JOIN US FOR A BILINGUAL EVENING WITH KARLA LARA [Español abajo- evento en Español con interpretación a ingles]
Karla Lara is a singer and feminist organizer from Honduras leading efforts in the resistance against corporate imperialism and for the self-termination and dignity of her people through her music. She’s is visiting Minnesota to build the resistance across borders. Karla will be singing about the legacy of Berta Cáceres and the current struggle in Honduras.
Karla will be part of a bilingual round table discussion alongside local Latinxa leaders: Veronica Mendez Moore, Monica Hurtado, Magdalena Kaluza, and Arianna Genis. This will be followed by time to connect with her and ending with a live performance.
BILINGUAL ROUND TABLE CONVO 4:30 PM
Karla will be part of a bilingual round table discussion about building across borders as a woman and singer/activist, facilitated by Migdalia Loyola and featuring local organizers/leaders/artists.
Migdalia Loyola has been involved in local and national grassroots initiatives over the past two decades, from working to free Puerto Rican political prisoners, to advocating for reproductive justice. Migdalia currently oversees the Education & Outreach Department's activities at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, where she instituted the Entre Amigas Lay Health Advisor program, which trains Latinas on sexual and reproductive health, peer education, and advocacy skills. In the aftermath of the damage caused by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico in Sept. 2017, and the subsequent inadequate response by the U.S. government, she became one of the co-founders of the Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota.
Veronica Mendez Moore is the Co-Director of CTUL which organizes to build power with low wage workers of color across the Twin Cities for a voice on the job and in their communities. For the last 16 years Veronica has dedicated herself to challenging the 1% and developing strategy and developing leadership in workers to get a seat at the table across from the 1%, to make demands, and to win.
Mónica María Hurtado the racial justice and health equity organizer at Voices for Racial Justice. She grew up in Colombia, where she worked as a doctor of family medicine. From 2002-2013, she worked with Aqui Para Ti/ Here For You, a program funded by Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative. Since 2009, she has been one of the community members participating of efforts around health care data for equity in Minnesota.
Magdalena Kaluza is a queer, mestizx Maya K’iche’ writer/performer, youth worker, and emerging puppeteer. Magdalena Kaluza (they/she) loves to garden, is often on bike, and has been a community organizer for over a decade. Magdalena grew up in Phillips and their second home is Guatemala.
Arianna Genis is a Xicana and co-founder/host of Latina Theory, a podcast centered on elevating the voices of Latinxs in politics and art. She works at the intersection of politics, art and organizing. She is the Deputy Communications Director at Wellstone Action.
For years, Karla has making music that inspires people to be a part of constructing a better reality. She is a leader of the feminists-in-resistance and artists-in-resistance who are a part of the struggle for human rights, justice, and democracy in Honduras and across Central America.
Our evening will be kicked off by two incredible Latinx local poets. See below.
Anaïs Deal-Márquez is a writer and culture worker with roots across the U.S.-Mexico border whose work looks at identity, displacement, trauma and healing. She is the founder of Border Voices, which uses storytelling and performance to curate shows and conversations that center immigrant and refugee voices of folks of color.
Jessica Lopez Lyman is Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar interested in how People of Color create alternative spaces to heal and imagine new worlds. She teaches at the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
On May 4th Karla will be singing to us about, “[The] beloved Berta Caceres, her legacy and the struggle for justice. And how we are advancing our demands, our forms of territorial struggle for autonomy and against the extractive model. I will sing out our cry to free those who have been unjustly incarcerated, denied their right to protest. I will sing about our world and about this powerful time where women continue to be present and commit to singing.”
Karla's songs will be accompanied by Jose Antonio Velasquez, virtuoso jazz musician, pianist, and composer. He has accompanied Karla's musical work since 2007, and is the musical director of his own project in the genre he enjoys most, jazz.
Donations collected will go to support the expenses of Karla's US tour.
SUMATE A UN EVENTO BILINGÜE CON KARLA LARA
Karla Lara es una cantante, activista y feminista hondureña liderando la resistencia contra el imperialismo, la privatización y la lucha por la autodeterminación y la dignidad del pueblo hondureño a través de su música. El propósito de su visita a Minnesota es fortalecer la resistencia más allá de las fronteras de su país. Karla canta sobre el legado de Berta Cáceres y sobre la lucha que Honduras enfrenta hoy día.
MESA REDONDA—CONVERSACION BILINGÜE 4:30 PM
Karla participará de la mesa redonda bilingüe donde compartirá su experiencia como mujer activista que construye puentes a través de las fronteras. A esta conversación, también se unirán activistas y artistas locales:
Veronica Mendez Moore
CONCIERTO 7:00 PM
Karla lleva muchos años creando música que inspira a los demás a formar parte de la construcción de mejores realidades. Ella es una lideresa del movimiento de feministas y artistas en resistencia, que hacen parte de la lucha por los derechos humanos, la justicia y la democracia en Honduras y en todo Centro América.
El 4 de mayo Karla nos cantará sobre la “querida Berta Cáceres, su legado y su lucha por la justicia. Y como estamos avanzando nuestras demandas, nuestras formas de lucha territorial por la autonomía y en contra del modelo extractivo. Cantaré nuestro reclamo para que liberen a los que han sido encarcelados injustamente, a los que les ha sido negado el derecho a protestar. Cantaré sobre nuestro mundo y sobre este momento poderoso en que las mujeres seguimos estando presentes y comprometidas a cantar.”
Las canciones de Karla serán acompañadas por José Antonio Velásquez, músico virtuoso de jazz, pianista y compositor. El ha acompañado a Karla en su obra musical desde 2007 y es el director musical de su propio proyecto en el género que más disfruta, el jazz.