Los Angeles Organizer / Outreach Coordinator
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Growing up in Los Angeles can play out very differently, with one’s location determining access to clean air, organic food, and green spaces. As a resident of Boyle Heights Martha has worked alongside several comrades and colleagues on various projects to activate and defend green spaces in her community, recently having successfully defended the only community garden in the area, Xochitlán de Boyle Heights (formerly known as Proyecto Jardín), from being shut down. She is currently working on organizing a seed library in efforts to decolonize the unhealthy relationship capitalism produces, namely in impoverished communities of color as such, whereby the people have very limited access to organic and ethically grown food coupled with a lack of recreational areas. The mission is to resist this byproduct of colonialism by combating the high rates of lifestyle related diseases such as obesity by encouraging the people to produce food themselves and eventually create an autonomous system that does not include the GMO-supporting efforts of Whole Foods or play into the gentrification of the recently opened USC County Hospital’s farmer’s market.
On weekends she spends her time gardening in her home or at the local cultural center and urban farming school, Zapotepec. She enjoys growing and cooking traditional indigenous Mexican food and is gearing up for a second cook off at Zapotepec in April. Her work focuses primarily on the physical and mental health of the community particularly on issues revolving around food and environmental justice, racism and gender issues. Martha is currently an Educator (Solutions Plus Services, Inc.) for disabled persons and has worked in the Education field since 2010. She strives to create healthy communities everywhere she goes and vows to address the injustices before her with particular regards to the colonization of indigenous people and our mother earth.