Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Northeastern University School of Law

How To Get It Done: Where Legal Power Meets People Power is a student-organized conference designed to connect law students, activists, and members of the Boston community, to share knowledge, strategize together, and develop the skills needed to take action. Our programming will  be based in the skills and experiences of those who have lived experiences central to the issues we are most concerned with today. Please join us for this empowering event!

How To Get It Done will feature:

  • Panel discussions featuring activists and subject matter experts to help participants understand some of today’s pressing social issues.
  • Identity-based caucusing to create spaces for folks from similar backgrounds and identities to share their experiences and figure out how to work together well.
  • Trainings designed to help participants leave with a clear understanding of how they can organize to Get It Done.
  • A healing space for participants looking to decompress and tap into their inner selves.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

8:45 - 9:15 AM


9:15 - 10:15 AM

Opening Panel and Welcome

This Is How We Do It: Perspectives On Resistance
How different actors do the work of resistance.
Mark Martinez (NUSL '18), Sumbul Siddiqui (Northeast Legal Aid), Carl Williams (ACLU of Massachusetts), Horace Smalls (Union of Minority Neighborhoods)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Theory, History and Context


Capitalism, Imperialism and Racism
How capitalism, imperialism and racism work together to oppress.
Kariri Kiambuthi (NUSL ‘19), Raul Figueroa (Fuerza Laboral), Heidy Barreiro (UNITE HERE! Local 26), Destin Jenkins (Charles Warren Center, Harvard), Eric Martin (Haley House)

Our Bodies Our Laws
How the law tells us what we can and cannot do with our bodies.
Gina Fountain (NUSL ‘19), Libby Adler (NUSL), Michelle Tat (Black & Pink, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition), Mickey Thomas (Activist), Rachel Roth (Activist)

Targeted Groups in Moments of Crisis
How U.S. Immigration Policy is used to target groups for unwarranted exclusion in times of crisis.
Angélica Durón (NUSL ‘19), Margaret Woo (NUSL), Nabil Khan (Queer Muslims of Boston), Davida Ginsberg (IfNotNow), Cristian Morales (Movimiento Cosecha)

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12:00 - 1:00 PM


1:05 - 2:05 PM

Identity Based Caucusing


White People, Do Better!
A Caucus for white people to work together to address white supremacy.
Kyleen Burke (NUSL ‘18), Chris Messinger (SURJ)

POC Coalition Building Across Racial Difference
A Caucus for People of Color working together on our relationships with each other.
Christian Snow (NUSL ‘18), Amanda Ghannam (NUSL ‘18)

Resiliency Techniques: Surviving and Thriving
A Caucus for people with multiple marginalized identities to work together on self-care while doing activist work.
Shari Robinson-Lynk (MSW, Simmons College)

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2:45 - 4:15 PM



Being an Active Bystander: Strategies and Tools
Learn what to do when you witness bigotry.
Aaron Tanaka (Center for Economic Democracy)

Know Your Rights: From the Streets to the Bar
Learn some of your rights and what impact activism can have on your Bar pass opportunities.
Audrey Grace (NUSL), Makis Antzoulatos (CPCS, Mass NLG)

Organizing for Legal Workers
Learn the practical basics of grassroots organizing.
Yatzel Sabat (NUSL ‘19), Peter Sessa (NUSL)

Building Alternative Community Frameworks
Learn how alternative community structures can be implemented within our personal living and working spaces.
Martin Henson (BLM Boston)

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4:30 - 5:00 PM

Keynote Speaker
Alfred Brownell
PHRGE Fellow, Association of Environmental Lawyers for Liberia

5:00 - 6:00 PM