Join us for an important discussion on the Intersection of Race, Poverty, and Justice in Arizona
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6400 W Del Rio St, Chandler, AZ 85226 [Google Map]
Workshop Fee: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Discussing Issues Important to Indigenous Communities
Jihan Gearon is Diné (Navajo) and African American. She is Tódích’ií’nii (Bitter Water) clan, and her maternal grandfather is Tl’ashchí’í (Red Bottom People) clan. Throughout her career Jihan as worked to build the capacity and collective strength of Indigenous communities throughout North America who are impacted by energy development and climate change. She is currently the Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition.
Discussing Issues Important to Black Communities
Anay Bickham’s work has focused around homelessness, education, and community organizing. She is
working with Black Lives Matter activists nationally as well as with #SayHerName action at Netroots Nation. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Arizona Black Voter Alliance which aims to increase voter turnout and provide political education and empowerment among Black communities.
Discussing Issues Important to Latina/o Communities
Viridiana Hernandez migrated from Mexico to Arizona at the age of one. Growing up with the fear of being
undocumented led her to begin organizing in 2010 after the passage of SB1070, an anti-immigrant bill that
legalized racial profiling in Arizona. Today, she is the Public Policy Director at Center for Neighborhood Leadership, where she coordinates coalitions consisting of community members, businesses and non-profit organizations.
Luke Black works as the Equal Voices Facilitator for the Arizona Community Action Association. He engages Arizona communities in ending poverty through social justice. He hosts workshops, conducts advocacy trainings, and creates opportunities for dialogue. Over the last two years, Luke has hosted 117 workshops, trainings, and community conversations. Over 2,800 Arizonans from across the state have attended these workshops.