Media Institute 2011

The Latin American and Caribbean Community Center (LACCC), through a generous grant from the Simón Bolívar Foundation (SBF), will be hosting the third installment of it’s Diaspora Media Institute in November of the current year.

This 3rd installment of the LACCC Media Institute 2011: Gender, Migration and Human Rights, seeks to directly increase the quality and quantity of investigative and informational audio segments and programs that have a gender, migration and human rights component in the Bronx, that will reach immigrant, women, LGBT, and youth communities and/or groups through public and independent radio, podcasts, websites, and CD’s.  The institute will also promote a culture of participation within radio and other technologies that have been historically limited to women including trans-identified women.

Diaspora Media Institute Staff

Sunyata Altenor interest in social justice began with print and radio journalism. A writer involved in several media projects, she has a background in human rights and youth organizing. She has been with the LACCC since 2006.

Janvieve Williams is the founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center, she is dedicated to improving the conditions and opportunities for socially excluded and marginalized groups. Janvieve has worked throughout the Americas with communities on the ground and organizations to address the division and isolation faced by many of African descent and indigenous people, including low wageworkers, undocumented families and immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States, by building a political and critical consciousness while using a human rights framework.

Some of our participants this year include:

Aziza Wilburg is 19 years of age. Her family is from Guyana, South America and she was born and raised in Queens, NY. She is currently a student at Georgia Perimeter college, majoring in Pre-med with a minor in communications. She considers herself to be a youth activist. She has worked with organizations like the LACCC (Latin American and Caribbean Community Centers), Project South: The institute for the elimination of poverty and genocide, WRFG Radio free Georgia and many more. She is excited and honored to be participating in the media institute. She is ready to learn and will be bringing positive energy and an open mind.


Shamecca Long is a 25-year-old poet from Brooklyn, NY. Her career in volunteer work started at the age of 13, when she taught volunteer cheerleading at a local highschool in Bushwick. Since then, she has gone on to serve communities locally (Saturday Sankofa School-Queens, NY), nationally (Lower 9th Ward- New Orleans, LA), and internationally (Volunteer teaching in school- Ghana, West Africa). Her motive is to connect with “disadvantaged” people and learn about the underlying factors which cause larger, more obvious conflict.


Carlos Martinez

Zahra Alabanza at the young age of 31 is learning how to master the handstand. She is determined to do so before turning 32. Since inheriting her 2 magical nephews she has happily fallen back into being kid-like, hence mastering the handstand. She and her family currently reside in Atlanta, but she hails from Hawaii and California with a number of years spent in Florida and Chicago.  She has a healthy addiction to travel as indicated by her work on The Women of Color Travel Project at She is training to be a doula, herbalist, and yoga instructor. She hopes to incorporate these skills into building and enhancing healthy, whole communities that feel safe and confident to self determine their existences.

Ajamu Baraka a human rights defender whose experience spans three decades of domestic and international education and activism, Baraka served in various leadership capacities with Amnesty International (USA) prior to assuming his position with the US Human Rights Network. A veteran grassroots organizer with roots in the “Black Liberation Movement,” anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles, Baraka is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been in the forefront of the effort to apply the international human rights framework to domestic social justice advocacy for more than 30 years. He is a grandfather of 15 children, one of them a young budding recording pianist-singer.  He presently lives in Virginia with his partner, both of them committed to the liberation of African people worldwide.

Maria Rodriguez is a highly-adept and passionate activite with expert knowledge of traditionally underserved communities and the ability to break ground to effectively engage hard to reach communities. I take great pride on my integrity and authenticity to work for the well being of the people. I emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 1974. Since then, I have lived in the Bronx, NY. I have spent the last twenty five years working and volunteering, and as a member of some organizations local and nation wide, oriented to help our minorities communities in social issues related to migration, education, housing, health, and their Human Rights. Although, i am strongly involved in the political system, with the intention of promote the Rights of our people. I hold a degree in Public Relations from Fordham University, and speciality in International Labor Relations from Cornell University. And continuously, I have participated in many congress, and seminars inside and out of the United States to update, and increase my knowledges to better service my community.

Charo Mina Rojas is a human rights activist. Member of the Black CommunitiesProcess in Colombia (PCN), I work to raise awareness the issues of racism, human rights violations and consequences of US imperialism on Afro-Colombian communities. Part of my work involves education of US policy makers and civil society and activism against US and Colombian policies that affect Afro- Colombian rights. While in Colombia I worked with grassroots youth and woman organizations educating and organizing around cultural identity, sustainable development and self-assertion. I have done popular radio communication and I am familiar with other popular communication resources. I love dancing and music sooths my fiery spirit. I am Afro-descendant born Colombia. Mother of Edito and in a love relationship. Part of my life is also the Afro-Colombian movement for self-determination and the everyday struggle for social justice.

Sonia Ivette Dueño is and AfroBoricua pacifist, feminist, lesbian grandmother with a long history of human rights, earth justice and political activism

Marina Ortiz was Born and raised in East Harlem/El Barrio and the South Bronx, Marina Ortiz has drawn from her personal background and experience to craft an innovative, versatile body of work that includes prose and spoken word; broadcast, print and web-based journalism; digital photography; video production; civic and community activism; and other forms of cultural and political expression to highlight her experience as a stateside Puerto Rican woman in support of social justice.

Jose Mangasha is interested in education, social mobility and global issues from Human Rights, Immigration, Economic policies and political movements around the world. Passionate about  the Millennium Development Goals from the UN and Communication  and facilitation  for groups development. An Ecuadorian National, Jose has had a long history working with youth in his home country and is from the Shuar Community–one of the largest Native groups from the Amazonian area of Ecuador

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