Latino Challenges

Latino Challenges Toward Racial Justice

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Latino Challenges Toward Racial Justice is a two-day workshop for people who live in or work with Latino communities, and who seek to end racial disparities in our institutions and end racism in our society.

Latino Challenges engages participants in a critical analysis of how racism disempowers Latinos, hindering both our personal well-being and our communities’ development. We examine how people of Latin American origin, like people of all other ethnicities, have been racialized and racially situated in the US. The workshop offers insights into the cultural backdrop of race and racism in Latin America that shapes our identity today regardless of our place of birth. We also address how racism divides Latinos and African Americans, and undermines the cross-racial solidarity necessary to create racial equity within our institutions. At the same time, we explore how our cultures, identities and histories of struggle are vital sources of strength for Latinx individuals, families and communities, and key to a growing multi-cultural, multi-generational, cross-racial movement for social transformation.

Among the topics addressed:

  • Race, Ethnicity, Nationality and the Layered Complexity of Latino Identity
  • Forces that Hinder Well-Being and Community Development (buenvivir)
  • Race, Class & Empire: From Spain’s Conquista to USA’s “Manifest Destiny”
  • Spain’s Casta System and the Construction of Race in Latin America and Beyond
  • Social Engineering through Race Policy and the Future of Latinos
  • Internalized Racism: Undermining Latino Identity, Disrupting Cross-Race Solidarity
  • La cultura cura: The Healing Power of Culture
  • ¡Pa’lante, unidos!Organizing Together in the Struggle

Retos en la lucha por la justicia racial, the Spanish-language version of this workshop, is offered to Latino/a groups who require or prefer this option. [See description in Spanish below.] For pedagogical reasons and organizing purposes, language interpretation is not offered for these workshops. [For our in-depth analysis of this often sensitive issue, please download and read The Oppressive Undepinnings of Language Interpretation.]

Latino Challenges is useful as an entry point to Latinos and Latinas seeking to understand to role of race and racism in the problems facing our communities. For antiracism activists, organizers, community and organizational leaders, the workshop offers additional insights into Latino culture, history and identity that are often present in our multiracial transformational efforts. As such, the Latino Challenges workshop complements other compatible antiracism trainings, which together, are most useful to, if not necessary for, effective cross-racial organizing ever more urgent in these times.

Latino Challenges Toward Racial Justice was developed, and is led, by Raúl Quiñones-Rosado and María I. Reinat-Pumarejo, Latino community educators and antiracism organizers since the 1980s. Their work throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and internationally, is guided by the principles and practices of liberation pedagogy, decolonial psychology and philosophy, antiracism organizing, and transformative leadership. Together, they established the Institute for Latino Empowerment in Northampton, MA, began the Undoing Racism Organizing Committee in western Massachusetts, and are founding members of Ilé: Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action/Colectivo Ilé in Puerto Rico.

Latino Challenges workshops are offered in communities throughout the US, and are always initiated, organized and hosted by local racial justice organizers and community groups in response to their community’s needs for antiracism work with and within Latino communities. In Massachusetts, we have on-going relationships with the Undoing Racism Organizing Collective 0f Western MA and Cleghorn Neighborhood Center/Comité de Vecinos, and in North Carolina with Racial Equity Institute and Organizing Against Racism.

For information on hosting a Latino Challenges workshop in your community or organization, please e-mail me to schedule an exploratory phone conversation.

Retos en la lucha por la justicia racial: taller en español para latinos y latinas

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Retos en la lucha por la justicia racial es un taller de dos días para latinos y latinas interesados en acabar con las disparidades que afectan a nuestras comunidades y quieren trabajar por una sociedad más justa para todos y todas. En el taller examinaremos como las personas de origen latinoamericano históricamente hemos sido racializadas, tanto en nuestros países como aquí en los EEUU. Analizaremos como las instituciones y los sistemas de este país, tales como el educativo, de salud, servicios sociales e de inmigración, nos impactan desproporcionalmente y de forma negativa. Además, consideraremos como es que en los EEUU nuevamente se están reconfigurando las categorías raciales y los efectos devastadores que este proceso habrá de tener para nuestras familias y comunidades —y para la lucha por la equidad racial entre todos— de no interrumpirse ese proceso opresivo ahora.

Entre los temas a considerarse se encuentran:

  • Raza, cultura, nacionalidad y otros aspectos de nuestra identidad latina.
  • Nuestra historia racial: Desde las castas españolas hasta la racialización de latinos/as en los EEUU.
  • El ciclón de la opresión: el racismo institucional, cultural e internalizado.
  • La política racial y el futuro de nuestra identidad latina.
  • La cultura cura: El poder sanador de nuestra herencia cultural.
  • ¡Pa’lante, unidos! Organizando juntos en la lucha interracial hacia la justicia social.

El taller es facilitado por Raúl Quiñones-Rosado y María I. Reinat-Pumarejo, ambos organizadores comunitarios y educadores antirracistas desde fines de la década de los ’80. A través de su larga trayectoria por los EEUU, Puerto Rico e internacionalmente ambos aplican los principios y fundamentos de la conciencia-en-acción, la organización comunitaria antirracista y el liderazgo transformativo integral. María es fundadora y directora de Colectivo Ilé y es entrenadora con The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond en Nuevas Orleans. Es co-autora del libro, Arrancando mitos de raíz: Guía para la enseñanza antirracista de la herencia africana en Puerto Rico, dirigido a maestros/as de escuela primaria. Raúl preside a c-Integral y fue director ejecutivo de Casa Latina en Northampton, MA. Es entrenador con Racial Equity Institute en Greensboro NC. Es autor del libro, Conciencia-en-acción: Hacia una psicología integral de liberación y transformación, y ofrece coaching basado en este enfoque de transformación descolonizadora.