Local to Global Justice 2020: Climates of Justice

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Arizona State University Tempe Campus

H.B. Farmer Education Building

1050 S Forest Mall

Tempe, Arizona 85281

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The Local to Global Justice (L2GJ) Forum and Festival is a community gathering space for sharing knowledge and skills for progressive change. At this annual event, we recognize that everyone has something to teach and something to learn. Come join us to share and learn new ideas and practices for more just and equitable futures.

Our primary goal is to bring together campus and community activists to share knowledge about social justice and tactics for more effective action. We believe it is vital to connect local diversity, sustainability, and social justice issues to larger global struggles.

The Forum and Festival is FREE. While we certainly appreciate donations, we are dedicated to providing free speakers, food, workshops and entertainment.

Check out our program here:

2020 Theme: Climates of Justice

This year’s theme, Climates of Justice, asks participants at the 2020 Local to Global Justice Forum & Festival (February 28- March 1, 2019) to find common ground that unites us. We will connect students and community members to organizations and community activists who are trying to nurture more equitable futures for everyone. We draw our inspiration from youth activists who are agitating for sustained recognition and action around climate change and other urgent issues. We will go beyond climate change and open a space of dialogue about how to create climates of peaceful, thoughtful, and respectful debate, conversation, understanding, and dialogue that will foster positive conditions for social change.


We envision Local to Global Justice as a space for community activists to gather freely and exchange these radical imaginations of different futures where structural injustices have been recognized and addressed. We anticipate 500 community members and students joining in this year’s 19th annual Local to Global Justice event.


Join in talks, panel discussion, performances, or skill-shares that enhance your perspectives and methods for creating just outcomes and different possibilities for all our community members.

When, Where, and What?

Friday, 2/28: Join us at the Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center (1026 N. 9th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85006) from 6-9 p.m. for a free evening of music and spoke word with Cheetah Volcano, Wyld tha Bard, and La Luz de la Luna Mario Etsitty will cater the free dinner with Navajo-inspired offerings.

Saturday, 2/29: Join for an all-day Forum and Festival at the ASU Tempe campus, Lattie F. Coor Hall (976 S Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) and nearby Farmer Building from 9-5:30 (registration begins at 8:30). Events include discussion of local activism, keynote presentation on immigration issues, workshops of direct activism and compassionate resistance, community tabling, roving performers, and activities for children, as well as free and vegan lunch. Bring items to donate to Asylum Seekers (details follow.) Key notes include Amy Juan from Tohono O'odham Hemajkam Rights Network (THORN) and Laiken Jordahl from the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, followed by workshops on restorative justice, privacy rights, immigration policy, and non-violent communication. Don't miss the Ballet Folkorico dancers at lunch time!

Sunday, 3/1: Join us from 10:30 - 2:30 for an intergenerational day of "Action and Solidarity" in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, H.B. Farmer Education Building, 1050 S Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281. We'll organize care kits for local asylum seekers, create a drum circle, and play an empathy building card game. All ages are welcome!

Drive for Refugees and Immigrants in AZ: Please donate toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, kleenex, chapstick, and other personal care items), which are in the most need. Other items requested are: backpacks, purses, messenger bags, wallets, new packages of underwear and socks (all sizes). Paper, pencils, reusable water bottles, and binders are needed for students. New or clean and gently used twin size bedding, wall clocks, alarm clocks, and batteries can help furnish bedrooms. Other desired items include small children’s toys, children’s books, and diapers. Bring items to Friday or Saturday events or to donation bins in Wilson Hall at ASU, available the week of February 24. All items will go to Gathering Humanity.

We’ll organize care kits on Sunday. These provisions will support refugees and asylum seekers escaping violence in Central America. Government officials drop these migrants at the Phoenix bus station, leaving the asylum seekers to try and unite with family members or friends living in the United States. Migrants typically arrive to Phoenix with little to no belongings or money.Gathering Humanity, local churches, and nonprofits help families get the supplies they need to get established and secure.

Over 10,000 asylum seekers have passed through Phoenix since October 2018. The need is great and you can help! Donate items and learn more about how you can provide other support while attending Local to Global Justice events.

Food at the Festival

FREE. Vegetarian. Delicious. M-m-m-m.

We believe that sharing food is one of the best ways to come together and get to know one another. Every year, Local to Global Justice is happy to provide FREE meals during the event (of course donations are graciously accepted).

Bagels, coffee, and tea will be available on Saturday morning, and lunch will be provided that day as well. All food offerings will be mostly vegan (containing no meat, dairy products, or eggs) to accommodate people with different dietary preferences. Non-vegan items will be clearly labeled. If you're not used to eating vegan food, give it a try--we're sure you'll find something you like!


Arizona State University - Tempe is considered to be one of the most physically accessible campuses in the United States. All of the buildings at the Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival are fully accessible.


Spanish translation will be available for workshops and speakers. If you would like to use these services or have other needs, please contact us via email prior to the start of the event in February, or ask at the registration table during the Teach-In.

Exciting Highlights

Please check here often to hear about our confirmed speakers and performers!


Please consider volunteering to help us bring this event to life! Click here to register as a volunteer and to select how you’d like to donate your time and talents.


Justice-focused organizations are encouraged to set up a table to provide information to students and other community activists. Click here to register for a table space.

Tables are available starting at 9am on Saturday (Feb 29th) - you are welcome to use them both days at any time. If needed, electricity is available but please bring your own extension cords - we can't guarantee that one will be available.

Sponsors and Donations

This event serves 500 students and community members annually. If you would like to sponsor our event, we’d be glad to feature your logo in our brochure. Sponsorships and donations of all sizes are welcomed. Please contact for more details.

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