We the Future Social Justice Conference 2022
Friday April 29th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP)
This FREE virtual day-long conference aims to raise consciousness and inspire action. For those feeling the call toward political engagement, We the Future offers an opportunity to build solidarity among activists of color, working-class folks, interfaith allies, feminists, members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants and the undocumented, labor organizers, and environmentalists whose diverse work is united by a desire to build a more just, humane world.
Our theme this year is "Sow Justice; Cultivate Community; Harvest Power." Over the past few years, communities at large have had to adapt to the ongoing changes of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our communities have experienced fires, homelessness, discrimination, police brutality, and other unprecedented events that affected the lives of many. Now is the time for solidarity. Where we can come together as a community to reflect, rebuild, and reconnect as we look towards the future.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Bettina Love, who is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of education reform, anti-racism, carceral studies, abolition, and Black joy. The aim of her scholarship is twofold: firstly, to advance how the field of education understands and critiques the systemic and structural racism of public education within the U.S.; and secondly, to advocate for abolitionist approaches in the field of education that seek new possibilities for educational justice. In the pursuit of making her scholarship a reality, she works with activists, communities, youth, families, and school districts to build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in the aspirations of abolitionist strategies that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: to develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Dr. Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council. The goal of the Task Force is to advance dialogue and form tangible solutions for guaranteed income.
Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including Abolitionist Teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. She is the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE.
For questions feel free to reach out to Aaron Solorio at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emmanuel Lopez at email@example.com