Café con Cass is a multimedia project that launched as a public access television show in 2013 created and hosted by Cassandra Lopez Fradera to bring dialogue alive on healing, arts, and culture with occasional guests. Through her reporting of local news she has conducted interviews with movement leaders, multidisciplinary artists, mental health practitioners, and change makers in video, print, and podcast. Cassandra combines traditional journalism with emergent strategy in her communications practice to open new channels of communication in a rapidly automized economy to build a more creative and just world accessible through media, public education, strategic consulting, and 1:1 coaching with select clients and organizations. She is passionate about people and organizations committed to social change and transformational leadership communicate their best message.
In addition to her strategic work rooted in healing justice, Cassandra is a writer and performer who has been published in NPR Latino and Rest for Resistance. She is the recipient of the 2018 Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fellowship and is currently a writer in residence at La Rosario, a Queer Feminist Collective in San, Juan Puerto Rico where she continues to work on a collection of non-fiction on Ricanstruction, titled “I Write; I Heal” combining research, healing and ancestral practice, and performance in her readings. “I Write; I Heal” is an ongoing project of mending roots of a lineage disrupted by violence and finding home within ones body. As a writer and performer, Cassandra utilizes research on the ways that trauma effects the speech function of the brain and how language is both constructed and deconstructed through the written word and her body. Her combination of journalistic skill and creativity allows her to sculpt language and deconstruct memory in a way that has been described as heart opening and authentic.
To work with Cassandra 1:1 or bring her workshop, “Healing and Trauma in Writing,” to your city or organization, visit the Contact page to get in touch.