The women of the Texas Latina Advocacy Network are always ready and willing to do what it takes in order to organize a successful event. This last visit proved to be no different that the rest. With two workshops to scheduled, it was clear that the activists and I had our work cut out for us. One always has to expect the unexpected and be prepared to handle it with confidence and stride, and when we were faced with a last minute tragedy, we came together as a team and completed the two back-to-back trainings successfully. If it had not been for the resilience of the Texas LAN group, the scheduled workshops would not have been possible and would not have been so successful.
We facilitated two workshops; the first day hosted about 30 women and the second hosted 15 women all ready and engaged to learn about Reproductive Justice and how they can organize campaigns around the different reproductive justice related issues in their communities. Each day brought new perspectives and new insights as to how RJ can be applied in their every day lives, work of promotoras, and community leaders. It was a wonderful example of how a community can rally to meet their goals and execute flawlessly. The team spirit and dedication was truly inspirational, it was activism and grassroots organizing at its best. Without obstacles, one cannot grow or become a stronger person, and the women of our Texas LAN are well learned when it comes to facing obstacles head on a daily basis.
By Stephanie Alvarado, National Field Organizer