Pre-March Rally @ Plaza del Zacate, 501 W. Commerce St.
Blessing Susana Ramirez (Huitzilmeztli Moondance), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Casa Coatlicue), Vanessa Quezada (Peace and Dignity Journeys), Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez and Madelein Santibañez (Kalpulli Ameyaltonal) will engage the community an interactive opening blessing honoring the wisdom, transformation, reflection and will power of all women.
Polly Anna Rocha is a queer, Xicana, trans poet and musician from San Antonio, Texas. Her work explores the intersections of her identities while challenging the status quo of the cis-hetero-normative, patriarchal white-washed world.
IWD Planning Committee Kimberly Berry & Elizabeth Rodriguez
RALLY @ Pop Up Park at corner of E. Cesar Chavez & S. Alamo St.
Mariachi Guerrera Quetzalli exudes beauty and tradition, empowering women in the mariachi music industry, as S.A.’s premiere all women ensemble.
Fabiola Torallba (MC) is an immigrant born in Guerrero, Mexico who was raised in the Westside of San Antonio. She is a community organizer, cultural worker, and dancer who utilizes movement as a vehicle for community building, civic engagement, and social-cultural awareness. She enjoys exploring the intersections between art, story, and action.
Carolina Canizales is an undocumented Latina who works to fight the criminalization of undocumented immigrants. She’s worked under United We Dream Network as the Deportation Defense Coordinator for 3+ years; and as a woman, feels fierce and #sinmiedo. She believes that every human being deserves to feel free, safe and content, without the fear of being abused by another human being in uniform, or any other system that trickles down to our daily social lives.
Taryn Springs’ life experiences of single parenthood and incarceration, and her work as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and motivational speaker, have given her a love and passion to help other women find the beauty within. She is the founder of “Evolving Queens” who say we, as women, are in a constant state of evolving, changing, and completing our own metamorphosis. She believes in the power of shared testimony. A member of SATX4, she will be speaking about mothers and victims of police brutality.
DJ Anita Boogie - San Antonio circuit’s newest Lesbian DJ...spinning 80s + 90s NuWave underground dance + female fronted music...DjAnitaBoogie! Don’t just come out to dance..Boogie!
Leticia Medina dedicated years to the corporate world while studying for her B.A. & M.A. and is now on the PhD path, with her research focusing on bilingualism and language acquisition and the ways these impact individual and collective identity. She is committed to the LGBTQIA community. While not a member of any “official” organization, she believes that revolutions begin from within; our very existence is resistance. She will share a poem about her personal experience with abortion.
Mary Lou Mendoza was born in the Westside of San Anto- and continues to live there by choice! She’s worked on issues in public education in the Edgewood School District, serving as a school board trustee for the last 13.5 years; on issues affecting working class families as a grassroots community organizer; and most recently, for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative as coordinator of Project ADVANCE, a program designed to work with first time arrested persons of family violence. She’ll be speaking about life and decisions and the power of choice!
Janira Lopez Lucas is from Guatemala and came here in January 2015. She has 3 children and was detained for months. She lives in a center where housing is provided for people formerly detained.
Diana Kendall is a devoted education activist who believes that without public education we will see the wholesale death of democracy in our society. Diana, her children, and grandchildren, have all attended public schools. She is the organizer and founder of the coalition SAYes2PublicSchools with the mission to fight the privatization of our public education system. She’ll be addressing the assault on public education and the negative consequences of the infiltration of charter schools into S.A.
Adela Arellano is a mother, poet and photographer who, as part of a San Antonio delegation of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, travelled to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in France. She’ll speak to the leadership of women in working toward climate change.
Yetlanezi Molina is a dancer who leads a Barrio Zumba class at Southwest Workers Union with Trabajadoras del Hogar en Accion (Domestic Workers in Action).