In Wake of Election, Latinxs to Hold Strategic Gathering in San Juan, PR
2nd Gathering of Mijente to Build Resistance to Trump Agenda
From December 2nd to 4th, hundreds of Latinxs and Chicanxs will gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico for #Lánzate2016, Mijente’s annual conference.
From a blog post promoting the conference, Mijente’s Director, Marisa Franco, explains, “In this charged moment of backlash matched with movement resurgence, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. One key way we can recharge and center ourselves is precisely in the places where people have drawn a line in the sand. There are many of those places, right now. And San Juan is one of them.”
Last year Mijente held its founding conference in Chicago to call together ‘Pro-Black, pro-queer, pro-women, pro-poor, pro-planet Latinxs because our community is all that and more.’ The organization lays out a different way forward to ensure that demographic change means transformative change for the country by seeding grassroots digital and offline organizing committed to racial, gender, and economic justice.
Mijente led the collaborative #WallOffTrump actions that shut down the gates of the RNC in Cleveland this summer and partnered with People United for Justice on the successful Bazta Arpaio campaign in Arizona that ended Sheriff Arpaio’s anti-immigrant reign.
In San Juan, the organization will center the fight against Promesa and the control board that took over the island’s finances as an issue for all Latinxs. It will bring together front-line organizers to strategize in anticipation of the Trump presidency. And it will continue to build a vehicle for Latinx online and offline organizing for dignity and against criminalization, launching its formal membership at the conference.
Registration, Host Committee, and More information can be found at: http://mijente.net/lanzate-201
Follow #Lánzate2016 for updates