Forward 2017 Program

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

 

6pm Registration Opens

7-9pm Plenary Discussion: Understanding the Current Crisis

  • Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson
  • Charlie Post, City University of New York, AFT activist
  • Jesse Sharkey, V.P., Chicago Teachers Union
  • Deepa Kumar, Rutgers University, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

 

8am Registration opens

9-10:30am Front Lines of the Current Crisis I

  • Navigating the Education Storm: Budgets, Strategy, & Local Activism

    • Kim Kaukl, E.D., Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance
    • Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers
    • Heather DuBois Bourenane, Coordinator, Wisconsin Public Education Network
  • Gender Equality: The Birth of a New Movement?

    • Jessica Williams, Freedom Inc.
    • Zon Muas, Freedom Inc.
    • Deepa Kumar, Rutgers University
  • Building the Alternative: Cooperative Power in the Rust Belt

    • Rebecca Kemble, Madison Common Council
    • Charity Schmidt, South Central Federation of Labor

10:45-12:15pm Front Lines of the Current Crisis II

  • Prison Abolition & Community Control of the Police

    • M Adams, Freedom Inc.
    • Nino Rodriguez, Racial Justice Tipping Point
  • From Standing Rock to Wisconsin: Treaty Rights & Water Defense

    • Rebecca Kemble, Madison Common Council
    • Bill Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation
    • Mary Dougherty, Sustain Rural Wisconsin
    • Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
  • Building Cultures of Resistance:
    • Mike Konopacki, Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons
    • John Fleissner
  • State of the Unions: Labor & Conservatism in the 21st century

    • Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers
    • José Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance

12:15-1:30pm             Lunch

1:30-3:00pm               Plenary Discussion: Which way Forward? Strategy, Tactics, Parties, & Movements

  • Charlie Post, CUNY, AFT activist
  • Joel Rogers, Our Wisconsin Revolution
  • Deepa Kumar, Rutgers University, VP Rutgers AAUP-AFT

3-4:00pm Break

4-5:30pm Building Skills to Confront the Crisis

  • Direct Action for Expanding Sanctuary:

    • Z! Haukeness, Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice
    • John Peck, Family Farm Defenders
  • How to Organize your Workplace from Scratch

    • Dan Kortte, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation Workers
    • Liana Dalton, activist
    • Sam Neylon, activist
  • Empowering Communities Beyond Elections: Ward Captains, Precinct Programs, & Grassroots Mobilization

    • Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers
    • Angie Holecko, Planned Parenthood
  • Grassroots Lobbying: Learning from the Tea-Party

    • Crystal K, Indivisible

5:30-7pm Dinner

7-9pm Plenary Discussion: Where do we go from here? Building a Movement of Movements

  • M Adams, Freedom Inc.
  • José Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance
  • Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada