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Sept 15 - 16, 2017

2017 Schedule

Fri, September 15

  • 9:30am

    Registration / Nossa Familia coffee station open

  • 10:00am

    Welcome announcements

  • 10:30am

    “So Do You Want To Fight or Nah?”—Identity Rage, Performance, and the Shaky Ground Keynote

    It's not all pretty but it can be beautiful. There's no escaping that what spurs a lot of our work in social change is violent injustice and trauma. How do we express our hurt, do our work, without forgetting to take care of ourselves, avoiding the realities of where we began, or limiting the possibilities of where we can go?

    Sydette Harry
  • 11:00am

    What Do Second Chances Look Like?

    Having a criminal record adds a stigma to the rest of your life, even long after you've paid your dues. How can a policy be considered a “win” if it doesn't work for the people it's supposed to help? This is a talk on how technology can be used to implement effective policy and a behind-the-scenes look at Clear My Record, which detangles the process of clearing one's record in California so that anyone with a criminal record can get the opportunities and employment they deserve.

    Jazmyn Latimer
  • 11:20am

    Short break / Attendee Spotlight signups open

  • 11:40am

    Direct Donation Models (Or How to Give Away Other People's Money)

    After the election, I read a number of articles urging trans people to update their passports and other documentation to match their gender in case it became more difficult. Inspired by the Human Utility, I created the Trans Documentation Project, which used direct donations (in effect, small-scale wealth redistribution) to fund documentation. In three months, I gave away about $95,000 of other people’s money to trans people who needed to update the gender markers or name on their documentation. I'll talk about what worked, what I might change if I did it all over again, how dealing with concerns about shame drove a lot of my messaging choices, and finally, how to practice kindness to both others and yourself by ending things when you run out of steam.

    Kendra Albert
  • 12:00pm

    Lunch break

  • 1:30pm

    Attendee Spotlight

    We want to shine the spotlight on you, fellow attendees! If you'd like to share a 5-min story about your work or experiences in social change, you can sign up on the day of (via Twitter) and take the stage (first come, first serve).

  • 2:00pm

    A Primer: Disability Justice In the Age of Mass Incarceration

    People with disabilities represent the largest minority population in our jails and prisons. Disabled people are disproportionately represented in cases of police violence; school suspensions and expulsions; the foster "care" system; and in economically distressed communities. Yet, advocates rarely view the crisis of mass incarceration through a disability justice lens or approach decarceration advocacy with an intersectional framework. This talk will provide an overview of disability justice principles and practice; and explore the nexus between race, class, disability and structural inequality, focusing in particular, on people with multiple marginalized identities.

    Talila “TL” Lewis
  • 2:30pm

    Half-hour break

  • 3:00pm

    A Journey to #DisabledAndCute: On Representation, Self Love, Self Care, and What's Next

    #DisabledAndCute went viral in February, but before that, it took awhile to get to a place where I could celebrate myself in this way. I always believed that movements develop over weeks and years, so I was lucky that mine began taking off in a couple of days. When able-bodied people refer to us as cute, it's belittling. In reclaiming the word, I want to emphasize the importance of giving representation to people with disabilities and remind everyone that there's room to be proud of their full identity.

    Keah Brown
  • 3:20pm

    Representation and Storytelling in Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

    Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, with roughly forty thousand people dying by suicide a year. Sharing stories of hope and recovery from survivors has been proven to help at-risk individuals. But how do we ensure a diversity of voices and identities in the mental health stories and messaging we share? I'll dive into this question by examining the unique intersection of my work in Communications with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, my experiences as a secretly suicidal Asian-American woman, and what we know about the impact of storytelling on mental health.

    CW: Discussion of suicide ideation
    Frances Gonzales
  • 3:40pm

    Short break

  • 4:00pm

    Hacking Liberation: Building Safe Platforms for All Genders

    Working on a dating app for queer people of all genders means taking on the various challenges of developing a product for a community in need of a safe space. There are issues of safety, security, and culture. As a black queer developer creating Thurst, I'll give folks some resources on how to make their platforms, companies, and spaces more inclusive to all genders while being mindful of the limitations of tech.

    Morgen Bromell
  • 4:20pm

    End of day announcements

Sat, September 16

  • morning

    Group volunteering (off-site)

    Jump into action by helping CymaSpace create interactive LED art that's inclusive of Deaf and Hard of Hearing folks from 9am - 12pm (volunteering will be Deaf-friendly, with ASL instructors and ASL interpreters on hand)!
    Still to come: two more volunteering options.

  • 1:00pm

    Doors open / coffee

  • 1:30pm

    Welcome back announcements

  • 1:40pm

    We Read Too: Creating a Central Resource for Books by PoC

    In 2016, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin determined that 12% of children’s books were written or illustrated by people of color. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been an avid reader, but as a teenager, I began to realize that a lot of books didn’t have characters that looked like me. After learning to code in 2013, I created We Read Too to be a free central resource that celebrates and highlights characters of color written by authors of color.

    Kaya Thomas
  • 2:00pm

    Tech For Active Resistance: 5 Calls

    Silicon Valley types too often approach non-technical problems with solutions that are exclusively technical, ignoring the expertise of others established in the space. One of the most critical pieces of information we learned about during work on the Clinton campaign was the actual impact of phone calls. It's generally understood that making phone calls is a pain, but what if it turns out to be the best way to achieve your goals? This talk will cover the inception of popular app 5 Calls and how we're letting tech enable the interactions that create progressive change without turning the project into tech for tech's sake.

    Nick O’Neill
  • 2:30pm

    Half-hour break

  • 3:00pm

    Voting Machines and a Road to Accidental Activism

    After the 2016 Presidential Election, the technology industry sought technological explanations—and in some case hopeful solutions—to a political situation. At one point, I embarked on a small journey to understand the process of voting machine software quality control. Right now, voting machine certification is on a state-by-state basis and machines are only tested against ~100 ballots. Knowing where to find relevant data sent me down the path to becoming an accidental activist with an unusual tendency to end up in the newspaper. This talk will explore that journey, without losing focus on the issue that started it all.

    CW: Talk of online harassment, including screenshots of threats against my person
    Emily Gorcenski
  • 3:30pm

    Feeding Social Justice to the Masses: the Racist Sandwich Podcast

    Applying critical analysis to food is essential to understanding and framing “big picture” ideas about white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy. So many people feel gaslighted by mainstream food media, which paints their cultures/experiences as “other” and in need of interpretation by tour guides. We wanted to create an accessible starting point for the difficult but important conversations about the discourse that affects our daily lives, and thus Racist Sandwich was born.

    CW: Discussion of racism, xenophobia, and immigration
    Juan Ramirez
  • 3:50pm

    Short break

  • 4:00pm

    To be announced Keynote

    Who'll be closing out the second year of Affect Conf? Stay tuned...

  • 4:30pm

    Closing remarks