Plenaries

Central to NIIC 2017 are the Plenaries that will take place on the NIIC main stage. The entire NIIC audience gathers for these sessions, which will address pressing topics of interest and concern to all working on behalf of immigrants and refugees. The NIIC Plenaries feature many prominent speakers – policy, thought and movement leaders, culture makers and artists, journalists and scholars alike. Plenaries take place each on each of the three days at NIIC. For reference, information about the 2016 Plenaries, including video, is here.


CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AS OF NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Numerous other overtures in progress -- Listing in formation

LESSONS FROM AZ & THE SOUTHWEST OPENING & KICK OFF SUN DEC 10
2PM-3:30PM
  • Montse Arredondo, One AZ
  • Alex Gomez, LUCHA
  • Carlos Garcia, Puente
  • Isabel Garcia
  • Alfredo Gutierrez
  • Pastor Stewart
  • Petra Falcon, Promise Arizona
BUILDING ALLIANCES IN DIFFICULT TIMES MORNING
MON DEC 11
9AM-10:30AM
  • D. Taylor, UNITE HERE
  • David Adame, Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Moderator: Rebecca Shi, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: Case Studies on Seismic Policy Shifts & Our Advocacy AFTERNOON
MON DEC 11
12:15-1:45PM
  • Cristina Jiménez Moreta, United We Dream
  • Guy Reiter, Native Organizers Alliance
  • Kica Matos, Center for Community Change
  • Erol Kekic, Church World Service
  • Esther Lopez, UFCW
GLOBAL MIGRATION & THE RISE OF NATIONALISM MORNING
TUES DEC 12
8:30AM-10AM
  • Zrinka Bralo, Migrants and Refugees Acting for Justice
THE WAY FORWARD: Organizing and Democracy AFTERNOON (FINAL PLENARY)
TUES DEC 12
12PM-1:15PM
  • Bob Moses
  • Mehrdad Azemun, Peoples Action
  • Sayu Bhojwani, New American Leaders Project
  • Tony Navarrete, Promise Arizona
  • Theresa Mah
  • Yaheiry Mora, CASA
  • Moderator: Maria Hinojosa, National Public Radio