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FreedomCon 2022: Toward Change – Toward Equality

April 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

$20 – $55

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Saturday Schedule

9:00am Registration Opens
9:30am–9:50am Welcome
10:00am–11:15am Workshop 1
12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm–2:45pm Workshop 2
3:15pm–4:30pm Workshop 3
4:45pm–5:00pm Litany of Remembrance



Six Workshop Tracks Include:

A series of three related workshops will be held in each Track. Workshops will address historic and contemporary conditions, challenges faced, and how work in the respective field can be an agent of change. Attendees are encouraged to select an empowering Track and attend each of the three workshops in that Track. Track workshops are in-person and virtual, except for the Teen Track which is in-person only.

Social Entrepreneurship: Impact as Agents of Change

Black, Hispanic and other entrepreneurs making change in the community toward equity and justice – Facilitated by Paul Stewart, Co-founder of UREC and Retired Director of Technical Assistance at The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region and Angelo Maddox, Owner, Fresh and Fly Clothing Store

The UGRR’s Untold Stories through Research and Historical Fiction                                        Exploring research and historical fiction as vehicles of change in the recounting of UGRR history – Facilitated by Authors Deirdre Sinnott, Rosemary Nichols, Ianna Fletcher

Racism, Democracy and the Rebirth of Freedom

Defending democracy as the frontline of freedom and antiracism – Facilitated by Willie Terry, Union and Community Activist and Joe Paparone of The Poor People’s Campaign

Antiracist Instruction in the Classroom

“Antiracism, as a transformative concept, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking.” (IbramX. Kendi) How can this be achieved in today’s classrooms? – Facilitated by Alan Singer, PhD, Hofstra University and Community Activist

Environmental Racism – Where are we Going

How is racism built into structures in our society that include capital investments, infrastructure and development decisions, and (un)healthy environments, and what is being done to change these systems?  – Facilitated by Randy McGough, Community Activist, Aaron Mair, Environmental Activist, and Jamaica Miles, Organizer of All of Us

Teens – Agents of Change (this in-person track is ONLY OPEN to TEEN PARTICIPANTS) 

What concerns confront teens, what challenges do they encounter, and how do they want to be agents of change?  – Facilitated by Retired Educators Julia Holcomb and Nicola Dutre


Lunch, provided by Mazzone Hospitality, is incorporated into the In-Person Registration Fee 

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Remember to check out the FreedomCon Raffle


Vendors and Exhibitors (please come prepared to support them)

    • Capital District Civil War Round Table
    • Clifford Oliver Photography
    • Daniel Stewart Memorial Fund Early Photographer Award
    • Ethnicitiees
    • Gerrit Smith Estate NHL / National Abolition Hall of Fame
    • Halfrican Nation
    • Harriet Tubman Bronze Sculpted Portrait
    • Indigo Awakenings
    • League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County
    • Luxe Warm Candles
    • Pris Designs
    • Shea Tree, LLC
    • SpaMVP
    • Staten Island African American Heritage Tour
    • The Community Leadership Team (CLJ)
    • Underground Railroad Education Center


April 2, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$20 – $55


Mary Liz Stewart


Hudson Valley Community College Bulmer Telecommunications Center
80 Vandenburgh Ave
Troy, NY 12180
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