Third World Solidarity Economy - Livestream Panel

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Solidarity Research Center in partnership with Red Nation Coalition and US Solidarity Economy Network presents


A livestream panel discussion between Black, indigenous, and people of color organizing autonomous communities and liberated economies from Los Angeles to the Navajo Nation to Jackson, Mississippi.

Date: Saturday, 8/11/18
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm ET/5:30-6:30 pm CT/4:30-5:30 pm PT
Location: (livestream)



ANDREW CURLEY: Andrew is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, studying coal and development in the Navajo Nation. He cofounded the Dine Association for Self-Determination, a research clearinghouse for critical analyses of tribal politics. Previously he worked at the Dine Policy Institute, a research organization based at the tribal community college, and served on the tribe’s commission on government reform for two years. He has also written for the Navajo Times.

MAJERLE LISTER: Majerle is a researcher with the Dine Policy Institute.

ROBERTO FLORES: Roberto is the cofounder of Eastside Cafe, We are a group of Zapatista inspired, El Sereno residents that co-facilitate a multi-disciplinary, autonomous space. We are dedicated to rebuilding, reconstructing and reclaiming our communities by creating sustainable projects and collectives to empower one another. WE strive to build citywide multiethnic autonomous networks to represent the initial phase of a long-term communal development plan. We are committed to supporting an active citizenry and renewed communal identity that is continuously engaged in planning for the future through self-determination, education, cultural arts and community dialogue.

KALI AKUNO: Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city. Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.

YVONNE YEN LIU: Yvonne is the cofounder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that builds solidarity economies in working class, communities of color. She is based in Los Angeles, California, where the sun smiles on her every day. Although a native of NYC, she and the city have broken up and went their separate ways. She is a practitioner of research justice with over 15 years of being a nerd for racial and social justice organizations. She has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD. Yvonne serves on the boards of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and Data Commons Cooperative, and she is a member of the steering committee of the California Asset Building Coalition. She is the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. 

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