Allied Media Conference 2011, Split This Rock & Shepherd Express

I knew it was going to be a good weekend when I bumped into my Revolution Starts at Home co-editor Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and a fellow Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project filmmaker within five minutes of arriving at the the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.  After years of hearing about how amazing this conference is, I’m glad to finally make it to check it out!

The highlight of today was the environmental justice tour through Southwest Detroit’s industrial corridor, the most polluted zip code in Michigan and the organizing being done by neighborhoods affected by the polluters.  Our van was led by Siwatu Salaama Ra, a youth organizer with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC).

If you’re at the AMC,

checkety check out:

Our book signing at the AK Press table,  Saturday,  June 25 · 12:30pm – 1:00pm.  AK Press is selling the the anthology during the conference!

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215341185173052;

Us at the Transformative Justice Science Fair, 2:10-3:40, Saturday, MacGregor room M, where we’ll be offering you the chance to make little flip cam videos about your experiences with Transformative Justice;

the whole damn Growing Safer Communities track: http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/program/browse, click on Growing Safer Communities.  This track was co-coordinated by co-edited Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Jenna Peters-Golden, Esteban Kelly, Bench Barnsfield, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Mimi Kim.

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Also, I’m grateful that Susan Firer has chosen to feature “Midnight Terrain,” a poem from The Heart’s Traffic, for her Shepherd Express Poetry Column and Split This Rock has chosen my poem, “American Syntax” as the Poem-of-the Week!

More soon!

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