NYC, April 7-9: Black Girl Movement Conference

Date & Time: Thursday, April 7, 2016 5 pm to Saturday, April 09, 2016 7 pm

 FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC

“Black Girl Movement: A National Conference” is a three-day gathering at Columbia University in New York City to focus on Black girls, cis, queer, and trans girls, in the United States.   Bringing together artists, activists, educators, policymakers, and black girls leaders themselves, this first national conference on Black girls seeks to address the disadvantages that Black girls in the United States face, while creating the political will to publicly acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and leadership.

Black girls are among the most significant cultural producers, community connectors, and trendsetters, rarely are their contributions recognized or appreciated. At best, they remain invisible in our public discourse or people assume that all Black girls are doing fine and are “resilient” enough to overcome any structural obstacles put in their way. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Black girls in the United States are in crisis. They face significant barriers to educational achievement, economic and political equality, and are the recipients of deeply embedded racial and gender biases in the media, public policy, philanthropy, and research.

As a result, the planning of this conference has been done by an intergenerational and cross-institution coalition because the most innovative work being done on and with black girls often are in silos and without the full benefits of a collaboration, funding, and public visibility.

“Black Girl Movement” is an opportunity change that reality through raising public consciousness, advancing research, policy, and community programming, and developing a resource sharing platform.  Most importantly, this conference will highlight Black girls’ agency and ingenuity in order to elevate their voices and solutions toward improving the life outcomes of Black girls in the United States.

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Milwaukee, April 30: Dontre Day!

We are already in the early stages of planning #DontreDay on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The time listed above is not accurate it’s TBA.

We plan on having entertainment for the entire family along with other community organizations and supporters to help make REMEMBERING DONTRE BIG!

If you’re interested in helping to make this event BIG please email us at thecoalitionforjustice@gmail.com. We will need assistance with the following:
Social media
Volunteering the day of
Children’s Corner
Community Engagement
Voter Registration
Arts Line Up
Supplies
Etc.

Black Study, Black Struggle

Robin D.G. Kelley makes the case that the university is not an engine of social transformation, activism is. He opens a debate published by the Boston Review. Respondents include: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Barbara Ransby, Charlene Carruthers, Michael Eric Dyson and others. – See more at: http://portside.org/2016-03-16/black-study-black-struggle#sthash.ElqcPLWK.dpuf

Milwaukee, April 3: Colombian Peace Talks and Trade Unions: A presentation by Colombian agricultural union leader Nidia Quintero

Colombian Peace Talks and Trade Unions: A presentation by Colombian agricultural union leader Nidia Quintero

FENSUAGRO (agricultural workers union) General Secretary Nidia Quintero will discuss the aspirations and fears of workers in Colombia. This event is part of a national tour hosted by Alliance for Global Justice, and Colombian Action Network.

The world is hopeful about new peace accords that will end more than 50 years of civil war. But despite the progress that has been made, Colombia is still the most dangerous place in the world to be a unionist, and assaults against human rights defenders have spiked in recent years. Fifteen of Nidia’s fellow organizers were assassinated for their activities between 2000 and 2004. These included both her husband, a union leader who was killed in 2002 and, ten days later, her 19 year old son who was also active in the union.

Rural workers and their families are especially vulnerable and no labor organization is more targeted than FENSUAGRO. They represent the population most affected by forced displacement; many of their leaders have been jailed for political reasons; and since FENSUAGRO’s founding in 1976, more than 1,500 of their members have been murdered.

Popular movements in Colombia have said international awareness is key if this peace is going to be just and durable.

Milwaukee event hosted by United Workers Organization, and Latin America Solidarity Committee.

6pm Sunday April 3rd at the Machinists Lodge
2609 W Oklahoma Ave Milwaukee WI

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