The Renewed Struggle for Latinx Rights and Representation
In the mountains, the sun is slow to arrive, but when it arrives, around noon, it arrives suddenly. The end of Wednesday’s lineup at Latinx House’s Raizado Festival also came suddenly, after a busy day of talks, panels, presentations, awards and an after-party at the Jerome Hotel in Aspen. .
deer Was never enough
Today’s first panel, on reproductive and maternal health, featured Christina Soliz, policy director of COLOR, a Colorado reproductive rights organization, and Adrienne Mansanares, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Although abortion remains legal in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, 14 states have banned the procedure to some extent since the Supreme Court struck down Roe vs. Wade. Sixteen have ongoing litigation that will determine the future of residents’ reproductive rights.
For organizers like Soliz, the loss of the right to abortion was predictable, because “deer was never enough. Now that we have none, an abortion justice framework demands that we not only think about legal protection and codification, but also about accessibility. “Bans and barriers to abortion access hit the hardest … the Latinx community and other communities of color who face systemic discrimination and racism,” Soliz said. The nation. “Legality does not equal access, and access does not equal equity or affordability. When we think of abortion justice, we are talking about having people in health centers who speak your language… getting an abortion [be] free, [getting rid of] public funding bans, having private insurance coverage [abortions] without any condition, [and having] access to more suppliers [in] rural communities…”
In a post-deer In the United States, women organizers are also increasingly seeking to learn from the transformative power of Latin American feminist organizing. A Planned Parenthood pop-up shack displayed free green bandanas, a symbol of the reproductive rights movement in Argentina, where grassroots mobilization spurred the decriminalization of abortion in early 2021. Aurea Bolaños Perea, communications manager at COLOR, wore a green panuelo tied around her neck and has a tattoo of an Aztec goddess who also wears one. “[Latin American movements] were amazing not only to be inspired by it but also to be reassured [by],” she said The nation. “It’s not about taking a seat at the table, it’s about deconstructing these oppressive systems and building a system that [ensures] liberation and freedom for all. It’s one thing that 8-M [in Mexico] and the green sea [in Argentina] do.” (The interview with Antonia Peña has been translated from Spanish.)
Wealth gaps and the gig economy
In the United States, Latinx workers are significantly overrepresented in low-paying jobs. Latinas, for example, make up about 8% of the workforce, but account for 16% of low-wage jobs. Antonia Peña, co-director of the DMV chapter of the National Alliance of Domestic Workers, came to the United States from Colombia as a servant for a family of diplomats. “When I got here I ended up working more and was underpaid,” she said. The nation. “[But I realized that] if I struggled, there were people who struggled more than me, and that’s when I got involved in the [NDWA].”
For more than five years, Peña has worked to earn the respect, recognition, and rights of American domestic workers. Now she’s aiming to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Washington, D.C. “There,” she says, “we’re excluded from human rights…it’s like [the state] says we are not human. So far, similar bills have been passed in 10 states. “The same way we take care of others, we deserve to have someone take care of us,” Peña said in her panel, and was greeted with loud applause. Later, she reflected, “I do this work of educating people, educating those who have means, and those who probably employ servants in their homes, and don’t see them, because society hasn’t taught them have [domestic workers] as people.
Although Adrian Haro, CEO of the Workers Lab, urged wealthy members of the public – and it’s a big crowd here – to donate to the NDWA, he argued that “the most effective and efficient tool important we have to close this [wealth] the gap is our government. The government’s job is to help, and it can help implement things that we know work: progressive taxation, a strong and comprehensive reparations package, housing subsidies, student debt [forgiveness]… I believe in large-scale government.
According to UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report, 18.5% of the US population is Latinx, but only 7.7% of movie roles last year were performed by Latinx actors. Latinx film directors were just 7.1% – and Latinx writers were just 5.6% – of the 2021 totals. “And we’re all in this room today!” joked actress Annie Gonzalez.
If proportional representation (behind and in front of the camera) and fair marketing for Latinx projects is a first step, for Mabel Cadena, who will play Namora in the next Black Panther sequel, “more stories” is the second. “We need more opportunities because we are ready,” she said. The nation. Of the upcoming movie, she said, “I’m really proud, because we’re two minorities together…. It’s the only superhero movie with that representation. And…every [Latinx person] in the film we can now be superheroes.… I saw, for the first time, a child with a Namor costume…[and]I can’t believe my face is that of a warrior girl in Marvel. I am full of hope. »
Discussions will be recorded and posted on The Latinx House YouTube page. You can watch the livestream here.