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Afrorriqueñes: Afirmation, Solidarity and Healing

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

4048 West Armitage Avenue

Chicago, IL 60639

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A four-day series devoted to Afro-Rican dialogue that invites fresh insight into Blackness and puertorriqueñidad as it is lived in Chicago.

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Puerto Ricans understand themselves to be racially tolerant and multiracial, while there’s still much to be done on anti-Blackness, the legacies of slavery, and the marginalization of Afro-Ricans in housing, health, education, and political representation. We’re grouped into an assumed Latin umbrella that is reckoning with its limitations, and citizens in/ from this country’s colony. From Puerto Rico to Chicago, we have a deep history and presence in movements for Black pride, national liberation, and cross-cultural solidarity.

In the context of global uprisings and new awakenings, we present Afrorriqueñes: Affirmation, Solidarity, and Healing - a four-day series devoted to Afro-Rican dialogue that invites fresh insight into Blackness and puertorriqueñidad as it is lived in Chicago.

Affirmation

Discussion circle with facilitators

May 24, 7pm-9pm (in-person/virtual)

Afro-Rican International

An intergenerational conversation of afrodescendientes from Puerto Rico and Chicago on Art, Activism, and Affirmation.

What are the ways art responds to, and shapes, this newest awakening of Afro-Rican pride, activism, and outrage? What are the past lessons and afro-futures? What are our urgent tasks and how do we make sense of them - and act?

Join us for a unique dialogue between some of the best artists, activists, and educators of the islands and diaspora. Final list of panelists available soon.

Introduction/ Facilitators: Xavi Luis Burgos and Sarah Bruno

Confirmed Panelists:

Brenda Torres Figueroa (Chicago)

Jaefkae (Chicago)

Alyssa N. Villegas Rodríguez (Chicago)

Ivelisse Díaz (Chicago)

Solidarity

Traditional panel discussion with facilitator

May 26, 7pm-9:00pm (in-person/virtual)

Alianza in a Racial City

Description: An intergenerational conversation on Community-building, Education, and Afro-Diaspora Solidarity in Chicago.

Where do our histories and current concerns cross paths and diverge? What do we mean when we say ‘solidarity’? How does Chicago as a segregated city shape alliances and agitate new educational possibilities?

Join us for a unique dialogue between some of the best artists, activists, and educators in Chicago.

Introduction/ Facilitator: Xavi Luis Burgos

Sounds of Solidarity

Thursday, May 28th, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(in-person/virtual)

A special live concert celebrating solidarity within Black and Brown movements in Chicago.

Curated and hosted by Rebel Betty

Artists:

Jaefkae - Jalen Kobayashi

Amara “Rebel Betty”

Mateo Zapata

Venus Armstrong

Darius Parker

Che Guevara

Ámale - Isaura Flores

Healing

Youth dialogue circle with facilitator

May 29, 6pm-8:30pm (audience/virtual)

Unpacking the Future of Healing: Afro-Boricua Youth Voices

Introduction/ Facilitator: Dorian A. Ortega, LCPC

A Black and Brown Boricua youth dialogue on healing from systemic oppression, such as racism, colorism, privilege, and identity challenges. This dialogue will highlight the insightful social awareness of youth lived experiences in the age of social media, and our understanding of Blackness, whiteness, microaggressions, mental health, the future of racial healing, and ways to reach integrative awareness.

Panelists:

Arani K. Shearril, Cultural dance artist & book club curator

Naia Wakai, student

Coda Ruiz, co-founder of The HEAL Unacademy

Tonantizin Muhammad, Artist, Educator, Land nurturer


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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

4048 West Armitage Avenue

Chicago, IL 60639

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