Living Without Borders Encuentro 2009

Building autonomous communities y celebrando cambio social.

November 6–8, 2009

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sponsored by U.C.I.R.

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Workshops confirmed!

The Scheduling Committee is excited to announce that we have finalized the list of workshops that will be put on at this year's encuentro and will be making final scheduling arrangements over the course of the weekend. While we're working on that, you can find out more about what'll be going on next weekend by taking a look at our new list of confirmed workshops and their descriptions.

Check out workshops like No Human Being Is Illegal, How to Defend Social Justice Through Language, Criminalization of People of Color and Prison Abolition, and more!

More: Workshops.

The 2nd annual Living Without Borders encuentro will be held from Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras is an encuentro sponsored by the United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights in Las Vegas, which will bring together hundreds of activists and community members, for a weekend of discussion, action and entertainment devoted to immigration freedom, raising consciousness, and organizing in our communities. This year's encuentro will be devoted to the theme of Building Autonomous Communities y Celebrando Cambio Social.

We'll be starting conversations, sharing knowledge, meeting, connecting.

There'll be keynote addresses by author Rinku Sen (The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization), and by Hilda Garcia from La Mujer Obrera (an autonomous women's community in El Paso, Texas).

There'll be workshops on immigration freedom, the criminalization of immigrants, the interconnection of struggles, community organizing, activist skill-shares, defending social justice through language, and more.

There'll be tabling space for participants to connect with artists and organizations in the community.

There'll be meals to share, with a free breakfast and lunch for registered participants.

And there'll be cultura, entertainment, and engagement — art, music, a bit of teatro rascuache, and hands-on activism for social justice.

We welcome anyone interested in freedom, equality and dignity for immigrants — in a discussion of how borders limit consciousness and how to break through them — in building autonomous communities and activism for social transformation. We hope to see you there!

From here, you can find more information on the how to get to the site of the encuentro, and the schedule of events you'll be table to take in once you're there. If you have any questions about the event, contact the organizers for help.

If you plan to come to the encuentro, you should register to attend as soon as possible. Your registration will assure you a place at the encuentro—including a free breakfast and a free lunch on the Saturday and Sunday of the encuentro— and will help us get an idea of how many people are coming, so we can make sure that we have enough food and space for everyone.)

Workshops will offer a chance to hear talks, to open up group discussions, to share knowledge and skills, and to connect with each other around critical issues. If you would like to propose a workshop of your own — on an issue you care about, or a skill you'd like to share, or on a project that you'd like to let fellow activists know about — you can sign up to run a workshop.

Tabling space will be available to give encuentro participants a chance to connect with artists, vendors, craftspeople, activists, organizers, community groups, and artistic, cultural, or political projects in our own communities. If you would like a space to table for your project, your organization, your shop, or yourself, you can sign up for tabling space online. Please, feel free to bring art, crafts, zines, video projects, things you've made, or anything you are interested in sharing with folks at the encuentro.

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