Esmeralda Baltazar

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Esmeralda Baltazar is on the Education Team Highlander Research and Education Center.

Radical background

At 19, while studying art education in Chicago, Esmeralda Baltazar co-founded The Crib Collective, a youth-led non-profit. The organization became a center for artistic expression, cross-cultural alliances, and youth organizing that addressed a number of issues, including: gentrification, toxic waste, and the public education system. Since then, she has worked with the Rural Development Leadership Network in New York, Do, and other community based groups.

Most recently, Esmeralda worked with Fuerza Unida, a Latina-led organization in her hometown of San Antonio, TX, that empowers women workers and their families to organize for justice. It's through that work that she came to Highlander, first through the Southern Grassroots Economies Project. Highlander is an anchoring organization of SGEP, which promotes and supports the launch of sustainable cooperative economies across the South. Esmeralda's connection to Highlander deepened when, as a youth ally, she brought two young people from Fuerta Unida's youth leadership program to our Seeds of Fire Camp.

An accomplished visual artist, Esmeralda also holds an MA in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from New York University.[1]


Alejandro Guizar March 9, 2015 near Birmingham, AL ·


With Elandria Williams, Kierra Sims, Esmeralda Baltazar and Joe Tolbert, Jr..



Ferguson — with Paul Attea, David Alex Hayes, Andre Canty, Angel Ibarra, Esmeralda Baltazar, JT Taylor, Tom Torres, Thomas Coward, Kaitlin Malick and Sam Petschulat.

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 indicating interest in attending, on Facebook included Esmeralda Baltazar.[2]