33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change

Book Reading

Day 2

Session Code: BR-1
When: March 9, 2021
Presenter: Denise Collazo, Faith in Action


Doing the work of social change is hard. Longtime activist Denise Padín Collazo knows that Latina and all women of color activists do their best work when they are thriving, not simply surviving.

She has been there. Collazo is the first Latina, the first woman of color, and the first woman — period — to raise a family and stay in the work of community organizing at Faith in Action, an international progressive network of 3,000 congregations and 2 million members. Drawing on her own experiences of triumph and failure and those of other Latina activists, Collazo lays out three keys to thriving in the movement for social change: leading into your vision, living into the fullest version of yourself, and loving past negatives that hold you back. She also warns about the three signs that you may be surrendering: wishing for a future reality to emerge, wondering where your limits are, and waiting for permission and answers to come from others.

Using this framework, Collazo offers wise and compassionate advice on some of the most important leadership challenges facing Latina activists. This honest, practical, and inspirational book will help Latina activists to burn bright, not burn out.


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