February 10, 2022
Since 2001, Local to Global Justice has been educating ASU students and the greater community about issues of justice while promoting diversity, freedom of speech and academic freedom of discussion.
This month, the volunteer organization composed of students, faculty and community members will host a weekend of workshops, spoken word performances, live music and keynote speakers, complete with a community solidarity action focused on educating for justice. The event, sponsored by the School of Social Transformation, will be held Feb. 25–26 at the Farmer Education Building on the Tempe campus, is open to the public and includes free, healthy food.
“This annual free event has long provided a welcoming space to bring community activists together with students and others on campus,” said Beth Blue Swadener, an organizer of the event for the past two decades and a professor at ASU’s School of Social Transformation.
This year’s theme is “Educating for Justice.” Students, community members and education leaders alike are encouraged to register for the event on Friday and Saturday.
“We continue to live in a world that is starkly divided by political affiliation and inequities in education, access to resources, health care and political rights,” said Jennifer Richter, an assistant professor at ASU and an organizer for the event. “The past two years of this pandemic has further exacerbated many inequalities in our communities and highlighted the need for collective action to address racial, environmental and other injustices. In these times, the role of education — formal, informal and community-focused — in the quest for justice on multiple issues has never been so clear.”
The forum and festival begins the evening of Friday, Feb. 25, at the atrium in the Farmer Education Building with a free Navajo vegan feast catered by Mario Etsitty with a musical performance by the talented artist Oliverio Balcells.
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