ABOUT

INTENTION FOR THE DR101 TOOLKIT

Stories have the power to transform the world.  Since the dawn of human life, stories have been painted on walls, stories which we still investigate and learn from today.  Our stories are how we communicate, how we connect.  Stories share sacred teachings, plant ideas, and critical information.

By utilizing technology to document, digitize, and disseminate our stories – even our most difficult ones – we can create virtual relationships that cross borders, raise awareness, and move hearts to action.

In these times of imbalance and hardship, our generation has one great advantage – a powerful one that generations before us did not have – the ability to connect with others across the world instantly.

Modern technology and the internet allow us to share our stories to a global audience, stimulating the senses and connecting with others in ways that can affect us or even move us to take action.

I felt it was time to share what I’ve learned over the past 13 years because:

  • our communities our under immediate threat and attack;
  • this information NEEDS to be known (and used and expanded);
  • this work was crafted out of prayer, respect, and 13 years of experience on the ground and online;
  • these strategies were developed through the filtering of community suffering; and
  • because our liberation is intertwined.

The Digital Resistance 101 Toolkit is 100% Xicana-powered and produced.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Iris Rodriguez is a digital strategist, multimedia producer, authormusical artist, and poet from San Antonio, Texas.  Since 2002 her projects have addressed issues such as environmental racism/justice, family detention, decolonization, cultural arts, guerrilla mediawomynism and public archives.  She is the founder of Xica Media, a Xicana-powered network of six independent multimedia channels reaching over 120 countries in three languages. In 2014 she launched the first-ever internet-based, publicly-accessible altar for Día de los Muertos.  In 2016 she launched Digital Resistance 101: A Digital Resistance Toolkit for Social Justice and Autonomy for communities in crisis.

She is a graduate of the (former) Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is also a graduate of the Racial Justice Communications course by the Praxis Project  (National Labor College, Washington, D.C.) as well as the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.)  In 2009 she was awarded the Cesar E. Chavez “Si Se Puede” Award by People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER.)  In 2015 one of her collaborations, Visions From The Inside, went on display at the United Nations in Geneva for one week.

A LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR

MI QUERIDO PUEBLO: I would like to announce the release of my new online course, Digital Resistance 101: A digital resistance road map for community-led social justice movements.

What I offer is not an end-all solution or social-justice-in-a-box. In this course are lessons learned from my digital warpath that can help community-led social justice movements navigate around socio-economic barriers which have been erected to disempower and oppress.  It offers digital strategies intended to support communities in crisis in an inclusive way that reaches beyond age, physical ability, or tech ability.  Each situation is unique and will require the collaboration and insight of the affected community members in order to create an effective and inclusive digital resistance movement.

My methods are not the only way to demand justice or digitally resist. The intention is to level the playing field by outlining basic standards of technological knowledge for supporting movements led by communities of color. These methods were developed with the understanding that the power and the platform belong to the community.

In the spirit of resistance and love, I offer these flowers of my experience to the world. These are the virtual arrows of the digital warrior. They must be used carefully to defend, create, liberate, and heal.

–Iris Rodriguez