Young People Peace and Justice Conference (YPPJ)

Organization: The Door and University Settlement

Venue: The Door

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 12, 2013 / 4:00 pm - (EST) End Date/Time: Jul 13, 2013 / 7:00 pm - (EST)
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The 2013 Young People's Peace and Justice Conference (YPPJ) is a two-day community-building conference with a purpose to harness youth dialogue, awareness, engagement, and skills building around social justice issues. The tagline of this year's conference is "Facing Violence and Finding Love," and we aim to encourage our community and its young people to deconstruct violence, analyze its role in our lives and world, and to develop practical and applicable ideas and strategies around embracing love and peace in the interest of social responsibility and justice. YPPJ will equip participants with concrete strategies, skills, and resources for engaging in social justice work in our communities and around the world.

Information About The Door:

The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.


Keynote Speakers:

Darnell Moore is a writer and activist whose work is informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy. Darnell's essays, social commentary, poetry, and interviews have appeared in various national and international media venues, including The Feminist Wire, Ebony magazine, and The Huffington Post. He was appointed by Mayor Cory Booker as Inaugural Chair of the city of Newark, NJ LGBT Concerns Advisory Commission, the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey. He is the co-chair, with Beryl Satter, of the groundbreaking Queer Newark Oral History project - an archival project that seeks to chronicle the multifaceted lives of LGBTQ Newarkers and their allies.

He is an Editorial Collective Member of The Feminist Wire and co-author, with former NFL player Wade Davis, II, of a bi-monthly column on The Huffington Post Gay Voices focused on black manhood and queer politics titled "Tongues Untied." Moore and Davis have also founded the You Belong LGBTQA Youth Sports and Leadership Initiative.


Tahani Salah is a performer, poet, and activist based in Brooklyn New York. She currently serves as a youth outreach coordinator and Board Member with Urban Word NYC. She is also a member of the Nuyorican Slam Team and author of the forthcoming book Respect The Mic. Tahani has also been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jams. She is passionate about peace and activism and carries that into the classroom as a high school educator, showing how life creates art and using it as a tool of expression. Tahani has also lent her talents to the cause of, a website that uses the power of art and social media to increase community engagement in the fight to improve maternal health and reach Millennium Development Goal number five by 2015. As an artist dedicated to bringing light and solutions to communities where people's voices have been silenced, Tahani has performed at a number of the world's famous stages including the Apollo Theatre in New York City to universities in South Africa and Germany. She is a graduate of Columbia University.


Angel Nafis is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem Fellow. Her work can be stumbled upon in FOUND Magazine's Requiem for a Peper Bag, Decibels, GirlSpeak Webzine, The Bear Rivers Writing Conference Online Magazine, MUZZLE Magazine, and The Rattling Wall. In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project as both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. Author of the chapbook BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press, 2012), she is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and currently curates and hosts poetry readings in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at Greenlight Bookstore. 


The Door
555 Broome Street
New York
New York
United States


The Door and University Settlement
555 Broome Street
New York
New York
United States

Conference Speakers

Darnell Moore, Hetrick-Martin Institute

Tahani Salah, UrbanWord NYC

Angel Nafis, Poet and Activist