Argentina’s history has sinister echoes in America today

Chris Chavez

This op-ed by UO journalism professor Christopher Chávez appeared in the Eugene Register-Guard Sunday edition on August 5, 2018.

Source: Argentina’s history has sinister echoes in America today

“I recently took a trip to Victoria, a small town about an hour outside of Rosario, Argentina, where I’m teaching a course for the University of Oregon. On a street just off the main plaza, there’s a striking mural dedicated to Las Madres, the mothers whose children were either killed or disappeared during Argentina’s “Dirty War,” which lasted from 1976 to 1983. On one side of the mural are the disappeared, blindfolded and despondent. On the other side are the mothers, marching in solidarity and carrying a banner with the word “Justicia” (Justice).” For the full text of this op-ed, go to: Argentina’s history has sinister echoes in America today

7-Year Update from the CAPACES Leadership Institute

Current staff from left to right. Top row: Eduardo Serrano, Edward Gutierrez, Jaime Arredondo, Alex Buron, and Berenice Vargas. Bottom row: Fabiola Ramos, Ines Peña, and Maricela Andrade. Not pictured: Juan Diego Ramos

 

Our First Seven Years

Seven years ago this month, community leaders took a risk, and created the CAPACES Leadership Institute to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. On this special occasion, we would like to share a few of our successes so far and ask that you continue to renew your support of our work.
 
September of 2012: The CLI launches the TURNO youth leadership program to create a path for youth embrace and prepare for long-term movement leadership. The program began with ten youth and one part-time staff. This next school year we will have 2.5 FTE dedicated to the program and expect to serve well over thirty youth.
 
September 2013: Over 75 community supporters gather to unveil the CLI’s “Wings of History and Hope” mural, the first publicly displayed mural in Woodburn. Over 150 volunteers helped make this happen, both changing the law in Woodburn and painting the mural. Today Woodburn has multiple publicly displayed murals.
 
June 2014: CLI launches its “national” leadership development work by testing out it’s Seven Dimensions program with a cohort of 20 leaders from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. Seven Dimensions is a three-plus day gathering where participants engage with each other about the dilemmas of making and keeping a long-term commitment to the social justice movement work.  Last month, we ran our third cohort and have now engaged over 75 leaders in the program. We plan on running another cohort this fall with leaders from our sister organizations and allies.
 
May 2015: TURNO youth lead the way in passing a $63 million Woodburn School Bond, that hadn’t passed since 1994. This fall TURNO youth will be at it again, working to defeat the anti-immigrant Measure 105, which would repeal our state’s 30 year old sanctuary law.
 
September 2017: The CLI launches its DACA Advocacy Capacity building project to boost the capacity of DACA youth to mobilize their communities. Here is what one of the youth had to say about their experience: “I can honestly say that the fire that was awaken in me through the opportunity of working for CAPACES and the leader they created in me has been thrilling. The most rewarding thing for me through this journey has been the connection with real DREAMers whom feel the same way I do. It’s been a hardship knowing congress didn’t passed a Clean Dream Act. But, I know our fight continues and one day we will get that solution we need for all eleven thousands of us DREAMers and undocumented youth. They tried to bury us. But, they didn’t know we were seeds.”
 
March 2018-  The CLI launches Oregon’s first bilingual public service training program–People’s Representatives–to bridge the Latinx leadership gap in public service bodies (elected and non-elected) in the Mid-Willamette Valley. 
 
As you can tell, we’ve had a busy seven years.  Our work has impacted many individuals, but more importantly the communities they live in.  We couldn’t have done this without your support and hope you can continue to partner with us in our journey. Thank you.

Jaime Arredondo

Josh Snodgrass, “Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development”

Josh Snodgrass

A study of Shuar children in Ecuador provides a window into how the human body responds to infection in the sorts of conditions that shaped our species’ evolution.

Dr. Josh Snodgrass and Dr. Lawrence Sugiyama were featured in an article in The Scientist, entitled “Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development,” about their research, the Shuar Health and Life History Project.

Click here to read the full article!

Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck among those to receive OVPRI 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards

Erin Beck & Lynn Stephen

July 16, 2018—Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck, two members of the CLLAS Executive Board, are among those whose research will receive 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The program will award up to $50,000 to four UO research teams, described in an article in Around the O: UO researchers awarded grants for interdisciplinary projects

Lynn Stephen, founding director of CLLAS and professor of anthropology, and Erin Beck, associate professor of political science, were selected for “Gendered Justice: Addressing Violence Against Women in Guatemala and the U.S.”

Carlos Aguirre coedits new book of essays on the history of libraries in Latin America

Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina. Siglos XIX y XX
coedited by Carlos Aguirre and Ricardo D. Salvatore

(Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica, 2018

Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina. Siglos XIX y XX—a new volume of essays coedited by UO history professor Carlos Aguirre—has just been published in Lima.

The essays in this volume shed light on the history of various types of libraries in Latin America and, in particular, their role in social and cultural conflicts, processes of nation-state formation, efforts towards bringing education and literacy to different types of populations, and the accumulation of cultural and symbolic capital. This volume seeks to contribute to the cultural and political history of libraries and lettered culture in the region and to open lines of conversation with other disciplines and forms of knowledge interested in the preservation of cultural patrimony, the circulation of knowledge, and the tensions and debates they generate. For more, go to Fondo Editorial

Long-time CLLAS employee Tamara LeRoy now at SASS

Tamara LeRoy

June 28, 2018—We are pleased to announce that Tamara LeRoy has been hired with Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County (SASS) as their Trafficking Intervention Coordinator. Tamara will be developing this new, grant-funded position by coordinating direct services between community partners and other advocates providing services to survivors of human trafficking.

SASS is a non-profit organization providing outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families, and friends throughout Eugene-Springfield and the rest of Lane County.

Tamara will continue her work as a consultant for the Latino Roots Traveling Exhibit until further notice, and expresses her gratitude for all of the support from everyone at Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society over the years. 

She has been the Latino Roots Project Coordinator at CLLAS going back several years.




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