In 2011, while concluding a three-year self-study and strategic planning process, the LatCrit Board of Directors unanimously voted to acquire a ten-acre parcel in central Florida with a 3,000 square-foot artist’s retreat to found a permanent community center and campus for LatCrit scholars and affiliated networks.[i] Three years later, the LatCrit community established The Living Justice Institute (“LJI”) at Campo Sano as a democratic base and diverse hub for multiply-diverse groups and persons working collaboratively and ethically toward a post-subordination future on multiple levels of human endeavor. At that time, we structured this new institute as an academic organization to spearhead innovation, as well as continuity, in the perpetual advancement of the core social and educational purposes, principles and practices developed by LatCrit and other critical outsider scholars since the 1990s.
In addition to the continual advancement of our basic societal goals and knowledge production activities, we dedicated the LJI at Campo Sano to the nourishment of human and environmental dignity, wellbeing, society and harmony in every respect: mind, body, spirit and soul. Put simply, the Living Justice Institute at Campo Sano is devoted to fostering human and environmental wellbeing in multidimensional terms. The creation of this Living Justice Institute at Campo Sano in 2014 now situates critical antisubordination networks within and beyond the legal academy of the U.S. to work and live justice in holistic, integrated and multi-generational ways like never before.
Today, Campo Sano is a safe, peaceful haven for the cultivation of critical communities and coalitions based on shared social justice commitments. Among these, specifically, are the substantive values, functions, guideposts and postulates formulated by LatCrit, RaceCrit, FemCrit, QueerCrit, ClassCrit and other OutCrit scholars and activists since the late twentieth century.[ii] Through the work of the LJI and affiliated persons or partners, Campo Sano now provides a self-sustaining and self-directed sanctuary to incubate decolonizing knowledge and consciousness, foster egalitarian human society, and engender activist academic democracy for generations to come.
Broadly speaking, we hope and intend that the LJI at Campo Sano proactively will plan, host, facilitate and sponsor programs and projects of all kinds consistent with the LatCrit Charter and Bylaws,[iii] including, but not limited to, projects and programs designed to inspire and develop:
- LatCrit theory, community and praxis in every respect;
- Pipelines, communities, networks and coalitions consistent with LatCrit theory, community and praxis;
- Educational initiatives to promote public understanding and social correction of human and environmental injustice, and related issues of equality, dignity and freedom both in the U.S. and internationally;
- Constitutional, legal and policy frameworks for the protection of equal justice for all, and civil/human rights generally, toward the establishment of an open, post-subordination, egalitarian U.S. and global society;
- Transnational, transcultural and transdisciplinary discourses, knowledges, activities and alliances toward the establishment of global equal justice across Earth;
- Publications and other kinds of informational resources of any kind, both electronic and traditional, consistent with LatCrit principles and practices and critical outsider jurisprudence;
- Intentional communities and other kinds of justice-centered groups, organizations, entities or formations of any sort committed to living justice in every respect and in principled, enduring terms.
With and through activities like these, LatCrit and related networks of scholars, activists, educators and change-agents daily rededicate the LJI and Campo Sano to producing strong minds, bodies, spirits and souls resolved to living justice, here and now, in the ongoing struggle to construct a better world, for all, grounded in critical theory, coalitional community and antisubordination praxis.
[i] For more information on the LatCrit self-study and strategic planning process of 2008-11, please see Marc-Tizoc González, Yanira Reyes-Gil, Belkys Torres & Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Change and Continuity: An Introduction to the LatCrit Taskforce Recommendations, 8 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 303 (2009); Marc-Tizoc González, Yanira Reyes, Belkys Torres & Charles R. Venator-Santiago, The LatCrit Task Force Recommendations: Findings and Recommendations of a Self-Study of the LatCrit Board, 2009; 18 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 853 (2010); Francisco Valdes, Coming Up: New Foundations in LatCrit Theory, Community and Praxis, 48 Cal. W. L. Rev. 505 (2012).
[ii] For more information on LatCrit principles and practices, please see Berta Hernandez-Truyol, Angela Harris, and Francisco Valdes, Beyond The First Decade: A Forward-Looking History of LatCrit Theory, Community and Praxis, 17 Berkeley La Raza L.J., 169 (2006); Margaret E. Montoya and Francisco Valdes, “Latinas/os” and Latina/o Legal Studies: A Critical and Self-Critical Review of LatCrit Theory and Legal Models of Knowledge Production, 4 FIU L. Rev. 187 (2008); Steven W. Bender and Francisco Valdes, At and Beyond Fifteen: Mapping LatCrit Theory, Community, and Praxis, 14 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 397(2011).