Featured Speakers

Border Patrol Victims Network
The Border Patrol Victims Network (BPVN) is a group of family members of victims and volunteers fighting for justice for those killed and brutally beaten by Border Patrol and CBP agents who have enjoyed near total impunity for these abuses. BPVN has helped bring victims’ families together on occasions in order to provide mutual support and solidarity. BPVN has been worked with folks all along the U.S./Mexico border.

 

Caravana Contra los Muros – Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos
The International Caravan for the Unity of the Peoples against the Walls of Infamy, Paramilitarism, for the Defense of the Territory, Sovereignty and Human Rights, emerges as an initiative of the Peoples Human Rights Observatory. The Observatory created by popular, indigenous and grassroots organizations seeks to monitor, document, analyze, disseminate, demand and promote the exercise of human rights of peoples, participatory democracy and justice, at local, national and international levels, in an active perspective of construction and deepening of resistance and rebellion, and the strengthening of popular power.

Carlos García – Puente Arizona
Carlos García is Director of Puente Human Rights Movement in Phoenix Arizona.  Puente formed in 2007 in response to the first agreement between police and federal immigration (287g) in Arizona. The agreement led to cruel attacks on our community at the hands of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Puente’s membership and leadership has always been comprised of those most impacted by anti-immigrant policies and laws: currently and formerly undocumented people, those in mixed-status families, and people of color affected by rampant racial profiling.

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.

H.I.J.O.S – Guatemala & Mexico
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.

Pilar Maldonado

Father Roy Bourgeois
Born in Lutcher, Louisiana, Fr. Roy served as a Naval Officer for two years before entering the seminary of the Maryknoll Missionary Order. Ordained a Catholic priest in 1972, Roy went on to work with the poor of Bolivia for five years before being arrested and forced to leave the country, then under the repressive rule of dictator and SOA grad General Hugo Banzer.

In 1980 Fr. Roy became involved in issues surrounding US policy in El Salvador after four US churchwomen–two of them friends of his–were raped and killed by Salvadoran soldiers. Roy became an outspoken critic of US foreign policy in Latin America. Since then, he has spent over four years in US federal prisons for nonviolent protests against the training of Latin American soldiers at Ft. Benning, Georgia. In 1990, Roy founded School of the Americas Watch.

Isabel García – Coalición de Derechos Humanos
Isabel García, a fourth-generation Tucsonan, is a longtime human rights advocate and organizer with Coalición de Derechos Humanos. As a criminal defense attorney, and as the Director of the Pima County Legal Defender’s Office from 1992 to 2015, she has fought against the injustices in the criminal justice system and the incarceration of our communities. Isabel has championed migrant rights, and has fought against the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border, bringing international focus on policy-driven death along U.S./Mexico border.

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).

Leilani Clark
Native-born Tucsonan Leilani Clark (African American/Navajo & Tewa) is a community organizer and activist who has been involved in the Immigrant Rights Movement and fight to preserve cultural education in public AZ schools before and during the signing of anti-Migrant bill, SB 1070, and anti-Ethnic Studies bill, HB 2281, in 2010. Over the years she has traveled across the US and beyond to give presentations, workshops, and trainings to share the accounts of human rights challenges Southern AZ faces and the energetic resistance shown through grassroots organizing and direct action. In 2013 Leilani began dabbling in the art of spoken word to confront silence around gender violence in movement spaces and in 2014 she relocated to Las Vegas, NV where she explored the art of slam poetry to further covey messages of social justice and change. Leilani fired up the local Las Vegas open-mic scene where she regularly performed poetry, music, and previously co-hosted Las Vegas’s longest running weekly open-mic, The Human Experience. The winds just recently brought her back to her hometown.


Nakay Flotte – Colectivo Anahuakas Sin Fronteras
Nakay R. Flotte is Jumano /Lipan Apache, kogįhéndé, from the Texas-Mexico borderlands. They are a doctoral candidate at Harvard and the cofounder of Colectivo Anahuakas Sin Fronteras. Anahuakas Sin Fronteras is a collective of advocacy, ethnography and journalism that uses engaged research denounce human rights violations against refugees, migrant, and indigenous peoples in North and Central America migratory routes.

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.

Ricardo Esquivia Ballestas, Sembrandopaz

Founder of Sembrandopaz, human rights lawyer and peace activist, Ricardo has dedicated his entire life to working for the benefit of Colombia’s most marginalized people. In Bogotá, he  started JUSTAPAZ, the Christian Center for Justice, Peace and Non-Violent Action,. Ricardo has co-founded several human rights networks. While being especially gifted at grassroots organizing, he is also an accomplished speaker, mediator, and teacher.

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.

Shannon Rivers
For the last several years Shannon Rivers has been a Traditional Cultural Advisor for the Coconino County Sheriffs Office in Flagstaff as well as for two State and private detentions facilities in Florence and in Eloy, Arizona. Additionally, he is a former delegate and participant for the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus at United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2008-10).

He is member of the Akimel O’otham (River People) and a member of the Gila River Indian Community, located just south of Phoenix, but have family relatives who are Tohono O’otham (Desert People), which are currently being held under siege by the massive influx of US Border Patrol along the borders of Arizona and Mexico. As of December 2015, I’m a Masters student at the University of California Los Angeles.

Stop the Wall – Palestine
The Stop the Wall Campaign’s aim to tear down the Wall is aligned with the Palestinian desire for liberation—for those of us inside and in exile, the young and old, those who have died, and those yet to be born. We are a grassroots movement uniting the struggle of the popular committees in the villages, refugee camps and cities struggling against the Wall and the settlements and the efforts of Palestinian civil society.  

 

Veterans for Peace
Veterans For Peace (VFP) is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. VFP informs the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Their network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.