This year’s encuentro will feature keynote addresses by:

 Andrea Lee Smith,  a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar. She is co-founder of the Boarding School Healing Project and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. Smith has published widely on issues of violence against women, men, and communities of color.Smith currently teaches in media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, Smith authored Native Americans and The Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances and helped edit INCITE!’s two anthologies, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and Color Of Violence. She has also contributed to South End Press’s two forthcoming anthologies, The Revolution Starts at Home, and Sovereign Acts.



 As well as Rosa Alicia Clemente. She is a community organizer, journalist Hip Hop activist and the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate with the GREEN PARTY. She holds a B.A. from University of Albany and received her M.P.S., Masters of Professional Africana Studies and Education at Cornell University. Rosa has been a community organizer and activist for over 15 years. She has been a featured keynote speaker, panelist, and political commentator all over the United States. In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions, a speaker’s bureau for young people of color. She began presenting workshops and lectures and to date has presented at over 500 events. Know Thy Self Productions now includes an expanded college speakers bureau which has produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip Hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between African American and Latino’s, and immigrant rights. Rosa is currently working on her first book, When A Puerto Rican Woman Ran For Vice-President and Nobody Knew Her Name; and will begin pursuing her doctorate degree in Black Studies this upcoming fall. She resides in the home of Hip Hop, the South Bronx, with her husband and daughter.



And by Isabel Garcia. She is the co-chair of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos, a grassroots organization based in Tucson, Arizona, that promotes respect for human and civil rights and fights the militarization of the border region in the American Southwest. She is also the legal defender of Pima County, Arizona. Ms. Garcia has been at the forefront of immigrant and refugee rights since 1976. As a lead speaker on behalf of Derechos Humanos, Ms. Garcia holds press conferences and interviews, hosts media crews, leads demonstrations, weekly vigils, symposiums, and marches to draw attention to the unjust policies and inhumane treatment of immigrants. She works to counter anti-immigrant hysteria and to change stereotypes and misinformation about immigrants. According to Ms. Garcia, “Immigration policy has been a total failure and needs to be changed. It has not prevented people from attempting to cross the border but has put the lives of thousands of men, women, and children in serious danger. Their deaths are the direct result of U.S. policy.” Ms. Garcia has received many awards for her work, including the 2006 National Human Rights Award from the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de México.



And via skype by Flor Crisostomo. She is a Zapotec indigenous woman and one of many undocumented migrants in this country. Since her arrest in 2006, in an immigration workplace raid, she has kept an ongoing commitment to ending discrimination towards immigrants. She has been vocal about her struggle for the rights of the undocumented migrant communities and families.

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