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Friday, July 8

7:00pm EDT

Opening Plenary: Achieving Self-Determination And Sovereignty For Our Communities
This opening plenary panel will explore what it means for our movements to “win.” Grounding us in a framework of decolonization, community selfdetermination and sovereignty, we will dive deep into why we do this work. Each of the panelists will share their perspective on what is unique about this moment in history — from the political and economic level, to the cultural and ecological. The panel will leave the audience with some guiding questions and big ideas as we embark on the next two days of the conference together. 

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Chrystel Cornelius

Executive Director, First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Chrystel is the executive director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation located in Longmont, Colorado. Ms. Cornelius has worked with Native communities for most of her professional career, with than 16 years of experience working in the Native economic development field. Chrystel... Read More →
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Malachi Garza

Community Justice Network for Youth, W. Haywood Burns Institute
Malachi Larrabee-Garza currently serves as Director of the Community Justice Network for Youth at the W. Haywood Burns Institute. Before coming to the BI, Malachi spent 5 years at the School of Unity and Liberation (S.O.U.L.) as the Advanced Political Education Director. Malachi co-founded... Read More →
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Elandria Williams

Highlander Research and Education Center, Beautiful Solutions
Elandria Williams is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and is on the Education Team and Organizational Leadership Team of the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-leads the Governance and Economics curriculum, and supports... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Rockwell Theater
Saturday, July 9

5:30pm EDT

Evening Plenary
Taking Our Visions To Scale: Lessons from Abroad
Outside of the US, there are a number of powerful examples of new economies at scale. This plenary panel will look at a few of those international stories as we explore what economic democracy can look like at the level of a city, state, region, nation — and world. From Italy and Quebec to Cuba and El Salvador, we will hear about cooperative ecosystems that are not “alternatives” because they are, in fact, part of the mainstream. We will explore how some of these examples came to be, what challenges they face, and what global solidarity looks like in the face of an international economic system of domination. 

Speakers: Federica Bandini, Rafael Betancourt, Nancy Neamtan, Oscar Recinos Morales, Emily Kawano (moderator)

Snapshots of Buffalo’s New Economy Movement 
This panel will explore some of the powerful organizing happening here in Buffalo, NY. 

Speakers: Sam Magavern (moderator), Rebekah Williams Youth Education Director, Khadijah Hussein, Andrew Delmonte, Rebecca Newberry, and Clarke Gocker 

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Emily Kawano

Coordinator, US Solidarity Economy Network
Emily Kawano is an economist and the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, a non-profit working to build a network of worker co-operatives in low income communities of Springfield, MA. She is also the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a Board member of RIPESS... Read More →

Sam McGavern

Sam McGavern is a writer and public interest lawyer, currently serving as co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good. He also teaches at the University at Buffalo Law School. He has written non-fiction, poetry, fiction, scholarly articles, a movie screenplay, and comic books... Read More →

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Federica Bandini

Director of the Course in Management for Social Economy at the School of Economics, Bologna University
Federica Bandini is Director of the Course in Management for Social Economy at theSchool of Economics at Bologna University. Federica was also Director of the Master on Management of Social Enterprises at L. Bocconi University in Milan from 2008-2014. Federica has numerous publications... Read More →
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Rafael Betancourt

Consultant, Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, SOL² ECONOMICS
Rafael J. Betancourt, PhD (ABD) in Economics (University of Florida, USA) and MSc in Urban & Regional Planning (ISPJAE, Cuba) is an economist with 30 years of employment and academic experience in international cooperation, business administration, local development, strategic urban... Read More →
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Andrew Delmonte

Cooperative Developer, Cooperation Buffalo
Andrew is a founder and cooperative developer with Cooperation Buffalo, a movement to generate wealth and power in marginalized communities through employee ownership of capital and labor in Buffalo, New York. Andrew also assists cooperatives, B Corps, social enterprises, and other... Read More →

Clarke Gocker

Director of Policy and Strategy, PUSH Buffalo
Clarke Gocker is a native Western New Yorker. He currently serves as the Director of Policy and Strategy at PUSH Buffalo where he supports PUSH's organizing campaigns and strategic communications efforts. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University at Buffalo.

Khadijah Hussein

Khadijah Hussein is a 17 year old, early-graduate "Class of 2016 Junior" at International Prep High School in Buffalo. Khadijah came to the United States from Kenya when she was 7 years old. She participates in a lot of community and school-based activities like being on the school... Read More →

Oscar Recinos Morales

El Salvador’s Federation of Agrarian Reform Cooperatives of the Central Region Peasant leader and co-op farmer organizer Oscar Recinos Morales is a 49-year-old Salvadorian. He organizes one of the most important co-op federations of El Salvador and has more than 25 years of experience... Read More →
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Nancy Neamtan

Strategic adviser, Chantier de l'économie sociale
over 30 years working in building a movement locally and internationally for a more democratic and inclusive econmy. I have a long experience I the social and solidarity economy (collectively owned enteprises..coops, non-profits, mutuals), social financing (investing for social or... Read More →

Rebecca Newberry

Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition: Organizing for Health and Justice
Rebecca has organized win the Clean Air Coalition since 2011, supporting residents to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns. Rebecca serves on the board of the Western New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and for over a decade has been involved... Read More →
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India Walton

Community Organizer, Open Buffalo

Rebekah Williams

Community Organizer // Organizadora de la Comunidad, Massachusetts Ave Project
Rebekah Williams, Youth Education Director at MAP, hires ~50 teenagers each year. MAP develops lesson plans and curriculum in food systems, urban farming, community organizing, and social and environmental justice. She co-facilitates the Youth Advisors Council (YAC), a city-wide collaboration... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Rockwell Theater
Sunday, July 10

3:05pm EDT

Closing Plenary
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Makani Themba

Chief Strategist, Higher Ground Change Strategies
Makani Themba is Chief Strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies based in Jackson, Mississippi. A social justice innovator and pioneer in change communications and narrative strategy, for more than 20 years she has supported organizations, coalitions, and philanthropic institutions... Read More →

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Kali Akuno

Co-Director, Cooperation Jackson, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. He served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. Kali is also an educator, writer, and an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots... Read More →
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Jacobo Rivero Rodríguez

Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Trabajo en el Ayuntamiento de Madrid en el Área de Cultura y Deportes. Periodista, he trabajado para varios medios de comunicación españoles e internacionales. Autor de dos libros sobre Podemos: Conversación con Pablo Iglesias( 2014) y Podemos. Objetivo: Asaltar los cielos (2015... Read More →
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Erica Smiley

Jobs with Justice, Highlander Research and Education Center
Erica Smiley is the organizing director for Jobs With Justice. She sits on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center.In the past, she has organized with community groups such as Progressive Maryland, the Tenants and Workers Support Committee (now Tenants and Workers... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 3:05pm - 11:30pm EDT
Rockwell Theater

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