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Pre-Conference | Tuesday, December 3rd • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Pre-Conference: Collective Thriving: Reclaiming Our Spiritual, Healing and Ancestral Wisdom in Social Justice Movements

DAY 1

Wednesday, December 4th • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Opening Session | Welcoming Ceremony and Plenary (Jordan Ballroom)
  • Water Ceremony | Cristine Davidson, White Earth Anishinaabe, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
  • Land Acknowledgment | Tai Simpson, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
  • Welcome to Collective Thriving | Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
  • Invocation: ML Daniels | Spiritual Alchemy
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Plenary: So You Want To Talk About Race?, Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race

In tumultuous times, many ask, “How can we come together for the greater good?” Countering the growing impulse to “move forward” by “setting aside differences,” Oluo’s talk will discuss the need instead for solidarity through accountability and the benefits of delving into our division, into our grievances and hurts, to look at where we’ve gone wrong so we can decide how to do better.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Morning Workshops

Thriving Individuals: Reclaiming Our Spirituality, Healing, Resilience, and Ancestral Wisdom

Surviving & Thriving in a Culture of Violence: Building a Movement Rooted in Love and Resilience, Christina Castro, PhD, Three Sisters Collective

Thriving Families: Anti-oppression & Social Equity for Indigenous, Latinx, and Resettled Families

“I’ll See You at Sweat: Understanding Ceremony, Healing, & Sovereignty in Indigenous Domestic Violence Work”, Melanie Fillmore, Boise State University & Tai Simpson, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Responding with RAHMA: A movement to institutionalize sexual violence prevention in Muslim American communities, Nadiah Mohajir & Navila Rashid, HEART Women & Girls

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

Gender & Racial Justice, Ijeoma Oluo, author, So You Want To Talk About Race?

Forced Marriage and Child Marriage in America – How identifying and responding to individuals at risk can prevent future violence, Casey Swegman & Hellitz Villegas, Tahirih Justice Center

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

Towards Wholeness and Connection: Transcending Ideology and Moving Beyond our Brains to Show up for Healing and Liberation, Ed Heisler, Men As Peacemakers & Bryan Lyda, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Creating Our Future with Cultural Strategy, Aparna Shah, Power California

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Luncheon
Reimagine What is Possible, Alexis Flanagan, Resonance Network
Idaho Book signing by Ijeoma Oluo (12:00 PM – 12:20 PM)
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Afternoon Workshops

Thriving Individuals: Reclaiming Our Spirituality, Healing, and Ancestral Wisdom

It’s Complicated: Changing Our Relationship to Spirituality in Social Justice Movements, ML Daniel, Spiritual Alchemy

Thriving Families: Anti-oppression & Social equity for Indigenous, Latinx, and Resettled families & Children

Responding with RAHMA: A movement to institutionalize sexual violence prevention in Muslim American communities, Nadiah Mohajir & Navila Rashid, HEART Women & Girls

Inheriting our Mother’s Garden: Exploring the Idaho Thriving Families Latinx Campaign through an Indigenous Method Perspective, Nivea Castañeda, PhD, Boise State University, Mercedes Muñoz & Micaela Ríos Anguiano, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

The Silent Epidemic: Responding to sexual assault among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Erica McFadden & Maureen Casey

Child Marriage in Idaho – Identifying & Closing Protection Gaps that Put Girls At Risk of Lifelong Harm, Casey Swegman, Hellitz Villegas, Tahirih Justice Center

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

Reproduce & Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop, Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Strike

Intergenerational Wisdom Sharing for Healing the Past and Creating the Future, Aparna Shah, Power California & Rebeka Ndosi, Youth Healing Justice Network

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Plenary: Cultural Strategy Towards Collective Thriving- Favianna Rodriguez, Culture

Art is always a reflection, a testament, and a record of our human condition. Cultural strategy is rooted in a deep history of artistic leadership within and alongside social movements, from the Mexican mural tradition to the art of the Black Panther newspapers – the power of art as a movement in and of itself. Cultural strategy centers artists, storytellers, and cultural influencers as agents of social change and speaks to our broadest visions and highest hopes towards collective thriving. Over the long arc, cultural strategy cracks open, reimagines and rewrites fiercely-held narratives, transforming our shared spaces and norms that make up culture.

Mini-Plenary: Cultural Strategy In Action- Aparna Shah, Power California

Key movement, network, organizational, and individual impacts and learnings about cultural strategy from the Until We Are All Free initiative as well as electoral and grassroots organizing campaigns with multiracial and intergenerational communities.


DAY 2

Thursday, December 5th • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Opening Session | Welcoming Ceremony and Plenary (Jordan Ballroom)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Plenary: Building an Inclusive Society Starting from the Margins, Monica Ramirez, Founder and President, Justice for Migrant Women

Marginalized communities are often not at the table when decisions are being made about and for their lives. Instead, experts who have studied their lives or think they know best make recommendations, draw conclusions, implement plans and take action that is meant to serve society, including the most visible. Ms. Ramirez will discuss the importance of beginning at the margins and moving to the center in order to create a more just society that is inclusive of diverse perspectives, circumstances and lived experiences. She will use this framing to also address the trauma inflicted on marginalized communities by current immigration policies and practices, how said policies and practices greatly impede Latinx women and girls from seeking help for abuse and sexual assault, and the work she is now doing through the #MeToo movement to address these barriers.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Morning Workshops

Thriving Individuals: Reclaiming Our Spirituality, Healing, and Ancestral Wisdom

Mind, Body, Breath Connection, Bonnie Fairbanks

Thriving While Healing: The Interdependent Healing Process of LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Assault, Elizabeth Bringier

Thriving Families: Anti-oppression & Social equity for Indigenous, Latinx, and Resettled families & Children

How to Build an Inclusive Society Starting from the Margins, Monica Ramirez, Founder and President, Justice for Migrant Women

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

Strategies for Collective Resilience in an Age of White Nationalism, Amy Herzfeld-Copple and Zakir Khan, Western States Center

The Silent Epidemic: Responding to sexual assault among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Erica McFadden & Maureen Casey

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

Chisme as Survival: Unpacking “Chisme” As Weapon, Joke, and Record-Keeping Tool, Ruben Gil, Queer Xicano Chisme

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Luncheon
Collective Thriving, Tricia Swartling, President, Board of Directors and Executive Director, The Advocates, Hailey; Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence; and Chauntelle Lieske, Treasurer, Board of Directors and Executive Director, Safe Passage, Coeur d’Alene (Jordan Ballroom)
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Afternoon Workshops

Thriving Individuals: Reclaiming Our Spirituality, Healing, and Ancestral Wisdom

Surviving & Thriving in a Culture of Violence: Building a Movement Rooted in Love and Resilience, Christina Castro, PhD, Three Sisters Collective

Mind, Body & Breath Connection, Bonnie Fairbanks

Thriving Families: Anti-oppression & Social equity for Indigenous, Latinx, and Resettled families & Children

Chisme as Survival: Unpacking “Chisme” As Weapon, Joke, and Record-Keeping Tool, Ruben Gil, Queer Xicano Chisme

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

Strategies for Collective Resilience in an Age of White Nationalism, Amy Herzfeld-Copple and Zakir Khan, Western States Center

Queering the Narrative: Elevating the Resiliency of Queer and Trans Survivors, Fatima Arain and Maya Perez, Northwest Network

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

Weaving Communities Through Story, Malia Collins, College of Western Idaho & Kristen Zimmerman, co-founder, Movement Strategy Center

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Plenary: Collective Thriving: Reclaiming our Spiritual, Healing and Ancestral Wisdoms in Social Justice Movements, Farah Tanis, Founder & Executive Director, Black Women’s Blueprint & ML Daniel, Spiritual Alchemy

Imagine what would be possible for social justice movements if we as advocates, activists, and allies reclaimed, named, and operated out of our spiritual, healing, and ancestral wisdoms. If we created space to listen deeply to and draw from the deep reservoir of wisdom and knowledge within our own beings, the difference it would mean to our health, well-being and wholeness – both individually and collectively – could change the trajectory of social justice movements and usher in a new world reality where thriving for all is the given. If you want to discover what is possible when we show up in movement space in an embodied way; spiritually alive; emotionally and physically attuned to our bodies; and generationally connected then this pre-conference is for you. Many of the presenters will be sharing embodiment practices during their sessions that will give you the opportunity to begin to open to and integrate your own wisdom.