Speak Out - The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture is a national non-profit organization that educates, inspires and empowers young people to become activists for social justice.
Committed to social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic justice, Speak Out encourages critical and imaginative thinking about domestic and international issues through artistic and educational forums nationwide.
Two outspoken, activist Asian American women speak their minds about anti-Asian racism and misogyny in the current climate of hate—and how they seek to build multiracial, multicultural unity to address white supremacy and sexism.
Renee Tajima-Peña is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on immigrant communities, race, gender and social justice. Helen Zia is a noted author and activist on social justice issues ranging from civil rights and gender equality to countering homophobia and hate violence.
Renee and Helen first met in 1984 in Detroit when Renee was producing her Academy-Award-nominated documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and Helen was a lead activist in that landmark campaign for justice.
Immigration, race, and LGBTQ+ rights have been headline issues, yet the experiences of those whose identities include all three are often invisible. In this SpeakOut virtual event, scholar and author Dr. Anthony Ocampo discusses the struggles of LGBTQ+ people of color to be seen, not just by the public, but also by their immigrant families, ethnic communities, and the mainstream gay community.
Dr. Ocampo zeros in on Latinx and Asian gay men and looks at how schools in particular are racialized, gendered, and heteronormative and the implications intersectional identities hold for understanding educational inequalities.