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Building Change: A Convergence for Social Justice
by Three Rivers Community Foundation Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM (412) 243-9250 100 N. Braddock Avenue, Suite 302 Pittsburgh, PA 15208

The first-ever gathering of people and organizations from across Southwestern Pennsylvania – community members and leaders, human services providers and small business owners, union members, grantmakers, filmmakers, artists, entertainers, students, media representatives, people from all backgrounds and interests – who share a common goal of advancing social justice and change in our region and world.

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On October 13-15, 2011 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, The Three Rivers Community Foundation, in concert with other grantmakers and progressive organizations throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, will present Building Change: A Convergence on Social Justice. A 75-member Convergence Planning Committee and a 30-member Film Festival Planning Team are making the preparations for this event.

Over three days, this first-ever 10-county conference will include workshops, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, keynote speakers, and plenary sessions on a wide range of social, economic, environmental, racial, gender, and disabilities topics, with the goal of advancing equity and justice for all people in our region. A major Youth Leading Change event for 350 young people will take place on Thursday, October 13. Additional components of the Convergence include:

• The five-day, multi-theater Building Change Film Festival, & a Social Justice Arts Show
• Development of a Five-Year Coordinated Social Justice Action Plan for the region
• A Regional Champions of Change Awards presentation and ceremony
• An eclectic mix of entertainment
• Region-wide Internship Fair
• TRCF Grantee Recognition event

This event presents many opportunities for networking and involvement, including tabling, sponsorship, presenting, serving on a discussion panel, and participating in relevant workshops and skill building sessions.

We are now calling for films for our Building Change Film Festival. The mission of the Building Change Film Festival is to open the viewer’s eyes to the injustices that we see in the world by screening films that will celebrate struggle, shed light on these injustices, and show us possibilities for a better future.

This is open to a full range of issues including; the environment, poverty, LGBTQ issues, racial and gender equality, prison/police reform, food justice, peace and human rights issues. Ideal films will demonstrate the power and value of filmmaking as a vehicle for exploration of social justice issues and will motivate viewers to seek solutions and promote change. There is no age limit and all genres will be considered. We are requesting recently made films from 2009 to present.

For more information about how to get involved, volunteer, submit a film and/or piece of art, please visit our website:

by Three Rivers Community Foundation Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM (412) 243-9250 100 N. Braddock Avenue, Suite 302 Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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