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Friday, April 1 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
All Power to the People or how to get your #right mind and your #freedoms.

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What is the role of healing, wellness and radical self-care in building and sustaining liberation movements (we will examine LGBTQI and Black liberation movements specifically) and how does this impact communication strategies and media advocacy tools? What strategies exist that take an holistic approach to activism, self-care and resilience building? Trauma and violence, proximity to hostility and oppression – whether imposed directly or indirectly – necessarily influence our ability to communicate and collaborate, impacting the ways we approach and resolve conflict and our capacity to sustain ourselves, our organizations and ultimately, entire movements and communities.  Similarly, as we use technology as a tool to respond to the lack of access of resources or to embrace freedom in new ways, we can reify the experience of disembodiment, which is both a survival technique and trauma response. How can we be critically aware of the ways technology can be used to enhance liberation, or deepen systemic inequities.  Finally, how does the the health and wellbeing of the user inform these experiences. 

Drawing on the Astraea Foundation’s CommsLabs model & the wellness tracks from the Movement for Black Lives we will illustrate how one can be empowered or impaired based on personal resilience, introduced conflict, and other variables that present on a daily basis in the lives of LGBTQI & activists of color in hostile environments.

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J. Bob Alotta

Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Filmmaker and technologist turned Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta leads the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an LGBTQI rights foundation working for social, racial, gender, and economic justice around the globe. Through film and at Astraea, Bob engages philanthropists, leaders, and community members to transform the marginalization of LGBTQI rights in our societies. Representing a new generation of social change philanthropists... Read More →

Adaku Utah

Founder, Beatbox Botanicals and Harriet's Apothecary

Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Lab

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