7:00 AM

with Rasheed Shabazz
Room 202

7:30 AM
Registration Opens
Breakfast included with registration

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Power of Belonging: Organizing, Democracy and Governance

  • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorOfChange
  • Zephyr Teachout, law professor, author, former candidate for Congress and Governor of New York
  • Sabrina Smith, California Calls
  • Moderated by Jonathan Smucker, Beyond the Choir and author, Hegemony How-To


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45AM to 12:15 PM

Breakout Sessions
(For detailed information click here)

  • Disablement & Decarceration: Defining Disability Justice in an Age of Mass Incarceration
    • Grand Ballroom 1
  • Racial Anxiety, Increasing Diversity, and Politics of Fear of the Other
    • Grand Ballroom 2
  • Connecting the Dots: Money in Politics, Civic Engagement & Police Accountability
    • Junior Ballroom 1
  • Mobilize, Politicize, Organize
    • Junior Ballroom 2
  • Building a Transformational Women's Movement: Feminism at a Crossroads
    •  208 Room
  • Tech & Belonging: Responsibilities and Opportunities
    • Skyline
  • Advancing a Progressive Agenda: Cities & States as Sites of Resistance and Power
    • West Hall

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided with conference registration)
Served in the West Hall. Join fellow attendees to connect and network. 

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Reflections and Attendees Share-Outs

Shakti Butler

1:30  PM - 2:15 PM
The Being of Belonging

2:15 - 2:30 PM
My Blood Awaken and Kiss Louder
Antoine Hunter and Urban Jazz Dance Co.

2:30 PM 
Bridging to Belonging: Galvanizing Movements

  • Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-founder, Black Lives Matter
  • Tara Houska, tribal attorney and Campaign Director, Honor the Earth
  • Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the Council for American Islamic Relations
  • Moderated by Jidan Koon

A key aspect of resistance movements is to live into and model an alternative vision and structure for belonging. In this plenary,, we will explore how activists have built forward from galvanizing moments towards creating resilient structures of belonging.  These leaders, with different life experiences and perspectives, will discuss how they have approached cross movement solidarity to recognize our human similarities while also embracing our differences. Some of the questions we will explore include; what can we learn from their approach and practices to transform our political consciousness and our ways of being with one another? What can we learn from the approach to organizing at Standing Rock that made possible a balanced and authentic (non-transactional) way? What sources of resilience do these activists draw on? What possibilities for cross-movement and cross-community solidarity are suggested and start to become visible?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Closing Keynote)
The Stories We Tell About Who We Are: Race, Gender, Making American Politics

Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and Editor-at-Large at ELLE.com. She hosted the MSNBC television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings.

5:00 PM
Closing Remarks
john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

5:15 PM
Closing Song
Valerie Troutt and Voices of Reason, East Bay Arts Center

5:30 PM
Book Signing

Melissa Harris-Perry

6:00 PM
Conference Ends