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Saturday, July 28


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.

Norma Andrade, she/her

Emanuela Borzacchiello, she/her

Farah Tanis, she/her
Twitter: @farahtanis1

Lorena Kourousias she/her
Twitter: @VIPMujeres

Chaumtoli Huq, she/her

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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 →

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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 →

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 →
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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 →
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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


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.

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

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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


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!

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

Affiliated Organizations:

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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.

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.

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


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.

Sonia Gonzalez Roman, she/her

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, she/her, @nynurses

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

Ximena Bustamante

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

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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 →


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

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 →

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


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?

  • 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

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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


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.

  •  Silvia Federici, she/her 

Affiliated Organizations:

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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 →


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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
Sunday, July 29


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.

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

Affiliated Organizations:

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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 →
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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


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.


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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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Eleanor Finley

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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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 →
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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


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.

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

Affiliated Organization: 
AORTA's social media is:

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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 →
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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