IRIS MORALES is a lifelong activist and organizer for social justice, racial equality, women’s rights, and the decolonization of Puerto Rico. She collaborates closely with activists, artists, and writers to build on this experience and bring new projects to fruition. Her love of community, history, and storytelling led her to media as a tool for social change. Currently, Ms. Morales is the founding director and executive editor of Red Sugarcane Press dedicated to publishing works about the Puerto Rican and Latinx Diasporas in the Americas.

Ms. Morales’ work focuses on activism for justice and human rights. She has compiled, edited, and published several anthologies, including Voices from Puerto Rico: Post-Hurricane Maria/ Voces desde Puerto Rico: pos-huracan Maria (2019) about climate justice and colonialism, and Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA (2018), a collection of contemporary feminist perspectives. She is the author of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women, The Young Lords: 1969-1976, the first and only account of women members; she was a leading member of the organization. Ms. Morales is also the producer, writer, and co-director of the award-winning documentary, !Palante Siempre Palante! the Young Lords, which was broadcast on national public television in 1996 and continues to introduce this history to new audiences.

Ms. Morales is an independent scholar and a frequent presenter at colleges and community venues.

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