Conference on Community Writing – Oct 21-23
Posted by Coalition for Community Writing on June 29, 2021
The Coalition for Community Writing invites you to co-create with us in community, to explore collaborations, and to weave narratives for action in the local, national, and global at our fourth biennial Conference on Community Writing.
In 2021, the Conference on Community Writing will be held online, October 21-23, and will engage the theme Weaving Narratives for Social Justice Action in the Local, National, Global.
As we plan to gather virtually in 2021, communities across the globe are addressing the legacies of systemic racism and xenophobia; police violence and racism in the legal and justice systems; housing crises and food shortages; and white supremacist extremism. They’re doing so during a global pandemic that has killed over one million people and exacerbated racial and economic disparities. Communities across the globe are fighting the brutal consequences of climate change and environmental racism, as hurricanes, droughts, fires, and corporations displace hundreds of thousands.
At the same time, communities across the globe are naming and building on their long histories of resilience, joy, and persistence, reclaiming the wisdom of ancestors and generations of activists whose knowledge and rituals can teach paths forward. Communities of different peoples once pitted against each other are strengthening and reviving their interconnections based on a shared sense of humanity, possibility, and transformation.
We invite you to gather online from locations across the globe to examine how our lives are simultaneously local, national, and global. Some elements of the program will highlight the DC-Maryland-Virginia region, where the conference had planned to meet in-person. Local, national, and global issues visibly coalesce in this region; interwoven stories of opportunity and constraint are writ large. While we offer this region as one thread in the conference theme, we invite you to examine how interconnections weave into stories everywhere.
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