Situated Voices 21
Youth in Action: Responding to Racist Imaginaries. Movements and Strategies
The Red de Estrategias Antirrumores de la Región de Madrid (The Network of Anti-Rumour Strategies in the Madrid Region, RAMA), founded in 2019, is made up of public and private entities working jointly to share knowledge and experiences that allow alternative narratives to racist and xenophobic speech to be created.
Driving forward anti-rumour strategies in an array of contexts and territories in the Madrid region, RAMA’s work centres on memory, activism and imaginaries to open dialogue around possible scenarios and strategies that destabilise supports of racism.
What do we understand by racism and in what ways does it affect racialised people? What role does racism play in the multiple forms of oppression that cross through certain bodies in relation to gender, race, class, administrative status, and so on? Are we responding to racism? How do we build and maintain anti-racism? What is the role of the migrant political subject and young people in the anti-racist struggle? Where do we situate the demands, proposals and collective agendas that arise from migrant and anti-racist communities?
This edition of Situated Voices, convened from RAMA and in collaboration with Museo Situado, seeks to reflect through young migrant and anti-racist activists to collectively imagine multi-faceted, creative, political and disobedient processes allowing anti-racism to be incorporated into the heart of struggles and thereupon to examine this intersection with other issues around education, participation in the political community, heteromormativity, climate justice, etc.
Fátima Ezzamouri is a political scientist, jurist and social activist who holds an MA in Social Sciences from the Carlos III University in Madrid. Her work focuses on investigating the ethnic and racial discrimination in the labour market and she is a specialist in social stratification. She has developed European mobility projects inside the Erasmus+ framework, as well as coordinating the Asociación Sobre los Márgenes (Association On the Margins) in its aim to ensure the socio-educational integration of young people at risk of exclusion.
Yeison F. García López is a political scientist, activist and cultural manager who identifies himself as Afro-Colombian and Afro-Spanish. He earned a degree in Political Sciences and an MA in Research Methodology in Social Sciences: Innovations and Application from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is coordinator of the legislative popular initiative for the regularisation of migrant people with irregular status, on behalf of the movement #RegularizacionYa (#RegularisationNow).
Julissa Jáuregui is a political scientist with an MA in International Cooperation. She is a specialist in migration and citizen participation for Alianza por la Solidaridad-Action Aid, where she coordinates projects with associations led by migrant women for their recognition as political subjects.
Nayare Montes holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, with part of her studies completed in Guadalajara (Mexico). She has worked intermittently with Ayllu, a contemporary creation and activism collective whose work centres around issues of migration, anti-racism, coloniality and sexual dissidence. She is a transdisciplinary trans artist, a visual, textual and multi-dimensional poet: performer, DJ, graphic designer, curator of experiences fusing festive culture, sexual diversity and active teaching through the body and from trans epistemology.
Katherine Muñoz Tirano holds a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, specialising in gender and feminist studies, and is an editor and community catalyst via social theatre. Her professional career, and as an activist, has led her to share her knowledge and concerns with Latin American refugee women, exiles and migrant women, particularly from Colombia, with whom she has worked to construct historical memory and peace from theatre, creative writing and participatory research-action, and with a focus on human rights, respect and the defence of diversity.