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The best social justice conferences of 2020

best social justice conferences of 2020

A new decade, a new moment to plan ahead! This year’s a big one, with a national election and census no less, the need for connectedness is strong. Because last year’s list was so popular, I’m again sharing the 2020 social justice conferences I’m most excited about.

I’ve attended some, but not all, of these in the past. I return to many of them each year because of the forward-thinking, solutions-minded people who gather to share and learn together. Social change work can be isolating. I love being surrounded by people who challenge my views and improve my strategies.  There’s always more to learn, more to open yourself up to, and more to question. If you need help making the case as to why these events are critical to your justice work, please reach out.

As always, I’ve missed many gatherings (especially local events) on this shortlist. Please drop your faves in the comments!

White Privilege Conference
April 1-4, 2020
Mesa, AZ

NCRC Just Economy Conference
April 27, 2020
Washington, DC

Bend the Arc Pursuing Justice
May 3-5, 2020
Washington, DC

Greenlining Economic Summit
May 21, 2020
Oakland, CA

Othering and Belonging
June 15-17, 2020
London, UK

Allied Media Conference
June 25, 2020
Detroit, MI

Netroots Nation
August 8-13, 2020
Denver, CO

People of the Global Majority ONE
September 23-25, 2020
Chicago, IL

Race Forward Facing Race
November 12-14, 2020
Raleigh, NC


For your radar (no dates at the time of publishing):

Worker Cooperative National Conference
Philadelphia, PA

Center for Popular Democracy People’s Convention
Washington, DC


Emma is Beneficial State Foundation’s Policy Advocacy and Field Building Director based in Oakland, CA.

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.