Where can you experience 14 congas, songs of peace and justice from around the world, a powerful short play, and original and favorite spoken word performances delivered by local artists and activists?

Why, at our Opening Reception for our Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference at the Unitarian Universalist Church this Friday night, of course! No conference registration necessary–all welcome. Come “meet and eat” at 5:30 and stay for performances starting at 6:30. 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Drive, near SFCC. Directions and map here: http://www.uuspokane.org/howdoigetthere.html

And, please come join us on Saturday for an amazing, agitating, action-inspiring day at our Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference.

Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

8:00-9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Opening Performance from the Community Choir

9:00-9:30 Welcome, Conference Opening, and Dedication

9:30-10:00 Keynote Speaker Derrick Crowe from Rethink Afghanistan

“The Costs of War and the Needs of Our Communities: Time to Bring Our Billion$ Home!”

10-10:15 networking break

10:15-11:45 Workshop Session 1 *Choose from EIGHT topics this session–see below for full list of workshops*

11:45-12:15 Box lunches will be served

12:15-1:00 Lunchtime Panel: “Honor Veterans by Listening to Veterans”

Organized by the Spokane Veterans for Peace

1:00-2:30 Workshop Session 2 *Choose from EIGHT topics this session–see below for full list of workshops*

2:30-3:15 Afternoon Panel: “Learning from Young Activist Leaders”

Featuring leaders from NextUp Spokane, Youth Sustainability Council, EWU Scary Feminists, EWU MEChA, and more!

3:15-3:30 networking break

3:30-5:00 Workshop Session 3 *Choose from EIGHT topics this session–see below for full list of workshops*

5:00-5:30 Closing Discussion and Performances: Going Forward Together!

Education for Action Workshops:

• Activist Poetry in Practice
• Building the Bring Our Billions Home Campaign
• CHANGE 2012: Creating Hope to Achieve Needed Growth for Everyone
• Coalition Building Among Regional Peace Groups
• Countering Military Recruitment in High Schools
• Creative Direct Action
• Experiencing Peace Together
• Finding Our Public Voice
• From the Bottom Up-Borrowing from Zapatista strategies on community organizing
• Fundraising & Events 101: Putting the “Phun” in Philanthropy
• Fundraising for Social Change: Asking for Money
• Games for Activists: Bringing Theatre and Fun into our Work
• How to be an LGBT Ally
• How to Craft a Message and Stick to It in an Adversarial Setting
• Interrupting Oppressive Statements
• Keeping Your Activist Self Strong and Inspired
• Nonviolence and Social Change
• Online Organizing
• Palestine & Israel-Is There Now an Answer? A Path to Justice
• Personal Sovereignty: Racism, Anti-Indianism, and Healing
• Talk Radio for Progressives-Making Your Voice Heard!
• The US Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex: wars, greed, and political power: How to stop worrying and take action on campaign reforms and the Move to Amend
• What a People’s Economy Looks Like
• Working the Media for Social Change

We are proud to co-sponsor this event with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, Spokane Vets for Peace, Spokane Progressive Democrats of America, Boundary County Peace Group, Yakima Valley Peace Advocates Network, NextUp Spokane, Eastern Washington Voters, Code Pink Spokane, The LGBT Center, Palouse Peace Coalition, Student Awareness League of SCC, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, UFCW 1439, Sharon Smith & Don Barbieri, Sustainable Structures, Sun People Dry Goods, Community Building Foundation, ACLU of Washington, VOICES, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Washington Public Campaign, Liberty Park United Methodist Church, NAACP, and KYRS. If you’re a member of any of these groups, please register at the member rate!

Our conference is generously hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Drive near SFCC. Directions and map here: http://www.uuspokane.org/howdoigetthere.html