Speaking Tours

Upcoming Tours

Maiz y el Pais: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn's Lessons for Justice

11/02/2015 - 11/13/2015
WA, ID, OR

Luz Rivera will speak State-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world. Luz has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties.

Housing is a Human Right! The dignified fight for homes in Mexico City and beyond

10/12/2015 - 10/23/2015
California

Our featured speaker is Enrique Reynoso of Mexico City's Frente Popular Francisco Villa Independiente (FPFVI), also known as “los Panchos.” The Panchos bring together tens of thousands of people who occupy land and build thriving, autonomous communities in the heart of one of the world's grittiest cities. They do this without allying with any political party and by going beyond narrow housing demands to promote urban self-government, community safety, and autonomous education, culture, and health.

“We Are Subjects of History" with Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez of FrayBa Human Rights Center

09/20/2015 - 10/03/2015
Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, VA, & NC

“We Are Subjects of History" - Indigenous communities’ fight for autonomy and human rights in Chiapas, Mexico, and beyond
featuring Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, attorney
with the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center

Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez is a human rights defender that works as the principal attorney that gives legal advice at the front desk of the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center (FrayBa) in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. As an indigenous, Tzotzil woman from the highlands of Huixtan, Chiapas, Guadalupe knows well the context of socio-political struggle against the political class' development plans that threaten communities in her state. For this reason, since she has been accompanying indigenous communities in their pursuit of justice for over 10 years. In the past year alone, Guadalupe attended to more than 1,300 denouncements of human rights violations. The work she and her coworkers do is powerful, unique, and inspiring. This 7-minute documentary gives a brief explanation of their work with indigenous communities and international solidarity activists.

Past Tours

We Question While We Walk: Building Community through Popular Education in Albany Park, Chicago

04/13/2015 - 04/17/2015

Mon 4/13 at 9pm- Manchester University, Peace House (1106 N Wayne St, North Manchester, IN)
Tues 4/14 at 7pm- Marian University (Indianapolis, IN), Ruth Lilly Center
Weds 4/15 at 7:30pm- Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), 141 Jordan Hall
Thurs 4/16 at 6pm- Upland Brewery Banquet Hall (350 W 11th Street, Bloomington, IN)
Fri 4/17 at 9am- University of Louisville, 206 Davidson Hall

The Human Rights Debate: Between the cynicism of Mexican authorities and the dignity of the people

03/09/2015 - 03/23/2015
VT, MA, RI and CT

Pablo Obando of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas, Mexico will be accompanied by MSN representative Stuart Schussler. Mexico is at a watershed moment: the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers college students set off a tidal wave of indignation and massive protests. While these heinous acts occur within a larger pattern of State violence, including decades of repression in Chiapas, society's emphatic response shows these communities are not passive victims.

Maiz y el Pais: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn's Lessons for Justice

02/16/2015 - 02/27/2015
NY and PA: Philadelphia, NYC, Poughkeepsie, New Paltz, Albany, Ithaca, and Fredonia

Luz Rivera will speak State-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world. Luz has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women's, peasant, and labor movements.

Housing is a Human Right! The dignified fight for homes in Mexico City and beyond

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT! with Enrique Reynoso of Los Panchos
11/10/2014 - 11/21/2014
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, & Kansas

Enrique has spent more than 25 years organizing for housing rights and autonomous communities in Mexico City as a lead organizer and representative of the mass movement Frente Popular Francisco Villa (FPFVI- UNOPII, aka Los Panchos). Emerging from the government's inadequate response to the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Panchos have organized tens of thousands of people around access to dignified housing. But they don't play the party politics game to achieve their demands - they demand their rights and build it from the ground up.

Undocumented, Unafraid, & Unapologetic: Fighting for Immigrant Rights with Dignity in Chicago and Beyond

Undocumented, Unafraid, & Unapologetic: Fighting for Immigrant Rights with Digni
10/20/2014 - 10/30/2014
WI, MN, IL, MO, IN

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.

Mon. 10/20 at 12pm - UW Madison, 206 Ingram Hall
Tues. 10/21 at 5pm - UW La Crosse, Graff Main Hall Auditorium
Wed. 10/22 at 6pm - El Colegio, 4137 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Thurs. 10/23 at 6pm - UM Duluth, Kirby Ballroom
Fri. 10/24 at 7pm - Beloit College, Richardson Auditorium
Mon. 10/27 at 7pm - Illinois Wesleyan University, Beckman Auditorium of the Ames Library
Tues. 10/28 at TBA - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, La Casa Cultural Latina
Wed. 10/29 at 12noon - Saint Louis University Multipurpose Room of the Center for Global Citizenship
Wed. 10/29 at 3pm - Weber University, Location TBA
Wed. 10/29 at 7pm - Blank Space (847 Cherokee St, St Louis, MO 63118)
Thurs. 10/30 at 7pm - DePauw University, Watson Forum