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Friday, July 24
 

8:00am EDT

Registration
Friday July 24, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Student Center: First Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

9:00am EDT

Continental Breakfast
Friday July 24, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Student Center: Third Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

10:00am EDT

Welcome to Cleveland
Friday July 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Music and Communications Building: Waetjen Auditorium 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

11:00am EDT

EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEAK OF NEW DOCUMENTARY: "Whose Streets?" by Damon Davis
A discussion on how images of the Black body are used in mainstream media. Moderated by movement artist and filmmaker Damon Davis from Ferguson.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
TBA

11:00am EDT

Emotional Emancipation Circles: Weekly Support Groups for Black People to Process Racial Stress
Intro to weekly support group sessions for ALL Black people to process emotional legacies of enslavement & anti-Black trauma. Past and present.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 1 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

11:00am EDT

Black Side of the Red Ribbon: HIV/AIDS Activism for Black Lives Past, Present and Future
Does HIV matter to Black lives? Despite high HIV rates and death from the disease, HIV has fallen away from a Black progressive and radical agenda. This session will share lessons learned from HIV/AIDS activists, and what we're doing now to work towards the end of the epidemic for Black lives in the future.


Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 3 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

11:00am EDT

Where can we go from here: intentional sharing of power within 501(c)(3) structures
Limited Capacity seats available

How has the 501(c)(3) structure impacted our communities on a local, state and national level? Are we all destined to be “paid” organizers? What are effective strategies that move beyond service provision to building community power? What are the critical questions we can use to assess opportunities for alternative practices. Let us examine the role of 501(c)(3) as a tactic for making change within the context of a larger movement seeking system change.

Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 332 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Let Your Motto Be Resistance! Why Folks Are Saying We Will Shoot Back
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the organizing handbook developed after the #Every28Hours report, Operation Ghetto Storm, Let Your Motto Be Resistance, will ground the people resistance to police and state violence by building Black Self Defense Networks and Copwatch Networks, have expanding discussions about community defense beyond armed self defense struggle and how to prepare and build self determination.


Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 322 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Street Dance Activism in the Black Lives Matter Movement
Street dance activism highlights possibilities for freedom, living, mourning, pain, pleasure, and resistance for black bodies. This highly interactive dance workshop engages in self-care in order to create a united front using dance. During the workshop, folks will be able to create an "Official BLM Dance" to Richie Reseda's “28 hours” that will be performed at the close of the conference and spread across social media.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 2 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

11:00am EDT

The Revolutionary conversation: a theatrical jazz retrospect with Audre and James
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 136 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Bone-Weary and Cried Out: Healing Space
Limited Capacity seats available

Take a moment from fear, violence and murder to heal.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 1 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

11:00am EDT

Building Self Care and Resilience through Mindfulness, Movement and Meditation
Limited Capacity seats available

An experiential workshop focused on attaining sustainable wellness skills for daily practice in the midst of life challenges. Activities will include, yoga, breath work & meditation.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 146 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Healing from Black Church Trauma in the Quest For Black Liberation
Limited Capacity seats available

An opportunity for faith and activism to heal, communicate & strategize, in order to work together for our collective liberation.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 445 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

How Farming Saved My Life & Made Me Aware of My Blackness
Limited Capacity seats available

What can we learn from the land? What does growing fruits and vegetables teach us about Resistance, Revolution and Resiliency. In this workshop, attendees will explore these questions and share their experiences with other and leave feeling empowered.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 444 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

#BlackWorkersMatter: The State of Black Worker Organizing in the U.S
Limited Capacity seats available

Provoking an engaging new conversation of work, race, gender and organizing for power working with unions and community organizations.


Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 307B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Developing Your Policy Agenda
Limited Capacity seats available

Grade the system of policing in your community and identify policies that can help end police violence.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 122 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Imagining our Future

11:00am EDT

Free From Fear: Dangerous Homosexuals Building Power in Da' South to address profiling and the municipal court
Limited Capacity seats available

Black queer and trans organizers of Southerners on New Ground will engage participants in our local Free From Fear campaign work that is moving across the South. We will discuss our local policy fights and culture change strategies to address police and state violence. We invite participants to scheme and dream with us!


Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 440 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

How to Build Decentralized Networks in the Black Lives Matter Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

How do the mass popular social movements of our time, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter, create new opportunities for decision-makers, organizations, and political parties to make political and economic change possible? What do these movements all have in common, and how do we build them? In this session, Black Lives Matter NYC will share a theory of how decentralized social movements function, how organizations interact with them, and how our entire movement ecosystem can become more effective.


Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom :Room 326 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Facilitation 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Core strategies of facilitation, building consensus, and divergence-convergence.

Moderators
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Maurice Mitchell

Organizer, Blackbird

Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 329 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Organizing 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to build power, learn the tools to build a vibrant, growing base of people to propel our movement to victory.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 441 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

11:00am EDT

Solidarity is a Verb, Collaboration is a Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 2 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

12:30pm EDT

Lunch
Friday July 24, 2015 12:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Student Center: Third Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

2:30pm EDT

There’s A Method to the Movement: Examining Community Organizing Methods and Methodologies
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop will provide a brief overview of community organizing methodologies and methods including Saul Alinsky style organizing, Narrative Based organizing and communal styles of organizing i.e. Ella Baker style and other grassroots models.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 306B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Young Gifted and Black: The real #DearWhitePeople
Limited Capacity seats available

This a caucus for student organizers to uplift and support each other and our work and begin to map out how we can better build black power while being within violent institutions.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 302 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Organizing for Resilience: Supporting survivors and families to move through trauma and lead political change
For generations black communities have created movements while simultaneously experiencing grief, pain, and trauma. For many of us organizing is a key strategy for our resilience in addition as a way to create transformative change for black liberation. This interactive workshop will focus on critical skills and issues that come up when supporting recent survivors of violence and surviving families to organize. We will discuss rapid incident response, gaining consent, building trust, choosing targets and tactics, and navigating trauma and triggers. In addition, participants will leave with practical tools for self care and building collective resilience and power. This workshop is a queer and trans inclusive space and will center the experiences of black trans and queer survivors while talking about general principles of working collaboratively with survivors and surviving families.

Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 2 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

2:30pm EDT

Movie Screening and discussion-Out In The Night- The story of the New Jersey 4
Limited Capacity seats available

Movie screening and discussion

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 134 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Movie Screening Out in the Night: The Story of New Jersey
Limited Capacity seats available

Movie screening and discussion

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 134 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

The Art of Revolution: Collectively Organizing for Reproductive Justice At The Intersection of Art and Activism
Limited Capacity seats available


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 305 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

The Miseducation of Hip-Hop
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is designed to build community and conversation around the Black experience in America through Hip-Hop. We will identify areas of oppression and examples of how Hip-Hop functions to elevate consciousness. Participants will be divided into four groups based on the main elements of Hip-Hop, and will address a particular subject through that form of expression; collecting and creating new knowledge in the process.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 307B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Legos & Monopoly: Mastering Your Inside/Outside Strategy, Gaming the Political System & Winning
Limited Capacity seats available

Legos & Monopoly will help you understand the importance of duel policy strategies to win while showing you how to broaden and better target your outreach

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 146 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Mothers Cry for Justice
Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 3 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

2:30pm EDT

Self-Defense
Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 1 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

2:30pm EDT

This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Remembering
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 1 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

2:30pm EDT

(RE) Education of the Negro: Developing Political Education Programs for Black Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, we will discuss the process to create, expand, and sustain political ed programs for Black communities across the country


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 445 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Black Lives Beyond Borders: Statelessness and Deportations in The Dominican Republic
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the ongoing struggle waged by Black people in the Dominican Republic against a racist system that stripped them of citizenship.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 136 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Decriminalization of Weed & Weed Reparations
Limited Capacity seats available


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 332 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Strategies For Transformation: Divest From Police/Invest in Communities
Limited Capacity seats available


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 414 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

The 2016 Election: How to Make a Concrete Impact and Build Capacity for Black Organizing: Black Youth Project 100
Limited Capacity seats available

This training will cover the nuts and bolts of running successful civic engagement campaigns. It will cover voter registration, voter education and GOTV, as well as the use of data and data systems through election work. For the past two Presidential elections there has been a black man at the top of the ticket, and in this election that simply will not be the case. This is an opportunity for us to focus on what actually matters, not the candidates but the issues and our communities and getting down to how we build power through civic engagement work.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 4 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

2:30pm EDT

The Black Panther Party: Looking Back To Look Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

A retrospective of the Black Panther Party & passing of the torch presented by former members of the original Black Panther Party discussing first hand experiences, lessons learned & how it relates to today's movement.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 329 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

What Assata Really Taught Me: Gender, Sexuality, and Nationalism
Limited Capacity seats available

Centering Assata Shakur, looking at the intersection of gender and sexuality in the context of Nationalism. Understanding the role of women and queer folks in the liberation movement of Afrikan descendants in the Diaspora.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 322 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Black Trans* Lives Matter!: Solutions Not Punishment Coaltion
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 122 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Building a Peoples Security Team
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing from freedom fighters such as the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and Street Trans Action Revolutionaries, folks will learn strategies for building safety in various direct action spaces including marches, rallies, and vigils. We will address common threats to safety in movement spaces including police violence, intimate partner violence, and hate violence. Come with your real life scenarios and practice safety strategies and protocols.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 315 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Building Black Women’s Leadership: Strategies to strengthen our leadership individually and collectively
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on identifying and understanding leadership skills, leadership styles, and getting down to how we can support ourselves and each other in progressive work environments. Many times women are the ones who are the backbone of the movements and organizations but we don’t know their names, we don’t know their stories, and they are not developed and honored. This space will speak directly to that and get to the bottom of how we address that.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 441 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

ENCRYPT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: surveillance self defense & security culture 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 326 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Even My Poems Are Revolutionary
Limited Capacity seats available

Using writing, movement & performance exercises to create solo/group poems, we will explore performance poetry as a social justice tool.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 123 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Mapping Police Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to use facts and statistics about police violence to make the case for transformative change.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 440 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Online Tools and Tactics to Supercharge Your Campaigns
Limited Capacity seats available

With numerous powerful (and free!) tools available, anyone can learn how to use online campaigning to build power and win real change.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 306A 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Queer As Fuck: We Been Here
Limited Capacity seats available

We Been Here focuses on ways to uplift Black Queer and Trans folks within organizing spaces and the Black movement. This workshop contextualizes how much work, sacrifice, acts of resistance, and contributions Black Queer and Trans folks provide(d) within the Black Movement and Black liberation. Queerphobia, Transphobia, and Anti-Blackness are intersecting mutually reinforced systems, in which they must be discussed together in order to understand oppressive logic behind these systems and also to seek freedom. This workshop centers on organizing strategies, creating space for Black queer and trans folks, and "politicizing the personal" when centering Black Queer and Trans issues.


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 2 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

2:30pm EDT

The Black Church: We need you now more than ever!
Limited Capacity seats available

The session will engage in a conversation regarding the Black church/faith-communities, in this current movement for black lives. Folks will take away how grassroots community organizing is strategically partnering with faith-communities, learn from each other the challenges and the best practices for building those relationships.

Moderators
Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 301 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Turn Down on Eachother, Turn up on the State: Conflict Resolution 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 444 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

2:30pm EDT

Putting the T back in Black
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussion around putting the T back in the black lives matter movement, and looking at the black family structure, and discuss our roles in the movement of black love


Friday July 24, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 330 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Imagining the Win
Speakers

Friday July 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom :Room 326 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

4:30pm EDT

Opening Ceremony
Friday July 24, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Music and Communications Building: Waetjen Auditorium 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

9:00pm EDT

M4BL Opening Party
Friday July 24, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday July 25, 2015 12:00am EDT
TBA
  Shared Space
 
Saturday, July 25
 

9:00am EDT

Continental Breakfast
Saturday July 25, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Student Center: Third Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

10:00am EDT

I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free: Part 1
Saturday July 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am EDT
Music and Communications Building: Waetjen Auditorium 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Saturday July 25, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Student Center: Third Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

1:15pm EDT

Feelin’ My Femme: Fighting Femmephobia in the Land
A discussion for Cleveland Femmes designed to dissect and fight an under-highlighted and rarely analyzed topic: femmephobia. Femmephobia crosses intersectional lines to enforce the patriarchal standard that masculinity is not only preferred, but better equipped to lead and succeed. Nah. The workshop attendees will examine and dismantle that false hierarchy while constructing actionable strategies for asserting their FEMME power while living and working in Cleveland

Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 2 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Pondering for Our Ancestor: Rashidah Tutashinda
Limited Capacity seats available

In the African Yoruba Orisa tradition, ancestors are the foundation of all things. They are the link between what is seen and not seen on the earth plane. You can talk to them and ask for their help and guidance when you need it.Known my many names Ancestor Sticks are used when calling on the energy of the ancestors to stand with us in the work that we do. Decorated with fabric or ribbon of nine colors representing the ritual number 9 of completion and in some cultures death. In this workshop participants will honor the tradition of pounding for the ancestors by decorating their own Sticks. Each participant should bring 1 piece of fruit. A picture of Ancestor-No one in the picture should be alive or an object to represent them if a picture is not available. An open mind and heart. Linking our present work of activism and inviting our ancestors to stand with us in this work is the purpose of this workshop


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 445 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Centering Black Women and Trans People’s Experience of Racial Profiling and Police Violence in the Movement for Black Lives
Lifting up Black women’s experiences of police violence and ensuring that they drive our conversations, action, and vision for liberation


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom:Room 3 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Communications Nuts and Bolts: Shannon Garth-Rhodes
Limited Capacity seats available

We will use communication strategies and message discipline to develop plans for telling the stories of our larger movement to the media.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 414 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Whose World is This? The World is Ours
Limited Capacity seats available

The struggle for Black liberation has always been a struggle for the dismantling of global white supremacy, capitalism, and other systems that oppress us. This workshop is a space to re-orient ourselves within the radical Black tradition of internationalism and global solidarity.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 330 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Cultivating Joy: Free, Black & Communing through Theatre:Shamilia McBean,Dorcas Davis
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's shape & share our collaborative vision of freedom through theatre. We'll explore communication, collective joy and healing through embodied art & play.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 136 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Cultural Alchemy 101: The Root Mya Hunter, Heather Lee, Umar Muhammad, Paul Newman.
Limited Capacity seats available

How can understanding our Cultures, Practices and Rituals (C.P.R.) help heal our cities? Using memory, art, empirical knowledge, and straight up data, the Cultural Alchemists at SpiritHouse combine 21st century technology with grandma’s kitchen table remedies to create community centered antidotes.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 123 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Making All Black Lives Matter: Merging and Intersecting Movements to End Criminalization
This session will highlight the oft unseen stories faced by the most Black people most vulnerable to violence; the homeless, sex workers, drug users, formerly incarcerated, people living with HIV. This session will look toward movement building solutions to place the most invisible voices in Black struggle to the forefront.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom:Room 4 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Womens Work: Heartivism and Healing
Attendees will co-create a healthy space for deep psycho-emotional-spiritual release. This will lay groundwork for our subsequent exploration of possibilities for free, loving and abundant, blak communities.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 1 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Antiblackness: Theories and Strategies for Abolition: Page May & Jasson Perez
Limited Capacity seats available

An interactive teach-in for participants to think deeply on the history and meaning of anti-blackness & abolition #AfroPessimism


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 444 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Black Scholar-Activism in the 21st Century: Dr. Tabitha Chester, Dr. Treva Lindsey
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop is designed to be interactive and create a forum for activists to share their experiences in the classroom. Our goal is to build a support system that extends beyond our specific institutions.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 440 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Our Money, Our Voices: Public Budgets for Racial Justice: Maria Hadden
Limited Capacity seats available

To eliminate racist systems we must take control of public budgets. Participatory Budgeting lets us change systems and empower lives. Budgets are the underlying structures of our governmental and organizational policies. In our movements to eliminate racist systems it is important to educate and empower ourselves around public budgets. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a process that interrupts the status quo of budgeting and can bring real power to the people through direct decision-making over our public dollars. In this workshop, participants will learn about participatory budgeting and how it can be used as an organizing tool for broader movements as well as result in immediate changes in their communities. Participants will also receive an Organizing for PB Toolkit.

Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 332 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Post-Rachel Complex: Remaining the landscape of allyship in this BlackLivesMatters moment
Limited Capacity seats available

What is allyship? Why do we need allies? Where can we look to for support in negotiating the complex landscape in these challenging times?


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 306B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

#BlackKidsLivesMatter Part 2: Revolutionary Parenting
Limited Capacity seats available

At its core, Black Lives Matter and the Movement for Black Lives is FOR our children.  This work is about building a just and free world for them (and ourselves).  The system of White supremacist heteronormative patriarchal capitalism pushes a parenting model that centers a nuclear family that was never the truth of who we are as African people.  In raising the children of the movement, we reclaim our concept and practice of an African family that extends beyond a two-parent model, affirms the village, and embraces children as an integral part of all of our work. This workshop is about how organizers are raising our children as a core part of the movement and how that process empowers children, fuels the movement, and allows parents to develop a sense of wholeness.  The session will be led by a movement mama and two of her daughters.  Children, parents and the entire village are encouraged to participate.  



Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 326 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

And I showed up #SayHerName: JeNae' Taylor, Jonathan Lykes
Limited Capacity seats available

#sayhername, a ritual to release black womyn killed by cops: healing as performance


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 146 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

CANCELED: #BlackKidsLivesMatter Part 1: Packing Backpacks for Rebellion and Revolution
Limited Capacity seats available

Black children are BLACK GOLD. Black children are the future of Black liberation. This workshop urges us to understand, and embrace the revolutionary potential of Black children. It urges us to see the education of our children as sacred and to insist on self-determining the course of education for our children. As Malcom X said: “Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children!” Participants will look back at the history of transformative/revolutionary, self-determined education, including: hidey schools during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Liberation Schools as part of the Black Liberation Movement, radical Black home-schooling and, Afro/Africentric Schools. This workshop will examine the creation of BLM schools as a necessary component of the BlackLivesMatter/modern Black Liberation Movement. We will discuss: how can we create BLM schools in our living rooms, our buildings, our community centers, our classrooms, and children’s hearts? How can we fill our children’s backpacks with tools for rebellion and revolution? Participants will look at some examples of revolutionary educational tasks that Grade 1 students at Toronto’s Africentric Alternative School engaged in in the 2015/2016 school year, such as: writing letters to political prisoners, exploring greenhouses at the Black Farmer’s Network Plot, creating ancestor masks of Aiyanna Jones and Tamar Rice, recording a music video for Esperenza Spalding’s “Black Gold”, writing mothers’ day cards to Renata Hill, and designing an “All Black Lives Matter” disabilities justice playground. Adults and children will engage in hands on learning tasks such as: reading transformative justice short stories written by and for children, and writing each other BLM love letters. **Hands on tasks will be scaffolded to be accessible to participants of all ages. Participants take away collectively brainstormed ideas/building blocks of a mini-curriculum for BLM focused education.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 326 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Don’t Talk About it, Be About it: Calling Out and Ending Systemic Racism: Cuyahoga PlaceMatters Team
Limited Capacity seats available

"Policies and practices in the educational, criminal & juvenile justice, housing, environmental, and healthcare systems have a marginalizing impact on black people and black communities. Using mapping data and statistics the Cuyahoga PLACEMATTERS Team shows how, together these systems negatively impact black people in the communities they live. The team will show workshop participants how to identify data sets and use them successfully to show how to challenge systems and rhetoric to empower black people."


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 302 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Engaging Policy Makers Around Issues of Police Militarization: Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
Limited Capacity seats available

Workshop designed to offer thought on how to engage policy makers across government surrounding the issue of police militarization.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 306A 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

International Decade for People of African Descent and the National Plan of Action: MXGM
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will ground participants in the struggles leading up to the (A10) and how International Decades have been used by other oppressed people. The workshop will also ground people in the demand for a National Plan of Action, how to use People’s Assemblies as a vehicle to develop the plan in grassroots a led process and how that demand relates to A10. The objective of this workshop is to recruit people into a nationally coordinated effort to build out a campaign to build the National Plan of Action as part of implementing the mandates from the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 307B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Liberation Can't Wait: How Black Queer and trans folks can and must be at the forefront of the movement towards LGBTQ liberation and full equality.
Limited Capacity seats available

Liberation Can’t Wait: How Black Queer and Trans folks can and must be at the forefront of the movement toward LGBTQ liberation and full equality.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 301 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Riding Through the 6 Wit My Woes: Anti- Black Racism in Canada and Beyond: J Future Khan
Limited Capacity seats available

remember that plan you had to escape to canada when shit goes down in the states? nah. anti-Black racism is alive and well in the north. through the use of speculative fiction, development of strategies and tactics and exploring the ways that Black Lives Matter means all Black peoples, we will delve into what globalized Black liberation looks like. starting in the north, we will move through how to mobilize mass communities of Black people through the development of critical connections around Black and Afrikan identified global resistance.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 329 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

The 60th Anniversary of Emmet Till’s Murder: From Emmet Till to Rekia Boyd, Extrajudicial Killings & Black Resistance
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore the historical terrorism represented by the murders of Emmett Till & Rekia Boyd, trajectory of resistance & ask questions such as: Who has power? What forces should we orient to in building a powerful movement for Black Lives?


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom:Room 1 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

The People, United, Shall Never be Defeated: How to craft a Black Revolutionary consensus for the 21st Century
Limited Capacity seats available

This training will highlight the Draft Black Liberation Manifesto (www.blunblog.org/2015/06/draft-black-liberation-manifesto-22.html) as a key tool for fostering a dynamic, working unity for the 21st century. Rather than a rigid set of ideas, the Manifesto is designed to foster a national conversation within the Black Left that is grounded in a shared orientation towards both the past and the future.

Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 322 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM COINTELPRO 101 & US POLITICAL PRISONERS: When We Fight Back & The State Strikes Back
Limited Capacity seats available

Former political prisoners, family members of political prisoners and others targeted by COINTELPRO will discuss the tactics used by COINTELPRO and will speak about the importance of our US Political Prisoners and why we must include them in today's Black Lives Matter movement. They will also discuss how the government continues to target amd signs to be aware of.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom:Room 2 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Welcome to America; Black Immigrant Experience of Anti-Black & Anti-Immigrant State Violence in the US: BAJI & BIN
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore citizenship + criminality in an anti-black, anti-immigrant state that displaces and exploits Black communities in U.S. & abroad.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 441 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

What had happened was… Building tools for collective accountability: Che Long
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we create space for giving and receiving feedback in our movement spaces that don’t shame and blame? How do we create accountability without reproducing the messed up policing dynamics we see in public schools in our daily lives? In this workshop participants will learn tools for centered accountability within a collective and hierarchical organizing structure. There will be space to troubleshoot common accountability problems that come up as well as to share whats working and whats not working. Come with your real life questions!

Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 315 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

African Female Revolutionaries and their Lessons for the Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

Africa is home to 54 countries & 2000+ cultures. Africa is also home to some unsung sheroes. This is their story. Their lessons for today.


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 305 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Shade & Shoutouts: Popular Culture and Social Issues: Ashleigh Shackelford, Tyrell Cooper
Limited Capacity seats available

Shade & Shoutouts is a caucus dedicated to Black folks engaging with one another to understand a variety of Black experiences through the lens of popular culture (including Sample Topics: (Subject to change per audience requests) Rachel Dolezal and complicating authenticity in the Black community, Empire, Gay Marriage/ SCOTUS, Dark Girls/ Light Girls: Colorism and Misogyny, Respectability Politics, Transphobia & Black Liberation, Amber Rose and more Bad Bitches, Don Lemon & more Uncle Toms: How Skinfolk Ain't Always Kinfolk, Orange Is the New Black, Black-ish, Scandal, etc. representations of the Black body and Black experience in music videos, television shows, films, current events, etc.) We will question mythologies and stereotypes surrounding Black identities, as well as social issues that plague and complicate the Black community (i.e. colorism, trans inclusion, queerphobia, nationalism, what is ratchet?, sizism, religion, respectability politics, etc.).


Saturday July 25, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 122 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

CANCELED: Black/Land in Cleveland
Limited Capacity seats available

Every success begins with knowing our history and envisioning the future we desire. This interactive workshop begins with a look at the unique histories of black relationships to land in Cleveland, followed by small group discussions that mapp out how we desire those relationships to look in the future.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 332 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Cleveland

3:00pm EDT

Justifiable Homicide: Building A Movement With The Families Affected By State Saction Violence Workshop Leader
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 1 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Cleveland

3:00pm EDT

Shots Fired: How Can You Respond?
Limited Capacity seats available

We are U Medics (U is for Ujimaa, Kiswahili for "collective work and responsibility"). Our vision is to build a grassroots network of Black people around Chicago prepared to create justice for their communities in emergency situations. This workshop teaches participants to become first responders for their families and communities. The skills we teach include first aid for massive bleeding injuries, how to communicate with police when they arrive on the scene, and how to intervene if someone is having an asthma attack.

Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 136 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Closed to Press  Healing

3:00pm EDT

Direct Action Play Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

Black people from across the country have taken to the streets and turned up like we haven’t seen in years. We have held rallies, die-in’s, brunches, blocked trains and taken over malls. We have been creative and strategic. In this participatory workshop, we will dream, vision and play as we come up with creative direct actions.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 330 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Black, Trans and Brilliant: A Space For Us to Connect
Limited Capacity seats available

This Black Trans only space is intended for folks to commune with each other and develop strategies for healing.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 305 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Black Lives Trauma - Addressing Our Hurt to Heal
Limited Capacity seats available

Trauma does not just go away, it only sinks in deeper.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 445 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Healing

3:00pm EDT

Elixirs for Black Brilliance and Resilience
Hoodoo is uniquely Black-American tradition informed by African and Native Indigenous wisdom. Together we will make some traditional hoodoo.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 1 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Healing

3:00pm EDT

Intimacy with Food
Together we will explore practical tools for enhancing quality of life through creating an intimate relationship with food and the land.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Room 2 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Healing

3:00pm EDT

Revolution Begins Within (Yoga): Olaronke Akinmowo
Limited Capacity seats available

Interactive discussion & demonstration on using yoga and meditation as a tool for healing, wellness and spiritual liberation.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 444 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

The Somatics of Black Liberation (Yoga)
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine your cells carry the memory of your ancestors footsteps walking through swamp lands. You catch glimpses of their eyes sparkling through Spanish moss, heartbeats pounding as they sit watching and waiting. Imagine now, you are inside your Mother's womb, and in the stillness of your warm slumber you are awoken by nightmares of dogs chasing you through that very same swamp. Your tiny heart beats faster as your Mother is witnessing the brutalization of yet another Black life on television. The link between these memories is imprinted not just on your cells, not just your mother's cells, but also her mother's, and her's and so on. Imagine what it would mean to hold in your cells the memory of something before that; when your mind, body, and Spirit remembered what it felt like to be free.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 146 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Healing

3:00pm EDT

Black minds Matter: How the educational industrial complex is destroying young black minds
Limited Capacity seats available

How over-testing ,under - funding and school push‎-out is destroying the mind, body and spirit of Black students.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 315 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Imagining our Future

3:00pm EDT

HIV is Not a Crime – Or is it? { Intersecting HIV, Criminalization and Race}
Limited Capacity seats available

What if having a virus sent you to prison? Currently there are 32 U.S. states and territories that have laws expressly criminalizing HIV exposure and/or nondisclosure of HIV status. Many prosecutions under these laws take place even when no transmission occurred or was possible, as in cases of spitting, biting, or fights. Criminalizing HIV defies science and public health, and deters HIV testing and treatment.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 329 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Imagining our Future

3:00pm EDT

Jackson Rising: A case study of the Jackson-Kush Plan
Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 4 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

3:00pm EDT

Making Justice: How Reparations for Police Torture Survivors Were Won
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will discuss the history of Chicago police torture and the decades-long struggle demanding justice for survivors who were tortured by former Police Commander Jon Burge. Facilitators will share lessons from the recent successful campaign for reparations. This workshop will interrogate the dominant narratives surrounding the idea of justice and offer possibilities for re-imagining what justice can look like.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 302 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Imagining our Future

3:00pm EDT

Organizing for Self-Determination: Bldg a Nat'l Agenda for Blk Food & Land
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore intersections of food/land within larger liberation struggle. Contribute to formation of natl Black food sovereignty/land alliance.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 307B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Imagining our Future

3:00pm EDT

Beyond IDFWU: best practices for collaboration in a Black led movement
Limited Capacity seats available

What can coalition building add to our movement work? What is productive conflict? How can we work together across organizations?

Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 414 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Black Community Control Over the Police
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on Black Community Control Over Police as both an objective and a demand for this historic moment. Participants will leave with an operational understanding of Black Community Control Over Police as a theory and the building blocks for developing their own local campaign.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 3 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

3:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Black Love, Black Leadership, Black Power: Rebuilding the Black Liberation Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

What will it take to rebuild a powerful Black Liberation Movement in our times? What skills do we as leaders need to be able to make our greatest contribution to this movement? Join a panel and discussion about the lessons of the past and the opportunities and threats facing Black movement leaders today. The session will focus on three core elements at the heart of a revitalized Black Liberation Movement: deep and transformative leadership development, sharp analysis of the current political moment that guides strategy, and organizing practices that embody the freedom and transformation we are fighting for.


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 2 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

3:00pm EDT

Black Radical Women and Revolutionary Movement Building: Critical Insights and Actions
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is structured as a training, drawing upon the political history and critical insights of Radical Black Women's Movement Building.

Speakers

Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 306A 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Check Your Bias: Ending American Denial of Racism
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about implicit racial bias and discover ways to use this new #CheckYourBias campaign as a tool for policy change.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 306B 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Conscious Leadership: Grappling with Work-Life Dilemma Using the power of Life Mapping
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, Leaders will have an opportunity to grapple with the work/life dilemma of their personal vision, their leadership responsibilities, and their commitment to community change. It is a powerful life changing process supporting self mastery for leaders and building their capacity to create change. Monika welcomes the opportunity to support leaders who are on the front lines think about their work and their personal futures in ways that have integrity, honor their commitment and hold sacred space with spirit and love.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 123 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Freedom from Violence is Reproductive Justice: Advancing the Human rights of Black women and people in Cleveland
Limited Capacity seats available

New Voices for Reproductive Justice strategies are to build an intergenerational pipeline of leadership of Black women and girls to solve the problems they face in their communities, challenge the policies, cultures and institutions that violate their Human Rights and equip them with tools and skills to build a powerful, grassroots Reproductive Justice Movement. Our workshop will address multiple fronts of struggle at the intersections of gender, politics and health rooted in dismantling anti-Black racist oppression. New Voices has won concrete victories on key issues such as health care access for low-income women, anti-shackling of incarcerated pregnant women and increasing voting power among inactive voters while effectively navigating what can be a crooked room in progressive spaces. New Voices is a partner in the national policy initiative: In Our Voices: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda (blackrj.org).


Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 122 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Global Black Struggles
Limited Capacity seats available

Strategize about global networks & UN Decade 4 People of African Descent while discussing neoliberalism as context 4 Black struggle globally

Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 441 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

Towards a Black Feminist Future: Co-creating a National Black Feminist Strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

Strategy, demands, issues, and opportunities+Black feminist brilliance= Co-creation of a National Black Feminist Agenda.

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 440 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:00pm EDT

#blackcommafeminist: Let’s Fuck Up Some Commas
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop explores the “comma” in identities, and discusses its implications, positive, negative, long and short term

Moderators
Saturday July 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 322 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
  Unconference

7:00pm EDT

M4BL Concert
Saturday July 25, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Trinity Cathedral: Parking Lot 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space
 
Sunday, July 26
 

9:00am EDT

Continental Breakfast
Sunday July 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Student Center: Third Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

10:15am EDT

We Gon' Be Alright: Visions of a Black Future
Sunday July 26, 2015 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Music and Communications Building: Waetjen Auditorium 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Sunday July 26, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Student Center: Third Floor Atrium 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

1:15pm EDT

I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free: Part 2
Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Music and Communications Building: Waetjen Auditorium 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space

1:15pm EDT

Art as Movement Work: Art and Culture for Black Lives
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Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 136 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Making Resilience and Resistane Work: Healing for Black Lives
TXT HEAL to 919-90 to stay a part of the conversation. 

Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 146 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Creating a National Platform for Black Lives
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Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 134 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Global Movement Building: International Advocacy and the Global Movement for Black Lives
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Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 445 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Liberating Our Minds: Building Alternative Political Structures
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Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 4 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Local Power: Policy Priorities and Coordination for Black Lives
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Speakers

Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 2 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

#Shutitdown: Building a National Action Table
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Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 1 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Electric Melanin: Technology and Black Freedom
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Moderators
Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 441 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Movement Building: Creating Bases & Black Networks Across Regions
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Moderators
Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Student Center: Ballroom: Room 3 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

1:15pm EDT

Telling Our Stories: Communications Strategies & Narratives
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Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 123 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

1:15pm EDT

Strengthening The Movement in Cleveland
TXT CLE to 91990 to stay a part of the conversation. 

Moderators
Sunday July 26, 2015 1:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Main Classroom: Room 444 1899 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

3:15pm EDT

Movement For Black Lives Convening Closing
Sunday July 26, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Music and Communications Building: Waetjen Auditorium 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
  Shared Space