Featured Speakers

Edith López Ovalle
Edith López Ovalle (Iztapalapa, Mexico City, June 27, 1983) is an artist and Mexican activist who develops her work from the traditional Graphic, Neographic, Object Art, Installation, Mural Painting, and Artivism. Her work, closely related to her political activity, focuses on issues related to Memory, Human Rights, Social Movements and Repression. As an activist, she is part of H.I.J.O.S. (Children for Identity and Justice, Against Forgetting and Silence) in Mexico and Guatemala. Edith is currently doing her PhD in Latin American Studies at UNAM with the research project: H.I.J.O.S. ART AND POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA, The extension of political practices to the artistic field in H.I.J.O.S. Guatemala and Mexico.

Gaspar Sánchez, COPINH
Since 2014, Gaspar has served on COPINH’s leadership team as the Sexual Diversity & Rights Equality Coordinator. COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) is the first Indigenous organization in Latin America to establish LGBTQ issues as a pillar of its work. Gaspar is a popular educator who works to shape the next generation of young Indigenous leadership, and serves as a spiritual guide for the Lenca people in their collective efforts to recuperate historical memory through the processes of life, land defense, and ancestral practices. Gaspar has represented COPINH all over the world, from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Brazil, to the United States and the United Nations. He will be on tour throughout the US this Fall.

John Gibler
John Gibler lives and writes in Mexico. He is the author of Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt (City Lights, 2009), To Die in Mexico: Dispatches From Inside the Drug War (City Lights, 2011), Tzompaxtle: La fuga de un guerrillero (Tusquets, 2014) and I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa (City Lights, 2017).

 

Ramah Kudaimi
Ramah Kudaimi is the Director of Grassroots Organizing at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She serves on the board of the Washington Peace Center and is a member of the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She also organizes with the Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum and the Syrian Solidarity Collective.

 

Rosa Clemente
A native of the South Bronx, Rosa Clemente is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois department of UMASS-Amherst. Throughout her scholarly career, Rosa has been a constant on-the-ground presence through the many political struggles facing Black and Latinx people in the 21st century. Rosa is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, 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 Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare. She is a frequent guest on television, radio and online media, as her opinion on critical current events is widely sought after.