Keynote

 

Keynote Conversation 

Revolutionary Possibilities: Organizing Across Difference, Generations + Movements
Winona LaDuke + Alicia Garza, moderated by Derrika Hunt
Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is an internationally recognized organizer, writer, and public speaker. In 2018, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab, an organization that designs new ways to build Black political power in cities and states. Alicia dreams of a future where all Black communities have what they need to live well. Her organizing brings together culture change and policy change.

Alicia is the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia created #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, a global organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in 4 countries.

Alicia’s writing has been published in Time, Mic, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence Magazine, and The New York Times, and other. She was awarded the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize with Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi; Fortune Magazine’s 2016 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders; and was a member of the 2016 Tribunal of the US Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission held at the United Nations. Alicia is one of the 100 Women We Love named by GO Magazine in 2018, a Fast Company 2017 Most Creative People in Business, and appeared on The Root’s 2016 and 2015 list of 100 African American Achievers and Influencers, as well as the POLITICO 50 Guide to thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016. Alicia also received the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and was named a Community Change Agent at the 2016 BET Black Girls Rock Awards.

Alicia has an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She lives and works in Oakland, California. Black people deserve what all people deserve to live well, and Alicia’s work creates ways to for Black people to be powerful in all aspects of our lives. Please join me in welcoming Alicia Garza.

 

Winona LaDuke 

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.

LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.

In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, LaDuke also works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 LaDuke was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.

Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming, Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People and her latest, The Militarization of Indian Country. She has also penned a work of fiction, Last Standing Woman, and a children’s book, In the Sugarbush.

Outspoken, engaging, and unflaggingly dedicated to matters of ecological sustainability, Winona LaDuke is a powerful speaker who inspires her audiences to action and engagement.