Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Jose Lopez

Campaigns Coordinator | Make the Road New York

Jose Lopez has spent over half his life fighting for justice and opportunity in his native Bushwick, Brooklyn. The son of two working class migrants from Puerto Rico, Jose learned early the importance of family and community. At the age of 14, Jose helped to create the Youth Power Project, the youth organizing arm of Make the Road New York, a member-run organization which helps people in low-income and immigrant communities’ advocate to improve their neighborhoods. Jose graduated from Hofstra University.

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

The Difference It Can Make: Strategic Research Capacity in Community Campaigns

Strategic research is a premium resource for grassroots organizations as they explore or deepen campaigns and engage their members. For organizations fighting for racial justice, dedicated strategic research is even more vital, as much existing research on their issues may remain silent on racial inequity. This session will (1) highlight how campaign-based research has enabled base-building organizations to deepen their campaigns and their relationships with members; and (2) explore how to expand strategic research capacity for progressive grassroots organizations committed to racial justice.

Speakers: Maurice Weeks, Jose Lopez, Connie Razza

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

Racial Profiling: Every Which Way But Loose

This interactive workshop considers racial profiling within the criminal justice, immigration enforcement, and national security systems. Race has played a powerful, yet oftentimes hidden, role in the expansion of each of these three systems, and in justifying their fusion with one another. In addition to working collectively to develop a framework and analysis in this workshop, we will identify opportunities for multiracial organizing and coalition-building.

Speakers: Linda Sarsour, Kung Li Kung, Jose Lopez, Sian O'Faolain