Monday, May 4, 2009

Workshop Schedule, May 16, 9am - 7pm

9-9:50am Opening, Welcome, Bagels/Coffee

10-11am Workshop Session I. Attendees choose 1 of 4:

  • Working in Solidarity with Communities on the Frontlines
  • Race and the Accumulation of Wealth in North America: A Historical Perspective
  • Where Do We Go?: Increasing Restrictions on Public Housing while Non-profits act like Corporations
  • Keeping the Faith – Struggling to Retain the Energy to Fight Racism

11:10-12:10 Workshop Session II. Attendees choose 1 of 4:

  • Food Justice: Local, Healthy and Sustainably Grown Food for All
  • A Financial Katrina: The Predatory Lending and Foreclosure Crises as a flashpoint for our urban future
  • Workshop on Palestine: Apartheid & the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions Movement
  • In Defense of Mumia: A Call to Action

12:10-1:30pm Lunch, Free Food Provided

1:40-2:40pm Workshop Session III. Attendees choose 1 of 5:

  • Beyond Gentrification: “Bronzeville Garden,” Community Building Future with our Past
  • Somali culture - Horn of Africa community center inc
  • Reclaiming King’s legacy by “declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism"
  • Histories of Race and Racialization: a critical genealogy of race
  • The Myth of Clean Coal & its Legacy of Environmental Racism

2:50-3:50pm Workshop Session IV. Attendees choose 1 of 4:

  • Transportation Racism/Classism/Autonomy
  • Latino Workers in Ohio: Migration and Capitalism
  • Confronting the Racist Court System: Community Alternatives & Strategies for Taking Action
  • “Reimagining Each Other”: A Community Roundtable

4-5pm Workshop Session V. Attendees choose 1 of 4:

  • Agricultural Inequality at Home and across the Globe: Are Urban Gardens the Solution to Food Racism?
  • racism & anti-racism in the anarchist movement
  • Johnny, What do you Learn at the University?: White-Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy in the Academic Industrial Complex
  • Using media to bridge the cultural gap - Danjir Community Development

5:10-6:10pm Workshop Session VI. Attendees choose 1 of 4:

  • Social Change through the Arts: emphasis on Capoeira Angola
  • Responding to Oppression: What could I say?
  • Honor Nkrumah: The Global Crisis calls for Global Unity - Build One Unified Socialist Africa
  • The History of Hip Hop and Social Justice

6:20-7pm Closing

Entertainment, 9pm on: Hip-hop acts and poetry at Victorians Midnight Café, 251 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH

For Full Schedule with Workshop Descriptions, go to:

Friday, April 24, 2009

Additional Features of Conference

Throughout the day of May 16th, additional features will be offered:

Listening Booths
Heather Dean and Carol Zamonski will be on-hand in a semi-private setting to listen to participants who need to discharge long and short term feelings arising from workshop topics on racism and economic justice. These feelings can have roots in cultural and personal history. Discharging feelings leads to clearer thinking. Heather and Carol have 15 years of counseling experience.

"Going Green in the Hood": Environmental and Food Justice Booth
Ruby White, of Jazzy Greens, will be hosting a booth to teach environmental and food justice through fun activities! Get your face painted, do enviro-experiments and activities, and learn about the importance of community gardening, and connecting science and nutrition to racism and economic justice.

WCRS - Simply Living's local Community Radio station will be on-hand, audio recording parts of the conference for broadcasting across the radio and/or internet.

Reminder of all the FREE things at this community conference:
Free Admission
Free Food
Free Child Care
Free Housing

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Need Childcare? We're workin' On It!

The Organize Cbus Collective is dedicated providing an organizing space for students and community members throughout Ohio, especially women, people of color, queer, and working-class people. To this end we recognize the importance of trustworthy and accountable childcare services. Parenthood should NOT be a barrier to liberation!

If you're planning on coming to the conference and need somewhere for your young revolutionary to kick-it while you're in workshops please fill out the below registration form (thanks RNC Welcoming Committee) and email it back to us at:

Deadline for registering for childcare is Monday, May 11th. This is so that we can make sure we'll have enough people, games, toys, etc to responsibly look after everyone.

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Organize Cbus Collective

Childcare Registration Form
Parent/ Guardian Name: __________________________________________________
Parent/ Guardian Address: ________________________________________________
Parent/ Guardian Phone Number(s): ________________________________________
Emergency Contacts, Name(s) & Number(s) (others who may pick up you child, list as many as
you need to so that we will absolutely be able to contact someone who can take responsibility for
you child): ______________________________________________________________
Name of Child: __________________________________________________________
Date of Birth: _____________________________
Medical Information:
Physician: ________________________________________________________
Insurance Info: ___________________________________________________
Medications: _____________________________________________________
Medication Instructions: ___________________________________________
Allergies: _______________________________________________________________
Food Preferences/ Restrictions: ____________________________________________
Potty Trained? __________________________________________________________
Please list on the back of this form (or below if you’re using a computer) any information that
will help us better care for your child, such as: likes, dislikes, favorite activities…

Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment:

By signing this agreement, the parent/ guardian affirms that he/ she is the person
authorized to enter into this agreement, and authorizes the childcare volunteer on duty to seek and obtain emergency medical treatment for my child if circumstances appear to warrant such
treatment. The parent/ guardian agree to reimburse the person or persons who obtain such
emergency medical treatment for any expense reasonably incurred. The parent/ guardian agree to indemnify the person or persons who obtain such emergency medical treatment from any and all claims for payment by medical services providers arising from the incurring of reasonable
medical expenses.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Introducing Confronting Racism: Building United Movements

Introducing Confronting Racism: Building United Movements

Confronting Racism: Building United Movements Ohio Conference

May 16th

Mendenhall Laboratory - Ohio State University

9am - 6pm


Confronting Racism: Building United Movements will take place on Saturday, May 16th 2009 at The Ohio State University. We would like to thank Catalyst Project, LeftTurn Magazine, SOUL, Colors of Resistance, organizers at the BASTARD conference, and many others for providing us inspiration in both language and in concept for this conference.

Its our goal that Confronting Racism: Building United Movements will be an organizing space for students and community members throughout Ohio, especially women, people of color, queer, and working-class people, to develop the skills and the vision they need to struggle for a collective liberation against corporate power and institutional oppression. To these ends, Confronting Racism: Building United Movements will provide both structured workshops and more open-space-style discussion spaces that will develop participants’ basic organizing skills and deepen their political analysis and visions toward fundamental social change. The Open Space discussions’ goal is to provide a place for structured conversations on specific topics without requiring a talking head to lead the conversation.. We are excited to see what comes out of these free-form sessions!

The Theme

The theme for the Confronting Racism: Building United Movements conference will be “Connecting the dots: racism and issues of global capitalism.” We envision a conference with workshops and action-oriented discussions exposing the interconnectedness of racism with issues of global capitalism affecting us locally such as;
• affordable housing • employment justice
• access to healthcare • public transportation
• immigration • environmental and food justice
• police brutality and prison abolition • physical and sexual violence
• queer & trans liberation • indigenous solidarity
• militarism, and more.

This is an opportunity to examine our common ground within seemingly separate issues and develop a unified voice of resistance against global capitalism and imperialism as we continue building a collective liberation movement in Ohio. We are committed to building an anti-racist, anti-imperialist, multiracial, feminist, queer and trans liberationist, anti-authoritarian movement against global capitalism and promoting the understanding that there are multiple valid approaches to doing this work. Please come and let us hear your voice.

TO RSVP: send us an email at

Call for Workshops!

Submit your Proposal!

We are now accepting proposals for workshops that speak to our stated theme and that folks in Ohio might find particularly interesting. It is our goal that every workshop will end with a “call to action” please include your action items in your proposals. You may email proposals to the conference email,

Proposals are due no later than April 15th please!

Please keep your synopsis to under 200 words. Keep your bio to less than 100.
Our intention is adding this information is to provide people who come to the conference without a lot of experience on the subject matter informed as to exactly what they are getting into. Do not list your institutional accomplishments! We’re sure they’re great, but don’t see them as relevant here.

All Fields with (*) are required.
(1) Name * (2) Organizational Affiliation (if any) (3) Email *
(4) Workshop Title * (5) Workshop Synopsis* (6) Presenter Bio (7) action component

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our Points of Unity

Points of Unity
(from the coalition of anti-racist whites)

1. We understand that we have not been given the tools to challenge the behavior of racism that exists within our communities.
2. We understand that Historically privilege has been defined to equal white. Presently it has become increasing an issue to ones access to resources wealth.
3. We understand racism can be defined as race prejudice backed with institutional power.
4. We understand that we have directly and or indirectly taken part in perpetuating the idea that whiteness is what is desirable which in tern maintaining the systematic implementation of racism
5. We are committed to acknowledging racism and taking the required steps to undo racism on an individual, cultural and institutional level.
6. We are committed to developing diverse communities and leadership that uphold the struggle for human justice.
8. We are committed to organizing toward a human and just society

Points of Process
(from GayShameSF)

o We will take time to make sure that everyone is informed before making consensus decisions. After reaching consensus we will inform everyone at future meetings who haven’t been present.

o We will develop an organized process that allows and encourages everyone to speak, but is not so rigid that it restricts creativity.

About Me

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the Organize CBUS Collective is a network of students and community members in columbus, oh formed to set up and facilitate the state-wide Confronting Racism: Building United Movements conference happening at Ohio State University on May 16th, 2009. We are committed to providing an organizing space for students and community members throughout Ohio, especially women, people of color, queer, and working-class people, to develop the skills and the vision they need to struggle for a collective liberation against corporate power and institutional oppression. To this end it is our goal to; 1) Provide a program that will support a network of participants in developing an overall radical political analysis, organizing skills, and ability to think strategically 2) Place our current anti-racist work within a historical context of Ohio’s multi-racial struggles. 3) Highlight the work of Ohio-based organizations working toward social justice and provide said organizations with support through volunteer placement initiatives