Joe Navarro

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Joe Navarro

Joe Navarro is a Chicano poet, creative writer, community activist and teacher. He is an author of 7 chapbooks and contributor to The Cost of Privilege: Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism (Camino Press 2007).

Navarro is originally from San Francisco, CA, previously lived in Oakland, CA and Denver, CO, but currently lives in Hollister, CA. His poetry is shaped by people’s struggles for "self-determination, justice and equality."

Active in the Chicano movement since the late 1960s, he is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry - including Ambidextrous In Two Languages - and is also a member of Apoyo Tarahumara.[1]

He is a member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization[2]. He is married to Lucia Aguilar-Navarro.

Unity correspondent

In 1989 Regional Correspondents for Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle included Joe Navarro, Denver.


In the mid 1990s Joe Navarro was a contributing editor to Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.[3]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992, Joe Navarro, Socialist Organizing Network, Denver Colorado endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[4]

"The Cost of Privilege"

Chip Smith is the director of a workers' center and an anti-war activist in Eastern North Carolina[5]. He is the author of "The Cost of Privilege".

He was assisted in writing the book by Juliet Ucelli, Joe Navarro, Elly Leary, Badili Jones, Michelle Foy, Malcolm Goff (artwork).[6]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[7]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[8]

Latino/Caribbean A powerful and growing political force: The Latino/Caribbean people's struggle for equality and justice. What are the new perspectives in the Chicano/Mexicano, Puerto Rican and Caribbean communities?

"Community Presentation on Organizing Against War"

Hollister, CA Saturday January 11, 2003 "Community Presentation on Organizing Against War".

By Max Elbaum Editor of War Times and author of Revolution in the Air.

For more information contact: Joe Navarro.[9]

Reboot the Rainbow: Unusual Alliances, the 99% and Fighting to Win

Wednesday March 14 2012 Counterpulse 1310 Mission Street San Francisco Panel discussion "Reboot the Rainbow: Unusual Alliances, the 99% and Fighting to Win".

In the 1960s the Black Panther Party for Self Defense joined with the Puerto Rican Young Lords and the poor White Young Patriots Organization in the Original Rainbow Coalition (pre-Jesse Jackson). The model of "organize your own but fight together" was an attempt to build broad unity in dispossessed communities while dealing with the realities of racialized capitalism head-on. Come join a discussion of this history and what its going to take to keep the 99% together for the long-haul.

Panel discussion will include a slideshow of the art of the Rainbow Coalitions. On the panel: Pam Tau Lee (member of I Wor Kuen), Joe Navarro (Los Siete De La Raza Defense Committee), Killu Nyasha (Black Panther Party) and Amy Sonnie and James Tracy (co-authors of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times).[10]

Freedom Summer: 50 Years Later, Lessons for Today

Freedom Summer: 50 Years Later, Lessons for Today, was held July 27, 2014, at The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, San Francisco.

Join us for an evening with three amazing organizers who span more than 50 years of action fighting for racial and social justice. We will reflect on what the original 1964 Freedom Summer has meant for our work today, and explore the importance of the 2014 Freedom Summer for our work going forward.

Speakers: Phil Hutchings, Karly Safar, and Chude Pam Allen. Poetry by Joe Navarro.

The event was Sponsored by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad. [11]

Book talk with Jamala Rogers

518 Valencia St, San Francisco Sunday 7 February 2016, organized by Michelle Foy "Book talk with Jamala Rogers, founder of the St. Louis based Organization for Black Struggle & author of Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebel".

Jamala will explore the roots of the Ferguson Rebellion and the practical lessons for organizing.
"There is no algorithm, no theory that can predict when human rage reaches its boiling point. I wanted to expose to some and to remind others that there is another side of Ferguson, St. Louis County, USA that exists...if we work together in a respectful & disciplined way, a new Ferguson, St. Louis, & USA, is possible." —Jamala Rogers

Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included Georgia Faye Hirsty, Melanie McCrea, Joe Navarro, Michelle Foy, Cynthia Fong, Gerald Lenoir, Fernando Marti, Lucia Aguilar-Navarro, Joyce Nakamura, Jeremy Gong, Jason Wallach, Andrew Rogge, Lucy Clarke, Colleen FitzSimons, Saima Hashimi, Rachel Rye Butler, Pam Tau Lee, Afomeia Tesfai, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Kari Riesgo Banuelos, Eva Martinez, Justin Tombolesi, Josh Warren-White, Kate Sorensen, Malkia Cyril, Lelia Gomez, Mark Prudowsky, N’Tanya Lee, Marcy Rein, Finley Coyl, Shina Riane, Ken Yamada, Dyan Ruiz, Nancy Wan, Sarah Jarmon, Mark McBeth, Leon Sun, Sabrina Cascos Peterson, Mary Sweeters, Eric See, Dani Gonzalez, Mashael Majid, Susan Weiss, Juan Gamboa, Jr., Amy Sonnie, Felicia Gustin, Mickey Ellinger, Betty Pazmino, Charlie Fredrick, Aimee Molina Cuellar, Becki Ming-Yoke Hom.

Sponsored by: Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad and LeftRoots.[12]

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Joe Navarro.[13]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Joe Navarro.[14]