will address how any attempt to tackle the structural conditions of these phenomena demands putting into  question some of the dominant conceptual, spatial, and political geographies through which these manifestations of violence are usually understood and tackled. They will speak about the tension between grass-roots initiatives and demands emerging from the feminist  movement, and the appeal to instituted powers, from governments to international organizations.

Panelists: 
Norma Andrade, she/her
https://www.facebook.com/GrupoDeAccionDDHH/

Emanuela Borzacchiello, she/her
https://piedepagina.mx/bajo-la-piel-violencias-cruzadas.php

Farah Tanis, she/her
Twitter: @farahtanis1
blackwomensblueprint.org

Lorena Kourousias she/her
Twitter: @VIPMujeres
https://www.vipmujeres.org/

Moderator:
Chaumtoli Huq, she/her
@lawatmargins

Moderators
avatar for Chaumtoli Huq

Chaumtoli Huq

Chaumtoli Huq is the founder/Editor of an innovative law and media non-profit focused on law and social justice called Law@theMargins ( HYPERLINK "http://www.lawatthemargins.comwww.lawatthemargins.com). She is an Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law, which is public interest mission driven law school.  Huq has devoted her professional career to public service focusing on issues impacting low-income New Yorkers. In 2014, she was appointed as the General Counsel for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Norma Esther Andrade

Norma Esther Andrade

Educator by profession. Co-founder and former president of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa A.C. (May Our Daughters Return Home),  one of the pioneering organizations that brought together families of girls and women killed and disappeared in Juarez City. Since 2001, following the... Read More →
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Emanuela Borzacchiello

Emanuela Borzacchiello is a researcher and feminist journalist. In her research, she focuses on developing the relationship between contemporary social control practices, the manipulation of communication and femicide. She works at the crossroads of academia and journalism,  in an... Read More →
avatar for Lorena Kourousias

Lorena Kourousias

Lorena Kourousias is a Director of Economic Justice and Survival Programs at The Violence Intervention Program and is an alumni of Immigrant Civic Leadership Program 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis, is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence. Tanis is co-founder, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint working at the grassroots and institutional levels to address the spectrum of gender violence against women and girls in Black/African... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Crowdfunding for Stronger Smarter Cities
Join ioby, the only nonprofit crowdfunding platform invested in building long-term fundraising capacity by training city leaders and residents on the pros, cons, and how-to’s of crowdfunding for civic projects. ioby believes that the most effective way to reshape our cities' institutions is to give residents opportunities to meaningfully engage in the design, delivery, and financing of assets in public space.

In this workshop, ioby will demonstrate how cities can use crowdfunding tools to:

1) meaningfully engage residents in neighborhoods with long histories of disinvestment,
2) respond quickly and effectively to the real needs and ideas of residents, and
3) expand and deepen community engagement with a tight budget and scarce resources.

ioby's Leader Success Strategist, Jennifer Allen, will also answer any questions that attendees might have about risk management and liability, procurement, and maintenance. Attendees will also walk away with some next steps to take if they are interested in working with ioby to cultivate and fund resident-led ideas.

Featuring:
  • Jennifer Allen, she, Twitter: @ioby

Affiliated Organization:
  • ioby (ioby.org)

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen

Prior to joining ioby, Jennifer was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Trailnet—a nonprofit that works to make walking and biking a way of life in St. Louis. There she oversaw The Calm Streets Project, built strategic partnerships, and assisted with advocacy campaigns.Jennifer... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room B 200 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Data Training, Dashboards, and Tools for Community Organizers
Bring Your Own Laptop to Participate in this Interactive Session!

This session is broken into two interactive workshops. The first session asks, what is data and how can grassroots organizers use it to run successful campaigns? In this session participants will learn about: 1) which data is important to collect and why, 2) tools that can be used for data storage and analysis, 3) how to leverage data for targeted campaigning, 4) how to use your data to create a more equitable campaign and 5) how to maintain good data integrity. This workshop session is structured as a presentation with a hands-on component where participants will design and analyze a data collection strategy for a sample scenario.

In the second portion, BetaNYC introduces you to tools and highly interactive trainings specifically intended to help hyper-local civic organizations access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. This workshop will introduce you to BoardStat < https://beta.nyc/boardstat >, an easy-to-use tool to query 311-requests and explore trends in health, safety and quality of life concerns. Additional municipal data tools will be introduced. Join us as we crack open data and empower you to map and understand your community’s concerns.

Presenters:
  • Souzan Mirza, she/her, Twitter (@SouzanMirza)
  • Emily Goldman, she/her
  • Ramesh Beharry, he/him

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
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Ramesh Beharry

Senior Fellow, BetaNYC
Ramesh Beharry is a rising senior at Queens College majoring in economics, political science, and comparative literature. His goal is to articulate the benefits and costs of public policies in an accessible way. In 2017 - 2018, he was a Civic Innovation Fellow with the Manhattan Borough... Read More →
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Emily Goldman

BetaNYC
Emily joined BetaNYC in 2014 when she was doing fieldwork research in Brooklyn for her Ph.D, and began analyzing changes in Brooklyn’s stock of rent-stabilized buildings. The data had to be extracted from PDF documents, a project which brought her to a BetaNYC “Civic Hacknight... Read More →
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Souzan Mirza

Souzan is a biomedical engineering graduate student at the University of Toronto doing research to improve cancer treatment. Her organizing is rooted in the student movement and she currently organizes with the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign in Ontario.


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

International Approaches to Participatory Budgeting
As more and more cities around the world begin to adopt different forms of Participatory Budgeting, the successes and challenges become more stark. In this session, Participatory Budgeting practitioners from Kenya, Madrid, and cities across the US share notes on the state of the movement.

Featuring:
  • Willice Onyango, he/him, @owillice
  • Olga Batista, she/her
  • Melissa Appleton, she/her,
  • Yago Bermejo, he/him, @iacocoba

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
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Melissa Appleton

Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project
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Olga Batista

Our City Our Voice
Olga has dedicated her professional career and efforts to improving the lives of her community members. She has been a Local School Council Parent Representative at John L. Marsh School, a YWCA Crisis Intervention Specialist, a Board Member of the Immigrant Defense Alliance, a board... Read More →
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Yago Bermejo

Director - ParticipaLab, Medialab-Prado
Yago Bermejo is the acting director of ParticipaLab, Collective Intelligence for Democracy Lab (@Participa_Lab) and coordinator of the project which connects Medialab-Prado with the Open Government, Participation and Transparency Area in the city of Madrid. ParticipaLab is centered... Read More →
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Willice Onyango

Director, The Youth Cafe
Willice Onyango is the director of The Youth Cafe ,a youth-run non-profit company that aims to cultivate their voice via national-level governance deliberations. Mr. Onyango represented youth voices at the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post 2015. He has spoken at forums... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

50 Years After Henri Lefebvre: The Right to the City Then and Now
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Henri Lefebvre’s manifesto “The Right to the City.” Published in the aftermath of the 1968 May-June protests in Paris, the term “Right to the City”  has since been used as a rallying call for affordable housing, expanded notions of citizenship and accessible public spaces. In this workshop we will discuss the “Right to the City” through the lens of insurgent local electoral campaigns, community land trusts and the development of organizing through local,national and international networks.

Featuring:

Derrick O Keefe, Candidate for Vancouver City Council
he/him, Twitter: @derrickokeefe

Mia Charlene White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School
she/her, Twitter: @MiaTuckerWhite

Malcolm Torrejón Chu, Communications Strategist of Right to the City Alliance
he/him, Twitter: @EmCee_Chu

Kazembe Balagun, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung —New York Office
he/him, Twitter: @netflixandrebel

Affiliated Organizations: 
  • The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Rosalux-nyc.org)
  • The Right to the City Alliance (righttothecity.org)

Speakers
avatar for Kazembe Balagun

Kazembe Balagun

Born in Harlem, NY, Kazembe received his B.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Education/Outreach Coordinator at the Brecht Forum. Kazembe recently contributed an essay on “We Be Reading Marx Where We From: Socialism and the Black Freedom Struggle... Read More →
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Malcolm Torrejón Chu

Malcolm was born and bred in Brooklyn NY and now finds himself in Boston.  Malcolm’s early exposure to gentrification in Brooklyn, and to the fight for community control of community space and housing as a human right came while volunteering with the Fifth Avenue Committee as a... Read More →
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Derrick O'Keefe

Derrick O’Keefe is a co-founder and editor with Ricochet. He is the author of The Lesser Evil? and A Woman Among Warlords, co-authored with Afghanistan’s Malalai Joya. Derrick is also a long-time political organizer in Vancouver and a member of Métis Nation British Columbia... Read More →
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Mia Charlene White

Mia Charlene White is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement, with a co-teaching appointment at the Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She is a faculty-affiliate of... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Conference Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Tensions in the Community Land Trust Model
A generative strategy session that will encourage practitioners, researchers, and observers to approach community land trusts with a critical eye, grappling with questions of governance, political application, the role of the state, long term sustainability, and their role in the broader movement to preserve and create housing for the lowest income community members. Our goal for the session is to improve the way the model is implemented in American cities. We envision the session as a beginning of a longer conversation that could continue to support participants after the conference.

Featuring:
  • Lynn Lewis, she/her 
  • Hilary Wilson, she/her 
  • Oksana Mironova, she/her

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Lewis

Lynn Lewis

Lynn Lewis is a founding board member of the E Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust as well as a board member of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust.  She is the founding Executive Director and former civil rights organizer of Picture the Homeless (PTH) and her leadership was... Read More →
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Okasana Mironova

Oksana Mironova is a writer and researcher who was born in the former Soviet Union and grew up in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Her writing about cities, urban planning, housing, and public space has appeared in Urban Omnibus, Metropolitics, and City Limits. She is a housing policy analyst... Read More →
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Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson is a PhD student in Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research looks at the racial and gendered dimensions of urban policy, particularly in the context of neoliberal austerity. She is particularly interested in documenting existing and imagining new alternatives... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
5th Floor Room 502 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Climate Resiliency and Environmental Justice from the Ground Up
Globally, communities of color and low income, immigrant, refugee, and indigenous communities have long born the environmental risks of proximity to industry—from energy production to waste disposal. These risks now include the health, safety, and financial harms and uncertainty of climate change.  Meanwhile, whiter and wealthier communities continue to benefit from greater access to cleaner air and water, green space, food, and transit. 

Legal and programmatic approaches at the U.S. federal level have proven inadequate to redress these harms - that much more so under an administration openly hostile to the resiliency and environmental justice agendas. This session will provide an opportunity to share the creativity of municipalist strategies to address these problems, drawing upon and across case studies from NYC, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. Session organizers will share about their experiences in the work from a variety of vantage points, including grassroots activist, city government, legal, and academic approaches. A participatory format will engage attendees toward improving the health, well-being, and sustainability of historically marginalized communities.

Featuring:
  • Amy Laura Cahn, she/her
  • Sarah Wu, she/her
  • Kartik Amarnath, he/him
  • Michael Menser, he/him

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Kartik Amarnath

Kartik Amarnath

NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Kartik Amarnath is the Energy Planner for NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. He provides outreach, advocacy, and research support for REVitalize, a project focused on community-based energy planning, along with NYC-EJA’s ongoing energy campaign work. He has previously worked with... Read More →
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Amy Laura Cahn

Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
Amy Laura Cahn is a Staff Attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, where she works to identify and implement cutting-edge solutions to environmental justice, transportation, and energy challenges in New England, with a focus on projects at the intersection of climate and racial... Read More →
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michael menser

Professor/President of Board, Brooklyn College/Participatory Budgeting Project
Urban/rural/regional commons; participatory governance, economic democracy; climate justice; social public vs public-private
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Sarah Wu

Deputy Director for Planning, The City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
Sarah Wu most recently served as the Deputy Director for Planning in the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability.  Sarah managed the City of Philadelphia’s climate adaptation planning and oversaw the 2016 update of the City’s sustainability plan, Greenworks: A Vision for... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Depopulating Prisons
What does decarceration look like?
From getting people out of the prison system to keeping people from entering the criminal legal system, we'll discuss efforts in the U.S. and Mexico to shrink prison populations.

Featuring:
  • Victoria Law, she/her, @LVikkiml
  • Justine Moore, she/her, @JustineMoore01


Speakers
avatar for Victoria Law

Victoria Law

Victoria Law is a freelance journalist focusing on intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance and the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. With Maya Schenwar, she is currently co-writing Your Home is Your Prison, which critically examines... Read More →
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Justine Moore

Justine Moore, a native of Brooklyn, NY, served 16 years of a 20-year sentence with an anticipated 10 years supervised release, in the federal prison for women in Danbury, Connecticut. She was released in December 24, 2013. Upon release Ms. Moore began sharing her story and organizing... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
5th Floor Room 502 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

International Brigades for Spain's Cities of Change!
In May 2019, Spain's 'cities of change' will go to the polls. Four years since citizen platforms won elections across the country, these cities are leading a global movement and proving that there are alternatives to politics as usual; that we can take on global corporations and the political establishment from the bottom up. But if Barcelona and Madrid fall, it will be a blow to Fearless Cities everywhere! That's why we're holding a strategy session in NYC to create a new generation of the International Brigades.

We'll start by explaining the political context going into the election and then we'll think, together, about how individuals and organizations around the world can support Barcelona and Madrid from afar. Bring your creativity and contacts!

Presenters:
  • Kate Shea Baird, she/her, Twitter: @KateSB
  • Federico Gatti, he/his, Twitter: @bcomuglobal
  • Águeda Bañón, she/her

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Kate Shea Baird

Kate Shea Baird

Executive Team Member, Barcelona En Comu
Kate Shea Baird is on the 8 member Executive Team of Barcelona En Comú, and is responsible for the areas of International Relations, Media, Participation and Policy.
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Águeda Bañón

Director of Communications, Barcelona En Comu - Barcelona City Council
Águeda Bañón coordinated Barcelona En Comú's communication team during the 2015 election campaign and currently works as Director of Communications in the Barcelona City Council.
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Federico Gatti

Barcelona En Comu
Federico Gatti is an activist on Barcelona En Comú's International Committee, with a special focus on the municipalist network in Latin America.


Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Teachers and Nurses at the Forefront of Social Struggles
This panel will explore how organized labor, particularly in sectors at the center of social reproduction, such as teaching and nursing, engage in social struggles beyond what is usually understood as mere workplace concerns. Representatives from nurses unions and organizations around the country will speak about their work at the border and in post-Maria Puerto Rico and how to make sense of it beyond mere “relief” or “humanitarian aid.” Teachers from Puerto Rico and Oaxaca will speak about how in regions  marked by exploitation and dispossession, they have have played a key role in articulating forms of collective action to defend the commons and confront authoritarian powers and predatory interests, while fulfilling basic social reproduction tasks in the context of an absent state.

Featuring:
Sonia Gonzalez Roman, she/her
http://cntrabajadoresdelaeducacion.blogspot.com/

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, she/her, @nynurses
https://www.nysna.org/authors/judy-sheridan-gonzalez-rn

Noelanie Fuentes Cardona, she/her, Twitter: @fmprlucha
Bonnie Castillo, she/her, @NNUBonnie

Moderator:
Ximena Bustamante
http://www.publicseminar.org/author/iwsnyc/

Affiliated Organization:
National Nurses United, @NationalNurses (www.NationalNursesUnited.org)

Moderators
avatar for Ximena Bustamante

Ximena Bustamante

Ximena Bustamante is a Latin American feminist organizer and political theorist. During the last two years, she has been involved in the planning for the international women's strike in NYC. She has coordinated a collective militant-research interview project with women organizers... Read More →

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Noelanie Fuentes Cardona

Noelanie Fuentes Cardona, is a union organizer, member of the executive committee of the Puerto Rican Teachers Federation. She works as a public high school history teacher and has been active in defending public education, in the community struggles against school closures, against... Read More →
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Bonnie Castillo

Bonnie Castillo, RN, is Executive Director of National Nurses United (NNU), California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/ NNOC), an all-RN professional organization and union with a membership of more than 150,000 throughout California and nationwide. Before... Read More →
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Noelanie Fuentes

National University College of Bayamón, Puerto Rico
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Judy Gonzalez

Judy Sheridan-González, RN, is President of the 42,000-member New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). An ER nurse at Montefiore in the Bronx for 35 years, she’s served as an activist and elected leader in NYSNA, in addition to dedicating a lifetime of work on broader social... Read More →
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Sonia Gonzalez Roman

Sonia Gonzalez Roman is a primary school teacher licensed in Pedagogy. She is a feminist and activist educator, member of the section XXII of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE)  in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has been militant in her union  since 2008, and actively participates... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Building Power for a Stronger Solidarity Economy
In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the ways the solidarity economy—comprised of consumer, housing, and worker cooperatives, community land trusts, CSA programs, community development credit unions, and support organizations—operates in NYC. We will also explore its potential for transforming power within and across urban regions in the United States and around the world drawing on examples such as the Chantier in Montreal and Seikatsu in Japan. The session is designed to be participatory and interactive among participants who are active in these networks across diverse geographies.

Featuring:
  • Evan Casper-Futterman, he/him, Twitter: @IamECF
  • Emilie Miyauchi, she/her

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
avatar for Evan Casper-Futterman

Evan Casper-Futterman

Evan Casper-Futterman is a 3rd generation New Yorker. He is the Director of the Economic Democracy Learning Center for the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative and a member of the board of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC). He received a master’s degree... Read More →
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Emilie Miyauchi

Emilie Miyauchi has over ten years of experience working with grassroots food, agricultural, and environmental justice organizations in Baltimore, the Hudson Valley, and NYC. She has shared in the successes and struggles of communities building their own responses to no or dissatisfactory... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room A 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

From Militarized Police to Israeli Apartheid, How Cities Push Human Rights
In cities across the U.S. and Europe, people concerned with Palestinian rights are joining with other social justice struggles to push their local elected officials to take action in support of the global struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. These campaigns are part of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement and have included ending police exchange trainings between Israel and the U.S.; dropping contracts with companies complicit in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians; and passing resolutions to divest from corporations with sordid histories of human rights abuses, whether against Palestinians or Black, brown, and Indigenous communities in the US. Come learn about how these campaign wins and Palestine solidarity work in general push the overall politics of our cities and open up opportunities for political education and organizing for various communities. Especially in a moment in which the current regime is doubling down on and expanding the state’s oppressive and repressive policies, this session will present lessons we can take from Palestine activism about how we can organize on a municipal level as a way to bypass the federal government’s disregard of human and civil rights, whether by Congress or the White House.

Presenters:
  • Cheryl Davila- she/her
  • Aber Kawas- she/her
  • Ramah Kudaimi- she/her 
  • Leila- she/her
  • Rochelle Watson- she/her

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Davila

Cheryl Davila

Vice Mayor, Council Member, City of Berkeley District 2
Vice Mayor, Councilmember Cheryl Davila, City of Berkeley District 2, answered the call for regular, ethical people to be part of the change they want to see made. She beat an incumbent, an underestimation leading to victory. Cheryl Davila stepped up, spoke up, rose up and will continue... Read More →
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Aber Kawas

NYC Advocacy Specialist, National Network of Arab American communities
Aber Kawas, is from Brooklyn NY of Palestinian descent. She graduated in 2014 from The City College of New York's International Studies Program with a concentration in Latin American Studies. Abeer has been organizing with the Arab and Muslim community in New York City since 2010... Read More →
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Ramah Kudaimi

Director Grassroots Organizing, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Ramah Kudaimi is the Director of Grassroots Organizing at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She also serves on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
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Leila

Campaign Organizer, Jewish Voice for Peace
Leila is a Palestinian American and a campaign organizer at Jewish Voice for Peace, currently focused on the Deadly Exchange campaign. She is also a member of Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel.  
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Rochelle Watson

National Organizer, Rochelle Watson
Rochelle Watson is the National Organizer for Friends of Sabeel North America and a Peace and Justice Commissioner for the City of Berkeley.


Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room B 200 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Seizing Power, Organizing Utopia: Municipalist lessons from the Pacific NW
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.

Presenters:
  • 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:

Speakers
avatar for Adriane Ackerman

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
avatar for Antonio Zamora

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

4:00pm

The Role of Scholarship in Radical Urban Politics
What is the role of the university in the growing municipal movement? How do scholars study radical urban politics and how might they best serve urban activists? How might the academy participate in transforming institutional power? We invite academics, scholar-activists, and other interested publics to attend a session in which we examine the interplay between scholarship, activist research, and municipalism. We will share some of our experiences studying these movements, in addition to brainstorming lines for future action. We welcome critical dialogue.

Featuring:
  • Sophie Gonick, she/her, @Sophie_NYU
  • Ugo Rossi, he/him

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Gonick

Sophie Gonick

Sophie Gonick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, where she directs the Metropolitan Studies Program. She studies housing, social movements, immigration, and municipalism.
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Ugo Rossi

University of Turin
Ugo Rossi is associate professor of economic and political geography at the University of Turin in Italy. He is a member of Euronomade, a collective of activists and researchers who identify with 2nd generation autonomist Marxism.


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room B 200 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

4:00pm

Development without Displacement
As intertwined outcomes of existing urban governance regimes, displacement and gentrification are two of the greatest challenges facing cities globally today.  Yet the experience of communities demonstrates that it is not enough to fight back against displacement and gentrification; communities must develop strategies to proactively build and own the city they want to see.  The critical question for municipalists is: how can we pursue equitable development projects without causing further displacement and gentrification?  To this end, the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative has been convening a Bronx-wide Development without Displacement Roundtable of eight community based organizations and co-developing various tools with them. This open lab is an opportunity for muncipalists facing displacement around the world to share stories, exchange skills, and collaborate on possibilities for development without displacement.

Presenters:
  • Katherine Mella, she/her,
  • Yorman Nuñez, he/him

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Mella

Katherine Mella

Program Director for Participatory Planning and Policy, MIT Community Innovators Lab
Katherine Mella is a Program Director for Participatory Planning and Policy for the Just Urban Economies Program at the MIT Community Innovators Lab. Under JUE, she leads the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative’s planning and policy work alongside grassroots partners. In this... Read More →
avatar for Yorman Nuñez

Yorman Nuñez

Director of the Just Urban Economies Program, MIT Community Innovators Lab
Yorman Nuñez is the Director of the Just Urban Economies program at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (MIT CoLab). Yorman focuses on collaborating with key groups throughout the African diaspora on developing models for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination. His commitment to... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
4th Floor Conference Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

4:00pm

Rojava & Detroit: Feminist Leadership in Grassroots Leftwing Movements
This panel will discuss efforts to organize from the bottom up for local control, emphasizing the leadership of women and the perspectives of people excluded from power—Blacks in Detroit and Kurds in Northern Syria and Turkey. It will focus on the long, difficult, and transformational nature of these struggles and what it takes to bring women's leadership to the fore in such a way that it cannot be reversed. Detroit, a city devastated and left without a tax base by white flight and de-industrialization, has lost any pretext to local democracy and was for years under the control of a Republican governor-appointed city manager. Water is a particular issue, as is a corporate combination of gentrification of some areas and abandonment of others. The Boggs Center, which has been active in the black community since the early 90s, has been a leader in combining education, organizing, and protest against these trends. Rojava, an area about the size of Massachusetts in Northern Syria, is the site of a women's revolution, a place where women are redefining the nature of politics and taking leadership roles in creating a new multi-ethnic, ecological and radically democratic society—while also defending their territory against ISIS from the south and Turkish Islamic fanaticism from the north. What can these two activist communities teach us about creating lasting institutions for social change that have women at the fore? What can we learn from the historical difficulties of integrating U.S. feminism with left wing movements around the world?

Featuring:
  • Sinam Mohamad, she/her, @sinam56
  • Kimberley Sherobbi, she/her
  • Gwendolyn Winston, she/her
  • Meredith Tax, she/her @meredithtax
  • Giran Ozcan, he/him

Affiliated Organizations:
  • Emergency Committee for Rojava - defendrojava.org
  • James and Grace Lee Boggs Center - boggscenter.org
  • Internationalist Commune of Rojava - internationalistcommune.com
  • HDP www.hdp.org.tr/en
  • Meredith Tax www.meredithtax.org

Speakers
avatar for Sinam Mohamad

Sinam Mohamad

Sinam Mohamad was the Co-President of the People’s Council of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), the supreme political body of the liberated areas of Northern and Northeastern Syria. The People’s Council was founded in 2011 during the Syrian revolution. The government of Rojava, more... Read More →
avatar for Giran Ozcan

Giran Ozcan

Giran Ozcan is the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Representative in the United States. After graduating from the University of Warwick with a sociology degree, he worked at the Centre for Turkey Studies in London between 2011 and 2016. He has been working with the HDP in its overseas... Read More →
avatar for Kim Sherobbi

Kim Sherobbi

Kim Sherobbi is a community practitioner and student of life. She is a retired physical education teacher who has lived in the same neighborhood her entire life. Kim operates two community houses where she lives, which have been influenced by the philosophies and practices of the... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Tax

Meredith Tax

Meredith Tax has been a feminist organizer and writer since the late Sixties. She was founding chair of the International PEN Women Writers' Committee and Women's WORLD, a global free speech network of feminist writers, and is currently active in the Emergency Committee for Rojava... Read More →
avatar for Gwendolyn Winston

Gwendolyn Winston

Gwendolyn Winston, designs and facilitates participatory processes for change and transformation initiatives employing art, storytelling, dialogue, movement, music. For the past five years Gwendolyn has facilitated racial equity and justice initiatives, forums, and community engagement... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

4:00pm

Women’s Access to Land and Defense of the Territory
This panel will address struggles by indigenous communities, as well as urban movements, around communal/collective ownership and management of land and against extractivist endeavors across the Americas. It will pay special attention to women’s access to land and the role women play in struggles against extractivism and in the defense of the territory.

Featuring:
Moderator:
  •  Silvia Federici, she/her 

Affiliated Organizations:

Moderators
avatar for Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici

Italian-American scholar, teacher, and activist from the  radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor. She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years, is als... Read More →

Speakers
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Yunuen Torres Asencio

Youth Council, Cheran, Michoacan
Yunuen Torres Asencio is a young indigenous P’urhépecha woman from Cheran, Michoacan (Mexico). For more than a decade she has worked in cultural and community radio, aside from being involved in working with children on subjects like communications, culture, territory and sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Marcella Gilbert

Marcella Gilbert

Marcella Gilbert (remote participant) is the daughter of Madonna Thunder Hawk and a Lakota and Dakota community organizer with a focus on food sovereignty and cultural revitalization. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and currently works as a Community Development Field... Read More →
avatar for Amaranta Cornejo Hernandez

Amaranta Cornejo Hernandez

Amaranta Cornejo Hernandez is an interdisciplinary scholar and feminist activist, whose work revolves around  gender, feminism theory, radical communication and social emotions. She holds a PhD in Latin-American Studies (2013) by UNAM and an MA  in Rural Development (2004) by the... Read More →
avatar for Maria Luisa Mendonça

Maria Luisa Mendonça

Director, Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos
Maria Luisa Mendonça is a visiting scholar in the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the Department of Philosophy, Literature and Social Sciences at University of Sao Paulo... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

4:00pm

A People's Roadmap For Municipalist Digital Policy
How will technology change our city in the next four years?
What projects or ideas do you want this administration to champion?
How will Mayor de Blasio and the City Council bridge the digital divide?

Four years ago, NYC's civic technology community organized and wrote the People’s Roadmap to a Digital New York City (http://nycroadmap.us/), a visioning document that has helped guide our city’s digital future. The 2013 Roadmap contained 34 policy recommendations: 14 of these ideas were drafted into legislation, 9 were signed into law, and another 9 became public-private partnerships.

  • NOW, we seek your ideas and feedback! What are the current issues and trends we should address? How should government address them?

Join us for this workshop that localizes the practices developed through vTaiwan and help New York City write the next chapter in the People's Roadmap for a digital New York City — join us and pave a path to improve our lives, provide transparency, and inform government of our desires.

Featuring:
  • Lauren Rennée, she/her, Twitter: @lbrennee
  • Noel Hidalgo, he/him, Twitter: @noneck

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
avatar for Noel Hidalgo

Noel Hidalgo

Beta NYC
Mr. Hidalgo stands at the crossroads of technology, government, community, and impact. He believes in participatory communities and uses technology to improve people's lives. His work has been achieved through patience and organizing problem-solving teams. Mr. Hidalgo is a published... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Rennée

Lauren Rennée

Beta NYC
Lauren approached BetaNYC in 2014 with the simple question, “how do I become a civic-hacker?” and has since volunteered her time supporting education initiatives and planning special events. She has been working hard to carve a space for non-coders in the civic tech community... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room A 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

4:00pm

Listening at scale: the Bowling Green Civic Assembly & vTaiwan
Narayanan, Smalls and Karaganis will discuss the recent ‘Civic Assembly’ pilot in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The Civic Assembly is based on the vTaiwan open consultation model, developed by the g0v civic tech community and the government of Taiwan. At the core of this model is a conversation tool called Polis, through which participants can state their opinions and respond to those of others. Using machine learning, Polis is able to map out and visualize the resulting set of opinions, surfacing areas of consensus and divisiveness. The Civic Assembly started with a ‘Virtual Town Hall’ conducted with Polis. Over the course of 2 weeks it saw 2000 Bowling Green residents participate, resulting in a detailed map of local concerns and the lines of agreement and disagreement that run through them.  This ‘Virtual Town Hall’ led to a face-to-face Town Hall with discussion around the results, giving local leaders the chance to respond to the concerns raised.  Conducted in collaboration with The Bowling Green Daily News, the pilot also experimented with the role of local newspapers in building a responsive local information ecosystem. In our session we will discuss the successes and challenges of this experiment, and the resulting ‘Civic Assembly’ prototype for strengthening local information ecosystems and civic engagement in small cities around the United States. A demonstration of how to use the Polis tool will follow the discussion about the Bowling Green experiment.

Presenters:
  • Darshana Narayanan, her, Twitter: @dznarayanan
  • Christopher Small, him, Twitter @metasoarous
  • Joe Karaganis, him, @jjkaraganis

Affiliated Organizations:
  • Polis (pol.is)
  • The American Assembly, Columbia University (americanassembly.org)
  • Bowling Green Daily News (bgdailynews.com)

Speakers
avatar for Joe Karaganis

Joe Karaganis

Vice President, The American Assembly
Joe Karaganis is vice president at The American Assembly, a public policy institute at Columbia University. Most recently, he is the director of the Civic Assembly project and Open Syllabus Project and editor of Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education (20... Read More →
avatar for Darshana Narayanan

Darshana Narayanan

Darshana Narayanan introduces participatory decision-making practices into governments, businesses, nonprofits and communities, using behavioral insights and open-source algorithm-assisted crowd-understanding tool Pol.is. She has a Ph.D.in Psychology & Neuroscience from Princeton... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Small

Christopher Small

Co-founder, Polis
Christopher Small is the Chief Data Scientist and co-founder of Polis, an AI tool for scalably gathering and analyzing open ended feedback. He has a deep faith in the transformative power of democracy, and its his personal mission to apply his trade towards making democracy more resilient... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

4:00pm

Freedom Cities
A City Based Campaign to Redefine Safety by Demanding Reparations & Investments

In 2016 a group of multiracial immigrants came together to discuss the major issues facing low wage communities in New York City. Folks lifted up the need to redefine safety in the midst of police/ ICE brutality and displacement of communities. People wanted to demand that NYC divest from institutions like the police that are causing harm to our community, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities. The result was the creation of Freedom Cities in NYC, and since then cities around the country have joined the movement.

This session will introduce participants to the emerging Freedom Cities movement. We will dive into the framework approach that local organizers have been using that includes popular education, direct action, and campaigning. We will also feature an interactive session from the Freedom Cities curriculum for folks to see firsthand. In following with the framework, the session will be interactive and a peer-to-peer space for folks to share movement building and political education approaches to their work.

Presenters:
  • Cindy Martinez, she/her, 
  • Daniel Carrillo, they/their, Twitter: @DanielXicana
  • Pear Bhatnagar, she/her

Affiliated Organizations:


Speakers
avatar for Pear Bhatnagar

Pear Bhatnagar

National Freedom Cities Coordinator
Pearl is the National Freedom Cities Coordinator. She was born and raised in Queens, New York. In the past, she has co-created a political home for Asian-Pacific Islander organizing, redistributed resources towards community-based alternatives, and has also led campaigns to hold institutions... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Carrillo

Daniel Carrillo

Daniel is a queer xicana with over a decade of experience organizing in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, and Internationally. They have organized workers, negotiated contracts, researched and led campaigns for AFSCME, SEIU, and CWA. Daniel has worked in their community... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Martinez

Cindy Martinez

Lead Organizer, Enlace
Cindy was born and raised in New York City and comes from a large mix-status Mexican family. As a student at Hunter CUNY she became involved with organizing for immigration rights and mobilizing immigrant communities. When deportations hit home she began fighting against deportations... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA
 
Sunday, July 29
 

9:00am

Fight to Stay--Eviction Defense as a Right
This session will tell the story of the Right to Counsel Coalition, which successfully launched a 3-year campaign to make New York City the first city in the US to guarantee a right to an attorney to tenants facing eviction. Speakers will draw insights from their perspectives about how this right is key to fighting gentrification as well as how to implement a new law in a way that creates a right and builds tenant power. Speakers will represent the different perspectives of the coalition: lawyers, advocates, and tenants. They will also share lessons learned from the coalition and the campaign, offering insights for other cities who are facing mass evictions and looking for effective tools. They will also discuss the right to defending your home and how it can be used as an organizing tool towards a vision of a right to housing.

Featuring:
  • Susanna Blankley
  • Randy Dillard 
  • Marika Dias
  • Lorena Lopez

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Blankley

Susanna Blankley

Susanna Blankley is the Coalition Coordinator for the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, which is made up of more than 65 tenant advocate groups, tenant organizing groups, faith based groups, academics, and legal services providers throughout the New York City.  While the Director of... Read More →
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Marika Dias

Marika Dias is a public interest attorney who has worked in civil legal services since 2001, in a range of legal service and community organizations in Melbourne, Australia and New York City. Marika’s work has focused on providing legal services that support community organizing... Read More →
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Randy Dillard

Randy Dillard is a resident of the Bronx, a single father of 5 children. He has a been a CASA member for 6 years and a CASA leader for 4 of those years. Randy have been intricately involved in the city-wide Right to Counsel coalition since 2014. Randy was also appointed to a local... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Rethinking and Expanding Sanctuary
As the lives of immigrants become more visibly precarious under the Trump administration, a groundswell of popular support has emerged around the new sanctuary movement. Now's a time to reflect on the whirlwind period of activity by hearing from those in sanctuary, those supporting sanctuary, and those who've been deported and refuse to give up the fight.

Featuring:
  • Aura Hernadez - Church of Fourth Universalist (she/her)
  • Jeanette Vizguerra - New Sactuary Movement, Colorado (she/her)
  • Ana Laura Lopez - Deportados Unidos en la Lucha (she/her)
  • Matt Block - CUNY Graduate Center (he/him)
  • Cynthia Santos - St. Jacobi Church & New Sanctuary Movement NYC (she/her)

Affiliated Organization:
  • New Sanctuary Movement, Deportados Unidos en la Lucha



Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Building Youth Power
When you think of participatory democracy, what do you think of? Do you think of cisgender and transgender girls and gender non-conforming youth of color working to transform institutional power, shift the largest school district in the nation, or dismantle structural inequities? WE DO! GGE is an intergenerational advocacy organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of cisgender and transgender girls and gender non-conforming youth of color.

In this workshop participants will learn and interact with GGE’s vision and principles for actualizing gender and racial equity in New York City. Join us to explore and practice different methods and tools such as consciousness building youth-led policy and organizing strategies to co-create a more democratic, inclusive, and open city with and for young people.

Presenters:
  • Brittany Brathwaite - her/she  
  • Sarika Kumar -she/they

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Brathwaite

Brittany Brathwaite

Organizing and Innovation Manager, Organizing and Innovation Manager
Brittany Brathwaite is the Organizing and Innovation Manager at Girls for Gender Equity, where she works to achieve gender and racial justice for girls and TGNC youth of color. She recently co-authored The School Girls Deserve: Youth Driven Solutions for creating safe, holistic, and... Read More →
avatar for Sarika Kumar

Sarika Kumar

Co-Program Coordinator for Young Women's Advisory Council (YWAC), Girls for Gender Equity
Sarika Kumar is a co-program coordinator for the Young Women's Advisory Council (YWAC) at Girls for Gender Equity. YWAC was launched with the Young Women's Initiative in New York City, a multi-sector participatory governance approach to addressing structural barriers with cisgender... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Meeting Room A 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

From the Inside Out: Power, Leadership, and Direct Democracy
This panel bridges political theory and real-life movement experiences from the United States, the Rojava solidarity movement, Argentina, Barcelona, and beyond to explore questions of power and leadership within direct democracy movements.  Presenters will address topics including individual leadership, affective relationships, the tension between popular assemblies and political parties, and dynamics of power and municipal governance from a legal perspective. As an all-women panel, we bring a spirit of feminizing politics and will promote a collaborative, generative conversation that embodies the horizontal, participatory principles that we promote.

Featuring:

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Bookchin

Debbie Bookchin

Journalist and Author, Institute for Social Ecology
Debbie Bookchin is an author and award-winning investigative journalist. She has written for The Atlantic, The Nation, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Roar Magazine, and numerous other publications. She has been a featured speaker focusing on social ecology and radical... Read More →
avatar for Eleanor Finley

Eleanor Finley

Symbiosis
Eleanor Finley is a writer, speaker, activist, and radical municipalist. She is a member of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) and Steering Committee of Symbiosis. She has written about radical democracy in diverse contexts including the Kurdish freedom movement, the United States... Read More →
avatar for Sixtine van Outryve

Sixtine van Outryve

Researcher, Yale Law School
Sixtine van Outryve is a graduate student at Yale Law School, as well as a teaching assistant and Ph.D. researcher in sociology of law and political theory at the Centre for Philosophy of Law at UCLouvain in Belgium. Her Ph.D. relates to the relationship of municipalist social movements... Read More →
avatar for Marina Sitrin

Marina Sitrin

Author, Binghampton University
​​​​Marina Sitrin is a writer, lawyer, teacher, organizer, and dreamer. She is the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina (2006) AK Press,  author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism & Autonomy in Argentina (2012) Zed Books, and co-author of They... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

We can do it! Citizen-led consensus-building at scale: inspired by g0v
With the Fearless Cities community, we want to dream about a future of consent-based governance through a hands-on exploration of on/offline tools and methods for building our digital futures. The small island country of Taiwan, with its long history of occupation, is now leading the world in participatory democracy. At its core, their facilitation process is profoundly human, yet also finds traction in the 21st century 1) through moments of assistance by an opensource algorithm that breaks people out of echo chambers rather than placing us within them 2) through harnessing the power of digital surveillance to create serious conversation, by keeping “receipts” of in-person and remote deliberation. Together these futuristic facilitation practices bring radical transparency to how we collectively decide to govern divisive social issues, producing high levels of consensus while protecting minority rights and having everyone leave the table with the feeling of being treated fairly.

Presenters:
  • CS, she, Twitter: @itsmisscs
  • Liz Barry, she, Twitter: @lizbarry

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Claudina Sarahe (CS)

Claudina Sarahe (CS)

Claudina Sarahe (CS) is a creative consultant, speaker, organizer, teacher, etc etc. She has worked in product development and team building for over 12 years. CS was a founding member of UNICEF Innovation Team. Past clients include PBS, Scholastic, Daniel Libeskind, Red Cross, and... Read More →
avatar for Liz Barry

Liz Barry

TreeKIT, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science
Co-founder of TreeKIT and director of urban environment at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Liz Barry develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. She holds an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from NCSU, and a MSA+UD... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

9:00am

Cooperative Cities Of Tomorrow: How International Lessons Can Inform North American Strategies
A vision for a just, inclusive city of the future features cooperatives as hubs of economic activity. Worker co-ops are a better way of doing business, and simultaneously a forceful alternative form of organized labor where workers seize capital as their own instrument. Housing cooperatives can stem the tide of neighborhood hood displacement and gentrification. Food cooperatives and CSAs linked to local supply chains are ways of creating food sovereignty and long-term sustainability.  Cities like Montreal, Barcelona, New York, and Philadelphia are at the forefront of building economic alternatives around cooperatives. What lesson can we learn from these experiments? How could we better strategize regionally? How do we create scale?   Facilitators from the Racial and Economic Justice member council of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops will guide our process for advanced strategizing to explore the possibilities of cooperatives for the urban future of work, consumption, and living. 

Speakers
avatar for Esteban Kelly

Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) and is a worker-owner and co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training... Read More →
avatar for Laurent Levesque

Laurent Levesque

chair of the youth wing, Chantier de l'économie sociale
Laurent Levesque cofounded and coordinates UTILE, a Montreal-based nonprofit that builds affordable student housing in Québec, Canada. He is the current chair of the youth wing of the Chantier de l'économie sociale and a co-organizer of the Transform Montreal series of conferences... Read More →
avatar for Alvaro Porro

Alvaro Porro

Commissioner of Social Economy and Local Development and Consumption, City of Barcelona


9:00am

Freedom Farms Coop: Land & Black Healing - BLACK CAUCUS - [Black People Only]
co-anchors from Cooperation Jackson's Freedom Farm Cooperative will be facilitating a Black caucus... we invite (only!) our folks of Afrikan descent to share in this attempt at a safe(r), healing space. bring your wonderful selves and unique expressions of joy, rage and everything in between. let us try to hold space for all of it, and help each other survive the enemies within and without, in love and struggle. or just get away for a little bit and meet some dope Black movement fam!  

Presenters:
  • Jo Jordan - he/him
  • brandon king - he/him

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
JJ

Jo Jordan

Alerta, Alerta... Jo Jordan is an eco-anarchist and New Afrikan nihilist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. Graduated from LaGuardia High School and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Also an alumnus of Books through Bars NYC, Picture the Homeless, the 123 Space, ABC No Rio, COPWATCH... Read More →
avatar for brandon king

brandon king

Community Organizer and Cultural Worker
brandon king is an community organizer and cultural worker originally from Hampton Roads VA, currently living in Jackson MS. After graduating from Hampton University in 2006 with a BA in Sociology, brandon moved to New York City where he worked as a union organizer and later as an... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
5th Floor Room 502 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Building a People's Economy From the Ground Up
The Parkdale People's Economy is a network of community members, agencies, and allies aiming to build decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in the rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood of Parkdale in Toronto, Canada. Our network is guided by the belief that if we can build greater community control over land, labour, and finances, then we can begin to envision a more equitable future in our neighbourhood. This workshop will be facilitated in partnership with the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust to provide a deep dive into our land trust and community planning toolkits to share our resources with other neighbourhoods facing similar displacement pressures. Participants will learn about our tools, resources, and strategies for building participatory democracy in Parkdale, and collectively inform our practice through their insights, assets, and experiences.

Presenters:
  • Mercedes Sharpe Zayas - She/Her | Twitter: @ParkdalePPE
  • Joshua Barndt - He/Him | Twitter: @parkdaleland

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Barndt

Joshua Barndt

Executive Director, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
Joshua Barndt is the Executive Director of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust in Toronto, Canada. Barndt is an Urban Ecologist and Community Land Trust practitioner. Barndt holds a graduate in Design and Urban Ecology from NYC’s Parsons the New School, were his thesis work focused... Read More →
avatar for Mercedes Sharpe Zayas

Mercedes Sharpe Zayas

Workforce Planning Coordinator, Parkdale People’s Economy
Mercedes Sharpe Zayas is a community planner committed to movement building and economic justice in the urban form. Mercedes has been cultivating her participatory planning practice as the Workforce Planning Coordinator for the Parkdale People’s Economy, a network of over 30 community-based... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
5th Floor Room 502 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Queer Liberation and Collective Liberation
How do dismantling the gender binary and anti-racism relate to uprooting classism and disability justice? In this workshop, we will explore the intersections of identity and liberation. By placing LGBTQ issues and gender justice at the center, we will discuss how queer liberation is tied up with all forms of liberation. Using a strong anti-oppression lens, this popular education style workshop will give participants a safe place to discuss power and privilege, reflect on the state of their communities, and leave with concrete action steps to challenge and change the conversations and conditions in their communities and beyond.

Featuring:
  • Bex Kwan, they/she, @bex.kwan 
  • Zhaleh Afshar, she, Twitter: @zhalehsays

Affiliated Organization: 
AORTA's social media is:
twitter.com/aortacoop
Facebook.com/aortacollective



Speakers
avatar for Zhaleh Afshar

Zhaleh Afshar

Zhaleh is a mixed-race, able-bodied queer woman with Filipino and Iranian ancestors. She is a core trainer with AORTA, a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. Zhaleh is passionate about racial and gender justice, queer... Read More →
avatar for Bex Kwan

Bex Kwan

Bex Kwan is a multimedia artist, organizer, social worker, and athlete born and raised in Singapore. They first became politicized through queer and trans organizing for mental health care, and then later cut their teeth as a young organizer through anti-racist student organizing... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
2nd Floor Room 222 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Beyond the Membership Model: Experiments in Emergent Organizations
Grassroots groups seeking to be democratic often default to a voting membership model. But what are other ways we might seek to share power? Valerie Costa and Meg Wade have helped transition 350 Seattle, a grassroots climate action organization, from a hub-and-spoke decision-making model to a more distributed, networked structure. Throughout this process, 350 Seattle has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest 350.org local groups in the country, with a six person staff collective and 30+ person highly-engaged leadership team. The group has become a political force in Seattle. 

In this session, they will share their experience with this process, including the challenges and questions it has provoked, and then move to facilitate small group conversations on strategies for distributing power in our organizations. Themes that might be addressed include: non-hierarchical staffing models; dealing with boards; fostering equity and recognizing privilege; and using emergent rather than formal strategic planning processes. Participants will have a chance to connect with one another and the Nonprofit Democracy Network for ongoing support and learning.

Presenters:
  • Valerie Costa, she/her, @valeriecosta
  • Meg Wade, they/them or she/her, @megnwade

Affiliated Organization:

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Costa

Valerie Costa

350 Seattle
Valerie Costa is a member of the staff collective of 350 Seattle and an organizational development wonk. She's been working with grassroots organizations since her teens and has been pondering the question of how to make the way we organize together more democratic, flexible, and... Read More →
avatar for Meg Wade

Meg Wade

350 Seattle
Meg Wade is a trainer and facilitator currently serving on the staff collective for 350 Seattle. Their past work spans numerous pro-democracy initiatives, from election law research to community currency projects to participatory budgeting for both cities and organizations. Meg is... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Meeting Room B 200 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Elected Officials In Middle: Navigating Inside/Outside within institutions
As social movements make gains in seating progressive elected officials, the question immediately turns to: now what? Change can be slow and difficult within political institutions, while social movements tend towards urgent action. How can we make this inside/outside relationship more productive? What political formations, tools, and methodologies are social movements and elected representatives using to navigate these relationships in a moment of heightening social crises? In this fishbowl style conversation, elected officials from different cities will share their experience and welcome the audience to interact and join in an open conversation that seeks to interrogate our conventional understanding of this divide.

Featuring:
  • Brad Lander 
  • Gala Pin
  • Harvey Epstein  

Affiliated Organizations:
  • NYC Council
  • Barcelona en Comu 

Speakers
avatar for Harvey Epstein

Harvey Epstein

Harvey has been a public interest lawyer in New York City since graduating from CUNY Law School in 1994. Throughout his incredibly effective career serving our city, Harvey has worked on critical economic development and housing issues; at the same time, he has worked tirelessly on... Read More →
avatar for Brad Lander

Brad Lander

Brad Lander is the Council’s Deputy Leader for Policy, and sits on the Committees on Civil Rights, Consumer Affairs, Economic Development, Education, General Welfare, and Women’s Issues. He was founding co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus.
avatar for Gala Pin

Gala Pin

Councilor of the Barcelona City Council, Barcelona en Comu
Gala Pin Ferrando ( Valencia , February 22, 1981 ) Degree in Philosophy, is a specialist in digital communication, linked to the defense of rights and freedoms in the network citizen activist from the neighborhood movement against evictions and against what has been cal... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
2nd Floor Open Lab Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Women and Communitary Responses to the Police State
This panel will address community-based responses to the police state, both in terms of policing and immigration enforcement. The discussion will focus on how these policing mechanisms affect women, as well as the role women, as part of broader communities, are playing in confronting them.  

We will learn about the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC – PC),  a system of justice and security created by indigenous communities in Guerrero, Mexico, as an alternative to the existing security systems and based on the indigenous people’s right to autonomy and self-determination. We will hear from immigrant rights organizers about how undocumented communities and allies across the country are fighting against the deportation machine and the increasing attacks of the current administration.  We will also learn from organizers working around police brutality, broken windows policies and the school to prison pipeline, and discuss how these struggles connect to those against borders and xenophobia.

Panelists:

Felicitas Martinez Solano, she/her/ella
https://www.facebook.com/mujeresindigenasconamimexico/

Maru Mora Villalpando, she/her/ella
Twitter: @nwdcresistance
https://www.nwdcresistance.org/about-us/

Samantha Johnson, she/her
www.millionhoodies.net

Linda Tigani, She/Her/They/Them
@MXGMNational
@MXGMCopWatch

Moderators:

Natalie Matos
http://www.publicseminar.org/author/iwsnyc/

Ximena Bustamante
http://www.publicseminar.org/author/iwsnyc/


Moderators
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Ximena Bustamante

Ximena Bustamante is a Latin American feminist organizer and political theorist. During the last two years, she has been involved in the planning for the international women's strike in NYC. She has coordinated a collective militant-research interview project with women organizers... Read More →
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Natalie Matos

Natalie Matos has been active in organizing around the International Women’s Strike since 2017 in the NYC chapter and national. Through this work she has been a part of the organizing team that has done outreach to local women-led grassroots organizations including an interview... Read More →

Speakers
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Samantha Johnson

Through her partnerships with families and community stakeholders within the Fort Greene community and across New York, Ms. Johnson has connected community members to a multitude of services to strengthen family and community relations.  Samantha’s passion is that she takes pride... Read More →
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Felicitas Martinez Solano

Regional Coordinator, Community Authorities Community Police (CRAC – PC)
Felicitas is an indigenous Me’phaa woman and human rights defender from Guerrero, Mexico. She is one of the two women who serve as leaders in the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC – PC) from the Costa-Montaña region in Guerrero. The CR... Read More →
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Linda Tigani

Linda Tigani is an Ethiopian-Sudanese American born Social Worker, organizer, and researcher. She is a member of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), New York Chapter and Black 4 Palestine.  Her work is focused on ending police violence through Cop Watch, Know Your Rights workshop... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Against the Public-Private and for the Social-Public
Municipal Water and Broadband, the Federal Job Guarantee, and Inclusive People-powered Civic Infrastructure  

Many condemn neoliberal public-private partnerships but what is the alternative both conceptually and in practice?  A return to the welfare state even if possible would be inadequate in this moment.  Divergently, this session carves out an approach which outlines what the democratic capture of government looks like and how it can create policies and practices that are inclusive, reduce inequality, create shared authority, and also work against more neoliberal and unaccountable aspects of the state, especially at the municipal level.  Menser draws upon his recent book “We Decide! Theories and Cases in Participatory Democracy” and experiences with participatory budgeting and climate change adaptation efforts in NYC and looks at the examples of water utilities and municipal broadband. Alex Kolokotronis gives a municipalist take on calls for a Federal Job Guarantee made by Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and other 2020 Presidential hopefuls. Kolokotronis draws upon his experience with Students Organizing for Democratic Alternatives (SODA) and illustrates a number of ways a job guarantee could be implemented at the municipal level utilizing participatory budgeting, sortition, and cooperatives.  And Liz Barry, drawing upon her research on the radical digital democracy efforts in Taiwan and work with Public Lab will examine the importance of facilitation and the development of civic infrastructure both inside and outside the state to ensure the long term entrenchment of participatory governance practices.  

Presenters:
  • Michael Menser, he/him
  • Alexander Kolokotronis, he/him
  • Liz Barry, she/her
  • CS (Claudine Scherr), she/her, @itsmisscs

Affiliated Organizations:


Speakers
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Claudina Sarahe (CS)

Claudina Sarahe (CS) is a creative consultant, speaker, organizer, teacher, etc etc. She has worked in product development and team building for over 12 years. CS was a founding member of UNICEF Innovation Team. Past clients include PBS, Scholastic, Daniel Libeskind, Red Cross, and... Read More →
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Liz Barry

TreeKIT, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science
Co-founder of TreeKIT and director of urban environment at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Liz Barry develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. She holds an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from NCSU, and a MSA+UD... Read More →
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Alexander Kolokotronis

Alexander Kolokotronis is a PhD student in political science at Yale University. His research broadly touches on participatory democracy and workers' self-management. His current research focus is on the general strike, and participatory democracy in public schools. Alexander has... Read More →
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michael menser

Professor/President of Board, Brooklyn College/Participatory Budgeting Project
Urban/rural/regional commons; participatory governance, economic democracy; climate justice; social public vs public-private


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Electoral Strategies and Municipalism in the US
In the context of the recent electoral surge and spectacular growth of left and progressive political forces in the US (Bernie, DSA, WFP, among others), how does Municipalism as a political framework of practices resonate with the current growth of left and progressive organizations? What role can it play in municipal politics vis a vis national politics? How do left and progressive organizations understand the municipal level in terms of their own growth and strategy?

Presenters:
  • Becca Rast, she/her, Twitter: @beccarast
  • Maria Svart, she/her, Twitter: @DemSocialists
  • Ava Benezra, she/her, Twitter: @avabenezra
  • Luis Gallardo, he/him. Facebook: LuisGallardoPR

Affiliated Organizations:

Moderators
avatar for Vicente Rubio-Pueyo

Vicente Rubio-Pueyo

Nociones Comunes NYC | Common Notions NYC
I teach as an adjunct instructor at Fordham University. As a researcher, I'm currently working on a book on political cultures, State and movements in Contemporary Spain, from the 70's Transition to the post-15M present context. | A Spaniard living in the US for more than 10 years... Read More →

Speakers
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Ava Benezra

WFP, Campaign Manager, Working Families for Cynthia Nixon + Jumaane Williams
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Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo-Rivera is a community activist and former two term city council member for the Municipality of Aguas Buenas. As a public official, Gallardo pushed for increased citizen participation, popular democracy and anti-displacement protections, leading him to run for State Representative... Read More →
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Becca Rast

Campaign Manager, Jess King for Congress
Becca Rast is from Lancaster PA, where she grew up and currently lives. She started organizing as a 16 year old against the war in Iraq, and has never stopped organizing. She has organizing roots in labor, immigrant, and climate justice movements. In the wake of the 2016 election... Read More →
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Maria Svart

National Director, Democratic Socialist of America
Maria L. Svart was appointed by the National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America to be DSA's next National Director in June 2011. Maria Svart had been a member of DSA since 2004. She first joined as a member of the University of Chicago Young Democratic Socialists... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Conference Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

11:00am

Symbiosis: a Dual Power Network for Radical Municipalists
This session will discuss Symbiosis' work to create a confederation of radical, directly democratic local assemblies and projects in North America. We will provide a brief and accessible overview of this project's theoretical underpinnings, proposing a transition from hierarchy to direct democracy at scale through the creation of dual-power institutions. The discussion will center real-world examples and applications to sites of lived struggle in our communities, from community land trusts to cooperatively-owned renewable energy infrastructure. Through facilitated conversation with attendees, we will crystallize the next steps to building a confederated network and a free and ecological society from the ground up in the here and now.

Presenters:
  • Eleanor Finley, she/her, @eleanorfinley16 
  • Kelly Roache, she/they, @kelly_c_roache
  • Katie Horvath, she/her, @katesville7 
  • John Michel Colón, he/him, @JMColony
  • Mason Herson-Hord, he/him, @mason_h2

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
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John Michael Colón

Symbiosis
John Michael Colón is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. His interests include avant-garde art and literature, intellectual history, heterodox economics, sociology, and publishing. He has done reporting for USA Today and the Asbury Park Press, and produced news and cultural programming... Read More →
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Eleanor Finley

Symbiosis
Eleanor Finley is a writer, speaker, activist, and radical municipalist. She is a member of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) and Steering Committee of Symbiosis. She has written about radical democracy in diverse contexts including the Kurdish freedom movement, the United States... Read More →
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Mason Herson-Hord

Symbiosis
Mason Herson-Hord is an organizer for Motor City Freedom Riders, building power with bus riders to fight for better public transportation in Metro Detroit. His main political and academic focuses are decolonization, radical feminism, and bioregionalism. He holds a bachelor's degree... Read More →
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Katie Horvath

Symbiosis
Katie Horvath is a community organizer and writer who left institution-based organizing to work on building dual power with Symbiosis and creating the next system in Detroit. Her work has included leading a university divestment campaign, building local power in Detroit to win issues... Read More →
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Kelly Roache

Symbiosis
Kelly Roache is a community organizer with the NY Energy Democracy Alliance and Solstice, building locally-owned shared solar energy infrastructure and the movement to advance it statewide. She is a former diplomat turned municipalist, Steering Committee member of Fearless Cities... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Fearless Cities: Our Next Steps
The summit is almost over, but our movement is just getting started! Join us for a participatory session to plan the next steps for our Fearless Cities network. We will reflect on points of alignment and divergence, establish an action plan to support emergent collaborations, and create space for offerings, asks, and commitments. Topics will include a follow-up Fearless Cities gathering in February in Jackson, MS with Cooperation Jackson, monthly coordinating calls, collaboration with Barcelona En Comu and the international Fearless Cities Network, a 2019 movement congress to launch the Symbiosis confederation - and your ideas for where we go from here!

Featuring:
  • Marisa Anne Day, she/they, @amarisaanne
  • Kali Akuno, he/him, @CooperationJXN
  • Pablo Benson, he/him, @seedyunderbelly
  • Kelly Roache, she/they, @kelly_c_roache @SymbiosisRev

Affiliated Organizations:
  • Fearless Cities North America (www.fearlesscities.nyc)
  • Cooperation Jackson (www.cooperationjackson.org)
  • Movement Netlab (www.movementnetlab.org)
  • Symbiosis (www.symbiosis-revolution.org)



Speakers
avatar for Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno

Co-founder, Co-director, Cooperation Jackson
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction... Read More →
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Pablo Benson

Movement Netlab
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Marisa Anne Day

Fearless Cities North America
avatar for Kelly Roache

Kelly Roache

Symbiosis
Kelly Roache is a community organizer with the NY Energy Democracy Alliance and Solstice, building locally-owned shared solar energy infrastructure and the movement to advance it statewide. She is a former diplomat turned municipalist, Steering Committee member of Fearless Cities... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
5th Floor Room 503 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

2:00pm

Game-Changing-Game: Participatory Urban Design Tools in the US Context
Gameplay is understood as a playful and pedagogical activity whose purpose is to foster citizen participation and create awareness among neighbors on urban, environmental and social regeneration. Incorporating a playful dimension in urban discussions allows stakeholders with different interests -such as public workers, business owners, activists or neighbors- to sit on the same table to discuss better solutions for their environment.

This is a workshop session that emphasizes the importance of the use of methodologies such as gaming (role-playing) in order to connect the imagination of citizens to the seemingly impossible task of describing their desires and practices (during participatory research and design), and to tease out “to dos and to don’ts” and generate tangible propositions.

The workshop will be structured through our experiences and reflections of our most recent project at Southwark School in south Philadelphia and the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan.


Featuring:
  • Mateo Fernández-Muro 
  • Shari Hersh 
  • Aurash Khawarzad 
  • Gamar Markarian 
  • Manuel Polanco

Affiliated Organizations:

Speakers
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Mateo Fernández-Muro

MATEO FERNÁNDEZ-MURO  Mateo Fernández-Muro is a Spanish architect from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Master Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects (MPAA) in 2013 from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) and Master in Design and Urban Ecologies... Read More →
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Shari Hersh

SHARI HERSHShari Hersh is a community artist and organizer. As Senior Project Manager and Founder of the Restored Spaces Initiative at the Mural Arts Program, Hersh researches and develops innovative projects in the public sphere. In partnership with artists, activists, youth and... Read More →
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Aurash Khawarzad

AURASH KHAWARZAD  Aurash Khawarzad is an urban planner working and living in New York City. His practice is focused on the democratization of the urban planning and development process. He currently works as the Director of Policy & Strategy at the new Race Forward, where he conducts... Read More →
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Gamar Markarian

GAMAR MARKARIANBorn to an Armenian Lebanese family, Gamar Markarian is a designer and urbanist, interested in media and communication. She received her MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons The New School in 2016 and a graduate certification in Documentary filmmaking from... Read More →
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Manuel Polanco

MANUEL POLANCO (BASURAMA)Basurama is an architectural and artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. Our aim is to study... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA