Continuing Revolution 2019: Experimenting Beyond Capitalism
June 7-12, 2019
Full fee for residents*: $395
Full fee for commuters: $150
Weekend / half-conference fee for residents*: $275
Daily rate for part-time commuters: $70
*Please note: the residential rate is for a shared room. If you would like one of a limited number of private rooms, please contact Pendle Hill staff (see below) for pricing and next steps.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 24, 2019
Financial aid is available. Complete the conference application for next steps.CR-2019-Draft-Schedule-3
Join young adult Quakers and seekers (age 18-35) at Pendle Hill for our annual young adult conference! The group will interrogate how the economic system functions and its role in fueling inequality and oppression among people of different classes, races, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, and more. Participants will learn about how humans have organized their labor and relationships in life-affirming ways and imagine how we could do so in the present and future while exploring their backgrounds and assumptions regarding class, money and capitalism. Get ready for questions like, “How can I plan for the future while striving for a just economic system?” and “How does my faith lead me to be in integrity economically?” and “What movements can I add my power to in bringing about effective change?” Focusing on these and other questions, speakers and workshop leaders will guide participants on a project of imagining and creating a more just and equitable world, experimenting with the burgeoning systems, practices, tools, and relationships that can get us there together.
What to expect: Each day will feature guest speakers and facilitators leading in a variety of modalities – expect to see a mix of discussion, panel sessions, popular education, small group work, interactive and reflective questions, and hands-on exploration. Afternoons will offer the opportunity for those interested to participate in practical skill-building with hands-on activities led by Pendle Hill staff and friends. Evening exercises will offer space for the group to process and consider the day’s learnings, then research one facet of interest more deeply. Each day will begin with an optional 30 minutes of Quaker meeting for worship. All participants are invited to engage with this group practice as they would like; some may find it a helpful time of silent meditation or reflection in preparation for the day to come.
Pendle Hill is located on 24 beautiful acres with a mile-long woodchip trail, a pond, and 140 species of trees and flowering shrubs, on the historical homeland of the Lenni-Lenape. Participants will have access to the art studio, library, and the grounds. Eating together in community is an important part of life at Pendle Hill. Most food served, including bread and other staples, is homemade. Pendle Hill makes extensive use of organic fruits and vegetables from the garden. All meals include vegan and vegetarian options and can be customized for specific dietary needs. Please be aware that all foods are prepared in the same kitchen where ingredients such as flour and peanuts are present. Pendle Hill’s kitchen cannot be considered a gluten free or tree-nut free kitchen, nor is it a kosher kitchen. We invite guests with severe food allergies to alert us of their allergy and to consider bringing supplemental food. Refrigerators are available in each building.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 24, 2019
Yahya Alazarak’s experience growing up with one wealthy parent and one poor one has instilled in them a commitment to building a world where all people have three things: enough resources, power over their own lives, and community. They have been with Resource Generation since 2015, organizing young people with access to wealth towards the redistribution of wealth, land, and power. They work with the New York and Philly chapters; as well as lead efforts to continue building a multi-racial base. Yahya lives and loves in West Philadelphia as a part of the Life Center Association cooperative land trust and as a board member of Bread and Roses Community Fund. A graduate of Guilford College, they are a christ-centered Friend and Sufi.
Dellareese Jackson Cofield is a doctoral student in the Cultural Foundations of Education program in the School of Education at Syracuse University (SU). She serves as the Mellon Graduate Assistant for the Democratizing Knowledge Project housed in Tolley Hall on the SU campus. She also serves as a course instructor for Intergroup Dialogue Program (IGD). She instructs an IGD course concentrated on Race and Ethnicity. During her undergraduate studies in Sociology, at the University of Illinois, she developed a passion for social justice education, including attentiveness to social and structural inequality. Throughout her time at U of I she worked within a program similar to SU’s IGD program, the Program on Intergroup Relations (PIR). Her PIR experiences at the University of Illinois included facilitating courses on issues concerning discrimination based on class, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and disability has grounded the work she is currently involved. While working on her Masters at Florida International University, she conducted a final capstone project on the social justice climate of college campuses. Her current academic interest is in gender, disability, and access to inclusive education with a feminist lenses. Cofield is involved in various community and campus partnerships within the city of Syracuse. Notably she has also served as the Co-Facilitator of the after school Lit Arts program for the Sydney Johnson Center, an alternative high school in the Syracuse City School District and an after school program for Ed Smith school where she lead a young girls development course.
Andrew Delmonte is a lifelong resident of Buffalo’s West Side and the Director of Cooperative Development for PUSH Buffalo. Through a special project called Cooperation Buffalo, they lead the organization’s efforts to establish and grow worker-owned and community-controlled enterprises that center ecological restoration, community resilience, and social equity. Andrew has nearly a decade’s worth of experience assisting cooperatives, social enterprises, independent small business owners, and frontline community organizations with planning and management decisions, operationalizing social and environmental impact, grant writing and business planning, advocacy, financial literacy and financing strategy, conflict resolution, and facilitation. Andrew has served as a Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State, and as President and Program Director of Buffalo First! Andrew is a former member of the leadership team of the New York Sustainable Business Council, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nickel City Housing Cooperative.
Bryana DiFonzo moved to Buffalo in 2009 not intending to stay long. Through AmeriCorps, she was connected to PUSH Buffalo. The people, places, and movements she met there made a dedicated Buffalonian of her and set her on a course to pursue justice and transformation for and with her community. Ms. DiFonzo has 11 years of experience working together with marginalized individuals, particularly from refugee and immigrant backgrounds. Her work has included direct service, project management, public speaking, grant writing, volunteer management, volunteering, and board governance. She brings an MBA education to managing social justice enterprises and consulting for nonprofits, and she has worked individually with local small business owners for more than 5 years. Her work in the New Economy department brings together PUSH’s efforts to build power through family sustaining jobs that address the climate crisis, and to transition assets to community members in a way that improves their well-being and follows regenerative principles.
Dwight Dunston is an educator, artist, and advocate from West Philadelphia. He is currently the Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education at Friends’ Central School and facilitates workshops across the country thru music he produces in a project called City Love. Dwight is passionate about supporting individuals to find their super powers, and believes that the power of the collective is much stronger than the power of the individual.
Pamela Haines is a long-time resident of Philadelphia who is active in peace, justice and environmental work among Quakers and with a national interfaith group, Faith, Ecology, Economy, Transformation. She has written two Pendle Hill pamphlets (Waging Peace; Discipline and Practice and Money and Soul), co-authored a book (Toward a Right Relationship with Finance; Debt, Interest, Growth and Security), led a variety of workshops on faith and economics, and spoken on the topic of climate, justice and racism. Her paid work includes capacity-building among child-care workers; teaching peer counseling; and leading family play groups. She is on the board of the Mill Creek Urban Farm in West Philadelphia, and is active in her community garden. She enjoys deep personal connections in Poland and Nicaragua, and has helped develop community building and trauma healing work in Uganda and Indonesia. She is passionate about quilting and repair of all kinds, and blogs at www.pamelalivinginthisworld.blogspot.com.
Melchor Hall is a faculty member in Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies, where she teaches social science courses and supervises doctoral research. As a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, she works at the intersection of art and activism. Through the Student-Scholar Partnership Program, Melchor and her Brandeis undergraduate partner created a series of events engaging “Black Bodies, white Spaces: Exploring Race, Gender, Art & Activism at the Margins.” Previously she was an associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center on the campus of Mount Holyoke College. She recently participated in Spelman College’s summer institute on “Decolonizing Knowledge/Democratizing Knowledge,” and now is leading work among her Fielding Graduate University colleagues on “Decolonizing the Curriculum.” She sees this work of moving beyond limited (white) school desegregation to the acceptance of alternatives in the white academy as a critical part of her scholarly-activist work.
Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” He was born into the anti-colonial movement in his native Puerto Rico and was drawn into activism in Chicago when his family moved there in 1967. He left high school early and worked in various industries, and over time began to use his art as part of his activism. This activism has included support work for the Black Panthers and Young Lords to participating in or acting in solidarity with farmers, environmental, labor, racial justice and peace movements. Increasingly he has come to see his art and organizing practices as means to address individual, collective, and historical trauma. He co-leads workshops on trauma and resilience for organizers as well as trainings on creative organizing, social justice strategy and sustainable activism, and mentors and supports young activists. His art has won numerous awards but the greatest affirmation is the uses to which it has been put by grassroots movements and communities. To learn more about Ricardo’s work, view his art at http://www.rlmartstudio.com/, and watch his short video entitled, “2nd Grade Liberation Program.”
Frank M. Ortiz is a Serenity Soular co-founder (non-profit solar install co-op) and current PACA board vice president (non-profit dedicated to growing metro Philadelphia’s co-op economy). A 20-year STEM educator, he excels in facilitating and empowering independent learners and advocates for greater student self-determination and autonomy in achieving expert-driven objectives. Frank will be applying those principles at Quadrat Academy, a grade 6-12 Montessori School in Philadelphia. Former Director and Instructor at the Henry George School of Philadelphia, he’s also a competitive cyclist who is currently employed as an Engineering Adjunct Professor at both Temple University in Philadelphia and Widener University In Chester, PA and will enroll at Temple’s College of Education this fall to pursue his Ph.D. in Education.
Jomaira Salas Pujols is a doctoral student in Sociology interested in talking about the (dis)connection between activism and capitalism. Her research uses Black feminism to center the visible and non-visible ways in which women of color challenge, unsettle, and reimagine academic engagement in primarily-white institutions. The child of poor Dominican immigrants and a first-generation college student, Jomaira’s commitment to feminist methodologies extend beyond her academic research to the realm of transnational activism. She would be open to exploring a conversation about Black feminist anti-capitalist roots and a contemporary anti-capitalist agenda.
For over 15 years, Kristin Schwab has supported political education and leadership development within community-based and movement organizations, cooperative businesses, and schools. Her work is fueled by her belief that another world is possible—one where we are all free, sharing power, and living joyous lives. As a middle class woman of Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, she is deeply committed to uprooting white supremacy, redistributing wealth, and fighting for reparations. Her early involvement in anti-globalization and youth-led food justice movements inspires her work in racial, economic, and social justice today. Formerly, she was the Co-op Organizer for the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and Director of Youth Empowerment at The Urban Nutrition Initiative. Her commitment to lifelong learning and curiosity about community-controlled economies led her to return to college in her early 30’s. She graduated from Goddard College with a BA in Individualized Studies with a focus in popular education and solidarity economics. Currently, Kristin is a trainer for The Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) and Goddard College. When she is not working with AORTA, you can find Kristin cooking for her community.
Charles Wallace-Thomas is a second-year student at Northeastern University studying Economics and Mathematics with a minor in Psychology. At Northeastern, Charles has worked as a Research Assistant in the Causal Cognition Laboratory, and is the Campaign Coordinator for Northeastern Students Against Institutional Discrimination. As a Philanthropic Strategy Advisor for The Columbus Foundation, Charles draws from his experience growing up in Columbus, Ohio to help align funding with the needs of the city’s most marginalized communities. Charles has also worked for New Rules Benefit Corporation where he designed and piloted a study of North Minneapolis’ economy and residents’ sense of agency and self-determination to explore the potential benefits of a community controlled capital fund on the Northside. Charles currently works as the Fund Associate with the Boston Ujima Project. Ujima is organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create new community-controlled economy in Greater Boston and has been recognized as the first “democratically managed” impact investing fund in the US. As the Ujima Fund Associate, he helps manage investor relations and communications, supports pipeline due diligence, and assists with community outreach initiatives.
Greg Woods (he/his/him) is a lifelong Quaker. Over the years he has worked as a campus minister at Guilford College, as a Work Camp Coordinator at William Penn House, and as a founding Board Member of Quaker Voluntary Service. Currently he is the Youth Ministries & Education Coordinator at Friends Meeting at Cambridge in Massachusetts. Greg is passionate about theology, intersectionality, service, diversity, and working to continually understand power and privilege in himself as a disabled cis white man and in his work.