October 14, 2017
The last year has seen an alarming rise in armed conflict, social bigotry, and political authoritarianism. At the same time, unprecedented numbers of people around the globe have rallied to resist the politics of hate. Many of us have felt fear and motivation, isolation and empowerment, disillusion and hope. Peace Works 2017 asks how we might harness these passionate feelings into effective social movements.
What tools do community groups need to better organize themselves and network with others to meet vital needs? How can individuals become engaged and empowered in the political process to affect public policy? How have successful movements and campaigns shifted public opinion and won elections? How might we reach out, build coalitions, and turn a passion for peace and justice into strategic victories? How can we envision and craft policies and institutions for a better world even as we fight to preserve the gains of recent decades against reactionary and regressive forces?
Saturday, October 14, 2007, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice hosted its 11th Peace Works conference, From Marches to Movements, at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA. The day was filled with workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities. People and organizations from Washington and beyond came together to develop concrete strategies for justice, peace, and progressive social change.
“Owning our Narrative: From Indigenous Peoples’ Day to shutting down pipelines how Native-led movements are building coalitions and winning”
Matt Remle (Lakota) will discuss how Native-led movements over the past few years have built successful campaigns and coalitions towards shutting down Tar Sands pipelines, abolishing Columbus Day, a global divestment movement targeting financial institutions, and more.
Peace Works 2017 SCHEDULE
|TIME||PEACE WORKS 2017 SCHEDULE||LOCATION||SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS|
9:30am – 11am
|Morning Workshops||Classroom #|
|Strengthening Sanctuary: Building Community in Support of Immigrant Rights||Room 130||Anne Fischel, Steffani Powell, Alejandra Hunt, Eder Nunez (Strengthening Sanctuary)|
|Narrating the Future We Want to Create: Storytelling as Social Change||Room 285||Elaine Vradenburgh (Window Seat Media)|
|Volunteer Recruitment & Retention: A Guide to Happy Volunteers||Room 286||Miguel Pineda (SideWalk)|
|We don’t want Allies: The Meaning of Solidarity at the Intersections of Housing Status and Disability||Room 287||Wendy Hamlin, Pete Brown, John Gillis (Just Housing Olympia)|
|11:15-12:30 PM||Welcome & Keynote Address||Main Stage||Whitney Faulkner (RCF) & Matt Remle|
|12:30-1:30 PM||Lunch & Networking||Lobby|
|Afternoon Workshops||Classroom #|
|How to influence politics & make your government leaders represent YOU!||Room 130||Arsalan Bukhari, Izdihar Bailey (CAIR-Seattle)|
|Learn To Do Grassroots Fundraising and Change Your Life||Room 285||Cecile Surasky (Jewish Voice for Peace)|
|Digital Communities, Art & Activism||Room 286||Natasha Marin (Reparations project)|
|Disruption and Inscription: The Complementary Tension between Social Movements and Social Movement Organizations||Room 287||Shon Meckfessel (Author & Professor)|
|3:15-4:30 PM||Panel (w/ Keynote speaker)||Main Stage||Matt Remle, Cecilie Surasky, Shon Meckfessel w/ David Hyde Moderating|
|4:30-5:00 PM||Closing: Takeaways||Main Stage||David Hyde|
|5:00-6:00 PM||Closing Reception & Networking (Live Music)||Lobby||Miguel & Daniel Perez-Gibson (guitar)|
Thank you to our Co-Sponsors!
Harbingers of Justice
Cindy and Craig Corrie
Partners in Peace
Friends of RCF
Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace
Maxine Fookson and Ned Rosch