Disruption, Healing Justice, & the Power of Autonomous Spaces

Monica Trinidad and Tara Tabassi
DJ Tikka Masala, Jhaleh Akhavan, and Lee Rosevere
Monica Trinidad
Image of the podcast episode cover photo, which features pictures of podcast guests Xyra and Crystal, against a dark blue and teal galaxy background. Xyra is wearing dark lipstick, a black choker necklace, and a black shirt with lace along the top. Crystal is wearing long dangly earrings, two silver necklaces, and a red blouse.


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Our 2nd episode comes to you live from the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI! We sat down with Phoenix-based organizers, Xyra and Crystal of Trans Queer Pueblo, an autonomous LGBTQ+ migrant community of color who work to generate community power for liberation.

Xyra and Crystal dive deep into the importance of healing justice within anti-criminalization work, the value of disruption, and the necessity of creating alternative, autonomous spaces for queer and trans people of color.

We also had two quick chats with rad organizers from grantees Southerners on New Ground (SONG) & Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project. We asked them how their AMC was going, what knowledge they’re bringing back to their organizations, and of course, how funders can do better at respecting organizers time and labor.

​Trans Queer Pueblo receives multi-year support through Third Wave Fund's Grow Power Fund and have also received the Mobilize Power Fund for urgent community mobilization.