Leading, historicizing, challenging contradictions, infusing joy, living and being powerful as a romantic, challenging “oppression Olympics,” surrounding herself with beauty, and taking care of herself. These are the ways my guests described Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez today.
About the Guests
Sofia Martinez is a New Mexican activist, organizer, and educator. She is Co-founder of Los Jardines Institute based in Albuquerque, NM. Los Jardines’ work focuses on environmental and food justice and intergenerational anti-racist, sharing and education. She is also a Co-founder and co-producer of Voces Feministas, a women-of-color radio show of politics, art, culture, news and information highlighting women of color on KUNM FM in Albuquerque.
(Ana) Clarissa Rojas Durazo grew up in the border cities Mexicali, Baja California and Calexico, California. She practices transformative mama pedagogies by day while decolonizing chicanx studies pedagogies by trade. She teaches at UC Davis where she is affiliated with Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. She is an internationally published poet who believes the creative spirit will end violence. Clarissa co-edited Color of Violence: the INCITE Anthology and Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform ViolenceHer writing appears most recently in Truthout, Sinister Wisdom Journal and Basta Anthology: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women.
Tessa Koning-Martinez is Betita's Beloved Daughter.