Janvieve Williams Comrie

Principal and Founder/Independent Artist and Activist
Aligned Strategies Consulting

Janvieve Williams Comrie, is a human rights strategist, trainer and organizer with a deep commitment to assist in the building of powerful social movements for racial justice and human rights. Janvieve is internationally recognized for her work with Afro-descendant communities. Janvieve is also an Associate Professor at The New School and a children's book writer. Executive Director Wanda Salaman—a longtime activist—have fought tirelessly for more than two decades to win many victories around housing, economic, education, and environmental issues that affect South Bronx residents.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Bronxeñas: Afrolatina is not just a US Experience

How do we reshape the idea of 'Latinidad' when talking about the Diaspora away from white supremacist standards, US imperialism and exceptionalism, and more from a very global, African descendent and lived experience.

This intergenerational session will generate strategies as we move forward. Four African Descendent global Women grounded in the Bronx, with four different experiences, will share their lived personal and organizational and collectively dream up a strategy to shift the narrow narrative to be more inclusive.

Participants will also get a sense of what organizing in communities where one is centered looks like, and how those strategies keep on being replicated by outsiders, without the intentional centering, with lots of funding and end up failing.

As sanctuary we ask that the space be held by for people of color, including people that intentionally identify as Black and Indigenous Latinxs only.

Speakers: Janvieve Williams Comrie, Alicia Grullon, Wanda Salaman, Sade Swift

Children of the Diaspora: Keep us Together

This a child centered workshop led by 7 year olds. The two children want to feel safe in their houses and in their schools. Gibran does not want his mother to be taken away because she is not from the United States and Malayia does not want more jails in the Bronx.
Guided by their parents, the children will lead other children to reflect about their safety as Black children and as children that are part of a global community.
They might do either an art project or dance.
This workshop is intended to be for and by children and will take between 30-45 minutes.

Speakers: Janvieve Williams Comrie, Malayia Felix- Spann and Gibran Freilla Williams

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Raza Que Raza: The state of Latinx Racial Justice

A major demographic shift is at hand in the United States: Latinx are slated to become the majority. On this shifting ground, the US Census Bureau no longer categorizes Latino/Hispanic as a race. Meanwhile organizers, advocates and community leaders are struggling with immediate threats and challenges that impact Latino/a/x people. Join three Latina leaders to discuss the trends and obstacles in addressing the needs of Latinx communities while grappling with questions of identity, allegiance and intersecting oppressions.

Speakers: Janvieve Williams Comrie, Maegan Ortiz, paulina helm-hernandez