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.
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).
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.
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 announcementhereand feel free to reach out with questions about the job.
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!
[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]
[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]
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!
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.]
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.
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 .
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!
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:
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]