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Triggering Change 2 Conference: Registration

Posted: April 2, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

REGISTER for the Triggering Change 2 Conference today!!

This conference is free, wheelchair accessible and open to the public. If you have any questions, please email us:

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REGISTER TODAY!! (click above.)

SATURDAY, April 24, 2010

Hampshire College – Amherst, Massachusetts

Franklin Patterson Hall

The Triggering Change conference brings together community educators, students, writers, activists, and scholars of diverse backgrounds and experiences to initiate conversations about Hip Hop’s potency as a critical force in dialogues concerning social justice nationally and internationally. This year’s theme is “Hip Hop, Community Engagement and Sites of Empowerment.”

A daylong series of panels and workshops that engage a variety of political, social, and cultural issues culminates with a performance with featured artists, including emcees, deejays, b-boys and b-girls, and poets.  Guests for this year’s conference include:

Dr. Halifu Osumare:

Dr. David Stovall:



DJ Roddy Rod:

Kev Brown:

Iris Jacob:

….and many others.



Hip Hop, Community Engagement,

and Sites of Empowerment

April 23-24, 2010


(Pre-Conference Events)
Friday, APRIL 23RD 2010


Afternoon Youth Workshop with Invincible, Finale and DJ Sicari, at the Pan-African Historical Museum, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Level, Springfield, MA. Phone (413) 733-1823


Meet, Greet and Beats at Food For Thought Books,

106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA


Fred Ho and the Brooklyn College Big Band

The Black Liberation Movement Suite was written in 1969 by trumpeter Cal Massey, an influential composer whose work has been recorded by John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and many other jazz musicians. In 1969, he was asked by Eldridge Cleaver of the Black Panther Party to write a piece commemorating the Black Liberation Movement to be presented on behalf of the party in Algeria. The suite is what came out. It is a ten-movement, magisterial work, written for a large jazz orchestra that includes a string section and vocalists. It is perhaps the most powerful example of the deep connections between jazz and African-American movements for liberation and social justice.

The suite has never been recorded, but thanks to the work of Fred Ho, Salim Washington, and the Brooklyn College Big Band, the piece has been revived and will be played at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst, MA, on April 23rd, at 7pm. Door opens at 6:30.. The performance will be preceded by an introduction by scholar-activist-saxophonist Fred Ho, who has written about composer Cal Massey in his book Wicked Theory, Naked Practice.

Please come out for this event, it promises to be truly epic.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24TH 2010 ~ full conference day

Franklin Patterson Hall – Hampshire College

8:00 – 8:45 am

On-site Registration and Light breakfast (Registration is free)

9-9:45 am

Opening Welcome

Main Lecture Hall

The letter beside the panel/workshop titles describe its targeted audience:

Y = Youth, E = Educators, C = Community

10-11:30 am

Panels/Workshops Series 1

“‘Survival Skills’:

Strategies for Living Healthy and Building Community” (Y/C)


Moderator: Markeysha Davis, Ph.D. Candidate, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst

Iris Jacob, The Women’s Center, Washington, DC

Cristina Huebner Torres, Caring Health Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

Caring Health Center Youth and Staff

ROOM: West Lecture Hall


“‘The Main Ingredient’:

Youth Education and Media Reform Movements” (Y/C/E)


Moderator: Issa Carter, Independent Scholar, TRGGR Media Group

Jillian Marty, “Seeing the World Through Their Eyes: Media-based Youth Empowerment Strategies at Peck Middle School”

Herman Shelton: “Anti-Violence Organizing with Chicago Youth”

Jordan Berg, “Step by Step: How Political Literacy can Advance Media Reform”

ROOM: 102


“I am Whatever I Say I Am”                                                               (C/E)


Workshop on how to use Spoken Word Poetry to nourish the roots of social change, while exploring issues that affect our lives, our families, our block, schools, workplace, our neighborhoods and the world.

Facilitated by The Peace Poets: Enmanuel Candelario,

Lupe Nephew, Frank Lopez, Abraham Velazquez, Jr., and Frantz Jerome

ROOM: 106



‘Shine Thru’ (E/C/Y)


Moderator: Dr. Jon Zibbell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Tem Blessed, “A Daily Operation: Justice, Hip Hop, and Mental Liberation”

Michelle Emery, “Imagined Communities for Palestine: Transnational Solidarities through Hip Hop and Spoken Word”

Dr. George Gathigi, “Matutu Culture: Hip Hop, Travel and Image in Kenya”

ROOM: East Lecture Hall


Empowering Our Communities to End the “War on Drugs” (C/E)

With Adam Hurter and Cliff Thornton


How can we as activists and community members contribute to legalizing marijuana, creating a “harm reduction” approach around hard drugs, and overall ending the racist and classist policies of modern drug prohibition? We can, and we must, so let’s discuss how we’re going to do it, and how hip-hop can play a central role.

ROOM: 103


“What’s class got to do with it?                                                        (C/E/Y)

How talking about class will advance economic and racial justice”


Facilitated by Rachel Rybaczuk

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore race and class intersections from personal, organizational and cultural perspectives. Interactive activities, dialogue, reflection, and visual media will give participants a dynamic way to learn about economic inequality, identify systemic examples of classism, and reflect on social class identity—and how these interact with race. The goal is to bring the topic of class into our communities and movements so we can advance economic and racial justice.

ROOM: 104

(4)                                                                                                   (C/E)

“Urban Farming, Sustainability, and the Green Movement”

Glenroy Buchannan

ROOM: 105


Lunch ~ (sliding scale donations $5-$15 encouraged).


Lunch Performance and Conversation featuring Fred Ho

Main Lecture Hall


High School and College Student “Open Mic”

East Lecture Hall or FPH Courtyard


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Halifu Osumare

Health, Wealth, Awareness, Peace, & Prosperity:

Hip-Hop Sites of Empowerment”

Main Lecture Hall


Panels/Workshop Series 2


Hip Hop and Media Organizing Against Displacement (C/E)

Facilitators Invincible, Finale, and DJ Sicari will screen and discuss the hybrid music video/documentary Locusts (2008, 11:27 min) directed by Iqaa the Olivetone which addresses the physical displacement/gentrification happening in their home city of Detroit and the importance of sustainable community led development while preserving the legacy of our cities. She will facilitate a participatory discussion to exchange organizing strategies and generating ideas to bring new people and energy into the local anti-displacement project.

ROOM: East Lecture Hall

(3)                                                                                                    (Y/C)


‘Enta Da Stage’

Artist/Activist Roundtable: “The Advantages and Challenges of D.I.Y.: Life Experiences and the Balance of Artistic Integrity and Social Responsibility” with Roddy Rod, Kev Brown, Ibrahim Tableek Ali, and Felix Libertad Da’ Poet Vasquez.  Facilitated by Josh and Sam, TRGGR Media Group

ROOM: 105

(4)                                                                                                    (E/C)


‘Sound Bombing’

Moderator: Andrew Habana Hafner

Dr. Dave Stovall, “Unlocking the Code: Hip-Hop, Youth Culture and the High School Classroom”

Dr. Maurice Hobson, “Hip Hop Historians: Writing History through the Prism of Popular Culture”

Dr. Anthony Ratcliff, “Showin’ and Provin’: The Hip Hop Think Tank at California State University Northridge”





“Theatre: The (re)Mix”                                                                       (Y/C/E)

(Explores the intersection between

Hip Hop Theatre and the Theatre of the Oppressed)

Facilitated by Abraham Velazquez, Jr. and Melinna Bobadilla

Room: 104



“Defining the Elements: Empowering Youth                                     (Y/C)

through the Evolution of Hip-Hop”

(A workshop designed primarily for youth)

Facilitated by Aisha Jordan and 2050 Legacy

Room: 103



At a Glance: Addressing College Access (Y/C/E)

The Student Bridges program at UMass Amherst connects underrepresented first-generation college students with K-12 youth in reciprocal tutoring-mentoring relationships with the goal of increasing college access. – In this interactive discussion, participants will consider the concept of college access and explore their relationship to it. Participants will then listen to panelist discuss various barriers and pathways to college as identified by Student Bridges staff students and affiliated youth. By listening and identifying with the facilitators, we hope that participants will begin to think about college access and their role and ability to make change.

Presenters/Facilitators: Student Bridges Staff, class members and Holyoke Youth

Room: 102




Entrepreneurship, Graffiti Activism and Social Change(Y/C/E)

Presentation by Alan KET Mariduena

Room: 106


TRGGR Radio Live with Pop Master Fabel and Special Guests

Closing Remarks with Dr. Amilcar Shabazz

Room: Main Lecture Hall

6:15 pm

Documentary Screening

(1) “Operation Small Axe”

Room: West Lecture Hall

(2) TBD


Performances on the Main Lawn under the Tent featuring:

DJ Roddy Rod, Kev Brown, Tableek, Invincible, Finale, and local acts.

The letter beside the panel/workshop titles describe its targeted audience:

Y = Youth, E = Educators, C = Community

This conference is generously sponsored by the following groups, organizations and offices:

Community and Non-Hampshire Sponsors: Food for Thought Books, Five College Student Coordinating Board, Free Press, WMUA 91.1FM, the Pan-African Historical Museum in Springfield, Office of Programs & Services for ALANA Students at UMass.

Hampshire College Sponsors: Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC), Committee on Community Activities (COCA), Hip Hop Collective, School of Social Science, Dean of Students Office, Center for Leadership Activities, Center for Feminisms, Office for Diversity and Multicultural Education, Greenwich, Enfield and Merrill Houses, and the Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center.