HIP HOP ACTIVIST ROSA CLEMENTE TALKS FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE AT AF3IRM SUMMIT

For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
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NATIONAL — The “Women on the Wave” National Summit, organized by AF3IRM, promises to be a historic gathering of visionaries and revolutionaries including hip hop activist, community organizer, and journalist Rosa Clemente. Clemente will speak alongside Grace Chang, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, and Ninotchka Rosca for the discussion “Five-Continents Feminism: Examining Transnational, Women of Color Feminisms and the Need to Theory-build in the Era of Imperialism.” This opening plenary will set the base for the themes that will be tackled by the estimated three hundred in attendance during the two-day gathering.

A Black Puerto Rican radical feminist from the Bronx, Rosa Clemente has been a passionate organizer and activist for over 20 years. The breadth of Clemente’s work runs deep –  in 1995, she founded Know Thyself Productions, which consults on issues such as universal healthcare, immigrants’ rights, media justice, and third party politics. As part of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, she did work around police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and political prisoners. She is a co-founder and coordinator of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention,  bringing together over 3000 activists in 2003 “to create and implement a national political agenda for the Hip Hop generation.” In 2008, Clemente made history as she joined Cynthia McKinney on the first women of color ticket to run for executive office in the United States.

As an independent journalist, she has done on the ground reporting in New Orleans and the Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and she recently reported from Ferguson after the murder of Mike Brown. She has also written for and contributed to Ebony, Clamor Magazine, The Black World Today, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, On the Real with Chuck D, Street Soldiers, Pacifica Radio, and many other media outlets.

Her academic work has centered around national liberation struggles, including The Young Lords Party and The Black Panther Party. Currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois department of UMASS-Amherst and a visiting scholar at California State University, Los Angeles, Rosa Clemente is also producing her first book: When a Puerto Rican Woman Ran for Vice President and Nobody Knew Her Name.

AF3IRM is excited to host Rosa Clemente along with the other amazing women-identified activists and theorists at “Women on the Wave.” AF3IRM’s National Summit and 25th Anniversary takes place on October 11-12th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. “Women on the Wave” aims to bring together women from all over North America and beyond to build the next wave of feminism. The summit also celebrates AF3IRM and its history of over 25 years of women’s organizing, including their current work as a transnational feminist women’s organization and former work as a women’s solidarity organization. AF3IRM welcomes all woman-identified individuals to join in the dialogue, celebration, and resistance.

To learn more about the summit and to register, please visit http://af3irm.org/summit2014. The event is wheelchair accessible and childcare is provided. Space is limited!

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WHAT: AF3IRM 25th Anniversary and Women’s Summit
WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
WHERE: Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
ADDRESS: 322 S Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REGISTRATION: http://af3irm.org/summit2014/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org

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