Lanzate Archive

Lánzate – The Jump Off:
Mijente’s Founding Convening

Livestream Schedule

Saturday
9:45am Central – Opening Ceremony

Sunday
9:30am Central – Visions por mi gente
10:15am Central – Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Keynote
3:00pm Central – Isa Noyola Keynote

December 12th & 13th, 2015, Mijente will hold its founding convening in Chicago, IL.
Yes, that cold Chicago. It’s time.

Mijente is a new national hub for Latinx and Chincanx organizing.

Using a hybrid offline and online platform, we seek to create a political home that brings together  leadership, advocacy, culture and media to spark the culture and policy change that Latinxs, all of us – workers, youth, indigenous, queer and gender non-conforming, afro descendants, undocumented, low-income, women, those who are convicted and/or incarcerated, families and the elderly — desperately need.

It’s time because we hear so much about changing demographics in this country, and know better then to assume self-determination and power comes freely.

The world we want requires more from us, not just more of us.

Chicago’s gathering will include…

Discussion on core elements of a radical Latinx agenda, including pressing issues across sectors like: criminal justice, immigration, education, LGBTQ, labor and climate.

Cultural and networking events.

Proposals and strategizing for a program of action for the 2016 Presidential Election beyond voter registration.

Sessions designed to spark imagination and creativity to ground us in what is possible.

Who is this for?

We are not firsts, and we are not lasts.

We recognize and support multiple approaches to social change. One group cannot be everything to everyone. This is for Chicanxs and Latinxs who seek ways to build movement in more effective ways and who do not have to be convinced about the need to combat racism, sexism, afro-phobia, homophobia inside ourselves, our movements and in the world around us. The points below do not encompass the totality of our politic and vision, but we offer them in hopes of giving those considering attending a sense of what kind of space this will be.

Nosotrxs Creemos

We believe that the disinvestment in the commons and rampant criminalization of our communities through the mass incarceration and mass deportation is a threat to any promise of demographic change. The existing work addressing these issues should be amplified and in addition, we need more efforts like this and leaders willing to name and pursue solutions to these problems beyond respectability politics, partisanship and electoral politics.

For too long our community has been portrayed as a single-issue voting bloc with immigration positioned as Latinos’ only issue and only a Latino issue. It’s locked out issues of US born Latinxs and Chicanxs, boxed-in undocumented leaders to only have room to speak on their status, and ignored the existence of the millions of immigrants who come from outside of Latin America. Fighting for migrant rights is a front-line for our communities but not the only one. We are more than our immigration status.

Racism, patriarchy and homophobia exists inside of our communities, organizations and movement. We do not believe in a hierarchy of oppression, but we will shine a light on, support and increase the leadership of those of us who are traditionally marginalized.

Building for Latinx people means building a multi-racial social justice movement, unequivocally pro-Black and trailblazing different forms of collaboration and convergence.

Bienvenidxs a la linda y fria ciudad de Chicago! Welcome to the beautiful and cold city of Chicago.

Mijente is not able to offer housing for folks attending the Lánzate convening, but we have secured some options for your stay in Chitown.
You are welcome to reserve rooms at any of the three locations or you can make your own arrangements.  
If you have any questions, please contact Corina Pedraza at (773) 428-8795.  Nos vemos pronto!

Hostelling International Chicago
24 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605
Call to book: (312) 583-2216

Group Code: JENTE – the non-membership fee will be waived and you will receive the group rate.

Details: HI Chicago is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and walking distance to many of the tourist attractions. Located next to public transportation – several train lines run right in front of hostel. Rooms are blocked for the three nights, Dec 11 thru Dec 13th – not obligated to stay all three nights. All rates include blankets, linens, towels and a free continental breakfast each morning served from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. Check-in time is normally after 3:00 p.m. through 3:00 a.m. You may check with the front desk if by any chance a room may be ready before 3:00 p.m. Group storage rooms available to store your baggage if needed, storage rooms are free of charge.

Room type:

  • Rooms of 10, bath is included outside the suite)
    Price: $34.92 per night (price includes tax)
  • Rooms of 8, bath is located inside the shared suite)
    Price: $37.25 per night
  • 5 SEMI PRIVATE ROOMS (This is one large suite, with 5 rooms inside, each room holds 1-2 people, bath is located inside the suite)
    Price: $115.24

Holiday Inn & Suites
Downtown Chicago
506 West Harrison
Chicago, IL
(312) 583-4243

CODE: MJE
Link to Register

Details: Holiday Inn & Suites is also located near the convening site and the two communities Pilsen & Little Village.  Hotel offers free wifi, laundry services, and fitness room. Public transportation is near.  Rooms are blocked for Dec 11 thru Dec 13th, not obligated to stay for three nights.

Room Type:  Rooms with 2 double beds /rooms with king sized beds
Price: $99 plus tax/night

Crowne Plaza
Chicago Metro
733 West Madison
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 829-5000
Book online here

Code: ZM9
Cutoff date: November 25, 2015

Details: Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro is a short ride from the convening site and near Pilsen and Little Village, two important communities for Latinxs in Chicago.  It is a hotel and thus includes free wifi, laundry services, and a fitness room. Public transportation is near.  Rooms are blocked for the three nights Dec 11-13th – not obligated to stay all 3 nights.

Room Types:

  • Rooms with 2 double beds. Price $119.00 plus tax/night, additional $20 charge for third person in room.

Mijente will provide buses from group housing to the convening and back again.

We will not be providing transportation to and from the airport, you can find directions to the various venues below.

Saturday Bus Schedule

7:30 am – 1st bus leaves from the Hostel to the Conference
8:00 am – 2nd bus leaves from the Hostel to the Conference

7:30 am – Bus pick up at Holiday Inn to the Conference
7:45 am – Bus pick up at Crowne Point to the Conference


7:00 pm – Buses leave IPL to Citlalin Gallery and Housing
12:00 am – Bus leaves from Citlalin Gallery to Housing

Sunday Bus Schedule

7:30 am – 1st bus leaves from the Hostel to the Conference
8:00 am – 2nd bus leaves from the Hostel to the Conference

7:30 am – Bus pick up at Holiday Inn to the Conference
7:45 am – Bus pick up at Crowne Point to the Conference


5:00 pm – Buses will leave from IPL to After-Party and Housing
8:00 pm – Bus will leave from LANZATE to Housing

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Hostelling International
24 E. Congress Parkway

From O’Hare Airport

o   Take the CTA Blue Line train towards Forest Park (19 stops)

o   Get off at Jackson (Blue Line)

o   Head south on S Dearborn St toward W Van Buren St

o   Turn left onto W Congress Pkwy, arrive at Hostelling International Chicago

From Midway Airport

o   Take CTA Orange Line train towards Loop (8 stops)

o   Get off at Harold Washington Library-State

o   Head east on W Van Buren St toward S State st

o   Turn right onto S State St

o   Turn left onto E Congress Pkwy, arrive at Hostelling International Chicago

To the Conference

  • Walk on Congress Pkwy Toward S State St
  • Turn right onto S State St
  • Turn left onto W Van Buren St
  • Take the Pink Line train towards 54/Cermak (10 stops) at Harold Washington Library-State train stop
  • Get off at Western Pink Line
  • Take Bus #49 Towards 79th St (3 stops)
  • Get off at Western & 26th St
  • Arrive at Instituto del Progreso Latino – 2520 S. Western Ave.

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Crowne Plaza
733 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60661

 

From O’Hare Airport

o   Take CTA Blue Line train towards Forest Park (15 stops)

o   Get off at Grand (Blue Line)

o Take #8 CTA bus towards 79th (4 stops)

o Get off at Halsted & Madison

o   Head south on N Halsted St toward Madison St, turn left on Madison St

o Arrive at at Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown
From Midway Airport

o   Take CTA Orange Line Train towards Loop (6 stops)

o Get off at Halsted Orange Line station

o Take Bus #8 towards Waveland/Broadway (13 stops)

o Get off at Halsted & Madison stop, head to Madison St and turn left

o Arrive at Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown

 

To the Conference

  • Head east on W Madison St
  • Turn right onto S Clinton St
  • Take the #60 CTA bus towards Cicero/24th Pl (34 stops)
  • Get off at the Blue Island & Western stop
  • Walk south on Blue Island towards Western Ave, turn right onto Western Ave
  • Arrive at Instituto del Progreso Latino – 2520 S. Western Ave.

Holiday Inn
506 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607

 

From O’Hare Airport

o   Take Blue Line train towards Forest Park (21 stops)

o   Get off at Clinton (Blue Line)

o   Walk south on Clinton St toward W Congress Pkwy

o   Turn left onto W Harrison St, arrive at Holiday Inn & Suites

From Midway Airport

o   Take Orange Line train towards Loop (8 stops)

o   Get off at LaSalle/Van Buren stop

o   Walk to State St & Van Buren Ave

o   Walk to LaSalle Blue Line train station and take the Blue Line Train towards Forest Park

o   Get off at the Clinton train stop

o Walk south on Clinton St toward W Congress Pkwy, turn left onto W Harrison St

o Arrive at Holiday Inn & Suites

To the Conference

  • Head west on W Harrison St toward S Clinton St
  • Turn right onto S Clinton St
  • Turn left and take the #60 CTA bus towards Cicero/24th Pl (31 stops)
  • Get off Blue Island & Western stop
  • Walk south on Blue Island towards Western Ave, turn right onto Western Ave
  • Arrive at Instituto del Progreso Latino – 2520 S. Western Ave.
Other transportation options:
  • Taxi – The ride will cost between $40-$50 from Midway Airport depending on traffic. It is not recommended to take it from O’Hare Airport – the rate will be excessive. Public transportation and shuttles are more accessible and affordable.
  • Shuttles – (800) 851-4528  or shuttlefare.com. From both airports, the rate will average between $27 – $35.
  • If you’re using public transportation you can purchase a 3-Day CTA Pass for $20, this guarantees unlimited-rides for 72hrs

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