2024 Global Feminist Forum - Sanando Together: Community-led research and political organizing that heals

Wednesday, March 6 2:15 PM - 3:20 PM

McLaren Complex — 251

Community-led research and political organizing that heals

“Sanando Together: Community-led research and political organizing that heals” 

From 2020 to 2023, Bay Area immigrant Latina leaders from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) worked to document and analyze their thirty-year history of community organizing, anti-violence work and labor advocacy. This panel will focus on both the process and results of this community-led study, carried out in collaboration with academic allies from USF and UCSF. How did MUA grow the size and political power of their members, impacting policy at local, state and national levels, while helping transform gender roles at home and across generations? Which methods proved most effective in developing grassroots women’s leadership in ways that account for multiple lines of trauma and violence (COVID-19, xenophobia, domestic violence)? Though analysis of survey, interview and focus group data, the MUA research team describes what "organizing that heals" look like and connects this research to their current activism and advocacy projects, including for domestic worker rights, racial and immigration justice. This panel will be in Spanish with English interpretation.

Facilitator: Prof. Kathleen Coll