“Alianza America’s is important to CARECEN SF because its mission is not only to advance the rights of immigrants in the U.S., but to raise awareness and address the root causes of forced migration. Through Alianza America’s we connect, build partnership and advance common strategies with other immigrant led organizations throughout the U.S. and transnationally.”
National Leadership Assembly 2018
WASHINGTON D.C. NOVEMBER 9-11
November 9-11 will mark the 13th gathering of Alianza Americas’ leadership, a powerful three-day conversation about our collective work to advance human rights, justice, and dignity for people across the Americas.
Convening transnational leadership is a powerful step in building resilient communities and strong alliances. We invite Alianza members and members of the public to join this transformational gathering. Read more about the Asamblea and save the date.
POLITICS AND POWER IN THE AMERICAS
The 2018 National Leadership Assembly will begin on Friday, November 9 with an event open to the public, with plenaries and panels featuring:
James McGovern, S. Representative, Massachusetts 2nd District
Jesús “Chuy” García, Nominee for U.S. Congress, Illinois 4th District
Dante Barry, Executive Director, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
Pedro Kumamoto Aguilar, former member of Mexican Congress, State of Jalisco
Óscar Martínez, Investigative reporter and editor for El Faro
Rossana Rodríguez, Puerto Rican and Albany Park activist.
Alaide Vilchis, Migration Advocacy Director from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lupi Quinteros-Grady, President and CEO, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and District 2 Board of Education Director, Prince George County
ALIANZA AMERICAS REGISTRATION PACKAGES
FULL 3-DAY MEMBER TICKET
Including Opening Event
3-Day ticket includes full admission to all three days of the conference and includes the participation in the opening conference event. If you are interested in only attending the opening event, click here to purchase single event ticket at registration. Register early and you can take advantage of our cheaper admission prices. Tickets will be available at the event but price will increase to $75.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Opening Event
12:00 PM Lunch, with special performance by participants from Alianza America’s Instituto de Liderazgo
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Leveraging the Power of Alliance: learning and sharing from morning panels and regional realities.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Sharing the work of Alianza members
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
9:00 AM Program and Financial Report
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Workshops [see below for descriptions]
12:15 PM Board Candidate Forum
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 PM Charting our path to Resist-Connect-Transform
4:00 – 4:45 PM Board Elections
5:00 PM Closing Call to Action
5:30 PM Closing Reception
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Affinity Groups and Workshops
Workshop 1: Allies in Transformation: Resisting silos and building cross-sectoral partnerships / Cómo construir aliados intersectoriales
This workshop will recognize the intersectional nature of migration, and look to expand our vision of how to best articulate arguments and alliances with other coalitions working in areas such as labor, environment and human rights. This workshop will be facilitated by representatives from labor unions, environmental groups, and other human rights organizations, who will lead a conversation around how our networks can work together to achieve systemic change for the groups we represent.
Workshop 2: #Resist: Social media for social justice / Redes sociales por la justicia social #Transformar.
How can we use social media as a tool to advance social justice? How can social networks improve the way we work as a network? This workshop will seek to answer those questions, and empower participants to take advantage of individual and collective online power to counter the anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States and improve the impact of member organizations. The workshop will cover best practices for using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well as developing web pages, blogs, and crowdfunding initiatives for your organization.
Workshop 3: Immigration Policy Battlegrounds: Organizing for political change in an era of divisiveness / Organización para el cambio político en la era de las divisiones
While oppressive policies and a divided constituency affect the political environment throughout country, states in the South and Midwest face a particularly unique context compounded by the pivotal role these states often play in determining outcomes of national politics. As we approach elections at the national, state and local level, understanding how coalitions and strategies are constructed in these difficult contexts can inform the way we build power and advocate at a larger level. This workshop will allow participants to learn from community organizing efforts in the South and Midwest, and create the opportunity to suggest 1 or 2 concrete action steps Alianza Americas members can take to collaborate with other organizations and partner with political resistance efforts in this vital region of the country.
Workshop 4: Advocacy across borders: building transnational coalitions / Incidencia sin fronteras: construcción de coaliciones transnacionales
In recognition of the transnational dynamic of immigration, we have to also consider ways to effectively engage with political structures in place in immigrants’ countries of origin. Corruption, community violence, poverty, and weak social support are all factors affecting the lives of immigrants and their families, and policies affecting those systems are often a complex outcome of local, federal and international interests. This workshop will examine different ways to mobilize, strategize, and advocate to improve the way these systems operate and protect migrants and their families.
HEAR FROM OUR MEMBERS
“The Red Mexicana works together with members of Alianza Americas to increase its power and ability to impact policies that affect the immigrant community in the United States and in their countries of origin. Alianza Americas amplifies our individual and collective voices in the struggle to bring about social and economic justice”.
Angela SanbranoAngela Sanbrano, Executive Director of Red Mexicana & President Emeritus of Alianza Americas
“Alianza Americas me da la oportunidad de sentirme valorada como una líder en su máxima expresión. Usando mi lengua materna me da la facilidad de expresarme completamente e identificarme con cultura. El compartir experiencias de otras líderes, en particular mujeres, como inmigrante me da fuerza para combatir adversidades, sabiéndome no ser la única, al emigrar y enfrentar obstáculos al abrir camino. Aún más, el mantener el lazo con mi país de origen, me da un sentido de pertenencia y plenitud al saberme conectada con mis raíces”.
Sarai PortilloExecutive Director of Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice & Board Member of Alianza Americas
“Alianza America increases our capacity to work at the transnational and national levels on issues that affect our families every day. Through our membership, we are also exposed to best practices and have access to thorough and in-depth political analysis which helps us shape our organizing and policy advocacy work.”
Martha ArevaloExecutive Director of CARECEN- Los Angeles and Former Board Member of Alianza Americas
“Ser miembro de Alianza Américas nos ofrece la oportunidad de proyectar transnacionalmente el trabajo de FEDECMI y Casa Michoacán, además de compartir y aprender con otras organizaciones dentro y fuera de la Alianza, y a la vez ser parte de esa red de apoyo para la comunidad sin importar ciudad, estado o país (EE.UU, México y Centroamérica).
Zorayda AvilaCurrent Staff Member, Former Board Member
“Alianza Américas ha sido una fuente invaluable de conocimientos acerca de las raíces de la migración y sus posibles soluciones, y ha brindado a nuestra organización la oportunidad de crecer como grupo y como punto de enlace con otras organizaciones.”
Levis TorresOrganizador Comunitario de FLIC y WE COUNT y Miembro de la Junta Directiva de Alianza Américas
“Alianza Américas ha sido un espacio de aprendizaje y de construcción de alianzas para el fortalecimiento de Durango Unido en Chicago en el cual hemos llevado a cabo muestra misión de justicia social, equidad e inclusión de las familias migrantes aquí y en nuestro país. En lo personal Alianza Américas ha sido un espacio en el cual he desarrollado un pensamiento crítico e ideológico.”