Claudia is the Co-Executive Director of The People’s Forum. She was born in the South Bronx to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. She is a popular educator, community organizer and theologian. In her role as Co-Executive Director at The People’s Forum, Claudia is committed to contribute her experiences and skills in the creation of cultural-educational space with organizers, educators and cultural workers/artists to continue producing, promoting and uplifting the cultural traditions that nourish and strengthen our communities in our struggles towards social justice.

For over 20 years, she has been committed to movement building, and has actively participated in collective grassroots spaces, particularly in the communities of Washington Heights and The South Bronx.

Claudia was Pastor of her home-church, Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas-UCC- a community church rooted in the traditions of Latin American Liberation Theology and grassroots organizing. Through her ministry she found her passion, and has dedicated most of her life to the leadership development of youth through political education and culture.

In 2004, she co- founded Da Urban Butterflies Youth Leadership Development Project (D.U.B). Her experiences in D.U.B informed her participation in the development of cultural and political education programing at The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDAC-BX) for almost 5 years.

Past Classes with Claudia De La Cruz

October 7, 2021


Conjunctural analysis is a powerful method for studying, analyzing, and ultimately transforming our present moment. This 5-week course will introduce participants with the skills to conduct their own conjunctural analysis of our current moment.
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October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Introduction to Political and Popular Education

If we’re serious about transforming our society, then we need to be serious about educating ourselves and our communities, and to equip ourselves with the knowledge we need to really build power.
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May 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Critical Analysis for Movement Building: Antonio Gramsci and Conjunctural Analysis

This three-part seminar led by Dr. Jordan T. Camp and Rev. Claudia de la Cruz considers the role of conjunctural analysis in political and social movements. It will explore the development of this method by Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci.
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April 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Intro to Concrete Analysis

The workshop will define and teach concepts such as structure and context, strategy and tactics, correlation of forces and hegemony, and then engage students in a limited approach to making their own analysis using those concepts.
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