Saturday, March 13, 2010

LatiNegr@s Project: Womyn's Herstory Month: Rosa Clemente

A hip-hop activist, organizer, mami, journalist, partner, entrepreneur, and the person many of my homies voted for to be Vice President of the US in 2008, Rosa Clemente is, in my opinion, one of our most important living legends. Clemente is leaving us with an amazing legacy already. "They made up the first women of color ticket in American history and Rosa Clemente was the first Latina in the history of the U.S.A. to be on the vice-presidential ballot in over thirty states" as her site states. She is the founder of Know Thy Self Productions which is a speakers bureau for youth of Color to hear and see people form their community speaking on issues that affect them and affirm their identity.

A radical woman of Color who centers self-determination, she has been active in various communities that remain oppressed and is in support a liberated and FREE Puerto Rico. A NY native who pursued higher ed in NY state and has earned a bachelors and masters degree, Rosa remained an activist during her college years as a founding member and student leader in various organizations centering youth of Color.

She announced her campaign to run for NY State Senate in the Bronx earlier this year! This very much makes me happy as I live in the district she is running in and seeking to represent.

Check her out speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis, June 7, 2008.

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