13th Annual Practical Activism Conference

Description: 

Join us for the 13th Annual Practical Activism Conference, organized by students from College Nine, Ten and Oakes

The Practical Activism Conference is a day-long, student led conference that provides tools for local and global change. The conference schedule includes a keynote address, spoken work performances and ten workshops to choose from. The student planning team designs the structure and content of each workshop, which addresses a social justice issue and provides practical ways to create social change. Past workshop topics include race and education, environmental justice, immigration, and food security.

This year's workshop topics include: Violence against Queer & Trans Communities, UC Tuition Hikes, California Drought and the Impact on Farm Workers, Deconstructing Rape Culture: Sexual Assault/Title IX, Activism Toolkit, Journalism and Social Change, Global Firearms Trade, Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations in Immigration Detention Centers, and Homelessness in Santa Cruz

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker Eden Silva Jequinto! This year’s keynote speaker, Eden Silva Jequinto, is a strong, passionate, and dedicated social justice advocate. Eden is a UCSC Alum (undergrad) and has an MA from UCLA. Most currently, Eden is attending UCLA School of Law as a member of the Public Interest and Critical Race Studies program. Relentlessly advocating for social justice since her UCSC years, Eden has served as a cultural worker, organizer and educator.

Our morning spoken word artist will be Jazz Hudson. Jazz Hudson is a multi-talented social justice inclined artist. She is a poet, an actor, an educator, a mentor and a proud mother. Jazz has been writing poetry since the eighth grade, and since then has shared her spoken word talent in countless platforms throughout Northern California and all over national stages. A highly acclaimed and award-winning poet, she also shared her work in social justice arenas such as: rallies for Oscar Grant, Black August events, and Soulciety's Empowerment showcase. She currently works as an artistic educator in Oakland, California.

In the afternoon our spoken word artist will be Joshua Merchant is a writer, activist, and native of East Oakland. Through his art he explores queer issues, black identity, and the complexity of their intersection. Some of his other projects include fighting for food justice and deconstructing food racism through the project The Bigger Picture. In recognition of his courageous voice and masterful eye for detail, he has represented the Bay Area in many competitions and worldwide stages. Joshua received the Youth Speaks Champion title in 2011, and was Berkeley Slam’s youngest representative at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. He represented for the Golden State Slam’s first venues in the 2012 National Poetry Slam, and currently works with youth through “I Go!,” a non-profit youth poetry organization. He is preparing his debut book to be published by Youth Speaks First Word Press this year.

This event is free and open to the public, no prior registration required.

Location: 
Colleges Nine/Ten Multi-purpose Room
Admission: 
Free
Event dates: 
10/24/2015 - 10:30am