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Las Cafeteras in New Orleans

November 19th, 2013 · Comments

"Use your story to inspire change and deliver it in a way that makes it accessible to the masses."

"Quit your job and get to work. Find a way to sustain yourself pursuing your passions."

"Be patient. It takes time to create harmony."

Members of Las Cafeteras

I crossed paths with this amazing band at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity. They creatively weave their own narratives and the social justice stories of their communities into the lyrics and pair the music with Son Jarocho, a regional folk music style from Veracruz, Mexico, and inspire crowds to dance, and hopefully contemplate the deep messages about topics ranging from immigrant rights and police brutality to living a life of purpose. Watching my daughter who was a year old at the time and my mother who was in her seventies boogie and clap along to their music, along with students and professionals from all walks of life, of all ages, reminded me of the power music has on humanity.

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Tags: Uncategorized · music · social justice · rhythm of change

Puerto Rican Student Strike

July 3rd, 2010 · Comments

Hundreds of activists from across the country are at the Socailism 2010 Conference in Oakland, Califonia this weekend. I attended the morning session called 'Lessons Learned form the Puerto Rican Student Strike,' for my weekly field story for KPFA news (which can be found in the 6pm news archives for July 3, 2010) and spent time with Roberto Pastrana and Ovido Elfrain Lopez Alers after, to gain a concrete understanding of how the stike played out. They talked, not only about the positive aspects of their student movement, but also about how they could through the rough portions as well.

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Tags: Uncategorized · persistence · activism · social justice · Puerto Rico · solidarity · socialism