Standing in Solidarity with Water Protectors


Water Protectors from across the country unite to speak about the growing movement.

Event hosted by Ashley Williams, Jenya Polozova, and Vina Nguyen

Opening Ceremony:
Shki Bmaadzi (New Beginnings) drum and dance troupe will share Native American cultural dancing and drumming. The performance is presented by Chi-Nations Youth Council. Chi-Nations Youth Council is a Native American youth council created in 2012 as a response to the Idle No More movement in Canada. They have the mission to create a safe space for Native youth with a focus on arts, activism, and education. Chi-Nations teaches about the land and provides a narrative, not often heard. The youth have a unique perspective growing up Native in Chicago. They believe their existence and practicing their culture are forms of resistance.

Event Panelists:
Lower Brule, SD
Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel is an enrolled member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate, a Tribe of the Lakota nation. She is a tireless advocate for issues important to Indian Country. She is employed in the government sector, facilitating funding for projects to promote the development, prosperity, and the preservation of Native communities. Jordan is also the author of Native in DC.

Mandaree, ND
Lisa Finley Accomplishes Everything DeVille is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as Three Affiliated Tribes. Currently, Lisa serves on the Vision West ND Project Consortium and on the MHA Citizens for Change group. She is vice president to Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights (POWER), a board member of the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) and of the Western Organization of Resource Council (WORC). She also serves on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) in Washington, D.C. Lisa asserts, “The Bakken oil and gas development has brought much environmental and health impacts and has changed our way of life. We must protect our water, land, air that is life.”

Houston, TX
Bryan Parras has been an instrumental part of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS). Bryan has utilized a combination of old media and new media mediums to help educate and advocate for frontline communities fighting for environmental justice. Bryan has also served on the Board of Directors of The Gulf Coast Fund and the Environmental Support Center. Currently, Bryan helped to organize the Gulf Coast Peace and Dignity Run from Louisiana to Houston and continues to co-produce Nuestra Palabra’s radio show on KPFT, 90.1.

Anna, IL
Born and raised in a small town in southernmost IL, Tabitha Tripp is an advocate for safe, clean water and opposed to extreme energy extraction that threatens water supplies globally. She is currently on the Board of Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE), she is the founder of the Shawnee Forest Sentinels and is a council member of the regional network known as Heartwood. More recently, she also set precedent in the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline by filing as a pro se intervenor on the grounds of a taxpayer and mother of two children who will ultimately inherit the problems created by our fossil fuel addictions.

Kick-Off to Without/-Borders? 2016 on Kalamazoo College

Kick-Off to Without/-Borders? 2016 on Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI-

Friday morning on K-College,busy with visitors local and distant for the kick-off of With/out-Borders? 2016.
Facilitating the dialogue for the first AfroFuturism Plenary are Alex Lubin.  Alex Lubin is Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico, Shante Smalls-Assistant Professor of English and African American Literature & Culture at St. Johns University. Joining them as well, Cynthia Young, Adrienne Marcee Brown, writer, sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar, organizational healer, pleasure activist, organizational healer, facilitator, live/love/relationship/work coach, doula, speaker/singer. Kai Green, Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

To view live:

With/Out – ¿Borders? ll Conference

With/Out – ¿Borders? ll Conference

October 21 and 22, 2016

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College
205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

This will be a CONFERENCE – [UN]CONFERENCE featuring modules that will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and performances designed to prompt us to collectively conjure, theorize, decolonize, and map a future we can all thrive in.

Modules will focus on the following interventions:

*Cultural and academic work informed by Afrofuturism, the visioning of post-oppression desires through fantasy, film, technology, and speculative fiction.

*Radical teaching, campus activism, and education advocacy that upends colonial knowledge to create liberatory educational structures and paradigms.

*Ideologies and technologies that move toward a renewable energy [r]evolution and sustainable future.

*Global and local work creating next systems and deploying new economic possibilities and strategies.

Confirmed Speakers and Facilitators:

Naomi Klein ~ Adrienne Brown ~ Daniel Beaty ~ Christina Heatherton ~ Peter Bratsis ~ Sunni Patterson ~ Dara Cooper ~ Alice Kim ~ Stephanie Shonekan ~ Prudence Browne ~ Simon Akindess ~ Sean Estelle ~ Nicholas Estes ~ Alex Lubin ~ Shante Paradigm Smalls ~ Cynthia Young ~ Valorie Thomas ~ Shayna Plaut ~ Shreena Gandhi ~ Jaafar Aksikas ~ Erin Polley ~ Scott Kurashige ~ Amaha Selassi ~ Denise Miller ~ Kai M. Green ~ D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem ~ Jiba Anderson ~ Francisco Villegas ~ Xavier Morales ~ Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez ~ Rhonda Williams ~ Rebecca Alexander ~ Ali Abunimah ~ Mildred Williamson ~ Jax Lee Gardner ~ Jacob Corvidae ~ Tama Hamilton ~ Yolanda Vega ~ Sojn Boothroyd ~ shea howell ~ Tawana Petty ~ Shannon Sykes ~ Binney Girdler ~ Kali Akuno ~ Santiago Valles ~ Ntanya Lee ~ Matt Birkhold ~ Sholanna Lewis ~ Jonathan Romero ~ Karla Aguillar ~ Pat Fry ~ Anne Mitchell ~ Elizabeth Vega

Detroit Hip Hop Artists Travel To Africa As U.S. Music Ambassadors

Mahogany Jones LIVE, a Detroit-area hip-hop/soul group are on their way to Africa, after her group won a U.S. State Department contest to become one of 12 U.S. musical ambassadors sent abroad.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsor of the American Music Abroad Program, received 300 applicants.

The first leg of the trip will have the group preforming in Washington, D.C., to perform for the Duke Ellington High School for the Arts before leaving for Zambia. The group will also perform at events in Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana and Ethiopia in addition to workshops about hip hop for local musicians and youth.

You can usually find Mahogany Jones, whose legal name is Charyse Bailey performing at the Old Miami Bar in Midtown, where she hosts a program featuring women in hip hop.

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