In octboer of this year, I had the privilege and honor of giving the key note speech at the Art for Social Change Symposium. You can see my full presentation here if you weren't able to see it in Philadelphia.
I had the pleasure of being on the first LIVE broadcast of NPR's Latino USA this past weekend. I had a great time sharing with everyone what drives me to do art, my passion for the fight for immigrants rights and what has inspired me to do the work that I do with Culturestrike. You can listen to the full interview below.
On October 5, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families. On October 8 at 12:30pm, tens of thousands will gather on the National Mall at 10th Street to celebrate Camino Americano: the Concert for Immigrant Dignity and Respect before marching to the U.S. Capitol to send a message to the House of Representatives: Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country.
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This August, CultureStrike will launch its first-ever program to feature “writing beyond the margins.”
This is an open call for applications: Deadline: July 12, 2013. The application can be completed online with this form.
Writers, artists and cultural workers are central to social change and crucial to building a society that recognizes and embraces migration and the migrant experience(s). Culture is where we change the narrative, introduce ideas, and attach emotions to concrete change. Culture allows people to imagine what change can look and feel like.
It makes change feel not just possible but inevitable.
The migration experience is an expression of this continual change, as are the daily journeys and encounters that connect us with others, break us apart, and deepen our perspectives and aspirations. As more migrants are deported each day and our communities face increasingly brutal treatment, we seek a platform to tell our stories, speak up for ourselves, and push beyond the institutions that fail to recognize our humanity.