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Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Whitneyville Cultural Commons 
1253 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

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Judy Meikle 
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Fall Racial Justice Conference 

In this time of massive environmental, social, political, and spiritual imbalance we recognize the role of radical integration in regards to authentic community building, relevant social justice training, effective community organizing, and in all matters of the liberation and healing of the body, mind, and spirit. We further recognize the interconnectedness between ALL of these aspects and deeply understand that, to sustain the wholeness and vitality of this racial justice eco-system, conscious and co-creative intention must be applied. 

At the 2017 CTCORE Racial Justice Conference we will come together in community to celebrate the unveiling of CT CORE's organizing platform and to explore racial justice work through a racial justice lens.

About the CTCORE Platform: 

CTCORE's platform is based on four key issue areas- Environmental Justice/Health Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, Economic Justice, and Education Equity. The identified underlying drivers central to systemwide change which the platform explores and further defines are:

  • Reparations
  • Current system issues of inequity
  • Imagining and building new systems and institutions

At this year’s conference, we will offer workshops, plenaries, wellness sessions, and open space to build community and movement together.  Delicious food, and childcare will be provided free of charge throughout the conference!

We will explore concepts of embodied leadership within our organizing. We will sing, dance, release, and connect. We will plan and digest wider perspectives on where we are in this current moment and the immense opportunities before us for radical healing and action.




8:30-9a– Sign In (coffee & light breakfast)
9-9:45a– Welcome 

10-10:45- CTCORE Platform Unveiling 


10:45 - 11:30a Workshop Block 1 

Unpacking the CTCORE Platform (3 separate sessions) 

  • Reparations – The CTCORE racial justice platform will be organized to identify goals for winning reparations, addressing current issues of systemic inequity, and imagining and building new systems and institutions. During this session, we will look at the reparative and healing measures identified in the platform and begin a conversation about how we might organize to win them. Isa Mujahid
  • Current Systemic Issues of Inequity – During this session, we will look at the policy priorities we have identified to address some current systemic issues. We will discuss opportunities for intersection and collaboration as well as how some priorities align with current debates, movements and opportunities for building public support. Arvia Walker
  • Imagining and building new systems and institutions – During this session we will build on the visioning and “freedom dreaming” process that has been central to the platform development process. We will build on the vision of self-sufficient, cooperative communities – communities where the liberation and full humanity of all is fundamental. Camelle Scott-Mujahid

11:30-12:30p Lunch

12:45-1:45 Workshop Block 2

Raising Money for Work that Challenges Authority – This session will provide strategies and tools for raising money for transformative work that confronts oppressive systems and the status quo.  We will discuss practices for identifying, cultivating and maintaining a base of individual donors, Identifying and working with foundations that support social change work, and grassroots fundraising methods. Camelle Scott-Mujahid

Build With Me: Solidarity Training – Explore and discuss the intersections of our identities and movements. Develop tools and approaches for building connections and alliances across communities for more robust, resilient movements.  Z Bell

CTCORE Food Justice Guide - This Food Justice Guide will be an online resource for building new, community-run food systems in urban communities of color. Transforming the dominant, global food system is an enormous undertaking. The CT Food Justice Network defines food justice as “Identifying and activating community-based economic solutions to increase racial equity and self-determination in food systems.” Guided by community members and activists, this guide is designed to share resources and experiences and ultimately build new, community-run food systems that provide economic benefit and foster liberation to communities of color in urban centers. We invite you to share your stories, best principles, policy recommendations, organizational tools, best practices, and project ideas to help populate this online resource with valuable content that can be shared with others.  Isa Mujahid

Moving Beyond Internalized Inferiority/Superiority

In a society based in inequity and power over we must find new ways of being that free us up to be powerful instruments of transformation. What are the gifts you have to bring for transforming racial injustice? What is holding you back?  Through movement, music, art, and discussion, we will explore our gifts and look at what it takes to dismantle the internalized blocks that hold us back. Niyonu Spann

2pm-3pm Panel

Navigating the Movement Ecosystem/Building Solidarity Across Our Movements 

 3:15-4:15 Workshop Block 3

Embodied Leadership – Embodied Leadership uses Somatics to develop the capacity for individuals to be strong connected leaders in uncertain and complex situations.  This session will be lead by Mo George, Executive Director of Picture The Homeless in NYC. 

Freedom Dreaming – Freedom dreaming or visioning is an essential component of effective anti-racist organizing. We will discuss the importance of freedom dreaming facilitation and spend some time collectively imagining a liberated future.  We will also provide tools for leading groups through the practice.  Isa Mujahid

Emergent Strategy – Based on Adrienne Maree Brown’s book, “Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds” – “In the tradition of Octavia Butler, here is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help to shape the futures we want. Change is constant. The world, our bodies, and our minds are in a constant state of flux. They are a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, Emergent Strategy teaches us to map and assess the swirling structures and to read them as they happen, all the better to shape that which ultimately shapes us, personally and politically. A resolutely materialist spirituality based equally on science and science fiction: a wild feminist and afro-futurist ride!” This workshop was developed by chelsea cleveland and will be facilitated by chelsea cleveland, Yanitza Cubilette, and Shani Collins-Achille.

Base Building – Learn and practice strategies for building an active base of support for justice work in your community.  Discuss challenges and how to overcome them. Camelle Scott-Mujahid and Z Bell



10:30a- Sign In (coffee)

11a-12:00pConnecting with our Ancestors for Healing and LiberationEnroue Halfkenny will share traditional teachings and guide us through exercises to anchor our spirits to the Earth and deepen our relationships to the resilience and healing of our ancestors.  This will help to root our work for individual and collective healing and justice in their legacies, guidance, and wisdom. 

12:15-1:15   Lunch

1:30p-3p  Open Space Session 1

Skill Share Session 1... featuring YOU! Lead a community workshop, strategy session, courageous conversation or whatever you are moved to share that builds connections, well being, and community. 

CTCORE Chapter & Network Breakouts- This is a time for chapter members to build community and strategize. It is also an opportunity for folks to learn more about chapters in their area and how to get involved 

3:15- 4:45p  Open Space Session 2

Skill Share Session 2... featuring YOU! Lead a community workshop, strategy session, courageous conversation or whatever you are moved to share that builds connections, well being, and community. 

CTCORE Chapter & Network Breakouts- This is a time for chapter members to build community and strategize. It is also an opportunity for folks to learn more about chapters in their area and how to get involved

4:45-5p Closing


If you have any questions about the conference line up or schedule contact 

Isa Mujahid - Organizing Director isa@ctcore-organizenow.org

If you have questions about registration contact

Judy Meikle - CEIO Project Manager- judy@ceio.org