Red State is an annual one-day conference drawing together revolutionaries from across leftist tendencies and organizations to discuss key issues facing the movement, learn organizing skills and build solidarity on the Great Plains and beyond.
9:00-9:30 AM — Registration & Breakfast
9:30-9:45 AM — Opening & Land Acknowledgement
9:45-11:05 AM — First Panel: Local Organizing
11:05-11:20 AM — Break
11:20 AM-12:10 PM — Workshop Breakout #1
12:10-1:25 PM — Lunch*
1:25-2:15 PM — Workshop Breakout #2
2:15-2:30 PM — Break
2:30-3:20 PM — Workshop Breakout #3
3:20-3:35 PM — Break
3:35-4:55 PM — Second Panel: National Organizing
4:55-5:00 PM — Closing Remarks
*Included in registration – Vegan and Gluten Free options available
Amanda H. is a poet, grassroots organizer, and early childhood educator in Omaha, NE. Along with her partner, she runs a visual art studio/gallery/radical library/screening room/meeting space called Media Corp., where she’s begun hosting “Residents Are Experts”, a community discussion series on development, planning, and policy from the neighborhood perspective.
Chelsea E. is a community shaper and activist. She is active in organizing efforts in Lincoln targeting housing affordability and quality, mutual aid response, and collective action.
Mark H. is a communist, editor at The Triumph magazine, Omaha Tenants United organizer, and truck driver. His current dream is to punch a landlord.
Jackson and Marcus are active members of the Black Cat House in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Black Cat House is an organization dedicated to education on any and all questions of social justice.
Brendan is a musician, community organizer, and such living in Omaha, Nebraska. After a few independent organizing efforts, Brendan has been involved in Nebraska Left Coalition, as well as other leftist organizations in Eastern Nebraska.
Joe S. is a member of the Socialist Workers Party and a member of the Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union-Transportation Division Alumni Association Local 1732. Joe has been a member of a union for 60 years, working on railroads, meatpacking plants, and factories.
Tyler is a parent, sibling and friend living on stolen land of the Umonhon people. They enjoy relating to the plants, animals and people around them and believe in ‘the beautiful idea.’
Alex is a community and clinical herbalist in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her healing practice is rooted in liberation and centers the importance of living in right relationship with Nature. She offers herbal products and services via Arise Botanicals.
Roberto is a long-time organizer in Latino/Native/multiracial groups including AIM, Los Siete de la Raza, Bioregionalism, Left Greens, National Org for an American Revolution, and Idle No More. He is a supporter of the Zapatista and Rojava revolutions, and is presently in Oklahoma City DSA’s Eco-Socialist Working Group.
Maria is an entrepreneur, water protector, Umonhon tribal member, and a mother of three. Wyatt is an educator and water protector from Lincoln, Nebraska. Both participated in the camps at Standing Rock and have continued to support land defense and water protection struggles.
Morgann F. is a community organizer running for Congress. As an activist mobilized by the Movement for Black Lives, she’s worked on several direct action and systemic change causes. Cassey L. is a community organizer in Lincoln with a focus on housing justice and safer streets for all. She ran for Lincoln City Council to draw attention to the lack of affordable housing for low-income people in Lincoln, and successfully led a fight in support of implementing changes to 13th St. near downtown that made the street safer for neighborhood residents. Mark V. is running to represent Midtown Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature. One goal of his campaign is to sway Progressive Democrats to openly question and criticize Capitalism.
Lory D. is an activist and academic. She has actually been an activist since the age of 7, starting with her involvement as a member of an NAACP Youth Group. Her more recent work deals with dismantling racisms and ethnicisms affecting Black & Indigenous Americans in the U.S. and Afro-Swedes, Palestinians, & other Middle Eastern residents in Sweden.
Andrea is a writer, zinester, and community organizer currently crashing in Omaha, Nebraska. They are trying to teach their cat, Scout, about mutual aid.
W is an anarchist, musician, student, and writer from the southeast.
Lucas and Doug are Marxist community organizers and theatre-artists. Artistically, they specialize in the application of research to production, directing/actor coaching, acting, and working with non-actors in applied theatre (theatre workshops designed to solve real world problems and work through real world issues, rather than simply to be enjoyed as art in and of themselves).
Haley is a high school English teacher, organizer, and activist originally from Boston, Massachusetts but now based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. As a queer, gender-nonconforming womxn who has spent many years living and working in marginalized communities, they resist capitalism everyday and dream of one day living on a self-sustaining communal farm.
Talia S, Simon C, and Mark H. are members of Omaha Tenants United (OTU). OTU is one of the largest radical tenants organizations in the USA. Our purpose is to organize tenants to defend their right to dignified living conditions and secure social control of housing in the city of Omaha, Nebraska.
Charles lives in Austin, Texas where he is a graduate student in African and African Diaspora Studies exploring histories of socialism and the Black radical tradition. Originally from Wayne, Nebraska, before moving to Texas he lived in Lincoln where he was involved in various activist organizations. A former union organizer and active socialist who has written for several online publications on border-violence, racism, and the politics of solidarity, his current organizing is largely focused on issues of education and immigration.
David is an organizer and revolutionary communist. He’s always had a place in his heart for the left and for preparedness. He grew up in conditions where food and medicine were not always guaranteed, nor was his personal safety. With climate change on the horizon, he’s been preparing and helping others prepare for about five years now.
Featuring: Amanda H. of Media Corp., Arlo F. of The Triumph, Daphne C. of Rowdy Boys Zine Collective, and William J. of No Authority Zine Co.
Rose W. is a labor and community organizer from the South who lives and organizes in the Midwest. As a Queer woman of color, she seeks to confront injustice and develop solutions for the complex and multi-faceted issues facing marginalized communities. As an organizer, Rose focuses on efforts which explicitly aim to uplift communities and institute positive systemic change for workers in the Midwest.
Diana S-O is a student organizer for Philly Socialists’ Drexel branch, where they have fought for academic democratization, sanctuary campus, and student tenants. They began organizing in high school with the former NYC ISO, where they learned a lot about Marxist struggle, in and off the streets.
Mark J is a socialist/writer/grad student/educator living in Lawrence, KS. He is a member of the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition at the University of Kansas and was a member of the International Socialist Organization for ten years.
Dara L-B is a life long socialist feminist activist. She is an Israeli citizen, and while living in Israel was active in anti-occupation protests, the movement for refugee rights, mass protests for economic justice, and Maki – the Israeli Communist Party. Since moving to Pittsburgh she has organized with Jewish Voice for Peace and the DSA.
The Red State team is committed to making the conference as accessible as possible to our panelists, breakout volunteers and attendees.
Our costs include venue rental, food and beverages, travel for panelists and attendees who request assistance and printed programs. If you have the means to donate, we encourage you to do so and help us build the revolutionary left on the Great Plains.