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

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

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

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


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Social justice work is more crucial than ever, but it can be physically and emotionally draining. Longtime activist Denise Collazo offers three keys to help Hispanic women keep their focus, morale, and energy high.

Winner of the gold medal at the International Latino Book Awards for Best Latina-Themed Book and Best Self-Transformational Book!

Doing the work of social change is hard. Waking up every day to take on the biggest challenges of our time can be overwhelming, and sometimes progress is hard to see. She understands that Latina and all women of color activists do their best work when they are thriving, not simply surviving.

Denise Padín Collazo has been there. She 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. She explains how you can integrate family and work, step out of the background and claim your leadership potential, confront anti-Blackness in your own culture, keep focused on your ultimate purpose, and raise the necessary resources to keep fighting for justice. This honest, practical, and inspirational book will help Latina activists to burn bright, not burn out.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523092505
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 750,773
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Denise Padín Collazo is the senior advisor for external affairs at Faith in Action, the nation's largest faith-based, progressive organizing network, where she has advanced the cause of social justice over the past twenty-five years. She is also an official member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only organization for executives in successful nonprofit organizations.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: How Can You Thrive and Fight at the Same Time? 1

Chapter 1 Moving from Surrendering to Thriving 19

Chapter 2 Integrating Family and Work 33

Chapter 3 Leading from the Front 51

Chapter 4 Disrupting Anti-Blackness in Your Culture of Origin 71

Chapter 5 Leading Clear on Purpose 91

Chapter 6 Thriving by Raising Money 105

Conclusion: Driving to a New Future 121

Notes 125

Glossary of Spanish Words 131

Resources 133

Acknowledgments 135

Index 139

About the Author 147

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