RACIAL EQUALITY CONFERENCE

Efforts and movements to address racism throughout history have been sparks and catalysts for all areas of pro-democracy and social justice work. At the same time, structural racism has been a central force to derailing democracy in the U.S. throughout our history. It is time to hold a struggle for racial equality central to any organizing for justice we do as we work towards liberation for all people. This conference focuses on issues facing communities of color; white people addressing racism; bringing a racial justice focus to all our work for democracy; intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality; tactics and strategies for moving towards racial and economic justice; and the on the ground work people are doing to make it happen.

Convened by Freedom Inc, Take Back the Land-Madison, and Groundwork

Registration Opens

Registration and information will be in the Atrium.  Please enter on Wisconsin Ave side of building.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC - Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Atrium
Session type: 
Panel

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

OPENING CEREMONY: Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company

Through the universal language of dance, traditional drums and contemporary music, Call for Peace weaves the pageantry of life, the power of hope and the wisdom of our Elders into a tapestry of rhythm, color and dance.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Keynote

Ending Violence Against Women of Color: Saving Our Selves

What does it look like? What does a woman have to go through before our voices are heard?

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Bophia Somouth
Speaker(s): 
Kabzuag Vaj
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
Shaquita Griffin

Challenging the Gender Boxes

What makes you feminine or masculine? Are these rules true in nature or have humans created them? This workshop will talk about how our ideas of gender are  constructed by society.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Alix Shabazz

Racism and Access to Education

Panelists ranging from classroom educators and community advocates to students and parents, will speak about how Racism intersects with children’s and communities’ access to education.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Erika Wolf

Theory of Organizing: Of the People for the People

An interactive presentation of story-telling, video, and theory of how to effectively build movements led by people of color, for people of color.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
M Adams

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

What is it like to be a Black Girl?

Story telling of personal experiences of being a Black Girl in WI and organizing Black Girls in WI for social change.
 

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Alix Shabazz
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
Shaquita Griffin

LGBTQ White Anti-Racists: Intersecting to Build a Movement

Join this panel discussion to discuss the question: When it comes to racial justice work, where is the white LGBTQ Community? Three panelists will share, followed by a discussion and brainstorm of what can be done.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Brian Juchems
Speaker(s): 
Kristen Petroshius
Speaker(s): 
Linda Ketcham
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Core Values & History of Civil Disobedience

Looking back on history, we invite you to construct a timeline of civil disobedience -- drawing from moments in history as well as your personal experiences. What made non-violence an integral and effective element of the Civil Rights movement? We'll explore the core values of peaceful civil disobedience, through the looking glass of lunch counter sit-ins and the Freedom Rides of the 1960s, as well as the Reverend James Lawson's workshops that led to an unconditional commitment from participating activists -- what Martin Luther King, Jr, referred to as the "self-purification" step.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

The Struggle of Black People

Obtaining a new understanding.  A discussion about the struggles that black people face.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Nate Abrams

Solidarity Rally with State Workers

We Won't Pay For Your Crisis! On August 25th, Wisconsin state employees will receive a pay cut of up to 13%,  courtesy of Governor Walker and the State Legislature. Stand with State Workers to say: "Enough!" It's time that the corporate class pays its fair share.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 5:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
Session type: 
Panel

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies will sing at 6:45, so get the plenary early!

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 6:45pm - 7:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Raging Grannies

Democracy and Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Peoples are often not considered as part of the modern democracy even in their own territories. This includes international institutions which violate their own mandates of universal democracy. In the 21st century we would like to build a powerful movement of democracy. This presentation will be informative from an Indigenous perspective and will be followed by a question and answer section.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College (MATC - Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Nicolas Chango

Food is a Human Right

Using a variety of approaches including policy change, community gardens, and seeking more access to land for farming and selling, this workshop will focus stories of advancing food justice and food sovereignty in the Madison Area.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Pahua Vang

Skill Building: The General Strike

On February 21st, the South Central Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that "endorse[d] a general strike, possibly for the day Walker sign[ed] his budget repair bill." That resolution caught the imaginations of many people nationwide, and set off an internal debate within the labor movement over whether to get behind the call for a general strike. What happened? Could it, should it happen in the future? And if so, what should proponents of the use of the general strike do to make certain that a general strike call is not suppressed, but instead, spreads to other regions and sectors?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Ed Sadlowski
Speaker(s): 
Eric Cobb
Speaker(s): 
Samantha Jordan

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

Queer People Of Color in the Movement

Engage in a panel of Queer People of Color that will highlight the work and issues of their communities, and how they are working to build a movement, pre and post the WI uprising.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Alix Shabazz
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Shaquita Griffin

Skill Building: Building Multi-Racial Movements

Learn about experiences, positive and not-so, others have had building multi-racial unity. Share your experiences, learn about resources and make connections to strengthen your ability to do this essential work.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Nov-Violent Direct Action as a Strategy in a Peaceful Movement

What is the difference between non-violence as a strategy and a tactic, as opposed to a way of life? How is non-violence effective and why does our Climate Justice movement need it? How can we learn from the past to create a sustained peaceful resistance, as opposed to random bursts of action?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

Advancing Housing as a Human Right at the Local Level

"Simply Unacceptable" is the title of a new report issued by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) which grades the U.S. in several categories regarding our response to homelessness and compliance--or lack thereof-- with the human right to housing. And yet our government refuses to give priority to housing as austerity budgets and further deregulation being pushed at the federal and state level are sure to...exacerbate the current housing crisis. But, housing activists are not settling for this dismal record and outlook and are demanding that our communities do more to ensure that everyone has access to housing.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Senate AB
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Anthony D. Prince
Speaker(s): 
Heidi M. Wegleitner
Speaker(s): 
Joe Peery
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
Robert McGee
Speaker(s): 
Stephanie Mingo

Wisconsin's AZ copycat Bill: The basics of AB173, where we are at now and how to move forward.

The WI legislature introduced their own AZ copycat bill this spring.  Learn about the content of the bill, what strategies have been used so far and discuss how we can kill the bill.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC - Downtown Campus
221 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Elena Lavarreda

Connections Between Mental Health and Racial Oppression.

We will look at connections between mental health and racial oppression, how their origins raise questions of the creation of "normal" and why in general we are so often afraid of difference.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Jason Glozier
Speaker(s): 
Karen Milstein
Speaker(s): 
Liz Bruno

Take Back the Land: Positive Action in the Time of Corporate Oppression

Elevating Housing to the level of a Human Right and gaining community control over land are the two primary goals of the Take Back the Land Movement. Hear stories from local organizers about the myriad approach TBL-Madison is taking to reach these goals through: direct action, policy change, media strategy, and community organizing.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Senate AB
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Alix Shabazz
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Nate Abrams
Speaker(s): 
Robert McGee
Speaker(s): 
Shaquita Griffin
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

PARTY FOR DEMOCRACY AT THE TERRACE with MICHELLE SHOCKED and EMMA's REVOLUTION and V05

It's a Madison tradition not to be missed: a summer evening at the Memorial Union Terrace. Join national musical acts Michelle Shocked, Emma's Revolution, and Madison's own VO5 at the Memorial Union Terrace. Music begins at 8:00pm, and runs late into the night. Get there early to secure your seat!

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 8:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Location

Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon St.
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Emma's Revolution
Speaker(s): 
Michelle Shocked
Speaker(s): 
VO5

Skill Building: Being an Effective Ally in the Struggle for Equality

Rooted in the ways we each hold privilege and face oppression based on various systems such as race, class, gender, sexuality and age, we will discuss strategies together for taking principled action as an ally. 

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Wielding the Graphic Arts

Tyler from the Beehive Design Collective will lead a hands-on workshop demonstrating collaborative methods of making "Graphics for the Commons" - powerful story-telling images that boost our movements.  Including collaborative idea-generation, the value of graphics to our work, and hands-on collaborative design. Everyone is welcome - YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRAW TO MAKE GREAT GRAPHICS!

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Tyler Norman

Wisconsin People's Assembly

This second Wisconsin People's Assembly will unite Wisconsinites from across the state in resolving how to move forward in the coming months to overcome corporatization and austerity, and to achieve democracy and shared prosperity for all. This session is for Wisconsin residents; friendly folks from out-of-state are welcome to observe.

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D240
Session type: 
Workshop
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