Public lecture and Annual General Meeting
The Cuban Democratic System
Rodrigo Loyola, people’s poets
Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus 10700 104 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta Room 7-218 For maps and directions click here.
Lecture and speaker information
Rodrigo (Rod) Loyola is part of the people’s poets, an Edmonton based hip hop group who represent their refugee roots from Latin America, mixing rhymes about life experiences with social commentary. Performing regularly at a variety of music festivals, cultural events and international conferences, people’s poets combine music and action for social change and community building. Aside from lending his voice and support to a variety of community groups, Rod Loyola also offers workshops on hip-hop, art and community building, and tools for expression. Collaborating organizations include the Centre for Race and Culture, iHuman youth Society, Youth Emergency Shelter Society, Change for Children, John Humphrey Centre for Human Rights, Edmonton Immigrant Services Association, Alberta Federation of Labour and others. In 2009. people’s poets released album No Life Without Roots, which debuted at No. 1 on the CIUT 89.5 (University of Toronto) Hip Hop Chart. In May 2010, people’s poets participated in the World Festival of Youth Artists at the Romerias de Mayo in Holguin, Cuba. Rod also has experience working in television programming for the Programa Nosotros Latin American Community Television Program.
Rod has had the opportunity to travel to Cuba several times both as a musician and as a representative of the Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee. He will be sharing his experiences in Cuba, specifically focusing on the Cuban democratic system and how it is organized from the grassroots in the community to the Assembly of People’s Power. Join us for an evening of sharing and learning as we explore Cuba and Human Rights.