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We Are The Radical Monarchs: Discussion Guide

Letter From The Filmmaker

"As a filmmaker, I am profoundly curious and compelled by where the personal and political meet. I am interested in big changes and how we can all not only flourish in those changes and challenges, but grow as human beings. I am drawn to the seemingly impossible idea – by doing something that everyone says is too hard. I like to film the people who say "I can do it!" — who stand in the face of those big challenges and obstacles and grow bigger. I am inspired by people who act and strive, without any guarantee of success. And not because they are superheroes. And not because they always succeed, because sometimes they don't. It's the striving, it's the vision. The vision of bringing children of the world a street where they can see themselves. The vision of making a family and an identity out of this multi-cultural world. The vision of creating a group that "empowers young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place.” This is a womxn--empowerment story at its core; as an intersectional feminist and a filmmaker, it is my mission to create and amplify spaces for women and girls' voices. The Radical Monarchs give me hope for the future, and with this film I can share that hope."

About the authors

Marilyn Hollinquest

Marilyn Hollinquest, Co-Founder of the Radical Monarchs, is a social justice advocate who specializes in young women of colors empowerment. She has 15 plus years of experience as a teacher, community advocate and scholar. Marilyn received her M.A in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, and B.A in Community Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Marilyn is passionate about the marriage of theory and practice (praxis) which is at the core of her commitment to the authentic inclusion of disenfranchised peoples. She currently builds radical community in her chosen home of Oakland, CA and is a proud Tulare, CA native.

Anayvette Martinez

Anayvette Martinez Co-Founder of the Radical Monarchs is a San Francisco native and child of Central American immigrants. Anayvette's varied interests in advocacy, community organizing and empowerment led her to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of California Los Angeles and later her Master's degree at San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies. Over the past fifteen years she has developed and managed education, social justice, and gendered support programs focused on empowerment and safety for youth, families and their adult allies. Anayvette currently lives and loves in East Oakland with her two children.