June 3, 2018
GUEST: José A. Soler del Valle
TOPIC: Independence for Puerto Rico
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José A. Soler del Valle retired as Director of the Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has co-founded, led, and participated in a multitude of struggles, but Puerto Rican independence has always been at the center of his activism. He served as national (US) president of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP), the national organizing director of Clergy and Laity Concerned, and the United Nations representative for the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ). He was a founding member of the National Alliance of Third World Journalists and helped organize a US chapter of the IOJ. He was also involved in the Chicano struggle in New Mexico and was a co-chair of the US Peace Council. His vision of Puerto Rican independence has always been tied to global decolonization, socialism, and Soler was deeply involved in the global struggle against Apartheid and in support of Central American liberation movements in the 1970s and 1980s. He has participated in the US labor movement as a shop steward and an assistant shop chairman of Local 6 Hotel Workers (New York City). He was a labor journalist/ photographer for District 65, United Auto Workers. He was also a journalist and an organizer for the Communication Workers of America. He served as an elected member of the UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation, Local 1895, AFT and is a part time community organizer for the Greater SE Mass Labor Council. He is a member of COSODIBO( Puerto Rican diaspora organization) and is also involved in the struggle against the privatization of public education in the US, Puerto Rico and Latin America. He helped organize the SE Massachusetts and Rhode Island Coalition to Save Our Schools and is a member of the Save Our Schools March Steering Committee and the Citizen for Public Schools board.
Jose can be reached via email here: firstname.lastname@example.org