Social Justice Weekend – February 21-24, 2014

On February 21-24th, 2014, Miami’s social justice organizations are coming together to host its first Social Justice Weekend. Join them for regional asset mapping, legislative and communications training, and a picnic with John A. Powell, scholar, lawyer and author of Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. The weekend will close with the Racing to Justice Imagine Miami event.

Social Justice Weekend Schedule:

Miami-Dade Regional Asset Mapping For Community Change

When: Friday, February 21st

Time: 9:30AM-3:00PM

Where: Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St., Miami, FL 33132

This event will be a powerful space to bring community organizations, social service providers, government, artists, health and education professionals, faith leaders, labor and other allies together to connect our different strengths with opportunities.  Asset Mapping challenges the idea that our communities are filled with only deficits by looking at what is working and to provide a resource map for new and deeper collaboration.

Social Justice Table Kick-Off Party

When: Friday, February 21st

Time: 3:00PM-6:00PM

Where: City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137

Come celebrate the launch of the Social Justice Table, an initiative funded by the Allegany Franciscan Ministries that seeks to create a a synergistic and collaborative community of social justice organizations.

Freedom Flicks: Fruitvale Station 

When: Friday, February 21st

Time: 6:30PM

Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200, Miami, FL 33132

Screening of Ryan Coogler’s critically aclaimmed film. This follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

Rethinking the Florida Narrative: A Provocative Communications Training with Subhash Kateel

When: Saturday, February 22nd

Time: 10:00AM-12:30PM

Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200, Miami, FL 33132

This communications training will be led by Subhash Kateel, Deputy Communications Director of 1Miami and radio show host of Let’s Talk About It!. Subhash was a community organizer in immigrant communities for over twelve years. Subhash writes extensively on issues ranging from immigration and criminal justice to mental health, economic justice and gun control. When he isn’t writing or talking on the radio, Subhash is helping emerging leaders in Miami to develop their voice and leading workshops around the country to help social justice leaders communicate effectively.

County & State Legislative Overview: Connecting the Dots with Karen Woodall and Francesca Menes  

When: Saturday, February 22nd

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM

Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200, Miami, FL 33132

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Karen Woodall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the FloridaCenter for Fiscal and Economic Policy, and Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy coordinator at Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Picnic with John A. Powell

When: Sunday, February 23rd

Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM

Where: At Blue Marlin Fish House, located at 2500 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Socialize, relax and enjoy a delicious lunch in the company of John Powell and Miami’s social justice collaborators.

Imagine Miami: Racing to Justice with John A. Powell 

When: Monday, February 24th

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM

Where: UM, Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146

A conversation around ethical and practical considerations to build an inclusive society. This event will be led by Dr. John Powell, internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties.

For additional details, tickets, etc., visit the website.