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Author talks activism, colonialism

Puerto Rican author Iris Morales came to campus on Friday to talk about fighting colonialism with grassroots activism.

New Haven students and residents gathered at Yale Law School on Friday to listen to Morales, an activist and filmmaker, discuss her book Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976. The Yale U.S. Health Justice Collaborative, the Citywide Youth Coalition and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ Environmental Media and Arts Interest Group together invited Morales to New Haven for three events centered on grassroots activism: a book talk, a screening and panel discussion.

Robert Rock MED ’18, co-leader of the Health Justice Collaborative, developed the idea of the two-day event when he attended a screening of Morales’ documentary ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! in New York.

“There was a screening in Harlem, so I went to see it. Iris was there, and they had a Q&A after, and the conversations she was having really got my imagination flowing,” Rock said. “I thought this is a conversation that students at Yale need to have, that students in New Haven need to have, that everybody in the city needs to have.”

Morales, who has advocated both for the advancement of the Puerto Rican community and for social justice more broadly, discussed the struggles against colonization, racism, sexism and poverty inside a movement like the Young Lords.

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