Speaking Tours

Past Tours

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

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

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

We Question While We Walk - Fall 2014 Speaking Tour
09/29/2014 - 10/10/2014
OH, MI, IN, 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.

Mon. 9/29 at 12pm- Cuyahoga Community College, East Campus, ELA 122, Cleveland, OH
Tues. 9/30 at 4:30pm- Oberlin College, La Casa Hispanica
Weds. 10/1 at 6pm- University of Michigan, 3512 Haven Hall
Thurs. 10/2 at 11am- Eastern Michigan University, 420 Pray Harrold Hall, Ypsilanti, MI
Thurs. 10/2 at 5pm- Kalamazoo College, Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
Fri. 10/3 at 7pm- Grand Valley State University, Kirkof Center Room 2215, Allendale, MI
Mon. 10/6 at 5pm- Notre Dame University, McKenna Hall
Tues. 10/7 at 2pm- Western Michigan University, Dunbar Hall Room 3208, Kalamazoo, MI
Weds. 10/8 at 6pm- University of Illinois-Chicago, Pop Up JUST Art (729 Maxwell St)
Thurs. 10/9 at 10:50am- Northeastern Illinois University, Student Union Room 214, Chicago, IL
Thurs. 10/9 at 3:05pm- Northeastern Illinois University, Student Union Room 003
Fri. 10/10 at 12pm- Northwestern University, Harris Hall Room 108, Evanston, IL