Esperanza Book Premiere

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center will present a book premiere and plática for University of Texas San Antonio professor Sara DeTurk’s new book, Activism, Alliance Building and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7 pm. This free event will be hosted at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center located at 922 San Pedro Avenue. Presenters include Antonia Castañeda, Maria Berriozabal, and Gary Houston as well as the author, Sara DeTurk. The event will also present various artistic performances that pay tribute to the unique work of the organization through music and spoken word. A short reception and Q&A will follow the presentation with book singing afterwards.

Esperanza Platica

Book Description: The longevity of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas, suggests that it is possible for a social change organization to simultaneously address racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, imperialism, environmental justice, and peace—and to succeed. This ethnographic study presents an instructive case of the importance and challenges of uncompromisingly confronting injustice in all of its manifestations. Through building and maintaining alliances, deploying language strategically, and using artistic expression as a central organizing mechanism, The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center demonstrates the power of multi-issue organization in its intersectional/coalitional consciousness.

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