The Agenda and How Sessions Work

Friday – March 31st

6:00pm-9:00pm– RootsCampLA After Dark  – We will be #SocializingForSolidarity with the return of The Shameless Plug over libations, and of course, simply having good times with good people at Urban South Brewery located at 1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1852.

Saturday – April 1st

  • 8:30-9:00am – Welcomes and Housekeeping
  • 9:00-9:25am – Building the Wall (This is where you help to create the agenda)
  • 9:30-10:30am – Seed Sessions, Part 1
    • Criminalizing Dissent: White Hat vs. Landry – Anne White Hat, indigenous Water Protector, will show a short film and lead a discussion outlining her legal challenge to ALEC-sponsored legislation that threatens to send her to prison for a decade.
    • The Louisiana Office on Women’s Health is Here! – Promoting civic and community engagement as it relates to the fulfillment of the purpose of the Office of Women’s Health.
  • 10:30-11:25pmSeed Sessions, Part 2
    • Then = Now: The Illusion of Progress in Public Education – A long-time education advocate will discuss the manner in which corporate interests manufacture narratives to garner public support for policies which re-establish or maintain inequality in public education.
    • #PutHousingFirst Campaign – Housing is less affordable now than at the peak of the 2008 Housing Bubble. Learn what we can do to make affordable housing a priority in our state.
  • 11:30-12:25pm – Breakout Session Block 1 (Sessions defined by attendees via The Wall)
  • 12:30-1:55pm – Lunch Panel: “The State of Education in Louisiana: Taking Stock and Identifying Opportunities Amid the Pandemic.” For many years, RootsCamp has been a place for Louisiana’s most talented and passionate advocates to debate the best methods of a holistic education system. What opportunities has the pandemic opened up for us to re-imagine education in our state? And do tests scores tell the full story of our progress, or are there other metrics by which we should define our success and set our priorities?
    • Moderator: Alicia Cook, MPH; SPAN Board Member and Educator
    • Panelists:
      • Alaina Carter, Assistant School Leader at New Harmony High School
      • Kirk Green, Board Member of EBR Federation of Teachers
      • Denise A. Porter, MAT, MA; Certified Reading Specialist
      • Ashonta Wyatt, Ed.D., Education and Social Justice Advocate
  • 2:00-2:55pm – Breakout Session Block 2 (Sessions defined by attendees via The Wall)
  • 3:00-3:25pmShort Breakout Session Block 3 (Sessions defined by attendees via The Wall; notice this one is 1/2 the time block as the others. That’s why we call it… SHORT 🙂
  • 3:30-4:45pm – Panel Discussion: “Beyond Abortion: Reproductive Justice in Louisiana” Many of us are in shock after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Abortion is an important part of the broader fight of reproductive justice, and this panel discussion will dare to dive deep into the various aspects of the overall movement for reproductive freedom. Join us as we discuss the past, present, and future state of reproductive justice in Louisiana; including abortion, maternal mortality, and birthing rights, as well as the intersections of race, poverty, and LGBTQIA.
    • Moderator: Dawn Chanet Collins, MPA, JD, SPAN Board Member
    • Panelists:
      • Nicole Diggins, Sista Midwife
      • Michelle Erenberg, LIFT Louisiana
      • Latona Giwa, New Orleans Breastfeeding Center
      • Kaitlyn Joshua, Community Organizer
      • Amy Irvin, Creative Community League
      • Jeramesha Warner, Planned Parenthood
  • 4:50-5:00pm – Closing & Acknowledgements
    • Debrief
    • Participant Comments

 The Virtual Wall

The RootsCampLA “unconference” model is one in which the activists who register to attend the event create the majority of the agenda.  The tool we use to do this is called The Wall with designated time slots and rooms for presenters to choose from.

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