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The best social justice conferences in 2019

Best social justice conferences

Emma is the Strategic Communications Director at Beneficial State Foundation based in Oakland, CA, and a Future for Good Fellow at the Institute for the Future.

It’s the beginning of the year and social justice practitioners everywhere need to know: what’s in store on the social justice conference circuit for 2019?! We got a ton of interest in this list last year and so we’ve published it with new additions to check out – AND with an eye to 2020.  This list is nowhere near exhaustive. We selected the following conferences based on favorites we’ve attended (shout out to CommonBound!), hearing good things about the ones we haven’t yet had a chance to check out, and crowd-sourced recommendations from friends who focus in the economic justice field.

Drop a comment with conferences we missed! We’re always looking to grow this shared list.

2019 Conferences

Systems Change & The Next Economy
2019 workshop series: January 26 – 27; February 23 – 24; March 16 – 17; April 6 – 7
Santa Cruz, CA

Global Alliance for Banking on Values Summit: Migrants, #MeToo, and Melting Icecaps
February 19 – 20, 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State
February 22, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s Just Economy Conference
March 11 – 13, 2019
Washington, DC

PSU’s Elevating Impact Summit
March 15, 2019
Portland, OR

White Privilege Conference
March 20 – 23, 2019
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s Othering & Belonging Conference
April 8 – 10, 2019
Berkeley, CA

The Greenlining Institute’s Economic Summit
April 26, 2019
Oakland, CA

People of the Global Majority ONE Summit
May 8 – 10, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Netroots Nation
July 11 – 13, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

TBD – typically October
Oakland, CA

Race Forward’s Facing Race Conference
TBD – typically November
Location TBA

International Drug Policy Reform Conference
November 6 – 9, 2019
St Louis, MO

Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice Leaders
(By application only)
NYC Institute – September
Localized Institutes in Atlanta, GA | Cincinnati, OH | Phoenix, AZ 

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
Year-round workshops
USA, Nationwide

Gatherings to look forward to in 2020

Allied Media Conference
New Economy Coalition’s CommonBound Conference
Worker Cooperative National Conference

This blog post reflects the author’s personal views and opinions, and does not represent the views and opinions of Beneficial State Bank and/or Beneficial State Foundation.