The purpose of our conference is to connect social and reproductive justice activists in our state, and to provide resources and tools to advance the fight for justice in Michigan. The conference starts at 9:00 am. Registration opens ar 8:15 am. Registration includes lunch if receieved by March 15th.
Our conference will focus on:
- Deepening our understanding of intersectionality and how it impacts individuals and communities
- Examining social relations and power dynamics
- Techniques for successfully reaching across social boundaries to achieve positive social change
- Effective advocacy and grassroots organizing
- Strengthening individual expression and personal power as a foundation for social change
Our conference is co-sponsored by the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center at the University of Michigan-Flint and the Women’s Education Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. The conference will be at UM-Flint this year.
Our keynote speaker is Natasha Thomas-Jackson. Ms. Thomas-Jackson is an activist, writer, performance artist, consultant, and the co-founder/executive director of RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness (RIU), an organization that promotes youth engagement, expression, and empowerment through performance, literary art, and social activism. The theme of her keynote address is, “How a Creative, Intergenerational, & Intersectional Feminism Will Save Us All.”
The Anti-Defamation League will give a presentation regarding the Alt Right and hate crimes in Michigan.
Acclaimed Michigan artist Madelyn Porter will perform a piece from one of our feminist pioneers.
Speak- outs to discuss personal experiences with social inequality.
We are planning a panel discussion regarding the experiences of girls and women in the Michigan corrections system.
Workshops focusing on skills for successful organizing and social activism led by activists currently working in Michigan.
We will conclude our conference with a chapter meetingfrom 4-5 pm.
**New this year: Choose the registration level that fits your budget! If you can, please pay a higher amount as it helps us to pay for the conference and to provide conference scholarships. The low income/student level of $35 is the estimated cost for food and conference materials for 1 person. It does not include other conference expenses. We have four suggested registration levels and a box to request a scholarship. Thank you!
**Please check the appropriate box on the registration form if you need a vegetarian or gluten-free lunch.
Our conference is in walking distance of the award-winning Flint Farmer's Market and very close to the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) which will be showing a special exhibit, Women of a New Tribe, that presents the spiritual and physical beauty of selected African American women in the Flint community. Admission to the FIA is free on Saturdays!
And more! Go to www.michnow.org for updates.