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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

SEXISM AND MISOGYNY HAVE NO PLACE IN OUR MOVEMENTS, OUR WORKPLACES, OR OUR CULTURE

April 4, 2017

Statement from Presente's Executive Director, Matt Nelson:

As Presente, we are committed to building a culture and environment that embodies respect and dignity for all. Sexism and misogyny have no place in our workplaces, our movements, or our culture. The world we live in continues to be affected by long-established and systemic privileges and prejudices, and it is up to all of us to dismantle patriarchy and oppression on a daily and systemic basis.

Under new leadership, a new board, and a new fiscal sponsor, the Presente team remains vigilant in exposing and holding accountable those who seek to abuse their power through sexism, misogyny, and other forms of oppression. We will continue to empower women within and outside of our organization and support their voices and leadership in all aspects of our work.

The Presente team will continue to work to dismantle sexism and other intersectional oppressions in our community as we organize toward dignity and equality. Nearly two years after the departure of Arturo Carmona, our former Executive Director, many of the staff who have come forward to say they had left the organization because of Arturo's conduct have returned to either work for, support, and / or partner with Presente going forward.

Sexist behavior is unacceptable. The courageous women and men who have come forward to share their experiences about Arturo must be heard and respected if we are to heal and do better for our communities, our organizations, and our movements.

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Presente is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.