Iris Morales is a human rights activist, educator, and attorney. Her activism includes campaigns to fight police violence; advance feminist organizing; and support the decolonization of Puerto Rico, among others. She brings her activism to projects with young people, educators, and media producers and has built organizations dedicated to grassroots organizing, community empowerment, and media education. Her love of storytelling and history led her to create Red Sugarcane Press that publishes books about the BIPOC and Puerto Rican experience in the Americas.
Ms. Morales was a
leading member of the Young Lords for five years serving as the organization's Deputy Minister of Education and co-founder of its women’s organizations. She documents these experiences in the
documentary, !Palante Siempre Palante!, which premiered on public television and continues to screen across the United States and the
Caribbean, and in the
book, Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: the Young Lords, 1969 to 1976. Her writings about the Young Lords have appeared in books such as Palante: Voices and Photographs of the Young Lords, 1969-1971 and The Norton
Anthology of Latino Literature, among others.
Ms. Morales travels nationally as a public speaker at colleges, universities, and community venues. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and earned an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York.
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Ms. Morales is the co-author of Vicki and A Summer of Change! ¡Y un verano de cambio!, her first children's book. Co-authored with Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz, it tells the story of two young sisters in East Harlem and recounts what happened when neighborhood residents unite to bring about positive changes.
Ms. Morales' books are available at the links below:
Latinas: Struggles and Protests in the 21st Century
Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969-1976
Voices from Puerto Rico: Post Hurricane Maria/ Voces desde Puerto Rico: pos-Hurucan Maria