Keynote Series

2020 Annual Meeting: "Another World is Possible"

September 16, 23, and 30

Violence Free Minnesota’s member programs working year round to end relationship abuse gather together each September for a two-day, state-wide meeting. Typically held in-person, the Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for advocates throughout the state to connect and learn from one another. This year, as our Annual Meeting goes virtual, our theme is "Another World is Possible." We invite you to join us as we host three keynote speakers who are co-creating a world free of violence.

adrienne maree brown

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

NOON CT to 1:00PM CT

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfHnrDqMGiF4s21qVVIdGDQ

adrienne maree brown is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

Mimi Kim

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

NOON CT to 1:00PM CT

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE:

https://youtu.be/n_Xc6H61tSE?t=275

Mimi Kim is the founder of Creative Interventions and a co-founder of INCITE! She has been a long-time activist, advocate and researcher challenging gender-based violence at its intersection with state violence and creating community accountability, transformative justice and other community-based alternatives to criminalization. As a second generation Korean American, she locates her political work in global solidarity with feminist anti-imperialist struggles, seeking not only the end of oppression but of the creation of liberation here and now. Mimi is also an Associate Professor of social work at California State University, Long Beach. Her recent publications include “The Carceral Creep: Gender-Based Violence, Race, and the Expansion of the Punitive State, 1973-1983” and “From Carceral Feminism to Transformative Justice: Women of Color Feminism and Alternatives to Incarceration.” 

Ejeris Dixon

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

NOON CT to 1:00PM CT

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE: 

https://youtu.be/SW7soryzfCw?t=341

Ejeris Dixon is an organizer and political strategist with 20 years of experience working in racial justice, LGBTQ, anti-violence, and economic justice movements.  She is the Founding Director of Vision Change Win Consulting where she partners with organizations to build their capacity and deepen the impact of their organizing strategies.  She also serves as a consultant with Roadmap Consulting a national social justice consulting team. From 2010 - 2013 Ejeris served as the Deputy Director in charge of the Community Organizing Department at the New York City Anti-Violence Project where she directed national, statewide, and local organizing and advocacy initiatives on hate violence, domestic violence, police violence, and sexual violence. From 2005 - 2010 Ejeris worked as the Founding Program Coordinator of the Safe OUTside the System Collective at the Audre Lorde Project where she worked on creating transformative justice strategies to address hate and police violence. She is the co-editor of  Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, which was released by AK Press. Her essay, " Building Community Safety: Practical Steps Toward Liberatory Transformation," is featured in the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.

Laura Chow Reeve

Graphic Recorder

Laura Chow Reeve is queer mixed Chinese femme writing and drawing in Richmond, VA. She is currently the Youth Engagement Manager at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, providing technical assistance and training on primary prevention, youth engagement and organizing strategies, anti-oppression, and art as a tool for social change. Outside of work, Laura is a co-organizer of and contributor to the Color out Cash Bail coloring book and political education resource. She is currently writing a novel, studying transformative justice practices, dreaming about abolitionist futures, and supporting movement organizations through graphic recording.

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