Agenda

2020 Workshops

 
Workshop Session 1

"Remote Immigrant Advocacy: How to Assist LGBTQ+ People Incarcerated in Detention Centers or Living in Assistance Deserts”

Immigrants are deliberately prevented from accessing legal assistance and social services because they are trapped in border cities, incarcerated in remote detention centers or forced to live in areas with little to no community service providers. This systemic violence is compounded by punitive acts against black, brown and LGBTQ+ people. Our workshop will walk folx through tools they can use to remotely support these communities in their pursuit of freedom and justice. These tools can be used to uplift markers of identity that frequently serve to make us targets of violence and discrimination, as points of pride and advocacy. Presented by Marilyn E. Alvarado Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Mich P. Gonzalez

Southern Poverty Law Center 

"¿Quieres contar tu historia en los medios?"

GLAAD te quiere ayudar a contar tu historia. Compartiremos estrategias mediáticas y luego practicaremos como hacer una buena entrevista—en español o en inglés. GLAAD wants to help you tell your story. We'll share media strategies then do a practice interview in Spanish or English. Presented by Monica Trasandes, GLAAD

“Policy Implementation of LAUSD LGBTQ Resolution and School Climate Bill of Rights”

Latino Equality Alliance will present on the LAUSD’s School Climate Bill of Rights. This policy victory in 2013 created a dialogue and critical consciousness of the historic over-policing and disproportionate criminalization of black and brown youth in low-income neighborhoods. Part of the School Climate Bill of Rights implementation is the 2018 LAUSD LGBTQ Resolution As part of the Health Happens in Schools campaign through the Building Healthy Communities- Boyle Heights Initiative, grassroots organizations are asking school sites and district leaders for greater transparency on punitive treatment of students to disrupt and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through restorative justice; articulating the need for parents, students, community leaders, and school sites to create systemic change and improve life outcomes for queer students of color.

 

“Ser Familia - Being Family”

Spanish: Este documental cuenta la historia de Juliana y sus dos mamás, Ángeles Acosta y Carmen Vélez, desde la voz y la mirada de su directora Teresa Previdi, quien, como amiga de la familia, relata el largo y contencioso camino hacia la legalización de la adopción por parejas del mismo sexo en Puerto Rico. A través de entrevistas y estampas familiares grabadas a lo largo de la vida de Juliana, Ser familia sirve como un instrumento de diálogo constructivo y educativo para promover la equidad para todos los niños y niñas.

English: BEING A FAMILY tells the story of two women who exposed their private lives to public scrutiny in their struggle for recognition of the validity of their family on the island of Puerto Rico. The two women, Mili Vélez and Angie Acosta, confronted a legal and social system that denied Angie’s ability to adopt the daughter she and Mili had raised together from birth. In doing so, these two very private people became the public faces and voices of others seeking respect and recognition of this basic fundamental core of society: La familia. Because all families are worth. Presented by Teresa Previdi, Directora Documental

 

 

Workshop Session 2

“Migración forzada de personas LGBTIQ de Centroamérica”

Es necesario fortalecer las acciones para identificar alternativas de apoyo que consideren las necesidades específicas de la comunidad LGBTI, víctimas de violencia, entre otros. Reconocer los riesgos de protección que enfrentan ciertas personas, en particular defensores de derechos humanos, personas lesbianas, gais, transexuales, bisexuales e intersex (LGTBI) Reconocer la necesidad de acciones integrales para mejorar la protección y la respuesta a las necesidades más urgentes de solicitantes de asilo, refugiados, desplazados internos, migrantes y retornados con necesidades de protección, así como otras poblaciones afectadas en el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica. Presented by Dennis Castillo Fuentes

“ALV: White Supremacy (formerly: White Nationalism: How to Burn It Down, in Spanglish)”


We will be discussing the key elements of the white nationalist movement, how it works, and why it is working. How does white nationalism affect our organizing? As queer and trans Latinx movement builders, it is important that we are able to name and identify the ways in which the far right is organizing against us. We will hold space for a conversation that centers our community and analyses the ways we can actively counter white nationalism. Presented by Yaneth Flores Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

“EmPUTAdamente PUTAS!!! The Fight to Decriminalize the Sex Trade: Lessons from Texas and New York”

This workshop will provide a space for participants explore and get clarification on what the decriminalization of the sex trades is centered around, to learn about the dangers of the rescue industry, to review terminology that is often conflated, and learn about the organizing work and tactics used by trans and queer migrants of color both in Texas and New York through interactive activities and conversations with organizers. The workshop is centered in highlighting the impact that these policies have had primarily on low-income, Black and Brown immigrant trans and GNC folks. Presented by Mateo Guerrero-Tabares Make the Road, Anandrea

 

Pintando ALTO! Aprendiendo a expresarse sin tapujos bajo una experiencia de Pintura Multidisciplinaria

Como hablas alto sin tener que usar la voz? Gritarias usando las manos? Acompaña a Carlitos Diaz, pintor contemporáneo y activista Queer a aprender cómo la pintura expresionista puede convertirse en herramienta para la expresión y contribución de conversaciones de desigualdad. Utilizando materiales tradicionales de pintura, crea una pieza mientras expresas lo que más llevas dentro. Brochazo a brochazo guiado crea una expresión donde liberes tus mas rebeldes sentimientos de cambio, lucha, Amor e igualdad. Presented by Carlitos Diaz QLatinx

Workshop Session 3 

”Incidencia Política y Participacion Política”

La incidencia política como proceso organizado de influencia institucional tiene un limite y es que esta aunque busca influir en los procesos sociales y transformarlos, no tiene capacidad de decisión a menos que los/as/es que promuevan una agendas tengan las herramientas para lograr que los actores políticos que toman decisiones les escuchen y pongan la acción institucional para resolver los problemas presentados por las partes sociales, en este taller buscamos presentar herramientas que logren que los actores sociales ogren influir de manera efectiva en los tomadores de decisión. Buscamos que los/as/es participantes logren concienciarse sobre la importancia de tener un plan de incidencia política e incluir en su plan de incidencia los calendarios electorales, ademas de explorar las posibilidades de futuro que puedan plantear sus contextos políticos y sociales. Presented by Alex Mundaray

Pintando ALTO! Aprendiendo a expresarse sin tapujos bajo una experiencia de Pintura Multidisciplinaria

Como hablas alto sin tener que usar la voz? Gritarias usando las manos? Acompaña a Carlitos Diaz, pintor contemporáneo y activista Queer a aprender cómo la pintura expresionista puede convertirse en herramienta para la expresión y contribución de conversaciones de desigualdad. Utilizando materiales tradicionales de pintura, crea una pieza mientras expresas lo que más llevas dentro. Brochazo a brochazo guiado crea una expresión donde liberes tus mas rebeldes sentimientos de cambio, lucha, Amor e igualdad. Presented by Carlitos Diaz QLatinx

Puerto Rico: La lucha por la visibilidad trans, cuir y no-binaria y la experiencia colonial

In Puerto Rico, there is a proportionate amount of disinformation related to LGBT+ communities. Our project, La Sombrilla Cuir, was created in Puerto Rico on August 2018 to fight this issue. In our workshops we aim to educate communities on topics related to the communities we belong to: Black/Latinx trans, queer and non-binary people. To us it is important to empower these communities by learning inclusive language, self-management and social media-oriented activism. On this occasion, we would also bring to our workshop topics related to hardships we have encountered as a grassroots project, including some resistance from more traditional LGBT+ activism. By Ínaru de la Fuente & Yeivy Vélez-Bartolomei, La Sombrilla Queer, Luis Omar García-Mercado



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2019 Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute Agenda
Jan. 24th 7:30AM - 6PM

Click here to view the agenda as of 1-15-2019. Subject to Change. 










2018 Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute Agenda
Jan. 25th 9AM - 6PM

Click here to view the agenda as of 1-17-2018. Subject to Change. 




Affiliated Latinx Events

The metropolitan Washington, DC community is also invited to the following affiliated events listed below:

The Unión = Fuerza Latinx Institute Volunteer Night will take place on January 24th from 6-9PM at the Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Meet local and visiting LGBT Latinxs and lend a helping hand! Light dinner provided after. RSVP to dperez@lulac.org. Join us at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th Street NW, DC on Jan. 25th from 9PM to 1:45AM for a special edition of La Fiesta: Noche Latinx dance party and fundraiser presented by Union=Fuerza Latinx Institute in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality and Rumba Latina. 21+ event. $10. Music by DJ EZ from El Zol 107.9fm and drag kings & queens! On January, 26th at 8:30PM join us at the Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008 for the Fiesta Latinx Reception and mixer hosted by Unión = Fuerza Latinx Institute. Mix and mingle with conference attendees and leaders from Metro DC’s ground breaking LGBTQ Latinx organization’s and projects. Cash bar.




















Affiliated Events:
The Unión = Fuerza Latinx Institute volunteer training will take place on January 18th from 6-9PM at the William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

AZUCAR: Join us at Woody’s, 202 S 13th St, Philadelphia on Jan. 19th after 9PM for a special event raising funds to support Philadelphia’s only Latinx social justice organizations: GALAEI and Juntos. The suggested donation is $10, which includes a complimentary beverage for those bringing Conference badges.


On January, 20th from 12-3PM GALAEI will host a “Cafecito” to share with conference attendees their more than 27 year history of queer Latinx social justice organizing in Philadelphia. GALAEI is located at 149 W. Susquehanna Avenue.


2017 Latino Institute Agenda - Jan. 19th 8AM - 6PM

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Time / Hora

Activity / Actividad

Facilitator/ Coordinador

Location/ Local

 

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

ONGOING/ SIMULTÁNEAMENTE

Register with / Registración con Creating Change Conference

 

National LGBTQ Task Force

Hotel Lobby / Vestíbulo del Hotel

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Latin@ Institute Check-In & Pre-Activities

Inscripción del Instituto & Actividades

Grand Ballroom I & J, 5th Floor/ Salon Grade I y J, 5to Piso,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

8:00 am - 9:00 am

CONCURRENT/ SIMULTÁNEAMENTE

Head Shots / Fotografías

Community Agreements / Acuerdos Comunitarios

 Community Altar / Altar Comunitario

People Bingo/ Lotería Comunal

 

Grand Ballroom I & J, 5th Floor/ Salon Grade I y J, 5to Piso,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome/ Bienvenida

 

Interpretation Do’s and Don’ts

Cortesía de Interpretación

Emcee/ Anfitrión:

Alejandro Morales

comedian, writer, storyteller

comediante, escritor, cuentista

 

Roberto Tijerina

9:15 - 9:25 am

Opening Convocation / Ceremonia de apertura

C. Jerome Woods

9:25 - 9:35 am

Planning Committee Welcome/ Bienvenida del Comité de Planeación

How Unión=Fuerza Happens / Como se organiza Unión=Fuerza

 

Nikki Lopez, GALAEI & Karari Olvera, United Latino Pride

Co-Chairs/ Co-Presidentes

 

9:35 - 9:40 am

Community Agreements & Expectations

Acuerdos Comunitarios y Expectativas

Leandro Rodriguez, Latino Commission on AIDS

Alexa Castañon, Trans Latina Coalition

9:40 - 9:50 am

Call for Action Against Trump Policies: Trans & Media

Llamado de acción contra políticas de Trump: Trans y Medios de Comunicación

Ana Andrea Molina, Organización Trans Latina de Texas

Monica Trasandes, GLAAD

9:50 - 11:50 am

 

Afro-Latin@s Plenary

 

Discurso de Apertura- AfroLatin@s

 

AfroLatinx Committee/ Comité Afro Latinx

Louie Ortiz, The  Gran Varones, Tasha Campbell Parker, Alex Velez

11:50 am - 12:20 pm

Networking Activity 

Dinámica para Interactuar

JP Cano, Resource Center- Dallas

12:20 -12:25 pm

Group Photo / Foto del Grupo

Juan David Franco, Mazzoni Center

12:30 – 2 pm

Latino Equality Networking Lunch/

Almuerzo de Convivencia

Cosponsored by Lambda Legal & Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (L.O.U.D.) of AHF

  
William Way LGBT Community Center, 
1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

 

2 - 3:30 pm

 

 

 

2 - 3:30 pm

Workshops /  Talleres 

CONCURRENT/ SIMULTÁNEAMENTE

 

Coming Out: Through which door?/ ¿Por cual puerta salemos del closet?        Room: 403 (Marriott)

Our Youth Are #Born Perfect!/ Nuestros jovenes nacieron perfecto

Room: 410 (Marriott)

 

Advancing LGBT Advocacy in Rural, Latinx and Low-Income Communities/ Abogando por la igualdad de personas LGBT en comunidades Latin@s rurales de bajos recursos

Grand Ballroom I J (Marriott)

 

The Journey of Transgender Latina Women in the US/ La travesía de la mujer transgénero Latina en los EEUU

William Way Center Mark Segal Room

 

 Presenters & Location / Presentadores y Aulas 

 

Michael Diaz, Luis Nava, Danny Ochoa, Latino Commission on AIDS

 

Maritza Martinez, Somos Familia; Carolyn Reyes, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lisbeth Melendez- Rivera, Human Rights Campaign

Lisa Cisneros, Gloria GarciaCalifornia Rural Legal Assistance

 

 

 

Oliver Contreras, Alexa Rodriguez- Trans Latina Coalition DMV & La Clinica Del Pueblo

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Break / Descanso

(walk back to plenary room / regreso al salon principal)

 

 

 

 

3:45 – 4:45 pm

 

Grand Ballroom I & J

Community Strength: Healing in the Aftermath of the Pulse Tragedy

Fortaleza Comunitaria: Sanando después de la tragedia Pulse

Christopher Cuevas, Mark Anthony Delgado, Gustavo Rico Linde, Angel Santiago, Viviana Troche, Q Latinx

Hugo Chable Lara, Victoria Laos, Miguel Noranjo, Marco Antonio Quiroga, Contigo Fund

Joel Morales, Orlando United Assistance Center

Ricardo Negron, Proyecto Somos Orlando

 

 

4:45 – 5:25 pm

Call for Action Against Trump Policies: Immigration

Llamado de acción contra políticas de Trump: Inmigración

Reflection- Small Groups/ Reflección- Charlas pequeñas

 Luba Cortes, Make The Road NY

 

5:25 – 5:45 pm

Send Off

Conclusión

Alejandro Morales

 

5:45 – 6 pm

 

Evaluation/ Evaluación

Nikki Lopez, GALAEI & Karari Olvera, United Latino Pride

Co-Chairs/ Co-Presidentes


Thank You to the 2017 Unión = Fuerza Latino Institute:


SPONSORS:

Campeón: Lambda Legal, Latino Outreach and UnderstandingDivision (L.O.U.D) of AHF, League of United Latin American Citizens, NationalLGBTQ Task Force

Líder: David Bohnett FoundationNational Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Partnering & Communication to Together to Act AgainstAIDS of the CDC, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Principal: GLAAD

Socio: Anonymous, Mazzoni Center, Out2Enroll, PHLDiversity, William Way LGBT Center

Amigo: James Delmar, Danny's Midnight Confessions

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

    Advocates for Youth, Colectivo Acción Latina de Ambiente, Comunidad Estrella, GALAEI, GLAAD,         The Gran Varones, Hispanic Federation, Honor 41, Lambda Legal, LULAC, LULAC National                 Educational Service Centers (LNESC), Latino Equality Alliance, Make the Road New York, Mazzoni         Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health,                 Out2Enroll, Organización Latina de Trans En Texas, QLatinx, Somos Familia Valle, Somos Familia,         Texas Gay Latino Pride, Translatin@ Coalition, Trans Queer Pueblo, United Latin@ Pride and many         more at www.UnionFuerza.org/patners  (list as of 1/16/2017)

***This is a draft agenda subject to change onsite. Updated as of 1-17-17. For questions, contact Unión=Fuerza Latin@ Institute Programming Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Alexa Castanon & Francisco Duenas at creatingchangelatino@gmail.com.