National Leadership Assembly 2018

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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



Including Opening Event

Nov. 09-11


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. 



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


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


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.


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marybeth LeMay at mlemay@alianzaamericas.org or at 773.383.5457

Download Sponsorship Packet here.