Tuesday, June 5, 2018

#MeToo founder set to deliver keynote at Allied Media Conference in Detroit

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 4:32 PM

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Next weekend, the Allied Media Conference will feature a keynote address from #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, who was also just named to Time’s 100 most influential people list.

In an April cover story for Variety, Burke told the magazine that there needs to be shift in focus onto the survivors of sexual violence rather than criticism of the movement. “Narrative change in this movement is so important because if we keep on talking about this in the ways that we’re talking about it, we’re going to lose an opportunity,” she says.

At the Allied Media Conference, Burke will take part in an in-depth conversation moderated by Mariame Kaba of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. The talking points haven’t been publicized, but it’s safe to say that a considerable segment will likely touch on plans for the movement’s next chapter.

The conference, organized by Allied Media Projects, has been a perennial incubator of progressive ideas and will celebrate its 20th birthday. The lineup is stacked with workshops, panels, speakers, and collaborative art projects stacked for social justice-centric folks. There’s also karaoke and bowling planned.

Burke will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at the Detroit Film Theatre. The Allied Media Conference will take place June 14-17 at the Wayne State campus. You can check out the full schedule here.

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Eleanore Catolico is a summer intern at Metro Times.

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