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Mary Rabago

Mary Rábago es una periodista premiada internacionalmente. Nacida en Sonora, México, Mary Rábago ha sido la presentadora de noticias para Univisión Arizona asi como Univisión California. Fungió como corresponsal para programas naciones como “Noticiero Univisión” y “Primer Impacto”. Es una de las diez principales mujeres hispanas con mayor presencia en los dos lados de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Mary Rábago ha empezado su propia compañía multimedia “Mary Rabago Productions”, una compañía que ya ha generado atención por sus soluciones creativas.

Mary Rabago is an international award willing journalist. Born in Sonora, Mexico, Mary Rabago has been the main news anchor or Univision Arizona as well as Univision California. Serving as correspondent for national shows as “Noticiero Univision” and “Primer Impacto”. She is one of the “Top 10” Hispanic women with more media presence on both sides of the United States and Mexico border. Mary Rabago has started her own multimedia company “Mary Rabago Productions”, a company that has already garnered attention for their creative solutions.

Viridiana Hernandez

Viridiana Hernandez (Viri) emigró de México a Arizona a la edad de un año. Madurar con el miedo de ser indocumentada la llevó a empezar movilizaciones políticas en el 2010 después de la aprobación da la ley SB1070, una ley anti-inmigrante que legalizó la discriminación racial (perfil racial) en Arizona. Después de varias campañas electores sin éxito, que llevo a un cambio de poder en el gobierno local, Viri cambió su enfoque de trabajo para abordar la urgente necesidad de que la comunidad sea parte de proceso de tomar decisiones. Hoy, en su papel como Directora de Políticas Públicas del Centro para el Liderazgo de Vecindario, coordina compañas políticas como Una Identidad par Phoenix (One Phx ID).

Viridiana Hernandez (Viri) migrated from Mexico to Arizona at the age of one. Growing up with the fear in being undocumented led her to begin organizing in 2010 after the passage of SB1070, an anti-immigrant bill that legalized racial profiling in Arizona. After several successful ​electoral campaigns, which led to a shift of power in local government, Viri shifted her work to the urgent need for community members to be part of decision making processes. Today, in her role as Public Policy Director at Center for Neighborhood Leadership she coordinates community-driven policy campaigns such as One Phx ID.

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María Cruz Ramírez llegó a Phoenix, AZ con sus tres hijos a sólo unos meses antes del 11 de septiembre de 2001 para estar con su esposo. Mari Cruz no ha podido encontrar trabajo por los últimos once años debido a su estatus de indocumentada. Es miembro de organizaciones Arizona Dream Guardians y Puente Movement. Mari Cruz ha participado en algunos eventos de salir de las sombras (coming out of the shadows) y fue participante del Undocubus en el verano del 2012.

Maria Cruz Ramirez arrived in Phoenix, AZ with her three children just a few months before September 11, 2001 to be with her husband. Mari Cruz has been unable to find work for the last eleven years because she is undocumented. She is a member of the Arizona Dream Guardians and Puente Movement. Mari Cruz has participated in several coming out of the shadows events and was a rider in the Undocubus in the Summer of 2012.

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick

María Harper-Marinick es la Canciller interina del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios de Maricopa (MCCCD). Anteriormente fue vice canciller ejecutiva y vice rectora del mismo sistema. La doctora Harper-Marinick ha trabajado en estrecha colaboración con el Canciller para desarrollar e implementar el plan estratégico del Distrito, llevar iniciativas para mejorar el acceso a la educación e incrementar el éxito estudiantil; y a alcanzar estatus, mérito y reconocimiento del Distrito y sus diez colegios a nivel local, nacional e internacional. La Dra. Harper-Marinick participa en varias juntas directivas y consejos incluyendo el Centro Latino para Política Publica del Morrison Institute for Public Policy y Grupo Consultivo de Educación Superior y el Grupo Hispano Consultivo para el Arizona Superintendent for Public Instruction

Maria Harper-Marinick is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for the Maricopa County Community College District. Dr. Harper-Marinick works closely with the Chancellor to develop and implement the District’s strategic plan; lead initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and build the stature and recognition of the District and its ten colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on several boards and councils including Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board and Arizona Superintendent for Public Instruction’s Higher Education Advisory Group and Hispanic Advisory Group.

Jacinta González

Jacinta González es la Directora de Campo para la organización Mijente. Jacinta tiene más de diez años de experiencia en la organización de la comunidad y recientemente se mudó a Phoenix después de anteriormente dirigir la organización Congreso de Jornaleros en Nueva Orleans. Jacinta actualmente trabajo con PODER en México, organizando los comités de la Cuenca del Río Sonora contra la contaminación de la industria minera.

Jacinta Gonzalez is the Field Director for the organization Mijente. Jacinta has over ten years of community organizing experience and has recently moved to Phoenix after formerly running the organization Congreso de Jornaleros in New Orleans. Jacinta is most recently working with PODER in México, organizing the Río Sonora River Basin committees against water contamination by the mining industry.

María Barquín

La primer mujer como directora de programación del país para una cadena radiodifusora nacional, María Barquín es nativa de Mexicali, México quien se mudó a Phoenix a la edad de 14.  Recibió su título universitario en administración empresarial de radiodifusión de la Escuela de Telecomunicaciones Walter Cronkite en la Universidad Estatal de Arizona (ASU).  Con 14 años de experiencia en Radio Campesina, Barquín ayudó a crear opciones innovadoras en el formato de radiodifusión (como tercera opción)  al combinar componentes educacionales y musicales para atraer y mantener un auditorio grande y leal.  Con el uso de la programación de Radio Campesina, Barquín ha ayudado a llevar acabo campañas de caridad a gran escala así como eventos educacionales.  Además, como directora de programación de la cadena radiodifusora, Barquín se esfuerza para mantener Radio Campesina involucrada en actividades cívicas y de influencia política para el beneficio de la comunidad y para coordinar ferias de salud, actividades con escuelas locales y grupos comunitarios.

The country’s first woman programming director for a Spanish-language radio network, Maria Barquin is a native of Mexicali, Mexico who moved to Phoenix at the age of 14. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting business management from the Walter Cronkite School of Telecommunications at Arizona State University. A 14-year-veteran of Radio Campesina, Barquin helped create a cutting-edge third option radio format, combining educational and musical components to attract and maintain a large and loyal audience. Using Radio Campesina programming, she has helped execute numerous large-scale charity drives and educational events. Moreover, as the programing director for the network, Barquin strives to maintain Radio Campesina involved in civic and lobbying activities that benefit the community, as well as coordinate health fairs, activities with local schools and community groups.

Alfredo Gutierrez

Alfredo was the founder and editor of the Internet newspaper – La Frontera Times focused on the immigration experience in the United States. Alfredo served as host of Arizona’s most listened to talk radio program in English or Spanish: “Escucha y Ponte Trucha con Alfredo Gutierrez” heard daily on Radio Campesina 88.3 FM in Phoenix. He has been a force in Arizona politics and business for four decades. Alfredo was first elected to the Arizona State Senate in 1972. He was elected Majority Leader by his peers in 1973 and served as his Party’s leader through the remainder of his tenure in 1986. In 1986 he founded Jamieson and Gutierrez Inc., which quickly became the state’s leading public relations and public policy firm with offices in Phoenix and Washington D.C. and clients throughout the United States. He sold the firm to his partners in 2001 and launched an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of the State of Arizona.

Alfredo was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship in its inaugural year. He was Arizona Chairman of the first Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign for Arizona, founder of numerous significant community based organizations, Majority and Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate, and recipient of a State Department Fulbright teaching fellowship at Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Alfredo is the recipient of a Doctoral Degree, Honoris Causa, from Arizona State University. Alfredo has written articles and political commentary for both the internet and print publications. He has completed his first book, “To Sin Against Hope”. Verso Books is the publisher.

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Carlos Garcia

Executive Director of the Puente Movement

Carlos Garcia is the Executive Director of the Puente Human Rights Movement in Phoenix Arizona. For over 10 years- Carlos has dedicated his life to end police and ICE collaboration, racial profiling, and racial repression in the state of Arizona. Carlos and his organization are avid supporters of the community learning project and hope to bring their immigrant membership base to attend and learn from the project.

Mary Stephens

Mary Stephens is currently Producing Director of Performance in the Borderlands at Arizona State University, where she focuses on public art, performance, politics, and community engagement in public spaces. Her work focuses on new relationship models between institutions and multiple publics in Arizona. Along with her production career, she teaches in the School of Film, Dance & Theatre and in the Socially Engaged Practice program where she focuses on civic engagement through the arts. Through her work in the arts she has built a successful initiative and cultural center in downtown Phoenix. Key to her work is place-making through artistic partnerships between international, national, and local stakeholders.

Sandra Castro Solis – Program Director

Sandra Castro Solis is scholar activist currently based in Phoenix Arizona. Sandra has organized in the state of Arizona for the last six years and has implemented her activist work into her scholarly research. Sandra received her Masters in Human Rights Studies from the Institute for Human Rights Studies at Columbia University in New York. Sandra Castro Solis is a recipient of the Davis Putter Scholarship Fund and the Corazon del Pueblo Human Rights Award for her work in the immigrant rights movement. Sandra is currently an Adjunct Professor of United States History at Estrella Mountain Community College and South Mountain Community College.

Alex Rivera – digital media artist and filmmaker of Sleep Dealer

Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker. He was born in 1973 to a native of Peru and a native of New Jersey. Growing up in a bi-cultural channel surfing tract home led him to rethink some assumptions about race, immigration, identity, and the global economy.

Over the past fifteen years he’s been making work that illuminates two massive and parallel realities: the globalization of information through the internet, and the globalization of families, and communities, through mass migration.

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Rivera’s work uses many different techniques to try to describe these realities. He began his career working in the form of political satire and ‘fake documentary,’ but over time, his work fractured, and now also includes work in narrative and traditional documentary. Even though he has not been faithful to one particular form or another, Rivera’s work always skews towards discussing the surreal elements of political realities, and it always strives to be both accessible and critical. Alex Rivera’s work demonstrates that complex arguments can be made clear and simple through the audio/visual medium.

Papapapá (USA 1995) used the concept of “virtual reality” to describe the mental space Rivera’s Peruvian father inhabits in his adopted home of upstate New York. The video describes how technologies of communication like the television, the telephone, and the internet allow new immigrants like his father to inhabit a ‘third reality’ – neither here nor there. In Papapapá Rivera called this in-between space a “virtual reality: VirtuaLima.

In his second film, Why Cybraceros? (USA 1997), Rivera sarcastically imagined a future in which migrant farm workers (or Braceros) could work in America, but never actually come to America, by controlling robotic workers over the internet from their country of origin. The Cybracero concept started as a surrealist satire of anti-immigrant politics, and internet utopianism in 1997. Strangely, it has become reality today in Indian “call-centers” in which thousands of people work in America over the net, but may never participate in any other way in U.S. society.

The Sixth Section (USA/Mexico 2003) took a different look at immigration and “the net.” The Sixth Section tells the story of how immigrants from the same small Mexican village re-organize in the U.S., and ultimately use the net to find political and economic power in their hometown in Mexico. “The net,” (in this case meaning money transfer services, cheap phone service, and home video) allows the uprooted population of immigrants to virtually return home, and find power.

In his most recent film, Sleep Dealer (USA/Mexico, 2008) Rivera synthesizes these explorations into a ground-breaking science-fiction feature film set on the U.S./Mexico border. Sleep Dealer takes many of the premises he explored in Why Cybraceros? and The Sixth Section, and combines them in a personal, emotional, and surreal narrative that follows a migrant worker in the near future.

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The distribution of Alex Rivera’s work has taken him through a set of wildly varied venues, through communities as diverse and divergent as the Saturday afternoon crowd at the Guggenheim and the Migrant Ministers of Tampa, Florida. Since he builds his films and videos from inspirations such as immigration and the internet, he ensure that the works open themselves up to new audiences, audiences that defy history and expectation.

Miriam Pawel – Author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez and A Union of Their Dreams

Miriam Pawel is an author, journalist and independent scholar who has spent most of the last decade writing about California farmworkers, agriculture, Cesar Chavez, and the United Farm Workers union. Her latest book, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez,” has been hailed in starred reviews as the first and definitive biography of this iconic leader. The biography picks up from where her first book left off; “The Union of Their Dreams” is the story of the heady and life-changing days of the farm worker movement, told through the eyes of eight key participants. Pawel worked for 25 years as a reporter and editor. Her recent work was supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The two books that followed, A Union of Their Dreams (200x) and The Crusades of Cesar Chavez (200x) were marked by controversy when they were released. Their has been a growing consensus amongst scholars and activists of the era that Pawel’s works are the most comprehensive and insightful on Cesar and the growth and subsequent decline of the UFW. you can read the complete editorial here: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/31/opinion/la-oe-pawel31-2010mar31

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Ms. Pawel’s in-depth reporting for the Los Angeles Times on the United Farmworkers status in 2006 was profound and controversial. The series, entitled, UFW A Broken Contract,  had an explosive impact especially amongst  Chicanos of Cesar’s generation who had been inspired by Cesar Chavez. You can read the entire Los Angeles Times series here: http://www.unionoftheirdreams.com/PDF/latimes_series.pdf

The two books that followed, A Union of Their Dreams (200x) and The Crusades of Cesar Chavez (200x) were marked by controversy when they were released. Their has been a growing consensus amongst scholars and activists of the era that Pawel’s works are the most comprehensive and insightful on Cesar and the growth and subsequent decline of the UFW. In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of Cesar Chavez’s birthday she wrote:

“Chavez merits an important place in the history books, as a civil rights leader, an inspiration for a generation of Chicanos and the founder of a movement that transformed thousands of lives. But the history is more complex than the hagiography, and more enlightening…Chief among the lessons we should take from his life is that heroes are human, with real flaws. You follow them blindly at your own risk. The biggest regret that many who worked closely with Chavez now express is that they did not speak up for what they believed in when it might have mattered”

You can read the complete editorial here: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/31/opinion/la-oe-pawel31-2010mar31

Chris Newman – General Counsel to National Day Laborer’s Organization

Chris Newman is the Legal Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He has worked with NDLON since 2002 and was hired as its first attorney in 2004. He coordinates NDLON’s work to defend and advance day laborers’ rights. Before working at NDLON, he was the founding coordinator of the Wage Clinic and Legal Program at El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, a day laborer work center in Denver, CO. He was the recipient of an Academy of Educational Development New Voices Fellowship. He is a Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. He earned his J.D. with high honors from the University of Denver College of Law. He lives in Los Angeles.

Mr. Newman has lectured on the film “The Salt of the Earth” at the University of California, Los Angeles as well as other institutions of higher learning. Mr. Newman’s interest in the “Salt of the Earth coincides with his work defending and advancing day laborer’s rights.

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“The Salt of the Earth” is perhaps the first feminist movie ever made in Hollywood. It is certainly the first film that depicted the struggle of Latina women for dignity and justice. It is also a movie that was profoundly important to the Mexican American labor movement of the fifties and again to the Chicano movement in late sixties and seventies. Tragically it was released in the midst of the Communist scare and the McCarthy era. It’s pro-labor stance and the producer’s collaboration with a leftist union, Mine Mill International, caused right wing panic in Washington and Hollywood. It was blacklisted immediately after its release. It was shown in only 13 commercial theaters. However it became an underground inspirational film shown in Union halls and Mexican church basements across the southwest.

Alfredo Gutierrez’s political memoir, To Sin Against Hope, describes the importance of the movie to one small mining town in Arizona. Read the excerpt from his book here:

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Pedro Ultreras – Writer and Director of La Bestia

Pedro Ultreras was born in Durango, México in 1969. At the age of 20 years old, Ultreras left his country in search of better opportunities in the United States; throughout his career in the Media he has worked professionally in California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Illinois and currently in New York City. He has been three times nominated to an Emmy because his work as a News Reporter.

He began his career in the Media in 1990 as a Reporter and Cameraman for an Univision’s television affiliate (KSMS Channel 67). Throughout his career Ultreras has worked for Telemundo, ABC, CBS, CNN and Univision.  His first feature length film was 7 Soles (7 Suns), a movie that was an official selection in ten international film festivals. 7 Soles was released in 2008. He also published the book of the movie under the same title.

In 2010 Pedro released La Bestia to international acclaim.

This is a link to an extensive review of the documentary. It includes a trailer to the film. globalvoicesonline.org/2011/08/08/mexicos-train-of-death/