Who is participating in the tour?
The tour will look different in every community, featuring author and journalist Jordan Flaherty, as well as other speakers and performers. In addition to those traveling with the tour, we are working with local hosts to line up different speakers and performers in every city, so the tour can reflect the issues in each community. See, for example, these events in New York City, here and here, featuring poet Suheir Hammad, performance group Mahina Movement, authors Victoria Law and Melissa Gira Grant, and activists Lamis Deek and Amin Husain. Other featured presenters in upcoming events include Sunni Patterson, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.
Among the potential topics for discussion on this tour are:
- Organizing for change after the 2016 elections.
- Sex worker’s rights and anti-trafficking campaigns.
- What’s wrong with Teach For America?
- How can white people support Black Lives Matter and other liberation movements?
- Lessons from organizing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
- Challenging privilege.
What does it cost to bring the tour to our community?
We can work with each community’s needs to bring the tour to you. Although most presenters are volunteering their time and we are working on a grassroots model, there are still a lot of expenses associated with this tour. If your community group does not have money, we will come to you for free. If you are with a school or other organization or institution with resources, we ask for at least $500-$1,000. If you are able to provide more, it helps us visit more communities that don’t have funding.
The main thing we need from our local hosts is an engaged audience. If you can bring people from your community together, we are excited to come to you.
When is the tour?
We will be touring from December 2016, through at least Spring of 2017. We are going to at least 30 cities – please reach out to us if you want us to come to your community.
What kind of spaces is the tour seeking?
We have been everywhere from college campuses to bookstores and infoshops to community spaces and churches.