Conferences

FOR THOSE WHO MISSED THE 2ND TRIGGERING CHANGE CONFERENCE, HERE’S THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF PANELS, GUESTS SPEAKERS AND ARTIST PERFORMANCES. STAY CONNECTED TO THE TRGGR MOVEMENT. PEACE.

TRIGGERING CHANGE 2:
HIP HOP, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT,
AND SITES OF EMPOWERMENT
APRIL 24, 2010

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

(Pre-Conference Events)
Friday, APRIL 23RD 2010
2pm
Afternoon Youth Workshop at the Pan-African Historical Museum,
1500 Main Street, 2nd Level, Springfield, MA. Phone (413) 733-1823

5-7pm
Meet, Greet and Beats at Food For Thought Books,
106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
http://www.foodforthoughtbooks.com/

7pm-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.

FULL CONFERENCE DAY (The letter beside the panel/workshop titles describe its targeted audience: Y = Youth, E = Educators, C = Community)

SATURDAY, APRIL 24TH 2010
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

10-11:15 am
Panels/Workshops Series 1
YC
“‘Survival Skills’:
Strategies for Living Healthy and Building Community”
PANEL

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

Christina Huebner Torres, Caring Health Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

Caring Health Center Youth and Staff
ROOM: West Lecture Hall

10-11:15am YCE
“‘The Main Ingredient’:
Youth Education and Media Reform Movements”
PANEL
Moderator: Issa Carter

Dee Shabazz, “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

10-11:15am
“I am Whatever I Say I Am” CE
WORKSHOP
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

(2) ECY

10-11:15am
‘Shine Thru’
PANEL
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”

George Gathigi, “Matutu Culture: Hip Hop, Travel and Image in Kenya”
ROOM: East Lecture Hall

(2) CE
Empowering Our Communities to End the “War on Drugs”
With Adam Hurter and Cliff Thornton
WORKSHOP
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

(3)
“What’s class got to do with it? CEY
How talking about class will advance economic and racial justice”
WORKSHOP
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) CE
“Urban Farming, Sustainability, and the Green Movement”
WORKSHOP
Glenroy Buchannan
ROOM: 105

11:45am-12:30pm
Lunch ~ (sliding scale donations $5-$15 encouraged).

12:30pm-1:15pm
Conversation featuring Fred Ho
Main Lecture Hall

1:15-1:45pm
High School and College Student “Open Mic”
East Lecture Hall or FPH Courtyard

2-3pm
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Halifu Osumare
“Health, Wealth, Awareness, Peace, & Prosperity:
Hip-Hop Sites of Empowerment”
Main Lecture Hall

3:15-4:30pm
Panels/Workshop Series 2

(2) CE
Hip Hop and Media Organizing Against Displacement
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) YC

‘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
ROOM: 105

(4) EC
‘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”
ROOM: WEST LECTURE HALL

WORKSHOPS

(5)
“Theatre: The (re)Mix” YCE
(Explores the intersection between
Hip Hop Theatre and the Theatre of the Oppressed)
Facilitated by Abraham Velazquez, Jr. and Melinna Bobadilla
Room: 104

(6)
“Defining the Elements: Empowering Youth YC
through the Evolution of Hip-Hop”
(A workshop designed primarily for youth)
Facilitated by Aisha Jordan and 2050 Legacy
Room: 103

(7) YCE
At a Glance: Addressing College Access
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

5pm-6pm
TRGGR Radio Live with Pop Master Fabel
Closing Remarks with Dr. Amilcar Shabazz
Room: Main Lecture Hall

6:15 pm
Documentary Screening
(1) “Operation Small Axe”
Room: West Lecture Hall

9pm-12am
Performances on the Main Lawn under the Tent featuring:
DJ Roddy Rod, Kev Brown, Tableek, Invincible, Finale, and local acts.

Roddy Rod rocks the mic

Kev Brown heats it up

Detroit's own Invincible and Finale

Invincible and Finale Rock the Crowd

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See you at the next conference!

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  1. […] they did before Saturday. I don’t have much experience with them as I’ve only attended Triggering Change once and CLPP twice. Today, however, I stopped by the Free Minds, Free People conference in […]

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