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Keynote: Joy and Grief at the End of the World as We Know It

Communications work at its best is collectively breathing life into the world we want to live in. Creating space for grief, healing, and growth is required.

But, with our current pace of work and competing responsibilities, is it possible to do that AND implement comprehensive, action-oriented campaigns grounded in the reality of now? Anna will share some insight into the balance communicators must strike in building out campaigns that are values-centered and as internally impactful as they are externally compelling.

Speaker

Anna Castro

Manager

Anna Castro (she/her/hers) is the Manager of SolidarityIs with the Building Movement Project, where she focuses on strengthening cross- movement bridges, training emerging movement and nonprofit leaders on using solidarity as a strategy to cultivate power, and storytelling that centers the collective resilience of our people. She’s worked as a consultant with Deepa Iyer on the SolidarityIs project since 2018.

Anna has extensive experience spearheading strategic communications campaigns. Her past work includes fighting back against the disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated people in California, reuniting families separated by deportations, and turning out the Latinx vote in battleground states. Most recently, as the senior communications manager at Transgender Law Center she demanded #JusticeforRoxsana, a transgender woman from Honduras who died in ICE custody, and launched the Trans Agenda for Liberation, a blueprint for liberation for all. She’s previously worked for Mi Familia Vota, the ACLU of California Voting Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

The proud daughter of Salvadoran and Peruvian immigrants, Anna is a first-generation college student and graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Black Studies.