Tools For Transformation Autism and Social Justice Conference: Resilience, Resistance, and Rebirth

May 18, 2022

Areva Martin addresses Tools For Transformation Conference

Tools for Transformation April 2022

What is the secret to persisting through these times—and ultimately thriving? Just being present to ask those questions and truly seek answers is a sign of resilience in these times, but Areva’s talk engages listeners in a story of the grit and resistance that help us drown out the noise and progress ever closer to triumph. When moments spark movements, voices like Areva’s are imperative to providing context, meaning and direction. From the 30th anniversary of the LA uprising to the covid-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impacts to the lynching of George Floyd, Areva reflects on systemic racism in today’s world and media, on challenging injustice and inequity, and on finding, amid the fear and loss, a poignant, communal rebirth.

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