FEATURED PRESENTERS AND ARTISTS

Alicia Sanchez of KBBF 89.1FM bilingual radio will give a keynote address at 9:00am, and Daniel "Big Dan" Mora of the critically acclaimed Oakland hip-hop group BRWN BFLO will perform during the conference closing celebration from 4:30-6:oopm.

 

Keynote Speaker: Alicia Sanchez

The daughter of migrant farmworkers, Alicia Sanchez joined the picket lines of the United Farm Workers movement in the 1970s, and eventually served the UFW as a lawyer advocating for the legal rights of workers. After moving to Santa Rosa from Oxnard, California in 1986, Sanchez played a key role in organizing Sonoma County’s first union representing a predominately Latino and Spanish-speaking labor force. Since then she’s worked extensively as a labor organizer, community activist, and champion of the underdog.Named by The Press Democrat as one of most influential individuals in Sonoma County history, Sanchez is famed for her fiery speeches and fearless commitment to fighting oppression in all of its forms, including worker exploitation, sexism, and racial injustice. Following the 2017 presidential election, she was a featured speaker at Santa Rosa’s Women’s March, one of the largest protests in the city’s history. Her many honors include an ACLU Jack Green Civil Liberties Award in 2010 and in 1991 the California legislature named her “Woman of the Year.” Sanchez currently serves as Board of Directors President of KBBF 89.1FM, the first fully bilingual, bicultural educational radio station in the U.S.

Featured Performer: Daniel “Big Dan” Mora

Daniel “Big Dan” Mora’s life story is a remarkable against-the-odds tale. He was born and raised in West Oakland’s notorious Acorn Housing Projects and later in the barrio of Fruitvale. His parents emigrated from Mexico in the 1970s and toiled in sweatshop-style factory jobs to put food on their family’s table. As a teenager he became involved with gangs and found himself in juvenile hall six times.

While fulfilling his court-mandated community service, Mora found a calling in social-justice organizing and youth-leadership development. He was one of the young activists who co-founded Youth UpRising, East Oakland’s premiere youth center, and has since worked as a youth mentor, gang-prevention specialist, and now serves as a probation officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley and was accepted into graduate school at Harvard University. He is a powerful motivational speaker with “Homeboy Goes to Harvard” Productions and just finished developing a solo play based on his life experience called “Passages,” which premieres Humanist Hall in Oakland on April 8, 2017.

Hip-hop fans will recognize Big Dan’s voice from Hard Knock Radio, the popular public-affairs program hosted by Davey D on Berkeley’s KPFA Radio; his conscious hip-hop group BRWN BFLO (an abbreviation of “brown buffalo”) recorded a track for the show that plays every weekday during drive time. As a solo artist and with BRWN BFLO, Mora has recorded with underground sensations Los Rakas, Chingo Bling, Dead Prez, and conjnto-norteño group Los Novillos del Norte. 

 

PRESENTER BIOS

 

10:30AM – 11:45AM

SESSION 1

 

Healthcare Is a Social Justice Issue

Presenters: Kim Caldewey, MPH; Erin Hawkins, MS

Room: Jacobs 123

 

Kim Caldewey, MPH

Kim Caldewey is the Dental Health Program Manager for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. Ms. Caldewey received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a licensed Physician Assistant, trained at the Stanford/Foothill Primary Care Associate Program. Before joining the health department in 2000, she worked for 12 years as a medical provider in 3 Sonoma County community health centers, where she saw firsthand the effects of healthy disparities. In her spare time, Ms. Caldewey coordinates the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Health Worker certificate program and is an adjunct faculty member.

 

Erin Hawkins

As the Community Outreach Project Manager for the Petaluma Health Care District, Erin has the opportunity to bring together residents, business, nonprofits, and service providers to address the most pressing health needs of our community, and take action to improve health outcomes for all District residents. Erin received a B.A. in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Community Development from the University of California, Davis. A passionate and dedicated community health advocate, Erin also sits on the board of the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), Petaluma Valley Hospital Next Gen and is a member of Petaluma Valley Rotary.

 

Organizing for Direct Action

Presenters: Diane Wheeler, Shirley Bennett, Kelly Brothers, Dr. Kathryn Jurik

Room: Jacobs PC 124

 

Diane Wheeler

Diane Wheeler has worked in film and television for over 25 years in New York, Boston, Austin, and New Orleans, and moved to Sonoma County in 2013. She's been involved in community and environmental issues throughout her career. In 1996, she co-founded the TSG foundation in NYC, raising money from within the film industry for public school art and pediatric hospital reading programs. She taught fundraising for non-profit film production at the Visionaires Institute in Massachusetts, participated in efforts to protect film industry economies in both Texas and Louisiana, and in 2007 partnered with a team to build the first LEED Gold film studio facility in the country. She then oversaw film educational programming at the studio, worked for several years advocating for clean fuel initiatives in Louisiana, has worked on many campaigns from city council to presidential over the years, and has been working with OFA and Indivisible in Sonoma county since the day after the election on November 8 2016.

 

Shirley Bennett

Shirley Bennett has been involved in various forms of the resistance movement since the 1960's. She's worked on political campaigns since that time and became a member of Organizing for Action (OFA) in March 2013, following her work as a phonebanker/canvasser/donor/poll observer for President Barack Obama in 2012. Social media drew her interest, and after she began doing that for OFA Sonoma, she went on to become a digital media co-lead for OFA California and the remaining Western states. She loves live-tweeting, training, and creating change with OFA and our coalition partners.

 

Kelly Brothers

Kelly was one of several SRJC students who formed a coalition around the news that the Sonoma County deputy sheriff who killed 13 year-old Andy Lopez had been promoted. Their goal was to inform the public of this injustice. This group now exists off campus, taking on the name Community Action Coalition. They have continued their mission of direct action, drawing attention to state violence, racial oppression, and the need for justice. As a founding member, Kelly has organized and participated in protests, consciousness-raising events, die-ins, banner drops, direct-action training, and coalition building.

 

Dr. Kathryn Jurik

After the elections in 2016, Dr. Kathryn Jurik searched for the best possible way to RESIST. She led a postcard-writing campaign in February and is a member of the Community Action Coalition (CAC), which began and Santa Rosa Junior College. Kathryn is part of a core group of members of CAC who served Sheriff Freitas with a recall notice. Currently, she is collecting recall signatures, participating in marches, attending art days, planning direct actions and working to create a rapid-response hotline for immigrants. Kathryn has lived for over 40 years in Sonoma County.

 

Micro-Aggressions: Steps on the Path to Becoming More Anti-racist

Presenters: Dinah Bachrach, Margaret Sorrel

Room: Jacobs 126

 

Dinah Bachrach

Dinah Bachrach is a She is a Quaker and a member of the Racial Justice Allies in Santa Rosa. She is a 68 year-old white lesbian psychotherapist in private practice, a parent, and a non-violence trainer.

 

Margaret Sorrell

Margaret Sorrell is Quaker and member of the Racial Justice Allies in Santa Rosa. She is a white physician in her mid-60's, a parent, and a grandparent.

 

Art and Activism

Presenters: Jessica Layton, Val Killmore Castro, Dr. Heidi Saleh, Hannah Skoonberg

Room: Doyle 205

 

Jessica Layton

Jessica Layton is an American photographer, organizer, and educator. She co-founded the Carrot Workers Collective and the Precarious Workers Brigade, both are artist lead collectives organizing around labor rights within the arts sector in London. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Royal College of Arts, London and BFA from School of Visual Arts. Currently, she teaches photography at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

 

Dr. Heidi Saleh

Dr. Heidi Saleh was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up literally in the shadows of the pyramids. She immigrated with her family to the U.S.A. and, as an undergraduate, majored in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. For graduate school, Dr. Saleh attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology through the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She has excavated for two seasons with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities at the pyramids' workmen's cemetery in Giza, Egypt. She has also participated in excavation projects with U.C. Berkeley at the site of Muqdam in the Egyptian Delta and the Middle Egyptian site of El Hibeh. Dr. Saleh served as a consultant for the Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Currently, she is an art history professor at Santa Rosa Junior College.

 

Val Killmore Castro

Valerie R. Castro is an Oakland-based filmmaker and actor. She has written and directed over 31 short films and two feature-length films which have screened at film festivals all over the world, including Cannes. Her debut feature-length film, The Craving (2015), premiered at the Turin International LGBT Film Festival and was presented by Italy's godfather of giallo (thriller-horror) film, Dario Argento. Castro recently embarked on her third feature length film, a sociopolitical documentary about members of the LGBTQ community who supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Castro holds an MFA in film from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was the first recipient of the George Kuchar Filmmaking Award. In 2010 she received a Women in Horror Filmmaking Award and also co-produces a popular film series in San Francisco called Full Metal Cinema

 

Hannah Skoonberg

Hannah Skoonberg studied printmaking at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee. She currently teaches printmaking at the Santa Rosa Junior College. As an artist she has been interested in the democratic multiple of printmaking. It is a process that allows for expanded communication while retaining the intimacy of a hand made object. The print medium has been the medium of protest for as long as it has existed.

 

Engaging Student Leaders in Creating Social Change

Presenters: Dawn Larison, Robert Ethington, Ryan Sansome

Room: Doyle 207

 

Dawn Larison

Dawn is committed to helping others and cultivating leadership development through coaching and teamwork. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and three minors in gender studies, philosophy, and interdisciplinary studies and is now pursuing a Master's Degree from Quinnipiac University in Organizational Leadership. In school, Dawn became actively involved with the Society for three years, serving as a chapter president. Using her experience, she has dedicated the past year supporting the development of other NSLS chapters nationwide.

 

Ryan Sansome

Ryan Sansome is the President and Founder of Students for Recovery. He is also the first Recovery Support Specialist Intern in Student Psychological Services. Last year he founded the Hope Dealers recovery story sharing movement, and facilitates a weekly addiction and mental health recovery support group for students. Most recently, he co-founded Advocates for Student Housing. He is most well-known for his successful community-wide open mic event, Recovery Night, a student-led conversation around recovery and mental health, and the stigmatization of addiction. He is currently running for Vice President of Student Health in the Student Government elections.

 

Robert Ethington
Robert Ethington is the Dean of Student Affairs & Engagement Programs at Santa Rosa Junior College. He also teaches Counseling 95: Advocating Social Change. Robert has been an activist for social justice issues since his undergraduate days at the University of Missouri where he received his bachelor's in counseling psychology. He remembers marching to end apartheid in South Africa as a young student just waking up to the power of coalitions to effect change. Later he received his master's degree in student affairs from Colorado State University. While there, he coordinated Homelessness Awareness Week, a series of events and activities that won the National Association of College & University Residence Halls (NACURH) Program of the Year. Currently, he serves as a board member for Children's Humanitarian International, a local non-profit committed to educating children around the world and providing compelling experiential opportunities for local high-school students. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, three kids and two golden retrievers.

 

Communicating with your Local Police

Presenters: Ken Savano and Robert Brownlee

Room: Doyle 243

 

Ken Savano

Petaluma Police Chief Ken Savano has been serving in Sonoma County for more than 30 years.  He began his career with Petaluma in 1994 and served in a variety of assignments.   He attended SRJC where received a AS degree in Administration of Justice and graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga with a BA degree in Business Management. 

 

Robert Brownlee

Robert Brownlee is a police lieutenant with the Santa Rosa Junior College District Police Department. Robert has over 27 years of public service including time in the United States Coast Guard, the California Highway Patrol, and, for the past 12 years, the SRJC District Police Department. He has received extensive law enforcement training and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Robert earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership with the University of San Francisco.

 

Limitless: Closing Student Equity Gaps

Presenters: Devanie Zarco, Miguelina Mendez, Ellen Velazquez Muralles, Gisele Vivas, Alexia Carrillo

Room: Call 656

 

Devanie Zarco

Devanie works for SRJC Petaluma as Student Success Program Specialist and as Family Engagement Facilitator at Proctor Terrace Elementary. She is an alumni of SRJC and a soon-to-be-graduate at Sonoma State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She has helped pilot different programs and events on campus, even serving as a co-advisor for the Females Empowering Each Other (Fe²) Club on campus.

 

Miguelina (Lina) Mendez

Miguelina Mendez graduated from Gateway to College Charter High School in May 2016. She works as a Student Success Coach at SRJC Petaluma. She will receive her associate’s degree in spring 2018 and will be applying to Stanford this fall. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Lina wants to go to law school and become an immigration lawyer. 

 

Ellen Velazquez Muralles

Ellen Velazquez Muralles is a third-year student at Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in computer science. Aside from being a student, she is involved in a number of campus activities. She is a member of the Females Empowering Each Other (Fe²) Club, is the former president of the Dreamers Club, and is a student employee at the Intercultural Center. Ellen plans on transferring to Humboldt State University in fall 2018. After she graduates, she wants to come back to her community to encourage more young women to enter into STEM careers, specifically in computer science. 

 

Gisele Vivas

Gisele Vivas is the co-founding President of the Females Empowering Each Other (Fe²) Club at SRJC Petaluma and a current Student Success Team member. Gisele is studying forensicanthropology and is transferring to CSU Chico in the fall. 

 

Alexia Carillo

Alexia Carillo is a student at Santa Rosa Junior College and a student employee at the SRJC Office of Student Equity. She is a first-generation college student studying Sociology and planning on transferring to the University of Santa Barbara. Her involvement in the Puente Program during her freshman year gave Alexia opportunities to access resources and inspired her to be involved on campus, which is why she wants to give back in the form of advocacy on behalf of the student population. Alexia is also involved with Student Government, holding the office of Director of Clubs at the Petaluma Campus.

 

Where the Gays At? Making Spaces More Welcoming for LGBTQI People

Presenters: Eliseo Rivas, Pat Santiago

Room: Call 657

 

Eliseo Rivas

Eliseo is works with youth, schools, and families to build stronger communities for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning community. They seek to create a world where all can live, and kindle other leaders to also be world-creators.

 

People Power! Intro to Community Organizing

Presenter: Karym Sanchez

Room: Call 658

 

Karym Sanchez

Karym Sanchez is a community Organizer with the North Bay Organizing Project. He has led several campaigns in Education Justice and is also a national trainer for the Gamaliel Foundation.

 

 

1:15PM – 2:30PM

SESSION 2

 

Media Literacy in a Community Context

Presenter: Domenica Giovannini

Room: Jacobs 123

 

Domenica Giovannini

With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UCSB and a graduate degree in Public Health from Touro University California, Domenica has expansive knowledge working within and with the public sector. She became a self-taught marketing expert during her undergraduate education where she learned the basic of graphic design, photography, and messaging. After spending 2.5 months in Ethiopia doing health education research for her grad program she realized the need for a shift from health education to health marketing. She is now known for not only her government relationships experience, but also her knack for messaging and behavior change marketing. She started her own company in 2012 in the face of the slumping economy and an inability to find a job. Now she is the Founder/CEO of MaberMe, Inc. who believes in doing good in the world by helping other businesses do well.

 

Standing Up for Kids and Families

Presenters: Pamela Van Halsema, Buzzy Martin

Room: Jacobs PC 124

 

Pamela Van Halsema

Pamela Van Halsema is a local public school librarian, and mother of three children, who also works for Common Sense Kids Action as a Parent Organizer, working hard to open up doors for civic engagement and advocacy for families in the North Coast.

 

Buzzy Martin

Buzzy Martin is a singer-songwriter, author, and child advocate who works with abused, incarcerated, and at-risk youth, offering a message of “education not incarceration.” In the past, he has shared the stage with Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Huey Lewis, and other notable artists, and is the author of the award-winning Penguin/Berkley book Don’t Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man based on his music program among San Quentin Prison and Juvenile Hall inmates, which is being developed into a feature film.

 

Hip Hop as Pedagogy and Transformative Practice

Presenter: Alex Templeton

Room: Jacobs 126

 

Alex Templeton

Alex is a poet, emcee, teacher, and co-founder of one of the first community-based hip hop education programs, Elements for Development, along with with DJ Buttafingaz, "John the Baptist" Jones, Ben Pacht, Dr. Ted Ransaw, Alfred "Florock" Ruiz, Mr. Freeze, and Raymond "Stingray" Pratt of the internationally renowned Rocksteady Crew. He integrated Hip Hop culture and critical cultural studies into his Master's work in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He has taught ethnic studies in middle and high schools, focusing on hyper-masculinity in Hip Hop culture, minority history, intercultural communication, identity politics, storytelling, self-knowledge, and introspection for healing. He continues to infuse Hip Hop's figurative and literal messages into his teaching of language arts, transliteration, and intercultural communication within marginalized communities.

 

People Power! Intro to Community Organizing

Presenter: Karym Sanchez

Room: Doyle 205

 

Karym Sanchez

Karym Sanchez is a community Organizer with the North Bay Organizing Project. He has led several campaigns in Education Justice and is also a national trainer for the Gamaliel Foundation.

 

Making Sense of Healthcare and Politics: Where We Are and Where We’re Going 

Presenters: Toni Ramirez, MD, Sevy Gurule, MD; Terry Winter RN, MPH

Room: Doyle 207

 

Toni Marie Ramirez, MD

Toni Marie Ramirez is a Family Medicine Physician in Santa Rosa and Petaluma. In addition to primary care, she has interests in reproductive justice and transgender health. She is the co-founder of Healthcare Professionals for Equality And Community Empowerment (HPEACE), a local health professional advocacy group.

 

Sevy Gurule, MD 

Sevy Gurule is a Family Physician in Santa Rosa. She enjoys the full scope of family medicine, including delivering babies, caring for the ill while hospitalized, and providing primary care. She is a member of Healthcare Professionals for Equality and Community Empowerment (HPEACE). Outside of patient care and advocacy, she enjoys youth mentorship for underrepresented minorities in medicine. 

 

Terry Winter, RN, MPH

Terry has spent decades as a nurse and health planner in hospitals and clinics in Sonoma, Marin, and San Francisco.  He worked early in the HIV/AIDS epidemic to design and implement well-coordinated patient-centered care teams.  In addition, he has spent the last five years assisting hospitals to design systems to better prepare patients for their time after hospitalization. A long-time activist for social justice, he is a member of Healthcare Professionals for Equality and Community Empowerment (HPEACE). 

 

Self-Determination and Sovereignty: Palestine and Native Americans

Presenters: Therese Mughannam-Walrath, Lois Pearlman, Rebel Fagin, Patrick O'Connell

Room: Doyle 243

 

Therese Mughannam-Walrath

Therese is a Palestinian American who believes in the rights of the oppressed, the underdog, those neglected and forgotten. Publicly and privately, she has been an advocate for those in our community without a voice. Her passion has been, for many years, to help Americans understand the ongoing plight of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. Therese understands the connections between what her people have/are suffering and the plight of the Native Americans, Black Lives Matter movement, immigration rights, etc. Her goal is human rights for all everywhere.

 

Lois Pearlman

Lois Pearlman is a peace and justice activist, who helped shut down nuclear power plants on the East Coast and in Sacramento. As a member of Act Up she fought to bring AIDS services f to Sonoma County, and to initiate the annual Sonoma County Gay Pride Day. She is a theater artist currently performing her own solo show about a woman who refused to leave a rent controlled apartment targeted by developers. She is also a former news reporter and editor and radio talk show host, a mother, a Yiddish singer and a veggie grower.

 

Rebel Fagin

Rebel is a local longtime activist, working in causes in environmental and justice movements. For over thirty years he has participated in educational and direct action campaigns, such as resisting the spread of nuclear power, stopping the Contras in Nicaragua, and working with the BDS campaign to end the injustice of the occupation in Palestine.

 

Patrick O’Connell

Patrick is a longtime activist and organizer currently working on the Standing Rock campaign and Community Rights and Rights of Nature in Sonoma County. He has participated in numerous direct action campaigns, including at Livermore Labs; Diablo Canyon; Vandenberg Air Force Base; various Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Attorney offices for the Big Mountain struggle (northeastern Arizona, Sovereign Diné (Navajo) Nation); Occupy San José; and just launched the Genocide Prosecution Demands Campaign at SPO Partners in Mill Valley for the Standing Rock Nation.

 

Race, Sport, and the Myth of Meritocracy

Presenters: Dr. Lauren Morimoto, Byron Reaves

Room: Call 656

 

Dr. Lauren Morimoto

Lauren S. Morimoto is the Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Sonoma State University. She earned her PhD in Educational Policy & Leadership with a cognate in Black Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on race, ethnicity, and sport; intersections of race, gender, and disability; Japanese American sport history; and underrepresented minority students in STEM departments and their sense of belonging. In 2016-2017, she created the Sport & Social Justice Lecture Series, which features speakers like Dr. Tommie Smith, whose 1968 Olympic protest drew worldwide attention to inequities faced by Blacks in the United States. This August, she earned the Sonoma State Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

Byron Reaves

Byron Reaves is the Coordinator of SRJC Petaluma’s Student Success Program. Byron received his Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Personnel from the University of Bridgeport. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communications from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. He spent three years as an Assistant Basketball Coach at Albertus Magnus College where he helped the program become top ten in Division III. In 2014, he worked as Student Development Associate at Gateway Community College in New Haven. At Gateway, he helped develop student retention programs and was the college’s conduct officer. Most recently, Byron served as an Academic Success counselor at the University of New Haven.

 

Sonoma County Law Enforcement in the Time of Trump: What It Means for You

Presenters: Susan Lamont, Karen Nyhus, Kelly Brothers, Michael Titone, Scott Wagner

Room: Call 657

 

Susan Lamont

Susan Lamont is a long-time peace and social justice activist. There is a long history of activism in her family around many issues, including law enforcement overreach, going back to her great-great-grandmother. She still owns her great-grandmother's "Votes for Women" sash. She works with the Green Party of Sonoma County, Veterans for Peace, Santa Rosa-Sonoma County NAACP, It Won't Happen Here Sonoma County, as well as the Police Brutality Coalition of Sonoma County. She worked for 15 years with the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County as a Board member and as Center Coordinator. She is a writer, photographer and landscape designer.

 

Scott Wagner

Scott Wagner made two trips to Standing Rock Reservation to fight corruption, and demonstrated at the 2016 Republican National Convention. A former Naval officer and banking executive, he is the author of The Liberal's Guide to Conservatives, a guide for understanding and working effectively with conservatives.

 

2:45PM – 4:00PM

SESSION 3

 

Understanding Whiteness

Presenters: Judy Helfand, Wendy Millstine

Room: Jacobs 123

 

Judy Helfand

Judy Helfand is a community activist, writer, and Santa Rosa Junior College instructor. She wants to understand the relationship between dominant culture in the U.S. and white identity and dismantle the hetero-patriarchal, capitalist, white supremacist system. Her written works include Identifying Race and Transforming Whiteness in the Classroom with coeditor Virginia Lea and Understanding Whiteness/Unraveling Racism with coauthor Laurie Lippin.

 

Wendy Millstine

Wendy Millstine graduated from UC Berkeley in Political Science. She is committed to social justice issues, volunteers for Racial Justice Allies, and works on dismantling white supremacy and ending racism. She lives in Santa Rosa, CA.

 

LGBTQI/Queer Writing Workshop

Presenter: July Westhale

Room: Jacobs PC 124

 

July Westhale

July Westhale is a poet and writer living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and the children’s book Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). She has been awarded grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Sewanee, and Bread Loaf, among others. Her nonfiction has won the Inscape Editor’s Choice Award, and has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart prize. She is a regular contributor at The Establishment, and her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post. Her most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, burntdistrict, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, Quarterly West, and PRISM International.

 

Activating and Sustaining Our Political Energy: Practices for a Lifetime of Inspired Action

Presenters: Dianne Monroe and Peter Dunlap

Room: Jacobs 126

 

Dianne Monroe

Dianne Monroe spent over 20 years as a committed activist in the deep South, beginning as a teen during the later years of the Civil Rights movement. She has continued to share her depth of understanding through her work as a journalist, playwright and essayist. Today, Dianne brings her experience into her work as a Life Mentor and Experiential Educator. She supports people in discovering and being grounded in their life purpose and path, understanding how the threads of their personal story are interwoven with the big story of our world, and bringing their best to our challenging times.

 

Peter T. Dunlap

Peter T. Dunlap is a psychologist working in private and political practice. In addition to working with individuals and couples in his clinical practice he facilitates a weekly leadership group organized to support progressive activists and community leaders. He is also engaged in research at the interface between group theory, emotion-focused psychotherapy, and Carl Jung’s psychology. He has published numerous book chapters, journal papers, magazine articles, and a book entitled: Awakening our faith in the future (Routledge, 2008).

 

Love and Organizing: Why Domestic Workers Should Rule the World

Presenter: Maureen Purtill

Room: Doyle 205

 

Maureen Purtill

Maureen Purtill has been a popular educator and organizer in the racial justice and immigrant rights’ movement for over 20 years. She earned her PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA studying the transformative organizing and citizenship practices of domestic workers in the United States and offers racial justice education and organizing training to primarily white people committed to racial justice. She is on the board of directors of the Graton Day Labor Center, and lives with her family in Northern California.

 

Intro to Training for Nonviolent Direct Action

Presenters: Paul Robbins, Birch Moonwomon, Linda Sartor

Room: Doyle 207

 

Paul Robbins

Paul Robbins has been a trainer since the 1980s. An original member of the Sonoma County Nonviolence Training Collective, since it was formed for Redwood Summer, Paul was a Gulf War Resister, a founding member of the local Veterans for Peace, and a trainer of nonviolent communication to international peace team workers. Paul is currently active with NBOP's Education Justice Task Force (Algebra Project/Young People's Project Team) and the Quaker Working Group on Racism.

 

Birch Moonwomon

Birch Moonwomon has been a peace, justice, and environmental activist for decades and brings a wealth of experience to her work with the Sonoma County Nonviolence Training Collective.

 

Linda Sartor

Linda Sartor has been a peace, justice, and environmental activist for decades, locally, nationally, and internationally. Linda brings that diverse experience to bear as she trains people in nonviolent direct action.

 

Combating Sex Trafficking in the Bay Area

Presenters: Maya Babow, Ethan Paisley, Claire Lasater

Room: Doyle 243

 

Maya Babow

Maya Babow is an American actress and model from San Francisco that has been working in theater and film for 6 years. She is currently in college at SRJC studying theater and history. She is thrilled to be working with Take18 Entertainment on her second project with them as both an actress and producer.

 

Ethan Paisley

Ethan Paisley has produced & directed over 25 short films, 2 feature films, and written a commercial for the SpikeTV Network. He currently produces through his award-winning production company, Take18 Entertainment, and has two SAG films in post-production. His talent has been recognized in over 15 international film festivals. Most recently, Take18’s latest feature, Point 453, has been selected at the Festival de Cannes Marché du Film, and a recent Tale18 short has entered a development process for a feature length version, set to be directed by iconic fashion film director, Indrani Pal Chaudhuri (Legend of Lady White Snake, Till Human Voices Wake Us) and produced by Rick Schwartz (Black Swan, Gangs of New York).

 

Claire Lasater

Claire Lasater is a high school filmmaker at Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School. Over the past four years she has directed, filmed, and edited numerous short films that range from four minutes to twenty minutes and could not be happier to be working with her talented classmates and friends.

 

Know Your Rights When Dealing with Immigration

Presenter: Hector Jimenez Carreño

Room: Call 656

 

Hector Jimenez Carreño

Hector Jimenez Carreño was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and came to the United States before reaching the age of two. Hector is now a community organizer with North Bay Immigrant Youth Union, and a student at Santa Rosa Junior College. They began organizing when they first realized what it meant to be undocumented and how it was going affect them in life. Hector previously worked at an immigration law office, where they learned various immigration processes and skills that would allow them to continue to provide free services to students and the community.

 

Right to a Roof/Derecho al Techo

Presenter: Davin Cardenas

Room: Call 657

 

Davin Cardenas

Davin Cardenas is Lead Organizer of the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP). Through NBOP, he has led successful campaigns to establish rent stabilization and just cause eviction policies in Santa Rosa, restorative discipline practices in our schools, and new rights for our immigrant community. Prior to working at NBOP, he was the first organizer of the Graton Day Labor Center, where he helped establish one of the most successful day labor centers in the Country. He graduated from Sonoma State University with a Liberal Studies BA from the Hutchins Department in 2004.