Sonia Pena

Sonia Pena
Sonia Peña Sonia, Associate Director, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she worked on immigrant rights, education and migrant farmworker issues as well as founding the Boulder chapter of the national student group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). She is a graduate of the Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) and went on to lead the program at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) from 1988-1993. Sonia also served as lead organizer on CTWO's Action for a Better Community project and later as both the organization's training and associate director.

Sonia serves as Board Chair for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), which was co-founded by CTWO and the Southern Empowerment Project in 1995-1996. A graduate of the National Community Development Institute's (NCDI) Professional Development for Consultants program, her training experience focuses on leadership development, grassroots fundraising and organizational development.

Wyclef Jean’s Hopes For Haiti [VIDEO]

by Sonia Pena on August 3 2009, 12:04PM

This weekend, CBS’s 60 Minutes ran a story they originally aired in January that looks at Wyclef Jean, the multi-platinum Haitian-American musician and producer. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child to join his family in Brooklyn, NY….


Support Wrongfully Jailed Leonard Peltier’s Parole Today

by Sonia Pena on July 22 2009, 11:46AM

Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement, was wrongfully convicted in 1977 of killing two FBI agents in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is an artist, poet, writer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and activist. After serving more than…


“Beat It” - Mariachi Style

by Sonia Pena on July 10 2009, 11:08AM

Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” by a Mariachi band in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the ultimate tribute…from the Mexicanos in Birmingham to MJ!…


Mixed Election Results on Affirmative Action

by Sonia Pena on November 6 2008, 1:31PM

by Sonia Peña Although this country just elected its first Black President, ballot measures to ban affirmative action such as those in Colorado and Nebraska will continue to put issues of race up front. Join our allies at the Equal…


Where Are We Fighting for Racial Justice?

by Sonia Pena on September 10 2008, 1:10PM

by Sonia Peña While most of us have been focused on this years historical presidential election, it’s important for those of us interested in Racial Justice to turn some attention to key local and statewide fights that are a vital…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Transnational Assembly Sets An Agenda

by Sonia Pena on May 14 2008, 12:21PM

by Sonia Peña This week, Racewire contributors will be blogging from the Transnational Assembly of Remitters and their Families, a global gathering of more than 200 people from more than 22 countries and 22 U.S. states being held in Mexico…

Topics: Economy

Providence Joins Western Union Boycott

by Sonia Pena on October 10 2007, 11:53AM

by Sonia Peña In a bold move to support immigrants across the world, the Providence, Rhode Island City Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a boycott of Western Union . The boycott, organized by the Transnational Institute for Grassroots…

Topics: Economy