This book illuminates the ways in which Chicanas, Puerto Rican women, and other Latinas organize and lead social movements, either on the ground or digitally, in major cities of the continental United States and Puerto Rico. It shows how they challenge racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-immigrant policies through their political praxis and spiritual activism. Drawing from a range of disciplines and perspectives, academic and activist authors offer unique insights into environmental justice, peace and conflict resolution, women’s rights, LGBTQ coalition-building, and more—all through a distinctive Latina lens. Designed for use in a wide range of college courses, this book is also aimed at practitioners, community organizers, and grassroots leaders.
Table of Contents
Sharon A. Navarro and Lilliana Patricia Saldaña
Chapter 1: Semillas de Justicia: Chicana Environmentalism in Chicago
Teresa Irene Gonzales
Chapter 2: Brujas in the Time of Trump: Hexing the Ruling Class
Chapter 3: Intersectional Synthesis: A Case Study of the Colectiva Feminista en Construcción
Fernando Tormos-Aponte and Shariana Ferrer-Nunez
Chapter 4: Place, Space, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Chapter 5: The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Amigas Latinas’ Pláticas as a Site of Transformative
Sharon A. Navarro is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author most recently of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary (2018), Latinas in American Politics (2016), and Latino Urban Agency (2013).
Lilliana Patricia Saldaña is an Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies (MAS) at UTSA and co-director of the UTSA MAS Teachers’ Academy. She has published in various edited volumes and in nationally recognized journals, including Latinos & Education, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, and Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.