Red de Mujeres Afro-latinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora, Encuentro Diaspora Afro, Where and When I Enter, the Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute and the Afrolatin@ Projectinvite you to attend a panel discussion
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 20146-8:30 PM
"THE STATE OF BLACK WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA"

Altagracia Balcácer Molina (Dominican Republic)Paola Yañez Inofuentes (Bolivia) Nedelka Lacayo (Honduras)Yvette Modestin, Moderator (Panama) 
Opening Remarks: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute
FREE
WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER  367 BEDFORD AVE. @ SOUTH 6thWILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
J-M-Z Train to Marcy Ave. 
Reception: Live Performance by Mai-elka Prado of the Del Sonido Collective; Poetry reading by Monica Carrillo to follow.
Come hear activists from the Network of Afro-latinamerican, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora women as they share their experiences and discuss their work to raise the visibility and improve the lives of women in their communities. It has been well documented that when women are empowered, communities prosper. They will also provide an interim report on their progress as collaborators in the MY World / World We Want 2015 campaign. With the launch of the International Decade of People of African Descent and the Sustainable Development Goals both in 2015 this will be a timely discussion.

Red de Mujeres Afro-latinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la DiásporaEncuentro Diaspora AfroWhere and When I Enter, the Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute and the Afrolatin@ Projectinvite you to attend a panel discussion

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
6-8:30 PM

"THE STATE OF BLACK WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA"

Altagracia Balcácer Molina (Dominican Republic)
Paola Yañez Inofuentes (Bolivia) 
Nedelka Lacayo (Honduras)
Yvette Modestin, Moderator (Panama) 

Opening Remarks: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute

FREE

WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER
  367 BEDFORD AVE. @ SOUTH 6th
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN

J-M-Z Train to Marcy Ave. 

Reception: Live Performance by Mai-elka Prado of the Del Sonido Collective; Poetry reading by Monica Carrillo to follow.

Come hear activists from the Network of Afro-latinamerican, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora women as they share their experiences and discuss their work to raise the visibility and improve the lives of women in their communities. It has been well documented that when women are empowered, communities prosper. They will also provide an interim report on their progress as collaborators in the MY World / World We Want 2015 campaign. With the launch of the International Decade of People of African Descent and the Sustainable Development Goals both in 2015 this will be a timely discussion.

"Growing Up Locked Down" (GULD) is a 3-Day multi-media, multi-cultural, solutions-based Juvenile Justice Conference presented by The Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC.  The Conference will include plenaries with Keynote Speakers Harry Belafonte, Bryan Stevenson, Cornel West and Bart Lubow, Panels and Workshops led by noted Juvenile Justice advocates and activists including Soffiyah Elijah, Khary Lazarre-White, Tamika Mallory, George Gresham, members of Central Park 5 and Jena 6, Clinton Lacy, Glenn E. Martin, Jeannette Bocanegra, Thenjiwe McHarris, Tynesha McHarris, Rukia Lumumba, Vince Warren, Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Linda Sarsour, Cherrell Brown, Nate Balis, Scott Budnick, Nane Alejandrez and Sarah Bryer, and special events including an Opening Night Networking Social, Film Screening and a Closing Night Concert.  Participating Artists include Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Grace Weber, Quadir Lateef, Jasiri X, Aja Monet, Aurora Barnes, Mysonne, Impact Repertory Theatre, Mike de la Rocha and more. The Conference will also include youth-led programming, nonviolence trainings, a theater program in collaboration with The New School for Drama and Naked Angels Theater Company, and a live art event with noted conscious muralists Beats, Rhymes and Relief. The majority of GULD will take place at The New School’s brand new Tishman Auditorium on 5th Avenue. GULD is made possible by the generous sponsorship of The New School for Drama.

"Growing Up Locked Down" (GULD) is a 3-Day multi-media, multi-cultural, solutions-based Juvenile Justice Conference presented by The Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC.  The Conference will include plenaries with Keynote Speakers Harry Belafonte, Bryan Stevenson, Cornel West and Bart Lubow, Panels and Workshops led by noted Juvenile Justice advocates and activists including Soffiyah Elijah, Khary Lazarre-White, Tamika Mallory, George Gresham, members of Central Park 5 and Jena 6, Clinton Lacy, Glenn E. Martin, Jeannette Bocanegra, Thenjiwe McHarris, Tynesha McHarris, Rukia Lumumba, Vince Warren, Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Linda Sarsour, Cherrell Brown, Nate Balis, Scott Budnick, Nane Alejandrez and Sarah Bryer, and special events including an Opening Night Networking Social, Film Screening and a Closing Night Concert.  Participating Artists include Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Grace Weber, Quadir Lateef, Jasiri X, Aja Monet, Aurora Barnes, Mysonne, Impact Repertory Theatre, Mike de la Rocha and more. The Conference will also include youth-led programming, nonviolence trainings, a theater program in collaboration with The New School for Drama and Naked Angels Theater Company, and a live art event with noted conscious muralists Beats, Rhymes and Relief. The majority of GULD will take place at The New School’s brand new Tishman Auditorium on 5th Avenue. GULD is made possible by the generous sponsorship of The New School for Drama.

The AfroLatin@ Forum Presents

Making Race Count In the Census

Are Hispanics becoming white? Are Latin@s a race? How can we account for race and ethnicity in ways that best represent our interests? Can a Census form really capture our social realities?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:30pm – 9:00pm

NYU – King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 

Proyecto Mas Color is a campaign to promote the awareness of the lack of representation of Afro-Latinos and other minority groups in Latin American media.
"My name is Victoria Arzu and my sister Sophia and I are the founders of Proyecto Mas Color, an awareness campaign. We are petitioning Univision and Telemundo to include Afro-Latinos in their daily programming. Please take a look at our video… http://youtu.be/xoynWkeColI
And please sign our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/univision-telemundo-include-more-afro-latinos-in-their-daily-programming ”

Proyecto Mas Color is a campaign to promote the awareness of the lack of representation of Afro-Latinos and other minority groups in Latin American media.

"My name is Victoria Arzu and my sister Sophia and I are the founders of Proyecto Mas Color, an awareness campaign. We are petitioning Univision and Telemundo to include Afro-Latinos in their daily programming. Please take a look at our video… http://youtu.be/xoynWkeColI

And please sign our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/univision-telemundo-include-more-afro-latinos-in-their-daily-programming ”

Photos from the AfroLatin@ Forum’s Short Film Night in February! 

First row: Gabriela Watson, Nosotros AfroPeruanosMilton Guity and Wes Guity, I am GarifunaDash Harris, Mujer Afro, AfroLatino Forum; Raquel Casilla, AfroLatino Forum, Pamela Sporn, Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories

Back row: AfroLatino Forum members: Michael Lopez, Yamila Sterling, Ryan Hamilton 

Upcoming events:

2nd Annual Afro-Latino Festival of New York -  Saturday, June 28, Brooklyn, NY

Diasporic Dialogues - Thursday, July 24, 2014, Lincoln Center, NY

Stay updated here

Photo Credit: Kim Haas - losafrolatinos.com 

Black History Month: New Generation Of Afro-Latinos Tackles Race And Identity
Afro-Latin@ Shorts - Film Screening | Friday, February, 28 6:30pm-8:30pm

The AfroLatin@ Forum will screen a series of short films representing various perspectives on AfroDescendants across Latin America, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

These films span a variety of themes and topics but are united in highlighting and celebrating aspects of Afro-Latin@ histories, cultures, and traditions. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Where Are the AfroLatin@s in the Classroom?”

The AfroLatin@ Forum welcomes submission of abstracts for our upcoming conference Afro-Latin@s Now! Race Counts scheduled for October 23-25, 2014. We are looking for papers for the following panel: "Where Are the AfroLatin@s in the Classroom?". This panel will create an engaging dialogue centered on strategies to help identify, manage, and contribute to the number of Afro-Latin@s in classrooms across the United States. For more information on the panel, read below.

Individual abstracts should be 250 words or less and must relate to the issue of Education as stated in the panel description below. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday, April 14, 2014.

Please submit papers here

The Afro-Latin@ Forum will host Afro-Latin@s Now!: Race Counts, a three-day international conference in 2014 focusing on Afro-Latino communities in the United States and transnational relations between Afro-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.Building on our immensely successful 2011 conference (“Afro-Latin@s Now!: Strategies for Visibility and Action”), the Forum will bring together activists, cultural workers, community members, academics and other stakeholders representing the vast, diverse Afro-Latino population to consolidate networks, advance common educational and advocacy projects, and chart out a strategy for future collaborative work. The conference, co-sponsored by local and national organizations and institutions with whom we have long-standing collaborative relations, will occur on October 23-25, 2014, at three New York City venues: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The CUNY Graduate Center, and El Museo del Barrio.The theme of the Afro-Latin@s Now!: Race Counts conference is the critical importance of quantifying the U.S. Afro-Latino population, which is subject to endemic and systemic “invisibility” in the United States census, the media, and public and political discourse on raceand ethnicity domestically and internationally. Because of this lack of visibility and pervasive confusion about race and ethnicity stemming from the legacy of ideological and structural racism, “Black” and “Latino” are overwhelmingly represented as mutually exclusive. The reality is, however, they are often one and the same. African descendants are one-third of Latin America’s population, and for the millions of Latinos of African descent in the U.S., gathering data about this demographic will have an impact on health and access to healthcare, education, housing, employment, and political representation.This conference will provide an extraordinary opportunity to examine and contextualize these core issues of Afro-Latino identity, visibility and representation.Preceding Afro-Latin@s Now! Race Counts will be a series of preparatory public programs. These activities, as well as the conference and possible post-conference programs, will expose participants to successful community building and social change actions employed throughout the hemisphere, and generate new strategies specific to our national and regional contexts. 
More info: http://www.afrolatinoforum.org/afro-latinos-now—-race-counts.html

The Afro-Latin@ Forum will host Afro-Latin@s Now!: Race Counts, a three-day international conference in 2014 focusing on Afro-Latino communities in the United States and transnational relations between Afro-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Building on our immensely successful 2011 conference (“Afro-Latin@s Now!: Strategies for Visibility and Action”), the Forum will bring together activists, cultural workers, community members, academics and other stakeholders representing the vast, diverse Afro-Latino population to consolidate networks, advance common educational and advocacy projects, and chart out a strategy for future collaborative work. The conference, co-sponsored by local and national organizations and institutions with whom we have long-standing collaborative relations, will occur on October 23-25, 2014, at three New York City venues: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The CUNY Graduate Center, and El Museo del Barrio.

The theme of the Afro-Latin@s Now!: Race Counts conference is the critical importance of quantifying the U.S. Afro-Latino population, which is subject to endemic and systemic “invisibility” in the United States census, the media, and public and political discourse on raceand ethnicity domestically and internationally. Because of this lack of visibility and pervasive confusion about race and ethnicity stemming from the legacy of ideological and structural racism, “Black” and “Latino” are overwhelmingly represented as mutually exclusive. The reality is, however, they are often one and the same. African descendants are one-third of Latin America’s population, and for the millions of Latinos of African descent in the U.S., gathering data about this demographic will have an impact on health and access to healthcare, education, housing, employment, and political representation.

This conference will provide an extraordinary opportunity to examine and contextualize these core issues of Afro-Latino identity, visibility and representation.

Preceding Afro-Latin@s Now! Race Counts will be a series of preparatory public programs. These activities, as well as the conference and possible post-conference programs, will expose participants to successful community building and social change actions employed throughout the hemisphere, and generate new strategies specific to our national and regional contexts. 

More info: http://www.afrolatinoforum.org/afro-latinos-now—-race-counts.html

The Afrolatin@ Forum is in Solidarity with those affected by the 168-13 ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic