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Saturday, July 28 • 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Teachers and Nurses at the Forefront of Social Struggles

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This panel will explore how organized labor, particularly in sectors at the center of social reproduction, such as teaching and nursing, engage in social struggles beyond what is usually understood as mere workplace concerns. Representatives from nurses unions and organizations around the country will speak about their work at the border and in post-Maria Puerto Rico and how to make sense of it beyond mere “relief” or “humanitarian aid.” Teachers from Puerto Rico and Oaxaca will speak about how in regions  marked by exploitation and dispossession, they have have played a key role in articulating forms of collective action to defend the commons and confront authoritarian powers and predatory interests, while fulfilling basic social reproduction tasks in the context of an absent state.

Sonia Gonzalez Roman, she/her

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, she/her, @nynurses

Noelanie Fuentes Cardona, she/her, Twitter: @fmprlucha
Bonnie Castillo, she/her, @NNUBonnie

Ximena Bustamante

Affiliated Organization:
National Nurses United, @NationalNurses (www.NationalNursesUnited.org)

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Ximena Bustamante

Ximena Bustamante is a Latin American feminist organizer and political theorist. During the last two years, she has been involved in the planning for the international women's strike in NYC. She has coordinated a collective militant-research interview project with women organizers... Read More →


Noelanie Fuentes Cardona

Noelanie Fuentes Cardona, is a union organizer, member of the executive committee of the Puerto Rican Teachers Federation. She works as a public high school history teacher and has been active in defending public education, in the community struggles against school closures, against... Read More →
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Bonnie Castillo

Bonnie Castillo, RN, is Executive Director of National Nurses United (NNU), California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/ NNOC), an all-RN professional organization and union with a membership of more than 150,000 throughout California and nationwide. Before... Read More →
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Noelanie Fuentes

National University College of Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Judy Gonzalez

Judy Sheridan-González, RN, is President of the 42,000-member New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). An ER nurse at Montefiore in the Bronx for 35 years, she’s served as an activist and elected leader in NYSNA, in addition to dedicating a lifetime of work on broader social... Read More →

Sonia Gonzalez Roman

Sonia Gonzalez Roman is a primary school teacher licensed in Pedagogy. She is a feminist and activist educator, member of the section XXII of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE)  in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has been militant in her union  since 2008, and actively participates... Read More →

Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
5th Floor Room 503

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