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Los Angeles Grassroots Organizing Training

In these difficult times, using the power of our voices and our bodies to fight for what we believe in is more important than ever. Join Greenpeace for a 1-day training on the skills and strategies of effective grassroots organizing. The purpose of this training is to build relationships with like-minded folks and give you more tools to effectively fight back for our climate.

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[Image Description: Southern California palm trees stand tall in a purple and blue sky line. Text in flyer reads “Greenpeace LA May 20 11am-7pm grassroots organizing training #resistoften RSVP: bit.ly/2nYRK4T”. Flyer by Adrian ]
The training will take at the Greenpeace LA office: 837 Traction Ave #206 Los Angeles, CA 90013. Dinner and snacks will be provided. $15 requested donation to help cover cost of materials, trainer travel, and food. No one turned away for lack of funds. Register here .

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2017 Harvard LGBTQ Conference

This year, I got invited to be a part of the Harvard LGBTQ Conference centralized on A Call to Action: Activism, Agency, and Alliances for a Changing World. I co-presented a workshop on nonviolent direct action and tactics with Kip Williams and Eb Brown. I also got to speak on the panel Community Leaders for Trans* Liberation.  It was my first time in Boston and such an honor to build with local and national LGBTQ leaders. Thanks to the student groups at Harvard that put this conference together! More about the conference here.

Interested in having me at your conference, please reach me on my contact page!

 

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2017 BAYCA Climate Justice Conference

This month I got to co-host a workshop on Environmental Justice and Queer Trans Herstory at the Bay Area Youth for Climate Action (BAYCA) Climate Justice conference. I talked with bad ass organizer Vrinda Suresh about her organizing, check it out this link for the whole story!

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[Image Description: Peter and Adrian smile and hold up their workshop flipchart that says Rooted in Resistance Queer and Trans Herstory and Environmental Justice]
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Greenpeace USA Free Webinar Trainings

Hey comrades! Interested in learning how to organize and don’t know where to start? Greenpeace is hosting free online webinar trainings for 6 weeks every Wednesday! Check out the dates below for details and links to RSVP. If you need assistance signing up, please hit the contact button on my page!

We know that now, more than ever, learning these skills will be vital to fighting back against the Trump administration.  These trainings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

2.8.2017 Grassroots Organizing 101

2.22.2017 How to Build Your Organizing Group

3.1.2017 How to Build Your Organizing Group (Repeated)

3.8.2017 Developing Organizing Leaders hosted by yours truly

3.22.2017 Social Media and Online Organizing

4.5.2017 Building Solidarity and Meaningful Allyship co-hosted by yours truly 

4.19.2017 Nonviolent Direct Action 101: A History of Resistance co-hosted by yours truly 

In solidarity,

AA

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Transform CA builds with San Diego

I am living my dreams with no intention of stopping or waking up. What I have learned on this campaign so far is that politics are a game of shifting power and that power lies within people. Earlier this week, I was lucky to spend time with good people in San Diego who are pushing to get more services, safe spaces, housing, employment, and organizing power for transgender people in SoCal. I plan to be back in San Diego in the next few months to visit new friends and continue building, organizing, and preparing for our Transform CA launch in San Diego. If you want to be a part of the campaign or get connected to the amazing trans organizing happening in San Diego, please visit my contact page to schedule a meeting. Check out some photos that I took while we were in town:

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[Image Description: A series of photos on display at the San Diego Airport Gallery by Olivia Vivanco as part of the Relics Series]
[Image Description: The hands of Paola Castro photographed by Olivia Vivanco as shown at the San Diego Airport Gallery]
[Image Description: Four bodies ranging in gender, age, and size are a part of a sign that says, “ALL GENDER RESTROOM – Anyone can use this restroom, regardless of gender identity or expression” at the San Diego Airport]
[Image Description: A hand signs the letter “D” as part of the DREAM display at the Martin Luther King Jr Promenade in San Diego]
[Image Description: 11 different beautiful people ranging in size, ability, and gender expression raise solidarity fists in a parking lot after organizing trans power in San Diego together]
[Image Description: Revolutionary comrades Adrian and Elliott  take a smoke break at the Marina in San Diego in 2016]
 

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TRANSFORM California

Earlier this week, I got to be in Los Angeles for the campaign kick off the Transform California campaign put together by Transgender Law Center and Equality California. As a born and raised Californian, this campaign means so much to me because I have faced job discrimination, health care discrimination, and bias in academic institutions as a transgender person. A big part of why I left California was because of transgender discrimination and lack of legal protections in the workplace for people like me . I played take your mom to work day and it was a great day of healing and organizing for transgender rights with my mom.  The Transform California campaign is committed to making the Golden State a place where trans folks can feel safe, and live happy, healthy lives free from discrimination. The campaign has built a strong coalition of over 30 organizations, learn more about the campaign below and follow my site for campaign updates!

[Image Description 1: Pat speaks before a crowd at Los Angeles city hall and transgender activists stand behind him on a sunny day] [Image Description 2: A pensive Carmen leans on a pole and looks at a mural with flags from Honduras, Mexico, U.S.A., and South Korea] [Image Description 3: A smiling Adrian looks down into a camera with their mom smiling in front of Los Angeles city hall]

 

 

 

 

 

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Organizing, Trainings, Workshops, & Talks

2019

  • California State University Los Angeles,  Gender, Disability, and Pop Culture – guest lecture
  • Seeds of Liberation, Forms of Justice – Panelist

2018

  • Los Angeles Trans and GNC Rally- Speaker
  • Models of Pride Youth Track, Be in the Know LGBTQ Student Rights in California Workshop
  • Bakersfield LGBTQ Youth Summit, Know Your Rights LGBTQ People and Immigration Workshop and LGBTQ Herstory and the FAIR Act Workshop
  • ACLU of California Conference and Lobby Day, Fighting Transphobia and Building Coalition Power Workshop

2017

  • The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, Know Your Rights for Activists and Advocates – Panelist
  • Harvard University, LGBTQI Conference Community Leaders for Trans* Liberation Panelist and Direct Action Workshop 
  • Gender Spectrum Conference, LGBTQ Know Your Rights:Police and Immigration Workshop
  • Models of Pride Conference, LGBTQ Know Your Rights: Police and Immigration Workshop & My School My Rights-Trans* and Gender Expansive Youth Workshop
  • Moving Toward Health and Justice: Transforming Masculinity and Showing Up for Young Men Conference- Closing Remarks

2016

  • Center for Intercultural Organizing, End Profiling Filing Complaints in Oregon Workshop
  • University of the Pacific, Healthcare, Life, Social Experiences, & Needs of Transgender Individuals- Panelist
  • San Mateo Transgender Day of Remembrance Keynote Address
  • Transform California, Transforming Transphobia An Introduction to Trans* Solidarity and Allyship Training for Trainers 
  • St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Transgender Town Hall –Presenter

2015

  • OSA Oregon Students of Color Conference: QTBIPOC Immigrant/Refugee Solidarity Workshop and Keynote Address
  • Oregon Students Equal Rights Alliance Conference: LGBTQ/POC and Out in the Field Workshop

2014

  • GJLA TRANSform LA: Looking Forward to Gender Justice Workshop Facilitator
  • Mt. Hood Community College, Team Management and Coalition Building Workshop
  • Time to Thrive Conference, Queer Youth Know Your Rights Workshop

2013

  • Basic Rights Oregon Transgender Justice Summit, The Art of Storytelling Workshop
  • Mt. Hood Community College, Power, Privilege, and Oppression; Clipboarding and Canvassing Workshop
  • OSA Northwest Student Leadership Conference: Coalition Building, Advanced Field Skills Workshop

2012

  • Wilmington Take Back the Night: Media and Rape Culture Workshop
  • S.T.A.C. Arts in Acton: Identity, Art, and Activism Workshop

2011

  • Feminist Majority Foundation Western Regional Conference: Connecting the Dots-Campus Activism and the LGBT Movement Panelist
  • DeColores OC Conference:Queering Media Workshop
  • ImMEDIAte Justice : Gender and Sexuality Workshop
  • Everest College: Reproductive Justice 101 Workshop
  • Los Angeles Transgender Leadership Academy: TDOR Stencil Making Workshop 

Technology and Revolution Conversations

As a Membership Organizer with the Center for Media Justice I get to do rad work with a Network of 100+ organizations across the country. Most recently, this work has looked like a partnership with the good folks at May First People Link to support the Defend Our Movements tour in California. I got to participate and support facilitating two Technology and Revolution conversations with our partners to talk about the ways technology is enhancing social justice movements and the ways in which there are threats to our work collectively. By diving into conversations with political organizers, movement technologists, community based organizations, and nonprofits- we got to strategize and build upon points of unity for the movement.

[Image description: A flipchart is stuck to a wall during a Tech and Revolution conversation gathering in 2019. The flipchart has colorful sticky notes and a question on top prompting people to identify technology needs in their region. Some needs respondents identified are: youth trainers, better transit scheduling, developers, affordable texting services, and trainings.]

Before the California gatherings, May First People Link has held these conversations in Boston, Albuquerque, New York, and has plans to continue these conversations nationally and internationally. In Oakland, we convened at the Greenlining Institute to talk about the ways in which the tech industry contributes to gentrification, the criminalization of poverty, and how technochauvinism and white supremacy show up in technology spaces (read more here). In Los Angeles, members of MAG-Net (the national Network of organizations mobilizing for media justice), came together to talk about how policing is enhanced by technology and how communities are fighting back for survival (read more here).

[Image Description: Hamid of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition stands with an arm pointing to a television with a map presented. Hamid is in front of a room of participants, sharing about the ways predictive policing technology is harming and killing poor, unhoused, and BIPOC communities in Los Angeles. ]

Interested in joining the conversation? Reach my contact page to find out how to connect and stay tuned for a report on Technology and Revolution to be released very soon. Curious about digital security? Check out the Defend Our Movements website for resources, a help desk, and more.

Farewell ACLU SoCal

Hey folks,

I am wrapping up my work at ACLU SoCal as an LGBTQ Community Engagement and Policy Advocate. I learned a lot in that role and got to do amazing work with the LGBTQ Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at ACLU SoCal. I am proud that I got to work on a bill to decriminalize HIV in California, built power with a coalition of sex workers, steered and supported LGBTQ coalitions across the state, mobilized people for marches, led community engagement at Prides throughout SoCal, and led educational trainings on LGBTQ student rights, minor consent, and reproductive health access. If you know anyone who is interested in filling my heels, check out the job announcement here and feel free to reach out with questions about the job.

In solidarity,

AAM

Writing Samples

Are you looking for more about my work? I’ve had lots of amazing opportunities to work with grassroots organizations, statewide groups,  and national networks to train leaders, community members, and organizations to further their work for justice. Here are a few writing samples of my work in that I got to build alongside amazing organizers and advocates. Click the links to see the online copies and click the contact page if you want to learn more.

Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resistance/Resilience 2017 West Hollywood

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event honored internationally every year on November 20th to honor the lives lost to transphobic hate. Organizers and artists around the world have mobilized to change the narrative of TDOR and turn it into a day of  resistance and celebrating trans lives and resilience. Strong Families released a beautiful set of posters and poetry to honor transgender, non binary, and gender non conforming people and organizations leading the fight for justice- check it out here.

I was honored to be a part of the opening ceremony in West Hollywood this year where we honored the land, the four directions, and welcomed our transcestors into the space. This year, I am grateful for all the organizers, organizations, allies, accomplices, and cultural workers making the world a better place for transgender, non binary, and gender non conforming folks. Want to join a local fight for transgender liberation? Feel free to reach my contact page to get connected to organizing in your area!

For more TDOR magic check out the links below:

[Adrian Acencion hands incense to a comrade as they welcome attendees to the Transgender Day of Remembrance in West Hollywood, CA on 11/20/17. Photo by Tony Coelho]

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[Image description: two spirit, non binary, and transgender people stand in a circle with their hands raised high and gaze facing upward as they do an opening ceremony at Transgender Day of Remembrance in West Hollywood, CA. Photo by Tony Coelho]

Reddit AMAA: Let’s Talk About Sex (Work)!

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Today, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments in the ESPLERP v. Gascon case in San Francisco, CA. I got a chance to co-host a discussion online today with some colleagues and coalition partners who care deeply about sex work, the impacts it has on QTBIPOC (queer/trans/black/indigenous/people of color) folks, violent policing, and ways folks can support the organizing of sex workers. To learn more about the Redditt AMAA , click here for the discussion and check out our blog!

Moving Toward Health and Justice: Transforming Masculinity and Showing Up for Young Men

The Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) is convening providers, and advocates from across the state for the 2017 Providers Gathering. I’m honored to have been a part of the convening as a panelist and organizational representative with closing remarks. For more about how the conference went, check out the AHWG blog here.  Thank you to all the advocates, health workers, educators, and community organizers working to change health outcomes for people of color and transform masculinity!

YBCA 100 Honoree

The YBCA 100 is an annual compilation of the creative minds that inspire Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This list celebrates thought leaders, provocateurs, and innovators who are using their platform to create cultural movement. I am so excited to share that I have been nominated as a #YBCA100 this year for striving to create a better world for people regardless of gender identity. Check out the full list here and catch me in San Francisco this October! 

[image description: a circular wooden award designed by Favianna Rodriguez for the 2017 YBCA 100 shows a design that highlights San Francisco architecture with the YBCA 100 logo ]

[image description: Adrian stands to the left of an altar at the YBCA 100 honoree brunch where incense, beans, shells ,sand, and candles decorate the altar.]