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“Use Your Voice to Inspire Community Action” Feminist Activism Workshop


5th Annual Women’s Conference: “Visionary Voices”

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

10AM – 7PM

Loker Student Union & Welch Hall

Register now!

 Free and open to the public. Campus Map & Parking Information

Conference Schedule

9–10AM               Registration/Check-In                                               LSU Upper Level

10–10:30AM        Conference Welcome                                               LSU Ballroom C

Concurrent Workshop Sessions:

10:30–11:45AM    From Issues to Action: Use Your Voice to Inspire Community Action,  Sheila McMullin, Action Civics LA
LSU Ballroom A 

10:30–11:45AM    Digital Harassment and Resistance, Genevieve Berrick, Hollaback! Los Angeles
LSU Ballroom B                                            

12–1:30PM           Keynote Lunch: Bree Newsome, “Tearing Hatred from the Sky”
LSU Ballroom C

Concurrent Workshop Sessions:

1:45–3PM   Freedom Portals: A Writing Workshop, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
LSU Ballroom A                                            

1:45–3PM   Self and Community Care, Mujeres de Maiz
LSU Ballroom B                                                                                      

Concurrent Workshop Sessions:

3:15–4:30PM     Creating from the Margins: Poetry Performance & Workshop Jade Phoenix Martinez
LSU Palm Courtyard                                           

3:15–4:30PM       Craftivism
East Walkway                                      

5–6:15PM            Keynote: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha,“survivor freedom dreams: telling and collecting stories as the work of changing the world and saving your life”
Welch Hall D-165

6:15–7PM            Reception      Welch Hall Claudia Hampton Courtyard

*ASL interpretation services will be available.

In the interest of accessibility, we ask that attendees refrain from wearing perfumes or fragrances. 

For information about accessibility accommodations or other questions, please contact us at [email protected] or call (310) 243-2486. 

Keynote Speakers

Bree Newsome

Conference Keynote speaker Bree Newsome

Bree Newsome is a contemporary civil rights icon who first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Bree climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements. Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Bree skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Conference keynote speaker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer, femme, sick, and disabled Sri Lankan/ Irish/Roma writer, educator, and disability and transformative justice organizer. The Lambda and ALA Stonewall Award winning author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home,BodymapLove Cake, and Consensual Genocide, she is also co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities.

From 2006-2016, she co-founded and co-directed queer and trans people of color performance collective Mangos With Chili. She is a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid, co-founded Toronto’ Asian Arts Freedom School, and teaches writing online and in person, with a focus on creating liberatory writing spaces by and for sick and disabled QTPOC, survivor and/or femme writers. Primarily, she is a weirdo who writes about survivorhood, disability justice, transformative justice, queer femme of color lives and Sri Lankan diaspora sitting in her room.


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