communities conference

The thing about being a gay person of faith is that you’re forced to search that much harder for love, answers, and community. When God finally leads you to those things, it makes you grateful you didn’t settle for cheap substitutes.
—  Daniel R., GCN Conference attendee

USA. California. Oakland. March 31, 1972. Black Panther Central Committee Member Ericka Huggins laughs after a Black Community Survival Conference rally. Ericka is the widow of slain Panther John Huggins. She later headed the New Haven branch of the party.

Photograph: Stephen Shames/Polaris

I love mixing my cottage witchcraft with my intense desire to be a mother and home-maker. And, having grown up in white suburbia, I know that whether I want it to or not, it’s going to become like… Soccer-Mom Witchcraft.

“What’s that? A bake sale to raise funds for your club? Oh, well let me see what money-drawing magics I can pop into the mixer…”

“What’s that pouch in your pocket?” “It’s a spell for communication clarity. Parent-teacher conferences are tonight.”

“Sweetie, I made you a hot-chocolate potion to help you study!”

“Honey, what are you sewing into our daughter’s sports uniform?” “It’s just a sigil for luck and conquest…”

Calling All Abundant, Fat, Plus Sized, Succulent, and Thick Peoples From All Over!  

This year at the Allied Media Conference 2015 (June 18-21 in Detroit, MI) we are coming back together to continue our conversations, share skills, experiences, stories, media, knowledge and strategies to build a more beautiful, body accepting and abundant loving future!

ln this track we will gather, share and celebrate the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant / thick / fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of marginalization while building a stronger inclusive fat community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we explore what it means to be fat?

This track will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies. Our goal in our organizing and activism is to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of Indigenous, Black, People of Color, Dis/abled, Super-sized, Trans and Queer fat folks. Through workshops, panels and skillshares we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities utilizing different forms of media such as zines, theater, oral histories, poetry, social media, dance, comics, and art.

We are looking for sessions that speak to but are not limited by the following types of themes and proposals:

Fat Community 101

  • How to love your body
  • Ally building for thin folks and privileged fat folks
  • Body Autonomy and Social Media
  • Anti-racist fat activism for white fat activists
  • Skillshares/tools for surviving and thriving

Bodies, Health and Movement

  • Breaking down the connection between health and weight
  • Body movement / dance / practice for all bodies
  • Fat sexuality
  • Super-sized community members

Fatness at its intersections

  • Fatness and Femme identity
  • Fatness and masculinity
  • Sci-Fi Bodies as fat and queer and People of Color
  • Physical and mental disabilities and fatness
  • History of Indigenous / People of Color / Black / Trans / Dis/ability / Supersize fat activism
  • Tools for young fat folks
  • Breaking down discussions about obesity through race, class, gender and other identities

Fat Visibility

  • Constructing the fat body through collaborative media projects
  • Demystifying media around fat bodies
  • Cyber space/futurity and fat bodies
  • Challenging mainstream media
  • Rethinking Fat Fashion
  • Older fat bodies and visibility
  • Fat bodies and desirability
  • Oral history, poetry and other creative forms of resistance

Proposals are due March 2nd, 2015 at midnight. Submit YOURS by filling out the form linked here. The deadline has been extended to March 5th at midnight.

If you have any questions regarding your proposal or this track, please contact us via on the Abundant Bodies Discussion Page on AMP Talk or at

**Abundant Bodies and the Allied Media Conference is committed to creating a space that allows for access to all community members regardless of economics. We will be fundraising in the near future to make sure we can support all of the session coordinators who need it in order to give as many voices in fat community the platform they deserve.

How Obama set a trap for Raul Castro
In a historic press conference, Obama not only allowed Castro to be pressed on political prisoners. He joined in himself. By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE

HAVANA — In Cuba, just having a press conference is news.

President Barack Obama jokes that he likes press conferences and wants to do more of them, let them go on longer. That tends to be less the case at the White House than abroad, when Obama’s trying to make a point about a repressive regime by turning to the press.

He did it in China in 2013 by giving a New York Times reporter a question to Xi Jinping right after the government in Beijing had kicked out a reporter from the newspaper. He did it in Ethiopia last year when he forced the journalist-jailing prime minister to stand next to him for a long press conference where Obama talked about the country’s record on human rights and held forth on American politics.

Monday afternoon here in Havana, he did it to Raúl Castro, right in the Revolutionary Palace, letting him be pressed with questions for the first time — ever — and joining in himself. And not just that: he had to answer for the political prisoners that the government rounds up almost daily, but denies exist at all.

Read more here

Am I the only one who thought that when Trump told Jorge “Go back to Univision” he really meant “Go back to Mexico”
I’m just curious to know how Trump is going to do it. How is he going to deport 11 million immigrants? How will he take citizenship from children that have undocumented parents? Does he not know that it’s the 14th amendment to grand citizenship to all persons born in the U.S.? I’m not a politician but I don’t have to be one to know that this strategy Trump has will never work. I am NOT a U.S. Citizen. But I pay my taxes, I work full time, I go to school, I’ve never been in trouble with the police before, and I am LATINA. So before someone wants to come at me and my latino community please check yourself because we probably built that house you live in and we will not hesitate to tear it down and everything else we built :)
BREAKING: Oregon Native Americans Call For End Of Armed Militia Occupation
"We have no sympathy for those who are trying to take the land from its rightful owners."
By Salvador Hernandez, Ema O'Connor

Days after a group of armed anti-government protesters took over a federal building in Oregon — demanding the land be returned to ranchers — the nearby Paiute Tribe called for an end to the occupation of what they said was their “ancestral territory.”

The Burns Paiute Tribe, who live on a reservation near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that Ammon Bundy and his fellow armed protestors are occupying, held a press conference Wednesday morning to call for an end to the protest.

“Armed protestors don’t belong here,” Burns Pauite Tribal Chair Charlotte Rodrique was quoted in the written release given to press at the conference. “By their actions they are desecrating one of our sacred traditional cultural properties, …. endangering our children and the safety of our community.”

In the conference, held in the Paiute Tribe headquarters in Burns, Oregon, Rodrique reiterated the tribe’s disapproval of the armed protest.

When asked by a reporter what she thought of the militiamen claiming their protest was for the purpose of “returning the land to its rightful owners,” Rodrique laughed and said, “I don’t think so.”

She responded to a follow up question saying she would not “dignify the protesters” by meeting with them.

The Burns Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe that spans four states, including California, Nevada, and Idaho. The Oregon reservation is home to about 200 people. The Paiute tribe “were there before the settlers,” Rodrique said.
Lionsgate Vice Chairman Wants to Film 'Hunger Games' Prequels
Lionsgate entertainment vice chairman Michael Burns compares Hunger Games to Harry Potter and says it will "live on and on and on."

Burns spoke at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York as Lionsgate’s latest edition of Hunger Games continues to lead the box office with about $525 million earned worldwide. The film opened just over $100 million in its opening weekend, behind earlier segments. Burns said he was disappointed, but that it was a “high-class problem” to have.

Fans of the Katniss Everdeen franchise should definitely expect to see prequels.

“The one thing that kids say they missed (from the early Hunger Games films) was there was no arenas,” he said, referencing the stadiums where children killed each other and noting the prior films only covered the 74th and 75th competitions. “If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas.”

Burns also spoke how the studio aims to get more out from its other big franchises — includingTwilight, The Expendables and Saw, nodding towards reboots, prequels or sequels for each of them.


Taken after a fulfilling and amazing “Fat 101″ session with so many people who came to share the space with us. This weekend was so special to all of the coordinators, not only for having a great organizing experience but all of the people who came to the space and often never had thought about fatness in a critical way. We’re so thankful to everyone who came out and to each other for creating a supportive organizing team.


VoIP Conference Call

Your data is sent instead of utilizing the standard public phone network over the internet, in electronic “packets” whenever you host a VoIP conference call. Because of this, the farther your information needs trips, the altered it becomes.

The reason why your VoIP conference call becomes distorted is the fact that the audio is being exchange across hubs and numerous locations. To view a good example of this:

Click on your START menu and select type and RUN in the letters CMD. Hit enter and type the words “tracert” This will exhibit so just how many routers, or “hops” your PC should proceed through to access

On some days your VoIP conference call might sound better than others. This can be generally on account of the exact same hubs are being accessed by just how a lot of people when you and how busy the internet is. Even the smallest delay “jitter.” or may cause your connection that is noise to separation

So what does this mean to you?

The best VoIP conference call is one which uses an Inter-Office Intranet (instead of the “public” net). You are provided by an intranet with an individual network having a designated hub to perform your conference call. However, a lot of you should contact somebody aside from a nearby colleague.

Quick VoIP Conference Call Tip:

Schedule your conference call during non-peak business hours – preferably early in the morning or later at night. This will guarantee that the internet isn’t as busy and won’t interfere with your call or cause distortion.

But when you’re exploring conference calls, remember this: you get what you pay for. Many business pros would not desire to threat hosting their convention calls over a totally free websites as it is not trusted and so they must study paid services.

3 Ways to Make Conference Calls Less Annoying

Make sure the call is really necessary, and allow restless participants to opt out anyway.

When was the last time you looked forward to a conference call? 

You sit there, silent, getting your own work, in the hope that is not mentioned your name, angry about how the whole meeting you distracted from your daily deadlines. Audio is uneven, the distant and uncertain voice. Is this really an exercise in productivity?

It all comes down to a universal business problem: In a world of telecommuters and virtual assistants, where conference calls are a necessary evil to communicate, what leaders can do to create a better conference call experience?

In a fantastic post on LinkedIn, Elliot S. Weissbluth, founder and CEO of High Tower, a financial services company 300 employees based in Chicago, built three tips to improve the appeal process of the conference:

1. Manage expectations. “Do not assume that the conversation will flow naturally,” he wrote. The leader of the call is to provide a structure and act as a facilitator.

2. Set a clear agenda and repeat at the beginning of the call. “This may sound management details, but the alternative is awkward silences, unprepared participants and a giant waste of time.”

3. Go around the horn. Weissbluth says he uses this tactic in almost every conversation. It is an easy way to keep everyone awake. It’s just a matter of taking the time to join the conversation, for each person; by name - to offer his thoughts.

After reading his article, I wanted to Weissbluth to ask him some questions about how to improve the conference call.

The article mentions the importance of establishing a clear agenda for the conference call. What is the best way to decide a particular topic is “worthy” of being the agenda of a conference call?

You have to decide, is the call for informative purposes - mostly to issue a topic - or do you want a conversation or dialogue. If it is the former, then articulate exactly what you are going to address. If it is the latter, then you have to prepare for everyone, they advise expectations for their involvement, and be prepared to ensure that people who need to talk given time to speak. And [ensure] that there is a moderate process of “going around the horn” to ensure that there is a semblance of conversation.

During a call type dialogue / conversation, it is the best way, as a leader, to lure people out, and ensure that they participate?

First, if the person receiving the call has a reason for you to be involved - and you’re just participate because you are a name on a list - which is disrespectful and stupid and a waste of your time and energy. If you’re not busy, why are you on the call?

A manager you must turn to say, “Hey, people, this is not a good use of my time. I quit. "A Hightower, which is a common phenomenon. The other thing is, if you will add value to a dialogue or a conversation, usually the leader already has a position of your head-to-head with you and know and want it to be disseminated to a larger group. So it’s just a matter of going around the horn, and ask someone to explain the name of their thinking to the group, "we say why. ”

What is an effective method to communicate an agenda in advance of the call? If only one day to be shared in advance so participants should prepare for more time?

More the better. The idea of the agenda of jumping on people is totally against-productive. I sometimes have the diary of a call in the coming weeks and months, and when the conversation rolls around, we have 10 minutes for discussion. “Are we all here?” “Yep, Yep, Ya man … we’re good to go.” Is avoided and purpose of the call. Often use a call provides a central point of contact . and then you have the feeling of “we really need to call? I think we matched and ready to perform.”

So in other words, the call acts as a deadline.

Yes. One of my favorite quotes, from Duke Ellington, is, “I don’t need time, I need a deadline.”

North American Asexuality Conference zine (2015)

So the Ace Zine Archive tabled at  the North American Asexuality Conference in Toronto. We had pages that people could fill out that we’re planning to assemble into a conference zine. But some people needed more time.

So if you were at the conference OR were aware of the conference and were unable/decided not to go (and you have something to say or draw about it), please send us something! 

We at the Ace Zine Archive will assemble your submissions into a zine and host it online on our archive!

Deadline: July 15th, 2015
Send submissions to:

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