Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.11.13 AMWinona State University will host “If I was President: Liberation for a new Generation,” with Rosa Clemente at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium in Somsen Hall.

Clemente is the keynote speaker for WSU’s month-long celebration of Women’s History Month.

Clemente will discuss the intersections of Black Lives Matter, #SayHerName, and Afro-Latino organizing and prison abolition with visions of what it will take to become a multiracial social justice movement.

A community organizer, freelance journalist and hip-hop activist, Clemente also remains active in current social justice movements. She ran for Vice President of the U.S. in 2008 as a member of the Green Party with Cynthia McKinney, becoming the first women of color pair ticket in American history.

Clemente is also currently on trial for her role in a Los Angeles protest following a grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The protest resulted in the shutdown of Los Angeles’ Freeway 101.

This event is part of WSU’s Celebration of Women’s History Month and the 2015-16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community. Equity as a Human Right is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice. For WSU and its communities, partnering around a university theme has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students, and community members to the engagement table. The year-long focus will enable students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider Winona and Rochester communities to explore the intersections of identities, cultures, and abilities.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tamara Berg at tberg@winona.edu.

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