Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lecture presents Rosa Clemente "Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win." In this lecture Clemente will discuss how the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump has ushered in a new white supremacist era, manifesting white supremacist rhetoric, policies and violence. This lecture will include discussion on what lessons from the past can we employ, what does resistance look like, and how can we envision and create a political, economic and social justice movement rooted resistance.
Rosa Alicia Clemente is an organizer, political commentator and independent journalist. An Afro-Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx, NY she has dedicated her life to organizing, scholarship and activism. Clemente is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced seven major community activism tours and consults on issues such as hip-hop feminism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, United States political prisoners and the right of Puerto Rico to become an independent nation free of United States colonial domination. Her groundbreaking article, “Who is Black?”, published in 2001, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Black political and cultural identity in the Latinx community. She is creator of PR (Puerto Rico) On The Map, an independent, unapologetic, Afro-Latinx centered media collective founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She was also the first ever Afro-Latina women to run for vice-president of the United States in 2008 on the Green Party ticket. Clemente and her running mate, Cynthia McKinney, were to this date the only women of color ticket in American history.
In her book "Will China Save the Planet?", author Barbara Finamore proposes that with President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords, the US has defaulted as the world leader on climate change. The logical successor to assume that mantle is China. Is that possible?