Transformational Activism is activism sourced from a place of love rather than hate, which builds bridges rather than divides by maintaining solidarity with the target audience and which maintains a focus on the impact on the level of consciousness that it impacts. In so doing, Transformational Action sustains the activist, opens the door towards behavior change, and heals divides which hamper progress in U.S society. Common characteristics of Transformational Activism are a tendency to keep prayer and ceremony at the forefront, a focus on collective leadership and an emphasis on nourishing and rejuvenating social interactions of all kinds.
Canadian First Nations Work for Environmental Justice – Ron Tremblay, Chief of Wolastoqwe Grand Council
In this Workshop, Chief tremblay will discuss the philosophy and approach of the First Nations Peoples in protecting their indigenous lands in Canada, focusing on the challenges and victories that they have encountered along the way. In this presentation, Chief Tremblay will highlight the movement to reclaim the original name of the Wolistoq River, from St. John the Baptiste, to reassert the indigenous people’s relationship with that place. Through his role as the Wolastoqwe Grand Council Chief, Ron has emerged as a leading voice in the First Nations-Led efforts for environmental justice in Canada and beyond.
Decolonizing Our Activism – Sherri Mitchell
Can we create transformational change using latent conquest ideology to move our activism?
When colonial and patriarchal structures of thought are present in our approach to problem solving, we can unwittingly reinforce the oppressive structures that we hope to undermine. In this workshop, you can learn how to recognize colonial bias and engrained patriarchal ideology in your actions and learn how to align your actions with your intended outcomes, while making them more effective and sustainable. Sherri, a leading thinker and writer about the deeper dimensions of personal and social transformation, has given workshops to help activists transform the way they do change throughout the US and beyond.
Transformation – Like Change Only Better! – Karen Ganey
What is Transformation? Paradigm Shift? Inside-Out Change? During this workshop we will look at transformation from 3 lenses:
1. The alchemical, 2. As it relates consciousness and 3. How it can be used as a tool for activism.
We will explore our own inner landscape and locate both the triggers and tools of transformation and identify some tangible means of applying such tools to our role as timely midwives helping to usher in a new paradigm that isn’t based on “othering” or “power over” , but interconnectedness. Additionally, we will explore the principles of permaculture as a way of contextualizing and guiding our actions in such a time of uncertainty.
POC Youth & NVDA – Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez Jr
This workshop will explore young POC involvement in movements throughout modern history. From Wounded Knee and the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock we’ll focus on the importance of youth roles in past and future battles for environmental and social justice.
Consensus is not a dogma but a consistent and practice that we can bring into any situation that requires decision making. We will go over the formal processes of decision making and discuss how to engender true consensus within communities. This will be a discussion and participation heavy workshop that will cover the tenants of consensus building while working to subvert traditional concepts of group communication. Additionally, we will cover how to handle tough situations within groups and when it is appropriate to move away from the consensus model while still making sure that people are heard.