Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Michael Premo

Co-Producer | Housing is a Human Right
Michael Premo is an artist, cultural worker and organizer dedicated to human rights. Michael co-created the Housing is a Human Right storytelling project; and among others has worked with Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, StoryCorps, The Civilians and Organizing for Occupation. He is on the Board of The Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Water Warriors

Water Warriors is a story of a community’s resistance against the oil and natural gas industry. When an energy company began searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families united to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.

Featuring post-screening conversation with filmmaker Michael Premo, Judith LeBlanc with Native Organizers Alliance, and Crystal Echo Hawk with Echo Hawk Consulting.

Speakers: Michael Premo, Judith LeBlanc, Crystal Echo Hawk

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

From Brooklyn to Baltimore: the Fight for Fair Development

In the name of economic progress, low-income communities of color? including workers, residents and small business owners?often pay for "urban revitalization" with the loss of their livelihoods, their homes and the affordability of their neighborhoods. In a highly unequal racial and economic terrain, how can we reclaim development that is fair and accountable for all people? How can we develop our communities in a way that is sustainable and puts our needs before those of private developers? Grassroots organizers from Baltimore and New York share stories, lessons and winnable strategies from innovative movements, being led largely by the poor and people of color, who are taking ongentrification, displacement and poverty wages.

Speakers: Rachel Falcone, Luis Larin, Michael Premo, Lucas Shapiro