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From the Frontlines: A Conversation with L.A Womxn of Color Activist Leaders

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

All Beta Main programs are free.
114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013


Join us for a conversation with some of Los Angeles’ hardest working womxn of color activists, Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter LA, Chrissie Castro of the Los Angeles American Indian Commission, and Bamby Salcedo of the Translatin@ Coalition. Whether they are speaking, sharing, marching, or advocating for their communities, these activists are leaders and ground breakers. This inspiring and lively evening about the intersections of activist work and lives on the frontlines will be moderated by Felicia Montes of Mujeres de Maiz.

This program is open to all and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.


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Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Abdullah earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. 

She was among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter and continues to serve as a Los Angeles chapter lead and contributes to the global leadership.  She is co-host and co-producer of the weekly radio program Beautiful Struggle which airs on KPFK, part of the Pacifica radio network and hosts and produces the weekly internet radio show “Move the Crowd,” which airs on Radio Justice ( 

Dr. Abdullah also serves on boards for the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), California Faculty Association-Los Angeles, Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN), National Association for Ethnic Studies, the Reverence Project, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE). 


Chrissie Castro, (Diné and Chicana), is a social justice consultant working for equity for all people, including the self-determination of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. She serves as the Network Weaver of the Native Voice Network, a collaborative network of Native American families and organizations that mobilize through indigenous cultural values to inspire positive change in Native communities; is the Vice-chairperson of the Los Angeles City/County American Indian Commission; and recently launched a new project to address the underlying roots of underrepresentation of Native Americans in the political landscape. She is also a certified executive coach and coach trainer, and is passionate about utilizing coaching for personal, organizational and systemic transformation.


Bamby Salcedo is a national and international Trans Latina Immigrant Woman who is pursuing a master’s degree in Latino/a Studies at Cal State University Los Angeles. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of trans Latin@s in the US. Bamby is currently developing the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multi-service space for trans and gender non conforming people in Los Angeles.

Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflects her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues. Bamby has served and participated in many local, national and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, age, social class, HIV/AIDS issues, immigration status and more.


Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, educator, Femcee, designer, organizer, poet, performer, speaker and practitioner of the healing arts from East Los Angeles. She creates with In Lak Ech, Urban Xic and La Botanica del Barrio and is the founding director of Mujeres de Maiz. As a healing arts practitioner, Felicia is an apprentice of Western Herbalism, a Reiki 1 practitioner, Victory Gardener, and studies and practices Mexican Traditional Medicine and Indigenous dance. For more information visit or