ALESANDRA (ALI) LOZANO
29, Voting Rights Outreach Coordinator at the Texas Civil Rights Project
Why did you select Dolores Huerta as your social justice inspiration?
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). She is also the originator of the phrase, “Sí, se puede.” I chose Dolores as my social justice inspiration not only because of her incredible activism history, but also because she is one of the biggest inspirations for Chicanas (Mexican Americans) like me. I grew up with Dolores as a model of intersectional social justice work (her Foundation includes an Equality Program for LGBTQ* folks) and an example of what strong, determined, ambitious Latinas can accomplish..
Favorite Dolores Huerta quote:
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”
Are there any books, documentaries, films, or articles you would recommend for others to learn more about the work of Dolores Huerta?
What social, racial, economic, or political justice issue does your social justice work address?
When did you first become aware of/interested in working on your social justice issue?
I had always been very passionate about getting people registered to vote, but I became especially interested in the nuance of election administration, election protection, and voting policy during my time working for Dr. Suzanne Pritzker on the GCSW’s first-ever Voter Engagement & Political Justice Initiative. It was during this initiative that I decided this was the line of work I wanted to pursue after graduation.
Can you describe the biggest accomplishment/most gratifying moment you've had working on your issue to date?
Just one week after graduating from the GCSW, and just two weeks after starting my new job on the Voting Rights Team at the Texas Civil Rights Project, I was in Austin at the Capitol fighting alongside hundreds of other Texans to defeat a bill that would have created a pathway to state-sanctioned voter suppression. We organized, testified, and won. Our collective power becomes stronger through our ability to access the ballot box. We can never take democracy for granted and that's why, through both policy and advocacy, I fight to defend its integrity, and expand its representation of all people, every day.
Who or what gives you the hope and motivation to keep going when you feel fear or doubt about achieving justice?
Dr. Suzanne Pritzker, Aabha Brown, and Dean Alan Dettlaff.*
(GCSW Faculty Members and Dean)
What advice do you have for those who care about social justice but don’t know how or where to begin?
Volunteer on a political campaign!
What are some of your favorites social justice related things?
Podcast: Healing Justice
What are some of your hobbies? What do you do for fun?
Live music/concerts, hot yoga, trying new restaurants and coffee shops in Houston
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am Jennifer Lopez’s biggest fan.
As the GCSW officially beings its 51st year, we are committed to moving ONWARD to achieve social, racial, economic, and political justice local to global. In order to bridge the past with our future, we are highlighting GCSW students, alumni, and community activists in a series of striking portraits by artist Anat Ronen. ONWARD | The Next 50 Years features those committed to social justice. In each portrait, the subjects appear alongside their social justice inspirations.
Over the next year, we will be unveiling the portraits of those whose work spans the breadth of today's modern activists as well as the stories behind them. We invite you to learn more about each of these talented, dynamic, and determined modern-day activists. (LEARN more)