Sonia Pena

Sonia Peña Sonia, Associate Director, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she worked on immigrant rights, education and migrant farmworker issues as well as founding the Boulder chapter of the national student group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). She is a graduate of the Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) and went on to lead the program at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) from 1988-1993. Sonia also served as lead organizer on CTWO's Action for a Better Community project and later as both the organization's training and associate director.

Sonia serves as Board Chair for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), which was co-founded by CTWO and the Southern Empowerment Project in 1995-1996. A graduate of the National Community Development Institute's (NCDI) Professional Development

Wyclef Jean's Hopes For Haiti [VIDEO]

This weekend, CBS's 60 Minutes ran a story they originally aired in January that looks at Wyclef Jean, the multi-platinum Haitian-American musician and producer. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child to join his family in Brooklyn, NY. The piece was about his roots in Haiti and his surprising role (even to himself) as a philanthropist and lobbyist here in the U.S. for more aid to Haiti.

Support Wrongfully Jailed Leonard Peltier's Parole Today

peltier.jpgLeonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement, was wrongfully convicted in 1977 of killing two FBI agents in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is an artist, poet, writer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and activist. After serving more than 30 years in jail, he will go before the U.S.

"Beat It" - Mariachi Style

Michael Jackson's "Beat It" by a Mariachi band in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the ultimate tribute...from the Mexicanos in Birmingham to MJ!

Mixed Election Results on Affirmative Action

by Sonia Peña Although this country just elected its first Black President, ballot measures to ban affirmative action such as those in Colorado and Nebraska will continue to put issues of race up front. Join our allies at the Equal Justice Society for a call to learn from the experiences of activists at the forefront of these fights. In Nebraska, Initiative 424 to Ban on Affirmative Action passed 52-48%. In the fight against Colorado Amendment 46, the race has not yet been called, but it looks like it might lose!

Where Are We Fighting for Racial Justice?

by Sonia Peña While most of us have been focused on this years historical presidential election, it's important for those of us interested in Racial Justice to turn some attention to key local and statewide fights that are a vital importance to communities of color. Yesterday, I sat in on a call organized by the Equal Justice Society that gave participants an update on the three state campaigns attempting to defeat Ward Connerly's anti-affirmative action efforts.

Transnational Assembly Sets An Agenda

by Sonia Peña This week, Racewire contributors will be blogging from the Transnational Assembly of Remitters and their Families, a global gathering of more than 200 people from more than 22 countries and 22 U.S. states being held in Mexico City. We’ll be blogging more on the workshops and sharing the stories that we are so lucky to be able to hear first hand, but I wanted to share two things to give you a flavor of the tone and sentiment behind the gathering and the people that are here.

Providence Joins Western Union Boycott

by Sonia Peña In a bold move to support immigrants across the world, the Providence, Rhode Island City Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a boycott of Western Union .