Next month we will welcome thousands of people working to build a more just, creative and collaborative world to the 14th annual Allied Media Conference, June 28 - July 1 in Detroit, Michigan. Conference organizers have been hard at work making this year's AMC the best ever, implementing new features in response to feedback following the last AMC.
Here are some exciting highlights of what's new for AMC2012...
As our AMP network grows, so does the need to create diverse spaces to develop and support the work of groups and organizations who converge at the AMC. Thursday, June 28 is the first official day of the conference and will host seven incredible gatherings. In these gatherings, participants will have dedicated space to build relationships and strategies around specific issues prior to jumping in to the conference. Read more about the AMC2012 Network Gatherings.
COMMUNITY STEWARDS & THE SAFETY SQUAD
Our volunteer staff consists of committed AMC-lovers who are critical to bringing this conference to life. From registration to accessibility, we couldn't do it without them. This year we've added two new groups of volunteers: Community Stewards and the Safety Squad. To apply to be a volunteer, visit our Volunteer page.
Community Stewards are seasoned volunteers who know the ins-and-outs of the AMC, Wayne State and the surrounding area. They will be available to buddy with newcomers, provide directions, make suggestions and ease you in gently to a wild weekend of awesome media making.
The Safety Squad is dedicated ensuring that the AMC is a safe and open space for everyone. There will be volunteers trained in crisis support and transformative justice available 24/7 to assist with participant needs and concerns. A Safety Squad contact phone number will be provided in the program as a resource.
AMC EXPANDS INTO THE KEITH CENTER
The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights opened in 2011 at Wayne State. The new, state of the art building features classrooms outfitted with sweet technology, comfy seats, and a spirit of social justice. We'll host some of our Network Gatherings and sessions there and encourage all participants to take a walk over and explore.
FENDER BENDER BICYCLE LENDING LIBRARY
The Fender Bender bicycle lending library will be beta-tested at this year's AMC. Using donated, rehabbed bikes, AMC-participants can rent wheels for a full day or the weekend at an accessible rate. Support Fender Bender by donating a used bicycle.
CASS COMMUNITY COMMONS
Formerly known as the First Unitarian Universalist Church, these historic buildings have been the site of the AMC crash space for the past five years. Last year the First UU Church gifted these buildings to one of AMP's closest partners, the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), who are now working hard to transform the buildings into a hub of community activity. This year, in addition to the crash space, there will be network gatherings, community dinners, and more happening out of Commons. Read more about the significance of the Commons.
People’s Kitchen Detroit [peopleskitchendetroit.org] is dedicated to co-creating a safe, respectful and inclusive space where Detroiters can access affordable healthy local and bulk foods, learn and share empowering skills to plan and prepare healthy meals, holistically manage and prevent disease, and preserve local harvests while building community strength through food security, activism and a deeper connection to the Earth. Located out of the Cass Community Commons, Peoples Kitchen will be serving an affordable, delicious meal to AMC participants Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the AMC. Yum!
We look forward to an incredible conference. Register today!