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DAY ONE | Wednesday, December 4, 2019 • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Workshops: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

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 This workshop will take participants on a journey of building indigenous led movements rooted in resilience and love, rooted in indigenous core values.

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”, Presented by Melanie Fillmore, Boise State University & Tai Simpson, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
    In this presentation, we explore the confluence of Ceremony, Healing, and Sovereignty as it relates to advocacy and service provision within Indigenous tribal communities: what have we learned, what works, and what can we celebrate?
  • Responding with RAHMA: A movement to institutionalize sexual violence prevention in Muslim American communities, Nadiah Mohajir & Navila Rashid, HEART Women & Girls This workshop will explore the work of HEART Women & Girls, a national nonprofit working with and alongside Muslim communities to ensure they have the language, resources, and choice to nurture sexual health and confront sexual violence. The workshop will explore the responding with RAHMA framework, a simple tool grounded in the Islamic value of rahma, or compassion, to help individuals respond to disclosures in a victim-centric way. Key questions attendees will explore and work through include:

    • Given national visibility, how has HEART leveraged their work and networks to continue the conversation they had started locally, on a national scale?
    • How has HEART leveraged religious and cultural values to build power in Muslim communities around reproductive justice and anti-sexual violence prevention? How are they reclaiming faith as a tool of empowerment rather than a tool of oppression?
    • What are the methods used to preserve HEART’s local, grassroots approach through this rapid expansion and growth of the base?
    • How has the organization used its strengths in online, campus, and community organizing and power building to mobilize a base and create a culture shift towards nurturing sexual health in Muslim communities?

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

  • 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 This session will provide an overview of the nature and scope of forced and child marriage in the United States, emphasizing the diversity of the impact and the complex cultural and social drivers of these forms of harm. The intersectional nature of forced marriage and other forms of abuse including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, and human trafficking will also be discussed. Participants will also be given guidance and practical tools for identifying and screening individuals at risk and responding to survivors’ needs with creativity and agility from a holistic and harm reduction focused prevention framework. The complex social and cultural dynamics and the unique challenges of providing support, problem-solving and safety-planning in such cases will be explored and an overview of the available forms of immigration, civil and criminal legal remedies and support resources for individuals facing forced marriage will also be provided.
  • Gender & Racial Justice | Ijeoma Oluo, author, So You Want To Talk About Race?

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 Join us as we search for another way to build a bigger “we” across identities and communities. Learning from our histories of social justice movements and community organizing, we can co-create new pathways which center wholeness and interdependence as we strive for our collective liberation.
  • Creating Our Future with Cultural Strategy, Aparna Shah, Power California
    Let’s talk about the transformative possibilities of cultural strategy in world building and organizing for justice. This conversation will draw on your experiences as well as two new reports, Cultural Strategy: An Introduction & Primer and Until We Are All Free: A Case Study in Cultural Strategy, to discuss what cultural strategy is and how you can begin to integrate cultural strategy into your organizing work. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes as we will be doing embodied practice activities.

Workshops: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

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 Whether we acknowledge it or not, the work of spirit intersects every aspect of movement and organizational life from the missions we embody to the people we serve to how we lead and follow. This session will challenge participants to rediscover, name, integrate and unleash the energy of Spirit within themselves and social justice movements as a catalyst for collective thriving. It will explore ways for those of us committed to social justice work to stop hiding in plain sight, and begin to shift engrained systems that frustrate, hinder and sometimes discourages us from showing up as their most powerful selves.

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 This workshop will explore the work of HEART Women & Girls, a national nonprofit working with and alongside Muslim communities to ensure they have the language, resources, and choice to nurture sexual health and confront sexual violence. The workshop will explore the responding with RAHMA framework, a simple tool grounded in the Islamic value of rahma, or compassion, to help individuals respond to disclosures in a victim-centric way. Key questions attendees will explore and work through include:

    • Given national visibility, how has HEART leveraged their work and networks to continue the conversation they had started locally, on a national scale?
    • How has HEART leveraged religious and cultural values to build power in Muslim communities around reproductive justice and anti-sexual violence prevention? How are they reclaiming faith as a tool of empowerment rather than a tool of oppression?
    • What are the methods used to preserve HEART’s local, grassroots approach through this rapid expansion and growth of the base?
    • How has the organization used its strengths in online, campus, and community organizing and power building to mobilize a base and create a culture shift towards nurturing sexual health in Muslim communities?
  • 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 Participants will learn about an indigenous method approach to listening sessions. The listening sessions were conducted with Latinx mothers and youth across Southern Idaho who are survivors of domestic violence. Listening sessions with youth and mothers were held separately on different dates, and at times the locations varied. This workshop gives an overview of indigenous methodology as an effective mechanism for working with and for community. Specifically, this workshop will explore the main findings of the Latinx listening session which include family, healing, community, cultural pride, and safety. In addition to these values, the value of resilience was interwoven throughout all five concepts.

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

  • The Silent Epidemic: Responding to sexual assault among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities| Erica McFadden & Maureen Casey People with intellectual disabilities experience seven times the rate of sexual assault than others, yet this issue is generally met with silence. That changed in Arizona in late December 2018 when a woman with severe disabilities gave birth at a privately operated intermediate care facility for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Phoenix. The rape brought to light issues within Arizona’s system of monitoring, preventing, and reporting sexual abuse of people with disabilities, issues experienced by most states. This session will spark an important dialogue about how sexual violence occurs and can be prevented within the I/DD community, and how self-advocates can lead change in their states to improve protections.
  • Child Marriage in Idaho – Identifying & Closing Protection Gaps that Put Girls At Risk of Lifelong Harm, Casey Swegman, Hellitz Villegas, Tahirih Justice Center This session will build on Part 1 and the overlap between forced marriage and child marriage (marriages involving individuals under age 18, the age of majority in most states) will be explored. Discussion will include the ways that most states’ laws on minimum marriage age are at odds with statutory rape laws and leave loopholes for the abuse and exploitation in the guise of marriage, and how other state laws that limit minors’ rights (for example, to leave home, stay in shelters, or seek a protective order) can pose obstacles to help-seeking that can actually facilitate forced marriages and/or trap at-risk youth in violent homes. Recent, U.S.-based research on the consequences of early marriage on the health, safety and welfare of both individuals and families will be shared and Idaho’s current marriage age statute and the barriers to protection and opportunities for exploitation that minors at risk of forced marriage face as a result will also be examined. This presentation will conclude with an overview of the U.S. movement to reform minimum marriage age laws to improve protections for children, including new laws enacted in Virginia (2016), Texas (2017) and elsewhere that limit marriage to legal adults, as well as other recent reforms to clarify child protective services’ mandate and expand access to protective orders.

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

  • Reproduce & Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop | Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Strike There has never been a movement for social change without art and culture being central to that movement. Art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can do. Social justice posters, in particular, are powerful living reminders of struggles for worldwide peace and justice. In this workshop, students will hear a short lecture by Favianna, and learn the guiding principles for effective poster design and create a poster of their own utilizing stock graphics from the book, Reproduce and Revolt, by Favianna Rodriguez and Josh MacPhee.
  • Intergenerational Wisdom Sharing for Healing the Past and Creating the Future, Aparna Shah, Power California & Rebeka Ndosi, Youth Healing Justice Network This session is for young people, youth organizers and workers, elders, and everyone in between. As Future Ancestors, what kind of world do we want our Future Descendants to live in? Together we will claim our power, remember our ancestral wisdom, play with world building, and imagine the future we want. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will be doing embodied practice activities.

DAY TWO | Thursday, December 5th 2019 • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Workshops: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

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

  • Mind, Body, Breath Connection | Bonnie Fairbanks
    Exploring some of the layers of trauma our bodies may be holding with gentle movements.
  • Thriving While Healing: The Interdependent Healing Process of LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Assault, Elizabeth Bringier
    Healing is an iterative and lifelong practice. How can we make the journey of confronting silence and shame accessible, supportive, and a little more connected? What can we learn from queer and transgender sexual assault survivors’ healing processes? We will use what we know as a by-and-for agency to discuss frameworks that address the complex intersection of sexual violence and queer and trans experiences, how to address the normalization of sexual violence in society, and how peer support and education shifts the narrative.

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 Join Ms. Ramirez in a workshop that complements her plenary presentation on the same topic. She will frame the workshop around the pendulum of anti-immigrant animus and its impact on discourse, policy and public action, with a focus on the Latinx and migrant farmworker communities most impacted by current immigration policies and practices and the need to include these marginalized communities into the policymaking spaces where decisions are being made about and for their lives. She will use examples from her current work with the #MeToo movement and organizing of rural Latinx women in Ohio to guide the workshop.

Thriving Communities/Safety & Community Accountability/Transformative Justice

  • Strategies for Collective Resilience in an Age of White Nationalism, Amy Herzfeld-Copple and Zakir Khan, Western States Center As white nationalism increasingly shapes mainstream political debates in the U.S., the stakes are rising for communities in which anti-democratic organizers are working to build political power through establishing local efforts based on bigotry. This interactive workshop will explore organizing tools and case studies to prepare participants to respond quickly and effectively to different types of activism promoting organized bigotry in their communities. It will provide space for local activists to brainstorm new strategies and discuss their ideas, challenges, and learnings with others working on campuses and in communities threatened by white nationalism. This session is geared toward all those interested in strategies for community level action to counter white nationalist and alt-right threats to civic spaces and democratic institutions.
  • The Silent Epidemic: Responding to sexual assault among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities | Erica McFadden & Maureen Casey People with intellectual disabilities experience seven times the rate of sexual assault than others, yet this issue is generally met with silence. That changed in Arizona in late December 2018 when a woman with severe disabilities gave birth at a privately operated intermediate care facility for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Phoenix. The rape brought to light issues within Arizona’s system of monitoring, preventing, and reporting sexual abuse of people with disabilities, issues experienced by most states. This session will spark an important dialogue about how sexual violence occurs and can be prevented withing the I/DD community, and how self-advocates can lead change in their states to improve protections.

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

  • Chisme as Survival: Unpacking “Chisme” As Weapon, Joke, and Record-Keeping Tool – Ruben Gil, Queer Xicano Chisme This lecture will use the personal and historical to illustrate how “chisme” or gossip has been used as a tool of survival and record keeping for time eternal. From whisper networks to ancestral memories and historical anecdotes to recipe sharing, oral records have been important to the fabric of society, particularly for marginalized folks whose stories are often disallowed from reaching mainstream audiences. This lecture aims to highlight how this legacy of honoring oral tradition in many marginalized communities has served as template to the way many of us approach our work as advocates for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

 


Workshops: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

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 This workshop will take participants on a journey of building indigenous led movements rooted in resilience and love, rooted in indigenous core values.
  • Mind, Body & Breath Connection – Bonnie Fairbanks Exploring some of the layers of trauma our bodies may be holding with gentle movements.

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 This lecture will use the personal and historical to illustrate how “chisme” or gossip has been used as a tool of survival and record keeping for time eternal. From whisper networks to ancestral memories and historical anecdotes to recipe sharing, oral records have been important to the fabric of society, particularly for marginalized folks whose stories are often disallowed from reaching mainstream audiences. This lecture aims to highlight how this legacy of honoring oral tradition in many marginalized communities has served as template to the way many of us approach our work as advocates for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Thriving Communities: Safety & Community Accountability

  • Strategies for Collective Resilience in an Age of White Nationalism, Amy Herzfeld-Copple and Zakir Khan, Western States Center As white nationalism increasingly shapes mainstream political debates in the U.S., the stakes are rising for communities in which anti-democratic organizers are working to build political power through establishing local efforts based on bigotry. This interactive workshop will explore organizing tools and case studies to prepare participants to respond quickly and effectively to different types of activism promoting organized bigotry in their communities. It will provide space for local activists to brainstorm new strategies and discuss their ideas, challenges, and learnings with others working on campuses and in communities threatened by white nationalism. This session is geared toward all those interested in strategies for community level action to counter white nationalist and alt-right threats to civic spaces and democratic institutions.
  • Queering the Narrative: Elevating the Resiliency of Queer and Trans Survivors, Fatima Arain and Maya Perez, Northwest Network How can we hold each other through acts of violence and harm?  We know from 30 years of working with the LGBTQ+ domestic violence survivors that the antiviolence movement needs to get creative about how to understand and address harm.  This workshop will address the complexity of harms that queer and trans survivors face and what we can learn from the resilience of LGBTQ+ survivors to grow accountability practices that center the liberation of all people.  As a by-and-for organization of LGBTQ+ survivors, we know our communities are small and we need every one of us.

Thriving Societies: Transformative Cultural Strategies

  • Weaving Community Through Story- Kristen Zimmerman, co-founder, Movement Strategy Center & Malia Collins, Idaho Writer in Residence, MFA, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho A story is the shortest distance between two people, but the practice of storytelling is something many of us have lost through colonization. We need to reclaim it. The purpose of We Choose All of Us Story Circles is to strengthen community interconnectedness and shine light on the future we choose now. Hearing each other’s stories and telling our own will help us rediscover and rebuild our sacred relationships to each other, and turn the tide towards collective thriving. Transformation can occur in moments when we gather; our collective humanity deepens when we gather with purpose.