Santa Rosa Junior College and North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) invite proposals for workshops, presentations, panels, and performances for our second-annual We the Future Social Justice Conference, which will be held at SRJC Petaluma on Friday April 13, 2018 from 9am to 3pm. Last year’s inaugural conference attracted nearly 400 participants and drew people together from all walks of life, from college and high-school students to longtime local activists representing varied groups including NBOP, Graton Day Labor Center, LGBTQ Connection, Community Action Coalition, Homeless Action! and the Police Brutality Coalition of Sonoma County.

We encourage proposals that address this year’s theme: “Feeding Ourselves, Feeding Our Souls.” This year’s topic reflects both the issues of social justice in the realm of food, as well as the urgent concern with healing, nourishing, and building healthy communities in the aftermath of the devastating North Bay fires. Proposals for workshops that are hands-on and interactive, and that address the connection between social justice, personal and community wellbeing, and equitable access to resources will be prioritized.


In keeping with this theme, our keynote speaker will be Nikki Silvestri, a thought leader on issues of food justice and sustainability who was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans by The Root magazine. You can read more about Nikki Silvestri at


Presentation themes to be explored could include one or more of the following (but are not limited to): 


  • food justice, sustainable agriculture, food deserts
  • sustainability, conservation, environmental racism
  • fire recovery and disaster capitalism
  • self-care in contexts of struggle
  • healthcare access and reform, social determinants of health
  • labor rights, rights of migrant workers and agricultural laborers
  • undocumented rights, immigration policy and reform
  • homelessness, housing insecurity, gentrification
  • voter rights, voter suppression, gerrymandering, district elections
  • mass incarceration, state violence, criminalization of youth of color
  • racial justice, structural racism vs. interpersonal racism
  • understanding social, cultural, and racial privilege
  • women’s rights, reproductive rights, gender pay gap
  • #MeToo Movement, workplace harassment and sexual assault
  • LGBTQI rights, combating homophobia and transphobia
  • educational equity, access, reform, ethnic studies
  • popular education, political-organizing theory, direct-action training
  • indigenous knowledge, resistance, and decolonization
  • economic inequality, anti-poverty efforts
  • mental health access/parity/stigma
  • arts as a form of activism and organizing tool
  • media access and representation, media and information literacy
  • freedom of speech, First Amendment rights

Rubric for Proposal Selection

Rubric for Proposal Selection

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018

Submission Questions:

Session Presenter(s)
Presenter 1 (Main Contact for Presentation)
Presenter 2
Presenter 3

If you're interested in attending the conference, register here. If you would like to table at our lunchtime Resource Fair, sign up here.