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Hey beautiful Black folks,
Happy spring! I hope your melanin is glowing, your curls are popping, and the coconut oil is keeping firm! So the National Convening is upon us, we expect this year’s NatCon to be the largest, dopest, and most fulfilling gathering that we have ever hosted.
The design team is working hard to create the best experience possible and are now seeking proposals for sessions.
We are doing this work in a moment of fast changing political and social conditions. We are those who believe in freedom, following in the Black radical traditions of Ella Baker and other Freedom Fighters, and we will fight for the Black Queer Feminist Future.
The 2nd annual BYP100 National Convening, to be held June 1st – 4th, 2017 in New Orleans, will be an unapologetically Black space to exercise the expansiveness of the Black imagination, explore new tactics for our work, infused with holistic practice, rigor, and discipline, we hope the synergy between members creates clarity around the larger vision.
From Political Education to Wellness and Holistic Practice, The National Convening will feature a dynamic range of focus areas that cultivate the fully resilient strategies that we need right now to create an organizing practice rooted in Black joy and sustainability.
When you propose a session for the National Convening, please make sure it identifies with one of the following tracks or practice spaces. Read the National Convening’s Tracks, Practice Spaces, and Gatherings, listed below. Then submit your proposal!
- A Track is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme.
- A Practice Space is a hands-on open studio space dedicated to a creative practice.
- A Gathering* is a meet-up with a specific goal or identity within Blackness
*gatherings will happen on the Sunday of the National Convening
The convening tracks are as follows:
- Political Education
- Skills Training
- Black Movement Innovation Lab: Vision, Strategy, and New ideas for the work.
- Wellness/Holistic Practice
- Black Joy Cultivation
What makes a dope National Convening Session?
This National Convening, we’re focusing on sessions that provide folks tangible skillsets, practices, analysis, politics, and ideas that they can take with them as members and explore with their chapters or on their own.
We want to build an agenda with sessions that offer a range of learning opportunities: from beginner to advanced.
Here are some more qualities for what makes a good session:
- A clear connection to the Black radical traditions of building Black space and/or organizing.
- Explores all of the dimensions of the problem being addressed (internal, interpersonal, and systemic).
- Results in tangible resources and strategic next steps
- Values the expertise of the folks most impacted by the problem to solve the problem.
- Creates collaboration and connection between fabulous Black folk. It would be dope to have sessions created by multiple chapters or individuals, and that connect to or inspire an ongoing organizing process that extends beyond the conference.
- Aims to be accessible to as many people as possible, people of diverse abilities, experiences, ages, and backgrounds.
- The session has to be interactive as hell, it has to be creative, imaginative, and fun.
We can’t wait to hear your ideas for making this year’s convening the illest ever!
Here are a few things to consider when preparing your submission:
- How will your session help the Black radical tradition move forward? Can the practice that you present provide lessons for members in their personal development or work? Does your session discussion inspire members to take action and provide suggestions on how and where to get started?
- A session is not for the sole purpose of selling your book, zine, mixtape, non-profit, business, software, website idea,or self help lectures.
- Submit early if possible! This helps us gauge issue interest and see how much speaker/topic overlap exists.
- Give your panel a dope name that clearly describes the content of the workshop.
When submitting, remember:
- If your session is a panel, panels should include a moderator and no more than four panelists. Think hard about if you need a panel, if you can, turn it into an open discussion with anchors or a dope exercise.
- We highly encourage Q&A or other audience interaction.
- Session blocks are optional between 60 minutes and 105 minutes. We’ll do our best to accommodate scheduling needs.
Now that you’ve made it to the end…
The deadline for submitting your session proposal is
April 28th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
NATIONAL day of ACTION | MAY 19TH 2016
Chicago | Washington, DC | New York | Bay Area | Detroit | Durham | Frankfort, KY | Atlanta | London | New Orleans | Los Angeles
Join BYP100, Black Lives Matter Network, Project South, Ferguson Action and activists nationwide in taking direct action to end state violence against ALL Black women (trans and cis), girls, and femmes on May 19th.
This call to action is to build power and uplift the stories all too often unheard and unseen. Black women, girls, and femmes experience violence and mass criminalization from the police, intimate partners, healthcare providers, educators, and far too many systems of power. May 19th is about continuing the work to end this reality for all of us.
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Statement from BYP100 Regarding #STOPTHECOPS Action happening NOW
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Assata’s Daughters, We Charge Genocide, #Not1More and Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) are taking action today to shut-down the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Chicago to demonstrate the urgency for a fundamental shift in the way this country invests in our most valuable resources – our people.
Together, we’re organized to demand that our lives, our communities and our futures be made a priority. The police chiefs who belong to the IACP, and their local departments have a debt to pay for the lives and the resources they’ve stolen and we’re here to collect.
From Chicago to Oakland, New Orleans to New York City, Black people live under police occupation everyday. Black folks who are poor, women, formerly incarcerated, working class, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming, differently abled, and/or undocumented are particularly vulnerable to police violence and hyper-surveillance. As a people living in Black bodies, state-sanctioned violence is always a clear and present danger. This must end.
Among the many measures we believe are needed:
- We demand all local, state and federal budgets to defund the police and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures.
- We want reparations for chattel slavery, Jim Crow and mass incarceration.
- We want to end all profit from so-called “criminal justice” punishment – both public and private.
- We want a guaranteed income for all, living wages, a federal jobs program, and freedom from discrimination for all workers.
- We want the labor of Black transgender and cisgender women (unseen and seen, unpaid and paid) to be valued and supported, not criminalized and marginalized.
- We want investments in Black communities that promote economic sustainability and eliminate the displacement of our people.
The global nature of the IACP conference is not lost on us. We know that American police officers train with defense agents occupying other lands where Black Palestinians and African migrants experience double oppression. State violence is connected not just from local police station to police station, but also globally among various occupying forces.
Black people deserve to live with human dignity. We are building a movement rooted in people who understand why we must fight. We are constantly at risk of experiencing anti-Black violence by state and its accomplices.
Today, we are putting ourselves at risk to take power over our futures because we know that our liberation will not be handed to us, we have to build it ourselves.
With Power and Love,
BYP100, Assata’s Daughters, We Charge Genocide, #Not1More and OCAD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2016
Media Contact: Naima Savage | 504-952-1862 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Statement from BYP100 New Orleans Chapter on “Blue Lives Matter” Bill
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The New Orleans Chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is partnering with other activist organizations to denounce Louisiana HB 953, a bill that would add law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency personnel as a protected class to Louisiana hate crime legislation. BYP100 NOLA encourages Louisiana residents to call on State Senators to vote NO on HB 953 today.
“We have to stop this malicious trend before it starts – we cannot allow the gains of the civil rights movement to be squandered away by police officers scrambling to avoid criticism from their constituents.” – Savannah Shange of BYP100 New Orleans.
The criminal (in)justice system and those who uphold it have a long and egregious history of inflicting violence on Black and Brown bodies while hiding behind uniforms and badges. The “Blue Lives Matter” bill is an insidious attempt to destabilize our First Amendment rights as community members who hold the police, and others sworn by oath to serve and protect, accountable.
In 2015, an overwhelming 1,186 people were killed by police violence in comparison to the 42 police officers that experienced fatality in the United States. Police deaths by gunfire have decreased by 14% in the past year and violence against police is at an all-time low yet violence from police is at a record high. In Louisiana, the murders of Eric Harris by parish officers in New Orleans, handcuffed Victor White III in New Iberia and Armand Bennett at a routine traffic stop show us that police forces operate with impunity in our state and do not need additional protections. We, the people, need protection from the police.
By treating the police as specialized citizens held above criticism and the laws they are charged to enforce, we lose our ability to exercise our First Amendment right. Including “police” as a protected class in hate crime legislation would serve to provide more protection to an institution that is statistically proven to be racist in action, policy, and impact.
Stop HB 953 from passing today by calling your LA State Senators. Contact information for all Senators can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1cBUoWD. Find your Senator at http://1.usa.gov/1lRGiPT.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do our work through a Black queer feminist lens.
We are affiliated with the Black Youth Project.
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