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Rural Justice Summit: Building Power
UC Merced, California Room
Merced, CA
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On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 we'll gather for the second annual Rural Justice Summit at UC Merced. Hosted by California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) and UC Merced, our partners include the Community Alliance for Agroecology and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.

Building on the momentum of last year's Summit, the event will create dialogue between researchers and rural community members about historic and current struggles and access to resources in the San Joaquin Valley. Bridging theory and action, we will discuss the tools needed for conducting community-based research and navigating the politics of social change.

We are honored to have CIRS founder and independent researcher Dr. Don Villarejo open the day, offering his deeply experienced insight on the importance of researcher and advocate partnerships. The day will include two panel discussions featuring academic researchers and organizers discussing the democratization of knowledge and shifting power in the fields as well as break-out sessions on policy, media, research methods and data tools. Well then end the day with Dr. Mario Sifuentez, a next generation researcher, with his closing thoughts on "Building on History to Power San Joaquin Valley Movements."

Here is a brief overview of the day:

8-9am Check-in & Breakfast

9:15-9:30 Welcome & Orientation
Janaki Jagannath, Coordinator, Community Alliance for Agroecology

9:30-10am Don Villarejo, CIRS Founder & Independent Researcher
"How Evidenced-Based Research Strengthens Organizing for Social Justice"

10-11:30 Panel "Agroecology and the Democratization of Knowledge"
Connecting traditional and academic knowledge to build power and address rural inequity.
-Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Researcher & Organizer, Urban Permaculture Institute
-Carmen Cortez-Recendez, Agroecologist & Community Organizer, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities
-Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First
-Gail Myers, Filmmaker, Organizer & Executive Director, Farms to Grow
-Isabel Arrollo, Executive Director, El Quinto Sol de America
-Liz Carlisle, Author, "Lentil Underground," Lecturer, Stanford University

11:45-12:45pm Provided Lunch & Guided Break-Out Sessions #1 (concurrent)
4 Topics, to be repeated in afternoon:
"Research Methods in Community" Rick Mines & Megan Beaman-Jacinto, Discussion Guides
"Creating Tools from Data"  Jonathan London & Nayamin Martinez, Discussion Guides
"Regional Policy Change"  Janaki Jagannath, Jenny Rempel & Allison Davenport, Discussion Guides
"Creative Use of Media for Organizing" Ezra David Romero & Ome Quetzal López, Discussion Guides

1-2:30pm Panel "Shifting Power: Reality in the Fields"
How can research assist & impact farm labor organizing, both historically and today?
-Guadalupe Martinez, Assistant Director, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment
-Luis Magaña, Organizer, Project Voice, American Friends Service Committee
-Miriam Pawel, Author, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez"
-Sandy Brown, Independent Researcher & City Councilperson, Santa Cruz
-Sarah Horton, Author, "They Leave Their Kidneys in the Field," & Associate Professor, University of Colorado
-Veronica Diaz, Organizer, Teamsters 856

2:40-3:30pm Guided Break Out Session #2
4 Topics, repeated topics from the morning:
"Research Methods in Community" Rick Mines & Megan Beaman-Jacinto, Discussion Guides
"Creating Tools from Data"  Jonathan London & Nayamin Martinez, Discussion Guides
"Regional Policy Change"  Janaki Jagannath, Jenny Rempel & Allison Davenport, Discussion Guides
"Creative Use of Media for Organizing" Ezra David Romero & Ome Quetzal López, Discussion Guides

3:45-4:15pm Mario Sifuentez, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, UC Merced
"Building on History to Power San Joaquin Valley Movements"

4:15-6pm Social Hour
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ALSO! We have an evening event the night before, March 21st, celebrating 40 Years of California Institute for Rural Studies & Forty Years of Stories - 1977-2017. More info & tickets here:
http://cirs40thanniversary.brownpapertickets.com/

(Photos are from last year's Summit)
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UC Merced, California Room (View)
5200 Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
United States


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Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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