Left in LA is a one-day feminist, trans, queer, anti-capitalist event coming to Los Angeles on August 5th, 2017

How to Organize Your Workplace Pt. 1:

  • Jollene Levid is the Founding Chairperson of AF3IRM, an anti-imperialist transnational feminist women's organization that combats trafficking, militarism, and fights for im/migrant women's rights. She has been a part of the organization for over 15 years and currently serves on AF3IRM's International Committee. She has been a union organizer for over 16 years, organizing and bargaining contracts in healthcare with CIR/SEIU and SEIU 721 registered nurses. She has also organized with women factory workers and agricultural workers in the Philippines. Jollene is currently a Regional Organizer for the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union getting strike-ready for 2018. She received her BA in Political Science at UC Irvine and got her Masters in Social Work from USC. She is a new mother, runner, and bookworm proudly born and raised in Los Angeles to immigrant parents. Jollene tries to live by AF3IRM's belief: A woman's place is at the head of the struggle for the liberation of all humanity!
  • Ivy Quicho is the current National Chairperson of AF3IRM, the first organization to intentionally put the theories of transnational feminism into practice and action. AF3IRM is a national organization with 10 chapters across the country and has been committed to fighting oppression in all its forms for over 28 years. Born in Alberta, Canada, Ivy is a first generation Filipina American. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration/marketing from UC Riverside and her Master in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Her activism began as a student organizer and grew as she worked as a youth organizer in Historic Filipinotown, LA. Ivy cofounded the Mariposa Center for Change, a nonprofit for transnational women and girls and served as its Executive Director for five years. She has been organizing a variety of workers for over nine years with the Committee of Interns and Residents and SEIU Local 721 with Registered Nurses. She has bargained contracts, waged internal issue campaigns, and led/won new, external organizing campaigns in historically anti-union hospitals primarily in California and New York. Ivy currently works as a Field Representative with the Directors Guild of America. She is a feminist necksweater scarf maker, a yoga lover, a running procrastinator, and plant-potting machine. 

How to Organize Your Workplace Pt. 2:

  • Alice J. Stanford is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and is the Chief shop steward and a banquet server at J.W. Marriott/The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles LA Live. She is also the Chair of Trustees and an organizer for the hotel workers union Unite Here Local 11. Alice was charged with the daunting task of organizing over 800 employees in her hotel. But she first had to start with her own co-workers within the banquets department. This took quite some time but once the goal was accomplished she moved on to help the other departments in her hotel. She successfully accomplished her goal and is now the chief shop steward. Alice currently volunteers with Unite Here Local 11 to help other hotels do the same. She’s also worked on various local and national political campaigns including the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2016 and she actively volunteers for the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and the Human Rights Campaign. 

Trans and Queer Anti-Capitalism:

  • Moderator Moya Márquez is an organizer in Los Angeles. They are a co-chair of DSA-LA's LGBTQ+, Racial Justice, and Socialist Feminist Tri-Committee and a co-chair of DSA-LA's LGBTQ+ Caucus. They are one of the three primary organizers of Left in LA. 
  • Gelare Khoshgozaran گلاره خوشگذران is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and translator working across the mediums of video, performance, installation and writing. Her essays and interviews have been published and are forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, Parkett Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Ajam Media Collective, Tripwire, and Art Los Angeles Reader, among other publications. Gelare was the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award for Emerging Artists. She is the co-founder and editor of contemptorary.org. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee” and the more dated meaning of the word, “an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.”
  • Mairead Sullivan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Mairead’s research explores rhetorics of death in the histories of lesbian and queer activism and organizing. An avid feminist and ardent queer, Mairead believes that marriage should be privatized, health care should be socialized, and just about everything should be decriminalized.
  • Eli Corona was most recently an undergraduate student at UCLA. For the last two years, Corona served as the director of the Queer Alliance, a UCLA based, student-run umbrella organization consisting of various LGBTQ student groups on the UCLA campus. During this time, Corona implemented intersectional co-programming on behalf of the Queer Alliance all while navigating the boundaries that come from working within a neoliberal institution.

The Necessity and Limitations of Transnational Activism: The Case of an Iranian Women’s Rights Activist in the Diaspora:

  • Esha Momeni is a doctoral student and teaching fellow in the Department of Gender Studies. She holds a MA in Mass Communication, and a BA in Graphic Design. Since 2006 she has been active in Iranian women’s rights issues by taking part in various projects. She has also worked in the fields of music, playwriting, photography, animation, and video documentary. Currently Esha is working on her dissertation. In her dissertation, through an analysis of  the lyrics of Iranian Shi’i mourning songs in their political and social context, she explores shifts in the relationship between the Iranian state, popular culture, and the work of mourning and memory that have occurred since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Femme Identity in the Workplace:

  • Moderator Sally is a Los Angeles-based organizer. She is a co-chair of DSA-LA's LGBTQ+, Racial Justice and Socialist Feminist Tri-Committee, as well as a co-chair of DSA-LA's Socialist Feminist Caucus. She is one of the three primary organizers of Left in LA.
  • Emily is a current PhD student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Northeastern University. Her main areas of focus include political economy, social movements, sexual politics, and sex work. As a member of the sex workers' rights movement, she works to bring decriminalization to the forefront of radical anti-capitalist discourse. She hopes to see more inclusivity of informal, precarious workers in the fight for justice and emancipation.
  • Evelyn Masso is a person, engineer, and teacher. She writes software at Carbon Five, teaches design at UCLA Extension, and writes overly self-aware poetry for fun.
  • Gloria Gonzalez Fligsten is a DSA-LA organizer focused on universal health care, reproductive justice, and homelessness in Los Angeles. Gloria is also the Senior Library Strategist for The Library.Link Network. Gloria helps public and academic libraries and archives use structured data to connect with users in new ways. While building on previous work at the UCLA Library and the Library of Congress, Gloria uses this job to push forward radical ways of using technology in libraries, making information professionals aware of the biases that shape their work, and helping the public gain knowledge. 

Leftists in LA: Tales of Organizing:

  • Moderator Miranda Sklaroff is a Los Angeles-based organizer. She currently does work with DSA-LA in their Sanctuary City Working Group and Team UBI+, an anticapitalist organizing group that advocated for basic income. She is one of the three primary organizers of Left in LA.
  • Xin Xin is an artist and journalist who questions the relationship between agency and technology through video, web, and community projects. Xin has most recently co-founded The School of Otherness, an artist-run organization made to preserve experiences of the other. They initiated voidLab, an intersectional feminist collective that programs exhibitions and forums at the crossroad of art, technology, and society. Their work had been exhibited at the Hammer Museum, IndieCade Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, and Machine Projects. Xin holds an M.F.A from UCLA Design Media Arts. They have given numerous talks at universities and currently teaches web and video courses at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
  • Anne Orchier is an artist, researcher, and activist who has been living in Los Angeles since 2013. She is a member of the LA Tenants Union and the Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles chapter. Most of her waking energy is spent with the NOlympics campaign and coalition, whose goal is to displace the IOC, not Angelenos. 
  • For the past 15 years, Julia Wallace has been an organizer in Los Angeles participating in movements to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, against police brutality, and for women, immigrant, Black and LGBTQ rights. In 2010 Wallace was elected with a radical slate to the South Central Neighborhood Council and served for 2 years and was also a part of street shut downs and freeway occupations for Justice for Trayvon Martin and other victims of police violence. Wallace has also fought against WalMart, gentrification, and for tenant rights in Los Angeles and Inglewood as well as won victories for affordable transportation for community college students and against fake-ass clinics that pretend to be Planned Parenthood. Wallace also organized the teach-in and shut down in solidarity with the prison strike through the group Strike Against Police Terror (StrAPT). When called upon, Wallace will intervene in defense of women and femmes on the street. A revolutionary socialist and a Trotskyist, Wallace's current project is the internationalist press Left Voice which brings together news by and for activists, revolutionaries and writers in five different languages in 11 different countries.  Wallace is an active member in SEIU 721 as a case manager. 

Story Sharing (The Public School):

  • Shruti Bala Purkayastha is an artist, healer and organizer, all at the same time always. Their work combines healing modalities with theater and writing to provide space for deep healing and connection.  They practice their work with TeAda Productions, as an individual healer and storyteller, as well as in Trans Queer Black Indigenous POC communities.  They have a history of navigating "leftist organizing" in L.A. as a queer femme of color that informs their practice today.

Story Sharing (Alpine Rec Center):

  • Miranda Sklaroff is a Los Angeles-based organizer. She currently does work with DSA-LA in their Sanctuary City Working Group and Team UBI+, an anticapitalist organizing group that advocated for basic income. She is one of the three primary organizers of Left in LA.
  • Solin