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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

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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!

“The Border and Its Meaning: Forgotten Stories” 7th Annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

April 25, 2018
2:30 pmto4:30 pm
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Laila Lalami

 

 


cosponsored by CLLAS

Panel Discussion: 3:00 – 4:30 PM UO campus: JSMA Ford Lecture Hall
Light reception: 2:30 – 3 p.m. JSMA Ford Lecture Hall

Laila Lalami, novelist and columnist for The Nation, will read portions of her novel The Moor’s Account, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Commenting on their selected passages will be panelists:

  • Liz Bohls, PhD, Professor, Department of English
  • Miriam Gershow, MFA, novelist & Associate Director of Composition, Department of English
  • Angela Joya, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies
  • Lamia Karim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Michael Najjar, MFA, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Arts

Keynote, Laila Lalami: “The Border and Its Meaning: Forgotten Stories,” 6 PM Eugene Public Library (with Q&A followed by booksigning)

To be held April 25, 2018, the 7th annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will feature Pulitzer  finalist Laila Lalami and her novel The Moor’s Account› Continue reading

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Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

Erin Beck

Editor’s Note: Erin Beck is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Source: Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

August 7, 2017—UO political scientist Erin Beck thinks development organizations aren’t asking the right questions if they want to truly understand what the money they spend trying to help lift poor people out of poverty around the globe is actually doing.

Her new book, How Development Projects Persist, outlines her takeaways from researching nongovernmental microfinance organizations for poor rural women in Guatemala and challenges standard ways of measuring the success of development projects. She argues that organizations rely too much on numbers and often overlook critical human interactions, which are not as easily measured but are central to understanding how development projects function and persist.

“We can’t just think about what the projects are doing for people but should also examine what people do for projects,” Beck said. “We need to look at how policies get transformed on the ground.” › Continue reading

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A Conversation with Indigenous Hip Hop artist, Una Isu

November 15, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

 

 

Room 178
Frohnmayer Music Building
961 E. 18th
UO campus

Miguel Villegas is a trilingual Ñuu Savi (Mixteco) rapper. His artistic name, Una Isu, means Eight Deer in Mixtec; a tribute to the legendary Mixtec leader Eight Deer Jaguar Claw. He has worked as a community organizer, interpreter, coordinator of cultural projects with the Binational Center for Indigenous Development Oaxaqueño (CBDIO).  

He is currently deputy state coordinator for the Indigenous Front of Binational Organization (FIOB), in California.  Miguel is a student of a university-college where he hopes to specialize in linguistics to continue preserving his native language.

In addition to writing his music, he also practices the traditional dances of Nùù Yúku, The Dance of the Diablitos and Daza de Los Chareos.

You can listen to some of Miguel’s songs at: https://www.reverbnation.com/unaisu/songs

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Ruth Vargas book presentation: Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia

November 9, 2017
4:30 pmto6:00 pm

Yamada Language Center
175 McKenzie Hall, University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1236

Latin American Studies is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the book Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia: Lonkos y Dirigentes Mapuche versus Chile en la Corte Interamericana (Pewmas/Dreams of Justice: Chiefs and Mapuche leaders versus Chile in the Inter-American Court)

Testimonies and evidence of the effects of antiterrorist law

By Dr. Ruth Vargas

The book and author will be introduced by Ellen McWhirter, PhD., Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon and will continue with a presentation and discussion with the author, Dr. Ruth Vargas.

This book presents the trajectory of the case “Chiefs and Mapuche leaders versus Chile” in the Inter-American Court System of Human Rights. It explores the sanctions against Chile from the Inter-American Court for the wrongful application of the anti-terrorist law to the Mapuche leaders. The book reviews the testimonies of the leaders before the international tribunal, as well as offers aspects of the psychosocial expert testimony to unveil the harmful effects of the application of the Anti-terrorist law on members of the Mapuche people. › Continue reading




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