Building Change Workshops and Pre-Convergence Forums

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Forums – Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Please note that the Labor forum has been cancelled, please look for information about an upcoming Labor forum being held during the week of October 19-24.

•    Ending Violence:  We have the strategies – How do we IMPLEMENT & MOBILIZE for Change?!?  – BPEP/Coalition Against Violence

B-PEP’s/Coalition Against Violence presentation will focus their discussion on the original purpose for the Coalition Against Violence “Strategies for Change” Pittsburgh Model documents. The ultimate goals are to create collaborative partnerships with a variety of venues that will adopt the strategy concepts and commit to a process for implementation and mobilization.

•    Reclaiming and Protecting Our Regional Green Commons – Rosemary McMullen (Three Rivers Bioneers), Danielle Crumrine (Tree Pittsburgh), Maureen Copeland (GTECH Strategies), Fred Brown (Urban Green Growth Collaborative), Janie French (PA Environmental Council), Jeff Newman (Transition Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Garden Experiment), Terri Baltimore (Hill House Association), Greg Boulos (Heritage Seed Collective), Maritza Mosquera (The Andy Warhol Museum)

Three Rivers Bioneers convenes regional groups working on reclaiming, protecting and expanding the green commons: forests, parks, water, farms, hillsides and unused land, neighborhood and private gardens.  We will note what has already been accomplished and what research and projects are underway.  This session will galvanize the community’s ecological vision, strengthen and expand its network of applied skills and resources.

 Forums – Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 1:00-4:00 PM

•    12:30-2:30 PM — LGBT Workplace Issues Workshop for Employers and Co-workers – Rayden Sorock (Coro Center for Civic Leadership; Initiative for Transgender Leadership)

According to a new study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 48% of LGBT people remain closeted at work (2011). What steps can employers and co-workers take to promote an LGBT-inclusive workplace? This workshop will walk you through terms and issues specific to LGBT people.  Learn ways to be a better ally and see real-life examples of positive workplaces.  This forum is for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

•    ACTION: Video Production from Concept to Completion (1:00-5:00 PM) – Members of the Building Change Film Festival Committee: Tony Buba, Billy Jackson, Michael DiLauro, Kristen Lauth Schaeffer, Pat Ulbrich, Will Zavala

Are you considering video to get your message out? Don’t know where to begin, where it might end up, and how much it will cost? Come to this workshop and learn the basics of developing an idea, equipment, crew, budgeting, and getting the video out to an audience.

•    Fighting for Justice in the Shale fields: What You Can Do!  – Organized by Marcellus Protest

The natural gas industry is expanding operations in western Pennsylvania, exploiting communities and ecosystems across the region in the rush to develop the Marcellus shale.  This forum will provide an overview of the economic, human health, and ecological consequences of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus shale and it will explore ways that people are fighting back and organizing to stop the gas industry.  Organizers from across the region will talk about work they’re doing in their communities and how you can plug in!

•    Gearing Up for the 2012 Election – Kenneth Miller and Lorraine Cook (Black Political Empowerment Project), Celeste Taylor (Regional Equity Monitoring Project), Paul O’Hanlon (Disability Rights Network), Erin Casey (PA Voice), Pat Clark (Jackson-Clark Partners), League of Women Voters

Election protection, education, mobilization

•    Healthcare– Scott Tyson, Mary Pat Donegan (Healthcare 4 All PA), La’Tasha D. Mayes (New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice), Jamie Mondics (Keystone Progress)

PPACA is the first major health care overhaul in over 40 years.  However, it will fall short and not cover  America.  We will discuss true solutions to the health care crisis, including covering everyone, increasing employment, and decreasing cost.  Come and hear about health care reform of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Everybody in.  Nobody out.

•    Prisoners’ Rights and Prison Reform – Scilla Wahrhaftig (American Friends Service Committee), Marshall Dayan and Martha Conley (Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty), Bret Grote (HRC-Fed Up!), Ngani Ndimbie (ACLU-PA), Dean Williams (Ban the Box Campaign), Roger Thomas (PA Innocence Commission)

Ending the death penalty in PA; abolishing torture in our prisons; Ban the Box campaign; Racial Justice Act