CONFERENCE PROGRAM

WE THE FUTURE SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE
PRESENTED BY SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE AND
NORTH BAY ORGANIZING PROJECT
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019 
SRJC PETALUMA CAMPUS
 

8:30AM – 9:30AM 
REGISTRATION AND MORNING SNACK
CLOCK TOWER PLAZA

 

9:30AM – 10:45AM
WORKSHOP SESSION 1

 

The State of Fake News: The Impact of Algorithms on Social Media
PRESENTER(S): Canon Crawford, SRJC Libraries
LOCATION: John M. Jacobs Hall Rm. 124

By establishing definitions of misinformation, disinformation and propaganda, the workshop will provide strategies for evaluating information released in various formats with an emphasis on social media. Particular attention will be focused on the migration of “news” to smart phone apps and the role of algorithms in news delivery.

 

Fight for $15 and Organizing Low Wage Workers
PRESENTER(S): Maria Garcia, North Bay Jobs with Justice
LOCATION: John M. Jacobs Hall, Rm. 123

All across the country, and especially in Sonoma County, immigrant workers make sub-poverty wages and work in the most dangerous jobs. This workshop will share local stats on immigrant workers and discuss specific actions we can do to raise the value of work that immigrant community do.

 

Legal Observer Training
PRESENTER(S): Dennis Pocekay, North Bay Rapid Response Network
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 20
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Want to support those who are vulnerable to immigrant raids and warrant-less searches? Join the new Rapid Response Network hotline in Sonoma County as a “legal observer,” someone trained to document what’s going on at the scene of an ICE raid. You don’t interfere or intervene—you collect information that could be crucial later if someone’s rights were violated.

 

The Final Frontier of Human Migration and Corporate Colonialism: Space
PRESENTER(S): Lynda Williams, SRJC Physics Department
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 207

The story we are taught as children is that humanity must “migrate to the stars” and colonize Mars and the Moon. This presentation explores this space-exploration myth as an extension of the settler-colonialist doctrine of manifest destiny. Are humans wasting planetary resources on this pursuit at the expense of economic and environmental justice? Must humans migrate to other planets to save our species? And, if so, who would have access to space? 

 

A Just Recovery: Ensuring Resiliency by Building Lasting Power
PRESENTER(S): 
Gabriela Orantes, North Bay Organizing Project
Samantha Sandoval, Latino Community Foundation
Christian Arana, Latino Community Foundation
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 241

Learn how local nonprofits, activists, and community organizations came together after the Tubbs Fire to create the UndocuFund, and unprecedented philanthropic response to support underserved Latino and immigrant communities. Out of this has come a long-term strategy for change, not charity, known as Just Recovery—a coalition of agencies in Napa and Sonoma counties who envision a region where all families can thrive, not just survive. Learn more about how you can get involved.   

 

A Brief Overview of California Indian History
PRESENTER(S): Rose Hammock, California Indian History Museum and Cultural Center
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 243

Learn more about the indigenous tribes within Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino County, followed by a hands-on component to explore significant objects from Pomo and Coast Miwok culture, such as baskets, jewelry, and traditional (medicines, foods, and teas).

 

UndocuAlly Training, Part 1: Context—Law and Policies
PRESENTER(S): 
Alma Valverde, SRJC Dream Center
Laura Larqué, SRJC History Department
LOCATION: Capri Creek Classroom, Rm. 1101

Social and economic instability, fear of deportation, and political uncertainty fill the daily lives of undocumented students. This workshop provides educators with the tools to support the healing and empowerment of undocumented students, including a better understanding of the environmental factors affecting them. Attendees will learn how to provide social and emotional support through group activities and discussion, and will walk away with knowledge and resources on curriculum, college access and success, and best practices. 

 

Drumming as Activism and Organizing
PRESENTER(S): Tyehimba Kokayi
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 244

This workshop will begin with historical background knowledge of the ancient Mali empire, and how drumming was used as form of communication, organization, and resistance to colonization. Rhythms on drums will be introduced, practiced and performed.

 

11:00AM – 12:00PM
KEYNOTE ADDRESSS BY DR. VICTOR RIOS
CAROLE L. ELLIS AUDITORIUM, BUILDING 300

 

12:00PM – 1:30PM
LUNCH & RESOURCE FAIR
CLOCK TOWER PLAZA AND STUDENT CENTER (BLDG. 400)

 

1:30PM-2:45PM 
WORKSHOP SESSION 2

 

You Calling Me Queer? A Conversation about Language, Access, and Resources for LGBTQ+ Students
PRESENTER(S): 
AC Panella, SRJC Communications Department
Tristen Mayer, SRJC Queer Student Union (QSU) President
Members of the SRJC Queer Student Union (QSU)
LOCATION: Capri Creek Classroom, Rm. 1101 

This panel discussion will be an interactive discussion about the benefits & challenges of being LGBTQ+ on campus. Student representatives from the Queer Student Union (QSU) will talk about their experiences and issues facing the campus community.

 

Best Practices for Serving Undocumented Students
PRESENTER(S):
Halea Waters, 10,000 Degrees
Itzel Sosa Cervera, 10,000 Degrees
Marisol Magaña Bright, 10,000 Degrees
Emily Tenorio Molina, 10,000 Degrees
LOCATION: John M. Jacobs Hall, Rm. 123

We at 10,000 Degrees believe that all students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and documentation status have a right to an equitable education. In this workshop you will learn about the challenges and opportunities undocumented students face in trying to obtain a college education, including how to navigate different laws and policies regarding financial aid some best practices on how to support students and connect them to resources.

 

Know Your Rights Workshop
PRESENTER(S): 
Aleyda Mojica Guzman, Roseland Collegiate Prep
Genesis Rogel, Roseland Collegiate Prep
Sirena Nordstrom Miranda, Roseland Collegiate Prep
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 205

This workshop will be a youth-led training that will focus on our legal rights as human beings, whether we are documented or not. Join us in building power with our community by knowing your rights!

 

Common Crimes and Cannabis: Understanding Criminal and Immigration Law 
PRESENTER(S): Heather Wise, Attorney at Law
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 207

The intersection of criminal and immigration law is complex. A simple conviction in state court can have devastating life-long immigration consequences. You need to know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. This workshop will cover common crimes and their immigration consequences, teach how to avoid law enforcement contact, and give you guidance in case you do have law enforcement contact. SPANISH TRANSLATION PROVIDED.

 

Testimony after the Fires: Voices of the Immigrant Community
PRESENTER(S): members of North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) Immigrant Defense Task Force
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 241

In the wake of the 2017 wildfires, members of the NBOP Immigrant Defense Task Force developed demands and won changes so that the Spanish-speaking community will be included in Sonoma County’s disaster preparation, planning, and response. There will be testimonies and a presentation on how their model is working to create social change from the ground up.

 

Olin: Danza, Prayer in Movement
PRESENTER(S): Kalpulli Xantotl
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 244

Embodying the concept of Olin—ever-flowing movement—participants will be introduced to the spirituality and ritual that is Danza Azteca. Through our compromiso (commitment) to Danza, we aim to reconnect, heal, and educate all generations. Be prepared to engage key elements of Danza including copal smoke and movement.

 

Latino Service Providers: Self- Care in the Context of Struggle
Leticia Garcia, Latino Service Providers (LSP)
Bibiana Luna, Latino Service Providers (LSP)
LOCATION: Kathleen Doyle Hall, Rm. 243

Learn how to become a mental-health advocate in your own community and learn to practice self-care to improve your own mental health. SRJC students and LSP Health Promotoras Leticia and Bibi explore how fear among immigrants and within immigrant families impacts mental health. They will address the barriers and challenges to accessing resources, and how to overcome them. Learn more about the importance of dismantling the stigma of mental health in the Latinx community. 

 

UndocuAlly Training, Part 2: Best Practices and Support Networks
PRESENTER(S): 
Alma Valverde, SRJC Dream Center
Laura Larqué, SRJC History Department
LOCATION: John M. Jacobs Hall, Rm. 124

Social and economic instability, fear of deportation, and political uncertainty fill the daily lives of undocumented students. This workshop provides educators with the tools to support the healing and empowerment of undocumented students, including a better understanding of the environmental factors affecting them. Attendees will learn how to provide social and emotional support through group activities and discussion, and will walk away with knowledge and resources on curriculum, college access and success, and best practices. 

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