Meet the organizers, activists, collectives, projects and networks of the Necia Media Collective!


AMANDA AVALOS

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Born in Chicago and moved to Milwaukee in 2008 to attend college. Fell in love with the Milwaukee community and decided to stay. I am interested in the intersections of social justice and public health, with a passion for street art and photography. I am committed to challenging both myself and the status quo by dismantling oppression with raw love and honesty. I am now working as the Children’s Hospital Community Health Navigator for the Amani and Franklin Heights neighborhoods in Milwaukee and attending UWM Zilber School of Public Health to earn my Master’s degree in Public Health. I have recently started a collaborative, Milwaukee Beautiful, a movement that arose naturally from my photography and the perspective that Milwaukee has beautiful, resilient stories to share. I aspire to be a person of integrity and compassion, with heart and a commitment to social justice and equity. 

From Chicago, based in Milwaukee, WI. 


PRISCA DORCAS MOJICA RODRIGUEZ

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A chonga Mujerista, Prisca recently graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University, and is looking to take some much needed time off to refresh. She is also the founder of Latina Rebels. Her interests are within biopolitics within Latina embodiment, specifically concerning models of conquerable flesh as it relates to narratives of naturalization for immigrant women of color. Thus her work is around reclaiming and upholding embodied resistance, particularly within chonga and chola subcultures. Que viva la mujer!

From Managua, Nicaragua and currently based in Miami, FL. 


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Monica Trinidad is a queer, xicana artist and organizer in Chicago. Born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago, Monica comes from a forgotten part of Chicago, a community often left off the maps & erased in narratives. In 2012, she co-founded Brown & Proud Press, a collective of people of color with the intent of sharing personal narratives of struggle through the medium of zines as a catalyst for collective healing and movement. In the last few years, Monica has created artwork for dozens of grassroots efforts, including Chicago Childcare Collective, Organized Communities Against Deportations, Moms United Against Violence & incarceration and Project NIA. In November of 2014, Monica was one of eight youth delegates to travel to the United Nations in Geneva to deliver a report on police violence against youth of color in Chicago. She currently organizes with We Charge Genocide, a grassroots effort to challenge police violence in Chicago through education and documentation, and really loves creating art that documents youth power & leadership in the movement for Black lives. 

Currently based in Rogers Park, Chicago, IL


ANAIS DEAL MARQUEZ

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Anais is a Minneapolis based interdisciplinary artist and community organizer who sees music and storytelling as key in building power with communities of color.  With roots across the U.S.-Mexico border, her writing looks at identity, displacement, trauma, and healing.  She is the founder of the Border Voices Poetry Series, which uses storytelling and performance to create spaces for performance and community dialogue that centers the voices of immigrant and refugee communities of color.  Anais is a recipient of the 2014 VERVE Grant for Spoken Word artists through Intermedia Arts and a winner of the 2015-16 Loft Mentor Series in poetry.  She works as the Youth Organizing Director at Voices for Racial Justice where she leads cultural organizing training and strategy building with youth of color.

Based in Minneapolis, MN. 


LOURDES DIAZ

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Born to a Salvadoran mother and Colombian father, Lourdes is an advocate of immigration reform, international human rights and education. She is currently working on research including debt criminalization in Texas and U.S. police reform. Lourdes has been very involved in the family detention center pro bono project in Texas and has assisted in providing direct legal representation to the underserved immigrant population, specifically detained mothers and their children housed at the Karnes detention center in Karnes City, TX. Her interests include Latin American socio-economic development, international policy, repujado en metal, and most recently coding in JavaScript and HTML.

From Silver Spring, MD and currently based in Austin, TX. 


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Maribel Falcón is a xicana from West Tejas, currently living the dream as a desert girl in an urban world. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she has a BA in sociology and Latin American studies. Living in Austin for several years allowed her to learn a radical political perspective in community work and gain media making experience through several organizations including the Workers Defense Project, Cooperation Texas, Mexic-Arte Museum and Women’s Community Center of Central Texas. In August 2014, she was one of four mujeres who founded, Cósmica, an art collective that seeks to encourage creativity in feminine spirits through support, exchange, and art education. Currently, Maribel is trying to navigate creative expression and capitalism, while building creative healing spaces with other Latinxs, Xicanxs, intellectuals, and artists alike.

From West Tejas, based in New York. 


NAZLY SOBHI DAMASIO

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Nazly is a PersianVenezuelan organizer, activist and trauma informed yoga teacher who has organized and worked in various communities throughout Chicago, Latin America, and the Middle East. She possesses fluency in Spanish, Farsi, Arabic & English and is a classically trained violinist who has been performing domestically and internationally as a soloist and in various ensembles since she was ten years old. Nazly is the founder of La Feminista Descolonial & an active member of Latina Rebels.

Currently she is based in Panama, providing organizing support along with accessible yoga & self care services to various unions, collectives, and communities in resistance. Nazly is determined to unapologetically exist and resist in the world while grounding her work in transformative practices in order to lay the foundation for global movement building. Check out her work and happenings online on instagram (@naziejoon @lafeministadescolonial) & twitter (@nazie__joon).

From Chicago, IL and currently based in Panama. 


ISABEL PIÑA

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Isabel Piña is a Xicana artist and advocate. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Latina and Latino Studies. During college, she volunteered as a health educator for the Peer Health Exchange where she taught at Chicago public high schools about community advocacy (and other topics). It was then that she learned about the importance of awareness on a variety of social issues for communities (especially youth) of color. She also worked as a research assistant for cognitive and social psychology research projects that made her realize the lack of Latinx representation in the field of academic, psychology research. Her passions include art, music, dance, education, film, Xicana/Latinx theatre and literature, and social justice. 

She is learning to create art with a social justice/awareness focus and is interested in using social media to bring awareness about social issues that are stigmatized in communities of color. She started created Pixoa, a bilingual social media project that creates awareness about domestic violence for the underserved Spanish-speaking immigrant population. She is currently volunteering for a domestic violence shelter and she hopes to one day teach at high schools about interpersonal violence, resources, and mental health awareness, and aspires to speak up about issues that deal with immigration, mental health, gender, sexuality, and race to youth and the greater public. 

From Mundelein, Illinois and currently based in Chicago, IL