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The Thin Green Line Is People: Documenting Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Resistance

Announcing the 5th Annual SJCon

“Health & Environmental Justice: Constructing Coalitions at the Intersections of Extraction, Militarism, and Climate Collapse”

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, 2024

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

and Sunday, April 21st from 3:30 to 8 pm

for an Evening with Activist Women in Film: The Fight for a Livable Planet

Presented virtually (on Zoom) with some in-person sessions

Proudly Sponsored by:

WSU Vancouver Native American Programs

WSU Vancouver Collective for Social and Environmental Justice

Proudly Co-sponsored by:

WSU Vancouver Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Native American Club

Columbia River Indian Center

WSU Department of English

WSU Department of History

WSU Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WSU David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities

WSU Pullman College of Education

WSU Department of Teaching and Learning

WSU Vancouver Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation

The Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver

Fossil Free WSU

WSU Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach

WSU Vancouver Library

WSU College of Arts and Sciences

Municipal Eco-Resiliency Project (MERP)

WSU School of the Environment

WSU Common Reading Program

WSU College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

WSU Vancouver Department of Human Development

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Conference Schedule

Friday, April 19th

8:30-8:45   Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (Julian Ankney, Nimiipuu, Director, WSU Vancouver’s Native American Programs and Co-director Visiting Writers Series)

8:45-10:00  Plenary: Learning from the Past and Propelling the Future for Social and Environmental Justice–Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions, featuring:

  • Kristin Edmark, Volunteer, Divest Washington
  • Kent Ford, Co-founder, Portland Chapter, Black Panther Party
  • Emma Lugo, Member, Jewish Voice for Peace; President KBOO Radio; Host, Trans-Positive, and Prison Pipeline on KBOO Radio
  • Roben White, Lakota-Cheyenne activist/organizer and member of the WSU Vancouver Native American Community Advisory Board
  • Student organizer, Fossil Free WSU (TBA)

10:00-10:45: Divestment Work Session (facilitator TBA)

10:45-12:00  Breakout Sessions (on Zoom: See links for individual sessions)

Session A: Critical Trans Politics: Texts and Contexts

Chair/facilitator: Nishant Shahani, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Ash DeBuse, CSEJ Student Organizer; WSU Vancouver major in Environmental Science; minor in Queer Studies and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Emma Lugo, President KBOO Community Radio; Host Trans-Positive and Prison Pipeline on KBOO Radio
  • Ash Zayats, WSU Vancouver major in English, minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Session B: The Dangers of a Nuclear Renaissance: Defending Nch’i Wana 

  • Cathryn Chudy, Board Member, Oregon Conservancy Foundation
  • JoDe Goudy, Owner, and Founder Redthought; former Chairman, Yakama Nation Tribal Council
  • Esteban Ortiz, Program Coordinator, Columbia Riverkeeper

12-12:30      Lunch Break

12:45-2:00: Session A: Urban Food and Climate Justice: Pathways to Sovereignty and Health (Zoom with in person location TBA)

  • Kent Ford, Co-founder, Portland Chapter, Black Panther Party
  • Sooyoun Park, Doctoral Student, Prevention Science | Human Development Graduate Research Assistant
  • Kiera Usagawa, Organizer/Coordinator, Municipal Eco-Resiliency Project (MERP)
  • Roben White, Lakota-Cheyenne Member, WSU Vancouver Native American Community Advisory Board (NACAB); CSEJ Food System Justice Action Research Project (FSJAR)

2:15-3:30   Breakout Sessions (on Zoom: see links for individual sessions)

Session A: Architectures of Oppression and Spatial and Relational Determinants of Health 

  • Sami Chohan, Visiting Faculty Fellow in Design for Spatial Justice and Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture & Environment, University of Oregon
  • Drew Gamboa, WSU Ph.D. Student in History
  • Melissa Vera, Assistant Professor at Washington State University’s College of Nursing and the Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Emma McMain, PhD, Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in Educational Psychology, Washington State University; and Sharon Minke, MA, Retired Elementary-School Educator

Session B: The Thin Green Line is People History Project (TGLIP): A Digital Archive of Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Resistance

  • Desiree Hellegers, Professor, Department of English and affiliated faculty, CSEJ; Co-creator/Director, The Thin Green Line is People’s History Project
  • Roben White, Lakota Cheyenne Activist and Co-creator, The Thin Green Line is People’s History Project
  • Patty Wilde, Associate Professor, Department of English, WSU Tri-cities
  • WSU Undergraduate Presenters (TBA)

4:00-5:00  Keynote by Melanie K. Yazzie, Ph.D.: “Decolonization or Extinction: Reclaiming Our Humanity Through Our Love for the Earth.” 

Melanie Yazzie (Diné) is Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and coauthor of Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation and The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save the Earth, both of which came out in 2021. She co-hosts and produces the podcast Red Power Hour and serves as lead editor for the open access journal Decolonization. She organizes with The Red Nation, a grassroots Native-run organization committed to Indigenous liberation, and is chair of the advisory board for Red Media, a Native-led media organization that platforms Indigenous intelligence and analysis to cultivate movements for decolonization.

5:15-7:00 pm  WSU Vancouver Indigenous Garden Dedication & Refreshments (meet in the field adjacent to the Clark Building)

7:00-7:30 pm Celilo Wy’am activist Lana Jack speaks on her experience as a water protector at Standing Rock (location TBA)

Saturday April, 20th

9-10:30 Session A: (In Person) Power to the People: Black Panther Legacy Tour of Albina

“Kent Ford, founder of Portland’s chapter of the ‘60s-era black empowerment organization, leads us on a walking tour in NE Portland. Listen to his personal memories of revolutionary activism and community service, and be inspired for today’s fight for change.” (Meeting info available on registering for conference)

10-12   Session B (on Zoom) Lead Impacts on Health and Towards Community Awareness: An Academic-Community Participatory Storytelling Roundtable Discussion (Zoom with in-person location TBA)

  • Chair/Moderator: Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, WSU Vancouver, Senior Fellow of the Coalition of Communities of Color Leaders Bridges – Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute
  • Tracy Klein, PhD, FNP, ARNP, FAANP, FRE, FAAN, Associate Professor, WSU Vancouver Nursing
  •  Mr. Thao Duc Tu, President of the Vietnamese Community of Oregon with reach to Southwest Washington community-based organization
  •  Mr. Anthony My Truong from Vietnamese and Chinese Communities-At-Large

10-12:  Session C (In Person): Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony, Fort Vancouver: “Join the Nez Perce Tribe in their annual memorial to remember Chief Redheart’s band with singing, a    drum circle and recognition of veterans….This event honors Chief Redheart’s band, who were imprisoned for eight months without cause at Fort Vancouver in 1877-78.  This event is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by the Nez Perce Tribe with support from Community Military Appreciation Committee, The Historic Trust, National Park Services and the City of Vancouver.” (We are not organizing this session–but promoting it, given its importance to our Indigenous communities and allies.)

1:00-2:15  Session A: Artivism: Art and Movement Building, Resistance, Resilience, and Reclamation

  • Chair/moderator- Julian Ankney, Nimiipuu; Director, Native Programs, WSU Vancouver
  • Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Dance and Multimedia Performance Artist
  • Michael Stevenson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Social Practice, Sculpture, and Installation, Reed College
  • Barbara Ford, Singer, Poet, Multimedia Artist

2:15-3:30 Session A: WSU Student Panel 

  • Chair/moderator- Julian Ankney, Nimiipuu; Director, Native Programs, WSU Vancouver (Participants TBA)

4:00-6:00 Session A (Virtual and in the Firstenburg Commons with  Refreshments):  Palestinian, Indigenous, BIPOC Voices: A Reading for Healing in Gaza 

An Evening with Activist Women in Film: The Fight for a Livable Planet

Sunday, April 21, 3:30 to 8:00 pm

A benefit to fund a student organizer for the Collective for Social Movement
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4505 E 18th St, Vancouver, WA

By donation at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All proceeds will help fund a student organizer for the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice.

3:30 pm Screening of Handsome Man and Wasteland, short films by Shoalwater Bay filmmaker Misty Grace, who has a Ph.D. in English from WSU.

4:00 pm Dialogue with Misty Grace about her life and legacy in film and working with luminaries like Lily Gladstone, and Evan Adams in a vibrant Indigenous film scene.

15 minute break

4:15-5:00 pm Screening of Atomic Bamboozle, directed by Jan Haaken 

10 minute break

5:10 pm Screening of Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, directed by Heidi Hutner

6:25 pm Panel on the dangers of the “Nuclear Renaissance”

5 minute break

7:00-7:45 pm Documenting the Fight for the Planet: A conversation with filmmakers Misty Grace, Jan Haaken, and Heidi Hutner

About SJCon

WSU SJCon is an interdisciplinary social justice conference launched in 2019 by WSU graduate students in coalition with BIPOC- and LGBTQIA2S-led groups. We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations, panels, films, creative and multimodal media, art, and workshops that focus on action-based approaches to building and sustaining coalitions across communities.

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