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.

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.

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]