Keynote: Andrea Ritchie, Co-author of No More Police
We are thrilled to announce that Andrea Ritchie will offer the virtual keynote presentation at our 2023 Intergenerational Spring Seminar!
Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant survivor who has been documenting, organizing, advocating, litigating, and agitating around policing and criminalization of Black women, girls, trans, and gender nonconforming people for the past three decades. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women, Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, and No More Police: A Case for Abolition .
She co-founded the Interrupting Criminalization initiative with Mariame Kaba, as well as the In Our Names Network, a network of over 20 organizations working to end police violence against Black women, girls, trans and gender nonconforming people. She currently hosts the Invest/Divest Learning Communities at the Community Resource Hub, and supports dozens of organizations across the US working to divest from policing and invest in community safety. She has authored numerous research reports, articles, and opinion pieces on policing, criminalization, mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.
There will be a mix of learning opportunities, intergenerational reflection & exchange, and spiritual grounding, including a worship at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis in collaboration with First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.
We will post the full schedule here once it's updated, but here is a draft version (In-person attendees: You can make your travel arrangements accordingly):
Intergenerational Small Groups
Periodically throughout the event, all participants will break out into assigned Intergenerational Small Groups of around 10 people to reflect, process, and openly discuss the topics addressed and share how they affect them in their lives, their spirituality, and how they are called to respond. Group members are intentionally distributed so that each group includes people from diverse ages and backgrounds to ensure intergenerational collaboration and learning. Intergen Small Group Leaders will facilitate these conversations, while also being responsible for keeping an eye and an ear on how the members of their Group are doing, perceiving and bringing up any issues to Seminar staff. Please consider volunteering as an Intergen Small Group Leader!