Latino Equity Project’s Decolonizing Our Future training objective is to increase the impact and effectiveness of Latino leaders by creating a space to tackle oppressive dynamics inside and outside of the Latino community. Trainings explore racial bias against Black, Indigenous, Asian and other Latino racial and ethnic groups, as part of our aim to expand the cultural and political definition of who is considered “Latino.”
TRAINING LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Develop strategies to build equity-driven leadership inside and outside organizations.
Develop real-time solutions for challenges leaders face in addressing equity issues.
Challenging Anti-Blackness: workshops for non-Black Latinx Folks
Thursday July 9th (English) and July 16th (Spanish), each 1-3pm ONLINE
Our purpose is to increase the capacity of Latinx leaders to lead from a racial equity framework. In this workshop for non-Black Latinx folks we will focus on understanding current and historic manifestations of anti-Blackness within and outside of our communities.
LEP presents the Black Brilliance Series: Webinar 1: Racial Representations in the Media and Film Screening of Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba
Friday July 10th and Friday July 17th
WORKSHOP 1-3pm ONLINE, FOR BLACK LATINX FOLKS
The purpose of this webinar is to call out the ways in which the media is a tool that perpetuates racial oppression by using a white lens with which to view and analyze everything, which villainizes us (Black people) and belittles our worth, contributions, and validity. Thus furthering attempts to divide Black people and our oppression with other oppressed people. We will analyze myths, triggers, and responses specifically related to recent events (Ahmad Arbury, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, the Amy Cooper situation, Covid-19 deaths, policing during Covid, New York lower east side vs. Brownsville, etc.) and identify the specific ways we want/need for the larger LEP and latinx people world wide to show up.
FREE SCREENING: Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba
Friday July 10th and Friday July 17th, 7pm ONLINE
Bakosó reveals the influence of contemporary African music in Cuba as not just a thing of the past, but a phenomenon happening now! This documentary produced and directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, explores the technology, culture and landscape that forms the AfroBeats / Cuban fusion genre “bakosó”.
We are working with a collaboration of organizations in the SF Bay Area, Brown Folx for Black Lives, to create new narratives about who we are as a community and to mobilize our communities in support of our Black siblings. Our first event last week was a vigil.
Part of the work has been to make a statement as a group and to collect signatures in support of this statement.
Add your name and affiliation to this growing momentum! Click here to add your name to this growing list that will be shared via social media and other outlets.
We invite you to join Brown Folx 4 Black Lives and co-host The Greenlining Institute for a vigil to honor the life of George Floyd, as he is being laid to rest in Houston, as well as many other lives lost due to law enforcement.
As you know, Latinx folx are beautifully diverse and as predicted by white privilege, many of us have internalized anti-blackness. Our vigil is a call-in to our brown-indigenous and mixed race folx to step up and challenge anti-blackness and most importantly to show our love and support to BLACK FOLKS right now! We are following black leadership. We invite everyone attending to wear white as a symbol of spirituality, protection, and illumination.
Brown Folx 4 Black Lives los invitamos a unirse con nosotros en una vigilia para honrar la vida de George Floyd, mientras está siendo enterrado en Houston, también como muchas otras vidas perdidas a manos de las fuerzas del orden público. La vigilia es el Martes 9 de Junio a las 3 pm. Invitamos a todos que se reúnen a vestir de blanco como símbolo de espiritualidad, protección, e iluminación.
As part of a collaborative effort with Brown Folx for Black Lives, we are glad to co-host a vigil for Black Lives. We invite those who wish to participate to join us. Everyone is welcome to honor a loved one lost to police violence with a memorial poster, flower, memento, or photo to place on the community altar.
For event updates, please RSVP via the Facebook event
Raw Link: https://www.facebook.
We’re taking the safety of our community very seriously especially in light of recent events. We will be taking every precaution to have face masks on hand, the ability to sanitize our hands, drinking water and physical distancing when we can. There will be more than a dozen safety volunteers who are helping us honor Black Lives.
A love letter to my Black siblings
from an (decolonizing) indigenous Latinx
Una carta de amor a mis hermanxs negrxs
de una indígena latinx (descolonizándose)
It is not enough for me to tell you how brokenhearted I am
It is not enough for me to know that your liberation is also my liberation
To build justice, I must work to end anti-black racism
by transforming the systems, values and behaviors that perpetuate violence against black folk
No basta que te diga cómo sufre mi corazón
No basta que yo sepa que tu liberación es también mi liberación
Para construir la justicia, mi deber es ponerse fin al racismo anti-negro
al transformar los sistemas, valores y conductas que perpetúan la violencia contra el pueblo negro
It is not enough for me to tell you that I see and honor your full humanity
and that I can not imagine the anger and pain you feel right now
It is not enough for you to know that I will challenge anti-blackness
in every space and with all people – especially with my own
To build justice when we meet I will remember In Lak’ech/ Ubuntu ..you are the other me
No basta que te diga que veo y honro tu humanidad entera
y que yo no puedo imaginar la rabia y el dolor que sientes en este momento
No basta que sepas que yo desafiaré el racismo anti-negro
en cada espacio y con cada pueblo – especialmente con el mío
Para construir la justicia, al encontrarnos recordaré In Lak’ech/ Ubuntu ..que eres la otra yo
It is not enough for you to know that I will always see,
listen and believe you, especially in moments when the world scapegoats you
It is not enough to reassure you that your passion in uplifting the injustice on black people,
does not make my people’s struggle invisible
To build justice, I commit to fight for your children as fiercely as I fight for my own,
because indeed our children’s innocence is worth fighting for
No basta que sepas que siempre voy a verte,
oírte y creerte, especialmente cuando el mundo te culpa
No basta alentarte al decir que tu pasión en resaltar la injusticia en contra del pueblo negro,
no hace invisible la lucha de mi propia gente
Para construir la justicia, mi compromiso es luchar ferozmente por tus hijas e hijos como haría por los míos
porque de hecho la inocencia de nuestra niñez es una lucha que vale la pena
It is not enough for me to lift up and make visible the African legacy present in Latin America
and push for black Latinx folks to be lifted up and celebrated
It is not enough for you to know that as I fight for rematriation of indigenous communities everywhere,
I will also fight for reparations for all the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans
To build justice, I will stand and walk with you through the fire
holding in my heart the wisdom of our ancient cultures
No basta que yo levante y haga visible el legado africano presente en América Latina
y presionar para levantemos y celebremos la gente latinx negra
No basta que sepas que mientras que luchó por la restauración íntegra de las comunidades indígenas en todos los territorios,
también mi lucha es por el resarcimiento para las y los descendientes de los africanos esclavizados
Para construir la justicia, me levanto y camino contigo y atravieso el fuego
llevando la sabiduría de nuestras culturas antiguas que mi corazón
It has been 500 years since turtle island, my land began to be colonized
and 400 years since the first Africans was brought to this land enslaved
And this country is an infant at 240 years old,
when we hold thousands and thousands of years of our people’s collective knowledge
Han pasado 500 años desde que la Isla Tortuga, mi tierra, sufre la colonización
y 400 años desde que los primeros africanos fueron llevados para ser esclavizados
Y este país es apenas un infante de 240 años,
En contrastante con los miles y miles de años de conocimiento colectivo de nuestro pueblo
We have enough time to turn this around but only if we pivot from the US to a We
Estamos a tiempo de darle un cambio a todo pero solo si giramos de nuestro pueblo a nuestros pueblos
It is not enough for me to speak of black liberation
It is not enough for me support your struggle by the sidelines
To build justice, I must step into the storm and take BOLD risks to demand justice for black people
To build justice, I need to understand the particularity of your struggle
To build justice, I will share the songs of my people and learn the songs of your people
To build justice, I must pray for you as much as I pray for myself
To build justice,
we must find our collective rhythm and at the same time rejoice in our different voices
To build justice,
we must conjure the place where our ancestors gathered
and bring forward loving memories to weave together the future they dreamt for us
No basta que hable de la liberación negra
No basta que apoye tus luchas desde lejos
Para construir la justicia, debo de pararme en medio de la tormenta y ser AUDAZ en exigir la justica para el pueblo negro
Para construir la justicia, necesito entender la particularidad de tu lucha
Para construir la justicia, te comparto las canciones de mi pueblo y aprenderé las canciones de tu pueblo
Para construir la justicia, me toca rezar por ti igual que rezo por mí
Para construir la justicia,
debemos descubrir nuestro ritmo colectivo y a la vez regocijarnos de nuestras voces distintas
Para construir la justicia,
debemos conjurar el sitio donde nuestros antepasados se juntaron
y levantar los recuerdos cariñosos para tejer conjuntamente el futuro que soñaron para nosotras
por Ana C Perez @2020 ^ Arte por Faith Ringgold de quien tuve el honor de aprender en la universidad
Our trainings support leaders to tackle anti-blackness and native erasure in the Latinx community. Ending Structural racism requires us to build racial equity within our communities as well as in the US as a whole. This is even more crucial now as we face the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19. Please join us to explore and build together.
All trainings are online Wednesdays from 1-3pm PST
CORE TRAINING SET: Take all three or individually
- Leading from Latinx Values…… 4/8/20 or 6/17/20
- Latinx Racial Equity Leadership Model…… 4/22/20 or 7/1/20
- Checking Our Privilege……5/20/20 or 7/29/20
SPECIALTY TRAININGS for specific populations
- Black Brilliance…… TBD
- Indegenous Leadership…… 6/3/20 or 8/5/20
We only have space for 20 folks, so register ASAP.
We are sure that like ourselves this time of social distancing is driving you mad… we LatinX folk thrive on gathering and being with each other. As you know, we hosted a gathering on Zoom this week and it lifted out spirits to connect across regions and different LEP cohorts.
Our community needs us to fight for their needs – as we know indigenous Latinx communities are already being left out of many decisions and black Latinx folks are not even counted as Latinx people – our work to build racial equity in our communities is crucial now more than ever.
Since we will not be able to do gatherings in person for now, we will have the following Webinar options to continue to engage our communities in these intense times and support more people having access to our trainings. They are geared toward the following:
- NEW folks who have not taken our original training. We are offering shorten versions of our key topics from our Decolonize Our Future training as Webinars.
- We are also offering 2 special gatherings for Afrolatinx and Indigenous folks – these are also open to graduates as well as NEW folks who are Afolatinx and Indigenous LatinX
- We will also continue to host conversations for Alumni – to support folks in the Government sector and movement makers – we will send new dates for these in mid-April.
Please help us get the word out about our Webinars for NEW folks and the Special Gatherings and share our flyer within your communities and with colleagues. The link to register is on the flyer and here.
We hope that by pulling folks together to build during these times, we can nurture hope and support you in building EQUITABLE and liberatory power!
Know we are with you in SPIRIT and in PURPOSE, to build a society where the beautifully diverse Latinx community can thrive, so all can thrive.
Palabra, Corazon, Concimiento and Collectivism to you all!
Ana, Claudia, Alberto, Amaya, Aa, Fernando and the rest of the folkx on our team!