Progressive Activists to Celebrate, Educate in Ann Arbor at 'Bring It Back, Take It Forward, a Celebration of 50 Years of Activism' Friday, March 12 - Sunday, March 14

Friday March 12, 2010: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Progressive activists will celebrate accomplishments and work on next steps in the struggle for social justice at the Bring It Back, Take It Forward conference, held on the University of Michigan campus at the Rackham Building on March 12, 13 and 14. Panel presentations are focused on a variety of topics including the environment, health care, feminism, immigration rights, the underground media, TBLG issues as well as the progressive movement itself.

Friday, March 12, 2010 (All Friday Sessions will be held in the Rackham Building: 915 East Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI):

Session 1 - (10:00 AM -12:00 PM) Rackham Amphtitheater: Black Action Movement (BAM), Anti-racism and Pro-diversity Activism Panel featuring Joann Watson, Hank Bryant and Ron Scott.
Session 2 - (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Health Activism Panel featuring Dr. James C. Mitchiner, Dr. Andrew Zweifler and Carrie Rheingans
Session 3- (3:15 PM to 5:00 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Immigrant Rights Panel featuring Arturo Rodriguez, Mohammad Abd, Evelyn Galvan and Laura Sanders with Moderator Adriana Lopez
Session 4 - (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Labor and Economics Panel featuring Arturo Rodriguez, Dean Baker, Mike Hamlin and Yousef Rabhi with Moderator Rebekah Warren
Movement Panel: What is 'IT'? featuring Bill Ayers, Rick Feldman, Laura Russello, Ron Scott and Bob Zellner with Moderator Alan Haber

Saturday, March 13, 2010 (All Saturday sessions will be held in the Rackham Building: 915 East Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI)

Session 5 - (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM) Rackham Amphitheater: Environmental Panel featuring Parker Pennington IV and Bunyan Bryant
Session 6 - (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM) Rackham Assembly Hall: Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay (TBLG) Panel featuring Caitlin Ehlers, Katie Strode and Donna Wasserman with Moderators Jim Toy and Laura Wernick
Session 7 - (10:45 AM - 12:30 PM) Rackham Amphitheater: Independent Media from the Underground Press to Today Panel featuring Mike Dover, Roshaun Harris, Ken Wachsberger, Harvey Wasserman and John Woodford with Moderator Mary Morgan
Session 8 - (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Feminist Panel featuring Jan BenDor, Kathleen Fojtik Stroud and Catherine McClary
Session 9 - (3:15 PM to 5:00 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Peace Panel in honor of Professor J. David Singer featuring Alan Haber, Odile Hugonot Haber, Judith Kullberg, Andy Lichterman, Richard Stahler-Sholk and Paul Williamson
Session 10 - (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Free Speech Session with Jonathan Rose
Session 11 - (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM) Rackham Auditorium: Activist Panel featuring Chuck Ream, Nancy Romer, and Rosemary Sarri
Session 12 - (7:30 PM to 11:00 PM) Young activists with: Yusef Shakur, Invincible, Drag King Rebellion, Riot Youth's Gayrilla Theater

Sunday, March 14, 2010 (Sunday's session will be held in the School of Social Work Building: 1080 S. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI)

Session 11 - (12:00 PM) Take It Forward Session featuring an open dialogue on the future.

More information on the all day event and the complete schedule are available at Bring It Back, Take It Forward and (734)717-5634. This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and several University of Michigan schools, colleges and departments.