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Young People's Peace & Justice Conference '13

The Door - A Center for Alternatives & University Settlement

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

Young People's Peace & Justice Conference '13

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"Facing Violence & Finding Love"

555 Broome Street, New York, NY

Free registration. Free meals served.

Friday, July 12: 4:00pm – 9:00pm| Opening Night

Newly Announced Keynote Speaker & Performers:

Darnell Moore, Tahani Salah & Angel Nafis
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Saturday, July 13: 12:00pm – 7:00pm | SESSIONS


The 2013 Young People's Peace and Justice Conference (YPPJ) is a two-day community-building conference with a purpose to harness youth dialogue, awareness, engagement, and skills building around social justice issues. It is an intergenerational conference with workshops for all ages.

The tagline of this year's conference is "Facing Violence and Finding Love," and we aim to encourage our community and include young people in the process of deconstructing violence, analyzing its role in our lives and world, and to developing practical and applicable ideas and strategies around embracing love and peace in the interest of social responsibility and justice.

Conference organizert: Cleopatra N. LaMothe (Isaac C. Kwock Award for Social Justice 2013 Winner): clamothe@door.org

Read more about our conference sessions & keynotes below!


·         Know Your Rights – FIERCE, Lee Jimenez

·         Sexual Violence & Negotiating Consent in LGBTQ and HIV-affected Communities – NYC Anti-Violence Project, Tasha Amezcua

·         Media Messages: Gender, Dating, Relationships & Abuse - The Family Wellness Program of the Children's Aid Society, Julia Kirchoff

·         A Hip Hop Way to Understanding Neighborhood - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center- Division of Child & Adolescent Health, Columbia University- Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Noe' Romo

·         Let's Talk About Sex – Day One, Sara Gonzalez & Andrew Sta (Attorney)

·         Writing and Healing - Audre Lorde Project, Chelsea Johnson-Long

·         The Black Church is DEAD! Calling the Black Church to Live It's Unlived Life - National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc.,  Aquarius Gilmer

·         I Am Speaking to You: A Perspective on Alternatives to Violence - Leave out Violence (LOVE) USA, Erica Reade

·         NYC Votes Youth Voting - NYC Votes/NYC Campaign Finance Board, Chyann Sapp & James Subhudi

·         DREAMers Speak - Make the Road NYC, Maria Jose Ubiergo

·         LGBTQ People in the Media - Media Masters Alliance, Marin Watts

·         Mind-Body Yoga – MindBodyWise, Rachel Shanken

·         Repercussions: film on HIV & AIDS - D.A. Media, Dallas Alexis

·         & MORE!!


·         The Positive Justice Project - Center for HIV Law and Policy, Adrian Guzman

·         Teen SENSE - Center for HIV Law and Policy, Adrian Guzman

·         LGBTQ Generations Networking Caucus – Live Out Loud & The Door, Alex LaCasse  & Jessica Rodriguez

·         Loving While Hating Others & Ourselves: Misogyny & Violence Queer Women & Trans Communities –  Young People’s Peace & Justice Conference @ The Door, Cleopatra LaMothe

Healing Spaces

·         I Am Beautiful - Nicole Lewis, Texas Horatio-Valenzuela, Kirsten Tanjutco

·         Yoga from the Heart - Jeana Musacchio

·         Peace Mandalas Art Project - The Door, Aura Mateus, Shawn Powell & Calla Wright

·         Meditation for Peace - The Door, Anna Reyna



·         Self Care & Caring for Others - Trinity Toft, NYU: MSW Candidate


Keynote Speaker - DARNELL MOORE, Hetrick-Martin Institute

Appointed by Mayor Cory A. Booker as Inaugural Chair of the city of Newark, NJ LGBT Concerns Advisory Commission, Darnell L. Moore is an educator, writer, activist, and critic. His writings have appeared invarious media outlets including The Huffington Post, Ebony.com, TheRoot.com, and the Official Blog of President Barack Obama, among many others.  

His scholarly articles investigate the intersections of queer subjectivities and race and Black Christian thought.  Darnell was a visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School (2007-2008) and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University (2010-2011). He has also served as a Lecturer at Rutgers University and The City College of New York (CUNY). He was also a selected participant in the 2012 Seminar on Debates on Religion and Sexuality convened by theologian Mark Jordan at Harvard Divinity School. He is a board member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY and The Tobago Center for Study and Practice of Indigenous Spirituality. In January 2012, Moore visited Israel and the Palestinian territories as a member of the first US LGBTQ Delegation to Palestine organized by scholar/activist Sarah Schulman. And he is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on African American Studies at Columbia University.

He is presently working on a book that examines contemporary racial and sexual politics and jointly operates a social entrepreneurial company named YOU Belong with former NFL player, Wade Davis II, focused on creating proactive and progressive solutions to the problem of social injustice. He received a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Seton Hall University), MA in Community and Clinical Counseling (Eastern University) and MA in Theological Studies/Christian Education (Princeton Theological Seminary).

Keynote Performers - ANGEL NAFIS & TAHANI SALAH

Angel Nafis is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in FOUND Magazine's Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels,The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, The Bear Rivers Review, MUZZLE Magazine, and Mosaic Magazine. In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series. She is the author of BlackGirl Mansion. She lives in Brooklyn.

Tahani Salah is a performer, poet, and activist based in Brooklyn New York. She currently serves as a youth outreach coordinator and Board Member with Urban Word NYC. She is also a member of the Nuyorican Slam Team and author of the forthcoming book Respect The Mic. Tahani has also been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jams. She is passionate about peace and activism and carries that into the classroom as a high school educator, showing how life creates art and using it as a tool of expression. Tahani has also lent her talents to the cause of MDGfive.com, a website that uses the power of art and social media to increase community engagement in the fight to improve maternal health and reach Millennium Development Goal number five by 2015. As an artist dedicated to bringing light and solutions to communities where people's voices have been silenced, Tahani has performed at a number of the world's famous stages including the Apollo Theatre in New York City to universities in South Africa and Germany. She is a graduate of Columbia University.








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The Door - A Center for Alternatives
555 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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The Door - A Center for Alternatives & University Settlement

Each year The Door serves more than 11,000 young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals - all for free, completely confidentially, and under one roof.

The Door is unique in its ability to meet the complex needs of New York City's disconnected youth. No other organization provides the range of services we do all in one place.

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