Forward 2018: A Day of Workshops and Discussions

Event Dates: 
05/19/18
FORWARD 2018:
A DAY OF WORKSHOPS AND DISCUSSIONS ON THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN AND HOW TO CHANGE IT
 
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
SATURDAY, MAY 19TH
9:45am- 5:45pm
 
NEW VENUE:
This year's event will take place at the School of Education on the UW Madison Campus
 
Forward is an annual gathering of community activists, students, and educators organized by the UW Havens Center for Social Justice. The central goal of Forward is to contribute to social movement building by bringing people together to discuss issues, strengthen networks and relationships, and explore strategies for social, political, and economic change. 
 
This year's gathering will take place on Saturday, May 19 on the UW-Madison campus in the beautifully renovated Ed School building overlooking Lake Mendota. For the first time, it is also FREE of charge.
 
Mark your calendars for what promises to be an exciting, inspirational, and informative event. And spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues, and anyone interested in working together in the pursuit of social justice.
 
See below for a list of workshop topics and speakers.
 
 
Workshops include:
• "'1968’ Presente!: Global Revolt, the Power of Youth, & Lessons for Today"
• “DACA: Organizing in a Changing Landscape” 
• “Direct Action for Expanding Sanctuary”
• “Fighting the Assault on Higher Ed: Quality Public Education Now!”
• “From Europe to NOVEMBER 2018: The Promises & Pitfalls of Elections for Social Movements”
• “Gun Violence: Confronting a Uniquely American Epidemic” (with local high school activists)
• “Madison 2028: A Vision to Transform the City”
• “Prison Abolition & Community Control of the Police”
• “Right to the City: Confronting the Housing Crisis & Gentrification”
• “The Teacher Strikes: A New Moment for Labor?”
• “Youth & the Fight for Food Justice”
 
Presenters include:
• M Adams, Freedom Inc.
• Paulina Baker, Save Our Students
• Emayu Edari-Sellassie, Save Our Students
• Devon Hamilton, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
• Rebecca Kemble, Madison Common Council
• Allison Leyer, Save Our Students
• Dija Manly, Save Our Students
• Maggie Murray, Save Our Students
• Aissa Olivarez, Community Immigration Law Center
• John Peck, Family Farm Defenders
• Pete Ramand, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Nino Rodriguez, Racial Justice Tipping Point
• Allen Ruff, host of WORT’s A Public Affair
• Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
• Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative
• Revel Sims, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Sara Trongone, QPEN!
• Gino VandenBrook, Save Our Students
• Yesenia Villalpando-Torres, Social Worker, undocumented activist
• Katie Zaman, Secretary, AFT-W
• and more!
 
New Venue:
This year's event will take place at the School of Education Building on the UW Madison campus at Bascom Hill.
 
Lunch on the roof:
We will be hosting lunch on the amazing roof space of the building (right), with gorgeous views of Lake Mendotta.
 
Bring lunch with you, or pick up some food at Memorial Union only 2 mins away.
 
Social Event/Pizza Party After:
After a good day of discussions we will be hosting a pizza party and social at 6pm. This is a chance to continue conversations from the workshops, make connections, and chat to great organizers and activists.