Speaking Tours

Upcoming Tours

Walking with Subjects of History

03/28/2016 - 04/09/2016
Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

"Walking with Subjects of History:
Accompanying Indigenous peoples’ struggle for autonomy and human rights in Chiapas, Mexico
with Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas, attorney with the 
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center

Resistance in Tlaxcala, Mexico: Popular Struggles Against Capitalism

02/15/2016 - 02/26/2016
MD, Washington DC, VA, NC

Our featured speaker is Luz Rivera, who will present on popular resistance to neoliberal capitalism in one of Mexico's smallest states, Tlaxcala. 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

02/01/2016 - 02/13/2016
New York, NYC, & New England
Join Luis Saracho de María y Campos as he discusses his work with the Unión de Vecinos y Damnificados 19 de Septiembre (UVyD 19), a neighborhood organization that arose from the necessity to build tenant power to recuperate destroyed housing from the infamous September 19th, 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. UVyD 19 continues to organize to defend their human right to housing. Like many neighborhoods in the largest cities in the US, UVyD 19 resides in neighborhoods that face heavy gentrification. Discover how Mexico City tenants organize people power to fight eviction and displacement.

Past 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 Organización Popular Francisco Villa de Izquierda Independiente (OPFVII), 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.

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.