Yolanda Alaniz

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Yolanda Alaniz


Yolanda Alaniz was born in 1950 in Brownsville, Texas was raised in Sunnyside, Washington in the Yakima Valley where she and her family worked as farmworkers.

Activism

In 1969 Alaniz attended the University of Washington where became an influential member in Chicana/o rights organizations like MEChA, Brown Berets, and Las Chicanas. In 1975 she was one of the central figures in the student, staff and faculty strike protesting the firing of two Chicano administrators and the secretary of Chicana/o Studies. The same year she joined campus Radical Women, a socialist feminist national organization. As a UW Daily reporter she wrote articles about women and people of color issues.

After graduating with a BA in Journalism, she became active in City of Seattle politics through the Hispanic Association of City Employees, the Seattle Women’s Commission and in 1991 she made history by running for City Council as the first Chicana socialist and city employee.[1]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[2]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[3]

Electoral What should be the place of electoral activity on the left's agenda? What would be an effective strategy for this year, the 90s and beyond?

Los Angeles

Alaniz relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 continuing her political activism with RW and the Freedom Socialist Party working on women, lesbian and gay issues and for workers and immigrant rights. She has a MLIS from University of California, Los Angeles. Today she works as an archivist and writer. She co-edited with Nellie Wong an anthology, Voices of Color , writings by radicals of color and her second book, iViva la Raza!: Chicano Identity and Resistance (Red Letter Press), co-authored with Megan Cornish will be published in 2007. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Freedom Socialist newspaper coordinating the Voices of Color column.[4]

References

  1. [ http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/alaniz.htm, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project bio, accessed Sept. 20, 2011]
  2. Conference program
  3. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  4. [ http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/alaniz.htm, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project bio, accessed Sept. 20, 2011]