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Rural Justice Summit: Building Power

Wednesday - March 22, 2017 8AM - 5PM (see below for agenda)

UC Merced, California Room

Questions? Contact Sarah Cain scain@cirsinc.org or (530) 756-6555 x19

REGISTER HERE: http://ruraljusticesummit.bpt.me/

 

 

"Rural Justice Summit: Building Power" is a Rural California Summit for Action, which will be hosted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, by California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) and UC Merced, in collaboration with the Community Alliance for Agroecology and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Building on the momentum of last year's summit, the event will create dialogue between researchers and rural community members about historic and current struggles and access to resources in the San Joaquin Valley.  Bridging theory and action, we will discuss the tools needed for conducting community-based research and navigating the politics of social change. We are honored to have CIRS founder and independent researcher Dr. Don Villarejo open the day, offering his deeply experienced insight on the importance of researcher and advocate partnerships. The day will include two panel discussions featuring academic researchers and organizers discussing the democratization of knowledge and shifting power in the fields as well as break-out sessions on policy, media, research methods and data tools.  We will then end the day with Dr. Mario Sifuentez, a next generation researcher, with his closing thoughts, "Building on History to Power San Joaquin Valley Movements."

This event is free and open to the public, but you need to register at www.ruraljusticesummit.bpt.me by March 15, 2017. If you are not able to attend, we will be live-streaming the event! Details to come!

 

Here is a brief overview of the day (agenda is subject to change):

8-9am Check-in & Breakfast

9:15-9:30am Welcome & Orientation
Janaki Jagannath, Community Alliance for Agroecology

9:30-10am Don Villarejo, CIRS Founder & Independent Researcher
"How Evidence-Based Research Strengthens Organizing for Social Justice" 

10-11:30am Panel "Agroecology and the Democratization of Knowledge"
Connecting traditional and academic knowledge to build power and address rural inequity.
Steve Brush, Professor, Center for Science and Innovation Studies, UC Davis
Liz Carlisle, Author, "Lentil Underground," Lecturer, Stanford University
- Gail Myers, Filmmaker, Organizer & Executive Director, Farms to Grow
Carmen Cortez, Agroecologist & Community Organizer
(More to be listed soon)

11:45-12:45pm Provided Lunch & Guided Break-Out Sessions #1 (concurrent)
Four Topics, to be repeated in afternoon:
1.  Research Methods in Community – Rick Mines, Discussion Guide
2.  Creating Tools from Data – Jonathon London, Discussion Guide
3.  Regional Policy Change – (CAFA Member), Discussion Guide
4.  Creative Use of Media for Organizing – Ezra David Romero, Discussion Guide

1-2:30pm "Panel Shifting Power: Reality in the Fields"
How can research assist & impact farm labor organizing, both historically and today?
Sandy Brown, Independent Researcher & City Councilperson, Santa Cruz
Sarah Horton, Author, "They Leave Their Kidneys in the Field," & Associate Professor, University of Colorado
Luis Magana, Organizer, Project Voice, American Friends Service Committee
Lupe Martinez, Assistant Director, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment
Veronica Diaz, Organizer, Teamsters 856
(More to be listed soon)

2:40-3:30pm Guided Break Out Session #2 (repeated topics from morning)
Four Topics:
1.  Research Methods in Community – Rick Mines, Discussion Guide
2.  Creating Tools from Data – Jonathon London, Discussion Guide
3.  Regional Policy Change – (CAFA Member), Discussion Guide
4.  Creative Use of Media for Organizing – Ezra David Romero, Discussion Guide

3:45-4:15pm Mario Sifuentez, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, UC Merced
"Building on History to Power San Joaquin Valley Movements"