The Crossroads Fund presents the first annual Robert Howard Symposium. Angela Davis will speak as the keynote on a panel of local organizers addressing issues of violence, criminalization and youth resilience.
Ryan Hollon (City of Chicago)
Mariame Kaba (Project Nia)
Ameena Matthews (Violence Interrupter)
The focus of the first annual Bending the Arc Symposium will be gun violence as a social, racial and economic justice issue. The discussion will be framed around the ways that young people, their families and their communities have been harmed both by the actual violence as well as the ways that policy makers, law enforcement officials, social service providers, the media and, in some cases community leaders have responded to the problem.
As a part of Bending the Arc: The Robert Howard Annual Symposium, throughout the spring and summer of 2013 Crossroads Fund will convene youth organizers and their allies from across the city to share strategies, learn about the history of youth organizing from movement elders and receive organizing training from the School of Unity and Liberation.