Freedom for All: Building a Vision for Our Future

2021 Leadership Assembly

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Freedom for All - Asamblea 2021

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Asamblea 2018

This year we are celebrating seventeen years since our founding. While every year since our inception in 2004 has been very challenging, there is no question about the fact that managing the Covid-19 pandemic has been especially difficult. However, we have found a way to not only survive the pandemic but are finding a way to become a stronger network of Latin American immigrant-led organizations, reflective of the diverse racial and ethnic identities that define people of Latin American origin as Mestizos, Blacks, Indigenous, Asian, and many other expressions.

 

Our 17th year finds us stronger as a visionary and largely unique network. We continue to demand today, as we did from the beginning, a leadership role for our communities and organizations when it comes to everything about us. Alianza Americas injected new meaning to the motto of “nothing about us, without us,” which has a long history in the struggle for justice and equality abroad and at home.

Alianza Americas has also been a pioneer in advancing a transnational vision rooted in communities that has resulted in alliance building efforts across borders, as well as in the advancement of a transnational advocacy agenda. Our work today is centered on the urgent need to bring about equality and inclusion, particularly from the perspective of long excluded social groups; the need to redefine the conceptual and practical meaning of democracy, the imperative need to replace dehumanizing narratives driven by hate and lies; and replace them with narratives based on the inherent value of every person, mutual respect, and the celebration of diversity. In a time of intensified human mobility on the planet, it is also crucial to recommit ourselves to defend the rights of people who choose to migrate.

As Alianza Americas, we continue to play a visionary role on critical struggles such as migrant rights, climate justice, safeguarding our democracy, transforming the punishment-driven criminal justice system, championing the importance of protecting independent and investigative journalism in Latin America and in the US, and elevating the voices of people of Latin American origin, particularly immigrant voices everywhere where we are.

 

In the last year, Presente.org has become a formal part of Alianza Americas, adding digital mobilization and advocacy expertise to the programmatic richness of Alianza Americas, particularly in areas such as media and corporate accountability, as it relates to the interests of Latinx communities, as well as Latin American immigrant communities. Presente.org has also been a leader in advancing powerful new narratives about people of Latin American origin reflective of our beauty, and multiple talents and contributions in the process to make the U.S. and the world a better place to everyone.

We’re also excited to announce that this year we will host our public event: Democracy and Migration: Challenging Inequalities Across Borders, along with regular sessions of our biennial assembly, reserved for our members where we will evaluate our work and establish future programmatic lines. Globally we are facing challenges in the political, social, and economic realms. Throughout our assembly we will foster spaces to reflect on the various challenges that we are facing and our lived experiences.

SESSIONS EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALIANZA AMERICAS’ MEMBERS

November 9, 2021

 

Freedom for All: Our Fight for Liberation Across Borders
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT

 

Together we will discuss and build the groundwork for a campaign to demand freedom for all and call for an end to immigrant detention.

November 16, 2021

 

A year of leadership and transformation: Affirming our commitment to transnational justice
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT

 

The Alianza Americas team will present its 2021 activities report and will lead a discussion on membership engagement and ask for feedback on our domestic advocacy campaigns, Somos Salud health initiative, and transnational efforts. We will also provide a financial report.

November 23, 2021

 

Somos Alianza 2021: Electing our leaders for transnational justice
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT

 

We will review short statements from eligible candidates for Alianza Americas’ Board of Directors and hold a candidates forum where the membership will be able to ask candidates questions. Members will cast their votes through an electronic election process and the results will be announced immediately. We will close out our 2021 Leadership Assembly by congratulating the newly elected board members, as well as the rest of our board members.

During the second session of our 2021 Leadership Assembly, “Freedom for All: Our Fight for Liberation Across Borders”, we analyzed and discussed with our membership the need to work on a campaign to call for an end to immigration detention and respect for the right to migrate and seek asylum. No more inhuman or degrading treatment!

PUBLIC SESSION

 

Democracy and Migration: Challenging Inequalities Across Borders
November 2, 2021

The event featured experts who examined the dynamics in Mexico, Central America, and the United States, with an eye to understand the things that connect us and those that threaten to divide us. This discussion happened through the lenses of Alianza Americas and Presente.org’s four target issues: inequalities, healthy democracies, narratives, and rights of immigrants, refugees, and people on the move.

During the public session of our 2021 Leadership Assembly, “Democracy and Migration: Challenging Inequalities Across Borders,” which coincided with Dia de los Muertos, we paid tribute to those who lost their lives to COVID-19, to those who were left with after-effects and are struggling to recover, to the children who lost their parents, and to those who are suffering the profound social and economic consequences of COVID-19. This tribute is an opportunity for Alianza Americas and its membership to reflect on how we must influence public policy to achieve lives of dignity for all.