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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU in partnership with the Center for Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College present a panel discussion on Afro-Latin Americans and Community Organizing During the Pandemic.
Co-sponsored by NYU Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture .
About the Event:
Afro-descendants in Latin America must continue to fight multiple forms of oppression while under the additional stress of the global pandemic. This situation has amplified the inequities faced by marginalized communities. Join us for a conversation with activists from Brazil and Argentina who will discuss how their communities are coping as well as new strategies for organizing.
About the Speakers:
Madoda Ntaka, as one of the only Afro-Argentine lawyers, Madoda Ntaka’s professional and personal mission is to increase legal aid and access to justice for Afro-descendants in Argentina. He cocreated with Dr. Judith Anderson the Argentine – U.S. legal initiative to empower the Afro-descendant community through legal aid and access to justice. He experienced many challenges while defending Afro-descendants who lack the resources to access qualified legal assistance. Madoda participated in the meetings of the UN Expert Group on People of African Descent that visited Argentina in 2019. He was also selected to be part of the International Visitors Leadership Program, in Washington DC in 2017 as the Director of the Human Right Unit of the Argentine Institute for Equality, Diversity and Integration (IARPIDI). He is a member of the Commission of African issues of the Argentine Council of International Relations (CARI). Madoda was the co-organizer of the First Meeting of Free Legal Services Providers in 2018 which was held to discuss challenges facing those who needed free legal assistance. He was part of the International Congress of African Studies lecturers, Indianapolis, IN in 2014.Madoda has lectured on Afro-descendant issues at the University of Buenos Aires
Patricia Gomes, an Afro-Argentine lawyer, black feminist activist, and member of the Cape Verdean community of Argentina. Since 2005 she has been part of the advisory committee for the Cape Verdean Mutual Aid Society "Unión Caboverdeana," an institution founded in 1932 and the oldest existing African organization in Argentina. She is also part of the gender section of the organization the 8th of November Commission’s “National Day of Afro-Argentines and Afro-descendant Culture” and the organization Everyone with Mandela. Currently, Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity of the Argentine Nation, as an advisor on issues of equality and diversity, specifically on Afro-descendants. Previously she has worked at the Institute against Discrimination and the LGBT Ombudsman of the City of Buenos Aires in claims management, complaints, and legal advice on discrimination and sexual diversity, specializing in Afro-descent and racial discrimination. She has also worked at the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism (INADI) and at the National Women's Council. As part of her activism, she teaches and lectures on Afro-descendant issues in Argentina.
Claudia Santos, was born and raised at Curuzu/Liberdade, one of the biggest concentrations of black people (also called favela) in Salvador, Bahia, Northeast of Brazil where the majority of her family still live for more than 150 years. She was reborn as Malenduka for Candomblé and Bantu ancestrality at Terreiro São Jorge da Goméia. The terreiro, sacred place for afro religions, is based at the community of Portão into the city of Lauro de Freitas, where she is enrolled with the communitarian actions.
Her work teaching themes related to languages (especially English), literature and education is my main professional activity, currently at Instituto Federal de Educação (IFBA). As a student , she is enrolled at UFBA, in Phd Multidisciplinary Program on Diffusion of Knowledge (DMMDC/ UFBA). Besides these activities she is an activist connected to organizations related to the defense of African and Afro Brazilian culture/rights and black movements.
Jeferson Rocha is a 27 years old, Black activist at The Steve Biko Institute. He is a Marketing student at the UNICESUMAR University, and a sport coordinator in the education department of Lauro de Freitas city.
Judith Marie Anderson Ph.D (Moderator) is an Associate Professor at the Center for Ethnic Studies at BMCC. She has taught and conducted scholarly research in areas including the African Diaspora in the Americas; Latin American Studies, and Race and Identity in Argentina. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with an Interdisciplinary focus in Film and Media Studies from the University of Florida at Gainsville, where she also completed a master’s degree in Anthropology, as well as an advanced graduate certificate in Latin American Studies.
Before joining the faculty at BMCC, Professor Anderson taught Latino Urban Ethnography and other subjects at Hunter College/CUNY and York College/CUNY, and she taught in Study Abroad programs in both Brazil and Argentina through the College of New Rochelle. She is widely published, with articles focusing on the experience of the politics of Black identity in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Afro-Descendants in the Americas and other topics.