PANEL TALK | Re-Building the Built Environment: Grassroots Activism & Lessons for Today

Event time: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Kroon Hall (KRN) See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The Yale US Health Justice Collaborative, Citywide Youth Coalition, and Yale Forestry’s Environmental Media & Arts Student Interest Group are proud to welcome Iris Morales, JD, community activist, attorney, educator, director, and author to New Haven for a series of events to be held across the city. A former member of the Young Lords Party, Morales has spent 30 years helping develop organizations dedicated to grassroots organizing and community empowerment, such as the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the New Educational Opportunities Network.

Morales is the director of the documentary ¡Palante Siempre Palante!: The Young Lords, and author of the book Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976. Her visit will serve to bring the New Haven and Yale University community together for a series of events that discuss contemporary issues in organizing toward social justice from the perspective of one of the most influential organizations of the era. For the most up to date information, please visit the Facebook event page:

Panel Talk Description: Join us for a panel discussion with multiple generations of activists and organizers in an effort to promote an understanding of today’s most pressing environmental and health justice issues. The panel will apply a historical framework to contemporary activism and its relationship to the built environment, specifically addressing health and environmental justice in communities of color.

Additional events in this series are listed below:

BOOK TALK | Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: Intersectionality in Grassroots Progressive Movements

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Yale Law School, Room 120
127 Wall Street

Morales will speak on themes from her book Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976 which framed women’s equality within the Young Lords Party as a “revolution within the revolution”.

FILM SCREENING | ¡Palante Siempre Palante! The Young Lords

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Career High School, 140 Legion Avenue

In the midst of the African American liberation struggle and protests to end the Vietnam War, Puerto Rican communities in the late sixties fought for economic, racial and social justice. From the streets of Chicago to the barrios of New York City, the Young Lords emerged. They demanded decent living conditions and raised a militant voice for the liberation of Puerto Ricans and other Latinx groups in the United States and an end to the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Join us for a screening of the film and discussion with the director.