Sep 29 - Oct 10 (OH, MI, IN, Chicago): "We Question While We Walk: Building Community through Popular Education in Albany Park, Chicago" with Isabel Valenzuela and Tony Nelson of the Centro Autónomo. Isabel and Tony will share lessons from their work in popular education and the experience of its day to day trials and victories. Both organize with the Centro Autonomo - a community center in the immigrant neighborhood of Albany Park, Chicago. The Centro is home to a bilingual adult high school and the foundation of the Mexico Solidarity Network's transnational organizing. Their talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in immigrant rights, radical pedagogy, community building, and the fight to change the world.
Oct 20 - 30 (WI, MN, IL, MO, IN): "Undocumented, Unafraid, & Unapologetic: Fighting for Immigrant Rights with Dignity in Chicago and Beyond" with Antonio Gutiérrez of the Mexico Solidarity Network and Centro Autónomo. Antonio will speak about his work as an organizer for immigrant rights with the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL). As a grassroots community organization made up of undocumented immigrants and allies, IYJL promotes the use of creative and courageous tactics to pressure politicians into changing immigration policies. By using direct actions such as story telling, rallies, protests, petitions, and civil disobedience, IYJL members became one of the first groups in the nation to put their bodies on the line to fight for basic human rights. Antonio's talk will inspire and challenge people to rethink how they understand immigration and way we choose to fight for human dignity.