The Afro-Latin@ Forum will host Afro-Latin@s Now!: Race Counts, a three-day international conference in 2014 focusing on Afro-Latino communities in the United States and transnational relations between Afro-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Building on our immensely successful 2011 conference (“Afro-Latin@s Now!: Strategies for Visibility and Action”), the Forum will bring together activists, cultural workers, community members, academics and other stakeholders representing the vast, diverse Afro-Latino population to consolidate networks, advance common educational and advocacy projects, and chart out a strategy for future collaborative work. The conference, co-sponsored by local and national organizations and institutions with whom we have long-standing collaborative relations, will occur on October 23-25, 2014, at three New York City venues: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The CUNY Graduate Center, and El Museo del Barrio.
The theme of the Afro-Latin@s Now!: Race Counts conference is the critical importance of quantifying the U.S. Afro-Latino population, which is subject to endemic and systemic “invisibility” in the United States census, the media, and public and political discourse on raceand ethnicity domestically and internationally. Because of this lack of visibility and pervasive confusion about race and ethnicity stemming from the legacy of ideological and structural racism, “Black” and “Latino” are overwhelmingly represented as mutually exclusive. The reality is, however, they are often one and the same. African descendants are one-third of Latin America’s population, and for the millions of Latinos of African descent in the U.S., gathering data about this demographic will have an impact on health and access to healthcare, education, housing, employment, and political representation.
This conference will provide an extraordinary opportunity to examine and contextualize these core issues of Afro-Latino identity, visibility and representation.
Preceding Afro-Latin@s Now! Race Counts will be a series of preparatory public programs. These activities, as well as the conference and possible post-conference programs, will expose participants to successful community building and social change actions employed throughout the hemisphere, and generate new strategies specific to our national and regional contexts.
More info: http://www.afrolatinoforum.org/afro-latinos-now—-race-counts.html