Guerrilla Feminist Focus: Jennicet Gutiérrez
Welcome to our weekly column, Guerrilla Feminist Focus, where we feature one badass Guerrilla Feminist!
Name: Jennicet Gutiérrez
Location: Los Angeles
1.Tell us a about yourself. What projects are you currently working on?
I am an organizer with Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. I was born in Tuxpan, Jalisco, México. I currently reside in Los Angeles. I am currently working on building a base for the organization. In addition, I am working on the campaign to end trans detention and the campaign TransForm CA.
2. What are you passionate about? Why?
I am passionate about social justice. I am passionate about standing up for the communities I am part of: the transgender and immigrant communities. because I am tired of the dehumanization, I am tired of being silenced, and I am tired that our issues continue to be ignored.
3. What activist efforts are you involved in? What causes do you support?
Ending transgender detention, Immigrant rights, and transgender rights. I fully support Black Lives Matter, racial justice, economic justice, transgender justice, and family acceptance work.
4. What do you like most about doing activist work on social media platforms? Why?
The interactions with other activists and organizers who are deeply passionate about social justice and also are passionate about the collective liberation. It is extremely important to collaborate and collectively move forward in the struggle. It is important to elevate and center the voices of the most impacted.
5. What or who inspires you?
Transgender women of color, especially black and latina transgender women. People who continue to resist and fight back to systems of oppression, system of white supremacy, system of patriarchy, system of heteronnomative. In general, people who do not conform to society’s expectations or norms.
6. Since activist burnout is a very real thing, how do you practice self-care?
I practice self-care by meditating, reading, and surrounding myself with people who mentor me and support me through difficult times and challenges.
7. Do you have any advice for those wanting to engage in activism (either online or offline)?
Activism does not limit itself to being on the streets participating in a protest. Once people can relate to specific issues, they can get involve with organizations or showing up to demonstrations. For some people who are not comfortable taking the streets, social media is a powerful tool where people can be active and vocal about issues they care about.
8. Where can people follow you online?